It's been awhile since I got worked up about a biased article in the media. But check this out, in Associated Press:
While FBI agents grilled a Denver airport shuttle van driver named Najibullah Zazi about a chilling terror plot to attack New York City subways in the fall of 2009, Zazi's father courted some trouble of his own by agreeing to answer a couple innocent-sounding questions about his family and acquaintances.
The son — one of the city's most notorious terrorism suspects since the Sept. 11 attacks — has since largely disappeared from the headlines after pleading guilty last year. But the father, though a far lesser player, is still feeling the full brunt of a federal probe that has shredded the fabric of a working-class clan of Afghani immigrants.
Some "innocent-sounding" questions and then a "shredded fabric of a working-class clan"! The poor guy! The poor clan! He must be totally innocent, caught up in the net of Muslim-hating law enforcement officers. It's a travesty of justice! It's "In the Name of the Father"—the American edition. It challenges who we are as Americans! It's...oh, wait:
Prosecutors allege that during questioning, Mohammed Wali Zazi denied knowing the Queens imam, unaware that the FBI had evidence that they were in touch by phone around the time the son aborted his mission. They also have accused him of lying about his nephew by saying he was one of his six children — something he had also claimed on immigration papers.
After several other family members were subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, Zazi was arrested and initially charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy or hide "glasses, masks, liquid chemicals and containers" that were evidence in the case. Late last year, prosecutors added additional obstruction counts related to the alleged lies to investigators.
So he lied in his responses to those "innocent-sounding" questions? And then tried to destroy evidence? That almost sounds like...he may not be innocent! Perhaps the "fabric of a working-class clan" wouldn't be quite as "shredded" if this man hadn't allegedly helped his son in carrying out a plan to bomb a NYC subway and kill as many people as possible. Maybe he'll be found not-guilty of the charges but it isn't the place of Associated Press journalists to paint him as such right now.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.