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Terror suspects, accused of training kids, morph into ‘average Muslim family’ after lenient judge lets them go

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Four of the five Muslim suspects arrested after a raid on a New Mexico compound where prosecutors say children were being trained to commit school shootings were ordered to be released on signature bond, which doesn’t require posting a cash bail.

The reaction was predictable, with people expressing outrage over the decision from Taos District Court Judge Sarah Backus — the judge, who didn’t believe the suspects were a danger to the public, was reportedly threatened online.

And while the media downplayed the Muslim extremist angle of the story, after the threats emerged, the suspects were suddenly being billed as a “Muslim family.”

Authorities found 11 hungry children living in the filthy, makeshift compound and the adults were all charged with child abuse, according to the Associated Press. Weapons and ammunition were recovered, as well.

The body of a toddler was also found buried on the compound.

Siraj Wahhaj, the man conducting weapons training at the compound, according to court documents, was being still held because of a Georgia warrant for abducting his son.

Wahhaj is the son of Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.

Judging by the online reaction to the creative phrasing from CBS affiliate WUSA-TV, it’s safe to say that folks were just as disturbed by this as the judge’s leniency.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:


Tom Tillison


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