Doesn’t that mug shot make you sick to the stomach? I almost wish there was a ticking time bomb out there forcing us to lay him on a board and painfully wring its location from him– but not too quickly, mind you. Nice and slow. Alas, thanks to the FBI it never came to that. And no thanks at all to the Leftists on the Portland, OR city council who are more concerned about moral posturing and ideological preening than the safety of their constituents. If left to them dozens, if not hundreds of Oregonians might be lying dead today if the FBI hadn’t intercepted this monster before somebody else did. And apparently it was only a matter of time before somebody did get to him.
Portland Rejected FBI who eventually saved city from terrorist attack
In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. On Friday, that task force helped prevent what could have been a horrific terrorist attack in Portland. Now city officials say they might re-think their participation in the task force — because Barack Obama is in the White House.
Reading the FBI affidavit describing Islamist terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s plan to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square is a chilling experience. Mohamud, a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen who attended Oregon State University, told undercover FBI agents he dreamed of performing acts of jihad in which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans would die. “Do you remember when 9/11 happened when those people were jumping from skyscrapers?” Mohamud asked the agents, according to the affidavit. “I thought that was awesome.”
In months of preparation with men he thought were co-conspirators but were in fact undercover agents, Mohamud backed up his talk with action. After initially making email contact with Islamist radicals in Pakistan, he took part in constructing what he hoped would be an extraordinarily powerful bomb, scouted the best location for the attack, parked the van containing the bomb near the Christmas tree crowd, and, finally, dialed the cell phone number he believed would detonate the explosives. “I want whoever is attending that event to leave either dead or injured,” Mohamud said of the 25,000 people expected to take part in the event.
What is ironic is that the operation that found and stopped Mohamud is precisely the kind of law enforcement work that Portland’s leaders, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected during the Bush years. In April 2005, the Portland city council voted 4 to 1 to withdraw Portland city police officers from participating in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Mayor Tom Potter said the FBI refused to give him a top-secret security clearance so he could make sure the officers weren’t violating state anti-discrimination laws that bar law enforcement from targeting suspects on the basis of their religious or political beliefs.
But here’s the kicker. Portland is now joining the FBI task force because Obama’s president!
Now, there are indications that the Mohamud case might cause city leaders to change their mind about the FBI and the war on terror. Current mayor Sam Adams, who says he was not aware of the Mohamud investigation until after Mohamud had been arrested, told the Oregonian newspaper that he might ask the city council to reconsider the decision to pull out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Because he now realizes the city was wrong? Not at all. “[Adams] stressed that he has much more faith in the Obama administration and the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s office now than he did in 2005,” the paper reported.
Leftism is deadly. Read the rest.
This was the silver lining for me when Obama won the presidency. His victory would allow Liberals and Democrats to begin acting like Americans again. We could now fight terrorism in earnest! And at least in mayor Adam’s case I appear to have been right. Leftists like mayor Adams aren’t pro-Islamism, and they certainly aren’t pro-terrorism. So what gives? Easy. We have already discussed this at CCHQ. During the Cold War, Liberals weren’t necessarily pro–Communist. Rather, they were anti those who were anti–communist. In other words, they were anti all things “the Right.” If conservatives during the Cold War were hawks, it was the Left’s job to be soft on communism. It was their job to be anti-the anti-Soviets. In knee-jerk fashion, they mocked the likes of Ronald Reagan as “chickenhawks” and warmongers. That same impulse to be anti-all things “the Right” is alive and well today, compelling modern Liberals to be anti-the anti-terrorists. Before the Age of Obama, they were anti-Bush, anti-war on terror, as surely as they were anti-FBI terrorism task force in Portland, OR. They are the true reactionaries. We at CCHQ identified this syndrome back in August, and now the Weekly Standard confirms it:
When Cat Stevens was introduced at Jon Stewart’s recent “Rally to Restore Sanity,” the musician also known by his Muslim name Yusuf Islam was greeted with warm applause and howls of approval. It was a strange reception coming from a culturally savvy, mostly twentysomething audience, for while Stevens’s songs are a staple in the 1970s schlock-folk canon, he is best known these days for having supported Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa demanding the execution of novelist Salman Rushdie.
Stevens has tried to whitewash his record over the years, without ever acknowledging or apologizing for his comments, including his response to a British interviewer’s question as to whether he would attend a demonstration to burn an effigy of the writer; Stevens answered glibly that he “hoped that it’d be the real thing.”
“I don’t know why no one in that crowd booed Stevens, or heckled him when he was introduced,” says the British author Nick Cohen, who was in contact with Rushdie after the rally. “Rushdie phoned Stewart, who said he was sorry if it upset him, but it was clear Stewart didn’t really care.”
Presumably what mattered to Stewart and the rally’s cosponsor Stephen Colbert was less Stevens’s willingness to join in the bloodlust of the Islamic Republic of Iran (the fatwa has been reaffirmed by Iran’s current supreme leader, Ali Khamenei) than the fact that Stevens/Islam had been put on a no-fly list by the Bush administration. Never mind that the folk singer had been identified as having donated to a Muslim charity with ties to Hamas; anyone considered unfriendly by Bush is an ally.
This is the essence of modern Liberalism. It isn’t a coherent, systematic belief system or ideology. They are simply anti the Right, anti conservative. That’s why their tent is so large and fractious. Many are the Right’s enemies. But they agree on one thing, and one thing only– they despise the Right. Little else binds them.