But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.
Now, I think that the whole ‘Draw Mohammed Day’ thing was a bit much. A) It was dumb, B) Intentionally offensive, and C) Guaranteed to attract the wrong kind of attention.
So, on one level, I’m not exactly sympathetic about her situation. I mean, duh, what did she expect? I don’t know that anyone anywhere thinks that enough Muslims buys that “religion of peace” schtick to make it believable. Maybe someday, but certainly not today.
On another level, though, it seems to me that the FBI should be doing more than telling her to go hide. In July the feds had this to say about it:
“We understand the absolute seriousness of a threat from an Al Qaeda inspired magazine and are attempting to do everything in our power to assist the individuals on that list to effectively protect themselves and change their behavior to make themselves less of a target.”
Got that? It appears that the official position of the US FBI is a recommendation to “change your behavior” to make yourselves less of a target to the “religion of peace.”