Irving, TX is a long way from San Bernardino, CA but there is a connection, I think, with what happened there with Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohamed and the terrorist attack in San Bernardino by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. That connection would be political correctness.
We’ve all heard by now that when Mohamed was arrested for his “clock” the teacher found to be suspicious there was an almost immediate backlash, particularly when the story broke nationally. Almost everyone in the Irving School District from the teacher on up and even the city’s mayor were ridiculed and received death threats. President Obama got involved and it just went downhill from there.
Let’s jump over to San Bernardino now. We’ve heard the neighbor was suspicious of Farook and what he and his buddies were doing in the garage. But the neighbor was afraid to report anything for fear of a possible backlash including being called racist. After Irving who could blame the neighbor? I don’t know when the neighbor got a bad feeling about what Farook was up to but if there was any urge to report it before the Clock Boy incident the aftermath of that I’m sure caused the neighbor to back down even more. And who could blame him? There could have been even worse ridicule and more vile threats than what Mohamed’s teacher received if there was a mistake.
“See something? Say something!” can’t coexist with political correctness, not when PC protects Muslims, radical or not. If a former DHS agent gets his investigation shut down because it was “problematic” because it involved an Islamic group what chance does a teacher or neighbor have? The aforementioned agent was Philip Haney, who thinks if his investigation had been allowed to go forward the San Bernardino attack could have been stopped. He was on Megyn Kelly’s show last Thursday and Rush spoke about it last Friday:
HANEY: The network of individuals that we work with were tied to a large group called Tablighi Jamaat part a larger group called Deobandi. We had thousands of organizations or individuals in the database, and we tracked them as they moved in and out of the United States on the visa waiver program. Farook mosque is called Dar-al-Uloom. It’s a global network of similar kinds of mosques under the umbrella of this organization.
RUSH: Look at how much we knew. Look at how much the regime knew about Syed Farook “Climate Change.” Megyn Kelly says, “Under your program you would have identified the mosque, and then what would you have done?”
HANEY: Individuals that are already in the case in 2012 went to that mosque. Therefore as we are tracking them we would have put the red light on them. Syed would have been put on the no-fly list because of his association with that mosque and or the K-1 visa that his wife was given may have been denied because of his affiliation with a known organization.
KELLY: Mmm-hmm. And you say they shut you down because they felt this was essentially profiling of Muslims?
HANEY: They specifically got that, we got the internal memos, and it says that we are not allowed to develop a case based on Tablighi Jamaat specifically or any specific Islamist group.
Bascially the Clockboy-San Bernardino political correctness connection I’m pointing out is this: It caused an overblown negative reaction to a teacher who “saw something and said something” that ultimately caused her, the school district, the Irving police department, even the mayor to be ridiculed and threatened. That may have led an already reluctant neighbor in San Bernardino to ultimately decide not to say anything. Thus not one but two chances to maybe stop the Inland Center attack were thwarted. One at the federal level, the other at the local level. Yes, it’s speculation on my part but the toxicity level PC has attained has it all making sense.
Many years ago when PC first started rearing its ugly head, under the touchy-feely guise of not hurting anyone’s feelings with potentially harmful labels like handicapped, or retarded, or whatever term by substituting words like physically or mentally challenged I told some friends “This will get to where people will be afraid to talk to each other because who knows what’s the right thing to say anymore.” Now, as with all things liberal it’s morphed into a neighbor being afraid to “say something because he saw something” out of fear of a PC backlash. It’s morphed into a DHS official losing his job and his investigation being diminished because it involved an Islamist group. It’s gotten 14 people killed and 22 wounded.
I never thought when talking to my friends back then that PC would go from folks having to choose what they say about someone or some group more carefully to people getting killed. If not for PC Haney’s 2012 investigation may have stopped Farooq and Malik years ago or a neighbor’s suspicions may have stopped them a couple of months ago.
It doesn’t help when the president says “If you see something, say something” and minutes later Loretta Lynch says if you speak out against Muslim groups you may be prosecuted. PC and “See something, say something” can’t coexist.
I’m afraid more will die because of that.