Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) sounded the alarm on Monday over the FBI's decision to scrap nearly 900 pages of training materials that had been determined offensive, culturally insensitive and in some cases entirely misleading or incorrect.
"We have to understand that when tolerance becomes a one-way street it will lead to cultural suicide," West warned on Fox News in response to the FBI's move late last month. "We should not allow the Muslim Brotherhood-associated groups to be influencing our national security strategy."
West then continued, saying that he "absolutely" believed the Muslim Brotherhood was affecting decisions made by American officials, pointing particularly to a report on accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.
"It makes no reference to Islamic jihadism, Muslim extremism, it doesn't talk about his association with al-Awlaki, and it is classified as workplace violence," West said. "We're making our security situation so vanilla. If we continue to be recalcitrant in identifying who the enemy is and to be less offensive to them, then we're gonna put ourselves in a bad situation."
The controversial sections of the FBI training material first arose last year in a report from Wired. Particular passages included a PowerPoint slide on Muslims, claiming that "under certain circumstances, the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law and impinge on freedoms of others." Another claimed that Muslims were prone to violent outbursts and anger issues, likening them to "Jekyll and Hyde temper tantrums."
"Now you have an environment of political correctness which precludes these agents from doing their proper job and due diligence to go after the perceived threat," West said.
Here's a look at some other notable statements from West: