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June 08, 2005
Stupid Press Coverage
Two Said Detained in Possible Terror Ties

Federal authorities arrested a father and son after the younger man allegedly acknowledged that he attended an al-Qaida camp in Pakistan to learn "how to kill Americans," according to published reports.

According to the story, they weren't learning to "kill Americans" (as though killing an American was somehow different than killing a German or a Spaniard) but practicing blowing up photos of George Bush.

In the list of items seized, I think for the article to include "prayer books" was unnecessary and inflammatory. I understand it adds that all-critical religious angle that's so popular with the Rightwing nuts but it still annoys me.

(For the record, yes, I'd be equally annoyed at the publication of the arrest of home-grown Rightwing terrorists if the news reports cited seizing, "videocassettes, photographs, fax machines, Bibles and other items." I'd consider the mention of Bibles as irrelevant.)

Aside from that, the story as told does make it sound like these guys are bona fide terrorist wannabes.

For the record, for the past week I've been trying to avoid the MSM and focusing on reading only alternate and independent media sites. Sadly, too many of the ostensibly "alternate" sites consist almost entirely of content linked from the MSM sites.

Also? I miss the MSM. So I'm going back to reading it.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:11 AM