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Air Force to Review Islamophobic Instructor’s Course Content in Response to CAIR-Florida’s Concerns

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(Miami, Florida, 5/18/2017) -- CAIR-Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed a decision by the U.S. Air Force to review course materials offered by a counterterrorism instructor at its United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida who CAIR-Florida says is associated with an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece” and has made several false statements about Islam and Muslims.

That review, which CAIR-Florida has confirmed with relevant officials, comes following a letter CAIR-Florida sent in March to Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander of the U.S. Airforce Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida citing instructor Patrick Dunleavy’s past Islamophobic statements and his association with the hate group Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

 SEE: CAIR Asks Air Force to Drop Islamophobic Instructor Linked to Anti-Muslim ‘Propaganda’ Group

Dunleavy teaches a USAFSOS course called “The Dynamics of International Terrorism” and is a “senior fellow” with IPT.

SEE: Dynamics of International Terrorism (DIT)

Investigative Project on Terrorism: Patrick Dunleavy

“We welcome this review and hope it results in our military personnel receiving training based on balanced and accurate information, not on personal or political agendas,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz.

 Backgrounder on IPT and Steven Emerson:

IPT’s founder, Steven Emerson, has a history of making Islamophobic and factually inaccurate statements, most recently resulting in a previous British Prime Minister referring to him as a “complete idiot” for claiming there are Muslim “no-go zones” in that nation. Even Fox News was forced to apologize for Emerson’s false claim.

Emerson made similarly inaccurate and Islamophobic claims about incidents such the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Southern Poverty Law Center included Emerson in its recent listing of “anti-Muslim extremists.”

CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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 CONTACT: 

CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305-502-6749

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.