Terrorism course requirement 'insanity'

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

The founder and leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry completely understands why law enforcement officers are shocked by a NYU course that requires students to plot a terrorist attack.

The New York Post recently reported about the controversial New York University course on transnational terrorism being taught by former Navy criminal investigator Dr. Marie-Helen Maras. Its syllabus requires students to "step into [a terrorist's] shoes" and "hypothetically plan a terrorist attack." Each class member must write a 10- to 15-page paper on his or her battle plan.

The Post quotes a ranking law enforcement officer who lost co-workers on 9/11 and describes the class as "the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard."   

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, points out that these papers could become guides for real terrorists.

"The assignment could become a primer in plotting attacks," she cautions. "Something being created here by this professor could actually end up in the hands of terrorists who take and learn from it. So this is insanity."

Markell says this is just another example of political correctness run amok.

"The students have come through years and years of public education, which is so twisted to the left," she remarks. "It's also another indication of this run-amok political correctness that is going on. Imagine how the families of terror victims must feel when they see something like this."

The Post article points out that some of the most notorious terrorists got their start on American campuses. Maras has defended the exercise, saying it prepares students for careers in intelligence, policing and counter-terrorism.

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