So the newest controversy?
That Donald Trump said he saw clips of New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11. His critics pounced. But whatever he may have seen or not seen in New Jersey, CNN reported here that Muslims in New York City celebrated 9/11 — in 2009.
The clip, found on YouTube, is dated from 2009 and was apparently broadcast in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood shooting that involved U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan, an American Muslim whose actions were celebrated by a group called “Revolution Muslim.”
The CNN segment was anchored by Anderson Cooper, with the report filed by CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin. The focus of the story is the 96th Street Mosque, identified as “right in the heart of New York.” The report was titled “Homegrown Hate.” Griffin speaks to the Imam, who says Islam is about peace. But right outside the Mosque are Muslims — American Muslims “born and raised” in the United States — preaching hatred of the U.S. Saying that the 9/11 attacks were justified. Griffin captures all of this on camera, with members of the group professing their love for Osama bin Laden.
The FBI is monitoring them, reports Griffin — thus illustrating exactly Trump’s point today of surveillance of Mosques is hardly extreme. As the media makes yet another “firestorm” over Trump’s remarks on Muslims in America and the celebration of 9/11 by Muslims in America, CNN makes clear that yes, indeed, it happens. And was in fact happening in that report right in “the heart of New York.”