By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Michael Dekota McRae, 28, pleaded guilty to conveying false information concerning a biological weapon,” NBC’s 13 WHOTV in Des Moines reported. “In a plea agreement, McRae admitted to writing a letter to Representative Ako Abdul-Samad and threatening to kill both Abdul-Samad and himself. Authorities said the letter contained racial slurs and a white powder.
The letter, sending powder “in a lot of different directions,” was opened on the Iowa State Legislature floor during an active chamber session, forcing an evacuation of the Capitol
“I’m going to kill you and Mike,” the report quoted from the terror threat note.
For reasons only the reporters can say, they did not elect to present or describe the remainder of what it said, presented with a bit of judicious blurring by Iowa Firearms Coalition. The group’s Vice President, Kurt Liske, has done a first rate job of reporting, something “official media” can’t be counted on to do, providing what the late Paul Harvey called “the rest of the story”:
One of the first questions the media should be asking, which means it won’t, is why was this perpetrator of a terror act, one that also has blatant racist motivation, only charged with “false information and hoaxes”? Why, after his guilty plea, does he only face “a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine”?
And why is the media not mentioning McRae’s anti-gun activism as the co-organizer of a protest attended by Abdul-Samad against “stand your ground” laws, which he made a central point in his terror note? That’s absolutely relevant. And why is the fact that he intended to stir up dangerous anger against whites by faking a “hate crime” not being mentioned?
Come to think of it, why is it up to internet activists, rather than “crusading journalists” with access to all the needed resources, to inform the public of the growing trend of fake hate crimes? People believing such lies react in ways that endanger lives and property, inviting riots and violent deaths, not to mention the perpetuation of race-based resentment against injuries that never happened. And people do some lunatic things.
Something else marked by its conspicuous absence from media reports: Any statement from Ako Abdul-Samad condemning his former aide following the guilty plea. Instead, we’re treated to “faith leader” Samad “call[ing] for unity to battle ‘Islamophobia.’”
Although his former aide pleaded guilty on Dec. 16, Samad hasn’t said a word about it since then on his Facebook page and Twitter feed, or on the newsletter he released the day after the plea. That’s curious, since he had no problem claiming his share of the spotlight when he thought he had a grievance to exploit:
McRae is scheduled for sentencing in March. And while another ongoing story appears unrelated, it will be interesting to see if he serves less time than Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were “accused … of being ‘Terrorists” under the Federal Anti terrorism Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996,’” for their wildfire containment efforts spilling over onto federal land.
Go read the Iowa Firearms Coalition report. Make sharing it far and wide today’s Five-Minute Activism project. Because if you don’t ensure this information is known, what’s certain is, the media won’t.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.