WASHINGTON—Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, accused President Barack Obama of enforcing "Islamic speech codes" in the United States during an address here Friday.
Speaking to the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of social conservatives, Bachmann was responding to a string of protests and violent attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates across northern Africa, the Mideast and Asia that were in part sparked by an Internet video mocking the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
"Last October, many prominent Islamic organizations wrote a letter to the White House," Bachmann said, "where they urged our White House to do a complete purge from any federal training materials from references to the ideology of Islam to ensure that all trainers in our U.S. military, our FBI and other U.S. security agencies be retrained so they would be brainwashed in political correctness toward Islam. That's enforced Islamic speech codes here in the United States. And all done with the help of our president and secretary of state."
Bachmann, who also called Obama "the most dangerous American president we have ever had on foreign policy," was referring to an FBI probe first reported by Wired Magazine in February that eliminated, wrote Wired, "over 700 pages of documentation from approximately 300 presentations given to agents since 9/11 ... describing 'mainstream' Muslims as 'violent.'"
Those documents, Wired reported, were purged due to "'factual errors'; 'poor taste'; employment of 'stereotypes' about Arabs or Muslims; or presenting information that 'lacked precision.'"