Beyond the Cusp

July 2, 2019

Candidate for Most Under Reported News of the Year

 

The story begins in Northview Heights, the low-income housing project, which used to be ninety percent African-American. This was altered as the plan under President Obama brought in Syrian refugees with minimal screening. When President Trump attempted to restrict such immigration until a more stringent vetting policy could be implemented, he was attacked as being a racist (please view our article about the use of words such as racist). This sent his order before one court after another and also left the United States to continue to be as vulnerable as they were under President Obama. Many of these Syrian refugees had been settled in Northview Heights. One such refugee, it turns out, was also a member of the Islamic State (ISIS). Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was such an individual. It was presumably a well-known fact which intelligence had reported that the Islamic State had been placing their operatives in amongst the refugees. But this case was slightly different as the terrorist in question came as part of a family. Still, Mustafa Mousab Alowemer had made several social media posts swearing his allegiance to Islamic State and proclaiming his readiness to carry out operations for them within the United States.

 

The fortunate part of this unreported story was that the FBI and law enforcement moved in and prevented what could have been a horrific crime. This neighborhood had been utilized as an end point for immigrant refugees preciously. This was the international part that was reflected in the multicultural population of African-Americans and African immigrants, including Nigerian Christians. It was the presence of Nigerian Christians which set off Mustafa Mousab Alowemer and he was determined to do something about these, as he saw them, polytheists. He plotted to take care and for the massacre of the Christians whom he called, “Mushrikeen”, an Islamic religious term which condemns Christians and Jews as infidels and deems them to be fair game for mass murder. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was quoted ranting, “This house is still for the ones who go to church because they are Nigerians. They are all polytheists. We, we, take revenge for our brothers in Nigeria.” This was a reference to Boko Haram which is the Islamic State terrorist allied group which is currently attacking Christian villages and the ones who abducted the girls from a Christian school which received world attention but not much action with a typical response being the hashtag project where people, including Michelle Obama (see image below) calling for action using “#BringBackOurGirls” as a means of applying pressure. As most of Boko Haram do not have internet connections, this became a farce of how to do something while accomplishing nothing.

 

Michelle Obama holds a sign with the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag

 

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer plotted to bomb this church while it was holding services to maximize the numbers of Christians and particularly Nigerians as he was able. He had a decent plan as he would place a backpack bomb at the church with a timer allowing him to reach a Mosque for his alibi and where the others would attest to his having been there the entire morning. This was balanced by his desire to hear the explosion. He had hoped this act would “shock the enemies of Allah almighty everywhere and all over America” as well as preventing Christians “going to their churches and instill fear in their hearts.” He had further planned to leave an ISIS flag and a message, “We’ve arrived.” Mustafa Mousab Alowemer has been in the United States since August of 2016, almost three years. He told the man he thought was his accomplice, “I was raised in Jordan on loving the Jihad and the Mujahedeen. I met some Jordanian brothers, some of which did the Nafir in Raqqah, and I, alongside some brothers, were arrested three times in Jordan, because I was one of the supporters.” Despite three arrests for associating with ISIS fighters and for supporting ISIS, Mustafa Mousab Alowemer made it through the scant vetting process and was permitted entrance into the United States.

 

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer planned the attack on the church where people from his neighborhood attended services including fellow students from Brashear High School, an English as a Second Language school with a large refugee attendance. He had no compunction over potentially murdering kids he had attended classes with, that was the depth of his hatred for these Christians and specifically the Nigerians. His presumed accomplice was actually an FBI agent and this permitted the FBI to prevent this tragedy. Yet, when talking with our friends and contacts in the United States, surprisingly none had heard a word about this plot to bomb a black church. Perhaps it was to protect the refugee program. Perhaps it was to shield Islam from bad media which might cause people to think differently about trust concerning members of the Islamic faith, not any racial context, merely religious and social context.

 

Some additional information about Mustafa Mousab Alowemer. He wrote in his nasheed (a musical chant) addressed to the leader of ISIS, “I long for the promise of Allah, he promised me paradise, he motivated me for martyrdom. I long for the land of the Caliphate. I am expecting to raise the banner. I will spill my blood for the victory of my religion.” Fortunately, he was denied this self-defined honor to his faith and to those he had pledged his full-fledged support. Those who may be more callous might claim that the reason this story which has so many intrigues, implications, twists and revealing angles was so under-reported was because it does not fit the narrative the news desires to convey, that right-wing or alt-right white males are the only ones who bomb black churches. To have to report that an American Syrian refugee who is Islamic was planning to bomb a black church would cross too many of the pet sympathies of the mainstream media. Reporting on Islamic criminality has been kept under the radar across Europe and it apparently has crossed over to the United States. But unless you read many foreign news reports from across the globe, you probably missed this story. We would hope that it would be that the media reported the news without their politically correct filters thus allowing the public to be fully informed and able to make up their own minds about what to think about the serious issues of the day, and terrorism is definitely amongst those pressing issues of the day. But the media in the developed world had decided that they should do our thinking for us and that we are too uncultured, uneducated, unrefined, unsophisticated, ignorant and probably a dozen more equally dulling reasons for which they hide news which the public might not grasp the full connotations, innuendos, denotations, inferences and insinuations which in no way could be explained such that the rest of us could ever hope to understand. Such ill regard for the public the media is supposed to serve and report about everything affecting their lives should infuriate the average person. But this was a case of an event which went against almost all the media stereotypes which they have defined to every group because stereotypes are good for them but not for you. Until the mainstream media start reporting instead of filtering according to some editorial slant coloring our news, we will need to rely on outside reporting and commentary to often report reality and give a clearer picture of our world than the fantasy sold on the television, in radio and on the pages of newsprint across the land. That is the state of the world in which we find ourselves and until we repair the damages done by censoring the news has done, many of us are walking around in the dark being denied light by the supposed light-bringers, the media. For now, they are selling us blinders and eventually these will become blindfolds as events continue to make what they have been reporting to become so obviously wrong-headed and slanted that people demand real news sparking potentially a revolution in the media business. Rest easy and do not trouble your heads as the media will sell you sweet songs of alluring tranquility lulling you into a sense of sweet slumber.

 

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April 22, 2013

Rumors in All the Wrong Places

The horrific bombing of the Boston Marathon finishing line was timed to detonate at four hours after the start of the race which was expected and did coincide with numerous amateur runners completing the race and their friends and families waiting to congratulate them. The bombers’ plan to injure and possibly murder as many average people in order to maximize terror was successful in targeting average people and getting huge amounts of coverage by television and news cameras. The one failure was the striking terror in the hearts of the people at the scene of the terrorist strike. Instead what was witnessed was Americans at their best with people who were uninjured not running from the scene but running into the heart of the disaster area tending to the injured applying first aid and even using pieces of their clothing to apply pressure bandages and even using belts as makeshift tourniquets. What was exemplified was the best of Americans and humanity in a crisis situation with these brave people almost immediately assisting each other and not waiting for the first responders giving the world a taste of how not to be cowed by a terror threat and showing disregard for anything other than helping people who were for the most part total strangers. We witnessed people literally giving the shirt off their backs and the belts from their trousers. This is not meant to take anything away from the first responders who also arrived quickly and wasted no time rushing into the heart of the confusion and establishing a frenetic order and began transport of the injured to waiting hospital personnel who had prepared the necessary extra trauma and emergency supplies and beds to accommodate the disaster.

Unfortunately, the same praises cannot be lauded on either the mainstream media or social media both of which were full of conjecture, conspiracies and the entire host of misinformation. The number of people espousing their own hatreds blaming the government, secret clandestine organizations, or any group of people imaginable in Tweets or on Facebook were disgusting and gave examples of the worst in people. The only redeeming facts were those who derided those posting such conspiracies or assigning blame as a venue to castigate their own bigotries. Where the hatreds appearing on social media in not something new but the mere extent of these postings is what was somewhat alarming. The misinformation spread by the mainstream media prior to any actual facts is an entirely different animal. The race by the different new networks and departments to form theories and postulations as to who was behind the bombing was revealing to their prejudices and biases. The number of times there were claims of breaking news only to be followed later by more breaking news each one contradicting the previous startling statement. News reporting, especially by the news agencies that people and the public depend on for facts, should act with more restraint and discipline instead of acting in such an uncontrolled and amateurish fashion. While it is understandable that each news department has a desire to be the first to get the news right, but shouldn’t getting the news right be the first principle? What good is being first to be wrong? Apparently, the news sources placed more emphasis on making conjecture as representing news as long as it was first and might even be the first to finally get it correct. Between reporting every rumor with breathless excitement and expressing their personal biases as honest news the mainstream media managed to further destroy any semblance of trust which had possibly remained. It was my personal experience that the most trustworthy news sources ended up being some select foreign press and media sources which I have previously found to have the patience to wait for facts before jumping onto a story, any story, as long as it is a new story. Maybe they will take a lesson from this fiasco and will learn to actually verify the facts before running before the cameras only to have to retract reports as the truth eventually emerges. And may they please learn that personal conjecture is never good news and only makes them appear more amateurish than the average poster on social media. We should and do expect more from our media and hopefully they will grow and learn that actual facts are news and opinions and guessing is not doing anybody any favors, especially in an emergency situation when so many are seeking answers and expecting the plain and simple truth from their news reporting. As the old Dragnet theme stated, “The facts, just the facts.”

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