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What are the Motives Behind ISIS Impersonators, Hoaxes and Terrorism Theater

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While the mainstream media displays outrage over the string of terrorist attacks that have been plaguing the world since the emergence of the death-cult in the Middle East called ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh, the main stream media largely overlooks the appearance of impersonators and fabricators of false jihadist attacks, and "Terrorism Theater".

For instance, shortly after the San Bernardino attacks in California last year, a 45-year-old French teacher claimed to have been attacked by a masked ISIS assailant. Within four hours of the investigation, the French teacher admitted that the story had been his fabrication. As usual and expected the blatant liar stimulated an instant media hype-hysteria against Muslims.

It is interesting to note that while many media outlets published the horrendous crime committed in San Bernardino, the media did not remove the fabricated story of the French teacher from their websites. And they remained silent over the motivation of the French teacher. False accusations, hoaxes and "Terrorism Theater" are hate crime against Muslims. Nobody bothered to discuss that if "Terrorism Theater" is believed, then it is further terrorizing the public, vulnerable refugees who are fleeing from war, and innocent Western Muslims who have remained in a constant state of persecution after the attacks of 9/11.

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How many more of these ISIS impersonations by non-Muslim hoaxers, self-wounded false victims of terrorism and "Terrorism Theater" have gone unreported and unrevealed? Below are some of the hoax stories that are known and can be confirmed.

In September 2015, the FBI arrested a young, Jewish American by the name of Joshua Ryne Goldberg for impersonating an Australian ISIS jihadist named "Australi Witness" on the internet. The Australian federal police had informed the FBI of his presence in Florida. The 20-year-old Goldberg claimed online that he was working with other ISIS jihadists and publicly called for a series of attacks in western countries. Goldberg admitted sharing bomb recipes like those used in the Boston Marathon Bombing and urged Muslims to attack the Kansas City 9/11 Memorial with such bombs. He also used Twitter to incite attacks at an exhibition in Garland Texas. Possibly upon his urging, two Muslim young men attempted an attack at the exhibition and were killed by police. Goldberg as 'Australi Witness' then praised them online as martyrs.

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Remarkably, Goldberg admitted all the charges including making a bomb similar to those used in the Boston Bombing, but he was released on the grounds that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. The ease with which he was released indicates that there may have been an influential organization behind him. It should be particularly noticed that renowned terrorism analyst Rita Katz had briefed the western parliaments on the basis of information retrieved from Goldberg's online personas too. (The full report can be read in Sidney Morning Herald on given link)

On April 24 2015, Jason Paul Smith, identifying himself as Abdul Yasin, made a 911 call and threatened to blow up the Statue of liberty . He used a phone service for the hearing impaired, and impersonated an ISIS jihadist. The hoax resulted in the evacuation of more than 3,200 tourist from Liberty Island in New York. The prosecutors revealed that Smith had made other 911 calls with the same iPad, identifying himself as "ISIS Allah Bomb Maker" and had threatened to attack Times Square and kill police officers at the Brooklyn Bridge.

While mainstream international media didn't bother to find out the motives, it is quite obvious that such stories are made up to accelerate the already rampant Islamophobia in the western world. Every terror attack linked with radical jihadists leaves millions of peaceful Muslims flummoxed and speechless, especially Muslims living in the western hemisphere. Ironically, responsibility is always accepted proudly by the death-cult Daesh even if evidence and circumstances tell another story. It is also noticeable that the sinister Daesh death-cult prefers to deliver their videos to Maryland-based SITE Research Institute (the acronym for Search for International Terrorist Entities) run by Katz.

Apart from manipulating western people's perception towards Muslims, there may be more sinister plots of radicalizing Western Muslims through online activities. International media touts the presents of a "sophisticated and hi-tech online network of ISIS". From Goldberg's example, it is obvious that he was possibly successful in radicalizing Muslim youth at least once in Garland, Texas. It is notable that most hoax-stories have been made public by Australian federal police and the objective reporting of the Sydney Morning Herald. Rarely do any of the North American mainstream media outlets published the stories.

There may be other groups involved, but the FBI is apparently "too busy" to release data. It is not out of the question that other organized representatives are running the actual media cell of ISIS, who are allegedly supported financially and militarily by western powers and their Middle Eastern allies. After all, these impersonators are more capable of convincing and radicalizing western teenagers than the Middle Eastern fighters of Daesh from Iraq and Syria. It is surprising that a considerable amount of ISIS manpower comes from West European Muslim converts. The point here being who can run such a successful advertising campaign for a backpacking trip to Syria and Iraq for western teens who convert to Islam through a quick indoctrination on the internet?

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Tazeen Hasan is a Pakistani freelance journalist and activist based in North America. In the past, she has written for Sharq-al-Awsat group of Newspapers in the Arab World. Jang and Nawa-e-Waqt groups Pakistan. Currently, she is engaged with (more...)
 

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