Thursday, September 29, 2011

Massachusetts Muslim man arrested: Just another "coincidence" in the global war on terror?

Another chink in the argument against profiling as an American Muslim man from Massachusetts is arrested in a plot to blow up the Pentagon and US Capitol!

An American Muslim man from Ashland was arrested in a sting operation in which he was attempting to buy explosives to place in unmanned drones. The targets for these drones are said to have been the Pentagon and the US Capitol.

Rezwan Ferdaus was trying to purchase C-4 explosives, grenades and AK-47 assault rifles when he was arrested and the drones he planned to use in his attack were relatively small and extremely fast.

During the sting he is reported to have repeatedly said that his desire to kill Americans stemmed from the fact that they are the "enemies of Allah."

Is the fact that he is Muslim a coincidence or central to this case as well as to the case for profiling in the United States?

The mainstream media versus the blogosphere!

"A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and accused of plotting to destroy the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives..." (AP)

Doing a Google search to read up on the arrest I found that the majority of those willing to invoke the terms Muslim, jihad and al-Qaeda style attack as a major factor behind the case of Ferdaus tended to be from around the blogosphere and not the more traditional media.

What this tells me is that Americans who look to the MSM for their news and information will continue to not fully understand the scope and breadth of the enemy we face in the global war on terror.

Potential headline: Massachusetts man of Muslim faith attempts to purchase weapons for an al-Qaeda style attack on the United States

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