In a week when the Obama administration is struggling to maintain strict control of the narrative surrounding the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 by editing, deleting, and rewriting facts to hide shooter Omar Mateen’s radical Muslim motivation for the massacre, rural Idaho is facing the same threat to the truth.
The sexual assault of a five-year-old girl with developmental disabilities would normally call for an immediate and thorough investigation by local authorities not only to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice, but to prevent them from committing additional crimes.
But in rural Twin Falls, Idaho located in Magic Valley, nearer Nevada than the state capitol of Boise, the fact that the girls’ attackers were three young Muslim boys trumped the need to investigate and prosecute the case, giving political correctness a victory as local authorities, media and special interest groups tried to suppress the story.
The victory, however, was short-lived, as reports of the incident hit websites and social media forced the police to launch a belated investigation into the assault.
While some of the information has been called into question, an eyewitness who intervened was certain about what she saw when she spotted a boy “taking pictures” outside the laundry room of her apartment complex.
The 89-year-old retired nurse, Jolene Payne, said she found the little girl naked on the floor with two boys standing over her while the boy with the camera told them “what to do.”
Prosecutor Grant Loebs confirmed that the three boys, ages 7, 10 and 14, are from Iraqi and Sudanese refugee families who have been in the United States less than three years.
Magic Valley has been the site of the federal “resettlement” program that has moved Muslim refugees into the area over the past few years, raising concerns about the ability of communities like Twin Falls to meet increased needs for welfare, schools and health care while dealing with an uptick in crime.
Until the uproar created by the assault on the five-year-old, concerns about the influx of immigrants have been met by the Twin Falls City Council with dismissive accusations that the residents are “white supremacists.”