On Sunday, noted “terrorism expert” Steven Emerson appeared on Fox News to discuss the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris. Things went downhill almost immediately.
After launching into a tirade about Muslim communities in Europe, Emerson — who has appeared before Congress multiple times and is the founder of the Investigate Project on Terrorism — fired off this gem:
“There are actual cities, like Birmingham [one of the most populous cities in the United Kingdom], that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in. And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound, seriously, anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”
“There’s a situation that Western Europe is not dealing with!” he finally yelped, referring to the problem of Muslims overrunning the entire country. Well, maybe they’re not dealing with the situation because it doesn’t exist.
A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The
Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising
conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across
The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the
planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to
defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat
to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few
experts privy to its contents.
‘Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,’ concludes
the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.’
The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which
has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said
that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has
insisted national defence is a priority.
The House of Representative’s top Homeland Security official does not think Friday’s shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood was terrorism. He and other conservative politicians are blaming it on “mental health.”
We spoke to terrorism experts and they had some very different things to say:
terrorism “expert” on fox news: birmingham is a totally muslim city where non-muslims can’t go! also did u know in london muslim police officers beat up people who violate the muslim dress code!!!! [x]
fox news: where terrorism experts can’t distinguish British cities from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan
#FoxNewsFacts: Twitter users react with aplomb to news that Birmingham is a ‘no-go zone’ for 'non-Muslims’
Talk about poking a tiger. Steve Emerson, a so-called ‘terrorism expert’, got slightly more publicity than he intended after claiming on Fox News that Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and a “no-go zone” for non-Muslims.
In no great surprise to anyone, the Twittersphere rose up and amusingly proceeded to educate him (and Fox News) with the hashtag #foxnewsfacts.
Birmingham is home to just over a million people, of which roughly 46 per cent identify as Christian and just over 20 per cent identify as Muslim, according to the 2011 census.