Allen West Slams Muslim-Friendly FBI Manual Edits

Says purging of references puts us on road to 'cultural suicide'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2012 12:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI's purging of Islamaphobic references from its training manual puts us on the road to "cultural suicide," according to Florida Rep. Allen West. "We have to understand when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it will lead to cultural suicide," he said on Fox News, adding that "we should not allow the Muslim Brotherhood-associated groups to be influencing our national security strategy." It's not just the training manual that worries the congressman, Politico reports: The report on the Fort Hood shooting mentions neither Muslim extremism nor an alleged link to Anwar al-Awlaki, he noted.

West argued that if we "want to be less offensive to [the enemy], then we’re going to put ourselves in a bad situation"—though it sounds like he already thinks we're there: In the interview, he called our security situation "so vanilla." West, meanwhile, is still taking heat over his claim that Congress is full of Communists. The comment prompted the NAACP to drop him as keynote speaker at a fundraiser in Florida that took place over the weekend, TCPalm reports.

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) speaks during a Tea Party Town Hall meeting February 8, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) speaks during a Tea Party Town Hall meeting February 8, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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