Monday, August 06, 2007

"Californian" terrorist plot

Of course, the “Californian” turns about to be - well, read on:
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3 — Federal authorities said Friday that a California man has been arrested on terrorism-related charges and indicted along with his Malaysian brother, a fugitive and suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, the group blamed for killing 202 people in the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia.

Rahmat Abdhir, 43, a United States citizen of Malaysian descent living in San Jose, was arrested at his workplace in Sunnyvale on Thursday after officials issued a 16-count indictment charging him with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, lying to federal officials and contributing goods and services to a “global terrorist.”
Californian Arrested on Terror Charges, New York Times, (no byline), August 4, 2007.

This censoring of the race and/or national origin of crime suspects is generally justified on the grounds that race and/or national origin is irrelevant - absurdly, because no facts can ever be completely irrelevant.

But in this case the news that terrorists are not appearing among native-born California Girls (and boys) is highly relevant. So is the news that U.S. immigration and naturalization policy is apparently failing to exclude terrorists.
 That, of course, is exactly why the news is being censored.

The New York Times has a “Public Editor“. Readers should ask him why the headline was not the more truthful (and relevant) “Immigrant Arrested On Terror Charges”.

But is this just the out of touch East Coast elites of the New York Times? No, the terrorist suspect is also referred to as “San Jose Man“ by the local Jerk-The-Knee News, “South Bay Man” by San Francisco's KGO Channel 7, and even “U.S. Citizen,” by ABC News!!!

But one headline writer did refer to him him and his brother as ” Malaysian brothers.” That’s Eddie Chua’s story, "Malaysian brothers charged with having terror links." It’s in the Malaysian Star. Which is published in Malaya.

And the liberal media wonders why newspaper readership and network news viewership declines....

And that even goes if the terrorists ARE locals--of the "correct" religion AND the "correct" race. When I heard that the story of a worker at “Your Black Muslim Bakery” in Oakland, California who shot a journalist wasn’t getting as much play as you might expect, I wasn’t surprised. Even when the murder victim was a crusading African-American journalist for an African-American community newspaper.

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