Mohamed Osman Mohamud: Terrorist or Victim? - by Stephen Lendman
November 27 major media headlines accused him, including New York Times writers Colin Miner, Liz Robbins and Erik Eckholm triple-teaming him in their article titled, "FBI Says Oregon Suspect Planned 'Grand' Attack." Their saying so becomes accepted fact, according to corporate media reports - guilty by accusation.
It happens repeatedly. It's usually strategically timed, in this case to defuse anger over enhanced airport screening. It's also nearly always against Muslims, America's target of choice - of course, to justify imperial wars against Muslim nations. The topic was addressed often in previous articles, including one accessed through the link below:
It explained how America's war on terrorism exploits and vilifies them. Hollywood and corporate media reports especially portray them stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, violent, dangerous gun-toting terrorists, wrongfully against Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.
The Times recounted the latest accusation as follows:
"A Somali-born teenager who though he was detonating a car bomb at a packed (Portland, OR) Christmas tree-lighting ceremony downtown here was arrested by the authorities on Friday night after federal agents said that they had spent nearly six months setting up a sting operation" - to entrap him, what Times writers didn't say, or that it's standard FBI practice to snare innocent victims.
They're then wrongfully accused of crimes they either had no intention to commit or wouldn't consider without FBI provocation. In this case, an implied attack against Christmas and Christian values was alleged, or, in other words, "violent" Islam against "peaceful, morally superior" Christianity.
A November Justice Department press release headlined, "Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland Vehicle Bomb (that) Was Inert and Posed No Danger to Public," saying:
"Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized US citizen from Somalia and resident of Corvallis, Ore., has been arrested on changes of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (note the hyperbole) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony earlier this evening in Portland, Ore...."
"The arrest (followed) a long-term undercover operation, during which Mohamud had been monitored closely for months (read, set up) as his alleged bomb plot developed. The device was in fact inert (given him by FBI operatives); and the public was never in danger...."
On November 29, Mohamud will be arraigned in federal court. If convicted, he faces a potential life sentence and $250,000 fine. Dwight C. Holton, US Attorney for the District or Oregon, said:
"This defendant's chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people (read Muslims) who are determined to kill Americans."
Assistant Attorney General for National Security, David Kris added:
"While the public was never in danger from the (rigged) device, this case serves as yet another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad."
Implied, of course, is just cause for imperial wars against Muslim nations, wrongfully portrayed as threatening US security.