Political Influence Operation
Date: May 11, 2010
On March 23, 2010 CAIR called for a probe of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to investigate a report of “anti-Islam bias” in the NCIS’s training of security personnel. CAIR had received a report that an NCIS surveillance detection course included the viewing of the movie “Obsession,” which CAIR terms a “propagandistic anti-Islam film” featuring “Islamophobes.”
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote a letter to NCIS Director Mark D. Clookie stating: “NCIS has an important role to play in securing our nation and can best carry out that role when its actions are based on accurate and balanced information, not on religious or ethnic stereotyping.” Awad requested an investigation “to ensure that our nation’s security personnel are receiving training that is free of political or religious agendas.”
On May 11, 2010 a CAIR press release announced that the NCIS had acknowledged that the film “should not have been used in training,” citing a May 7 letter from NCIS Director Clookie to Nihad Awad. CAIR concluded the release by expressing concern that “military, security and law enforcement personnel nationwide may be receiving agenda-driven Islamophobic training.”
- Center for Security Policy sends a letter to Director Mark D. Clookie of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) concerning CAIR’s unregistered foreign agent status, identifying their attempted censorship of a movie shown to train law enforcement as a foreign influence operation. A copy of the letter was also sent to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.