Mosquegoers on California jihad murder plotters: “FBI entrapment is what I believe”; “He’s not Muslim”
No one seems to have said, “Hey, we have to do something to keep Muslims from getting the idea that they’re serving Allah by murdering Infidels.” Notice how instead, these regular mosquegoers are simply “not Muslim” if they plot violence in the name of Islam. That is akin to the non-Muslim analysts whose definition of how someone becomes an “Islamist,” as opposed to an ordinary Muslim, by strapping on a bomb vest. And re entrapment, see here. “SoCal terror suspects met at Pomona mosque,” by Rob McMillan for KABC, November 21:
POMONA, Calif. (KABC) — The four local men who were arrested on terror charges all worshipped at a mosque in Pomona, where they apparently met. Reaction from mosque members was mixed.
Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, formerly of Pomona, Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, are named in an FBI criminal complaint with pages and pages of evidence about their alleged plan to travel to Afghanistan and start violent jihad.
“If somebody does that, he’s crazy, he’s not normal,” said Gamal Atia.
Atia says if the charges are true, they’re reprehensible because Islam is about peace.
“If somebody tried to do that, he’s really bad, and he’s not Muslim,” he said.
But there are others at the mosque, like Aaron Gaulding, who do not believe the charges and think the men were set up.
“They were wonderful young men,” Gaulding said. “FBI entrapment is what I believe. The FBI has violated our civil rights and freedom of religion because he had come in here and prayed with us.”
Gaulding was referring to the man working undercover for the FBI – a man who was paid more than $250,000 by the FBI to provide information about the suspects’ activities. Gaulding thinks it was that confidential source who set up the four men as terrorists.
“If they’re guilty of anything, it’s just simply being of youth, naÃ¯ve,” he said, adding that he didn’t think the men were capable of such an attack.