Major (ret) Stephen Coughlin is one of the foremost American authorities on Sharia law, and the author of Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad, a comprehensive treatise on the subversion of our military, politics, and culture by the Muslim Brotherhood. In the following guest appearance on the Glazov Gang, Maj. Coughlin describes the origin and implementation of the “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) meme.
For a brief period after 9-11, the phrase “Islamic terrorism” was heard in our national media, and was used publicly by President Bush and other political leaders. After being cautioned by his advisors that he might alienate “moderate Muslims”, Mr. Bush switched to the word “Islamism”, which was used to designate the “perverted ideology” of vicious people who had “hijacked a great religion”.
By the end of the decade, however, all mention of Islam in any form was gone from government discussions of terrorism, and JIM had mostly disappeared from media reports except for nice gushy stories about “interfaith outreach” and the like. For a few years even the use of the word “terrorism” was deprecated, with the suggested replacement being “violent extremism”. (I proposed the even more innocuous phrase “kinetic activism”, but my suggestion has thus far fallen on deaf ears in the Media-Government Complex.)
“Countering Violent Extremism” has now developed into a domestic industry, with the Department of Homeland Security setting priorities on CVE, promoting outreach, launching initiatives, dispensing grants, establishing research programs, and doing all those other things that only a massive sclerotic nationwide bureaucracy can do.
When you examine the details on CVE, you’ll find out that not only is it designed to shield Islam and Muslims from any undue scrutiny, it is also tailor-made to crack down on domestic “right-wing extremists”. The “behavioral indicators” listed to help DHS agents identify potential domestic terrorists include carrying around a copy of the Constitution, promoting First and Second Amendment rights, having a Gadsden flag sticker on one’s car, and advocating for a minimal federal government.
CVE is thus designed to serve a dual purpose: (1) to protect Muslim Brotherhood organizations and their operatives who have penetrated federal, state, and local governments, and (2) to help the Obama administration crack down on its real enemies, domestic conservatives who want to re-establish constitutional governance.
Now listen to what Maj. Coughlin has to say about CVE and the scrubbing of the word “Islam” from all government discourse:
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.