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Submitted by Barry (United States), Jan 13, 2016 at 12:27

Although I have used a documentary for years, in my Humanities classes, in which you are seen to estimate radicalized Muslims who want to do us harm to be only be 10-15% of the Islamic population, I find that your quibbling with Trump's semantics serves no purpose. In the article below, you make that clear to me. Taqiyyah aside, there is no way to ascertain how many "Islamists" would pass your Q & A test. At least you are willing to admit that:

Repeated: Questions should be asked again and again over a period of weeks, months, and even longer. This is crucial: lies being much more difficult to remember than truths, the chances of a respondent changing his answers increases with both the volume of questions and the time lapse between their being asked. Once inconsistencies occur, the questioner can zero in and explore their nature, extent, and import.
This interviewing protocol is extensive, asking many specific questions over a substantial period of time using different formulations, probing for truth and inconsistencies. It is not quick, easy, or cheap, but requires case officers knowledgeable about the persons being interviewed, the societies they come from, and the Islamic religion; they are somewhat like a police questioner who knows both the accused person and the crime. Any one of the questions can be asked in different ways and expanded with follows-up about the respondent's line of reasoning or depth of feeling. This is not a casual process. There are no shortcuts.

In short, truly to protect the country from Islamists requires a major commitment of talent, resources, and time. But, properly handled, these questions offer a mechanism to separate enemy from friend among Muslims.

From my reading of Trump's remarks, his take is similar to yours. That said, has the procedure you've described been perfected? Shouldn't it be before the Muslim floodgates are opened?

If not, we're being willfully blind by trusting that all Muslims are peaceful refugees. I sense that Trump would agree. My belief is that he would also agree with creating the interview process you've described.

Barry

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If you are worried about taqiya, how do you know that converts from Islam to other religions are sincere? It's no easier to discern Muslims than it is Islamists.

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