Homegrown 'errorists'

Liberals contort themselves to avoid confronting radical Muslim terrorism

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Every time there's an act of Muslim terror here, left-wing media and politicians seem to hope it's the handiwork of a "homegrown" terrorist. A lone wolf. An angry conservative maybe.

Sometimes they hope openly.

"There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country," MSNBC host Contessa Brewer admitted on the radio.

Why, Contessa? How would that make you feel better?

The bomb-rigged Times Square SUV was barely defused before people such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg surmised it might have been the work of "somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health-care bill or something."

Right. That's the first thing that comes to his mind. Some angry conservative. Hopefully a white guy. We're still waiting for Son of Timothy McVeigh. Never mind the actual trail of Muslim violence and attempted violence across America, from New Jersey to Seattle, and in Bloomberg's city alone stretching back to 1993.

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano said Sunday, "You know, at this point I have no information that it's anything other than a one-off." Translation: one person, acting alone.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told CNN, "The odds are quite high that this was a lone wolf."

Oops. We hope he didn't take those odds and put money on it. Not only is the arrested man -- Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani native who apparently lied through his teeth to get American citizenship -- quite likely a radical Muslim terrorist, but he may not have been working alone: Pakistani officials say they've arrested alleged co-conspirators of Shahzad's in Karachi.

Still, even if the Times Square bomber had technically "acted alone" in deed, he still would have been connected to his radical colleagues in spirit and intention.

Yet, liberals just refuse to accept the viral nature of Islamic jihad. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, wrote after the Fort Hood massacre that the case "puts the spotlight back on the lone-wolf offender who sits at the crossroads of crime, terrorism and mental distress."

The only thing mushier than that is oatmeal.

Likewise, some rushed to describe Fort Hood mass murderer Nidal Hasan as, in the words of Time magazine, "another horrific workplace shooting by a nutcase who suddenly snapped," rather than the Muslim terrorist that he quite obviously was.

"In their first response, officials betrayed an eagerness to assume it was" just another guy who snapped, Time wrote. Never mind that Hasan was chanting the radical-Muslim mantra "God is great" as he slaughtered his fellow soldiers.

The "lone wolf" theory was also put forth after the "underwear" bomber was foiled over Detroit -- until we learned he was al-Qaida trained.

We're not suggesting authorities should assume it's a radical Muslim when something blows up or is rigged to. Just the opposite: Don't assume anything. But above all, it makes zero sense to assume it isn't Muslim terrorism. That's going more than a few blocks out of your way to be stupid.

Thank heaven investigators didn't act on Schumer's and Bloomberg's delusional assumptions; if they had, they never would have reached Shahzad's plane after it had taxied from the terminal, and he'd be soaking up the rays in Dubai by now.

Liberal media and politicians -- call them homegrown "errorists" -- are so eager to avoid even the topic of Muslim terrorism that they're routinely giving out potentially dangerous misinformation after terrorist acts. It's not making anyone feel any better, and it shouldn't.

And someday, that kind of suicidal political correctness may lead to a terrorist getting away.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/04/10 - 11:07 pm
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What does a terrorist being

What does a terrorist being Muslim or law enforcement assuming they are or are not Muslim have to do with a terrorist getting away?

I think the point is just to drum up more irrational hate toward Muslims. If you don't want Muslims in America then write an editorial about ammending the Constitution.

And Nat - Americans have killed alot of Muslims (women and children included) in Iraq and Afghanistan by our unwarranted invasions of those countries. Lets not be hypocritical about it. Nobody is condoning terrorism but the stereotyping of others as violent, especially by Christians, is just so ludicrous it is unfathomable.

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Nat the Cat 05/04/10 - 11:23 pm
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Baron--I'll tell you what I

Baron--I'll tell you what I told Cain. What if you had a relative, a Mother, Father or Child that was killed on 9/11, when Muslim cowards, in the name of their God, crashed OUR Aircraft into the World trade center and the Pentagon and a Pennsyvainian Field [thanks to American heroes}. These Terrorist murdered over 3000 innocent American men, women and children. I really don't care what you think about the United States of America, Baron, or Christians, but you can't compare any despicable act that Americans or Christians would plan or condone with 9/11. Americans or Christians simply would not plan to hijack another Country's Civilian Aircraft and crash them into High-Rises, the Pentagon and the White house equivalents of any other Country...or do you think that 9/11 was understandable too?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/04/10 - 11:38 pm
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The Associated Press said he

The Associated Press said he was an American from Connecticut who lived in a two story house with a sloping lawn in a mixed neighborhood. Later they reported his house had been foreclosed on. CNN said that must have created enormous pressure on him losing his home.

Can you believe all this denial? He is a Muslim terrorist who was trained in Pakistan. The liberal media wants it to appear he is just a regular guy who stressed out with the bad economy (probably caused by Bush) and turned to violence.

audioofbeing
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audioofbeing 05/04/10 - 11:49 pm
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I'm curious what you think

I'm curious what you think drives this supposed attempt to deny "Muslim extremism." What would "the left" have to gain by this tactic?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 12:02 am
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This is how I would have

This is how I would have written the story: Shahzad, a Pakistani who lied to become a naturalized U.S. citizen 12 months ago, had traveled to Pakistan 5 months ago where he has a wife living. He admitted receiving bomb making training in a known Taliban and al Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan. He was arrested trying to board a flight to Dubai.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/05/10 - 12:03 am
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Nat - I'm not condoning or

Nat - I'm not condoning or justifying the despicable acts of 9/11. I just choose not to be a hypocrite when it also comes to condoning or justifying the varied despicable acts perfromed by Americans and Christians around the world. From America's invasion of the countries of others, who haven't attacked or even threatened the U.S, and kiilling their innocent citizens to the killing and overthrowing of foreign governments and world leaders, we also have a less than stellar peaceful history. And as far as Christians go......their laundry list of historical atrocities is long and plentiful.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/05/10 - 12:05 am
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I'm curious.....what did

I'm curious.....what did Shahzad have to lie about to gain citizenship?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 12:10 am
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Audio, I believe the tendency

Audio, I believe the tendency is to downplay the threat we face in the war against terrorism. Admitting the danger proves much of Bush's policies fighting terrorism were right.

To show the mindset, even though it was known pretty early that an Arab was the bomber, the liberals such as Mayor Bloomberg and Sen. Schumer and Democrat strategist Bob Beckel all said they thought it could have been a right wing attack by a disgruntled American. That was totally throwing the facts out the window in their slanted political view.

You tell me why they want to negate attacks by terrorists, but jump so quickly to say Tea Partiers are resorting to violence and spitting on Congressmen? Heck, Bloomberg even said it could have been someone who didn't like Obamacare.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 12:15 am
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Baron, is that a serious

Baron, is that a serious question?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 12:34 am
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Grouse, I never heard any

Grouse, I never heard any conservative say al-Qaeda was responsible for Columbine, VA Tech, Unabomber or Dr. Tiller's murder. They were simply nuts, one and all, with bents from Goth violence to rants against modern technology.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 01:04 am
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I thank that street vendor

I thank that street vendor with the VFW hat and the cop more for stopping the act of terrorism than I do Obama's Homeland Security and Janet Napolitano. They were about to let him fly to Dubai on an Arab airline. Once they had left U.S. airspace things could have become dicey.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/05/10 - 02:36 am
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Our media is pathetic - from

Our media is pathetic - from the poor writers with idiotic and misleading headlines to the 24 hour media who reports anything and everything without having a clue. Fox is slanted to the right but honest, CNN is slanted to the left but honest, MSNBC is a complete leftist joke along with many other media outlets. The most recent acts of terror against our country were foiled by everyday citizens being pro-active and vigilant which was a program President Bush implemented and was heavily criticized for since it was asking Americans to "spy" on other Americans, at least according to the liberal media.

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TNULTH 05/05/10 - 04:27 am
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Anatomy of knee-jerk Augusta

Anatomy of knee-jerk Augusta Chronicle editorial:

1. Liberal media broad brush - check.
2. Cherry picked quotes from random "liberals" - check.
3. Fearmongering - check.
4. Head scratching logic (Still, even if the Times Square bomber had technically "acted alone" in deed, he still would have been connected to his radical colleagues in spirit and intention.) - check
5. Bash an Obama administration official - check
6. Bad sophomoric writing -check, check, check

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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/05/10 - 04:36 am
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When thousands of people are

When thousands of people are killed by Muslims BECAUSE they are following the teachings of their religion, how is the hatred toward them irrational?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 05/05/10 - 05:02 am
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What drives the

What drives the denial.........my guess is the feeling of moral superiority by being politically correct and "progressive."

NewHere
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NewHere 05/05/10 - 05:07 am
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Another waste of ink and

Another waste of ink and space by the ac editorial staff...atleast they don't call them self fair and balance.

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wizzardx1 05/05/10 - 05:37 am
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I think the reason the

I think the reason the hussein worshippers hope that a muslim isn't involved in terrorist's acts is that it may turn out that he is kin to hussein.

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Brad Owens 05/05/10 - 05:42 am
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Now that we know this guy was

Now that we know this guy was trained by the Paki-Taliban and AQ we need to look back and ask this question; why now? Why is there an uptick, or surge, of terror acts?

THEN, how did two guys get on planes through our security that were on the no-fly list?

I blame the person in charge....

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fred1217 05/05/10 - 05:50 am
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Why didn't the Editor mention

Why didn't the Editor mention how all major news media went out of their way not to call the Michigan Christian Militia group TERRORIST? Remember the nine members of a Christian militia group that were indicted on charges of conspiring to wage war against the U.S. government and conspiring to kill police officers back in March. Did the Augusta Chronicle write an editorial criticizing the labeling of these Terrorists as Militia? Was the title "Conservatives Avoid Confronting Radical Christian Terrorist"?

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justus4 05/05/10 - 06:17 am
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Rush L. must be sending out
Unpublished

Rush L. must be sending out "marching orders" because his views are constantly being parrotted verbatim plus, it's not at all acurate about in describing "terrorist" because of U know what...EXAMPLE; The guy who flew his plane into the federal building in Tx, was male & white, probably a so-called Christian, and was born in the US. Using the flawed logic of the article, that guy was a anti-government, Christian fundamentalist who was filled with hate. If the article & Rush L. is true, then why wasn't his portrayal in media accounts that way? Gotcha! Fact is, this idea is simply made up by the non-minority airwaves and passed on to news rooms, and feed to the ignorant masses. Some eat it, but many many more can smell that the message is tainted with deceit.

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southernguy08 05/05/10 - 06:18 am
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A Muslim goes on a shooting
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A Muslim goes on a shooting rampage on an army base, killing 12 people. A Muslim tries to set off a bomb in his shorts while on a flight to America, with the potential to kill hundreds. And now, a Muslim tries to set off a bomb in NYC with the possibility of many casualties, then this brave hero tries to make a quick getaway. Where is all the "change" this president was supposed to bring about with the Muslim world? If this thing had gone off, the liberals would STILL have blamed George Bush. FYI, this Muslim pig was tracked by surveillance that the Patriot Act allows. You know, that terrible act that liberals say violates all our rights.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/05/10 - 06:22 am
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Hey JUSTUS, please tell me
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Hey JUSTUS, please tell me how many white Christian fundamentalists commandeered those planes on 9/11 and slammed them into buildings? Or did the "non-minority" airwaves not tell us about them? I'll say one thing for you man, you're always good for a laugh.

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deportem 05/05/10 - 06:27 am
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As long as the terrorists are

As long as the terrorists are sent to the same bomb making school, we are relatively safe. If they get better teachers or students, we are in real trouble-especially with our present Homeland In-security Department protecting America. It looks like the "no fly" list is just a recommendation.

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johnston.cliff 05/05/10 - 06:38 am
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If Bush hadn't overreacted to

If Bush hadn't overreacted to the 9-11 bombing and sough retaliation, Muslims wouldn't even exist. And if Bush hadn't set the precedent of sending the hurricane to New Orleans, then obama wouldn't have sent the storms to Tennessee. If Bush didn't have so many friends in the oil business then obama wouldn't have endorsed the drilling off shore and the BP rig wouldn't have blown up. That mean ole George Bush sure caused a lot of trouble, and still is.

In November, vote to remove support for the mad Marxist and his horrible, anti-American philosophy.

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getalife 05/05/10 - 07:56 am
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I have yet to understand why

I have yet to understand why Janet Napolitano is the Homeland Security Director. I would think it would require some knowledge or experience in this field, such as military or law enforcement at the highest level. She is an idiot, but one of many Obama has chosen to surround himself with.

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Whyisit01 05/05/10 - 08:01 am
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Editors=Augusta

Editors=Augusta Chronicle=WILL NEVER WIN A PULITZER AWARD *this is some awful onesided leaning writing* makes your eyes hurt.

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bettyboop 05/05/10 - 09:58 am
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Please tell me why the barry

Please tell me why the barry worshippers are now attempting to brainwash people into believing this nutty muslim was not really trying to hurt Americans.....whats up with you guys? The guy is a terrorist and all your childish digs at the AC isn't going to change that fact. Are you really such sheeple that you can't see whats in front of you?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/05/10 - 08:49 am
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Hey WHYISIT, have you heard?
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Hey WHYISIT, have you heard? Obama just won a Pulitzer for reading a book. Details at 11.

chel
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chel 05/05/10 - 08:58 am
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@bettyboop--- of course they

@bettyboop--- of course they are. They are predictable for sure. I mean when the facts became known that it was not a "middle aged white man" people like Justus and Whyisit cringed and probably said to the tv screen "man you let us down, we wanted to blame whitey". So what do they do instead? They go back to their usual posts of how U KNOW WHO is in control and AC will never win a Pulitzer ...blah, blah, blah.

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Riverman1 05/05/10 - 09:13 am
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President Obama was smart

President Obama was smart enough to appoint a Republican Sec. of Defense. He knows the weak points of Democrats. It's about time he got rid of Janet Napolitanao as head of Homeland Security and appointed a Republican to take her place. There have been too many near misses under her realm.

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