In my previous post The saddest thing about the #LondonAttack I talk about the mainstream liberal media using the attack in London in a politically divisive way.  It only then stands to reason that she would be tracked down, the muslim woman photographed on the bridge seemingly unconcerned with the chaos around her.

Muslim woman on bridge during Westminster attack speaks out after becoming target of Islamophobes

I have taken her statement and analysed it for truth or deception to determine is there is any truth in the accusation being made that as a Muslim she is not to be concerned to help non muslims in distress.

Statement analysis is a scientific method to determine deception and profiling, and is used by law enforcement agencies and blue chip companies with a success rate of 99% for an experienced analyst .  I am currently in training, therefore this analysis may not be comprehensive, however, the information I do give is based on the set protocols for this type of analysis.

To those individuals who have interpreted and commented on what my thoughts were in that horrific and distressful moment, I would like to say not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.

  • She opens her statement directly addressing ‘those individuals’ they are of highest importance to her
  • interpreted is an unecessary word – why is it important? is there something in the photo to be interpreted?
  • ‘my thoughts’ – she is now bringing herself into the statement and owning her thoughts.
  • ‘horrific and distressful’ – these words are unnecessary.  In statement analysis the truth is economical, so when extra words are used it is important, and indicates deception sensitivity through the need to persuade.   She is also distancing herself from ‘that…moment’ with further distancing by using 3 extra words.  She feels no connection with the moment being spoken about.
  • ‘would like to’ – here she is stating an intent to say rather than saying what she wants to say.    It is passive language that indicates missing information.
  • ‘not’ – negatives are important and indicate sensitivity to missing information
  • ‘devastated’ – this is a strong emotion which we would not expect at this point in her statement and indicates a need to persuade.
  • ‘witnessing’ – she is identifying herself as a witness
  • ‘a…terror attack’ – again a distancing from the event with 4 words – if she felt connected/impacted she would have said ‘the…terror attack’.  I would expect all Londeners (working or living) to call it ‘the..terror attack’ – this is not something that is common or irrelevant to someone’s life particularly if they work in the area.
  • ‘ a shocking and numbing’ – again we have unnecessary words indicating sensitivity and a need to persuade
  • ‘to deal’ – is she dealing cards (playing a game) or striking a deal (making a trade)? this is a window into her mind that her brain has chosen to use this word.
  • ‘the shock’ – she is not owning this shock, therefore we have to assume that she is not shocked.
  • ‘finding my picture plastered’ – finding is a passive word indicating missing information.  She owns the picture. Plastered indicates story telling – deception.
  • ‘those who could not’ – these people are different from ‘those individuals’? again we have a negative that indicates sensitivity and hiding information.
  • ‘look’ – to look and to see are very different words.  One looks superficially, but one sees beyond that which is superficial.   She does not want ‘those’ to ‘see’ beyond her ‘attire’ only to ‘look’ superficially.  She wants to only be looked at superficially as a Muslim, not for the ‘Muslim’ to be seen.
  •  ‘who’ is repeated – indicates sensitivity
  • ‘conclusions based on hate and xenophobia’ – this is interesting because she is drawing a conclusion here about the people who have made accusations – is this leakage of her true feelings?  projection?

The over all conclusion for this paragraph is that there is a strong need to persuade with a strong possibility that she has leaked her true feelings of hate and xenophobia, which is what Islam, and thus her actions in this photograph, has been accused of.

My thoughts at that moment were one of sadness, fear, and concern. What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help, even though enough people were at the scene tending to the victims.

  • My thoughts – she is still focused on herself and her thoughts
  • ‘that’ – distancing from the moment
  • ‘one’ – ‘thoughts’ = plural, ‘one’ = singular, followed by ‘sadness, fear and concern’ we are alerted to a number (one) which is unnecessary therefore we know it is important,  followed by 3 descriptive words. 3 is the liars number.
  • ‘image’ – change in perception of the photograph from ‘my picture’ to ‘the image’ – it is likely that she is now deceiving with what follows.
  • ‘not’ – negatives are important and indicate missing information/attempt to deceive
  • ‘that’ – distancing language
  • ‘to’ – here she has a need to explain – this is sign of deception.
  • ‘try’ – signifies failure to achieve
  • ‘to’ – repeated so sensitive, and a second attempt to explain increasing sensitivity
  • ‘even though enough people’ – passive language, distancing language, unnecessary information.  high sensitivity.

There is very high sensitivity in this paragraph, and deception is detected.

I then decided to call my family to say that I was fine and was making my way home from work, assisting a lady along the way by helping her get to Waterloo station.

My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families. I would like to thank Jamie Lorriman, the photographer who took the picture, for speaking to the media in my defence

  • ‘then’ – there is missing time here and therefore missing information
  • ‘decided’ – a definite action and likely true
  • ‘my’ – she takes ownership of her family, she is close to them
  • ‘to’ – here we have a need to explain again, this is flag for deception – sensitivity.  from this point on it is unnecessary information and therefore important.
  • ‘that’ – again we have distancing language
  • ‘was’ – missing a pronoun, she doesn’t not own the action, therefore we have to question if she took the action – again we have deception/missing information – sensitivity
  • ‘assisting’ – another missing pronoun, again she doesn’t own the action so we can question if it was her taking the action, or someone else? deception/missing information – sensitivity
  • ‘along the way’ – passive language indicates sensitivity.
  • ‘my thoughts’ – this is the 3rd time she is mentioning her thoughts,  indicating high sensitivity regarding her thoughts.
  • ‘victims and families’ – finally she mentions the victims and their families.  This is right at the end of the statement, so of least importance to her.

Conclusion for this paragraph is that, yes she did decide to call her family, but we are not told the truth about why, or her journey home.  She has the least regard for the victims and their families in her need to communicate to the press.

Conclusion of Analysis:

There is a strong need to persuade the listener that she is connected emotionally to the event, when in truth she feels none.  She does not want people to see the deeper meaning of being a muslim behind the symbols, she only wants them to look at clothing symbols superficially.  (not wanting people to see behind the mask)

Islam does have supremacy teachings, as well has hate and xenophobia.  This is in the Quran, the Quran can not be questioned or changed, you are not Muslim if you don’t believe it to be 100% truth.  Even if you choose not to practise it fully, you still have to believe that it is 100% truth.

The rest of the statement is largely deception on her part and the victims and the families are not mentioned until the end indicating that they are of least importance to her.

NOTE:  She has not denied the accusations that have been made by the right wing. 

What would I have expected the statement to say is something like this:

Firstly I would like to send my condolences to all the victims families at this difficult time.  What has happened is a tragedy and I hope in that we can find unity as a nation.

A photo has circulated on social media with comments regarding my religion and attitude to the event.  I can understand that people will feel threatened at this time, however, I would like to take this opportunity that I have been given by this unfortunate circumstance, to say that not only am I deeply affected events but I know that I, and my community as a whole stands with this country in its fight against terrorism.  We, as Muslims, were also attacked by this terrorist, attacked in the distortion of our beliefs and the ill will that it will bring to Islam as a result.

 – as a Muslim I would be keen at this time to connect with the victims families and rest of the population that now feel violated, that they don’t see this as a ‘Muslim’ problem, but a terrorist problem.  The photograph would be of no concern to me, it is just a random photograph.

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