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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Blogosphere: The dark side of the man who "warned" South Park creators

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He should be very proud of being "famous" now.
By all appearances, Zachary Adam Chesser was the boy next door. He played football and was on the crew team at one of the best high schools in the country. He even studied Japanese. He was hardly the sort of boy you'd expect would suggest on a radical Islamic website that the creators of the edgy cartoon series "South Park" will be targeted for death.

But Chesser also had a dark side. He was a "loner," a former classmate said, one who frequently drew pictures of Satanic figures in his notebooks and had just a few friends, most of them male.

"He was definitely sort of weird," the classmate told "He was very into violent industrial music, borderline Satanic bands and stuff like that. He had dark undertones in his interests."
Two years later, Chesser is literally a changed man. He now uses an alias and has a new set of hobbies. He now likes to be called Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, and his primary interest in this world appears to be Islamic radicalism.

...What seems to bend reality is what has happened to Chesser. The school he attended, Oakton High School in Fairfax County, Va., was ranked the 103rd best high school in the country by Newsweek in his graduating year and was ranked 88th by US News & World Report the year before. Among the schools alumnae is 1984 graduate Michaele (Holt) Salahi, better known as the White House dinner party crasher.

Chesser's background offers nothing to suggest that he would recently have eloped and married a Muslim woman he met in college, a woman who has given birth to their baby boy, according to neighbors. While there is no evidence that Chesser became radicalized while at George Mason, there were "dark overtones in his interests" for years, dating back to his years in middle school and high school.

Chesser's longtime classmate, who requested anonymity, said he did not overtly express an interest in converting to Islam while in high school. But given Chesser's past as a loner who sought to create conflict, she said she was hardly surprised to learn what's become of him.

"I was initially pretty surprised because you never suspect someone you've known for so long to put out something like that," she said in reference to Chesser's web posting. "But once I thought about it, I wasn't really surprised. There was definitely a 'loner thing' about him. He had an interest in being controversial and saying crazy things."

Chesser's interests -- hardcore industrial music, Goth and Satanic materials -- appear to have translated "pretty well to violent extremism," the classmate said.

Chesser lives with his mother, brother, wife and son in Centreville. His parents are divorced, but they maintain an amicable relationship. His involvement in Revolution Muslim is largely unknown in his hometown, neighbors told

"They're very isolated people," said a neighbor who requested anonymity. "His mother is very friendly, though. They say 'hi' when I see them, but they don't get personal with anybody."

The neighbor, a devout Christian, said she was scared and surprised to learn that Chesser has posted messages calling for the murder of Jews and, most recently, the deaths of Parker and Stone.
So this guy is what we have called all time a freaky loner, with an ability to be controversial. It's like: "hey, I'm really an outsider, but I don't mind, you're so freaking idiots you all". He went from listening to Goth and Satanic materials to be an Islam convert who loves violence. Interesting evolution. Another "not very likely to be violent", like Aleksander Tikomirov. With one difference: Tikhomirov was actually a terrorist, this guy just menaces from a PC, and I am sure he would be frightened (really frightened) if the same threats warnings would be posted against him.

But the stupid statement of week goes to Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's chairman:
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, characterized Revolution Muslim as a loosely-organized group with such outrageous beliefs he believes it may be a "setup" to smear Islam.

"They say wild and irresponsible things periodically," Hooper told "There's a strong suspicion that they're merely a setup to make Muslims and Islam look bad. They say such wild and crazy things that you have to wonder."
So the guy who presides over an organization which is linked to Hamas and Saudi Arabian Wahabbis and who said that "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future. But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education", says is a setup to smear Islam. Has you looked at yourself, dude?

He just considers that "education" is going to take too long and that he wants to reach the same goal (an Islamic US) more quickly. Of course, it certainly doesn't make Islam look good, but neither does Hamas or Saudi Arabia Wahabbists...


The South Park creators have published a press release on the issue:
Posted on: 04.22.10
A Statement from Matt and Trey

In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it.
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