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Once Again: “Police Blotter Bob” Not Interested in Facts

Once again, “Police Blotter Bob” shows that he could care less about facts when it comes to Islam and Muslims. In his “response” to the Center for American Progress report on Islamophobia, Bob claims that he is not attacking all of Islam, but just the “radicals” and the “jihadists.”

My work…has never been against Muslims in the aggregate or any people as such, but rather against an ideology that denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people.

Yet, statement after statement, and post after post on his website talks about “Muslims” and “Islam” as just that: an aggregate. Take this latest post:

The fact that Muslims do not like Jews and Israel, I know, because many of my correspondents, Islamic leaders, Emirs, the heads of armed groups and ordinary Mujahideen talked about this at every meeting and every interview with me.

The fact that Islam is a nation and that Muslims have no other nationality is what I also heard from religious leaders supporting the Jihad.

The fact that Muslims can adapt and play by the political process more than once I saw myself.

They know how to do represent themselves as the victims of inhumane aggression through the media. And the same information is transmitted to the Islamic world in a different manner — as a victory for Jihad and death for the sake of Allah.

No nuance, no teasing out the particular…no, rather “Muslims do not like Jews and Israel.” That is a general statement. That is what Spencer and his minions do again, and again, and again.

Yet, the facts tell a completely different story:

A World Public Opinion (WPO) survey done in collaboration at that time with the University of Maryland reported that 51 percent of Americans believe “bombings and other types of attacks intentionally aimed at civilians are sometimes justified,” while only 13 percent of American Muslims hold a similar view, with a full 81 percent saying violence against civilians is never justified.

A recent Gallup survey (2011) asks the same question separately — first for a “military attacks against civilians” and then “individuals and small groups attacking civilians.” Muslim Americans came out as the staunchest opponents of both overwhelmingly as compared to their neighbors.

In response to military attacks against civilians, 78 percent of Muslim Americans said such attacks are never justified as compared to 39 percent of Christians and 43 percent of Jews. Only 21 percent Muslim Americans approve of it “sometimes” as compared to 58 percent of Christians and 52 percent of Jews.

Eighty-nine percent of Muslim Americans surveyed by Gallup rejected violent individual attacks on civilians as compared to 71 percent of Christians and 75 percent of Jews. Muslims are the least likely to justify attacks on civilians. Only 11 percent of Muslims justified that sometimes such attacks are acceptable as compared to 27 percent of Christians and 22 percent of Jews.

The same is true when it comes to opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Muslim Americans are way ahead in their opposition to wars as compared to their neighbors.

However, when the Pew survey first came out in 2007, it did not provide any relief for Muslim Americans from Islamophobic media frenzy. Most reporters used it as an opportunity to fan hatred against Muslim Americans, focusing on the smaller number of Muslim Americans who justified attacks on civilians without comparing it to Christian Americans, who did the same even in a larger numbers.

Right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin proclaimed in the National Review that the poll “should be a wake-up call.” Mark Steyn said it demonstrated the existence in America of “a huge comfort zone for the jihad to operate in,” and on CNN, Anderson Cooper was horrified — just horrified — that “so many” American Muslims would support such violence.

Well, I was also horrified myself until I checked what our neighbors are saying about intentionally targeting civilians. As a peacemaker, I will only be satisfied fully when all Muslims and people of other faiths oppose killing civilians fully, whether that is by a military or a terrorist group. But these statistics do offer me comparative relief.

FBI Evidence

The same evidence of a peaceful Muslim community was provided by Michael E. Rolince, former FBI Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism, D.C. Field Office. He said the FBI conducted about 500,000 interviews without finding a single lead which could have helped the agency prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

That number means that almost 40 percent of all Muslim households in the United States were probably touched by this investigation. Here is what this presidential award recipient with 30 years of counterterrorism and counterintelligence experience said on Dec. 17, 2005, one month after his retirement, at the Muslim Public Affairs Committee’s annual convention in a panel titled, “Muslim Americans & Law Enforcement Partnership” (Here is an mp3 of his speech. His statement appears in the Q & A section):

“We conducted about a half a million interviews post 9/11 relative to the attacks of 9/11, and this is important because your community gets painted as not doing enough and you could have helped. I’m not aware — and I know 9/11 about as well as anybody in the FBI knows 9/11 and that’s not bragging that’s just the reality — I’m not aware of any single person in your community who, had they stepped forward, could have provided a clue to help us get out in front of this. The reality of that attack is that 19 people came here with what they needed. They spoke the language well enough to order meals and rent cars and hotel rooms. They had money coming in from overseas. Four people knew how to fly planes and 15 others were willing to be the muscle. They didn’t need any witting help from anyone to do what they did. And thus far, and I’m not saying this is conclusive because 10 years from now someone might find something that changes it, we’ve not found a sitting single witting individual in your community, and that’s a fact that gets overlooked because you get painted and that’s why I’m so committed and remain committed to projects like this because what we are in the business of is facts and the truth.”Anxiety about Muslim Americans is at an all-time high thanks to a well-funded campaign of Islamophobia.

Rand Corporation Findings

A 2010 Rand Corporation report rightfully states that “The volume of domestic terrorist activity was much greater in the 1970s than it is today. It is important to note that Rand is mostly a Defense Department-funded think-tank. This report has a whole section called “The 1970s Saw Greater Terrorist Violence.” The report asserts that, “Thus far, there has been no sustained jihadist terrorist campaign in the United States.” And one possible reason for this, according to this Rand report, is, “The local Muslim community rejected al Qaeda’s appeals and actively intervened to dissuade those with radical tendencies from violence.”

But, facts mean very little to “Police Blotter Bob”…

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  • Rick G.

    I found this and Thought I would share with all :
    Worldview Weekend Radio with Brannon Howse
    Brannon’s guest is Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch.org. Robert reveals Rick Perry’s push for pro-Islamic curriculum in Texas schools and some of Perry’s troubling Islamic ties. Why have conservatives largely ignored Perry’s troubling associations and his push for pro-Islamic curriculum in Texas? In addition, Spencer explains why it is dangerous for evangelicals and conservatives to believe they can find common ground with the followers of Islam. Perry is also in favor of in-state tuition for illegal aliens and he has said that same-sex marriage is a state right’s issue. Perry claimed that he was lobbied on behalf of the HPV shot for minor girls by a 31 year-old women with cervical cancer. ABC News reports that Perry met the 31 year-old women after he had signed the executive order mandating the vaccine. What does all this say about the discernment of pro-family leaders that have embraced Rick Perry?
    http://worldviewweekend.com/worldview-radio/episode.php?EpisodeID=19692 .

  • corey

    “reconquista” spencer is on the warpath against cair on the issue o of gasp! telling muslims to invoke there civil rights when questioned by authorities and report suspicious activity in there community those monsters!(sarcasm) http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/09/hamas-linked-cair-claims-fbi-harassing-tampa-area-muslims.html

  • Talisman

    ^ Nice. I might borrow that for a blogpost title.

  • Sam Seed

    Wolves of Allah vs the lambs of God?

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    nurse ! nurse ! Porky need his drugs again .

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    I like the wolves of Allah name toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Safak

    And another thing, I keep hearing about this “tiny” country that is Israel. That its size indicates its power is completely naive. Israel is the only country in the region with nuclear weapons, its military is second to none in the Middle East, and it has the world’s strongest nation backing it up unconditionally. Tiny? Please, cry me a river…

  • Safak

    lol @ Wolves of Allah… I like that :) Better than Muslimes or Mahoundians in my opinion.

    “According to Quran,the whole World belongs to Allah ,which has to be conquered by Muslims for Islam.”

    Bring the verse that says that from the Quran…

    “Have you ever lived among the wolves of Allah?”

    That indicates how much you know about the “wolves of Allah”…

    “22 Arab states just wasn’t enough”

    Arabs are not a single nationality. Someone maybe Arab, and also be a Palestinian. That Palestinians do not deserve a country of their own because there are 22 other Arab countries in existance is, quite frankly, a stupid argument. With that logic, there are 50 European countries for European Jews who make up Israel today, why dont they move there?

    “You cannot deny that anti-Jewish racism has been a major factor in the conflict from the very beginning.”

    Anti-semitism is an issue in the conflict, but hardly the only issue. That’s a naive and one-sided view.

    “I was referring to Hamas’ irrational rejectionism which, regardless of its origin, is a Palestinian problem that only Palestinians can solve.”

    See it from a Palestinian perspective: Who else are Palestinians supposed to turn to except Hamas and Iran? A Palestinian friend I spoke to summed it up pretty nicely: “We don’t like Hamas or Iran, but nobody else is doing shit for us”… So the question is what incentive can the world offer Palestinians for solving their Hamas problem?

    And by the way, Hamas did offer to live in a 2 state solution under the 1967 borders with a just solution to the refugee problem. This was backed up unanimously by the Arab League, who offered to normalize all relations with Israel (opening up tourism & trade & embassies) if Israel made peace under 1967 borders. This was the second of such an offer by the Arab League made to Israel, who ignored it the first time. The Arab League even said they would offer more incentives if Israel simply sat at a negotiations table. You know what was the Israeli response? Absolutely nothing, they completely ignored it.

    So yes, Hamas is evil, but what is Israel?

  • Talisman

    @Kirk/Spock/Crystaline Entity/Ugly Bag of Mostly Water

    You don’t need to cite Fox News. You have their talking points down, wherever you got them.

    Maybe Frontpage Mag or Arutz Sheva? 22 Arab states? If there were 10,000 Arab states, Palestinians would still have a right to theirs.

    You are a hawkish Zionist and although the true status of your religion is between you and God, I don’t believe you are a Muslim.

    I will say one thing for you. Although I have no use for the content of your comments, they are typed perfectly. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a typo, or an error in your punctuation and grammar. That is why I don’t agree with some who have said you are a troll. Paid shill? Maybe.

    You are deliberately blind to facts, and I’m sure it’s not a mistake. We just had the conversation about being innocent until proven guilty and a fair trial. Still you implied Greenwald was defending a “terrorist.” ACCUSED…surely you know what that word means?

    Or maybe you don’t, given your clever themed sock puppet strategy. Maybe I should try that? I’ll go in once on the same IP as Tweedledum and then as Tweedledee. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.

    Stunning brilliance.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Jim Kirk or is it Mr Spock ( I forget which )
    Poor little Isreal being picked on by the bullies in the play ground .
    Its very funny really your selective view of the world . Is it warm today in Tel Aviv ?
    Tell me how much money the USA has given Isreal to buy weapons in the past 50 years ?
    It is Isreal who is the bully, they are the ones with the big weapons and the Palestinians the ones mostly armed with surface to air ……………er ………….. rocks .

  • corey

    “wolves of allah” seriously I think he is just trying to think of names for probably his crappy garage band.

  • Solid Snake

    @flying pig,

    what? Now were wolves?! First snakes, now wolves! Or maybe a hybrid of both! Snolves!!!

  • Talisman

    @Nur Alia

    I have always appreciated your writing, which is consistently well reasoned and polite. Your writing to the Trekkie is like playing flute for the deaf.

    For now, I’m going to take Loonwatch through iGoogle so I don’t have to be distracted by Mr. Spock/Jim Kirk spamming every article with fuzzy logic and Fox News talking points.

    If I wanted Fox News, I’d go their directly instead of taking it second-hand through some Muslim version of Uncle Tom.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Halal Pork yawn rant yawn same old same old rant yawn

    Next ?

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    jim Kirk aka Mr Spock
    Like many loons who post on this site you seem to have difficulty seperating politics and religion.
    You also seem to think the being critical of american foreign policy and Isreal , both political entities is not a democratic right but a sign of anti americanism. You deny the right of people to disagree with the Govt . Is this not anti democratic ? Many people would suggest that being anti democratic like this is actually being anti american . Logically Mr Spock it is you therefor who is anti american . QED
    Isn’t logic wonderful ;-)

  • Safak

    They’re all probably false, but that’s the point. Anyone can find material like that with a quick search on any side of an issue…

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.com

    Mr Spock

    Polls consistently show that American Muslims overwhelmingly support the two state solution. Just as most American Jews do. Your comments on rejection are riduculous.

    Second dont dictate to the writers here, whether or not they should indulge in “anti american bigotry”.

    A bankrupt basket case of a dying superpower led by short sighted bumpkins, with a spectacularly ignorant population. Hows that for anti american bigotry?

    Squeeze hard China :)

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.com

    safak

    what is the source of those quotes? I count at least one as being false

  • Safak

    @Mr. Spock:

    The most annoying arguments about Israel are those that treat them like angels sent from Heaven and in a war against the savage and brutal Palestinians. I hardly blame Israel completely, they have certain rights and issues they’re also concerned about, but you bring these “gems of enlightenment” to demonize Palestinians? What about these “gems of enlightenment” from Israeli leaders:

    “We must expel Arabs and take their places.”
    — David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

    “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”
    — Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.

    “This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy.”
    — Golda Meir, Le Monde, 15 October 1971

    “We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!”
    — Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

    “[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.”
    — Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the ‘Beasts,”‘ New Statesman, June 25, 1982.

    “(The Palestinians) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls.”
    — Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) Yitzhak Shamir in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

    “The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more”….
    — Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

    “If we thought that instead of 200 Palestinian fatalities, 2,000 dead would put an end to the fighting at a stroke, we would use much more force….”
    — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, quoted in Associated Press, November 16, 2000.

    “Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
    — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.

  • sahra

    People who call palestinians and by exention Arabs ‘anti-semetic’, ARE the Real anti-semites and contributors to Arabs demonisation. Lets face it, the Arabs constitute the majority of semetic people, and anyone who denie this, is nothing but an anti-semite bigot.

  • NassirH

    ^ That particular quote being the supposed “enlightened gem from Azzam Pasha.”

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