Either the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was late to the party, or they deliberately announced a false narrative until they couldn’t cover up what actually happened concerning the Texas synagogue hostage situation that took place this past Saturday.
An Islamic terrorist held multiple people hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue for 12 hours on Saturday, calling for the “release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who is suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda and was convicted of trying to kill U.S. military officers while in custody in Afghanistan,” as Townhall reported.
While many noted that the now-deceased suspect could’ve gone anywhere and held people hostage, he specifically targeted a Jewish place of worship, a synagogue.
Initially, FBI Special Agent Matt DeSarno stated that the suspect’s actions “was not specifically related to the Jewish community."
You can’t be serious pic.twitter.com/SLoIaHIF71— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) January 16, 2022
The agency did some backtracking shortly thereafter.
“This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” a portion of the statement, posted on Twitter by CBS News Homeland Security & Justice reporter Nicole Sganga, said.
NEW @FBI statement on hostage situation in Colleyville, TX.: “This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) January 17, 2022
Full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/OReWRe02xb
The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old British citizen Malik Faisel Akram. Thank God all of the hostages were released and are safe.
Giving the FBI a little of the benefit of the doubt, maybe because it was a new situation and they were continuing to gather evidence, they changed their tune. But, why release such an emphatic statement that the hostage situation “was not specifically related to the Jewish community” if they weren’t sure of the motive?
It’s like they were trying to play defense of some kind before they couldn’t avoid the reality of what happened any longer, which didn’t take very long in the end.
Maybe the FBI shouldn’t release statements of any kind until they’re absolutely sure of the details of any situation, incident or event. Who knows? That might actually work.