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Tea as in Terrorism

Reported by Melanie - June 30, 2004 -

It was a quiet day today (June 30, 2004) on Dayside w/Linda Vester. One segment, though, did stand out because I couldn't quite figure out what the point was.

At 1:14 p.m. Vester introduced Fox reporter Rebecca Gomez. Paraphrasing Vester's introduction, she said Gomez would talk about the Sheik who is upset about the brand of tea he's being served in a US prison.

Gomez then relayed that Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted of conspiracy to car-bomb the World Trade Center in 1992, is "deliberately," according to Gomez, "trying to undermine his health." Gomez said that Rahman is a diabetic; he has stopped taking his insulin; has started eating M&Ms; was seen recently with allegedly self-inflicted bruises on one leg; and has recently complained about the brand of tea he's being served in prison. Gomez said that Rahman is trying to "undermine his health" and that US officials are taking it seriously because they "don't want to give his group another reason to attack the US."

COMMENT: Now, I know terrorism is a serious issue and all, but all I could think as I listened to this was what the headlines might say: "Bomb Explodes in US City! Group Angry at Brand of Tea Served There?"