Cross-posted at DailyKos.com. Feel free to cross-comment ;)
Update 1: “He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer, and gave them a list of weapons he could procure, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.” Guess who this person being described is? The 'terrorists'?… Guess again… Behold, it is the informant himself! Forget about so-called 'radical preaching' at the mosque when it is provided to you in the comfort of your home by a personalized FBI informant! Can there be anything more damning than this? Yet, I firmly believe that the jury will ignore all this and pronounce the guilty verdicts. It isn't easy to be Muslim these days! So, next time, ANYONE, Muslim or otherwise comes to you and wants to talk about “taking care of those 'kuffaar' “, turn away and RUN. Or better call the FBI yourself! Read more here on what seems to be the making of a clear case of entrapment, and thankfully it has gone 'mainstream' in the media with this AP report: Informants scrutinized in Fort Dix case :
As most of you may have heard, six men were arrested for planning to a plot to attack a military base. Ok, let's see here: no real 'terrorist-training' background, no military training of any sort, no 'militant' training, and they wanted to attack what? A military base? And they believed that a military base would be a cake-walk, of course. How STUPID and RECKLESS can people get? Of course, being untrained doesn't make this less 'bad', but that it doesn't deserve the screaming media treatment it is receiving? So, tomorrow, if a 16 year old kid decides to bomb the Empire State Building with absolutely zilch idea of how explosives work, would that be counted as a serious terrorist threat? Doesn't this smell like another attempt to ward off attention by a beleaguered Bush administration (esp. from its Attorney General)?
Also, let's set one thing straight, this wasn't a “jihad” just because they were Muslims and screamed “jihad”… this was a chapter from America's Dumbest Criminals (replace criminals with terrorist-wannabes). As members of the vast majority of peaceful Muslims, we need to retrieve the word jihad back from the deranged militants. To this.
If we are talking about a REAL terrorist threat, then let's turn our attention to “Alabama Free Militia”, whose six members were arrested only about 2 weeks ago (SOURCE). And the difference is? While these six 'terrorist-wannabes' had a few weapons and no real training, Free Militia possessed truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition. Of course, many of you did not hear about this Free Militia until now. Why? Because they weren't named Muḥammad, Ali and Yousuf. They were simply Tom, Dick and Harry. It wasn't going to be a jihad, just another militia-motivated bloodbath (like their brother from the past, McVeigh), and THAT just doesn't cut it. As this blog rightly points out, “It's Only Terrorism When They Are Muslim, Right?”
Back to the six in question, these men probably watched too much of Rambo, may have been fed a little “we HAVE to hate America” mantra, probably were isolated from the Muslim community at large, and off they went… to the “wild” of Poconos Mountains to conduct training! And after that, just to be sure that they get caught, they give their training video, replete with “Allahu Akbar” as if someone wouldn't notice that from the tons of Islamophobia out there, to be converted to DVD. Why? So that they can widely distribute it and recruit more folks! Are you kidding me? Any rational Muslim would have turned them in, in a jiffy if they were 'recruited'. I have been in the Muslim community for over 15 years in America, and I have NEVER been approached by a 'recruiter'. And I don't know ANYONE else either (and I know a LOT of Muslims) who has been 'recruited'. It is almost as if these six men WANTED to get caught, perhaps get some free publicity? Or were they just plain old Dumb Terrorist-Wannabes!
OF COURSE, I say all this assuming the FBI's story and the consequent media coverage is at least half true (that would be enough to make these assertions). As we know, based on the paint-ball McCarthyism with Ali Timimi and others (as Umar points out), there is almost always more to the story than we are told. So, if that is the case, and if indeed they were 'framed', then I wish the best for them. Unfortunately, even if these folks do get cleared, that news will not find any of front-page coverage, and the image of Muslims will continue to suffer. In this time and age, we don't have any room to make stupid mistakes (talking, writing or insinuating any sort of militancy even if in jest or half-seriousness), and especially to pretend to be more than what we really are. The government doesn't have to prove that you are 'capable' of doing an action, rather their only task is to prove that you actually just thought about it! It is as if the Muslims are always sitting at the airport, surrounded by thought-police. Even if you think or joke about the gun in your back-pack, and even if you say this is in the park with your buddies, you may be a target for a SWAT team. That is just plain reality, so we all need to WISEN up to it.