Friday, December 2, 2016

One Year After San Bernardino Attack: Path to Radicalization Little Changed

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One Year After San Bernardino Attack: Path to Radicalization Little Changed

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) released the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in San Bernardino, California: 

“On December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people during a shooting spree at a holiday party sponsored by Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Public Health Department. During the attack, the couple pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi via Facebook. Several hours later, the two homegrown violent extremists died in a shootout with law enforcement. 
“The subsequent FBI investigation revealed something that has become all too familiar in the aftermath of domestic terror attacks: evidence of the radicalizing impact of the late al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Farook and his neighbor, Enrique Marquez Jr., reportedly spent hours listening to Awlaki’s lectures and studying directions for making explosives. Marquez stands accused of purchasing the two rifles used in the killing spree and is scheduled to stand trial in the spring of 2017.
“Awlaki personally directed attackers like Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan in 2009, and inspired many others to commit atrocities after his death in 2011, due to the ubiquity of his lectures and sermons online. Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen, and most recently, the Ohio State University attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan, were only the latest to be tragically inspired in part by Awlaki’s hateful and destructive interpretations of Islam.
“Until Internet and social media companies do more to combat the pernicious propaganda of Awlaki, we can unfortunately expect more tragedies like San Bernardino in the future.” 

Self-Censorship: Free Society vs. Fear Society

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Self-Censorship: Free Society vs. Fear Society

by Giulio Meotti  •  December 2, 2016 at 5:00 am
  • "The drama and the tragedy is that the only ones to win are the jihadists." — Flemming Rose, who published the Mohammed cartoons in 2005, as cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
  • "Why the f*ck did you say yes to appear on stage with this terrorist target, are you stupid? Do you have a secret death wish? You have grandchildren now. Are you completely out of your mind? It's okay if you want to die yourself, but why are you taking the company though all this?" — The managers of Jyllands-Posten, to Flemming Rose.
  • "We are also aware that we therefore bow to violence and intimidation." — Editorial, Jyllands-Posten.
  • "I do not blame them that they care about the safety of employees. I have bodyguards 24 hours a day. However, I believe that we must stand firm. If Flemming shuts his mouth, democracy will be lost." — Naser Khader, a liberal Muslim of Syrian origin who lives in Denmark.
Is democracy lost? Eleven years after Jyllands-Posten published the Mohammed cartoons, the newspaper has a barbed-wire fence two meters high and one kilometer long. Kurt Westergaard, the illustrator who drew one of the cartoons (left), lives in hiding in a fortress, and Flemming Rose (right), the editor who commissioned the cartoons, has fled to the United States.
In the summer of 2005, the Danish artist Kåre Bluitgen, when he met a journalist from the Ritzaus Bureau news agency, said he was unable to find anyone willing to illustrate his book on Mohammed, the prophet of Islam. Three illustrators he contacted, Bluitgen said, were too scared. A few months later, Bluitgen reported that he had found someone willing to illustrate his book, but only on the condition of anonymity.
Like most Danish newspapers, Jyllands-Posten decided to publish an article about Bluitgen's case. To test the state of freedom of expression, Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten's cultural editor at the time, called twelve cartoonists, and offered them $160 each to draw a caricature of Mohammed. What then happened is a well-known, chilling story.

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