Alton Nolen: A self-portrait

Reliable information about Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen seems to be in short supply. His likeness is subject to the full Trayvon Martin treatment although the local authorities have called in the FBI. Seen on Twitter, the photo Nolen took of himself earlier this month (below) adds a certain context to the news of his horrifying crimes. Why is Breitbart News the only media outlet I can find publishing the photo? (Compare, e.g., CBS News and CNN.) Is it because one might prematurely infer from the photo that, like Nidal Hasan, Nolen is a Soldier of Allah and that his faith inspired his crimes? The FBI is on the case and, perhaps, we shall see.


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