Phil Pearlman, the son of a successful urologist in Southern California, was a sixties rock musician who did not believe in the “unnatural augmentation of smell.” He did not believe in raising children properly either, as appears evident from this interview with a former band member on his life a decade ago:
It seems he had married a wonderful woman who was totally supportive and involved in his choice of lifestyle. They had several children who were being raised on a farm/ranch east of San Diego, California. The Ranch had NO electricity, they also used a well for water. He was raising goats, which according to him he slaughtered personally and humanely whenever preparing them for market. He described to me what he thought was the most inhumane conditions in the local slaughter-house techniques. He had devised a quicker, bilateral knife to the carotids on a goat that was painless and “humane”. For some reason I had a hard time in visioning Phil killing anything.
One of the funnier situations he described about his family situation was his utter disgust with his in-laws for giving his kids a battery-operated television. He said he was having to act as the TV police, trying to limit the ways in which television might damage his children permanently! Another funny thing was that the very old 4-cylinder, white, rusty, small pickup truck he came to my office in was stripped inside of anything that resembled comfort. It was a stick-shift, headlight-switch-only-affair, with gaping holes where radio, air-conditioner, or glove-box might reside. Even the window behind the driver between the bed and the cab was missing. I vaguely recall that the side driver and passenger windows were absent.
It seems that Phil’s son has moved from a family where the throats of goats were slit, to a family that likes slitting the throats of Danny Pearl, Eugene Armstrong, Nick Berg, and so many others, all the while chanting “Allahu Akhbar”. Phil’s son is now known as Adam Gadahn.
The left photo is from Gadahn/Pearlman’s FBI profile; the right is from this ABC story that characterizes him this way: “Only a few years ago, Adam Gadahn was a southern California teenager with interests in the environment and heavy metal music.” Sounds conventional, doesn’t it? ABC leaves out the parts about the no electricity, the goat slaughtering, and the truck mutiliation. ABC does tell us, however, what precious little Adam is up to today:
In an apparent Sept. 11 communiqué broadcast on ABC News, an al Qaeda operative threatens new attacks against cities in the US and Australia. “Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, God willing. At this time, don’t count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion,” the tape warns. “We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators.”
American intelligence officials believe the man who appears on the tape to be Adam Gadahn of Orange County, Calif. Last year, Gadahn delivered a similar taped communiqué for al Qaeda. That tape was later deemed authentic. On the new tape, delivered to ABC News, Gadahn’s message contains a very pointed al Qaeda threat against Los Angeles and Melbourne.
Given the upbringing of young Pearlman, does it seem inexplicable to you that he wants to aid in an attack of Southern California, the land of his demented father? As for our part, we will think of Adam Gadahn/Pearlman, “who should be considered armed and dangerous,” and his father Phil, every time we now drive into the parking garage at LAX. (HT: Michelle Malkin)