U.S. President Donald Trump stated that the struggle against wiping out radical Islam is a priority for his administration. In August 2016, Trump announced “one of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam.”
The Middle East Forum (MEF), headed by Dr. Daniel Pipes, commissioned former congressional staffer Dr. Christopher C. Hull to put together a “comprehensive plan” for what that commission should look like, based on the MEF’s extensive experience in challenging radical Islam.
The MEF sets out the parameters of the commission as follows:
“Structure: To be successful, the commission must consist of members selected by the president and have the power to subpoena documents, compel testimony and grant immunity.
“Personnel: The commission should include a mix of experts on political violence, radical Islam and technology; elected officials and members of the military, law enforcement, intelligence and diplomatic communities; Muslim reformers; and victims of radical Islam.
“Mandate: The commission should expand on Trump’s commitment to explain the core convictions of Islamists, expose their networks and develop new protocols for law enforcement. In addition, it should examine how to cut off resources flowing to Islamists, how to deny them use of the Internet, how to prevent them from crossing our borders and how to prevent political correctness from impeding the fight against radical Islam.
“Implementation: To be effective, the commission must coordinate with federal agencies to gather data, draft executive orders and legislation, provide supporting documents, prepare requests for proposals, recommend personnel and work out budgets.”
Trump’s administration pledged to establish a commission on radical Islam. The Middle East Forum has a proposal ready. (Photo: Getty Images)To read the full plan click here.
It is important that the administration is adequately advised on matters of dealing with radical Islam in order that the appropriate action is taken. It is heartening to see respected experts in the field are seriously setting forward how such practical measures may be taken.
Clarion Project’s own Raheel Raza is a member of the Muslim Reform Movement.