WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Radical Muslims are using Islamic law to subvert the United States, security experts say, and are bent on imposing Shariah law throughout the world.
A panel of national security experts sponsored by the conservative-oriented Center for Security Policy is urging the Obama administration to abandon its stance that Islam is not linked to terrorism, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.
In a report, the panel said "it is vital to the national security of the United States, and to Western civilization at large, that we do what we can to empower Islam's authentic moderates and reformers."
Proponents of advancing Islamic law mark the "crucial fault line" in Islam's internal divisions separating truly moderate Muslims from the large portion of the world's 1 billion Muslims who advocate imposing Shariah law, the Islamic legal code, the panel said.
John Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for counter-terrorism, disagreed that "there is an Islamic dimension to terrorism," he told the Times in June.
The administration's policy of not linking Islam and its derivatives to fundamentalist terrorists is aimed at "not according these individuals any religious legitimacy," Brennan said.
A White House spokesman could not be reached for comment on the report or the administration's policy on political Islam, the Times said.