On Monday 27-year-old Bangladesh native Akayed Ullah set off a pipe bomb in a NYC subway station. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, except Ullah who blew himself up pretty good. He survived the blast and told investigators that his failed attack was inspired by the radical islamic terrorists ISIS. His family released a statement saying they are heartbroken by the attack and then, get this, outraged at law enforcement for investigating.
The AP reports:
The family of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York City subway corridor says it’s heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack has caused.
In a statement, Akayed Ullah’s family also says it’s outraged by the way it was targeted by law enforcement, including pulling a teenage relative from class and questioning him without a parent, guardian or attorney present. The family says it expects more from the justice system.
Yeah…their family member tried to kill a bunch of people in the name of Islam, so maybe they ought to hold off on that outrage thing.
Making this worse in terms of optics, this statement was delivered by by Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It read in part:
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family. But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who held children as small as four years old out in the cold and held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the sort of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today,” read the statement.
Judging by that statement, it doesn’t appear as if Ullah’s family thinks he did anything wrong. They have him on video blowing himself up and he’s in the hospital with explosion-related wounds, plus he admitted to the police that he did it in the name of Islam. What exactly does his family think will come out as the police investigate further? This crazy mofo did it; pure and simple.
As for that outrage, Ullah tried to commit a terrorist attack. It’s a very normal thing for law enforcement to identify the suspect and interview his associates, including family members. It’s not just normal, it’s necessary. In many terrorism cases, friends and family are also involved in the plot. If those are not the actions the family would expect from the justice system, that’s their fault for being ignorant.
But if the family really wants to find some outrage, there’s plenty of that to go around: It’s outrageous that a scumbag Muslim tried to kill Americans in a NYC subway. It’s outrageous that his family is pulling the Islamic version of, “my baby dindu nuffin.” It’s outrageous that CAIR is trying to use this terrorist attack to portray Muslims as the victims.