The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission declined to take action today regarding terror-linked CAIR (Council on anti-American Islamic Relation’s) effort, led by Hassan Shibly, to stop the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) from using counter terrorist training expert, Sam Kharoba, of Counter-Terrorism Training for Law Enforcement.
TBO Local Muslims are asking for the removal of a state-contracted counter-terrorism instructor whom they say spreads false information about their religion and encourages law enforcement officers in Florida to racially profile people of the Islamic faith. The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa sent a letter to state officials, asking them to sever ties with instructor Sam Kharoba. The trainer’s presentations are “full of inaccuracies, sweeping generalizations and stereotypes,” the letter said.
“He encourages law enforcement officers to view Muslims with distrust,” said Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR in Tampa. “His training materials encourage law enforcement officers to profile and target Muslims.” Kharoba’s training manual says Islam favors war, not peace, and says countries with a 99-percent Muslim population are “ultimate Jihad-manufacturing societies,” according to the council’s letter. The council’s claims, Kharoba said, are baseless.
Kharoba, 45, was born to Christian parents in Amman, Jordan, where his father worked for the British government. Kharoba says he grew up exposed to both Western and Arabic religion and culture. Until 2001, Kharoba worked in software development.
After 9/11, he noticed that the media did not use the real names of many of the terrorists who made headlines. Instead, nicknames or aliases were often used because the differences between Arabic and Western naming conventions led to mistranslations. Seizing the opportunity, Kharoba instructed the law enforcement community about the nuances of Arabic names, whose flexibility allows foreign nationals to adopt multiple U.S. identities.
FFA CAIR’s Hassan Shibly presented his complaint at the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission’s November 1, 2012 meeting. The commission gave Sam Kharoba, founder of the Counter Terrorism Operations Center – CTOC, time to respond.
Sam Kharoba: “Hassan Shibly requested permission and was granted the opportunity to address the commission. He itemized 10 issues relating to my training – which is pretty much what we heard in their July letter to Commissioner Bailey. I then requested and was granted permission to address the committee. I emphasized the fact that CAIR hinders law enforcement and detailed their attacks on DOD, DBI, NYPD and other LE agencies. I stressed the fact there are approximately 90,000 LE officers in the state of FL where each works 2000 man hours a year. That equates to 180,000,000 hours of law enforcement services hours a year in FL and pointed out that there are no complaints or cases where Muslim Civil Rights have been violated by LE officers.”
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission agenda summarized their position at the end of the agenda item as follows: The CAIR complaint was provided to the Florida Criminal Justice Training Center Director’s Association and Director Pritt discussed the issue with the membership. The Association has not expressed a need to amend or enhance any of the current training offerings or to address the use of Mr. Kharoba as an instructor, as this is at the discretion of individual agencies and training centers based on vetting requirements previously articulated. RECOMMENDATION(S): This agenda item does NOT require Commission action.
Florida Family Association congratulates Sam Kharoba for standing his ground to provide training that defends American families from potential terrorism. Florida Family Association applauds the FDLE commission for not giving any more place to CAIR’s groundless accusations.