Friday, November 6, 2015

UC Mercer Stabbing and Media Self-Censorship

This is interesting. The Right Scoop had quoted the following from an ABC 7 News story:
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the coroner was performing an autopsy and found the suspects manifesto on him.

According to the sheriff the suspect intended to shoot people, attack a police office and had a specific target in mind who had kicked him out of a study group. The suspect listed students by name. He had planned to tie students to desks and draw out police to steal a gun and shoot people.

The sheriff said this is not terrorism, just a step above a high school grudge, but the suspect did praise Allah in his writings.
(Underline added). However, when I went to the story at ABC 7 News this afternoon, I found this:
The Merced County Sheriff's Office said the coroner was performing an autopsy and found the suspects manifesto in his pocket. Police say that two-page, handwritten note was a step-by-step guide of how he wanted the attack on UC Merced's campus to happen. He even wrote out dialogue and specific timing of the events.

According to the sheriff, the suspect intended to shoot people, attack a police officer and had a specific target in mind who had kicked him out of a study group. The suspect listed the students he wanted to hurt and had planned to zip tie students to desks and draw out police so he could steal their gun. The first student he stabbed was one of the names listed.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said this is not terrorism, just a step above a high school grudge. He said, "We had an upset teenager that was upset because he got kicked out of a study group."
As you will note, the fact that Faisal Mohammad had referenced "Allah" in his manifesto has been removed.

Related Story: "Blade of jihad: Extremists embrace the knife as tool of terror"--Fox News. "While cars careening into crowds was the trend in terror last year-- with hit songs in Gaza and the West Bank praising "martyrs" behind the wheel-- this year Hamas and Palestinian Authority leaders, clerics and newspaper editors are openly encouraging stabbings that have so far killed a dozen and wounded 167 since Oct. 1. Through sermons, social media, online blogs, editorial cartoons and TV and radio reports, the message seems to be that anyone can pick up a knife and advance the cause."

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