After Ackerman and Danger Room's tireless work on anti-Muslim prejudice in the FBI, the Bureau has opened an internal investigation into the matter. Adam Serwer explains why it matters from a purely counterterrorism perspective:
If this had been done earlier, the FBI might have avoided some embarrassment. The stakes, of course, are much higher than that. The FBI has vast authority to conduct domestic surveillance, and the kind of Islamophobic cultural illiteracy represented by Gawthrop's training makes it more difficult to locate and identify actual terrorists. It also damages the FBI's ability to form relationships with the American Muslim community, relationships FBI Director Robert Mueller himself has identified as crucial to stopping attacks before they happen.