Thursday, August 17, 2006

Something smells rotten in Denmark... not to mention the U.S.

Co-blogger extraordinaire at Murtha Must Go!--as well as Let Freedom Ring and California Conservative--Gary Gross-- brings up some very interesting points about the Muslim cell-phone afficionados whose charges of a terrorist plot were dropped yesterday:
* Houssaiky and Abulhassan were stopped by sheriff’s deputies for a traffic violation Aug. 8;
* Houssaiky and Abulhassan were arrested after the deputies found 12
cell phones, $11,000 cash, airplane passenger lists and information on
airport security checkpoints in their car;
* Houssaiky and Abulhassan acknowledged buying about 600 phones in
recent months at stores in southeast Ohio;
* Houssaiky and Abulhassan “initially gave deputies different names
than appeared on their IDs”; and
* Houssaiky and Abulhassan “changed the story when deputies asked
for contact information” after telling deputies that they were
buying the phones for “for a relative’s construction business”.
We also know that the three men arrested in Michigan (a) were from Texas and (b) bought a significant number of their phones in Wisconsin.

That’s the strangest string of lies I’ve heard in ages. Law enforcement did what I would’ve expected them to do. Their actions are perfectly justified in my opinion. But our friends from CAIR don’t think so.

Here’s what they’re concerned about:

Muslim American groups call such arrests a rush to judgment that reflects increased targeting of Arab Americans since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The number of reported incidents of harassment, violence and other forms of discrimination against American Muslims has soared in recent years, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

This isn’t harassment, people. The Michigan duo were arrested for a traffic violation. The reason why other charges were filed was because they showed a consciousness of guilt, first by lying about who they were buying the throwaway phones for, then for giving the police names that didn’t match their ID’s. Does CAIR think that we should just ignore these things because they’re Arab Americans and chalk it up to a string of unfortunate circumstances? (Read the rest here)
(Filed under Religion of Peace?, War on Terror)