*** In spite of having tried to associate the RCMP to many radical Muslim scholars on page 13 of her booklet, including two, Siraj Wahaj and Hamza Yusuf, who have defended a cop-killer in the U.S., Shahina Siddiqui (wearing a white blouse) is still “a member of the RCMP Commissioner’s National Advisory Committee on Diversity as well as the RCMP Commanding Officers’ Diversity Committee, D-Division in Manitoba.” ***
After many commentators complained to the RCMP and in the media about its endorsement of a so-called anti-terrorism booklet praising numerous radical Muslim scholars, the RCMP issued a press release to officially distance itself from the document that bears its logo.
On September 29, 2014, Ihsaan Gardee and Shahina Siddiqui, two leaders of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), met the press in Winnipeg to launch the booklet that they presented as a part of a “national strategy aimed at preventing youth from joining terror groups.”
Shortly before the RCMP dissociated itself from the Islamist booklet, security analyst David Harris was invited by Ezra Levant to comment on the issue. He then recalled the origins of the National Council of Canadian Muslims that authored the controversial booklet in association with the Islamic Social Services Association.
VIDEO 01:48 David Harris: The National Council of Canadian Muslims, formerly CAIR-CAN, the Council on American Islamic Relations Canada … began as the Canadian chapter of a Saudi-funded / Washington D.C.-based organization that was designated a un-indicted co-conspirator in the biggest terror trial in U.S. history.
Ihsaan Gardee is NCCM Executive Director. According to NCCM’s website and Industry Canada, Shahina Siddiqui is a member of NCCM Board of Directors but she introduced herself as President of the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) at the launch of the booklet in Winnipeg. Siddiqui is also “a member of the RCMP Commissioner’s National Advisory Committee on Diversity as well as the RCMP Commanding Officers’ Diversity Committee, D-Division in Manitoba,” an ideal position to convey the Muslim Brotherhood’s priorities at the heart of the main police force in Canada.
On the cover of the booklet and on its back page, the RCMP is clearly identified as one of its sponsors, alongside the NCCM and the ISSA. On page 1, Tasleem Budhwani is listed as a contributor to the booklet. According to her profiles on LinkedIN and TSAS, Ms. Budhwani is employed by the RCMP as their “acting in charge” of the Intelligence Research and Development unit.
The press release that the RCMP issued to distance itself from the Islamist document mentions that the NCCM and the ISSA authored the booklet and that questions regarding its content should be directed to them. The RCMP acknowledges that it supplied some information about the radicalization process, but nothing else:
The RCMP contributed to Section 3 of the handbook entitled “Understanding Radicalization and the role of RCMP in law enforcement and national security”. We are not responsible for other material contained in this publication.
After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative.
On September 26, the NCCM had issued a press release announcing that RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Kolody would join Gardee and Siddiqui for the launch of their booklet three days later. On launch day, however, “the RCMP did not send a representative and there was no immediate response to a request for comment,” reported the Winnipeg Free Press.
One goal of the booklet, stressed on pages 17 and 34, was to get police organizations, journalists, and politicians to stop using Islamic terms when they describe or comment about the Islamist threat that we are facing. If we cannot mention the very terms used by the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) and other proponents of armed jihad to describe their own offensive, if we cannot refer to their scholars and their books under the pretext that this will foster Islamophobia, we may as well declare that the jihadists have won. It will be impossible to slow down the advance of those involved in the “jihad of the sword” and the “jihad of the tongue” without reading their books, studying their scholars, understanding and explaining their concepts, their references, and their terminology.
As Brian Lilley explained before the RCMP issued its press release, it was essential that it dissociates itself from the booklet. Otherwise, the NCCM and its allies would have used the RCMP’s stamp of approval to intimidate police organizations and others and force them to stop using the Islamic terminology.
VIDEO 03:03 Brian Lilley: People will point to this and say: ”The RCMP says we shouldn’t use ‘jihadis’.” They will say: “The Mounties say we shouldn’t use ‘Islamicism,’ or Islamic extremist.” That’s how this will be played out. And now, police forces, intelligence agencies, and media outlets will be hounded to expunge all links between terrorism and Islam.
Ezra Levant and Lorne Gunter also commented that those who refuse to correctly identify a problem are not serious about stopping it.
VIDEO 03:24 Ezra Levant: [The authors of the booklet] are saying: You can’t even call Muslim terrorism ‘Muslim terrorism,’ even when the terrorist is Muslim and he says he’s doing it in the name of Islam. If you can’t even have an honest vocabulary, then you are not going to be able to have an honest discussion about how to solve the problem. Step 1 is denial. If you are denying that there is some terrorism within Islam … if you deny that very fact, so much so that you won’t say the words ‘Islamic terrorism,’ I don’t think you’re serious about stopping it.
EDMONTON SUN (October 1, 2014) Lorne Gunter: Why can’t we talk about Muslim fanatics? Western civilization won’t be defeated by economic collapse or government debt, by an external military force or even its own internal decadence. But it could well be done in by political correctness.
Blazing Cat Fur (September 29, 2014): RCMP in joint project with Muslim Brotherhood collaborator
Jessica Hume (QMI Agency – September 30, 2014): Mounties don’t support ‘adversarial’ tone of anti-radicalization booklet
The Source (Sun TV – September 30, 2014): VIDEO Ezra Levant in conversation with security analyst David Harris about an Islamist booklet attributed to the RCMP
The Arena (Sun TV – September 30, 2014): VIDEO Michael Coren talks with commentator Tarek Fatah about the infiltration the RCMP by Islamists
Brian Lilley (Sun TV – September 30, 2014): VIDEO You can’t say “jihad”
Point de Bascule: File National Council of Canadian Muslims
Point de Bascule (August 21, 2014): The RCMP and other Canadian security agencies still consult Islamist leaders involved in the radicalization of young Muslims