The New York Times has a piece titled Shooting Clouds Life as Both Muslim and Texan, which examines the reactions of Typical Muslims from the Dallas area to the shooting in Garland. Extended attention is given to one Mohamed Elibiary. You can tell he’s a Regular Muslim Guy whose opinion is worth ten paragraphs in an article in the nation’s largest newspaper. Why, just look at the guy, with his Texan shirt:
I am going to quote the entirety of the paper’s discussion with Elibiary, starting with his introduction to the reader:
Mohamed Elibiary, 39, a founder of the North Texas Islamic Council — and a former member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of Homeland Security — said he, too, found the idea behind the event in Garland on Sunday insulting. But, he added, that did not mean it warranted a reaction.
“It’s a gimmick,” he said. “Pamela Geller and people like her have no power. All they can do is cause commotion and bait people into things.”
I don’t know about you, but a guy who gave advice to Homeland Security seems like a guy we want to hear from. Wow. Hey, I wonder if he ever wore that Texas shirt while giving the advice? It’s like the New York Times knows that I want to hear more from this fella — and man, do they ever accommodate me:
Caricatures of the prophet are offensive to him and to others, Mr. Elibiary said, but reactions vary. Not everyone is interested in the arguments of Ms. Geller, who has defended herself by arguing that her enemies are simply trying to crush “truth and freedom.”
Mr. Elibiary said, “You’ve got to remember, I live a middle-class lifestyle in a first-world country.”
“I have plenty of opportunities to express myself,” he said, “and I’m in no way disenfranchised. People who usually react violently to that have a totally different life experience.”
Mr. Elibiary, who was born in Egypt and grew up in the Dallas area, runs a security consulting firm from his home in Plano, a suburb of Dallas that is a short drive from Garland. On Tuesday afternoon, he was wearing a button-down shirt emblazoned with the Texas flag.
Many of those who attended the Garland event were not from there, he pointed out, or even from Texas.
“These aren’t native Texans that are gravitating to picking a fight with their neighbors,” he said.
Similarly, he added, Muslims in the Dallas region view the two gunmen — who lived in the same apartment complex in Phoenix — as outsiders.
“Their actions don’t go into our calculus,” Mr. Elibiary said.
Don’t mess with Texas Muslims! This guy is clearly the salt of the earth. Runs a security firm. Advised Homeland Security. And need I remind you about the shirt?
If your spidey sense — something about my tone, perhaps? — suggests that there is another shoe about to drop, then your spidey sense is spidey indeed. Because as it turns out, this guy has some very unusual friends and opinions.
For one thing, he is pals with at least one terrorist. In a 2013 interview, Elibiary described his long, “tight friendship” with Shukri Abu Baker of Garland, Texas, now serving a 65-year sentence in federal prison for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, money laundering, and other crimes. (Elibiary thinks he’s innocent — natch.)
Hmmm. The New York Times didn’t mention any of that.
Remember the detail in the New York Times piece about how Mr. Elibiary is a “former” DHS advisor? Yeah, well, it appears the “former” part is no accident. Here is a Pajamas Media piece on our friend Mr. Elibiary from January which explains:
In September, Elibiary was unceremoniously removed from his fellowship position with the Department of Homeland Security, which he tried to spin as a “resignation,” but letters sent to members of Congress by DHS officials indicated he would not be reappointed.
The Pajamas Media piece lists other several troubling facts about Mr. Elibiary’s history of support for radical Islam, including speaking at a conference honoring the Ayatollah Khomeini as a “Great Islamic Visionary,” boasting of the “inevitable” return of the Islamic caliphate (a prediction celebrated by ISIS), putting a Muslim Brotherhood icon on his Twitter account, and so forth.
The New York Times didn’t mention any of that either! Hmmmmm . . .
It’s almost as if the NYT reporter went to CAIR in Dallas and said: “hey, give us a nice Muslim guy to talk to” –and was directed to Elibiary. And so, without any investigation into his disturbing past, they did what they do best: stenography for PC opinions.
That’s the best spin they can put on this: that they didn’t bother to Google this guy.
The worst spin would be that they did Google him, and just decided not to tell you about what they found.
Either way, you won’t learn this information from reading the trained journalists. They have their agenda to spread, and they’re not going to let a little thing like facts get in the way.
P.S. Times editors, if you want a real Man on the Street, let me know. I know a guy who will give you some dynamite quotes — and as far as I know, has befriended zero convicted terrorist supporters. His name is Greg Packer. Just say the word and I’ll hook you up.