Late on Wednesday, the Pentagon bluntly said:
“We can confirm that Mr. Reza Kahlili, who has specialized counterintelligence expertise, occasionally lectures at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA). … His experiences provide valuable insight to trainees, and he keeps his personal religious beliefs out of the classroom. He does not lecture on or about Islam or any religious treatise, and his personal beliefs are his own.”
It’s an unusually clear statement, and well-warranted. If you read the CAIR press release linked above, I think it’s clear that Reza’s conversion was a prime cause of CAIR’s campaign, and it’s good to see the Defense Department slap it down. Freedom of religion (funny how that 1st Amendment keeps showing up) includes the freedom to change your religion if you so choose.
So our analysts will continue to benefit from the unique knowledge of Reza Kahlili. One for the good guys! But there’s still a lot of work to do, especially regarding CAIR. That organization was an unindicted co-conspirator in the trials (the verdict was upheld on appeal) of the Holy Land Foundation, which illegally raised money in the U.S. for the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. And although CAIR spokespersons angrily deny any connection to Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood–both of which are openly anti-American–the Justice Department thinks otherwise. So if we’re going to worry about people brainwashing Americans, CAIR and its followers might be worth some attention.
Congratulations to Reza, and kudos to Secretary Panetta. We could benefit from more such firmness and clarity.