Normally, when a bomb goes off, or even if it is a complete failure like the show bomber and the underwear bomber, when a foreign terror group claims responsibility, well, that’s that.
But lately, the Obama Administration seems to be going to great lengths to deny any connection to Islam where terror is concerned. Obama is quick to blame white policemen over black professor Gates without a clue as to what occurred, quick to blame Tea Party crowds for racial epithets, where none were actually uttered, and although all of the terror related events during his presidency have been related to Islamic extremists, Obama casts blame on Limbaugh and Beck.
Yet when an unstable Islamic soldier shoots up an Army base, Obama wants to avoid “jumping to conclusions” and then buries the investigative report forcing Congress to subpoena the information – so far unsuccessfully.
So, when yet another failed bomb attempt is followed by claims from an Islamic extremist group, and the Administration discounts that confession in favor of the 40 year old white male seen on a video, something smell wrong.
It is obvious that this administration really wants the terrorist to be a Timothy McVeigh clone, and it appears their penchant for political correctness has now extended to terrorist investigations.
So, ignoring the claim by a Pakistani Taliban cell, the investigators release, to great fanfare, a video of a white male stopping to pull off a shirt, stuff it in a bag, and move on.
If you have not seen the video clip, the NY Times has it half way down on the left in this report.
A few things strike me as odd about this video. First, why does the video begin with the man already nearing the center of the camera’s view? I would expect the video to begin with him at the car, walking a few steps and stopping. But he is already completely in the video at the beginning of the released clip. While it is hard to determine exactly where he came from by the portion released, he does not seem to have come from the direction of the SUV.
Second, a few of the other passersby are in short sleeves. It seems to me that the man removes a sweatshirt in favor of the cooler T-shirt beneath. Saturday was a 90 degree day in New York.
The man did not look suspicious to me. And “looking over one’s shoulder” is hardly unusual in Manhattan. He also stopped behind a post to set his bag down and remove the sweatshirt. I have used this maneuver many times myself. You use the post to block the crowd. In a crowded airport or city sidewalk, stopping in the middle may get you trampled. This is an action normally used when you have been walking in a crowd for a ways.
It is truly disturbing that Homeland Security would use something this obviously non-related to cast aspersions on white males.
Have they forgotten the Atlanta Olympics bombing? I am sure Richard Jewell has not.
Now comes word that a possible “International connection” may be involved after all.
International connection? Sounds like Islamic Terrorists to me.