Readers may review the statement at the end of th post. Let this be a gentle reminder which was given to readership years ago in one of the first blogs posted via a different social media platform.
Read with a filter. Always apply a filter to what you read and do a few minutes of research on the side. The statement issued by CAIR is based on a narrative of mistreatment of Muslims by U.S. enforcement agencies. So let me break it down to you in bullet (military) format:
* The “allegations” are made with the family member sporting burn and flesh injuries, in custody and giving witness to his allegiance to Islamic State. He will have his day in court. But we know the allegations are true.
* Children may have been held “out in the cold”. This is also true, but it was for their safety. Bombers have a propensity to booby-trap the space they have left behind. It is also important to properly remove any volatile chemicals. Complete apartment blocks, adjacent homes have been evacuated in the past due to public safety fears.
* A teenager was pulled out of classes. He was interrogated, per CAIR report. It must be remembered that “time is brain”. This is the meme for cardiac event and stroke but it also applies to terror investigations of current incidents. Things move with rapidity and on head-spinning multiple fronts during the first twenty-four hours. This is trade craft. It is entirely necessary. There is no time for niceties, and things will have moved forward in legally acceptable manner which will withstand legal challenges. The teenager can get over it. Or he can choose to move along and build his own device at a future date.
* There is an underlying theme of inconvenience of the Muslim family unit. It must be noted that literal thousands of individuals in New York were inconvenienced yesterday. In a day when “operational cages” are immediately constructed around the blocks surrounding an incident, those who were temporarily immobilized in these zones were highly inconvenienced (CNN referred to the same as “frozen zones”). These virtual cages are necessary and had this operational consideration been set in motion in Boston, we would have had the two marathon bombers in custody in hours as opposed to days. Beyond the inconvenience of the day is the impact on commerce in a city which is known for its commercial vibrancy. How many workers lost a day’s wage? (It is hoped their employers will offer full compensation.) And how many shopkeepers found themselves without clientele?
* It must be remembered that in the Fatwa Against Jews and Crusaders written in the prior century, a man who was a co-author dyed his beard black (allowed for jihad) and threatened to plunder the West. Take a moment and think about what happened yesterday. Make a wild guess. How many millions of dollars will it cost the taxpayers to investigate and prosecute what was described as a “low tech” failed bomb attack?
According to ABC 7 New York:
Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for CAIR New York, read a short, prepared statement on behalf of the Ullah family saying, “We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family. But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held kids as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today. Thank you for your time.”