A Pakistani court sentenced five American Muslim men who had been arrested in Punjab Province to 10 years of labor in prison on Thursday for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks. The case has amplified worries about the radicalization of Muslims in the United States.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/world/asia/25pstan.html
. . . The men’s story follows a recent pattern of attempts by American Muslims to join militant groups fighting the United States military in countries like Afghanistan. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani who also held American citizenship, pleaded guilty on Monday to trying to set off a bomb in Times Square.
Experts say that the young Americans, often children of integrated Muslim immigrants, are not immune to the calls of jihad by militant organizations, which play on feelings of frustration and confusion about identity common in young, first- and second-generation men.
. . . The men — Ahmed Abdullah Minni, Aman Hassan Yemer, Waqar Khan, Mr. Farooq and Ramy Zamzam — are believed to have made contact with militant organizations in Pakistan over the Internet. They say they traveled to Pakistan in December for the wedding of Mr. Farooq, who is of Pakistani origin, but Pakistani and American investigators contend that the men had come to meet militants.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
More lone white males upset about health care reform
Remember, according to NYC Mayor Bloomberg and most MSNBC on air personalities, the initial terrorism suspect is always a lone white male upset about health care reform.