MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein sent a letter on to Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command recommending a review of the qualifications of Mr. Patrick Dunleavy as a subject-matter expert (terrorism). MRFF also questioned Mr. Dunleavy’s suitability as a trainer of U.S. Air Force personnel based on his well-known association with several anti-Muslim hate organizations. MRFF’s objections on behalf of its clients are based on Mr. Dunleavy’s extensive anti-Muslim background:
Mr. Dunleavy is a senior fellow with Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), an anti-Muslim propaganda organization, and has also made intolerant bigoted statements against Islam and Muslims. Mr. Dunleavy has been closely associated with other anti-Muslim hate groups such as the Clarion Project and the Center for Security Policy. He has interviewed with Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project and makes regular appearances on Secure Freedom Radio, a radio show hosted by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, another recognized anti-Muslim hate propaganda tool.
Mikey summed up MRFF’s objections to Mr. Dunleavy:
As a known promoter of anti-Muslim propaganda, Mr. Dunleavy’s access to train our American service members is completely incompatible with the instilled Air Force leadership principles of “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do” to buttress DoD’s comprehensive education and motivation, as well as the U.S. Military’s bedrock policies on diversity and respect for all religious faiths or no faiths.
Several right wing and sectarian religious websites reported in late April that a formal review of this anti-terrorism training program and the private contractor hired to conduct it will be initiated.