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  • Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Muslim Advocates annual dinner on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, in Millbrae, Calif. Holder used the speech before the Muslim advocacy group near San Francisco to reiterate his resolve to prosecute hate crimes. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

    Holder reassures Muslims of DOJ's anti-bias focus

    Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his resolve to prosecute hate crimes while standing behind the methods used in anti-terrorism cases during a speech Friday night before a Muslim advocacy group near San Francisco.

  • ** FILE ** This image released Nov. 27, 2010, by the Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19. (AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office)

    EDITORIAL: When religious discrimination is vital

    Portland, Ore., is learning a hard lesson about the price of political correctness. In 2005, the city halted participation in the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) over concerns about the George W. Bush administration's prosecution of the war on terrorism. Last week, the task force took down Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who had planned to bomb 12,000 people at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. City fathers now are considering rejoining the JTTF structure, citing the change in leadership under the purportedly more trustworthy Obama administration. It's more likely that the near miss clarified Portland's ivory-tower view of the world.

  • Imam Yosef Wanly (upper center) leads a prayer service at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a former Oregon State University student who allegedly planned a bombing in Portland, Ore., during Friday's Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony, attended the center, which was struck by fire on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    Ore. bomb suspect's mosque set afire

    Anger over a failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., apparently erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center once frequented by the Somali-born teenage suspect.

Ahson Saeed of Corvallis, Ore., reacts over a pile of debris pulled from a local mosque in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday. Arson is suspected in the fire that was set in the early morning hours.

    Ore. Muslims fear retribution after bomb plot

    Patrols around mosques and other Islamic sites in Portland, Ore., have been stepped up as Muslim leaders expressed fears of retribution, days after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland's Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony.

  • This image provided by the Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, arrested and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Officials say he tried to detonate a vehicle bomb at Pioneer Courthouse Square during the tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. They said the bomb was a dummy that FBI agents supplied him. (AP Photo/Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff's Office)

    Oregon bomb-plot suspect wanted 'spectacular show'

    A Somali-born teenager plotted "a spectacular show" of terrorism for months, saying he didn't mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents.

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