Army officer who taught anti-Islam course in Norfolk threatens to sue Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley (Thomas Moore Law Center)
Danger Room reports that the Army officer who once taught that the U.S. ought to consider “Hiroshima tactics” for a “total war” on Islam has put Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on notice that ha may face a lawsuit.
Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is accusing the government of concealing “the truth about Islam” and his new lawyers accuse Dempsey of compromising “the final bastion of America’s defense against Islamic jihad and sharia, the Pentagon” to “the enemy.”
As Danger Room first reported in April, Dempsey shut down an elective course Dooley taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, which is under the auspices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The course instructed senior officers at the lieutenant colonel, commander, colonel and Navy captain level that “there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” and that wartime protections against civilians of Islamic countries were “no longer relevant.”
Dooley’s attorneys, at the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, have been sympathetic to such arguments. They’ve defended the Florida Pastor Terry Jones, whose burning of the Koran prompted violent protests in Afghanistan last year.
The Law Center also accuses Dempsey of capitulation to radical Islam. Its press release quotes a former CIA agent named Claire Lopez saying: “The final bastion of America’s defense against Islamic jihad and sharia, the Pentagon, fell to the enemy in April 2012, with the issuance of a letter from General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, re-issuing his earlier order that all Department of Defense (DoD) course content be scrubbed to ensure no lingering remnant of disrespect to Islam.”