Ex-CIA Interrogator Blasts 'Hug a Jihadi' Idea: Imagine Rob O'Neill Armed With Cookies
Dr. James Mitchell, the man who personally interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, thinks Denmark's "hug a jihadi" program is extremely naive.
In Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, authorities are trying to change the minds of potential Islamic extremists by supporting them and offering them kindness rather than treating them as outcasts and criminals.
The method is referred to by some as the “hug a terrorist” or "hug a jihadi" model of de-radicalization.
"I want you to imagine Rob O'Neill, the guy who shot bin Laden, kicking open the door in his compound, and he's armed with warm cookies and a 'Let's Cuddle' t-shirt. And he goes, 'Get on over here, you rascal. I got lots of hugs for you,'" Mitchell said on "Fox & Friends" this morning. "It's a ridiculous idea."
He said the most effective way to prevent radicalization is for parents, schools, social institutions and religious institutions to actively promote Western values.
He said they must teach would-be jihadists that the "violent underpinnings" of their faith are either the misinterpretation or the corruption of their religious texts.
"You can't raise a child in a stove-piped community where they're taught that the entire culture that they're supposed to assimilate in is evil and out to hold them down, and then when they become an adult expect them to do anything except rebel," Mitchell said.
"It's prey behavior," he said. "We're engaging in prey behavior with a bunch of predators whose overall goal is to take away your way of life."
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