The lecture to the New York Metro Infragard took place at the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan.
FBI officials have said that Gawthrop's point of view is the exception, not the rule, in FBI counterterrorism training. A FBI spokesman said his previous presentation was "not consistent with the overall instruction provided to FBI personnel."
Wired reports that Gawthrop suggested the best strategy for undermining militants was to go after Islam itself:
"If you remember Star Wars, that ventilation shaft that goes down to into the depths of the Death Star, they shot a torpedo down there. That's a critical vulnerability," Gawthrop told his audience. Then he waved a laser pointer at his projected PowerPoint slide, calling attention to the words "Holy Texts" and "Clerics."
"We should be looking at, should be aiming at, these," Gawthrop said.
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