This is what Arthur Cummings II, the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of counterterrorism and national security investigations in the United States, has said about trying to get cooperation in dealing with terrorist threats.
The FBI has outreach programs to try to develop sources in the Muslim community and solicit tips, but Mr. Cummings found little receptivity. He found that while Muslims have brought some cases to the FBI, Muslim leaders in particular are often in denial about the fact that the terrorists who threaten the United States are Muslims.
The article should be read in full. Fascinating detail of the kind that seldom becomes available.
ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis has phoned Coalition politicians to urge them to use the soothing language favoured by Malcolm Turnbull in their public discussion of Islam.
In what is thought to be an unprecedented intervention in politics by a head of the spy agency, Mr Lewis is said to have told the MPs that their more robust comments risked becoming a danger to national security. It is believed the Office of the Prime Minister has been involved in arranging for these phone calls to take place.
But what I would really like is if Malcolm, Julie and Mr Lewis would spell out whether there is a problem of any kind that needs to be dealt with and then, when they have identified the problem, they identify what ought to be specifically done.