Politics & Policy

See Something, Say Nothing Policy Kills Thousands

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The fear of being called “Islamophobes” stops citizens from reporting suspicious activity.

If you see something, say something. But first, shut your Islamophobic mouth.

Such mixed signals confuse Americans. Cops, soldiers, and intelligence agents urge citizens to maintain eternal vigilance against radical Islamic terrorism. Yet soft-headed liberals like President Obama and Hillary Clinton consider it bigoted to put “Muslim” and “extremism” in the same sentence.

This contorted effort to keep Muslims comfortable ironically yields the ultimate discomfort: death by jihad. This week’s perpetrator was ISIS devotee Omar Saddique Mateen.

Toxic political correctness cows Americans into a policy of “See something, say nothing,” as former counterterrorist Philip Haney titled his new book.

The results are deadly.

‐ Mateen’s shooting spree did not surprise Daniel Gilroy, a former Fort Pierce police officer who worked with Mateen at G4S Security.

“I quit because everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy told Florida Today, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”

According to Florida Today, “Gilroy said he complained to his employer several times but it did nothing because he [Mateen] was Muslim.”

On Sunday morning, Mateen massacred 49 and injured 53 at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightspot.

‐ A Redlands, Calif., neighbor of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik saw the couple working and receiving packages late at night in their garage. Suspicious, the neighbor considered calling cops. However, her friend Aaron Elswick told KTLA-TV, “She didn’t want to do any kind of racial profiling.”

The husband-and-wife ISIS killers gunned down Farook’s office Christmas party in San Bernardino last December 2. They murdered 14 and wounded 22.

‐ “Nidal Malik Hasan struck some of his classmates as a ‘ticking time bomb’ whose strange personality telegraphed trouble long before he allegedly killed 13 people at Fort Hood,” wrote Time magazine’s Mark Thompson. These students, whom Thompson quoted anonymously, “say they’re angry that what they view as political correctness led their superiors to ignore the warning signs witnessed by students and faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.”

Nidal said that sharia law trumped the U.S. Constitution. During oral presentations, “he would be standing there in uniform pledging allegiance to the Koran,” one classmate recalls. “He’d be full of psychobabble about how the persecution of Muslims justifies suicide bombers.”

“I was astounded and went to multiple faculty and asked why he was even in the Army,” one officer said. “Political correctness squelched any opportunity to confront him.”

Nidal yelled “Allahu akbar!” and opened fire in Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center in November 2009, slaying 13 and hurting 32.

‐ Former U.S. Airways ticket agent Michael Tuohey recalls handling two passengers almost 15 years ago at Maine’s Portland International Jetport. Abdul Aziz Alomari and Mohamed Atta were rushing to board a plane to Boston Logan Airport.

“I looked in [Atta’s] eyes, and he just looked angry. I just got an uncomfortable feeling,” Tuohey told the Portland Press Herald’s David Hench. “You see his picture in the paper,” now, Tuohey said. “You see more life in that picture than there is in flesh and blood.”

“I said to myself, ‘If this guy doesn’t look like an Arab terrorist, then nothing does.’ Then I gave myself a mental slap, because in this day and age, it’s not nice to say things like this,” Tuohey added.

These hijackers’ fares also seemed odd.

“They had first-class, one-way tickets — $2,500 tickets,” Tuohey noticed. “Very unusual.”

Tuohey saw something and said nothing.

About three hours later, Mohamed Atta slammed American Airlines Flight 11 into Tower One of the World Trade Center. The September 11 terror attack killed 2,977 and wounded some 6,000.

Obama fortified this problem with his petulant outburst on Tuesday.

“And if we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush and imply that we are at war with an entire religion,” Obama said, “then we’re doing the terrorists’ work for them.”

Obama’s words are, of course, absurd.

Denouncing the Russian Mafia is no insult to Russian non-Mafiosi.

Police who fight black-on-black crime actually shield the property and lives of law-abiding black people. Black crime victims call 911 in the first place.

Decrying white supremacists should offend very few white people outside the Ku Klux Klan.

Likewise, condemning radical Islamic terrorists should not offend mainstream Islamic non-terrorists. To assume otherwise is bigotry. Besides, not even the toughest hawk advocates “war with an entire religion.” Once again, Obama peddles fantasies and hallucinations.

Obama suffers a severe case of the triple malady that afflicts too many leftists: He never listens. He never learns. And he never remembers. Mr. Hope has changed. He’s now hopeless. Only his departure and Hillary’s defeat will break political correctness’ grip on the War on Radical Islamic Terrorism.

Rather than excoriate those who use that phrase, a President Donald J. Trump should inaugurate a national See Something, Say Something award for Americans who report suspicious activity and, thus, unravel militant-Islamic terror attacks. This might help reverse the damage that Obama and the PC crowd have advanced by pretending that radical Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist, and the 49 people who perished at Pulse were destroyed by a tornado.

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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