Hypocrisy and Double Standard:
US Corporate Media Never Mention Attacks by
Non-Muslims as Terrorism
By Tariq A Al-Maeena
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June
The nine victims of the terrorist attack on an African
American Church in Charleston, SC.
In the aftermath of the attack on a church in Charleston, South
Carolina by a white Christian supremacist, the media ran extensive
analysis on the who’s and why’s of the assault which led to the murder
of nine people attending service. One of the debates to emerge
from the reverberation of this ghastly act was whether this was indeed
an act of terrorism or simply a young man gone "temporarily insane".
In the past, the US news media flinched from identifying such acts
as acts of terrorism simply because they did not fit the profile.
I mean there was no one named Mohammed in the picture, no heavily
bearded and swarthy individual that the public would love to hate, and
no evidence of public rhetoric against the Western world.
Therefore, it made sense for the right-wing US corporate media to
dismiss acts such as the crime committed in Charleston by a young white
male, the 21-year-old Dylann Roof, as anything but "terrorism".
couple of months earlier there was another sinister plot by another
white Christian terrorist, only this one failed to capture the attention
of the national media. Robert Rankin Doggart, a former congressional
candidate from Tennessee, was caught red-handed on tape and on social
media discussing elaborate plans to wipe out a complete Muslim community
in upstate New York!
Doggart, an ordained minister himself, felt
no remorse in planning such a heinous plot. The target was the
community of Islamberg near Hancock, New York. He focused on that
particular town after watching a Fox News report on the Muslims in that
town. His plans came to light when an informant passed on the
information to the FBI who began a series of telephone recordings and
surveillance which led to his eventual arrest.
In one of the
calls recorded by the informant, the ordained minister was clearly heard
saying: “Those guys have to be killed. Their buildings need to be burnt
down. If we can get in there and do that without losing a man, even the
better.” The buildings Doggart was referring to included a mosque, a
school and a cafeteria.
Another recording revealed the true
nature of this Christian terrorist’s murderous intent: “When we meet in
this state, the people we seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to
them. And we will burn down their buildings [and] if anyone attempts to,
uh, harm us in any way, our standoff gunner will take them down from 350
yards away. The standoff gunner would be me.”
Doggart then took
to social media and on Facebook blatantly posted: “Target 3 (Islamberg)
is vulnerable from many approaches and must be utterly destroyed. We
shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon
the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”
words were not those of someone simply blowing off hot air.
Investigations revealed that he had actually traveled around "to recruit
gunners and ’battle test’ his M4 rifle" as was disclosed during the
court hearings after his arrest. One of the charges at the court read:
“The defendant was fully aware of the
religious character of the mosque when he
identified it as one of the buildings
that needed to be burned. Additionally,
the defendant suggested on a cellular telephone
call that he and his group would
kill some residents of Islamberg in order to carry out the
So what did eventually transpire with this Christian
terrorist with such murderous intent? He was first allowed to
plead guilty only to interstate communication of threats with a maximum
five-year jail term. Although initially detained, a Federal magistrate
later allowed his release on certain conditions after his attorneys said
he had stopped taking pain medication and was no longer abusing alcohol.
I suppose his hatred was driven by the pills he was popping and by
alcohol. No Guantanamo for this terrorist! And none of the
national media showed any interest in this diabolical conspiracy.
And why should they? He is not named Mohammed.
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