Iraqi refugee bombs Arizona government office, mainstream media withholds identity
An Iraqi refugee bombed the Social Security office in Casa Grande, Arizona, and has been arrested by the FBI on domestic terrorism charges. The good thing is that no one was injured in the attack. But as Patrick Poole with PJ Media points out, the MSM reported the story but didn’t report anything to do with the man’s identity, despite his name being known by media outlets after he was arrested:
Within 90 minutes of the explosion, police had a suspect in custody. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the establishment media reports this past weekend. One reason might be that the suspect is 47-year-old Abdullatif Aldosary of Coolidge, AZ, an Iraqi refugee.
On Friday, federal agents served a search warrant on his home. Aldosary has been on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security for at least the past couple of years.
Even though Aldosary’s identity was known to news agencies on Friday after his arrest, national and international media outlets, such as CNN and Reuters which published reports late Friday night, noted his arrest but not his identity. And none but local media have reported Aldosary’s name ever since.
Now imagine if a Tea Partier — or even someone who shared the same name as a Tea Partier – had fire bombed a federal facility less than a month after Barack Obama’s reelection. Anyone think it would be getting more media coverage?
Poole later updates to say that an FBI friend of his told him that it was unlikely that Aldosary would face any terrorism charge:
I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI Phoenix field office (who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the FBI office). This contact said that it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense.While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved.”