In the aftermath of the Halloween terrorist attack in New York City, John Miller, the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, said the attack was not about Islam, even though the perpetrator, Sayfullo Saipov, carried out his rampage Islamic style, especially since he was yelling “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
It is ironic that John Miller has chosen to be politically correct in the aftermath of this terrorist attack since he reported on Islamic terrorism during his days as a television reporter, including being a reporter for WNBC (New York City’s NBC affiliate), in which he covered the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. From 1995 to 2002, he was a correspondent for ABC News, during which he interviewed Osama Bin Laden in May 1998.
Miller even wrote a book about his coverage of Islamic terrorism titled The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA failed to Stop It, co-authored by Michael Stone and Chris Mitchell. In his book, Miller cites political correctness as one of the reasons why Al-Qaeda was able to carry out such a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Naturally, both the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are mentioned in his book. In addition, the murder of Jewish ultra-nationalist and founder of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) Meir David Kahane by El Sayyid Nohair (who had ties to those involved in the 1993 World Trade Center attack) is mentioned in the book.
Miller’s interview with Osama Bin Laden (and the events leading to it) are also mentioned in the book, as is Miller becoming acquainted with John O’Neill, an FBI who had investigated Al-Qaeda from 1995 to 2001. Ironically, O’Neill had retired from the FBI in 2001 (partly due to political correctness in the FBI and elsewhere in the government) and took the job as chief of security at the World Trade Center. He helped coordinate evacuation efforts, but died when the towers collapsed. Sadly, the hunted had become the hunted.
After all the Islamic terror attacks which he covered, one might think John Miller would not cave in to political correctness. But I guess being politically correct is a prerequisite for a government job (whether it be federal, state, and local), particularly since this is Miller’s second stint with the NYPD, the first being when he served as a deputy commissioner from 1994 to 1995. He was also Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau from 2003 to 2005, after which he became the FBI’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs.
Is John Miller just another willing politically correct individual, or has he been pressured into being politically correct? Perhaps the latter is the case.
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