The execrable Daily News can’t stop sneering at the heroic Pamela Geller — “conservative firebrand,” “Upper East Side right winger” — even when she is a direct target of an Islamic State-inspired murder plot. The Daily News, and the rest of the comfortable media and political elites, are happy to throw her under the bus, saying, “Free speech? Yes, of course, but not deliberate provocation…”
They don’t realize that whatever distaste they may have for Pamela Geller (and that distaste ultimately derives from the fact that she enunciates truths they would rather ignore and deny), she stands for all of us now. Whether you’re as proud to stand with her as I am, or whether you wish she would go away, she is the figure today about whom one must decide: will I stand for freedom or kowtow to violent intimidation? Will I submit to the tyranny of violence, or defend free society?
You remember Pastor Niemöller from World War II? “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Well, here we are. First they came for Pamela Geller, and they did not speak out, because they didn’t like “right-wingers,” or because they wanted to keep appearing on CNN, or because they didn’t want to offend Islamic supremacists, or because they thought her ads were in poor taste, or because they wanted to keep on getting invited to the best parties, or because their Leftist Alinskyite friends would have laughed at them, or what have you. So first they came for Pamela Geller, and they did not speak out. What they do not realize, or do not care to acknowledge, is that they will not stop with Pamela Geller. They will not stop either with those who had something to do with showing Muhammad cartoons. They will not stop. It is stand now, or surrender.
“This is a showdown for American freedom,” said Geller. Yes, it is.
“Knife-wielding Boston terror suspect shot dead planned to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller: report,” by Reuven Blau and Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News, June 3, 2015:
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller says she won’t duck and cover over revelations the knife-wielding terror suspect shot dead in Boston Tuesday wanted to behead her.
“This is a showdown for American freedom,” Geller told the Daily News Wednesday.
Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, was plotting to kill her and random law enforcement officers before he was fatally shot by an FBI agent and a Boston cop, CNN reported Wednesday.
The CVS security guard told his friend, David Wright, 25, on Tuesday about a plan to randomly kill “boys in blue” in Massachusetts, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court Wednesday.
He reportedly told Wright that cops were easier to target than someone out of state.
The man fatally shot by antiterrorism officers in Boston on Tuesday and the suspect arrested Tuesday night in Everett had conspired to kill a police officer, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the case.
“They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by them voluntarily,” Geller said late Wednesday. The controversial firebrand, who recently hosted a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that was attacked by two gunmen in Garland, TX, said she’ll continue her “message of freedom” in the face of “savagery.”
“It’s just beginning,” the Upper East Side right winger said. “ISIS is here. Islamic terrorism is here.”
Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance for several weeks by the Joint Terrorism Task Force when he was confronted, and ultimately killed, around 7 a.m. outside a CVS Pharmacy in Roslindale. Authorities tried to question Rahim soon after he bought three fighting knives and a sharpener on or before May 26, according to court documents.
“I’m just going to ah go after them, those boys in blue,” Rahim allegedly told Wright in a phone conversation recorded by the feds. “Cause, ah, it’s the easiest target and, ah, the most common is the easiest for me.”
Police say security footage taken from the Boston scene shows Rahim advancing on the officers with a large military-style blade before the shooting.
Rahim, who worked for CVS since March, was shot three times in the front of his body and died at a local hospital, according to authorities. The video has yet to be released but was shown to community leaders who verified the official account.
That unusual step was taken after Rahim’s brother, Ibrahim Rahim, a well-known imam who spoke out against terror after the Boston Marathon bombing, disputed the police account. Ibrahim wrote on Facebook that his brother was waiting for the bus to go to work when the shooting broke out.
The video “makes it clear he was not shot in the back” as Ibrahim claimed and he was not on a cell phone when the gunfire erupted, Darnell Williams, the president of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts told reporters after seeing the video.
Shortly after the fatal shooting, Wright was arrested in connection with Rahim’s alleged plot. Wright was arraigned in U.S. District court in Boston Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to obstruct the federal investigation. The feds say Wright was aware of Rahim’s plan to chop up cops either Tuesday or Wednesday and behead an unnamed victim in another state….