"On a radio interview this morning I was asked if the perpetrator of the stabbings at UC Merced was influenced by ISIS and Muslim extremism,” University of California Student Association (UCSA) president Kevin Sabo said after an 18-year-old Muslim student at the University of California (UC), Merced viciously stabbed 5 students and university workers with an 8-inch hunting knife. “I couldn't help but wonder why no one asked the UCSA President after the UC Santa Barbara shooting if he was influenced by the far right and meninism or another perpetrator influenced by white supremacy or the NRA.”
Sabo, like the Merced Police Department, the media, and the University itself, chose to ignore the most relevant factor to the investigation of the late stabbing suspect Faisal Mohammad: Mohammad was a Muslim extremist and he was, in fact, influenced by Islamic State.
University officials, as well as the Merced County Sheriff’s department and the FBI, had decided together that they would not release details of the investigation until a press release Thursday afternoon (the day after the stabbing had occurred), an employee at the Merced County Sheriff’s department told The Daily Wire. Students at UC Merced were told to stay at home until details of the investigation were released, and the public was advised that Mohammad’s motives were yet “unknown,” lest any assumptions be made that they were tied to a religious background.
Despite evidence collected by FBI investigators from Mohammad’s backpack, “which contained flex cuffs, zip ties, duct tape, a safety hammer and two clear plastic bags containing petroleum jelly” confirmed by the bomb squad as a potential “ingredient in the production of improvised weapons,” “a night vision nocular, in addition to a hand written note in his door room” suggesting that Mohammad “had intentions beyond that of the initial confrontation of causing utter destruction to lives,” Sheriff Vern Warnke refused to suggest in any way whatsoever that Mohammad had motives tied to radical Islam or ISIS.
“Mohammad’s personal effects by FBI officials, indicate that the motive, while unknown, does not appear to include a religious, political, or terrorism component,” Warnke said in the awaited press statement that afternoon. “Investigators believe that Mohammad’s actions were strictly a criminal act whose motives may never be entirely clear or understood.”
But even after a handwritten “two-page manifesto” found in Mohammad’s pocket after the attack indicated an elaborate layout with a list of intended victims, step-by-step "how to" murder plans, and timing of each step, details were kept from the public and the media ran with the phony story that Mohammad had simply suffered from “mental illness” and planned the attack simply “because he was angry about getting kicked out of a study group.”
Even after more details were released of Mohammad’s plan to make a “kind of a slip-and-slide” by poking holes in the bags and letting the substance spill, trapping intended victims, tie intended victims to their desks using plastic tape, “cut someone’s head off” with an 8-inch knife, fake-call the police and wait for them to arrive, ambush them when they arrive and take their guns, use the guns to “kill two people with one bullet,” and then to repeatedly “sit down and praise Allah;” UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland announced that the attacks had nothing to do with Mohammad’s religious or political background, and that it would be “irresponsible” to assume so.
“At this point, it would be irresponsible to draw such conclusions based solely on the ethnicity of the suspect,” Leland said. “The preliminary evidence suggests that freshman computer science and engineering student Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara appears to have been motivated by personal animosities, not a political agenda.”
Moreover, even after several law enforcement officials were quoted in separate instances revealing details of the attack on condition of anonymity, indicating that an ISIS flag was found among Mohammad’s possessions, that school officials had already been warned that an attack might occur, and that Mohammad was previously placed on a federal terror watch-list, school administrators and professors dismissed the claims.
In a phone interview, UC Merced political science professor Dipak Gupta said the goals of groups like ISIS is to inspire students like Mohammad to act out in “lone wolf” attacks and that whether or not Mohammad was a terrorist would depend on whether he believed he was “sending or making a political statement.”
“Neither Chancellor (Dorothy) Leland nor UC Merced campus police participated in any such briefing with the FBI or were warned by the FBI about the potential for a terrorist attack on campus,” UC Merced spokesman James Leonard said yesterday.
Warnke even went so far as to say that “there was zero radar on this fellow,” and nothing to indicate that “he was doing anything other than being a student at UC Merced.”
“There is nothing to indicate this was anything other than a teenage boy who got upset with fellow classmates,” he told a crowd of reporters last week.
The Muslim Student Association at UC Merced told The Daily Wire that Mohammad “was not a member of the MSA and did not attend any meetings.”
“There is nothing to indicate this was anything other than a teenage boy who got upset with fellow classmates."
Sheriff Vern Warnke
Despite claims from leftist school officials denying Mohammad’s “lone wolf” attacks were in any way due to an affiliation to ISIS, Mohammad’s attacks still managed to draw praise from an ISIS-linked Twitter account, which read, “May Allah accept him.”
Based on the overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to radical Islam and the Islamic State in this ongoing investigation, it would be foolish and rather dangerous to allege, as Sabo, Warnke, and many other leftist UC members have, that Mohammad’s motives were anything but political and part of a larger global issue. But leftists would rather avoid labels of Islamic terrorism and put their own friends in grave danger rather than risk political incorrectness.
Gupta went so far as to blame the severity of the incident on social media, saying that the attacks are often publicized widely “but that doesn’t mean we’re all in danger. Shocking acts of violence tend to bring a fear of a general lack of security, which is not the case.”
“More people die every year from drowning in their bathtubs [than from terrorist attacks],” Gupta said.