Jihad Watch has excellent coverage of the investigation into the murders of the Armanious family in New Jersey. This was a family of Coptic Christians who immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt, and were murdered, likely by Islamic radicals, after the father, Hossam Armanious, made a controversial statement about Islam in a chatroom.
Among the more interesting revelations are:
Shortly after the murders, members of the Egyptian consulate went to visit the family to encourage them to keep quiet. And many family members have obeyed, saying nothing to reporters or anyone else.
Though the family wants to reserve judgment until the results of the case are released, they did say that the way the four family members were bound and gagged and the way their throats were slit with holes carved is similar to executions that are shown on al-Jazeera.
A reporter who is closely following this case said that this delay was because the police and prosecutor want this case to go away. They want things to cool down. That’s why they set the autopsy date as March 14, two months after the murders.
It is still possible that this wasn’t a Muslim hate crime. The problem is that investigators have not taken the necessary steps to ensure a fair review of the evidence. There are too many holes here, too many inconsistencies in the official story. Too many obvious tasks have not been done: an Armanious family friend with whom I spoke, who gave me names and motives of possible perpetrators, is still waiting for a call from investigators.
This background information may illuminate why this investigation has been so curiously lacking:
There are a number of clergy in the Coptic community who are in bed with the Egyptian government. Some even act as agents for the Mubarak regime. Coptic clergy who wont cooperate are often exiled into the Egyptian desert, where they live a very difficult life.
A number of Muslims have infiltrated the Coptic community, pretending to be Christians in order to gather information. Jersey City has a large number of Copts. Some of this infiltration has taken place there; some of the Coptic clergy there are also compromised. However, most Copts trust their clergy wholeheartedly, making it easy for the moles to operate.
Read the whole thing. It is very disturbing.
It looks like this story is destined to become yet another blog driven story, as the mainstream media have yet to give it any significant coverage. One would think that the murder of a Christian family, probably by Muslim fanatics for criticizing Islam, in the United States would be a major new story. Yet, it isn’t. Could it be because it contradicts what the media has been so persistent in trying to convince us: That radical Islam is no threat to us?