What Did The Army Know?

 A declassified Department of Defense briefing paper entitled “Islamic Investigation Issues” authored by William Gawthrop of SAIC and dated November 21st, 2003 makes the following statements.  The report is easily accessed with a simple search.   

 “Employment by a non-Muslim government of a Muslim investigator to investigate other Muslims places the investigator in the position of violating the tenets of his beliefs and may force his recourse to deception, lying and/or the giving of misleading impressions.”

 “A recurring and heavily emphasized theme in the Koran, the Hadiths and in Islamic Law is the prohibition against close association with Non-Muslims. There are grave legal and religious repercussions for the Muslim allying himself with Non-Muslims against Muslims.” 

 “Forsaking fellow Muslims in favor of Non-Muslims is an act of un-belief, nearly equating with apostasy having three profound consequences for the offending Muslim: loss of spiritual salvation, social isolation, and exposure to the risk of a death sentence.”

 “A Muslim has a positive duty to protect his fellow Muslims from unbelievers and he is permitted to lie in their defense.”

 One might reasonably assume that the Department of Defense would be capable of and indeed motivated, to extend and internalize  the tenets and conclusions of this briefing to other areas.  While the briefing specifically focused on investigative issues it also dealt in general with the teachings of Islam and the jeopardy inherent in Muslims serving a non-Muslim government.

 The Army and indeed many aspects of government departments involved in defense and intelligence might consider rereading the report absent concerns related to political correctness.  When political correctness takes lives as it’s “payment in kind” it’s time to reconsider.