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Fox News TV Caught Again in Shameful Anti-Muslim Incitement in Reporting About San Bernardino Shooting and Linking it to Terrorism
A News Commentary
By Hassan El-Najjar
December 5, 2015
The US Zionist-owned and controlled media in general, and Fox News TV in particular, have been relentless since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 to replace Communism with Islam and Muslims as the enemy of the United States, in service to Israel and the military-industrial-intelligence complex.
They have been creating, exaggerating, and maintaining fear in the minds of the American people from Islam and Muslims in order to justify the wars, invasions, air strikes, and other overt and covert operations, which have devastated the Middle East.
The mass shooting in San Bernardino yesterday was a bonanza for the Zionist media, particularly Morduckh's Fox News TV, whose hosts couldn't hide their glees for discovering that the suspect's name was Syed Farook, a Muslim name!
They assembled their hosts, who are usually affiliated with security consulting firms, known as counterterrorism, whose main job is to spread their smearing disinformation about Islam and Muslims, to justify their lucrative contracts, the militarization of society, and all these horrors of war in the Middle East.
As you can see below, the hosts and their so-called security and counterterrorism experts quickly jumped to the conclusion that the attackers are Jihadis, working for ISIS, just on the basis of a person's name!
What Fox and Zionist media in general did yesterday was nothing short of a hate crime against Muslim Americans, who should not be silent about that anymore. These hateful Zionists and their employees should be taken to court for their hate crimes.
We haven't heard any of these Zionist media outlets (TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, or magazines) saying that the Planned Parenthood shooter or the South Carolina church shooter were terrorists. We did not hear Fox News TV agitators mentioning the influence of their religion or their churches on their actions.
Stereotyping Muslim Americans as terrorists or affiliated with terrorism is a very dangerous hate crime perpetrated by the Zionist media, some politicians, and some government officials. It has to stop before it escalates to violent crimes against innocent Muslim Americans by consumers of these hate crimes.
In the case of the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farooq, this is an American-born citizen, raised and educated in the United States, who was living the "American Dream" with a lower-middle class job, lifestyle, wife, and a little child. The published information about him so far is that he suffered a turbulent childhood and possible bullying at work (we need more information about the fighting during the party, which led him to leave and come back to shoot his coworkers).
There was no sign or evidence of radicalization or affiliation with terrorism. Period.
It's just another American mass shooting, which can be explained by social scientists generally, and by sociologists and psychologists in particular. Israel-Firsters and so-called terrorism experts have no place in explaining this social problem. They are not trained for this job and there is a conflict of interests involved, as it is in their best interest to spread fear in society, to keep their jobs and lucrative contracts.
President Obama was right in pointing to the problem of the lack of gun control in the U.S. as a major contributor to the American mass shooting phenomenon. But deeper, there are root causes such as bullying, turbulent childhood, and dysfunctional families, as in this case, which need to be addressed in a multi-level process, if we want to seriously address mass shooting.
Shame on Fox News TV, producers, hosts and guests, who perpetrated their anti-Muslim hate crime yesterday!
Shame on all U.S. Zionist media units which associated this mass shooting to Islam and Muslims
Islamic State says California killers of 14 were their followers
Sat Dec 5, 2015 8:18am EST
By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rory Carroll
Islamic State said on Saturday that a married couple who killed 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism" were followers of the militant group based in Syria and Iraq.
U.S. government sources have said Malik and her husband may have been inspired by Islamic State, but there was no evidence the attack was directed by the militant group or that the organization even knew who they were. The party the couple attacked was for workers in the same local government agency that employed Farook.
If Wednesday's mass shooting proves to have been the work of people inspired by Islamist militants, as investigators now suspect, it would mark the deadliest such attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.
The broadcast came a day after Facebook confirmed that comments praising Islamic State were posted around the time of the mass shooting to an account on the social media website established by Malik under an alias.
However, it was uncertain whether the comments were posted by Malik herself or someone with access to her page.
Speaking to reporters separately in Washington on Friday, FBI Director James Comey said the investigation pointed to "radicalization of the killers and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations."
But no evidence has been uncovered yet suggesting the killers were "part of an organized larger group, or form part of a cell," Comey said. "There is no indication that they are part of a network."
Farook family attorneys, holding a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday, denied there was any evidence that either the husband or wife harbored extremist views.
She spoke broken English and her primary language was Urdu, he said, adding, "She was very conservative." They said Farook, too, largely kept to himself, had few friends and said co-workers sometimes made fun of his beard.
Investigators are looking into a report that Farook had an argument with a co-worker who denounced the "inherent dangers of Islam" prior to the shooting, a U.S. government source said.
(Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Editing by Tom Heneghan)
Media Immediately Speculates That San Bernardino Shooting Might Be Linked To ISIS
by Carimah Townes Dec 2, 2015 5:48pm
CREDIT: Associated Press/Richard Drew
Law enforcement is currently searching for three white males who could be responsible for gunning down 20 people at a disability center in San Bernardino, California, killing at least 14. Few details about the shooters’ motives are known, but media commentators have already speculated that the attackers could be linked to the Islamic State.
“Now, we have seen some common characteristics amongst this group of individuals who have carried out these attacks. These are people who come from dysfunctional families, who are disconnected from the community, who have suffered a series of life failures, who are searching for some thing, whether it’s an organization or a cause to belong to,” John Cohen, ABC contributor and former Homeland Security Counterterrorism official, told George Stephanoupoulos.
“What is disturbing is that over the past several years, increasingly, these people are either turning to joining a group like ISIS or carrying out an attack on its behalf, or going into a school or a movie theater or a shopping mall and seeking to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” he continued.
On Fox Business Network, host Liz Claman asked former Sen. Bob Kerrey (R-NE) whether or not the annual tree lighting ceremony in New York City will be safe given the threat in California.
“Particularly since after 9/11, the law enforcement and national security domestically have done a tremendous job reducing the threat in the United States,” Kerrey said. “We have five boroughs of Muslims in New York City. We pretty well balance individual liberties with security, and we’ve intercepted the threat. You can’t let your guard down, especially against monsters like ISIS. I think we can get this job done.”
He also noted that the NRA should be left out of the current conversation. “I don’t think we need to panic. We need to feel grief and sadness and concern for the people going after the guys. I don’t think we should panic and talk about the NRA and all that stuff.”
In the same segment, Claman warned that it was still too early to figure out who was responsible, but offered the theory that the shooting could have been perpetrated by ISIS followers.
“Once the dust settles and we can figure out who’s responsible, it could be that the old disenfranchised white males — because they are being described as white males, although it’s very, very early to make any judgment,” she said. “It could be home grown terrorists or ISIS sympathizers.”
Fox News commentator Bishop E.W. Jackson also tweeted:
While most Americans believe terrorism is a Muslim problem, people in the U.S. are seven times more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist than a Muslim terrorist. And white people have been behind 64 percent of mass shootings since 1982. Just last week, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings noted that white supremacy is a grave threat to life in the U.S.
“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue,” Rawlings told MSNBC.
Fox News can hardly contain its glee that San Bernardino shooter had “an Islamic name” and could be a terrorist
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 08:21 AM EST
Scott Eric Kaufman
After a week of having to distance itself from conservative shooter, Fox News can go on the terror offensive again
Less than a week after Fox News bemoaned the fact that a conservative Christian was responsible for the Planned Parenthood shooting — and after having spent the last few days berating liberals for “wanting” mass-killers to be of a particular political persuasion — there was joy in the production room when it turned out that one of the the shooters in San Bernardino had what one “O’Reilly Factor” guest said was “an Islamic name.”
Host Bill O’Reilly cautioned against speculation, but only as a means to open the floor to the wildest and widest examples of the sort. Counter-terrorism expert Jim Hansen said that “the name Farook Sayed has come across the police scanners as a suspect,” and that “it’s an uncommon name so there are investigations into whether he is a jihadist or affiliated with a mosque. America is a giant soft target, this could happen anywhere.”
Another guest, also a counter-terrorism expert, Aaron Cohen agreed. “My sources have also said that an Islamic name has been released,” he said. “That is compounded by the fact that the attackers went to a specific place with tactical gear that would allow them to create maximum damage. I believe this is strongly linked to Islamic motivated international terror.”
Hansen also took the opportunity to share the results of a study by his organization, the Center for Security Policy, in which “we studied 100 mosques in the United States chosen at random, and 80 of them were either preaching jihad or had jihadist literature available. Those things are not compatible with our society, they are preaching violence.”
Leaving behind baby and bombs, couple sows panic in California
Reuters Thu Dec 3, 2015 4:40am EST
By Tim Reid and Dan Whitcomb
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.
On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook's mother, saying they were going to a doctor's appointment.
By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others.
Before sunset, after a shootout with police, they were both dead, leaving a grieving community with few clues to puzzle out the motive for the carnage.
Syed Farook, born in the United States, worked as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County, inspecting restaurants for health violations, according to authorities and a website that tracks public employees. As part of his job, he also inspected public pools at locations including apartment and senior housing complexes and country clubs. Records show him performing these duties as recently as July.
On Wednesday, he attended the annual holiday gathering for employees of his department, but then left, returning later with weaponry and Malik.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the shooting spree had clearly been planned in advance and that the suspects left several explosive devices, which appeared to be pipe bombs, at the scene of the massacre.
SueAnn Chapman, a cashier and waitress at China Doll Fast Food, a restaurant that Syed Farook inspected earlier this year for his job with the county, said he didn't seem unusual when he turned up.
"He was real quiet," Chapman said. "He checked the food and said he was here because somebody complained. ... He looked completely normal."
Burguan said he did not know whether Farook and Malik were wed, but officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who had been in touch with the family said they were husband and wife.
The couple were married for two years and have a six-month-old baby girl, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR, told Reuters.
The couple left the baby with Farook's mother in the nearby city of Redlands early on Wednesday morning, Ayloush said, relaying information he got from the brother-in-law of Farook. They told her they were going to attend a doctor's appointment for the wife.
Burguan said that police investigating the shooting went to a house in Redlands on Wednesday afternoon, and saw the couple take off in a black SUV. Police pursued the car to San Bernardino, where the gun battle ensued that left Farook and Malik dead.
Farook's family was originally from South Asia, while Malik was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States, Ayloush said. Farook had an older brother, he added, who had served in the U.S. military.
Public records suggest possible turbulence in Farook's younger life.
In 2006, Rafia Farook, who records indicate is Farook's mother, filed in a Riverside court for divorce from her husband, also named Syed Farook.
She enumerated multiple instances of domestic abuse in the legal filing, and said her husband "threatens to kill himself on a daily basis." During one incident, she said in a court filing, her son came between them "to save me."
(Additional reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Robin Respaut, Heather Somerville, Julia Love and Dan Levine in San Francisco and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sue Horton and Mary Milliken)
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