The flag of Islam flies above the White House: How NYPD trained counter-terrorism cops
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blasted the use of a controversial movie portraying American Muslims as extremists to help train New York police officers.
The mayor said police chiefs used ‘terrible judgment’ in screening The Third Jihad to nearly 1,500 recruits.
‘As soon as they found out about it, they stopped it,’ added Mr. Bloomberg.
The movie – which was played during counter-terrorism training seminars – features scenes of Christians being shot in the head, car bombs exploding and a doctored picture of a black Islamic flag is shown flying over the White House
Mr Bloomberg said neither he nor Police Commissioner Ray Kelly knew about the film being shown.
The movie was screened on a continuous loop while officers were signing in for counter-terrorism training from October to December 2010, according to police documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice, a think tank at New York University.
As many as 1,489 officers, including 68 lieutenants, may have seen it, the documents say.
Police stopped showing the film after one of the trainees complained.
After showing scenes of violence, a narrator reportedly says: ‘This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America.
‘A strategy to infiltrate and dominate America…This is the war you don’t know about.’
Muslims groups have complained that the film exaggerates radical Islamic elements.
Among the film’s claims, according to Tom Robbins, of the Village Voice, who first discovered it was being watched by NYPD recruits, is that most American Muslims are involved in some way in promoting terror.
‘After it was over, I was thinking, “What was that?”‘ an officer who saw the full-length 72-minute movie told Mr Robbins.
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