U.S. Jihadi killings: why minimal media coverage?
There was very little national news coverage regarding the arrest and charging last week of Ali Muhammad Brown a Seattle resident and Muslim convert. Brown went on a killing spree that took place on the west and east coasts of the U.S. involving the murders of 4 people.
What coverage that could be found was primarily from local outlets. Some of those tended to skit around that fact that Brown’s motives were based on his devotion to Islam.
Seattle man says he killed 4 in Wash., N.J. to gain revenge against U.S.
From: LA Times
By: James Queally, August 20, 2014
A Seattle man who confessed to killing four people in Washington and New Jersey this year said each shooting was part of a mission of vengeance against the U.S. government for its actions in the Middle East, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to a criminal complaint filed in King County, Brown took responsibility for each shooting and told investigators he carried out the killings to gain retribution for lives lost during U.S. military action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That’s it,” Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. “My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.”
The La Times failed to mention that the complaint indicated that Brown had stated …
“… he strictly followed the Muslim faith and as part of his beliefs, he had become angry with “evil” that the government was allowing to take place in the United States …. “
Two of the murders occurred in Seattle and the local Fox News affiliate covered it with a headline of COPS: Self-styled jihadist admits to killing 4 people, calls it ‘vengeance’ for U.S. actions in Mideast. The story was void of the terms Islam or Muslim with the exception of this statement by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:
“The charging documents reveal disturbing details about Brown’s motive for committing these murders, which appears to have based on anti-American sentiment and an extreme interpretation of the Muslim faith. While Brown invoked his faith, we must be clear that Brown’s views and his actions do not reflect the values of Muslims.
“In this moment of grief, we, as one community, across all faiths and religions races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, can and must renew our resolve to stand firm against violence and hatred of all kinds.”
Columnist Michelle Malkin points out that in contrast to the mayor’s statement, Ali Muhammad Brown appears to have plenty of company in Seattle:
Seattle alone has been a long-festering hotbed of anti-American, anti-Semitic jihadism.
In 2011, a Muslim terror ring led by Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh plotted “to kill officers and employees of the Department of Defense who worked at the (Military Entrance Processing Stations) located in the Federal Center South building in Seattle, Washington, and to kill other persons assisting such officers and employees in the performance of their duties” using “fully-automatic weapons pistols, and fragmentation grenades.”
In 2007, Seattle jihadist James Ujaama pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to his plan to establish a terror-training ground in Bly, Oregon. He had previously pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban.
In 2006, Everett, Washington Islamic revenge-seeker Na veed Haq shot six innocent women and killed one at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building while spewing anti-Israel hatred and Muslim diatribes.
In 2002, James Ujaama’s mosque leader, Abdul Raheem Al Arshad Ali of the radical Dar-us-Salaam mosque in Seattle’s Central District, was first arrested on illegal weapons charges. He had provided arms to fellow Seattle-area Muslim cleric, Semi Osman. The ethnic Lebanese born in Sierra Leone had served in a naval reserve fueling unit based in Tacoma, Washington. Osman had access to fuel trucks similar to the type used by al-Qaida in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers, which killed 19 U.S. airmen and wounded nearly 400 other Americans. Osman later pleaded guilty to illegal weapons possession.
Another militant Seattle jihadist, Muslim convert Ruben Shumpert (aka Amir Abdul Muhaimin) was arrested after an FBI raid in 2004 for his role in a terror-financing scheme. He skipped out on his sentencing hearing and turned up in Somalia, where he was killed fighting the U.S. military. Terror group al Shabaab hailed Muhaimin as a martyr.
Brown was part of the Muhaimin ring that were arrested by the FBI terrorism agents in 2004. He, along with several others, were convicted on federal bank fraud charges but prosecutors were unable to prove the money was being used to finance terrorist operations.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: There have been similar spin efforts by the media and politicians to disengage any reported acts of violence by Muslims from Islamic teachings. Prime example: actions of Major Nidal Malik Hasan being related to workplace violence. To deflect Islam’s influence like this is foolhardy and draws attention away from logical connections resulting in dangerous naivety. Islamist groups, such as CAIR and MPAC, have managed an extremely effective PR campaigns leveraging western fears of being politically incorrect — the fear of being labeled an Islamaphobe. Any phobia is based on an irrational or illogical fear. With the murders committed by Brown, killings in Britain, killings in Europe and most recently acts of genocide by ISIS, one needs to ask if a fear of Islam is actually irrational or illogical.