Memo to AP: I myself have received numerous email death threats from Islamic jihadists. In addition, I was even named by Al-Qaeda’s Adam Gadahn in a videotape introduced by Al-Zawahri himself. Yet you have never found any of this worthy of note. This isn’t about me personally — it is about what you choose to tell the public, and what you don’t, and why. One would think that death threats are all equally odious and newsworthy, no? Yet apparently they aren’t — can you explain why? You can contact me here, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTO – The FBI said that it is investigating a death threat sent to the leader of a local Muslim group after US Sen. Barbara Boxer rescinded a certificate her office had awarded to him.
Special Agent Karen Ernst said Friday the bureau launched an investigation after Basim Elkarra reported receiving a threatening e-mail.
Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, received a certificate of accomplishment from Boxer’s office in November recognizing his oustanding service.”
Elkarra said the award reflected his group’s efforts to establish good relations with Christians, Jews, minority groups and the FBI.
After the certificate was awarded, Boxer read a Web log linking her to the council and accusing it of pro-terrorist activities, including refusing to condemn Osama bin Laden by name.
Boxer asked her staff to investigate, and her office sent a letter withdrawing the certificate on Dec. 21, her communications director, Natalie Ravitz, said Thursday.
Ravitz said two of the council’s former members were sentenced to prison for crimes related to terrorist groups. She also said CAIR had refused to label Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations.
CAIR”s national leaders denied that the group had terrorist ties or sympathies and accused Boxer of caving in to anti-Muslim extremists.
It would be refreshing if CAIR would be so kind as to address specific concerns in this area. My questions still remain unanswered, Ibrahim.