This is yet another vicious hit piece from the Daily News, but I thought it worth posting because I was in extensive threat assessment meetings with the NYPD today, and they’re on the job. If the Islamic State wants to get to me, they’re going to have to go through the NYPD.
“NYPD assessing ISIS threat to controversial blogger Pamela Geller,” by Nancy Dillon, Jason Silverstein, Rocco Parascandola and Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News, May 6, 2015:
The NYPD has been in touch with Manhattan resident Pamela Geller, who organized the controversial Prophet Muhammad drawing contest in Texas, about a threat to her safety lodged by ISIS.
The murderous Islamic State wants to lop the head off an Muslim-hating Manhattan blogger — and the NYPD is taking that threat seriously.
So it’s “Muslim-hating” to fight for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, equality of rights of all before the law, and individual rights? That assumption says more about the Daily News than it does about me.
“We have been in touch with Pamela Geller,” police spokesman Stephen Davis told The Daily News on Wednesday. “People known to be associated with ISIS have posted a direct threat to her. To whatever extent she will be in New York City, we will do a comprehensive threat assessment to determine what, if any measures, to take.”
“We have to treat it like it’s a direct threat because they named her — and we informed her,” Davis added.
Geller has been the target of threats before.
Back on June 9, 2008, she filed an aggravated harassment complaint with the NYPD against a man named Yousef Al-Khattab, claiming he posted numerous menacing videos on her website and that she felt in danger.
Khattab posted what he thought was her home address and severely creepy videos that obviously indicated that he meant to do her harm. He was the fellow who used to flaunt his evil gleefully: one of his YouTube videos depicted him laughing and eating popcorn while watching the Daniel Pearl beheading video.
Geller, who lives on the Upper East Side, declined to discuss how she is protecting herself, but sources said she has hired her own private security.
“This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State,” Geller said in an email to The News. “They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws.”
Geller, 55, is in the crosshairs of ISIS for sponsoring the Prophet Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Texas, where two Islam fanatics were killed over the weekend in a shootout with a cop.
In a posting on the message board JustPasteIt, ISIS said it was sending “all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.”
“Our aim was the khanzeer (swine) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her,” it said.
“The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy,” the message continued, apparently misspelling the Arabic word “wilayah,” which means authority or governance.
This was the first time ISIS claimed credit for a terror attack on U.S. soil. Lawmakers, however, suspect the slain gunmen were inspired by ISIS, not taking orders from them.
How vile and biased is the Daily News? They go then for extensive comment about me not to my partner Robert Spencer, or to Geert Wilders, or Bosch Fawstin, or any number of other people I have worked with and whom they could have and should have consulted. Instead, they went to…Charles Johnson, the twisted turncoat blogger who betrayed all of his principles and his friends to join the leftist lemmings. I was never close to Charles Johnson. I met him once — and he gives a highly colored and inaccurate account of that meeting here. Our meeting at that time was completely friendly, although Johnson himself was vapid and off-putting; the Daily News doesn’t mention that a few years later he turned against not just me but everything he had stood for and everyone he had stood with, and has attacked us all vindictively from his dwindling platform ever since. The man is sick. He’s not a neutral, objective source — but the Daily News would interview Charles Manson if he would give them negative quotes about me.
Charles Johnson, who inadvertently gave Geller her start back in 2005 by allowing her to spew venom on his Little Green Footballs political blog, said “it’s pretty obvious she had been trying to incite this kind of violence.”
“She finally has gotten what she wanted,” Johnson said, when asked if Geller relished being an ISIS target. “She is going to be milking this for all it’s worth.”…
They want to kill me and the man says this. He is truly and deeply vile.
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