Additional information 3.3.09:
Translation: Americans are dumb as dirt and will believe anything the defense attorney says on behalf of the perp.
REFUSING to acknowledge the connections between details of this incident and the tenets of their legal, religious and family law traditions is taking political correctness to the level of outright insanity. Passing it off as extreme domestic violence is comparable to likening the Taliban to Islamic boy scouts. The so-called champions of women’s rights hide behind domestic violence, seeking an approach which would spread the blame throughout the culture. Sorry. Not buying it. Arab women are abused, oppressed, raped and killed in far higher numbers and with much greater frequency than anything seen in the West, and to deny this is to stick our collective heads in the sand and renounce any claim to civilized rationalism.
Linked to Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (see below)
Hassan, CEO of Bridge TV, a media project designed to promote cross-cultural understanding between Muslims and others.
Mo Hassan, CEO of Bridge TV, accused of beheading his wife, pictured below.
Here’s the article from Buffalo TV station WIVB:
Man charged with wife’s gruesome death
The couple have four children
Updated: Friday, 13 Feb 2009, 6:49 PM EST
Posted by: Emily Lenihan
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A shocking and gruesome story of a T.V. station owner’s wife, found decapitated at the Bridge’s Muslim T.V. network in Orchard Park.
In pictures of happier times, 37-year-old Aasiya Zubair and her 44-year-old husband Mo Hassan, who founded Bridges T.V.
Thursday evening, police converge on the station’s Orchard Park studio and office.
“The worst that I’ve seen, yeah,” said Andrew Benz, Orchard Park Police Chief.
Orchard Park Police chief Andrew Benz is talking about the crime scene where Assiya Zubair’s body was found.
Police tell News 4 the only suspect in this case is the victim’s husband, who walked into police headquarters in Orchard Park Thursday evening to report his wife was dead.
It’s being called a brutal murder.
“She was decapitated,yes,” said Benz.
Zubair was found in the hallway. The mission of Bridges TV is to foster understanding between cultures and diverse populations. According to police, the couple had trouble getting along.
Benz said, “There has been some history. I believe Mrs. Hassan, the victim, had recently filed for divorce and had served the papers on Mr. Hassan.”
Police say Zubair and her husband were parents to four children. The marital issues came to light recently with police going to the couple’s Big Tree Road in Orchard Park last Friday. ApparentlyZubair felt she was in danger.
“We had been down to their house on Friday, the 6th to serve an order of protection,” said Benz.
Police say Hassan moved out that day. Bridges T.V. staffers aren’t commenting. The website list Hassan as the CEO and his wife was the general manager. It’s not clear if she was still working at Bridges.
“Simply because you get an order or protection, I don’t think you can put your guard down and say I am safe now,” Benz said.
The Erie County Holding Center is where Hassan is being held on a second degree murder charge.
There’s no bail at this point.
Authorities aren’t saying anything about a possible motive.
They are trying to contact the victim’s family in Pakistan.
Founder of Network Promoting Positive Muslim Image Arrested — For Beheading Wife
The Muslim founder of BridgesTV, a cable network whose slogan is “connecting people through understanding” and which tried to “improve the image of Muslims in the United States,” was arrested on Thursday, for allegedly killing his estranged wife in a manner normally associated with Islamist terrorists — chopping off her head.
Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher, reported on Friday that Muzzammil Hassan, “a prominent Buffalo area businessman who founded the BridgesTV network to improve the image of Muslims in the U.S.,” had been charged with second-degree murder in the beheading death of his wife Aasiya Z. Hassan. Mitchell quoted from the network’s website, which described Mrs. Hassan’s “instrumental role in the creation of BridgesTV since she came up with the idea for the network.” The picture of the couple is still up on the website.
Later in his article, Mitchell noted that programs on the network “include kids shows, ‘American Muslim Teen Talk,’ Amy Goodman’s ‘Democracy Now’ and an interview show with James Zogby” (a Muslim network aired a left-wing anti-war program?). He also mentioned that NPR’s All Things Considered program had profiled the Hassans in 2004.
BridgesTV might have had the aim of trying to improve the image of Muslims, but over two years ago, Steve Stalinsky of MEMRI outlined in the now-defunct New York Sun that the network featured Wahhabi anti-Christian and anti-Jewish sermons from Saudi TV broadcasts, including English subtitles. Stalinsky also noted that Donald Conover, one of the main hosts on the network, discussed “the power of the ‘Jewish lobby’” and urged Muslims to vote for Democrats during an interview with a Saudi newspaper in 2006.
You might say some of the network’s past actions, culminating with this latest news, has done nothing to improve the image of Muslims in the U.S., but has only reenforced the strongest imagery about the most publicized sectors of the Islamic world.
—Matthew Balan is a news analyst at the Media Research Center.