See Something, Say Something … But Expect Serious Grief from Obama and the PC Police
"If you see something suspicious, say something," says Pr. Obama and other officials urging vigilance against terrorism. But apparently they don't really mean it.
“If you see something suspicious, say something,” said President Obama after the Paris massacre. He’s offered similar calls for vigilance after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. But does he mean it?
Two stories out this morning demonstrate that he and the PC police don’t really mean it. The message of both stories is, “If you see something and say something, expect a serious hassle, public safety be damned.”
Obama JD Targets School for Investigating Hoax Bomb Teen
Remember the so-called “clock kid” in Irving, Texas? Teenager Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade device to school that looked like a suitcase bomb. He ignored a teacher’s advice to stash the device, which he falsely claimed was an alarm clock he had built. He brought the device into another classroom, with the alarm clock set to go off in the middle of the lesson. When hauled off to the principal’s office his answers raised enough suspicion for the police to be called. His reticent answers to them raised further suspicions, enough to warrant a brief arrest. We don’t know exactly what he said because his family — which has a history of trouble with the school and curious connections — refused to give authorities permission to release the police report on the incident.
MacArthur High School saw something and said something. Were they praised? Acknowledged by the Administration for their vigilance? No, for weeks they were verbally slapped around by Obama and the media as haters and Islamophobes. Now comes the kicker: Last night the Justice Department confirmed that it is officially investigating the school for its actions.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Muslim Advocates president Farhana Kher Thursday that it was “great to hear that the department has opened an investigation” into the school; that the “treatment” of Mohamed was an “issue of great concern and really struck a cord with many parents.”
Think about it: The Muslim teenager with the hoax bomb gets toasted at the White House while his school gets burned by the federal government.
Beyond the absurdity is a harrowing reality. Forget our precocious Ahmed. ISIS and those they inspire are watching, learning and likely laughing. What happens next time, with the next school, with the next device? How long will teachers and administrators hesitate to act for fear of ridicule and retribution? How many kids will die because precious seconds were lost?
Ask the neighbors of San Bernardino’s Islamist duo of death Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Several saw suspicious activity at the couple’s apartment, but did nothing for fear of being accused of racial profiling. They now have to carry the awful burden of wondering, “How many died because I stayed silent?”
Speaking of fear, Attorney General Lynch told the Muslim Advocates dinner Thursday night her “greatest fear” is anti-Muslim sentiment will lead to violence against Muslims in America. Even if she’s reading doctored intelligence from the White House, surely she can turn on a TV. The Russian plane attack in Egypt, the Lebanon attack, the Paris attack, the Mali attack, the San Bernardino attack, the countless numbers on our shores getting inspiration and instruction from Islamist sites. Yet her “greatest fear” is a possible backlash against members of the very religion that hosts those responsible for all the carnage.
Perhaps that attitude from the nation’s top law enforcement official explains what’s reportedly happening in Los Angeles, only an hour west of this week’s terrorist attack.
LAPD Ordered to Back Off Middle Easterners
TMZ is reporting that “LAPD cops have been told not to single out Muslims in their hunt for terrorists,” with one cop admitting, “It’s a huge problem for us.”
According to the cops, LAPD brass doesn’t want officers talking to people from the Middle East unless they’re doing something “that arouses real suspicion.” Officers are also telling TMZ that when they ask questions about unusual activity — such as “tourists” photographing electrical units on buildings — they are greeted with hostility.
(Note: If you jump to the complete TMZ story, be warned the site contains inappropriate imagery.)
Los Angeles has long been on the Islamic terror bucket list. In 1999, the so-called Millennium Attack on Los Angeles International Airport was foiled when alert Customs officers at the Canadian border nabbed a terrorist with a cache of explosives that could have produced a “blast forty times greater than that of a devastating car bomb.”
LAX did get hit in 2002 when an Egyptian national with ties to radical Islamic groups opened fire at the airline ticket counter of El Al, Israel’s national airline. Two people were killed before the assailant, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, was shot by a security guard. (Incidentally, Hadayet had arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa then claimed political asylum. That request was denied, and yet the government made no effort to locate or deport him.)
In 2005, a Muslim convert and three others were arrested and charged with plotting terrorist attacks against National Guard facilities and other targets in the L.A. area.
Last December, a massive fire likened to a bomb attack destroyed a downtown apartment building, endangered the surrounding blocks, and even melted highway signs. In May, L.A.’s anti-terror unit arrested Dawud Abdulwali for the crime. Officials have not confirmed whether the blaze was, in fact, an act of Islamic terrorism. But the involvement of the anti-terror unit raised eyebrows.
Today, America’s entertainment capital remains a high target, as security at every Hollywood award show attests. After the Paris attacks, extra patrols were added for large events and at The Grove, an open-air shopping, dining and theater complex favored by celebrities. The luxurious Beverly Center shopping mall is also said to be under extra scrutiny by police this Christmas season.
Of course, the question still remains: Even if LAPD — or the citizens of Los Angeles— see something will they hesitate to say something? Let’s pray they don’t.