A prominent Islamic civil rights and advocacy organization Tuesday urged the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Defence Department (DoD) not to use anti-Muslim extremists to train counterterrorism officials. That request by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) comes following a recent Washington Post investigative report on post-9/11 government surveillance, which revealed that US law enforcement is turning to extremists for training in the fight against terrorism. The Post reported stated: "Seeking to learn more about Islam and terrorism, some law enforcement agencies have hired as trainers self-described experts whose extremist views on Islam and terrorism are considered inaccurate and counterproductive by the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies." CAIR made its requests in letters to DHS Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Last week, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization sent a similar request to Attorney General Eric Holder. The Post's report also cited cases of individuals who lack formal training "teaching classes on terrorism and Islam to law enforcement officers all over the country." It noted that the Center for Security Policy, an extremist right-wing think tank headed by Frank Gaffney -- that recently published an inflammatory report targeting American Muslims, has spoken to many law enforcement forums. According to the Post: "Government terrorism experts call the views expressed in the center's book inaccurate and counterproductive." "It is important that the Department of Defence and the Department of Homeland Security have access to accurate and balanced information about Islam and Muslims," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad added that a coalition of Muslim, Sikh, Asian-American, and other civil liberties groups recently called on FBI Director Robert Mueller to explain why Robert Spencer, a leader of an anti-Islam hate group, was invited to train state and federal law enforcement officers. Earlier this year, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) acknowledged that an anti-Islam film should not have been used in training offered to security personnel by that military law enforcement agency. CAIR contacted NCIS after receiving a report that a three-day NCIS surveillance detection course at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., included the viewing of a propagandistic anti-Islam film.