As the nation debates the place of Islam, the CIA’s Muslim officers fight terrorism

Posted on June 21, 2016


Missy Ryan, Washington Post

[…] In a seventh-floor conference room at the CIA’s fortress-like Virginia headquarters, the agency’s No. 2 official, David S. Cohen, wanted to push back against anti-Muslim discourse. Speaking to several dozen employees, Cohen had a simple message, those present said, about attempts to marginalize Muslim employees: “zero tolerance.”

For agency leaders, telegraphing their support for the CIA’s small cadre of Muslim employees was crucial, not out of altruism but because they see their presence as “mission critical.” Having a workforce linked to many of the parts of the world where thse CIA works, they say, enables the spy agency to understand the thinking of foreign adversaries. [Please click here to read the remainder of this article.]

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