Once again the mainstream media insults a convert to Islam by refusing to refer to him by his Muslim name — an indignity the media would never dream of according to Muhammad Ali or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But when a Muslim plots evil in the name of Islam, suddenly the media doesn’t quite notice his Islamic identity, although in this case the New York Daily News does have to note his name Abu Omar al Amreeki, as it is part of the story of why he was arrested. The Daily News piece, however, doesn’t even say what ISIS stands for (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams). In any case, this Abu Omar al Amreeki is suspected of brokering weapons deals for the Islamic State. Why did none of the people who helped him convert to Islam keep him from misunderstanding his new, peaceful religion in such a way as led to his pledging allegiance to the Islamic State?
“EXCLUSIVE: Suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to ISIS held without bail after being arrested at JFK,” by John Marzulli, New York Daily News, August 10, 2014:
A Brooklyn judge ordered a suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the terrorist leader of ISIS held without bail after he was arrested at Kennedy Airport, the Daily News has learned.
FBI agents nabbed Donald Ray Morgan, a 44-year-old ex-convict from North Carolina, on Aug. 2 when he returned to the U.S. after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, where his wife lives.
Morgan, who has a previous conviction for firing a gun, had allegedly been brokering deals for military-grade weapons and ammo in his home state and was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
But what caught counter-terrorism agents’ attention were his chilling Twitter rants from the Middle East under the alias “Abu Omar al Amreeki.”
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nadia Moore presented a sampling of the evidence to Magistrate Ramon Reyes at a bail hearing last week to support her argument that the alleged gun trafficker was too dangerous to return to North Carolina on his own.
“It’s possible that he traffics in guns to people in this organization (ISIS),” Moore said in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Besides pledging allegiance to chief ISIS thug Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his tweets strongly suggested he may have been preparing for jihad in Syria, Iraq or possibly the states, law enforcement officials feared.
He also referred to himself as a mujahedeen, or jihad fighter.
Federal defender Peter Kirchheimer said there was no evidence Morgan is a member of ISIS or had provided material support.
But the judge said the tweets had “clearly implied to me that he is trying to go to Syria or Iraq as the next step and trying to be actively engaged.”