Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of by Stephen Coughlin

By Stephen Coughlin

After the occasions of September eleven, 2001, Stephen Coughlin was once mobilized from his inner most area profession to the Intelligence Directorate on the Joint Chiefs of employees to paintings in focusing on. hence begun his schooling in terrorism. within the years that undefined, Coughlin earned acceptance because the Pentagon’s top professional at the Islamic-based doctrines motivating jihadi teams that confront the United States. He got here into call for as a coach and lecturer at best instructions and senior carrier employees associations, together with the nationwide protection collage, the military and military battle faculties, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the country division, and the FBI. So powerful have been his displays that a few within the distinctive operations group dubbed them “Red capsule” briefings, a connection with an iconic scene within the Matrix. It’s an apt metaphor: as soon as the proof and doctrines are effectively defined and understood, there isn't any going back.

This used to be greater than our enemies – and, it kind of feels, our leaders – may well tolerate. starting in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood confident the White condo to prohibit Coughlin and placed an finish to his briefings. The circulate used to be based on shariah strategies of slander that search to blindfold the US to yes realities that render us defenseless opposed to a chance made existential via the very lack of know-how it will get our leaders to implement. In instances like this – whilst the White House’s former counterterrorism strategist can claim it unconstitutional to permit nationwide safeguard analysts to appear to Islam to appreciate jihad – there’s an pressing have to draw back the blindfold so they can see and confront the probability. Such is the target of Catastrophic Failure. The ebook, drawn seriously from Coughlin’s “outlawed” briefings, is a accomplished evaluation of Islamic legislation and doctrine recognized to shape the root of adversarial risk thoughts directed opposed to the USA and the West, the demanding situations they current, and the ideologically triggered breakdown of fact-based decisionmaking that's not anything in need of specialist malpractice by way of our nationwide safeguard elites.

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Sometimes things must break before they can be put back together. The problem is that when things fall apart, there is no guarantee that they can be put back together. * * * The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country… We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on earth.

It was possible because neither MAJ Hasan nor I was merely giving a personal opinion on what the Qur’an says about abrogation and Islamic legal obligations to engage in jihad. I was not providing mere conjecture about what may motivate adherents; my presentations anticipated Hasan’s because they were based on the same sources—a clear reading of the same Islamic law—rather than relying on sociological or other soft-science explanations. In other words, my briefings on abrogation and jihad for the Department of Defense provided actual indicators and warning of a real threat to the leaders that needed it most.

S. [33]/[1] Is it a “core value” to deride fellow Americans when speaking in uniform and representing the United States on foreign broadcasts known to be close to the Muslim Brotherhood? Isn’t commitment to the truth as demonstrated by factual analysis supposed to be a “core value”? What of sensitivity to constitutional concepts like “free speech” and “due process”? Those in the national security establishment who had their work products purged—including briefings, counterterror analysis, threat assessments, and special agent reports—were given no notice, no opportunity, and no due process to defend themselves against unnamed censors.

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