Just a grief-stricken parent/grandparent.
A Reuters story that dropped last night really takes the prize for manipulative coverage of the Muslim extremists who were abusing the starving 11 children found at the New Mexico compound.
According to the police, the children were being taught how to commit school shootings.
One of the men at the compound who was arrested is Siraj Ibn Wahhaj the son of the controversial Brooklyn imam, Siraj Wahhaj, who was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also testified as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.
But in the Reuter’s story which is basically about the imam’s reaction to the situation, they never mention that critical fact about the imam. Nor do they mention that the police have called the compound group Muslim extremists.
In fact, they actually seem to be making an effort to build up the imam, as just the poor beleaguered father/grandfather in the situation.
Check out how they describe him:
A prominent New York City Muslim cleric said on Thursday that he was baffled by events leading to his grandson’s presumed death and the arrest of his son and four other adult relatives on charges of abusing children at a compound in New Mexico.
Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn-based imam, spoke to reporters at his mosque, Masjid Taqwa, a day after his son, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law were charged with 11 felony counts of child abuse in New Mexico.
The son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, also was charged with custodial interference in the alleged abduction of his 3-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, last December from the Atlanta home of the child’s mother.
“Prominent” with no idea what the problem was.
The imam, who was the first Muslim to offer a prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives, said he is the biological grandfather of nine of the children in the case, including Abdul. Remains of a young boy believed to be those of Abdul were found at the compound on Monday.
So they took the time to find that historical piece about the imam but missed the part about being an unindicted co-conspirator?
He said he did not know what his son and daughters were doing in New Mexico or what prompted them to go into seclusion, but he was anxious to get to the bottom of a situation he described as “bizarre” and “weird.”
“As far as my son and my daughters are concerned, I want to make sure they get good legal representation. We want to find out what happened,” he said. “Even if it’s against them. We stand in judgment. God stands in judgment against them, and we stand on the side of truth.”
Just a concerned guy. No idea what son and daughters were doing.
The imam said his son had worked for a New York company providing security to corporate executives and celebrities and was licensed to carry firearms in 36 states. He described him as “high-strung” at times but not violent or “radical.”
Well, how nice that the unindicted co-conspirator can vouch for his “not radical” son.
Come on, Reuters, be better than this.