Attorney General Eric Holder, left, accompanied by FBI Director Robert
Mueller, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in
Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Holder announced that two
individuals have been charged in New York for their alleged
participation in a plot directed by elements of the Iranian government
to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with explosives
while the ambassador was in the United States. (AP Photo/Haraz N.
Dwight C. Holton, the U.S. Attorney in Oregon said he had spoken with
Holder directly about the issue of the terror training materials.
Holton is the federal prosecutor who announced the arrest of so-called
“Christmas tree bomber” Mohamed Osman Mohamud in 2010. That announcement made no mention of Mohamud’s Muslim faith.
“I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that
portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards
violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to
everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of
Justice stands for,” Holton said Wednesday. “They will not be tolerated.”
Such training materials “pose a significant threat to national
security, because they play into the false narrative propagated by
terrorists that the United States is at war with Islam,” he added.