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Time to stop denying Islamic Jihad is on America’s doorstep

Written By | Sep 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES, September 30, 2014—Last week, in the heartland of America Moore, Okla., radical Islamist Alton Alexander Nolen walked into the Vaughan Foods plant where he used to work and beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.

He tried to do the same to 43-year-old Traci Johnson; but for the quick thinking and sure shooting of Mark Vaughan, the plant’s CEO, and a reserve deputy sheriff, Nolen would have succeeded. Vaughan disabled Nolen with two shots. Ms. Johnson is hospitalized in critical condition, while Nolen is hospitalized, alert and in stable condition.

As coverage unfolds, reports are emerging that Nolen, who changed his name to Jah’Keem Yisrael, converted to Islam in prison in 2011 and was trying to convert his coworkers at the Vaughan Foods plant. His Facebook page has since been removed, but when it was accessible it was peppered with pictures of Nolen in Islamic dress giving the ISIS salute, and rants in ALL CAPS praising Allah, Osama bin Laden, the Muslim faith, Sharia law, and beheadings.

The UK Daily Mail’s coverage of the tragedy stated:

“While some have speculated that this could be tied to other groups of Muslim extremists such as ISIS, US law enforcement officials have said they found no immediate links to terrorism.”

According to Fox News, police are treating the incident as a case of workplace violence. Where have we heard that before?

Even the Oklahoma Conference of Churches weighed in, urging Oklahomans “and people everywhere not to equate Mr [Nolen’s] actions with the beliefs and practices of the Islamic Community in Oklahoma.”

So is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urging these Islamic radicals to not equate U.S. military action to the sentiments of peace-loving Americans? Not really. Instead, CAIR Oklahoma’s executive director Adam Soltani played apologist, saying Nolen’s actions are condemned by the Muslim community and his faith should not be connected to this crime.

Two months ago, 19-year-old West Orange, NJ college student Brendan Tevin was gunned down by Ali Muhammad Brown, another Muslim extremist. Brown fired 10 shots into Tevin’s vehicle while it was stopped at a light.

In recent court documents, Brown said the murder was a “just kill” and an act of “vengeance” because of all the U.S. military killings in the Middle East.

The New York Daily News reported in August that, “Police in Seattle said [Ali Muhammad] Brown shot and killed 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in April on a state road outside of the city. Investigators said Brown had no relationship to his alleged victim and the crime was likely motivated by robbery, drugs or crime.

“Brown also allegedly gunned down Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in June after meeting them at a Seattle nightclub.”

So Brown has been on a rampage since April, yet authorities in New Jersey have characterized Tevin’s June 25 murder as a robbery that turned violent, and the Seattle authorities are also reluctant to use “terror” anywhere in their reports.

Everyone is bending over backwards to diminish the common thread in all of these horrific acts: Radical Islam.

It is no accident that this was also around the time of the ongoing southern border crisis, where thousands of illegal youth poured into the U.S. from Mexico. With Border Patrol occupied with humanitarian relief, there was little “securing” of anyone intent on doing us harm and who probably slipped in with the influx of illegal immigrants.

Fox News obtained a law enforcement bulletin warning that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America. The bulletin cited one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”

Yet last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told that “there is no credible intelligence at this time to suggest that there is an active plot by (ISIS) to carry out an attack in the United States.”

On Friday, Oklahoma City officers arrested a fired nursing home employee for threatening to cut off a co-worker’s head. This was just a day after Alton Alexander Nolen wreaked his horror. You cannot make this stuff up—and no one wants to. reported, “Jacob Murithi had been working at the Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City.

“He’s said to have threatened the unidentified co-worker on Sept. 19.

“She told officers Murithi identified himself as a Muslim.  He then mentioned he ‘represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians.’”

This man is in an Oklahoma jail on a terrorism count because he credited his association with ISIS—but how many others are out there who may be acting at ISIS’s behest without bothering to mention an association?

These types of scenarios should be investigated and should have DHS and the FBI on high alert. Instead, the authorities commissioned to protect Americans continue to play the game of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. They categorize heinous crimes as “violent robbery” and “workplace violence”, which only results in the radicals furthering their campaign to destroy Americans. editor Ben Shapiro wrote about seven other incidents of “lone wolf” Islamic violence perpetrated on innocent Americans as far back as 2006.

One would think that DHS would have employed some form of a strategy to smoke out these actors; but when you have the Bush administration determined to make nice with Islamic Americans by denying any threats of radicalization on American soil while allowing it to flourish, and the Obama administration doing everything it can to whitewash and diminish any word or whiff of radical Islam or terror, Americans continue to be left high and dry, and increasingly in danger.

Instead of calling a spade a spade, federal authorities are refusing to connect the dots, and root out these lone wolf actors so that attacks can be thwarted. With the help of a complicit media, they are making every effort to lull the American people into a false sense of security at the very moment when vigilance and watchfulness is required.

We need a wake-up call, not business as usual.

Jennifer Oliver OConnell

Jennifer Oliver OConnell offers witty, insightful, and direct opinion, analysis and musings on local and national politics and popular culture, with occasional detours into reinvention, food, and Yoga. Jennifer also teaches Yoga, and coaches clients on careers and reinvention. You can keep up with what's in Jennifer's orbit through her As the Girl Turns website.