Pulled CIA ads undermine Muslim outreach
The CIA pulled ads from a Muslim paper.
September 23rd, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Pulled CIA ads undermine Muslim outreach

By  Suzanne Kelly, CNN

(CNN)– It's likely not the kind of public relations within the Muslim community that the CIA was aiming for, but when the Arab American News published a recent wire story that was critical of the agency and some of its believed operations in the community, something strange happened.

"We received an email from the advertising agency which handles the CIA's account," publisher Osama Siblani said.  "The agency sent an email saying that the CIA wanted to remove their ads immediately for undisclosed reasons.  I said 'OK, capture the front page in a picture and let's make the request to the webmaster to remove it.' They would not even wait. They want the ads to be removed immediately without a delay."

The ads seeking linguists interested in working for the agency were undoubtedly strategically placed in the Dearborn, Michigan, newspaper, which serves greater Detroit's Muslim community.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. trxsuspension

    Hello. everyone.
    would like to make new friends with you guys.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  2. NoJihad4U

    Did anyone catch the location in the ad?? Dearborn, Michigan. Since 9/11 the US has stopped 35 homegrown terrorists attacks that were being planned. Though it is not politically correct to say, we are at war with Islam, wake up people!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  3. terapi imam muda

    islam is easy


    September 26, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  4. CSX

    Imagine Germans in America telling us how great Germany is in 1943.

    Yet in 2011 Muslims tell us how peaceful Islam is. BUT LOOK AT THEIR COUNTRIES. They are not tolerant of YOU.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  5. NostalgicTreasures

    CIA sounds like Earth Defense Force. Hehe^^ Go, Americans. Defend our planet! You need the extensive Bible knowledge in reality. Reading "Art of War" or any pagan philosophy has been a waste of time for you.

    September 25, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • Smite Them

      Silly CIA. Do not waste time on the arts of warfare. We shall followeth the words of the Lord - "smite thine enemy" - "utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."

      September 25, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • Bazoint

      This sort of government sillyness is what they spend money on when we cannot afford to keep the post office open?

      September 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    So tired of people whose entire foundation in anthropological knowledge is based on watching The Flintstones as a kid.

    September 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Tubular

      Y-you mean it isn't true? All those dinosaur appliances didn't happen? Ohnoes! I need to turn off the cat!!!!

      September 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Bob S

      And their science knowledge is based off The Jetsons? Yeah, so many people do that sort of thing. Riiight.

      September 25, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • AGuest9

      Bob S – haven't been around here long? The belief in some bizarre stuff happens here. A 6000 year old earth where everything, including dinosaurs and man were created on the same day?

      September 25, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  7. sum it up

    Religion is not necessary to have good ethics or lead an altruistic lifestlye. Quite possibly just the opposite is preferable.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Evan

      No, it's not, but what do you mean by "ethical"?

      September 24, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • AGuest9

      Ethics are not derived from religion, as the religious claim. The ancient Greeks had many pagan gods, but believed that people operated of their own free will, and were correct.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Bob S

      Yas, quite.

      September 25, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  8. kimsland

    Pull ALL ads.
    No one likes ads anyway.
    One less Ad, hooray.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  9. Dear CIA

    You should read the Bible and listen to the Christian missionaries in the front lines. The West has become duh by listening to the pagan junks of self-improvement.

    September 24, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Have you ever heard of Separation of church and state? The bible does not fall in to that equation!

      September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • SilverTrail

      Adelina by any other name is still stupid and deluded.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • SilverTrail

      The SilverTrail right above is a fake.

      September 25, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  10. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Poor Brown Nut. He's so thenthitive.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Where is every body? Hmm must be the Saturday Night Fever....!

    September 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Dusty

      Didn't ya hear the sky is falling tonight!

      September 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Indonesian

      shut it up you malaysian. "allah" words belongs not to islam but to all peoples that speak in Arabic!

      September 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Muneef

      Are you sure you are in the right thread?! Surprised really to see some one who claims to be "Indonesian" calls names a "Malaysian" !? Any way those countries have many non Muslims of mixed races so would not be surprised...! Muslims of those countries are of "Yemeni/Hadramy" races and therefore many Speak,Read,Write Arabic of the Quran....!!

      September 24, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  12. Tinydust

    The main problem of Islam versus Christian versus Jews is only because the Jerusalem lands. This lands had been over war by centuries. The Christian and Jews think that they are the most owner of that lands. But Islam think that they are because salafist uuh sorry i mean saladin conquest it on 1000yr ago?? Its all because mohammed dreams about "vacation" to old great mosque (considered by some Muslim as Jerusalem) in one night with flying giant birds.

    Islam never ever to give the land they taken on 1000yr ago.

    Most of Palestine peoples in 1920 are imported from Arab and Egypt so there is not real owner of Jerusalem lands.

    God is the owner!!

    September 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      'God is the owner'

      If this is the case then I suggest god start paying taxes and stop taking money ($65.8 billion per year) from the USA.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Muneef

      Guess imported Arabs are closer to the land than imported Polish and Russions.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Muneef

      "GOD is the Owner"
      Besides why then you are mad with Muslims living in America or Europe when GOD is the Owner?!

      September 24, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  13. SilverTrail

    The best linguists are the Bible translators!! Muslims should learn English.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • SnailTrails

      I leave snail trails 🙁

      September 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ahahhahhaha! Oh, man, what a hoot. Addled telling others to "learn English".

      Moronic twit.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • SilverTrail

      Tom, only the monolingual simpleton kids mock those who learn second languages.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      And you should science!

      September 24, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      And you should learn science!

      September 24, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • SilverTrail

      Science is too hard for me.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • SilverTail

      I have trouble figuring out s ex.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • AGuest9

      Because if you believe that the bible was written in English, you would be incorrect.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Definition of christiany: The war against knowledge

      September 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. Everyone mocks you, you muttonhead.

      September 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • The Original

      The last two SilverTrail are fakes. @Guest, The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic but most study tools were written in English. Most of educated Earthlings today obtain the English language.

      September 25, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bwah! "Earthlings"!

      Jesus, what a complete buffoon you are, Adelina.

      September 25, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  14. fernace

    The Muslims are not our enemies! Factions of extremists who call themselves "Muslim", but don't live up to the tenets of their religion & terrorist who's religion is Jihadism, are the enemies we are fighting! Extreme religion in any form loses its true message & becomes about the hatred of the people who promote it! Was Anders Breivik a christian? I read many posts that denied that supposition, even though he called himself a christian & modeled himself on the Knight Templars! Likewise we can't take extreme Jihadists word that they fight in the name of Allah! Most Muslims denounce their tactics & are tired of being lumped in the same category as terrorists & rightfully so! We need education & the CIA should lead the movement!!

    September 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Any belief system based upon the death of its enemies is the enemy of humanity, and a cancer.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  15. BG

    Well, after all there is a recession going on. Good jobs are tough to come by. Either that, or it was just the CIA's way of saying hi to Dearborn.

    " Pssst. Hey, little Mo... wanna cookie? "


    September 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Indonesian

      Dearborn? thats will be a nuke test!

      September 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  16. Reality

    There is an easy way to help all of our Muslim sisters and brothers: (maybe the CIA can slip this into a few new ads?)

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    September 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Reality is better than "spam alert" any day.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      every time I see Herbert post that Reality's posts are spam, I just report Herbert for abuse.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • .........

      repeated spam alert hit report abuse to all reality posts

      September 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  17. *frank*

    wait it's a trap

    September 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's a cookbook!

      September 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm |

    ban religion period

    its a disease worse than aids and cancer

    and the zombie sheep are continuously trying to spread this trash around

    ban it

    September 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • BG

      The BROWN NOTE says "Ban religion period."

      What exactly is a "brown note?" I would get a 'Blue Note (great jazz label),' a 'black note' (as in something bad), a 'happy or sad note...' But your name is more like an "OFF NOTE." Or can you fart with perfect pitch ? Can you toot us a scale in A-minor? Just curious.

      Anyway, go ahead. Ban religion. Start a pet ition. Go sit on a street corner with a sign. Good luck. Really. I'm interested in how you plan on going about 'banning religion.' Tell us your master plan, you bush-league, ignorant, aspiring little Marxist nit-wit.

      What are you, fifteen years old?

      "Ban Religion?" 😆

      September 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

      dear captian obvious

      i do not have a plan for banning religion

      it is simply a hope and a dream much like a prayer that will never be answered because there are no gods to answer

      you wasted a lot of time just to make a failed attempt at insulting me

      great job

      by the way wouldnt someone in your bush-league support religion

      good thinking hero

      September 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Dom

      You were span-ked, brown note. Just say thank you and move on.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What a little dweeb you are, BN.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm |

      dom and tom

      yeah you sure got me there

      im so offended and upset it is almost unbearable

      you might be able to focus a little better if you stop fornicating with each other for a moment

      i bet you two could be supertrolls if you werent buried in each other

      September 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

      i anxiously await your academy award winning retorts

      September 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm |

      you majestic princesses have let everyone down by not gracing us with your mighty wit once again

      September 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Sardonicus

      > Brown Note

      Desperate much? You sound pathetic.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aww, Brown Nut, R U mad?

      September 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  19. total nonsense

    The CIA should not support Islam in any it's main mission should be to DESTROY Islam, as it is a danger to the entire planet. Muslims have no place in north america, they are the ENEMY

    September 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm |


      September 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, Brown Nut, that was really deep....as a mud puddle.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  20. Reality

    What the ad should have said:

    And the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • total nonsense

      Translation: Islam must be destroyed at all cost.

      September 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
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