The FBI did their job, they saved us from a plot to blow up a Christmas celebration in Oregon… assisted in large part by a (gasp!) Muslim informant, the father of 19-year-old Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud.
A mosque was then set on fire, apparently arson. So whoever did that perpetrated an attack on the Muslim community in retaliation for Mohamud’s actions, despite the fact that it was a member of that community who joined forces with the DHS.
[O]ne prominent member of the Somali community in Portland (estimated to number 8,000) says a relative played some role in helping to put the FBI on the young man’s trail — though that relative was almost certainly unaware of the scale it would assume.
“Before this happened, the father informed Homeland Security and the FBI that something was going on with his son,” claims Isgow Mohamed, the executive director of the Northwest Somali Community Organization, who says he knows Mohamud’s family well and had been in touch with them. “This a good family. The father is an engineer at Intel. This is not somebody who is on public assistance. He is a family man, a businessman, a religious man, a soccer player.“
As Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said at an event earlier this year sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, “about a third of all foiled al-Qaida-related plots in the U.S. relied on support or information provided by members of the Muslim community.”
Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s dad is a middle class guy who did the right thing. Who happens to be Muslim. Who happened to help prevent the deaths of a bunch of, you know, not-necessarily-Muslim Americans.