AP report on thwarted terrorist attacks within the United States downplays Islam’s central role in the planned attack

The headline in the San Francisco Chronicle was simple:  “FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot.”

California men, huh?  Did they have names like Big Kahuna and look like this?

“Yo, dude, I’m like going to, you know, like, attack the man. It’ll be, like, totally tubular.”

No? Well maybe these California men rejoice in names like Butch and look like this:

“Hey, everyone! We’re going to have a little whip and dip party. We’ll start with some fun bondage stuff, and then move on to the crudités. I’ve got a divine dip.”

Somehow that doesn’t seem right either. Maybe that’s because, when you read the story, you discover that these guys weren’t just any old California men. Instead, they had a lot more in common with these guys than with surfer dudes or San Francisco’s Folsom Street brigade:

That’s right — these “California men” were (a) Muslims and (b) three of them came from places other than America, let alone other than California:

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in “violent jihad,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a release.

A federal complaint unsealed Monday says 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.

The other two — 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland — converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.

They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside.


Kabir is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. Santana was born in Mexico, while Deleon was born in the Philippines. Both are lawful, permanent U.S. residents. Gojali is a U.S. citizen.

In a sane, honest world, the AP headline would have said “FBI: 4 Muslim men in So. Cal. charged in alleged terror plot.” But we’ve already established that we don’t live in a sane, honest world, right? We live in a world dominated by a media that is determined to pretend that Islam, with its institutionalized jihad and antisemitism, is just a myth, and that it’s purely coincidental that these mythical Islamists keep trying to blow up Americans.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The LEft is allied with Islamic terrorists. What else is new. They expect to divide up the spoils of America, the way Soviet+Nazis did with Poland.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What I would do is take these two problems and have them fix each other. I would get all these Islamos and give them pictures of Democrat organizations dipping koran into fires and pig slits. Then I would get a kidnapping and assassination team, write up a list of Leftist operatives to be taken out, then put them on video and use Islamic execution trappings to point all the blame to them.

    Sooner or later, one side or the other will have to break their alliance. 

  • http://ruminationsroom.wordpress.com Don Quixote

    Well, yes, and you can bet that if the terrorists had been, say, Christian fundamentalists or right-wing gun nuts they would have been identified as such  But ths is sort of a man-bites-dog issue.  Unless told otherwise, the readers can assume the terrorists are Islamists.  Since that’s basically a given, the paper led with what is not a given — where the terrorists are from (most recently, not where they were born).  That’s not a completely unreasonable editorial decision.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    As you know, this is nothing new or different.
    Remember…..if a Democrat is involved in something embarrassing or criminal, you have to read to the 15th paragraph (on page 5) to find out what Party s/he’s from.  If it’s a member of the GOP, that affiliation will be found in the headline.