Because Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sits on the House Intelligence Committe, she was allowed to view secret documents on the FBI's counter-terror training. Obviously, we're going to have to take Bachmann's word about what she read and remember that she's just a wee bit unreliable and crazed.
It certainly seems that what she read is only going to fuel her inflammatory, islamophobic conspiracy theories.
While the Minnesota representative is barred by the FBI's confidentiality agreement from revealing what she saw in the documents, she said the briefings she received "raise even more alarm bells" that the agency is going too far to appease Muslim-American groups.
"This is truly censorship by our government, the government purging itself of documents," Bachmann said. "We are not only seeing documents purged. We are seeing trainers purged and we are seeing the FBI library purged."
The FBI began reviewing all of its counter-terror training materials last September in response to media reports describing controversial statements in documents and lectures, allegedly including the assertion that devout Muslims are more likely to become terrorists.
Islamic and Arab-American groups protested and demanded removal of all references they deemed to be anti-Islamic. Within days, the bureau launched a review to ensure all FBI training materials are factual and do not rely on stereotypes.