Police: Pamela Geller original target of Boston terrorist
The terrorist in Boston who was shot dead by police after he went after them with a knife had threatened to behead activist Pamela Geller, according to police.
Apparently, the terrorist, Usaamah Rahim, became impatient waiting for his chance to kill Geller and decided to go after "boys in blue" instead.
When police tracking Rahim approached him Tuesday, he allegedly ran at them with a knife and officers shot and killed him, the document states.
The CNN report does not offer additional explanation of how specific the threat to Geller was and whether law enforcement believed he was capable of acting on the threat.
Geller is a long-time activist whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group.
She rose in prominence recently after the “Draw Muhammad” event prompted an attack by two men gunmen in apparent retribution for disrespecting the Muslim prophet.
The AFDI recently submitted the winning cartoon as an issue advertisement to the Washington D.C. transit system. Days later, the system banned all issue ads through the end of the year, and an anonymous D.C. transit official told the Washington Post he feared that the ads could create a “terrorist target.”
Geller told CNN she's traveled with an "army of security" since the Texas attack.
"They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily," Geller told the network.
"This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?"
Rahim’s alleged accomplice, David Wright, appeared in federal court on Wednesday to face charges for a conspiracy to destroy evidence and obstruction of a national security investigation.
Federal prosecutors allege that he told Rahim to destroy his cell phone and wipe his computer to hide evidence from police.
We should be very concerned for Pamela Geller's safety, considering the sheer number of fanatics out there who want to make a name for themselves by attacking a high-profile target. And it doesn't help that the atmosphere being created by the media regarding Geller's beliefs could very easily enable terrorists to kill her.
The political move by the SPLC to name her organization a "Muslim hate group" might give a fanatic the idea that he would be doing the world a favor by getting rid of Geller. And the manner in which the media and the SPLC describes Geller's beliefs is cavalier and slipshod. There should be a much higher standard for declaring an organization a "hate group" than simply because it wants to stop sharia law from being imposed on the world.
This won't be the last terrorist threat against Geller. Let's hope her security remains vigilant.