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A school board member whose father was on the board of the mosque attended by 9/11 hijackers and hired as imam a top Al-Qaeda operative on Wednesday forcefully opposed a resolution honoring the victims of the attacks.

Abrar Omeish is on the school board of Fairfax County Public Schools, near the Pentagon. She lives with her father Esam, who was a director of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, and hired as its imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who President Barack Obama later ordered killed by drone strike. The mosque was attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers as well as the shooter in the 2009 attack on Fort Hood, Texas.

She said a school board resolution calling for a moment of silence marking the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 was not “anti-racist.”

While 9/11 was “jarring” and a “historic turning point in our nation’s history,” she said, the resolution failed to address “state-sponsored traumas” to Muslims. “Just two years ago, even I was profiled as a threat, in one of the most traumatic experiences of my life,” she said.

That refers to an incident in which she was pulled over by the police for running a red light, then removed from her car for repeatedly refusing to show her license. Video shows an obvious traffic infraction and that the officer could not see her appearance when he pulled her over.

She called for a school system “where all pain and trauma is acknowledged as legitimate and worthy of recognition.”

“I vote against this today because our omission of these realities causes harm. We are elevating a traumatic event without sufficient cultural competence,” she said.

She said she trusts that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)’s “equity team will follow up with Dr. Amaarah Decuir and other state advisors whose expertise enlightens us on this topic. I hope we can include these components in our broader anti-racist, anti-bias work.”

Decuir produced a video for the Virginia Department of Education, which is led by Atif Qarni, instructing educators on how to teach about 9/11, which said:

We are not going to reproduce a false assumption of Muslim responsibility for 9/11. We’re just going to begin right there and name that there is no responsibility… We’re also not going to reproduce what’s understood as American exceptionalism… You name what happened and that’s it. There’s no need to further describe it, embellish it, name them, provide details. That’s not relevant… Don’t reproduce a single American narrative, that there’s only one way to understand 9/11.

In June, Omeish gave a graduation speech in which she told a mainly-immigrant class of high schoolers that they were entering a world filled with “white supremacy” and encouraged them to remember their “jihad” and reject the concepts of objectivity and neutrality. A photograph shows her as the only person without her hand over her heart during the pledge of allegiance at another graduation ceremony.

The resolution to which Omeish objected said that in recognition of “the 20-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and United Airlines Flight 93,” and while rejecting “fear and oppression,” a “moment of silence will be observed in every Fairfax County Public School” and that teachers should “share the history and lessons learned from this tragic day with their students and to correct misconceptions and stereotypes about all cultures and religions in a sensitive manner.”

She said:

Why can we not also explicitly recognize the extensive and unwarranted structural discrimination and ethnic and religious profiling following 9/11 that tens of thousands of FCPS students experience on a daily basis. The pain that trillions of dollars have gone into creating and perpetuating, and that continues in our very classrooms today. As patriots we must confront our realities so that we can build better together. Indeed, love of country, of county, of community demands it.

Last board meeting, we acknowledged the heartbreak of our children abroad in Afghanistan and our spirit to welcome the many refugees fleeing the aftermath. These pieces are all related. The harms stem from the same problem. The reality is that 9/11 has caused these layers of state-sponsored traumas from discrimination, xenophobia, and ostracization that hits home for our students. It led to an erosion of due process in the law that harmed all of us. It justified wars including what we now know to be a failed war on terror. And fomented targeting like the Patriot Act, countering violent extremism efforts, that we live with today and that I know the harms of way too personally.

Why is this relevant? These realities have justified media narratives, messages and tropes that have led all of us to hold deep biases that continue to harm our community and that have reflected themselves in this resolution today. …

On September of 2001, a Sikh man, Sikh being the religion, was discriminated against at a restaurant right here in Springfield.

[This resolution] ignores the surveillance, the targeting, the profiling, the entrapment, and the other state-sponsored discrimination against our constituents right here in Fairfax until today as a result of that day.

Our job as board members is to advance what’s best for our students and their academic and mental and social-emotional success. The American Psychological Association documents that post-9/11 sentiments are among the most significant mental health barriers to learning. …

A survey of parents finds the same result and adds that 1 out of every 3 incidents involves a school official perpetuating it. Right here in northern Virginia, early findings of a study presented to the Department of Education shows that students experience targeting bullying during 9/11 lessons. Throughout this week we have the risk of this happening. And that these trends of religious and ethnic based bullying are experienced by FCPS students, families and staff on a daily basis through our curriculum. …

My own brother in FCPS sent a message to our family WhatsApp group telling us he’s sitting through harmful content in what’s being presented. And last year he had to sit through watching a video of “why they hate us.” …

The token phrasing around 9/11 is never forget. As a nation we remember a jarring event, no doubt. But we choose to forget, as this resolution does, the fear, the ostracization and the collective blame.

Immediately after Omeish’s speech, a woman in the audience stood up and shouted: “Can I just say that no parent can speak up to this? We are restricted about how we can — ” A school board member talked over her, telling her “Sit down and stay quiet.”

Facing increased criticism, the school board made its policy on public comment more restrictive. “It’s a sham, it’s a show,” she said, to applause from other audience members. “You should be ashamed.”

But some school board members, who are all Democrats and who have frequently worked with Omeish in promoting what they call “equity,” had their own words for Omeish.

Ricardy Anderson, a previous chair of the board, said an “alternative” resolution that Omeish was angry they did not adopt was only shown to them shortly before the meeting. “Your failure to communicate with this board does not give you the right to chastise us in this session,” she said. Parents clapped.

Omeish’s remarks derailed the school board into a lengthy debate, distracting from the intended message of the 9/11 resolution and delaying discussions related to returning to school after nearly a year of coronavirus closure.

Member Karen Keys-Gamarra said in what seemed to be a pointed reference to Omeish: “I want to make sure that this recognition of this solemn moment is not lost in this conversation… I know that there are many cultural issues or concerns, but when I think of 9/11 what stands out most in my mind is people who didn’t just think of themselves.”

  • Fred says:

    Evidently, she is not intelligent enough to know, if you are stopped by police for a traffic violation and refuse to provide your driver’s licence, you will be taken from your vehicle and arrested. This fact applies to all people, and her experience does not represent discrimination. If she lacks the intelligence to know this, how could she possibly be intelligent enough to serve on a school board? Concerning American exceptionalism, if you accomplish the exceptional, then you are, by definition, exceptional. Perhaps she believes that demonstrating the ability to fog a mirror with your breath should be the only measure of accomplishment, irrespective of achievement or behavior.

    • Jenny says:

      Reply to FRED:
      Hopefully people read and remember that. Was this some kind of stunt where she wanted to paint herself as a victim of police racism toward Muslims? Racism that police, as a whole system, are specifically racist toward Muslims?
      A traumatic event she could recount to people without telling the whole story, specifically the part about her refusal to provide her license to the officer? She knew what would happen as a consequence and still wouldn’t comply. You have to ask yourself why.

  • Jenny says:

    After 911 people held a negative view of Muslims, Islam. Go figure.

  • Cyn says:

    Islam has NEVER been a religion of peace. The Quran teaches, preaches violence and any so called “religion” that does that is NOT a religion at all; but a method of totalitarianism. Their hatred dates back thousands of years and has not changed to this day. Islam, in my opinion, is nothing more that terrorists in disguise.

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    “Any meaningful policy recommendations identified should be addressed in the next session of the legislature. Any findings of fraud should be referred to the Attorney General and the Department of Justice for them to take action.”

    “There will be no decertification of the 2020 election — the audit does not call for one, and even if it had, there is no lawful way to decertify. As we have every step of the way, Arizona will follow the law,” the governor said.

    The number of illegal ballots found in Maricopa County (more than 57,000) is over 5 times the current amount separating President Trump and Joe Biden in Arizona.

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    The informant, who was not identified, was affiliated with a Midwest chapter of the Proud Boys and began working with the FBI in July 2020. The informer, who was part of a group chat of other Proud Boys, shared a “detailed account of his activities,” according to confidential records obtained by the Times.

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    Prosecutors have brought charges relating to the Capitol riot against more than 600 people, and filed conspiracy charges against 15 members of the Proud Boys for their alleged actions on Jan. 6.

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    Auditors Say 23,344 Mail-in Ballots Were Sent to the Wrong Address But Were Completed and Counted Anyway



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    County Changes Rules So Matt Walsh Can’t Speak At School Board Meeting. Walsh Finds Workaround With New Lease.



    A county in Virginia changed their rules at the last minute in an effort to block Daily Wire host Matt Walsh from speaking at an upcoming school board meeting. Walsh, however, found a workaround by leasing a property in the area.

    Walsh, who has tremendous support from parents, went viral last month when he spoke out against radical gender initiatives at a school board meeting in Loudoun County. Walsh posted earlier this month that the district has “imposed a radical trans policy allowing males access to girls restrooms and teams,” adding that “teachers are required to use preferred pronouns.”

    Apparently attempting to avoid such a public spectacle of push-back, the county recently introduced “some changes for public participation in the September 28, 2021, meeting of the Loudoun County School Board.” A portion of the press release states:

    Those wishing to speak to the School Board must provide proof that they meet these criteria. The following means of identification will be accepted:

    • A valid Virginia driver’s license indicating Loudoun County residency;
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    • A mortgage or rental lease agreement displaying the resident’s name and current street address of residency or business;
    • A current Employee ID or Student ID;
    • An email or letter from Loudoun County Public Schools to the parent from the 2021-22 school year regarding a currently enrolled LCPS student.
    • A student report card or progress report

    “Loudoun County changed the rules so that only residents can speak at the school board,” Walsh said Friday via Twitter. “In unrelated news, I’m proud to announce that I am now a resident of Loudoun County. Just rented a home in the area. I’ll have the lease agreement. See you at the meeting!”

    In a follow-up tweet, Walsh wrote, “How do you do, fellow Virginians?”

    A Facebook event promoting the rally outside the school board meeting set for September 28 states:

    The Loudoun County school board in VA has imposed a radical trans policy allowing males access to girl’s restrooms and teams. Teachers are required to use preferred pronouns. To protest this madness, I’ll be leading a rally outside the school board meeting on September 28. Join us! The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Schools that harm children must be confronted. We must speak up against this indoctrination loudly and in person. I have a large platform and intend to use it to help mobilize these efforts. The child abusers will hear from us.

    Walsh’s post has gone viral, with tens of thousands of likes and comments in support of his move to offset efforts to silence him, and the parents he’s representing. To the detractors, though, Walsh has a message: your criticism is phony.

    “Lots of people on the Left are telling me that I shouldn’t inject myself into controversies in Loudoun County because I’m an outsider,” Walsh posted to Twitter. “Funny. You never hear them say that about outsiders protesting abortion laws in Texas. It’s almost like these people are totally full of s***.”

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    “It was horrible [what] you saw. To see people treated like they did [sic]. Horses nearly running people over and people being strapped,” Biden said at the White House.

    “It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” he declared.

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    “I see the administration wants to fry our agents,” that agent said.

    Another Border Patrol agent told Fox News that Biden’s threat to make agents “pay” will motivate Border Patrol agents to quit their jobs.

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    Judd made headlines earlier this week after saying he would arrest Biden “for aiding and abetting” if Biden were not president, citing the ongoing border crisis.

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    ‘Oh, F*** Them’: Tucker Carlson Reacts To ADL Calls To Fire Him



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    “Oh, f*** them,” Carlson bluntly told host Megan Kelly. “The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight anti-Semitism. That’s a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it’s operated by a guy who’s … just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party.”

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    On one of his recent shows, Carlson aired a clip of President Joe Biden back in 2015 demanding a “relentless” steady stream of immigration and emphasizing that “white stock” will be a “minority,” which is “not a bad thing” but a “source of our strength.”

    “The source of our strength is non-White DNA?” Carlson told Kelly, highlighting Biden’s words. “I mean, how could you say something like that? Really? So, people’s value to the country is determined by their genes and their skin color? That’s like Nazi stuff.”

    Carlson added, language like that should be disqualifying for anyone trying to hold the highest office in the land, no matter which race is being talked about.

    “I’m 52. I grew up in a country that tried really, really hard – didn’t always succeed, but certainly tried as a matter of official policy – to be colorblind, and to judge people not on their appearances, but on what they do and the choices that the make, on their character, on their inherent moral value,” Carlson said.

    Kelly also noted some politicos have highlighted that Democrats want immigration for political reasons, not necessarily racial reasons, to which Carlson agreed by saying, “of course.”

    Cubans are right-wing, and Democrats do not want streams of Cubans pouring into the U.S., but migrants who will vote Democrat and give them power, Kelly explained. Carlson then noted where migrants are being placed: red and moderate states that Democrats want to turn blue, like Texas, Maine, and Tennessee.

    Notably, Carlson had no idea about the calls to fire him from the ADL until Kelly told the Fox host of the news. Kelly told viewers before she brought up the controversy that Carlson does not look at any mainstream press about himself.

    WATCH (relevant comments begin around the 17-minute mark):

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    Gabby Petito Update: Brian Laundrie Left Wallet; $20K Bounty on Missing Fiancé; Funeral for Slain ‘Van Life Girl’ Open to the Public



    The search continues for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito. Law enforcement resumed their manhunt for Laundrie on Saturday at the Carlton Reserve natural preserve in southwestern Florida, marking the eighth straight day police searched for the person of interest in the disappearance and death of Petito.

    Brian Laundrie reportedly left his parent’s home in North Port without his wallet or cell phone. Laundrie left the house on Sept. 14, and was said to be taking a hike at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve. Laundrie’s parents have said they haven’t seen or heard from him since. Laundrie was reported missing by his family on Sept. 17.

    Laundrie’s parents were worried that their 23-year-old son would harm himself, a source told CNN.

    North Port Police public information officer Josh Taylor declined to comment on the report, saying, “I cannot give any statement to a timeline at this time. That investigation is being conducted by the FBI.”

    The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie, according to the FBI’s Denver field office. The arrest warrant is not for the death of Petito, but for bank fraud charges. Laundrie allegedly used a debit card and PIN number for accounts that did not belong to him, according to the indictment. He allegedly ran up charges totaling over $1,000 between the dates of Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. A grand jury indicted him for his “use of unauthorized devices.”

    “It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise,” Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement. “The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.”

    FBI special agent in charge Michael Schneider stated, “While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide. We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

    This federal warrant will allow law enforcement to arrest Laundrie across the nation.

    An attorney in North Port placed a $20,000 bounty on information regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts.

    “We have an office in North Port, and our employees work and live there,” Tatiana Boohoff told Fox News. “We serve clients there — and we want to do what we can to help find answers and get justice.”

    “I think a missing child is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Boohoff said. “Our hearts go out to her family and to the community, and we hope that together we can get some answers and get justice for Gabby.”

    Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter is joining the search for Laundrie.

    “Dog and Francie have experienced extreme loss themselves,” his team said in a statement. “Their hearts go out to Gabby’s family for what they’re going through and want to help bring justice for her death.”

    On Saturday afternoon, Duane “Dog” Chapman arrived at Laundrie’s parents’ home and knocked on the door, but didn’t get a response.

    At a memorial in North Port, people mourned Petito’s death by leaving flowers, stuffed animals, and heartwarming messages.

    On Saturday night at the memorial, people will light candles and release butterflies to honor the beloved van-life girl.

    “Join us for a memorial butterfly release and candle lighting in remembrance of Gabby Petito,” reads an invitation by Lisa Correll for the event called “Butterfly Wings to Heaven for Gabby,” the Daily Sun reported.

    Residents of Blue Point, Long Island — Gabby Petito’s hometown in New York — held a memorial on Friday night. In the “Light the Night For Gabby Petito” tribute, people lit candles to pay their respect to the slain 22-year-old.

    Funeral services for Gabby Petito — which will be open to the public — will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Moloney Funeral Home in Holbrook, Long Island, in New York, according to her father, Joseph Petito.

    “In lieu of flowers for the service, please send donations for the Future Gabby Petito Foundation through the Johnny Mac Foundation,” the father wrote.

    ABC News presented a timeline of events in the disappearance and death of Petito.

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