The PJ Tatler

The Strange Story of Ahmed Mohamed & His Suspiciously Bomb-Like Clock

Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne made news on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV show Monday night regarding the strange case of “clock-boy” Ahmed Mohammed.

Ahmed is the 14-year-old freshman from Irving, Texas, who ran into trouble with school and police authorities when he brought a clock to school that looked suspiciously like a briefcase bomb. Ahmed claims to have “invented” the clock and brought it to school to show his shop teacher.

Here is a video demonstration of someone putting together a clock like the one Ahmed brought to school:

As you can see, Ahmed didn’t “invent” squat.

He was arrested and briefly detained by police for assembling what looked to all the world like a hoax bomb.

Mayor Van Duyne revealed that the family of Ahmed Mohammed has not only repeatedly refused to meet with city officials but refused to sign a school release form that would explain the school and police’s side of the story.

Instead, the family held a press conference in their front yard flanked by CAIR lawyers.

The mayor of Irving became a target of Islamists and leftists last February, when she opposed sharia-based arbitration courts that were trying to get a foothold in town.

She immediately took action, proposing a law that was passed by the city council forbidding the establishment of sharia courts.

Since then, as Glenn Beck noted, she has been “hammered” by well-funded Muslim activists and their left-wing sympathizers.

Beck was also joined by Jim Hanson, a former Special Forces sergeant and vice president of the Center for Security Policy, who pointed out CAIR’s documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist group Hamas, and noted that the Mohammed family are members of the mosque that is tied to the Irving sharia tribunal controversy.

The clock-boy incident appears to be a well-planned publicity stunt attempting to link the Irving mayor to the type of “inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric” and “climate of fear” that leads to an innocent 14-year-old boy genius getting arrested for bringing his science project to school.

That false narrative started falling apart as soon as images of Ahmed’s “invention” hit the internet and people could see for themselves that the thing looked exactly like a suitcase bomb.

Mayor Van Duyne said she was “shocked” when she saw the president’s tweet to Ahmed Mohammed. She said “it seems to be an underlying habit that he is going to second guess police officers without any kind of information.”

She later noted that the president had tweeted about the case and invited Ahmed to the White House before the pictures of the clock were even publicly available. Obama made no attempt to contact her office before making public comments in support of the Muslim teen.

The mayor also said: “I now have our police chief who is a wonderful, wonderful man, a family man, a churchgoing man, and I now have our police officers as well as a number of teachers, school administrators, receiving death threats as a direct result of this. It is unfortunate, and it has got to stop.”

“As a juvenile, they can not release those records. The school district, a number of times, has asked the family, to release the records, so that you can have the balanced story out there. The family is ignoring the request from the ISD.”

Van Duyne told Beck that if the records were available it would “help to describe why it progressed as it did.”

“Nobody is going to walk in and say, ‘oh you’re a 14-year old child, you’re totally cooperating, we have all the answers we need, let’s arrest you,’” Van Duyne explained.

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