FBI Abruptly Changes Course on the Texas Synagogue Attack Motive

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Two days ago, a terrifying attack on a Jewish synagogue in Texas played out. A British national named Malik Faisal Akram took a Rabbi and multiple congregants hostage, demanding the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.

Siddiqui, who is in prison for attempting to kill US Military personnel, has been turned into a folk-hero by many Islamist-supporting groups. That includes CAIR, an organization widely supported by Democrat politicians, hosting rallies in support of her.

Since Faisal Akram live-streamed his crime and announced his grievances, it was clear right away what his motive was. Despite that, the FBI, in parodic fashion, once again stepped up to the plate to obfuscate and insult everyone’s intelligence.

Those remarks represented a continuation of the FBI’s tendency to whitewash the motive of any crime that is found to be inconvenient to the left’s primary narrative.

The President of the United States, though he at least called it an act of terror, also echoed the absurdity that we just didn’t have enough information to speak to the motive of the attacker. Again, that was never true because the attacker told us on Facebook Live why he did it. Further, the idea that his actions had nothing to do with the Jewish community, as the FBI asserted, was completely farcical. An Islamist didn’t just randomly pick a synagogue to hold hostage while attempting to secure the release of an anti-Semitic terrorist.

Well, perhaps the FBI has realized that they simply couldn’t keep the façade up much longer? In a move that completely contradicts their original statement, the FBI is now admitting this was an act of terror “in which the Jewish community was targeted.”

Further, while the FBI was quick to allege that the attacker acted alone (they could have just not commented on that aspect at all until they knew for certain), police in the UK have detained two people who were in contact with Faisal Akram before and during the attack.

To summarize, the FBI’s original statement got nearly everything wrong. The attack was an act of terrorism, we did know the motive immediately, it was perpetrated by a foreign national, it was a deliberate attack on the Jewish community, and there were possibly others involved (at least to the point of having knowledge of the attack).

What an absolute clown show the FBI is. If the defense here is that the facts changed because they gathered more information, that’s still not an excuse for them initially making several definitive claims in what felt like an extremely political move. The FBI could have shut up instead of running to the podium to put out false narratives that will undoubtedly live on in the public discourse.

There’s a reason no one trusts these government institutions, and it’s because so much of what they do is obviously colored by politics. Had Faisal Akram been a white supremacist, the FBI would have announced that immediately and they certainly wouldn’t have whitewashed his victims. Instead, the FBI played coy for nearly two days, acting as if they didn’t know the guy was a terrorist that went after Jews deliberately. It’s unconscionable.