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Explosion outside Cincinnati mosque December 21, 2005

Posted by dr. gonzo in Crime.
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UPDATE #2: Dec. 22–

The FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to arrest in the Cincinnati mosque bombing on Tuesday. This is in addition to the $5,000 reward already pledged by the Council on Islamic American Relations.

CAIR-Ohio announced a prayer vigil for 8 p.m. this evening at the Islamic Association for Cincinnati mosque, better known as the Clifton mosque (because it’s on Clifton Ave.). This is the same mosque that was bombed on Tuesday night.

Here is the details for the event in case you wanted to know or you live in Cincinnati:

WHAT: Mosque Interfaith Prayer Vigil
WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Association of Cincinnati, 3668 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-604-4444, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com

UPDATE:
Dec. 22–

The Cincinnati Enquirer covered Wednesday’s CAIR press conference. CAIR offered a reward for the capture of the perpetrator(s) on Wednesday as well.

WCPO also has a pretty awesome round-up here, with photos, news conference video, and a pretty detailed description of what happened.

The article’s writer spoke to the special agent in charge of the field office in Cincy,

“Stanley Borgia, special agent in charge of the Cincinnati FBI office, said the investigation has not yet determined a motive for “the crime of violence against the Islamic Center. The intent of perpetrators is unclear,’’ he said No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which is being investigated as a possible hate crime or act of terrorism, Borgia said.”

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory even chimed in,

“This is a hateful act whether it’s classified as a hate crime or not,’’ said Mayor Mark Mallory. “This kind of criminal act cannot be tolerated in this community.’’

So this could have been an act of terrorism and Agent Borgia confirmed there were two bombs involved in the incident.

“There were two explosive devices that detonated outside in the doorways of two adjacent buildings of the Islamic Center Tuesday night, Borgia said”

The article also gave additional details on the damage.

“The bomb blasts damaged the wooden door and surrounding glass windows in the older building and blew out glass windows in the newer building. The ceiling area of the entranceways of both buildings were also damaged”

Despite some pretty superb local coverage CNN‘s Web site is still a no go in terms of coverage, not even a wire story that I could find.

MSNBC is still floating this unupdated story on its Crime and Punishment section front under U.S. News.

And for the surprise of the evening. FOX News had an Associated Press wire story. Found that story with a search of FOX’s Web site using the terms ‘ohio mosque.’ The story also showed up under the other search query I used, simply ‘mosque.’

So, CNN doesn’t care, MSNBC actually linked the story on one of its news pages (though it is kind of buried) and FOX News had a story but you had to be looking for it to find it because its not linked on any of its pages.

-END UPDATE-

This explosion apparently happened Tueday night. I found coverage on it at an Iowa news station but it was sparse.

Other coverage was here in the United Kingdom’s The Muslim News.

Some local coverage here, here, and here.

The call came in about 10:10 p.m. but there were, of course, concerns that another device may be in the area. Police swept the vicinity with bomb sniffing dogs and gave the all clear.

The blast caused some damage to the doors but no one was injured as it occurred a couple of hours after worship typically lets out.

Here is what the Council on American Islamic Relations said in a release today:

“(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/21/2005) – Later this morning, the Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will hold a news conference outside a Cincinnati mosque damaged by an explosion late Tuesday.

WHAT: Ohio Muslims React to Explosion at Cincinnati Mosque
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Association of Cincinnati, 3668 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-604-4444, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com

The FBI and local authorities are investigating one or more explosions that damaged the Islamic Association of Cincinnati, also known as the “Clifton Mosque.” No injuries were reported.S
EE: “Mosque Door Damaged by Explosion

CAIR said vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. The Washington-based group is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”

The safety kit may be obtained free of charge online or by e-mailing: pubs@cair-net.org (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.)CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

Hate crime? Probably. Larger trend or lone weirdo, I have to go with lone weirdo. I don’t think most Americans want to bomb houses of worship. Any thoughts?

What’s really bad about this?

This reminds me of something that happened in Oklahoma a few months ago, diference being one person died in that incident and it was outside of a football stadium with 80,000 OU fans in attendance. Coverage was short and sweet at first but a few bloggers started to take a deeper look. It turned out, of course (wink, wink), nothing too out of the ordinary, though I still question the event.

Now, a bomb goes off in Cincinnati, outside a mosque, no less. Where is this story? In The Akron Beacon and the The Muslim News, that’s where.

Wonder if there was any mention of this on cnn.com, msnbc.com or foxnews.com?

Surprisingly MSNBC carried the story here. And it was the top story in the U.S. section under ‘Crime and Punishment.”

FOX News, not surprisingly, faired worse than MSNBC. No story on any page. Search for ‘ohio mosque‘ turned up nada. As did a search for the term ‘cincinnati.’ And the lead hit for the term ‘mosque‘ is served up in only a style FOX News could get away with; at least that is what I thought until I saw CNN’s top hit for ‘ohio mosque.’

Turning, now, to the CNN Web site. No story on the front page, a search for ‘cincinnati mosque‘ turned up zilch as well as ‘ohio mosque‘ and just ‘cincinnati‘ and there was nothing on the U.S. section front, not even in the Midwest subcatergory.

So good job major national cable media. Instead we get coverage, like this, or this, or this, and then spin-offs like this (I think you get it), of veiled threats and sketchy government intelligence.

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Comments»

1. Anonymous - December 23, 2005

If you really want to find out what’s under the radar, go to the Southern Poverty Law Center at http://www.splcenter.org, look over the newest articles on their home page & then click on “Intelligence Project.”

Once you absorb the scope of hate groups & hate crimes in this country, you will understand that most of the terrorists we (& especially minority citizens) should worry about grow like crazy on our own soil.

As you get into it you also realize that the politics of many of the hate groups lines up fairly (& disturbingly) well with the platform of the current Republican Party.


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