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Garland, Texas Jihadi Attack – Establishment Media Ignore Islamic Motivation

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Police in Garland, Texas – a suburb of Dallas – shot dead two men after they opened fire outside an exhibition that featured drawings of the Prophet Mohammed organized by a free speech group that sponsors campaigns to educate Americans about the threat Islam poses to liberty under the Constitution.

Naturally the establishment media here in the United States has, for the most part, downplayed the Islamist motivation for the attack, filling their articles with the usual caveats that the gunmen and their motivation are as yet unknown.

And it is true that as of 6:00 a.m. eastern when we began putting this article together the identities of the two gunmen were not officially released, but we know this was not some sort of art heist gone bad.

The media in the UK, who have experienced their own jihadi attacks, are not so reticent and multiple sources are reporting that Twitter suspended two accounts hours after the incident.

One of them, @atawaakul and named Shariah is Light, tweeted about 15 minutes before the first reports of the shooting: “The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu’mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen. Make dua #texasattack”.

The photo in the account is of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemen-based jihadist killed in a US drone attack in 2011.

In an earlier tweet, @atawaakul urged people to follow @_AbuH55ain, whose account was also suspended.

Neither account holder’s identity was released.

The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on free speech and, during which, in addition to the dead jihadis, an unarmed security guard was shot in the ankle.

Bruce Joiner, 58, was shot in the ankle during the exchange of fire between the two men and police that left them both dead lying by their car.

A spokesman for the Garland (Texas) Independent School District confirmed Joiner, who is married with three children, was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital. He was released just hours later.

In the aftermath of the shooting, while the building was still under a police-imposed security lockdown, those inside started to sing patriotic songs, including the national anthem and God Bless America, and said a prayer for the injured security guard after one woman pulled out an American flag from her bag.

Here’s what we know about how the attack on the event unfolded as of now:

The City of Garland said in a statement that as the exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad “was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car.”

The two heavily-armed men (suspected to have also been carrying explosives) were killed by police after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Dallas, at around 7:00 pm during a free speech event where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were being displayed.

“Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland [Independent School District] security officer. The GISD security officer’s injuries are not life-threatening,” the statement said. “Garland Police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed.”

The SITE Intelligence Group, a private intelligence group, reported that an Islamic State (IS) fighter claimed on Twitter that the shooting was carried out by two pro-Isis individuals.

In a series of tweets and links, a jihadist named as Abu Hussain Al Britani, which SITE said was British IS fighter Junaid Hussain, claimed that '2 of our brothers just opened fire' at the Prophet Muhammad exhibition in Texas.

'They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State,' added the tweet. 

Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organizer of the free speech event, said the group decided to hold the event in the Curtis Culwell Center because members had heard that a Muslim group had a conference in the same room after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office.

Ms. Geller described Sunday’s event as pro-free speech, and said that Muslims had become a “special class” that Americans were no longer allowed to offend.

Ms Geller responded to the shooting by writing on her website: “This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters? . . . The war is here.”

“The media is self-enforcing a Shariah,” she said, referring to Islamic law. “Under the Shariah you cannot criticize or offend Islam.”

In January, 12 people were killed by gunmen in an attack against the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had lampooned Islam and other religions and used depictions of Muhammad.

Such drawings are deemed insulting to many followers of Islam and have sparked violence around the world. According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad — even a respectful one — is considered blasphemous.

Prior to Sunday's cartoon contest, Geller's group was known for mounting a campaign against the building of an Islamic center blocks from the World Trade Center site and for buying advertising space in cities across the U.S. criticizing Islam.

Garland Mayor Douglas Athas said the city had permitted the event even though officials knew its theme could provoke an attack.

He said: "There was concern, which is why we had heightened security in the area, but we all swear to uphold the Constitution: free speech, free assembly and in this case perhaps, free religion.

"So in this case they were free to use the building."

Mayor Athas was spot on and apparently understands the threat Islam poses to liberty under the Constitution a whole lot better than does the establishment media here in America.

And so does our friend Pamela Geller, who dismissed critics who called her American Freedom Defense Initiative an extremist organization.

“As if pursuing good in the extreme makes it a bad thing,” she said.

She said Sunday night that the shooting showed how “needed our event really was.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Geert Wilders, is a Dutch lawmaker known for telling the truth about the threat Islam poses to Western values.

“We are here in defiance of Islam to stand for our rights and freedom of speech,” he said during his speech shortly before the shootings. “That is our duty.”

He was greeted with a standing ovation, when, shortly before the terrorist attack he told the audience that most terrorists are Muslims, and “the less Islam the better.”

 

The above article quotes and relies on reporting from the following sources:

Reporting by Staff Writers for The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150503-police-kill-2-men-who-opened-fire-outside-muhammad-art-show-in-garland.ece

Reporting by PETER HENN, The (UK) Express
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/574776/Garland-Texas-Muhammad-prophet-artwork-Islam

Reporting by PETE D'AMATO, The (UK) Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3066865/Officials-release-security-guard-injured-two-armed-attackers-Mohammed-art-event.html#ixzz3ZAGi08Qp 

Reporting by JOSH GARDNER, The (UK) Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3066882/This-war-Woman-Muhammad-cartoon-contest-targeted-Texas-attack-long-history-anti-Islam-activism-including-controversial-NYC-transit-ads.html#ixzz3ZAG4YKK

Reporting by John Aglionby Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8e84fe8c-f20b-11e4-88b0-00144feab7de.html#axzz3ZABeK9Tz

Reporting by Wills Robinson and Ted Thornhill, The (UK) Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3066779/Police-officer-suspect-said-injured-shooting-outside-art-anti-Muslim-exhibition-art-depicting-prophet-Muhammad.html#ixzz3ZAECI8fC

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