Reports concern Muslims
Alleged checks on San Diego, L.A. mosques spark calls for hearings.
* Muslims complain and the ACLU springs into action:
* ACLU demands congressional hearings on why mosques are under surveillance: shouldn’t we monitor the churches, the synagogues and the Buddhist temples also? If not, why not? All religions are equally bad, right?
* Some people don’t think so. In fact they think it would be criminal negligence NOT to monitor the mosques since we know already that Saudis have radicalized 80% of US mosques
A report that mosques in Los Angeles and San Diego are under federal surveillance has resurrected fears in the Muslim community about government monitoring and led two civil rights groups Wednesday to call for congressional hearings.
* ACLU lawyers regularly go to mosques to advise worshipers that they do not have to answer questions from FBI agents about how long they have been in the United States, how often they attend services and what they get out of the sermons, Ripston said.
Collective dumbing down in the MSM:
“Words matter”: Homeland Security rolls out newspeak campaign, cautions against use of terms like “jihadists,” “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” and “holy warriors”
Again, we see the argument that using those terms somehow “legitimizes” or “aggrandizes” the jihadist movement. But honestly, is the public deflection of the Islamic aspect of Islamic jihad going to hinder jihadists from making the connection, or will it hinder ordinary citizens seeking information? Obviously, it will be the latter. And when the public is discouraged from understanding the jihadist enemy’s ideology, whom does that ultimately help?
An update on the new governmental lexicon of acceptable terms for talking about… you know. And that was a story that Jihad Watch broke here, by the way. “Agency urges caution with terrorist language,” from CNN, May 31:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Government officials should depict terrorists “as the dangerous cult leaders they are” and avoid words that aggrandize them, like “jihadists,” “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” and “holy warriors,” the Department of Homeland Security says in a paper released Friday.
* More stupidity and willful blindness from the chief of homeland security:
Chertoff: “Islam has been hijacked by ideologues”
* How does one hijack the religion of hijackers?
Almost seven years have passed since 9/11, and we’re hearing the same thing from our leaders that we’ve heard since 9/12. It is a reminder that, at the highest level of government, policy decisions are driven — hijacked, if you will — by willful blindness to the roots of the ideology that motivates not only al-Qaeda, but is also common to Hizballah, Hamas, and other jihadist groups. Does anyone at the State Department, Homeland Security, or elsewhere, ever puzzle at how ingrained and widespread jihadist activity is, even outside of the Wahhabi sphere of influence, if it’s supposedly all just a big misunderstanding and “hijacking” of an otherwise peaceful belief system?