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Andrew McCarthy: 'We Can't Trust' Islamic Groups We Are Working With

By    |   Friday, 17 July 2015 06:35 PM

The nation's strategy to battle domestic terrorism by partnering with anti-American Islamic organizations to "make them our eyes and ears in the community" is doomed to failure, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion Friday with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, McCarthy, who led the prosecution against 1993 World Trade Center bomber Omar Abdel Rahman, says that attack was "radical Islam's declaration of war against the United States."

"As far as they're concerned, the war has never stopped, and we certainly haven't won it," he says. "So I don't see how when we have an enemy that's avidly making war against us, how we can come to any conclusion that we are at war whether we'd like to be or not."

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Yet America's approach to battling terrorism in the homeland has changed, and not for the better, McCarthy says.

"We had an approach where law enforcement was basically charged to go in and beat the weeds in the places that we knew were hot beds of the ideology," he said.

"The strategy now is that we're going to partner with … Islamic organizations, many of which are either parts of the Muslim Brotherhood or have relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a virulently anti-American organization, and make them our eyes and ears in the community. That cannot work."

"[W]e can't trust them to tell us what we need to know," McCarthy adds. "That's not just a shot at the Muslim Brotherhood, that's basic intelligence and Law Enforcement 101. You want information, you have to go get the information yourself."

Retired Army Special Forces Lt. Col. D. Scott Mann says America's senior leaders and policymakers also have to change the way they think about jihadists who are so clearly "going local."

"They want to demonstrate that they can reach us in places like Chattanooga, not necessarily New York City," Mann says. "That's a whole new ball game."

"We've got to change how we think about this and for starters let's understand what ISIS and these other extremists want at a strategic level," he says. "We're playing right into it right now and until we start thinking that way, how we act is just going to be reactionary and it's going to play right into their hands."

But he said what makes America exceptional is "our communities."

"Our communities actually can play a very positive role in this, but we've got to first… acknowledge the threat that we're facing and that they are actually an enemy," he says.

"[T]his war affects everybody, the people in Chattanooga, and all over Middle America. It's coming, it's not going away, we've got to step back, take a breath…. we can win this thing but we got to get serious about it and it's going to take the American people's involvement to do it."

McCarthy said attacks like the Thursday slaying of four unarmed Marines at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn., "are not ISIS-inspired attacks even if it turns out that ISIS is involved in them."

"These are ideology-inspired attacks and we continue to not want to focus on the big problem we have, which is that this is an interpretation of Islam that, while not the only potential interpretation, is a mainstream one in the Middle East and one that has more adherence than we'd like to think in the West," he says.

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The nation's strategy to battle domestic terrorism by partnering with anti-American Islamic organizations to "make them our eyes and ears in the community" is doomed to failure, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV.
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