In the editorial “Guilt by association” on Mar. 10, the Roanoke Times rails against the homegrown terror hearings held in Congress recently, calling them “shameful”. What’s truly shameful is the abject ignorance of the RT editorial staff on this issue.
The editorial states that “With no evidence to back him up and no law enforcement witnesses to testify to his central complaint, King is engaging in demonizing an entire community.” This statement is factually false.
Since 9/11, there have been more than 50 known cases, involving about 130 individuals, in which terrorists plots were hatched on American soil. These include plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, an office tower in Dallas, a federal court house in Illinois, the Washington DC metro, and the Trans-Alaska pipeline. All but two of the plotters were Muslim, and those two sought to offer their services to al Qaeda.
The witnesses called by Representative Peter King’s committee on Homeland Security included L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca.
There was a time when journalists who, out of ignorance, printed such an accusatory but completely false statement would be fired. Not at today’s Roanoke Times.