Report: U.S. Ignoring Creeping Threat from Sharia Law

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A group of national security experts is urging the Obama administration to change its current stance on the link between terrorism and Islam.

The Center for Security Policy released its report on Islamic Sharia law Wednesday, saying the U.S. is "euphemistically" labeling the threat of Islam as mere "violent extremism."

The report, which received the endorsement of key U.S. lawmakers, was put together by a 19-member team of national security experts, including former high-ranking officials from the CIA and U.S. military, a former Justice Department prosecutor and a former FBI special agent.

"Though it certainly has spiritual elements, it would be a mistake to think of sharia as a 'religious' code in the Western sense because it seeks to regulate all manner of behavior... economic, social, military, legal and political," they wrote in the report.

"Our leaders have failed to perceive -- let alone respond effectively to-- the real progress being made by the Muslim Brotherhood in insinuating sharia into the very heartland of America through stealthy means," they later added.

The experts in the latest report call themselves "Team B II."  The original "Team B" focused on the threat from Soviet communism during the 1970s.

The Center for Security Policy is run by former Reagan defense staffer Frank Gaffney, Jr.

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck gives his insight on the new report and the creeping threat of sharia law in the U.S.  Click play for his comments.

*Originally published September 15, 2010.

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