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It Was John Brennan Himself Who Halted LEO Training on Islam, Jihad

While testifying in an open session of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA director John Brennan admitted Thursday:

Despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.

He added that a significant element of that global reach is because the Islamic State:

… has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West … [ISIS is] probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West, including refugee flows, smuggling routes, and legitimate methods of travel.

What Brennan did not say -- and what no one in the committee or media challenged him about -- was that he himself is largely responsible for this state of affairs.

As I reported earlier this week, John Brennan is the person who -- after U.S. Muslim groups demanded he do so – “purged” all mention of Islam and jihad from law enforcement counter-terror training materials in 2011.

A chief reason that the Islamic State’s “global reach” has not been reduced is because the U.S. has failed to identify, confront, and oppose the ideology that has enabled it to amass “a large cadre of Western fighters.” That ideology has spread unchecked in the U.S. in large part because Brennan didn’t think it was worth teaching law enforcement about it.

The enforcement of his “purge” edict has been thorough.