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Saturday, January 17, 2015 

Marz dismissive of Ohio terror case

Here's some tweets our old lefty friend Marz wrote about a jihadist who was arrested in Ohio:

So he's trying to downplay what could've been a serious danger? Sigh. What if the wolf in sheep's clothing had gone on a rampage? According to the Heritage Foundation, the monster was an ISIS supporter:
On January 14, the FBI arrested Christopher Cornell for plotting to bomb the U.S. Capitol and then fire upon those who fled from the buildings. According to the complaint filed against him, Cornell, who was using the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, supported the Islamic State and sought to wage jihad against the U.S. This is the 63rd successful or foiled Islamist terrorist plot against the United States since 9/11 and continues the trend of homegrown terrorism.

In light of this plot and the recent Islamist terrorist attack in Paris, it is clear that the U.S. cannot simply wish away the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. Despite rhetoric about the defeat of al-Qaeda, the insignificance of ISIS, and the end of the war on terror, the reality is that the threat of terrorism remains. The U.S. cannot merely be content with its existing counterterrorism efforts, but must look to improve and build on these efforts to keep the U.S. safe.

The Plot
The criminal complaint filed by the FBI against Cornell states that he created Twitter accounts in the summer of 2014 and began posting statements and videos supportive of ISIS as well as voicing support for violent jihad and acts of terrorism around the world.[1] The FBI used a confidential informant to reach out to Cornell and investigate his intentions. In August, Cornell wrote an instant message to the informant in which he stated, “I believe we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.… [W]e already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others.”[2]

These messages led to an in-person meeting between Cornell and the informant in October in which Cornell described his need for weapons and his desire to attack but without specific details. In a second meeting in November, Cornell identified the Members of Congress as enemies and specified that he sought to build and plant pipe bombs near the U.S. Capitol and then shoot those fleeing the scene. Cornell showed the informant research on government buildings, the construction of pipe bombs, and the acquisition of firearms. After saving money, Cornell put his plan into motion on January 14, purchasing two semi-automatic rifles and around 600 rounds of ammunition from a store in southern Ohio. He was then arrested before the public was put in danger.
How is this not serious news? My parents have some old friends living in northern Ohio who're glad this news was reported and that the FBI arrested the monster. His parents have also hinted they're responsible for his modern mentality:
In addition to his exposure to radical Islam online, Cornell appears to have gotten a dose of anti-government rhetoric at home. His father, John Cornell, espoused conspiracy theories in an interview with The Enquirer, opining about the influence of the Illuminati and claiming the Catholic Church is involved in drug trafficking. He said he doesn't believe his son will get a fair shake from the FBI or the federal courts.

"He isn't going to get any justice," John Cornell said. "I have no faith in this country." [...]

He said his son spent the past few years trying to find himself, experimenting with politics, religion and life-style changes. He tried becoming a vegetarian, embraced conspiracies about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and later called himself an "anarchist." Eventually, according to the FBI, he developed a strong interest in radical Islam.

In 2013, police say, Cornell showed up at a Green Township memorial service for victims of 9/11. He stood silently and carried a sign that read, "9/11 was an inside job."
I suppose Marz thinks this kind of upbringing isn't disturbing either? He goes on to complain about his ability to buy firearms:

So says the same man who ignores the black market. But why doesn't he complain that the store manager failed to do a background check or speak with the FBI about him before selling guns? The UK Independent says he took Cornell's "calm" attitude at face value, which only says the manager is not fit for his job. Marz then tries to downplay the seriousness further with the following:

Oh for pete's sake. He goes on attack Ted Cruz:

They'd have to be a lot better than Marz, because his sense of humor does not work here.

The sad irony is that in a manner of speaking, the MSM probably won't cover the Cornell case as seriously as they should, which is probably what Marz prefers. If so, that's shameful of him, but nothing new.

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Even "lone wolves," who commit acts of domestic terrorism, draw inspiration and encouragement from ISIS and other organizations. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out in his column, the lone wolf terrorists are not following specific instructions, but they are following a script.

People like Marz and Busiek downplay the connection between Islam and terrorism. But do you think they would be so reluctant to connect the dots if extremist Christians were murdering gay people or blowing up abortion clinics? Or if an anarchist blew up an IRS office after a right-wing radio talk show host complained about high taxes?

I don't often agree with Bill Maher, but he is right about Islam: when you find that many bad apples, there must be something wrong with the orchard.

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