MARCH 11, 2013
A terrorist suspect in Portland will continue receiving his taxpayer-funded salary from the city while he stays home awaiting trial for giving money and advice to a suicide bomber in his native Pakistan.
This is the same generous city—Oregon’s most populous—that also offers public workers gender reassignment surgery. In this case local taxpayers will continue paying Reaz Qadir Khan’s $60,091 annual salary while he chills at home waiting to be tried on very serious terrorism charges.
Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was involved in a terrorism plot that killed 30 people and injured 300, according to a federal indictment. The Portland wastewater treatment operator sent money to Ali Jaleel, a Maldivian man who claimed responsibility in a pre-recorded video for a 2009 bombing at the intelligence headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan. Khan also exchanged electronic mail with the suicide attacker, according to the feds.
The Pakistani national is a flight risk and a danger to the community, according to federal prosecutors who argued against bail at a recent hearing in federal court. Incredibly, the judge, Michael Mosman, a George W Bush appointee, allowed Khan to walk free from the federal courthouse pending trial. Judge Mosman ordered that Khan remain at his southwest Portland home and that he must wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his whereabouts.
Because he’s accused of sending large chunks of cash to Islamic terrorists, Khan is also forbidden from conducting financial transactions greater than $500 and monitoring devices will be placed on his computer since he exchanged emails with the suicide attacker. Besides funding terrorist plots, Khan’s city salary also permitted him to stash what the judge referred to as “a fair amount of money” in Pakistan.
“Those who provide material support to terrorists are just as responsible for the deaths and destruction that follow as those who commit the violent acts,” said Greg Fowler, the FBI’s top agent in Oregon, in a statement. The region’s top federal prosecutor, an Obama appointee, made sure to point out that terrorism is not defined by Muslims targeting non-Muslims, but rather by violent extremists targeting anyone they perceive as a threat to their oppressive agenda without regard for the religion, race or nationality of their victims.
This case illustrates the growing threat of homegrown terrorism, a crisis that’s been dismissed by the Obama administration in the name of political correctness. In fact, a PC revolution has led the U.S. government to ignore a surge in Muslim-Americans radicalized by the violent Islamist extremist ideology promulgated by al-Qaeda and its affiliates, according to a report released last summer by the House Committee on Homeland Security.
The administration considers the issue taboo because it fears Muslims in the U.S. will be alienated. The bottom line is that Middle Eastern terrorists are using U.S.-based Muslim radicals, like the Portland city employee, to plan mass casualty attacks. “Homegrown radicalization is now the vanguard of al Qaeda’s strategy to continue attacking the United States and its allies,” congressional investigators state in the report.
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