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Chicago Area Police Cancel Training Over Charges of Islamophobia

August 20, 2013  | 

Illinois law enforcement officials aren't likely to see any anti-terrorism training sessions with a Florida-based instructor in the near future after suburban Chicago authorities canceled a class over objections from an advocacy group claiming the trainer and his teachings are anti-Muslim, the Associated Press reports.

The instructor — Sam Kharoba of the Cape Coral, Fla.-based Counter Terrorism Operations Center — has faced similar scrutiny elsewhere and a scheduled Monday class in the suburb of Lombard had prompted renewed concerns from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Village officials then scrapped the class, called "Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy." The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board later said Kharoba's teachings are under review.

Kharoba dismissed the criticism of his work and raised questions about CAIR's history. The group's "statements are manufactured distractions designed to shift blame onto the law enforcement agencies that are protecting the American people," Kharoba said in an emailed statement to the AP.

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 8/20/2013 6:26 PM


Capt. Crunch @ 8/20/2013 7:07 PM

Looks like the advocacy group for the Muslims put the good Muslims in danger because the Chicago P.D., does not have the proper training to protect them. Someone in Chicago with balls should tell this group to shove it.

Stevie C @ 8/20/2013 7:47 PM

Are you kidding me. CAIR has an opinion that matters. I grew up in Lombard/Villa Park which is home to a large population of Islamic followers. They (CAIR) are crazy as a sh**house rat to think that a small to mid-size sect is not following to the extremist beliefs. God forbid (theirs or mine) we provide awareness training to those that would/should encounter the first. (IE: first responders). And attempt to nip it in bud before hundreds or thousands pay the price like they did on 9-11, London, Madrid, Beslan, or Mumbai.

Steve @ 8/20/2013 7:57 PM

Why is it everyone runs when "anti-Muslim/Islam" is thrown up but it is OK for anti-christian, anti Western, anti -democracy, etc, etc to be tossed about with no repercussions. About time a bit of reality was put forward and everyone stops pandering to the out-cries of political correctness. Remember Muslim extremists (like Christian and other extremists) do exist and do participate and ecourage terrorist attacks and condone violence against those that disagree with their ideology.

Deputy Ken @ 8/20/2013 10:30 PM

And the tail wags the dog yet again. Tomorrow's headline: "Chicago PD suspends sex crimes investigator training after NAMBLA files complaint alleging police are Anti-Pedofile."

Obviously the wet noodle brass at Chicago PD are too spineless to stand up and call evil what it is. Its also apparent they care more about pandering to a small whiny group of muslims so they can appear politically correct than it is to keep the city safe by giving their officers the training they need to combat terrorism.

Good job Chicago leaders, keep up the good work. We'll make sure to tell you how great your policies are when the next 9-11 happens in your city.

Morning Eagle @ 8/21/2013 3:11 AM

Good comments! Obviously having officers trained to meet the very real threat of terrorist attacks takes a back seat to trying to mollify the muslim whiners. If they don't like it here they are certainly welcome to leave. We do not owe them anything regardless of what the administration claims and they are in our country of their own volition. Mr. Kharoba' comment is right on the money. The people in the law enforcement command levels that make this type of lilly-livered decision are not politically correct, they are nothing but political cowards and my sympathy goes out to the officers and families who will ultimately pay the price for their yellow streaks. Decisions such as this will not make these “advocacy groups” happy they will only encourage them to keep pushing for more concessions in more places across the country.

eodk9trainer @ 8/21/2013 3:26 AM

Take your CAPS off Richard.

The Chicago PD needs to step back and see whay they've suspended this training. I don't know the entire story but it's possible someone is jumping the gun here with stopping the training.

fedtrnr @ 8/21/2013 3:31 AM

Well, I am sure we all believe, as the Chicago PD leadership does, that Islamic terrorists will never strike here in the US.

plato's playdough @ 8/21/2013 3:37 AM

The name Council of American - Islamic Relations suggests a disconnect for me. Why pair the name of a country with the name of a faith-based paradigm? Are they suggesting that America is incapable of identification as a Christian faith? Perhaps it is true; moreover, perhaps that is the intention. ** I wonder if there was ever a "Council on Yehudi - Caananite Relations" as the wanderers coming out of Egypt began introducing themselves as the new neighbors?

Greg @ 8/21/2013 3:56 AM

How pathetic...and kind've scary. Gutless politicians peeing themselves because Achmed and Mustafa are unhappy...of course, it's happened at the Pentagon and the Army War College...can't make muslims unhappy or they'll use the "I" word (Islamophobic). Hmmm, a phobia is a fear not based on facts...we aren't afraid of Islam, we see it for what it is...a 7th century political plan and violent party. How truly pathetic...sounds like appointed officials vs. an elected sheriff.

Midnights @ 8/21/2013 4:09 AM

This is nothing new. Command staff walks on egg shells when it comes to religious groups. ANY religious group. Ever taken a sex offense complaint that involves a priest or pastor as the suspect? Normal protocol is NOT followed...certainly not the same as when the suspect is a relative or teacher. To make everyone happy just call the training Faith Based Terrorism. Then you can talk about Christians blowing up abortion clinics, Muslims blowing up everybody and Catholics continuing their reign of terror over little boys everywhere. If we treat everyone like a suspect no one can feel singled out.

Lt Dan @ 8/21/2013 8:59 AM

I would really need to SEE the training before deciding if it is appropriate or not. Radical Islam = AQ, Hamas, Hezbollah - Radical Christian = Klan or Black Panthers. There are some instructors out there who fail to realize that it is the ACTIONS not the BELIEFS that are illegal. And, I suspect millions of dollars flow annually out of Chicago in support of AQ and Hamas. Most of it having been converted through neighborhood markets with tobacco, food stamp, and WIC fraud. Some of that is undoubtedly buying off local politicians to let our tax dollars flow freely overseas.

Statevillain @ 8/21/2013 10:24 AM

Everyone keeps saying CPD here. The training is NOT by or for CPD. The training was to be in LOMBARD, Illinois...a west suburb 20+ miles west of the city. It had absolutely nothing to do with Chicago Police Department.Aside from me being from this area, it pretty clearly states in the article 'Chicago area'. However, since we are on the CPD wagon...... It is run by big-fisted politics and everything has to look nice and smell nice.

Danny Sadat @ 8/21/2013 1:00 PM

CAIR is a front group and propaganda arm for Islamic terrorism and especially for the Islamic organization 'Muslim Brotherhood.' It is outrageous that police and other authorities are not allowed to get accurate information on the tremendous threat of the many aspects of Jihad ("holy war"). We have already seen Jihad in action in Ft. Hood and 9/11. And there have been many, many Jihad-motivated attacks which were either not covered by the media, or in which the Jihad motive was not reported.

eodk9trainer @ 8/22/2013 3:46 AM

Sorry about that. I was one of the ones who ASSumed it was Chicago PD.

NJmotorcop @ 8/22/2013 7:08 AM

Justlike a bunch of corrupt/incompetent politicians to knuckle under to a terrorist advocacy group! The politicians should have had the balls to do their jobs properly - to tell the outsiders to mind thier own business!

top rad @ 8/22/2013 8:37 PM

Chaps my hide that politicians are more worried about offending someones feelings than they are about protecting our citizens. Mark my words...its going to ENSURE...not if, but when...that we will suffer another catastrophic attack by "those people"....and everyone knows who I mean....and the politicians will again claim they had no idea it was coming. God save us from the utterly rampant stupidity that will lead us into the fire. I dont care who I offend to ensure myself and my family are protected. In fact, the more of "those peoples" sensitivities I hurt, the better I feel.

Marshal Fine @ 8/23/2013 5:54 AM many of the terrorists are from other religions? Anyone? Anything? Touchie/Feelie is going to get us all killed..... The extremists love these protests. They hate us and our way of life and will used every weakness we show to force their way of life upon us. Those who are not extremists DO NOT stand up against those who are. Shame upon them...........

Greg @ 8/26/2013 4:05 AM

." many of the terrorists are from other religions?" Are you kidding...Amish, wherever they go, horse turds all over the street. People can slip and fall on those things.

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