Daily Archives: Saturday, 26 September, 2009

Compare and Contrast

Msnbc news reporting on two different men.

Person A-

A quart-sized container of homemade explosives is cheap, deadly and difficult to detect — and that is exactly why the type of chemical bomb feared to be at the heart of a terrorism investigation worries law enforcement so much.

Person B-

discovery Thursday of several vials of ricin

As little as 500 micrograms of ricin, an amount about the size of the head of a pin, can kill a human, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only legal use for ricin is cancer research.

Person A-

Now, according to law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation, authorities are concerned that [xxx] may have been trying to put together a plot to detonate similar devices in backpacks, possibly on crowded commuter trains in New York.

Person B-

Authorities believe they recovered all the ricin in several vials found last week from the motel near the Las Vegas strip where [xxx] had stayed.

No results of the ongoing searches were announced at a press conference late Sunday morning, but FBI Special Agent Timothy Fuhrman said “There is no indication of any terrorist act or activity.”

Person A-

Investigators said they found notes describing how to make bombs in the handwriting of an airport shuttle driver arrested as part of a terrorism investigation, and they also discovered his fingerprints on materials — batteries and a scale — that could be used to make explosives.

Person B-

police said that firearms, an “anarchist-type textbook” and castor beans were found in the motel room. The book was tabbed at a spot containing information about ricin.

Why is one a terrorism suspect and not the other?


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