Massive security in place for AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad art exhibit and cartoon contest

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“Geller … could not be reached for comment.”

Geller couldn’t be reached for comment? Geller was reached for comment. I responded numerous times to the Melissa Cutler, the FOX News reporter.  What happened? You tell me. But FOX made sure to get a quote from Hamas-CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper, who said that the AFDI event was an attempt to bait the Muslim community. Bait? Freedom of speech is baiting? To do what, exactly? Slaughter?

The fact is that security is massive at the event, which speaks to the eroded state of free speech in this country.

Look at this exchange with the FOX News reporter who wrote the story.

Read this exchange:

From: Melissa Cutler  Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM
To: “pamelageller@gmail.com” <pamelageller@gmail.com> Cc: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>

Hello Pamela:

My name is Melissa Cutler, and I’m a reporter for Fox 4 News. If you’re in town Friday, I was wondering if we could interview you, before Sunday. If you are, and you’re game, I’d like to pitch the story in Friday’s morning meeting. See if we could get a piece on the air before the event.

My direct e mail is mcutlerfox4@icloud.com.

I appreciate your time! Have a great day.

(fellow Long Islander; South Shore (near Long Beach)

Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Melissa, I will be in town Saturday – will that work?

Yours in liberty,
Pamela Geller


Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>


No, because I wont be reporting that day. Perhaps we can skype?


From: Pamela Geller [mailto:pamelageller@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:31 PM
To: Melissa Cutler
Subject: Re: Sunday’s Exhbit
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Sure — or I can do a satellite remote?

Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>

Ok. I’ll ask around here (since I’m no techie) and see what works.

I’ll first have to pitch the story to our producers. And frankly, I

Have NO IDEA whether we’ll get to do it. (Depends on our resources,

Breaking news, that sort of thing).

But I will let you know as soon as I find out.



Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:36 AM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Understood, Melissa. Standing by.


Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>


I got the go-ahead to do the story, pending interviews with Garland law enforcement regarding security, etc. and access to the facility for set-ups. Just a little while longer and I should know if this will fly today.

Thank you for your patience:



From: Pamela Geller [mailto:pamelageller@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:37 AM
[Quoted text hidden]

Understood, Melissa. Standing by.

Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM
To: “pamelageller@gmail.com” <pamelageller@gmail.com> Cc: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>


Satellite interview won’t work, I’m afraid. But I can do a skype interview if you’re available. My cell is 214 288 XXXX. I will get the ball rolling once I hear from you.


Melissa Cutler

Fox 4 News Reporter

Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:34 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>

Sure that works – what time

Yours in liberty,
Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Melissa, Standing by. Can you give me a time?


Read what the reporter wrote:

“Extra security in place for Muhammad art, cartoon contest,”  Melissa Cutler, FOX 4 News

A controversial event is scheduled for Sunday at a public school facility in Garland — a contest sponsored by an organizer that critics call an anti-Islamic hate group.

In early January, the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly, were hit by two brothers who carried out a brutal assault with military-like precision because the satirical newspaper was printing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

The brothers machine-gunned down a dozen people and injured about a dozen more.

That event inspired another event in Garland –- a Draw the Prophet art exhibit and cartoon contest that will take place Sunday at the Curtis Caldwell Center.

There, metal detectors inside and blockades outside are in place as a precaution.

“We’ll be paying attention to any kind of chatter that we need to,” said Officer Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department. “If anything raises suspicions, we will react to that.”

Following the Hebdo attack, an Islamic Stand with Prophet conference was held at the Caldwell center, denouncing Islamophobia.

Outside, hundreds of people attended a free speech rally.

The organizer of that rally, and of Sunday’s event, is Pamela Geller, a controversial anti-Islamic activist who has been labeled by some as an extremist.

Garland ISD, which owns the center, has said it has a non-discriminatory facilities policy.

At the moment, Garland police say they haven’t seen any reason for additional concern on social media, but they know that could change in an instant.

“Once inside the building, these people that are putting on the event, they’re in charge of that,” said Harn. “We’re just gonna make sure that everybody is safe on the outside and that there’s nobody getting inside that’s not supposed to be there.”

The local chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, says it is an attempt to bait the Muslim community and it is not planning to protest the art exhibit.

Geller and Garland ISD could not be reached for comment.

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