Portland Saved From Islamofascist Terrorism In Spite of Itself (Update: More Details on the Terrorist and Arson Attack on his Mosque)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
This is a juicy catch from Byron York:
In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. On Friday, that task force helped prevent what could have been a horrific terrorist attack in Portland. Now city officials say they might re-think their participation in the task force — because Barack Obama is in the White House.
Mmm, yeah, they are motivated by the fact we have a new president. Never mind that he has been president for nearly two years now. Nah, I am calling B.S. on that one.
And of course these paragraphs contain a little schadenfreude,too:
What is ironic is that the operation that found and stopped Mohamud is precisely the kind of law enforcement work that Portland’s leaders, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected during the Bush years. In April 2005, the Portland city council voted 4 to 1 to withdraw Portland city police officers from participating in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Mayor Tom Potter said the FBI refused to give him a top-secret security clearance so he could make sure the officers weren’t violating state anti-discrimination laws that bar law enforcement from targeting suspects on the basis of their religious or political beliefs.
Other city leaders agreed. “Here in Portland, we are not willing to give up individual liberties in order to have a perception of safety,” said city commissioner Randy Leonard. “It’s important for cities to know how their police officers are being used.”
(Emphasis added, for extra irony.) Of course I am very glad that we are talking about Portland being ironically saved from itself, instead of being ironically allowing a man to murder a few hundred of its citizens. But I am reminded of John Stewart Mill speaking of the miserable creature that “has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” In this episode, the FBI and (credit where credit is due) the Obama administration is the better people.
Anyway, as they say, read the whole thing.
Update: More details about the plotter, here, including this:
Authorities have not explained how a young Muslim man described by friends as an average university student who drank an occasional beer and hung out with fraternity friends became so radicalized.
Actually indulging in stuff like drinking a beer can be a bad sign. The 9-11 terrorists engaged in a lot of conduct that was sinful in the eyes of radical Islam (drinking, going to strip clubs, etc.), because they believed that the act of carrying out 9-11 would save their souls. More:
Prosecutors say after the trip to the backcountry, Mohamud made a video in the presence of one of the undercover agents, putting on clothes he described as “Sheik Osama style:” a white robe, red and white headdress, and camouflage jacket. He read a statement speaking of his dream of bringing “a dark day” on Americans and blaming his family for getting in the way.
“To my parents who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them … if you — if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah’s power … will ask you about that on the day of judgment, and nothing that you do can hold me back,” he said.
It’s interesting that his parents were opposed to this.
Update (II): And in other news, there has been an arson attack on the mosque that the bomber occasionally attended. To his credit, the Imam didn’t take this as a chance to condemn the community at large:
Islamic Center leader Imaam Yosof Wanly said he doesn’t believe the fire is a reflection on the community of Corvallis where he has lived for 24 years.
“I know people here know the true reality of the Muslim community here,” he said. “It’s a sad situation.”
Wanly condemned the alleged plot by the 19-year-old, stating he “denounced the actions of Mohamed Mohamud.”
Hat tip, The Blaze.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]