Truth or CAIR?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 5:47 pm by Neal
Ahmed Mohamed and Yousef Megahed — Arrested in South Carolina for possessing pipe bombs (made from materials purchased at WalMart.) They were near the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and claim they were driving to vacation at a North Carolina beach for Mohamed’s birthday. Both are students at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

We have added these two “students” — Ahmed Mohamed and Yousef Megahed — to our ever-growing list of Domestic terrorist incidents, “Jihad: Battlefield America.” Writing at the Corner, Andy McCarthy skewers the lying, CAIRorist spokesman Ahmed Bedier.

First, Bedier pronounced, before anything approaching an investigation could have been done, that the two Egyptian Muslims who were arrested over the weekend in South Carolina, were totally innocent: Just a couple of “really naive kids” (ages 21 and 26) who happened to have some “fireworks” in their car as they made their way on one of those crazy college kid field trips … one that just happened to take them by Goose Creek where the the U.S. Naval Weapons Station is located, many miles from Tampa, where they attend the University of South Florida’s School of Engineering.

And, here, well, let’s just say we end up with one of those you-just-can’t-make-it-up coincidences: That happens be the same USF School of Engineering that served as home base for former Professor Sami al-Arian while he was laboring for Palestinian Islamic Jihad. And, whaddya know, Al-Arian’s case was the last time we were hearing so regularly from Bedier. By the end, in spring 2006, he was boldly pronouncing that Sami would stick to his guns. He would not under any circumstances plead guilty to any terrorism offenses because there was “no conspiracy to support terrorism.” That turned out to be right before al-Arian pled guilty to conspiracy to provide services to a designated terrorist organization. He’s since been deported. [post-publish correction by author. See below. — ed]

Now Bedier is once again on the case for Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed and Yousef Samir Megahed, the really naive kids with the, er, fireworks. Of course, Bedier wants you to understand, he and CAIR are absolutely, positively, opposed to terrorism, without reservation. Why, he even made a point of saying, “If it’s clearly a pipe bomb that’s a different story. Then there is cause for concern.”

Well, guess what? Police say it was actually several pipe bombs and formally charged the men with possession of an explosive device (a felony under South Carolina law, punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment).

So, then, it’s a “different story,” right Mr. Bedier?

It sure is. Now — make sure you’re sitting down for this, you’ll never, ever guess — the story is … Islamophobic profiling!

Here’s Bedier today in a story posted on CAIR’s website: “‘Had they been two white kids nobody would be asking any questions,’ Ahmed Bedier, Executive Director of the Counsel For Islamic American Relations (CAIR), said.” (For regular readers, you’ll find it in the always dynamic “CAIR in the News” section — thanks to Greg Pollowitz for the heads-up).

But of course! We all know that white kids — other than my son, apparently — never get stopped for speeding. And on those rare occasions when they do, the police always let white kids off with a warning: “Look here, son, stop driving so fast. Last thing you need is to make those those pipe bombs rattle around in the trunk.”

Oh, the injustice! I’m ashamed to live in this country. No Justice No Peace, Insha Allah!

UPDATE: I got confused between Sami al-Arian and another Palestinian friend of the jihad, Fawaz Damra. Damra has been deported. Al-Arian is still in the U.S., serving the sentence imposed for his conviction, after which he is to be deported.

When it comes to the truth, the propaganda machine CAIR doesn’t care. No surprise there.

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