Unlike during the Cold War in the last half of the previous century, most Americans are unaware of the security threat that is under way in the United States, a foreign policy expert and former director of the CIA told an Oklahoma City group Friday.
“Instead of giving us the Soviets to struggle against, the times have given us ... a terrorist organization like Hamas with its supporters, and that's harder,” said James Woolsey, who was director of America's spy agency from 1993-95 under former President Bill Clinton.
“It's harder to deal with a totalitarian movement that claims to be part of one of the world's great religions,” he said. “We have to keep very clear in our own minds the difference between Islam as a whole and devout Muslims ... on the one hand versus people who fund schools to teach little boys they ought to want to be suicide bombers.”
Woolsey, who was born and raised in Tulsa, said he wasn't condemning the Islamic religion, just as Christianity shouldn't be blamed for those who were part of the Spanish Inquisition centuries ago. He defined Islamism as a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life. He said those who follow Islamism believe in terrorism.
Woolsey, who in 2010 supported a constitutional amendment, State Question 755, that banned Sharia law by recording a telephone message sent to thousands of Oklahomans, spoke to about 250 at the weekly meeting of the High Noon Club, a group of mostly social conservatives.
Woolsey, 70, read excerpts from a book he co-authored, “Shariah: The Threat to America,” said the subversion campaign known as “civilization jihad,” must not be confused with or tolerated as a constitutionally protected form of religious practice.
It seeks to replace the U.S. Constitution with its own totalitarian principles, he said.
He quoted a 1991 memorandum written by a senior leader of the Hamas terrorist group in the U.S. that the movement is a settlement process to establish itself in the United States to undertake a civilization jihadist mission that is also led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The document, he said, describes the settlement process as a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging' its miserable house.”
Woolsey said the memorandum includes the Council on American-
Woolsey, after his talk, said the 1991 memorandum he quoted “is probably a pretty accurate characterization” of CAIR.
“I don't have any reason to believe it's changed,” he said.
Contacted by telephone, Muneer Awad, CAIR-
“Never has CAIR ever been prosecuted for any wrongdoing,” he said. “There's never even been an attempt to prosecute CAIR by our government.
“This man is making money off of Islamophobia,” Awad said.
“He was paid to scare people into voting for State Question 755 back in 2010. He was paid to visit Oklahoma now. He got a great speaking fee speaking at the event he was at today. This is where his career lies so we're not surprised that he continues to use these tactics, this fearmon
Woolsey said he supports efforts to pass legislative proposals that support American law in American courts. He said the “Save Our State” constitutional amendment, approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in November 2010, was a mistake because it specifically mentioned Sharia law.
A federal appeals court earlier this year upheld an injunction against the voter-
“It's better to do it generally and that's what the new statutes do that have been passed in several states,” Woolsey said. “They don't specify that they're talking about any one.”