It seems that bad actors in both Egypt and Libya decided to agitate for the release of Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, aka the “Blind Sheikh.” This is a longstanding cause for al Qaeda and other militants – even though it is inconceivable that Rahman will be released and terrorism on his behalf is itself, in many ways, a pretext.
Rahman is a widely revered character in jihadist circles, having issued fatwas that repeatedly led to terrorism. Osama bin Laden credited Rahman, a long-time friend and ally of al Qaeda’s deceased master, with issuing the fatwa that condoned the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Rahman is serving a life sentence in an American prison for his role in 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which prefigured 9/11, and a follow-on plot against New York City landmarks. Rahman’s spiritual guidance directed those terrorists.
Atlas reader M adds this:
On the morning of September 11, 2012, CNN foreign correspondent Nic Robertson filed a piece on a supposed ‘peace plan’ from Mohamed al-Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Zawahri takes Robertson on a tour of the protest site, and clearly states that the focus of the protest is the imprisonment of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (a.k.a. the ‘Blind Sheik’), who is serving a life sentence in US prison for his role in organizing the 1993 World Trade Centre bombings. Robertson also talks to Rahman’s son, who states the same aim.
What is remarkable is that this tour happened before the September 11 Cairo protests that turned violent – the same violent protests that we were later told were spontaneous protests over the ‘offensive’ video of Mohammed posted to Youtube in July. This was not a spontaneous, unorganized protest.
For the Islamists, the Youtube video is just a convenient excuse that guilty white liberals will easily swallow.
CNN has protest organizer on tape stating that the aim is to free a convicted terrorist, yet the media – including CNN – swallows the line that the West has somehow sparked these violent protests?!?
CNN did post a story on Robertson’s piece early on the afternoon of the 11th, but there is no mention of Rahman. The focus is solely on Zawahiri’s ‘piece plan’ (http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/10/world/meast/zawahiri-peace-plan/index.html). They have not used the video since. It seems to be buried by a narrative that runs contrary to Robertson’s piece (i.e. that America triggered this).
Why is the mainstream media completely negligent reporting on this matter? Why is CNN ignoring their own evidence?
Egyptian president Morsi has been slow to show concern about violent mob overrunning the US embassy. Morsi is of course very supportive of Rahman, even declaring that he will free Rahman after he had been sworn in as president (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/29/mohamed-morsi-sheikh-us).
Is Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood – either actively or passively – assisting the protesters in some way?
While the media might try to claim that they were ignorant of the true purpose of the September 11 protest, the US embassy in Cairo and the State Department can’t reasonably claim to be that naive. Yet the US embassy still issued a groveling apology for the ‘offensive’ Youtube video.
Why is the US bending over backwards to make up excuses for the Islamists? Why did the embassy in effect blame the First Amendment when they knew the truth said otherwise?
The relevant from Robertson’s story is available for download here: https://www.yousendit.com/download/TEhXTG0rd0FubVZMWE1UQw
The entire video of Robertson’s story is available for download here: http://www.yousendit.com/download/TEhXTG0rd0FxRTFjR01UQw