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‘Story’ on Patriot Prayer Members Found in “Nest” with “Cache” of Guns Is One of the Worst Cases of Journalistic Malpractice You’ll Ever Read

For bad journalism you can’t get much worse than the hit piece about the Patriot  Prayer group contained in Wednesday’s edition of Willamette Week.

This poisonous piece of  agitprop – suffused with factual errors and pernicious assertions – took the hysterical ravings of the Portland mayor and his spokespersons and constructed a narrative to smear the group that had all the the sturdiness of dryer lint. Worse, the Potemkin-like story was used to “galvanize” the mayor’s office to write a new ordinance curbing first amendment rights.

The piece, headlined “Portland Police Found Right-Wing Protesters With a Cache of Long Guns Atop a Parking Garage. Why Didn’t the Mayor Know?” was so misleading, so factually-challenged, so fundamentally dumb that the Portland Police Bureau had to issue a page-long statement ‘clarifying’ the misreading of the circumstances, mischaracterizations of the law and misstatement of facts contained in this counterfeit ‘news’ item.

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The Willamette Week reporter began the piece by ascribing to Mayor Ted Wheeler the outrageous and detached-from-reality characterizations of the alleged activities of the Patriot Prayer group – without ever correcting them. Ever.

From the piece:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler intended to look decisive Monday afternoon by announcing an emergency ordinance that would give police broad authority to control warring protest groups.
But as he justified his action, the mayor opened a can of worms. He described an alarming discovery—a nest of guns on a downtown roof—that raised more questions than it answered.

She then began the recitation of supposed facts:

In the early morning of Aug. 4, hours before a massive waterfront protest, Portland police officers discovered a group of Patriot Prayer supporters on the roof of a parking garage in downtown. According to a description provided in the mayor’s proposed ordinance, the men had a “cache of firearms,” which a mayoral staffer would later describe as “long guns.”

Let’s break this down. Look at those  terms. Using “Cache of firearms,” “a nest of guns on a downtown roof” made it sound like James Hodgkinson or Micah Xavier Johnson (the leftist loons who shot Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and several other Republicans and the Dallas police officer sniper, respectively) were setting up a sniper’s nest to take out the innocents below.

Patriot Prayer calls for replacement of Ted Wheeler October 13, 2018
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The paper,  quoting the proposed new ordinance, which appears to call for campus-like free speech zones,  expressly stated that this “cache of firearms” is what prompted the proposed change in the law:

“Prior to the start of the scheduled demonstrations [August 4] police discovered individuals who had positioned themselves on a rooftop parking structure in downtown Portland with a cache of firearms,” the ordinance says.

The reporter then added:

“It is unclear when Police Chief Danielle Outlaw learned about the Patriot Prayer supporters waiting on the roof with long guns.”

Cue the scary music. The paper now upped the ante by characterizing Patriot Prayer as  “waiting on the roof with long guns:

Police say they seized the guns—but could not detain or cite the protesters because they had concealed handgun licenses that allow them to carry the weapons legally. Officials say they later returned the firearms.”

First of all, you don’t need a permit to own a “long gun.”  Furthermore, several of the members did have permits to conceal carry pistols. So, which is it, Willamette Week? Which ones did the police “seize” because they were illegal?

The Portland Police Bureau could just be talking out both sides of its mouth, but here’s the “clarification” it issued an hour after someone hit the publish button on the Willamette Week hit piece:

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About that nest of snipers:

“…[O]fficers witnessed several people parking their cars and gathering on the top floor of a parking garage, located approximately three blocks away from the where the event was to be held at the Salmon Springs Fountain.”

In short, police say the Patriot Prayer supporters were parking in the parking garage and getting ready for their march, which included carrying open and concealed guns. They were getting suited up  for the expected clash with Antifa/communista, which never happened – a fact that made Wheeler’s response two months later seem completely untethered from reality.

Here’s what the police say they observed:

Police watched them place items that could be used as weapons, such as make-shift sticks and signs with sticks, into their vehicles and some of them kept these items and said they would not enter the park. The group eventually departed the garage on foot.
Meanwhile, four individuals were located on the northeast side of the top floor of the garage. The sergeant involved contacted them and they confirmed they had three rifles and had concealed weapon permits. The men told the sergeant they were going to stay at the garage and act as a quick extraction team in case any of their group was injured during the demonstration. The men were compliant and allowed the sergeant to inspect the weapons. All three firearms were in cases (one was disassembled) and none were loaded.
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…[N]o firearms were seized or taken as safe keeping from the individuals in the parking garage,No arrests were made as no laws were broken.”

PPB did indicate that it was concerned that protesters on both sides have begun talking openly about carrying their pistols and wearing body armor.

I’ve spoken with insiders who say Antifa members routinely carry. It would seem prudent, therefore, to wear perfectly legal body armor if your mere presence triggers the Leftists.

Here’s how WW previously characterized protesters:

“Portland city officials say they cannot stop right-wing groups like Patriot Prayer from demonstrating, even though their rallies often devolve into violence.”

Oregon Firearms Federation President Kevin Starrett told VictoriaTaft.com that  Willamette Week and Mayor Wheeler got their assignment of blame and prescription for a cure exactly backwards:

“Once again the incompetent leftists who mismanage Portland push fake news to distort the truth and cover for the thugs who rule Portland’s streets. Ted Wheeler has only the most tenuous grasp on reality but is determined to demonize the people standing up to the fascist mobs who terrorize people unfortunate enough to have to drive through his miserable city.”

In fact, Ted Wheeler actually allowed the police to do their jobs that day. He, in fact, issued a statement about that success. Police  kept apart Antifa away from Gibson’s group  so there was no violence.  That is, until the communist group got upset and began picking fights with cops. Willamette Week reports, “the day ended with a chaotic, violent clash between police and left-wing counterprotesters.” Repeat: Not Joey Gibson’s group.

But Willamette Week had a narrative, dammit, and it was going to push it for the Left. It intoned, “How much danger did the public and the mayor not know about on Aug. 4?”

Mayor Ted Wheeler, we learn from this story, just found out about the guns in the parking garage two days ago. But the mayor and his minions wrote a new ordinance to curb free speech and did so based on this phony story that there was a “nest” of gunmen with a “cache of weapons” “waiting on the roof with long guns.” The group members broke no laws and cooperated fully with police at a march for free speech that included no violent outbursts. Wheeler worked his Jedi mind tricks to blame Patriot Prayer, formed to counter Antifa violence, as the chief reason the city needed a new protest law.

Let us all know when DHS names Patriot Prayer as a domestic terrorist organization as it already has Antifa. 

We saw what you did there, Ted. He encouraged this gaslighting episode probably because he didn’t  want Antifa and the group’s  fellow communistas camping in his front yard again.

Which, naturally, proves the point.

This story was about as unbalanced as the psyches of Antifa members whose violence prompted the founding of Patriot Prayer in the first place.

Sharpe: Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity

“Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity”

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10) Only in America … could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America … could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 41% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

8) Only in America … could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America … can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

6) Only in America … would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

flag gif5) Only in America … could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

4) Only in America … could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check, buy alcohol, get served in a bar, ship by UPS, buy an airline ticket, but not to vote.

3) Only in America … could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America … could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

1) Only in America … could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Victor Sharpe is a writer, musician and expert on the Middle East. This is reprinted by permission.

Oregon Terrorist Mohamed Mohamud Writes Apology Letter for Bomb Plot

Terrorist writes letter of apology seeking lenient sentence
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Convicted Oregon terrorist Mohamed Mohamud has sent a letter of apology to a Federal judge in a bid for leniency before his scheduled sentencing next week. Mohamud faces life in prison for helping to plan a bombing on November 26, 2010 that would have vaporized thousands of Christmas revelers at Portland’s Pioneer Square at the tree lighting ceremony. The then 19 year old terrorist twice tried to dial the code that would have detonated the bomb. 

Instead, the FBI intercepted Mohamud as he reached out to terrorists, including notorious imam, Anwar al Awlaki (the imam to the Fort Hood Shooter and two 9/11 hijackers), and Samir Khan, the publisher of online terrorist magazines Jihad Recollections and Inspire, and members of Al Shabab, the Somali franchise of Al Qaeda. 

Although Mohamud was portrayed during his trial as an innocent college student who had been cajoled by the opportunistic FBI, his letter to Judge Garr King showed it to be a lie. As he said in his letter,

I have renounced and I again renounce my former beliefs.

Mohamud began his letter by claiming he was horror stricken by the person he saw on the (FBI surveillance) tapes.

I keep asking myself, ‘Is that really me on the tape?’ My heart is filled with remorse, shame, sorrow, misery every time I think of my actions that day.

Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he's sorry to America for bombing plot.
Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he’s sorry to America for bombing plot.

He also tried to strike a chord with the countrymen who took him in as his own him, Somalia, was riven with war and jihad.

“I have hurt not only my family and my friends, who had thought so well of me, but also my fellow Americans who had trusted me as their fellow compatriot. I am sorry, and I hope they can forgive me.”

 

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He also offered to “speak to young Muslims to help keep them away from the path of extremism.” If he can keep Muslims from extremist beliefs and terroristm in Federal prison, that would be quite a feat. The prison system is among the greatest recruitment areas for Muslim extremists. 

See other stories about the letter here and here. Find my posts about the Mo Mo trial below:

 

 

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  1. Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: “Al Qaeda  – Victoria Taft

    www.victoriataft.com/mohamud-trial-day-11-momo-to-nurse-al-qaeda-…

    Jan 29, 2013 – The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a 

  2. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 4: Mo Mo’s Martyr Tape

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-4-mo-mos-martyr-…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Mo Mo made a martyr tape. Oh, yes, he did. While the would-be jihadi never said he wanted to be martyred, just ‘operational’ (see yesterday’s 

  3. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-3-mo-mos-jihad.ht…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Background: Mohamed Osman Mohamud is on trial for trying to detonate a bomb to vaporize thousands of Portlanders during “The Tree” 

  4. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Starts Today.

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/momo-trial-starts-today.html

    Jan 10, 2013 – Previous posts on the Mohamed Mohamud case: http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/12/mo-mos-other-mosque-eight-terrorists-in.html

  5. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-9-champagne-and-…

    Jan 27, 2013 – Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”. Defense attorneys in the terrorism case against Mohamed Osman Mohamud (Mo Mo) spent 

  6. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 8: There’s a “Portland Mosque 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-8-theres-portland….

    Jan 24, 2013 – When the informant asked Mohamud how “these guys get their things” –referring to weapons– Mo Mo told him they shouldn’t discuss such 

  7. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 7: “Dial it Again.”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-7-dial-it-again.htm…

    Jan 20, 2013 – It was a bomb Mohamed Mohamud declared “beautiful” earlier in the day. The bomb  It was a toggle switch Mo Mo himself had purchased.

  8. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Day 5: “The Tree is the Bait for the Fish”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-5-tree-is-bait-for-fish….

    Jan 17, 2013 – It was an effort to neutralize the defense’s claim that Mo Mo was entrapped into the terrorist plot. Video showed Mohamud getting excited at the 

  9. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 10: “I’m Having the Greatest 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-10-im-having-grea…

    Jan 28, 2013 – Raed Abdelli, one of Mohamud’s college buddies, recounted in court Abdelli said he saw Mo Mo outside the JC Penney at the outlet mall in 

  10. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 13: The Mohamud Case Goes to the Jury

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-13-mohamud-case-goes-to-jury.ht…

    Jan 31, 2013 – The jury is now considering whether Mohamed Mohamud was enticed The defense argued Mo Mo was simply a talker not a doer and was 

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    1. Mo Mo Trial Day 6: “He Was Talking About Religion  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-6-he-was-talking-abo…

      Jan 18, 2013 – Mo Mo’s defense attorneys know better than that, of course. Mohamudhimself is heard on tape talking about becoming a mujahid, how his 

    2. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 12 Mohamud Trial: “Your Honor, the Defense 

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-12-mohamud-trial-your-honor-de…

      Jan 29, 2013 – The defense has rested in case of Mohamed Mohamud in a  The defense witness said Mo Mo demonstrated this by drinking, taking drugs and 

    3. VICTORIA TAFT: GUILTY VERDICT IN MOHAMUD TRIAL

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/guilty-verdict-in-mohamud-trial.html

      Jan 31, 2013 – Day 13: Mohamud Trial Goes to Jury (Explainer of Case) · Closing Arguments: Guess  Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections · Mo Mo Trial Starts 

    4. The Muslim Student Association: Where Mo Mo Met  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/muslim-student-association-where-mo-…

      Nov 30, 2010 – When and where did Mo Mo become radicalized?  At a second meeting in August 2010, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives 

Portland Terrorism Redux: Portland City Water Employee Charged With Terrorism

TERROR REAZ QADIR KHAN MUG SHOT   The City of Portland has been keenly concerned about a terrorist attack on its open reservoirs for many years now. So sensitive are City officials to contamination that (now former) Council member and Water Bureau overseer, Randy Leonard actually emptied eight million gallons of water from a reservoir when a camera caught one drunk guy on a bender peeing in a reservoir at Mt. Tabor. Here’s a thought. Perhaps we could save a whole lot of grief, not to mentions future millions of gallons of water, if we’d just stop hiring terroristat the City of Portland. 

When terrorists aren’t busy PRETENDING to be City of Portland employees as Mohamed Mohamud did when he disguised himself as a City employee during the November 26, 2010 attempted Christmas Tree Bombing, the City is actually HIRING them. Take Lamumba Ford for example. No really, please take him. Lamumba Ford waJihad Portland Seven Malkins once hired by the Vera Katz Administration as an intern. Strike that. The member of the Portland Seven was a “model intern.” He negatively came onto the City’s radar when he sent a racist email to City Hall but it was only later when he tried to get to Afghanistan to kill US Soldiers that they said, ‘OK, Lamumba, it would have been different if you’d been a Jew sending racist emails to black people. We could have helped you. But dammit, you’re a black guy sending racist emails to Jews and the Mayor is a Jew and we would have overlooked that but then you had to go try to join the Jihad…’*  Oy.  Last straw. (*For the liars at Politi”fact” this is known as satire.)

Now we hJihad MO MO GUILTYave Water Bureau employee Reaz Qadir Khan.(Maybe this is the guy Mohamed Mohamud was dressing as!) Khan is a 48 year old man who came to the Water Bureau in 2007. No, he didn’t try to contaminate the water supply that we’re aware of.  This stand up American actually got up the money from his generous $63K/ yr salary we taxpayers were giving him to help a jihadist from the Maldives blow up a bunch of people at the Pakistani secret police headquarters, the ISI, in 2009.  Not quite as sexy as blowing up Americans, but the 30 killed and 300 injured were too much even in the People’s Republic of Portland. 

According to the indictment (see below) Khan had been giving material support to his jihadi buddy, Ali Jaleel, for two years by the time he was hired by the City of Portland. According to the FBI, City Employee Khan gave his buddy from the Maldives enough dough to go to a terrorist training camp.  Glad to know those back ground checks are so thorough. But on second thought maybe he was given extra credit in the City vetting process for sending an underprivileged Muslim to camp.

Khan is also believed to have given his friend the jihadi his word to take care of his wives–yes, wives–and children and to “bring them up well.” That probably got him big points with the City for taking in a refugee family. 

Khan will be in court again tomorrow afternoon. His attorneys, Larry Matasar, a well known Portland area defense attorney and Amy Baggio, who works with the Federal Public Defenders Office when she’s not working to get GITMO detainees freed, will serve as Khan’s attorneys. Ethan Knight, who just successfully prosecuted Mohamed Mohamud, is representing the United States in the case. 

A tentative court date has been set for May 5th. That ain’t gonna happen. Stay tuned for rescheduling of that court date. 

 

PORTLAND TERRORIST INDICTMENT Case 3-5-13 by Victoria Taft