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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Demonizing American Muslims Accomplishes Nothing

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The bombs planted in New York and New Jersey on Sunday appear to have been the work of a radicalized Muslim man whose behavior and international travel followed familiar patterns.

Some prominent American political figures suggest that the way to deal with people like Ahmad Khan Rahami is to seal up our borders, isolate and profile members of domestic Muslim communities, and impose bans on all people traveling from nations where radicalized Muslims have operated previously.

Such responses appeal to the worst xenophobic tendencies among us, but they won’t solve the terrorism problem. In fact, they are certain to make it worse.

U.S. law enforcers at all levels depend on the cooperation of Muslim communities for intelligence about individuals who pose security threats. Police and FBI investigators cannot be everywhere. The people most attuned to what’s happening in their neighborhoods are the ones who worship at mosques, attend school and interact daily with potentially radicalized individuals.

Many serve as informants, and they do so in secret specifically because their lives could be in jeopardy if their status became known to the individuals under surveillance. Because it’s happening in secret, non-Muslim Americans have little appreciation for the reality.

Hate crimes against Muslims in America have reached their highest levels since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Caller Threatens to Behead Muslims in Disturbing Message

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was an alarming voicemail.

Members of the Masjid Al-Sahaabah mosque in the city of Watauga received a voicemail on July 30 that threatened violence against Muslims, Fox4 reports. 

“I’m a Christian, I’m gonna tell you, I’m your f***ing enemy. I hate you, and I will never be your f**kin’ friend,” he said in the message. “We will cut all your heads off, you understand me? All of you.”

The FBI is now investigating.

Members of the mosque said they regularly receive obscenity-filled phone messages, but this one was the most disturbing.

“I want to be very clear that the Muslim community has no animosity towards the Christian community, but we do ask the Christian community stand up against this kind of hatred,” Alia Salem, Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Fox4. “This does not speak for the vast majority of Christians.”

Homeland Security Director Warns Against Divisive, Political Rhetoric about Muslims

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson warned against political rhetoric that “vilifies Muslims,” saying the federal government depends on relationship of trust form Muslim Americans.

Johnson was speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum and did not mention Donald Trump by name, but said the anti-Muslim rhetoric “is a setback to our homeland security efforts,” the Gazette reports. 

“Overheated rhetoric that fans the flames of fear and prejudice has consequences,” he said.

Democrats have accused Trump of inflammatory rhetoric that is making it more difficult for Muslims to trust federal law enforcement.

“In our world good news is no news and nobody seems to be interested in the good news and the good work of Homeland Security employees every day,” Johnson said.

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FBI Contradicts Trump’s Claims That Muslim Community Doesn’t Report Extremists

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If you believe Donald Trump, American Muslims tolerate extremists and fail to report them.

“They don’t report them,” Trump said in a CNN interview on Monday. “For some reason, the Muslim community does not report people like this.”

Not true, FBI Director James Comey said.

“They do not want people committing violence, either in their community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim.

“It’s at the heart of the FBI’s effectiveness to have good relationships with these folks,” Comey said at a press conference following the Orlando shootings.

The FBI described its relationship with Muslims as “robust,” contradicting Trump’s claims.

Secret Service Investigates Trump’s Former Butler Over Comments about Obama’s Death

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump’s friend and former butler over vile Facebook posts calling for President Obama’s murder.

Anthony Senecal said Obama is a “Kenyan fraud” who should be hanged for treason, the New York Times reports. 

“With the last breath I draw I will help rid this America of the scum infested in its government,” Mr. Senecal wrote last May, saying that the president should be dragged from the “white mosque” and hanged “from the portico — count me in !!!!!”

The Secret Service said it was “aware of the matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Trump’s campaign spokesman criticized Senecal’s statements.

“We totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him.”

In a follow-up interview with NBC News, Senecal again called for the hanging of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He added that Detroit and Milwaukee should become “nuclear bomb sites” because the cities have been “disgraced by Muslims.”

FBI: ISIS Threatens to Kill Moderate Muslim Leaders in America

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS has threatened to kill a Michigan Muslim leader for his outspoken views against extremism.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, 71, of Fenton, was among five Muslim-American religious leaders and scholars whom ISIS listed in its online magazine as people who should be killed for being “apostates” and “crusaders.”

ISIS also called for the death of five Muslim American politician or government officials, including U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton.

The FBI confirmed the death threats.

“We are aware of the information, but beyond that, we are not commenting at this time,” said Jill Washburn, spokeswoman for the Detroit office of the FBI.

Ex-CIA and NSA Director: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Made U.S. ‘Less Safe Already’

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former director of the NSA and CIA criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying his rhetoric is compromising Americans’ safety.

Michael Hayden said Trump’s statements on barring Muslims from entering the country were particularly “detrimental.”

“It’s made us less safe already,” Hayden said.

Hayden said the rhetoric “reinforces their narrative” that America and Islam are incompatible.

Other troubling statements involved Trump’s call to bring back torture to get information from suspected terrorists.

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FBI Foils Terrorist-Style Plot to Kill Dozens of People in Milwaukee Masonic Center

Samy Mohamed Mamzeh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI foiled a terrorist-style plot by three Muslims to use automatic weapons to kill dozens of people at a Masonic center in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports. 

Authorities arrested Samy Mohamed Mamzeh, who is accused off planning the attack and “eliminating everyone” in the building.

The 23-year-old was charged with possessing a machine gun and silencer, but no terrorism counts were included, at least not yet.

“We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion, we are on our own, my dear, we have organized our own group,” Hamzeh said, according to the criminal complaint.

“Such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase, and there will be problems all over,… this will lead to people clashing with each other. This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war,” he said, according to the complaint.

It was a “detailed plan to commit a mass shooting intended to kill dozens of people,” said acting U.S. Attorney George J. Hannstad.

“(Hamzeh) also said that he wanted this mass shooting to be ‘known the world over’ and to ‘ignite’ broader clashes. It is difficult to calculate the injury and loss of life that was prevented by concerned citizens coming forward and by the tireless efforts of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Hamzeh didn’t appear to be working with an established terrorist group and instead said, “We have our own group, not with Hamas, … we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that’s it, that is what our intention is.”

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