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FBI Purges Islamophobic Training Manuals

Note to agents: Muhammad is not a 'cult leader'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 2:54 PM CST
FBI Purges Islamophobic Training Manuals
The seal of the FBI hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The FBI has flushed hundreds of counterterrorism training documents containing controversial statements about Muslims and Arabs, reports Fox News. The purge comes following a review triggered by a September Wired article, which revealed that the FBI taught agents, among other things, that Muslims were "violent," and that the Prophet Muhammad was a "cult leader." A source tells Fox that hundreds of documents hit the shredder because they propagated stereotypes, contained "factual errors," or were in "poor taste."

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But an FBI spokesman put a positive spin on the review, saying the purged documents represented less than 1% of its total 160,000 pages on the subject, meaning that "the overwhelming majority of our counterterrorism materials met the FBI's standards." (Read more Islamophobia stories.)

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