In the analytical and supposedly sectarian-neutral Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), its director John Brennan has publicly declared that the al-Qaeda terrorist network is improperly and purposefully misinterpreting the sacred writ of the followers of Mohammed, as reported by the right-of-center Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) on March 11, 2014.
While responding during the question and answer segment of his visit to the Council on Foreign Relations, Director Brennan was asked of "the 'war of ideas' surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence."
The intel honcho delved into the actual definition of what is the correct and incorrect tenets of Islam vice an analytical study of combating a known rather viscous terrorist group known to target not only American men, women and children, but those of our allies as well.
In his response, Brennan referred to al-Qaeda and presumably their numerous affiliates as:
A perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an.
One of the things that I'm struck with when I travel throughout the Middle East and I meet with leaders, military and civilian – these are individuals who are Qur’anic scholars themselves and they are the ones who are most annoyed at how al-Qaeda has hijacked their religion and how they have really distorted the teachings of Mohammed, you know, for violent purposes.
Brennan went on to refer to the al-Qaeda agenda of violence and death as an "ideology" that happens to be gaining traction in many regions of the civilized world due to a "lack of education and ignorance" as well as "you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement."
Director Brennan's assertion flies in the face of a 2009 Rand Corporation study conducted for the Department of Defense which noted:
Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment).
Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds. Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.
CNSNews.com also noted that Usama bin-Laden was quite wealthy, the son of a Saudi billionaire.
Also noted was that bin-Laden's al-Qaeda successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a medical physician, while the 9/11 attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has a degree in engineering.