Geraldo: Baltimore Bomber Is Just a 'Gullible Youngster'
Geraldo Rivera appeared on The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night to argue that Mohammed Hussein, the man who attempted to bomb a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Maryland, was entrapped by the FBI. For a reporter who claims to strongly support the military (when he isn't giving military positions away on the air in a war zone), this position comes as something of a shock.
It's tempting to see Rivera's position through a racial lens. In the clip he attributes not only the Baltimore plot, but also the Sears Tower plot and a couple of others to "entrapment," but to my knowledge it's only after this plot emerged that Geraldo adopted the "entrapment" line. And here's the thing: Hussein's name prior to his conversion to Islam was Antonio Martinez. Rivera is famously and aggressively pro-illegal immigration, which he routinely casts as a racial struggle. He even wrote a book about it, ingeniously called HisPanic. See what he did there? Feel free to supply your own cheesy rim shot. Martinez is a U.S. citizen, but the racial logic seems to apply here as well.
Here's why I say that: There' s no reasonable way at this point to see Hussein as "entrapped" regarding the military recruitment center plot. The evidence that's available so far says Hussein is a garden variety terrorist wannabe, leaving us to search for another explanation for Rivera's peculiar stance.
Point number 1: Hussein went on Facebook and mouthed off against the U.S. military. Robert Spencer has the details:
The source told CBS that he had been "mouthing off" to friends and "wanted to retaliate against the military for the wars," and when others heard about it, "they wanted nothing to do with it."
Mouthing off of course is not a crime, but making threats against the military will bring attention your way. And think about that last line. That's other Muslims who read his rants against the U.S. military and wanted nothing to do with it. So is Hussein/Martinez really just "gullible," or is he an aggressor?