Because You Asked: American Lack of Response to Islamic Terror at Home
An ATP Report Production – on this episode Barry Nussbaum reviews how American cities want to prevent islamophobia but are not preventing terror!
Welcome to this segment of Because You Asked, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
As terror incidents committed by Islamists continue across America, it would be reasonable to expect the federal government along with all local and state governments to be educating the public to become the eyes and ears of law enforcement. They should be advising citizens to watch, to listen and report suspicious activity in the hopes of preventing the next mass shooting, stabbing or similar event. The examples of that type of education are very few and almost impossible to find. Instead, what is occurring is the exact opposite.
Today on Because You Asked, we will answer the question, “what is being done to educate the public in response to Islamic terror in America”. You are not going to like the answer to your question.
Let’s start in Boston, the site of one of the first major terror attacks in America. On April 15, 2013, double bombings near the finish line of the Boston marathon killed three people and injured at least 264. The two bombs exploded 12 seconds apart near the marathon’s finish line containing BB-like pellets and nails. The bombs were contained in pressure cookers, hidden inside backpacks.
Three days later, the FBI identified Chechen-American brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the chief suspects. After the bombing the brothers killed a MIT policeman, kidnapped a man in his car, and had a shootout with the police in nearby Watertown, during which two officers were severely injured, one of whom died later. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot several times, and his brother ran him over while escaping in the stolen car; Tamerlan died soon after.
His brother Dzhokhar was arrested and during questioning, revealed that he and his brother were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that they were self-radicalized and unconnected to any outside terrorist groups, and that he was following his brother’s lead. He said they learned to build explosive devices from an online magazine of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. He also said they had intended to travel to New York city to bomb Times Square. On April 8, 2015, he was convicted of 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The following month he was sentenced to death.
How did the city of Boston respond to the worst terror attack in their history? The city has launched a new public service campaign to fight islamophobia by offering the public ways to address aggression toward others because of their appearance or beliefs.
The campaign launched a few weeks ago involves 50 posters that provide a step-by-step guide to handling when someone is being harassed. They will be posted on bus stop benches and other public places around the city. Titled “what to do if you are witnessing islamophobic harassment,” the posters encourage people to engage with the person who is being targeted and to draw attention away from the harasser. The technique is called “non-complementary behavior,” and is intended to disempower an aggressive person by countering their expectations.
“These posters are one tool we have to send the message that all are welcome in Boston,” Mayor Marty Walsh said, “education is key to fighting intolerance, and these posters share a simple strategy for engaging with those around you.”
The city’s Islamic community lauded the campaign, “we encourage all of our fellow Bostonians to apply the approach in these posters to anyone targeted — whether Muslim, Latino or otherwise,” said Suzan El-Rayess, Civic Engagement Director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.
So, instead of a massive educational campaign to try to prevent the next massive attack, Boston is moving publicly to protect Muslims from being thought about badly! No terror prevention. No terror education! No infiltration of the mosques that are still preaching hatred of America in the Boston area. But instead, Boston is educating the public to make sure that Muslims aren’t made to feel bad.
San Francisco has a similar campaign. The public transportation BART system also has a poster campaign now rolled out. It started after a rider on the trains organized a crowdfunded poster campaign to teach riders how to respond to islamophobic and xenophobic incidents on public transit. The campaign started after they heard about a Muslim student who was harassed on BART.
So, where is the government sponsored poster program to teach citizens how to prevent terror?
Sadly, American governments are not stepping up. But one brave American is taking this role on personally…
Her name is Pam Geller. Geller through several of her affiliated organizations paid to run ads on the transit systems of New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. The ad approved to run on the New York city subway and San Francisco buses read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” she had to go to court to have the court force acceptance of the advertising.
In addition to New York, Washington and San Francisco, Geller has previously succeeded in getting ads placed on transit systems in Chicago and Philadelphia. However, there is push back coming from the transit authorities. New York’s MTA voted to ban all political ads in the wake of a judge’s ruling that the agency could not reject provocative ads, like the ones Geller paid for, because they were critical of Islam. Thank you Pam Geller! Americans from coast to coast appreciate you!
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