Police block off the street in the Brooklyn borough of New York where officials say Akayed Ullah was living, on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Ullah is suspected of strapping a pipe bomb to his body and setting off the crude device under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, injuring himself and a few others. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)
Yesterday morning, a 27-year-0ld Bangladeshi Muslim named Akayed Ullah entered the Port Authority Terminal at Times Square with the intent to be a suicide bomber. He made a jury-rigged pipe bomb and set it off (see the blast at 0:13).
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) December 11, 2017
The bomb performed suboptimally and Ullah was arrested and hospitalized. There were no serious injuries from the blast.
And everyone hunkered down to wait out the inevitable anti-Muslim pogrom that follows all of these Islamic terror attacks:
NYC Police have identified this morning's #PortAuthority subway bombing suspect as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
As the story develops, Muslim Americans are bracing for backlash: pic.twitter.com/L47LRvmfmo
— Splinter (@splinter_news) December 11, 2017
Then came the counterattack, led, naturally enough, by CAIR:
“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at 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 have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the sorts 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. Thank you for your time.”
Savor that for a moment. No expression of concerned for those physically injured or for the PTSD cases that will arise for this. The implication that there is a mystery about what happened. Acting like the “truth” remains to be discovered. A clear insinuation that Ullah is innocent (they are heartbroken not by his actions but by the allegations against him). And an attack on the police.
As the NYPD sergeant’s union tweeted:
Family of Port Authority bombing suspect is 'outraged' at investigators' tactics https://t.co/hYowxNdjCw via @nypmetro. Outrage?? Let me get this correct your son walks in a public place wearing a bomb and your outrage at the behavior of the police…too bad get over it!!!
— SBA (@SBANYPD) December 12, 2017