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Losing His Religion - A Pentagon terror scare and a media taboo
WSJ ^ | 6/17/2011

Posted on 06/20/2011 3:31:48 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

There was a terror scare at the Pentagon this morning. As CBS News reports, it started when the U.S. Park Police "came upon" 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku wandering around Arlington National Cemetery, which was closed...

..."found what appeared to be an unknown quantity of ammonium nitrate," a chemical "that is widely used in fertilizers and can be used in explosives with the correct concentration."

We learn from the CBS story that Melaku is a lance corporal in the Marine Reserves. The Associated Press adds that he is a naturalized American citizen, originally from Ethiopia. CBS also reports that "Melaku was carrying a notebook that contained the phrases 'al Qaeda,' 'Taliban rules' and 'Mujahid defeated croatian forces' when he was detained," but "that the suspect is not thought to have been involved in a terrorist act or plot."

All of which raises an obvious question--but one that goes unanswered in the reports from CBS and AP, as well as others from ABC News and the Washington Post. We could only find one news organization that had the answer: Fox News Channel, which reports that Maliku is Muslim.

Now, it's possible that Fox simply got a scoop here, but our guess is that this fact was omitted from the other reports because of the politically correct taboo against making a connection between Islam and terrorism. It's analogous to the case we cited Monday in which the Chicago Tribune refused to mention the race of the members of "groups of youths" who had been attacking people in a downtown neighborhood, but it's worse. Whereas race is not necessarily relevant to the motive of the Chicago attacks, religion almost always is when a Muslim commits an act of terrorism or a related crime.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: domesticterrorism; fifthcolumn; islam; jihad; marines; melaku; movealong; nothingtoseehere

1 posted on 06/20/2011 3:31:51 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Do they issue CACs to lance corporals?

2 posted on 06/20/2011 3:34:45 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Altura Ct.

It looks to me like he joined the military in order to fast-track U.S. citizenship.

I do wonder why he wasn’t discharged after his prior arrest, for damaging 27 vehicles I think.

I also wonder about Arlington security if he was able to wander around in there all night and wearing a backpack.

I have lots of questions about this “act alone” suspect, but the story seems to have been dropped, along with the fact he’s mooslim, carried explosives ingredients and “allahu akbar” literature.

3 posted on 06/20/2011 3:49:47 PM PDT by La Enchiladita ("Netanyahu's no pansy Republican," says Rush.)
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To: Altura Ct.

He serves the nation of Islam, not the goofy Louis Farrahkhan cult but the violent Mohammed dead cult.

The same one that requires all followers to bow 5 times a day to their capital city of Mecca every day. The one that has a death penalty for any non-muslim who’d dare enter their segregated city or convert away from the cult.

4 posted on 06/20/2011 4:03:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: a fool in paradise


5 posted on 06/20/2011 4:39:43 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Does joining the military fast-track U.S. citizenship? It seems like the opposite to me.

6 posted on 06/20/2011 8:37:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Yes it does.

7 posted on 06/21/2011 4:15:09 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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