Here we go again. It would be nice if Spicer and Conway had not gotten the names wrong, but the establishment propaganda media is trying to portray both misstatements as some attempt by the Trump administration to exaggerate the jihad terror threat. In reality, it’s true, “there has not been a successful jihadi terror attack in Atlanta.” However, in 2009, a Muslim named Ehsanul Islam Sadequee spoke of attacking oil refineries and going to a jihad training camp in Pakistan.
My hunch is that Spicer had Chattanooga in mind. In July 2016, a Muslim named Muhammad Abdulazeez murdered four Marines and one sailor at a reserve center in Chattanooga. This was not reported as a jihad terror attack, and only six months later did the Navy confirm that it actually was one.
“Sean Spicer Makes Up Atlanta Islamist Terror Attack,” by Patricia Murphy, Daily Beast, February 8, 2017:
Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green massacre” isn’t the only case of a White House aide pointing to a terror attack that didn’t happen to make the case for President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order limiting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly pointed to Atlanta, along with San Bernardino and Boston, as one of three U.S. cities that have been attacked by Islamist terrorists to argue that the Trump administration needed to act quickly to prevent another attack in the future.
While the Boston bombing and shootings in San Bernadino were both carried out by Islamist terrorists, neither involved foreign nationals from the seven countries in Trump’s executive order. There has never been an Islamist terror attack in Atlanta.
In a Jan. 29 appearance on ABC’s This Week, Spicer explained to Martha Raddatz that the White House needed to implement its executive order quickly, before another terror attack could take place. “What do we say to the family that loses somebody over a terroristic (sic), to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?”
Spicer used a similar line the following day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters asked him if President Trump had signed the executive order as the result of an imminent terror threat on U.S. soil. “Too many of these cases that have happened, whether you’re talking about San Bernardino, Atlanta, they’ve happened, Boston,” Spicer said. “Jeremy, what—do you wait until you do? The answer is we act now to protect the future.”
At the White House press briefing later that day, Spicer again pointed to Atlanta to explain the need for the “extreme vetting” provided in the White House’s executive order.
“I don’t think you have to look any further than the families of the Boston Marathon, in Atlanta, in San Bernardino to ask if we can go further,” Spicer said. “There’s obviously steps that we can and should be taking, and I think the president is going to continue do to what he can to make sure that this country is as safe as possible.”
Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, said Atlanta should not be included.
“There has not been a successful jihadi terror attack in Atlanta,” Hughes said….