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Can we get an investigative exposé on the local mosque this guy attended? (UPDATED)

So that we can hear all about the peaceful sermons that were delivered there?


Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.

The bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by the agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Friday just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would set off the blast but instead brought federal agents and police swooping down on him.

Yelling "Allahu Akbar!" -- Arabic for "God is great!" -- Mohamud tried to kick agents and police after he was taken into custody, according to prosecutors.

"The threat was very real," said Arthur Balizan, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,"

The FBI affidavit that outlined the investigation alleges that Mohamud planned the attack for months, at one point mailing bomb components to FBI operatives, whom he believed were assembling the device.

It said Mohamud was warned several times about the seriousness of his plan, that women and children could be killed, and that he could back out, but he told agents: "Since I was 15 I thought about all this;" and "It's gonna be a fireworks show ... a spectacular show."

Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Corvallis, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. A court appearance was set for Monday. Few details were available about him late Friday.

I look forward to those journalists who will dig into this guy's life and what it is that motivated him.  Perhaps a 60 Minutes piece on where the kid worshipped.  An interview with his Imam.

In other words, pretend the kid belonged to a radical Christian sect and go to town.

We'll wait.  And wait.  And wait.

UPDATE: TIME weighs in with the first attempt to find out who this terrorist is... and not a word about his mosque or his Imam.  Things that make you go hmmm....


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Comments (34)

I'm not sure I understand y... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I'm not sure I understand your victim card. Has there recently been an expose of a radical Christian sect linked to a terrorist plot? If not, what's your analogy?

"Since I was 15 I though... (Below threshold)

"Since I was 15 I thought about all this;"

I'm thinking they're going to try to paint him as mentally deficient.

"It's gonna be a fireworks show ... a spectacular show."

Or a misunderstood do-gooder. After all, who doesn't like fireworks at Christmas Tree lightings?

Seriously - it WOULD be interesting for some so-called journalist to survey the course this ... jerk took. Darn shame it's not likely to happen.

We've had trouble with Soma... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

We've had trouble with Somali-born "citizens" before .... maybe it's time to end immigration from Somali.

The real problem is that th... (Below threshold)

The real problem is that there are thousands of people just like this guy all over the country. His hatred of Americans runs deep and yet he is a citizen. Because anyone can waltz in here and become a citizen.

JLawson,"Seriously... (Below threshold)
ryan a:


"Seriously - it WOULD be interesting for some so-called journalist to survey the course this ... jerk took."

I agree. This is EXACTLY what should be done--focus on the networks and connections that this kid has--who he has been in contact with, what motivated him, who influenced him, and how.

"If not, what's your ana... (Below threshold)

"If not, what's your analogy?"

Since he's nominally Muslim, this will be ignored. It'll be swept under the rug and forgotten by Tuesday.

If he'd been a Christian, no matter whether he was mainstream or some aberrant sect like the Westboro ... jerks - he'd get a lot more coverage and the leftists pundits would be hopping up and down and foaming at the mouth going "See! See! See the violence inherent in Christianity!"

But since he's Somali, and black, and Islamic - that'll pretty much preclude coverage of him. After all, we must be sensitive to such things, Bruce. Don't you agree?

If the decadent, rich, godl... (Below threshold)

If the decadent, rich, godless infidels hadn't consumed a disproportionate share of the world's resources while holding down the struggling third-world masses this wouldn't have happened.

ps: I'm auditioning for a writers gig at NBC.

According to zabasearch thi... (Below threshold)
political correctness czar:

According to zabasearch this misunderstood youth of unknown religious background has at one time resided at 11200 Greenburg Rd., Portland, Or. 97223. Now if only there were some way of looking online for the Cultural Outreach/Combat Training Centers nearest his home? Notice, just like the mainstream media, not once did I mention Jihad, Dar al Harb, or Islam so as not to offend anyone.

You do realize, Mr Lawson, ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

You do realize, Mr Lawson, that the rather long story Rick links to here is from the New York Times, right?

And that it's the lead story on MSNBC.com RIGHT NOW?

Hey, # 8, can you read the ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hey, # 8, can you read the NYT story or MSNBC's without "getting" the guy is a Muslim? Did your computer erase the part where the guy was screaming "Alahu Akbar?"

And they're so sensitive ov... (Below threshold)

And they're so sensitive over at MSNBC that they're not mentioning his religion. But from him shouting "Allahu Akbar!" and his name, one could make some un-PC inferences. And at Fox, the same... but there's a reference to Somalia being taken over by Islamist insurgents.

Interesting that there's no comments allowed on that article over on MSNBC. There's comments on Fox, though. Might not want to read them, Bruce - they'd be distressing to someone as culturally elite as you.

BTW, Bruce - where do you think this story will be by mid-day tomorrow... or Tuesday?

NYTimes will have found something else and this will have dropped below their radar, and MSNBC will really have this below the fold.

In fact, it'll be interesting to see if it's on the front page of MSNBC by tomorrow morning. I'm thinking the Irish Austerity Plan demonstrations are going to still have the picture lead, and the secondary will be Black Friday analysis...

Well, you could be right ab... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Well, you could be right about it dropping off the radar screen soon, Mr Lawson. It IS a story about a failed plot, where apparently there was never any danger of an actual event, since the "explosives" were supplied by Federal agents.

But I suppose the press is supposed to talk about this story for weeks and weeks. Why, I don't know, but I guess you'll be along directly to tell me.

By the way, stories of actual or failed attempts at terrorism that DO matter are indeed still alive in the Lamestream Media, such as the Christmas Day Bomber or the Fort Hood massacre, so again, where is the analogy? Pretty lame attempt at playing the victim card here, is all I'm saying.

And the original article at... (Below threshold)

And the original article at the Portland Observer ... you're 10 paragraphs in before 'jihad' is mentioned and there's no indication of Islam, whether he's a Muslim, or of him shouting 'Allahu Akbar' in the article.
FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting, authorities say | OregonLive.com

Wonder if Paul Hooson's going to chime in on this? Think that's in his neck of the woods...

"It IS a story about a f... (Below threshold)

"It IS a story about a failed plot, where apparently there was never any danger of an actual event, since the "explosives" were supplied by Federal agents."

OMG - ENTRAPMENT! Why, it never would have entered this poor innocent child's head if it hadn't been for those EVIL FBI agents!

Come on, Bruce - you can spin better than that!

Guess I should have said "e... (Below threshold)

Guess I should have said "extensive" coverage, Bruce.

We'll see what sort of legs this story has long-term. BTW - the Christmas Pantybomber? That was a failed attempt also.

Every Portland libtard at t... (Below threshold)

Every Portland libtard at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony should thank God they are not dead at the hands of a muslim terrorist named mohammud hohammud.

Will they even think about what "could" have happened had the FBI not been involved. This little coward somalie refugee wanted to thank the infidel libtards (in the islam way) for welcoming him to Portland and the gift of US citizenship.

Islam is an evil violent ideology that is inherently incompatible with Western culture.

Submit, Pay, or Die and this cowardly muzzie wanted citizens of Portland to die.

How many Portland folks have pulled their heads out of the sand due to this event?

So I guess it's a requireme... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

So I guess it's a requirement now that all stories about Islamic terrorism use certain key phrases approved by conservative blog commenters. And used in the first paragraph, dammit!

Pardon me, but I doubt anyone able to read the stories in the Observer, the NYT, or MSNBC is unaware that Mohamud is a Muslim name, that Somalia or Pakistan are Islamic countries, or that would-be terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar!" are probably not Christians, Jews, or Zoroastrians.

My bad - I see you mentione... (Below threshold)

My bad - I see you mentioned 'failed' attempt in your sentence there. Good on you!

BTW - you might be interested in this article on security theater from StrategyPage...

Murphy's Law: How Does This Grab You?

There's a difference between security and security theater. The FBI knows which is which.

Gotta run - lots to do and little time...

Mr Lawson, you know I wasn'... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Mr Lawson, you know I wasn't making a point about "entrapment." I'm fully in favor of the FBI using tactics like this to root out potential terrorists and bring them to justice.

You know perfectly well my point was about how important this story is or is not. That is, whether it deserves to "have legs" or not. Trying to twist my comment into something it wasn't is a tactic that I would have thought beneath you, sir.

"Mohamud, a naturalized U.S... (Below threshold)

"Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Corvallis" - needs to be stripped of his 'citizenship' and sent on a one way passage back to Somalia, preferably freight after a suitable time period spent in solitary confinement where he can ponder his stupidity.

Sending him back to Somalia... (Below threshold)

Sending him back to Somalia would be a far better punishment that letting him get 3 hots and a cot on a daily basis in a vermin free US prison.

We should automaticlly depo... (Below threshold)

We should automaticlly deport the the imam at the mosque he attended for being a terrorst trainer.If he is a natural born citizen he should get the same sentence as as the acter.

How very close to home. He... (Below threshold)

How very close to home. He is listed at the OSU directory:


They (OSU in Corvallis) have a lot of touchy feely exchange student programs there, and international house projects.

More to come at 7.

And they're so sensitive... (Below threshold)

And they're so sensitive over at MSNBC that they're not mentioning his religion. ... And at Fox, the same

Did it ever occur to you that it's because they don't KNOW his religion with factual certainty? Was he wearing an "I'm with Allah" tshirt? Did he have a "Muhammad is my co-pilot" bumper sticker?

Bruce already noted that the NYT story included enough clues that one can infer, if you were so inclined, that the guy is likely a Muslim. But on what basis do you think that the various news organizations should have stated he was a Muslim as an established fact?

He's listed as a non-degree... (Below threshold)

He's listed as a non-degree pre-engineering student.

We do not have to guess what he was pre-engineering. It would be interesting to see what courses he had taken. Sad to think our State and Federal dollars might have gone to train a potential mass murderer.

"Did it ever occur to yo... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Did it ever occur to you that it's because they don't KNOW his religion with factual certainty? "


I am breathlessly awaiting your explanation of how Muhammad is really a radical Christian, protesting a woman's right to choose and his attempt to blow up people at a Christmas season celebration and shouting "allahu ahkbar!" was merely a ruse to throw people off the track.

You're an idiot.

"His hatred of Americans r... (Below threshold)

"His hatred of Americans runs deep and yet he is a citizen. Because anyone can waltz in here and become a citizen."

Barry is proof of that.

Here's the difference. A fu... (Below threshold)

Here's the difference. A fundamentalist Christian will tell you you are doing the devils work. He will promise eternal damnation on you and all your decendents. He may even threaten to kill you. But he won't.

A fundmentalist Muslim will kill you. And be proud he did it.

So I guess it's a requir... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

So I guess it's a requirement now that all stories about Islamic terrorism use certain key phrases approved by conservative blog commenters. And used in the first paragraph, dammit!

Goddamned right they should! When discussing Islamic terrorism the perpetrator's religion has some passing relevance, yes? It goes to motivation for the crime under discussion. We're not talking about some obscure footnote regarding the guy, whether he preferred Ginger over Mary Ann or some such. His religion is the driver for the crime; it should appear in the lead paragraph, indeed, in the headline, which should read, "Muslim student arrested in foiled terror plot," or something like that.

@28: I'm sure the families ... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

@28: I'm sure the families of the abortion doctor and his bodyguard murdered by ORDAINED PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER Paul Hill would wholeheartedly agree with you that all fundamentalist Christians only "threaten" to kill people.

jim m,I said, if y... (Below threshold)

jim m,

I said, if you bothered to actually read my post, that one can infer that the guy is likely a Muslim. So don't pretend that I was saying he was something else.

The question I posed was, on what basis do you expect the news media to report as established fact that the guy was Muslim?

I'm flattered that you were breathlessly awaiting my response, but I strongly recommend that you start breathing again. Your brain clearly requires more oxygen.

6 55 gallon barrels of what... (Below threshold)

6 55 gallon barrels of what he believed to be high explosives, his statement he didn't care if he killed children, and screaming alahu akbar = muslim terrorist

You thought what? He was a disgruntled postal worker?

Watched a mainstream masturbator news channel, not once were the words muslim or terrorist used.

Yes john you are of course ... (Below threshold)

Yes john you are of course correct the media would never report something they didn't know for sure was a fact...... right? I mean they never ever get anything wrong because they didn't bother to get the facts before they reported something. They seemed to have the fact that this peice of human scum yelled Allah Akbar but couldn't figure out he was a muslim terrorist? The way I see it the motivation for the act is the twisted view of Islam that should be up front in any reporting of these sorts of actions. If the idiot that shot Dr Tiller did so because god told him to that is a relevant fact, in fact it is the relevant fact. If the band of loonies that make up the Westboro "church" do what they do because of their twisted view of Christianity then that is the relevant fact and should be the focus of any reporting on them.

"Will they even think ab... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Will they even think about what 'could' have happened had the FBI not been involved..."

Absolutely fucking nothing would have happened except that the FBI was involveed. They recruited the dumb kid. They designed his "bomb plot." They gave him actual explosives training. And they build and handed the dumb kid a "bomb." Then they issue a press release on how they thwarted their own "bomb plot." Just a scam to make the bureau look better. Hoover may be dead, but his bullshit PR tactics live on. Remember the failed bomb plot of the NYC tunnels right after the first WTC bombing? The only radical in that "Islamic cell" was the FBI plant.






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