Gail Gartrell, the great aunt of honor killing victims Amina and Sarah Said, has just sent me some very illuminating remarks about what the recent Fox News show on honor killing did right -- and what it didn't.
I am sorry that FOX didn't post the clip of my appearance on the Strategy Room the afternoon before it aired, when Bill Hemmer and I were on together. He was introducing the honor killings special and I asked him why Amina and Sarah's brother Islam Said's vile death threats made to non-Muslim family members of the Said girls were not broadcast, or why the girl's mother, Patricia "Tissy" Said's depiction of the girls "wanting to return" wasn't challenged. I also described my findings on the autopsy of their brutal, torturous murder. Further, I called him on Tissy withdrawing the sexual abuse/rape charges of Amina and Sarah and why they didn't ask her about that (which is probably why Strategy Room didn't post the clip).
Aunt Gail wrote me her thoughts and focused on the role of Tissy, who was whitewashed in the Fox presentation. Tissy's apparent role in luring the girls back to be murdered by their father went unexamined and unmentioned. Gail says:
I have to give Patricia Said credit for showing us two sides of Yaser Said. She portrayed him as a lazy, bad father and he was! She allowed the world to see how evil he could be with his own daughters. Even including them in on his evils! Then, she depicts him as a very abusive husband. Giving examples and such of beatings.
What I did not hear, was why she stayed a victim? She had plenty of family who would have helped her and she was aware of this! What I needed to hear is why she allowed such nonsense with her children? If I had been that frightened, I would have rather have them with CPS (Child Protective Services) where they might stand a chance! Instead, she kept going back and taking them back into a situation which she more than understood the rules.
Now, this leads me to her comment about her not realizing the consequences. Oh really? She told her Aunt, who lives in Kansas, "If I take the girls back, he will KILL them!" Okay, now what is it that she did not understand about her own words concerning returning with the girls?
There were omissions, one after the other! No mention of the phone call Sarah made to her after Yaser had the girls in the cab? What about the fact that Tissy called and called trying to get Amina back and then, went to Amina's boyfriends house and got Amina? No mention of telling Amina that they were coming back to visit Patricia's Mom's grave, when she knew she was returning to Yaser? Amina, called her aunt Connie and asked her if she knew her mom was back with Yaser and Connie was shocked! Connie, believed them to still be in Oklahoma, to where they ran. I could go on and on, but what good does it do? She is labeled a victim by law enforcement, but in my opinion, she is a victim of her own choosing. She was the adult here! She made choices for these girls which ended in them dying. PERIOD!
I cannot believe Greg Jarrett did not ask her some questions about this. I am just so angry about the Fox show which certainly could have asked questions which need answering! Greg Jarrett was tougher with the questions with us than he seemed to be with Tissy! My opinion! He is a LAWYER? Can he not read body language?
Another thing that went unmentioned was the fact that Gail herself has had to call the police numerous times because of threats on her life made by Islam Said, the brother of the murdered girls. Yet the Fox show said nothing about Islam Said's threats, or about how he gets violent when anyone besmirches the name of his cold-blooded murderer father, Yaser Said (his hero on his myspace page).Here is an excerpt of one of Islam's messages to Aunt Gail:
This is Islam Said.
If I were you I would just shut up.
You piece of trash!
Amina and Sarah would spit in your face.
Whatever you said on the news I promise you, you fucking liar, you fucking bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you talk about my sisters [screaming now] one more time and I am going to sue you you fucking bitch! I am going to take you to court and I am going to own everything you have!! Do you understand me you fucking bitch!
[screaming!! barely audible]
I WILL COME OVER THERE [INAUDIBLE] AND I WILL TAKE YOUR CAR, I WILL TAKE YOUR HOME. I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING YOU OWN!!
YOU UNDERSTAND ME YOU MOTHERFUCKER!
He goes on to threaten her. Where is active law enforcement? This is an organized crime tactic to shut up a witness. Islam Said on his myspace page refers to himself as the Said mafia. Big tough Neanderthal can barely write a coherent sentence. He knows two things, Islam and threats. Family members willing to expose the brutal beatings, sexual abuse and Islamic honor killings must be protected and free to speak.
Where is Islam now, and who is he conspiring with? Islam gets a monthly check from the State of Texas. He has some sort of mental disabilities, and is supposed to have been home schooled for the last 5 or 6 years. Hone schooled in what? The Koran?