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White Terrorist Arrested!

I don’t know what to make of this story. It seems to have been barely mentioned by the media, and I only noticed it tucked away in a tiny corner of a big website with lots of headlines.

On the one hand, it’s the first news story I recall seeing that uses any permutation of the word “terror” in conjunction with a white guy. But I can’t call it a major story, because almost no one has reported it or seen it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Monday arrested seven people from North Carolina who have been charged with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks overseas, including in Kosovo, Jordan and the Gaza Strip.
U.S. prosecutors said the ringleader of the group, Daniel Patrick Boyd, trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1989 to 1992 and used that experience to set up his own organization to train fighters, raise money and carry out attacks abroad.

Three of the seven arrestees are whitey-white Americans. I think that might be the reason that the next paragraph in the article was this:

U.S. official told reporters that there was no indication that Boyd’s group was connected with an international militant organization or that they were planning attacks in the United States.

I keep seeing these disclaimers in news stories about white American men.

All seven face up to life in prison if convicted.

They were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. Boyd and others also face weapons charges.

Additionally, the indictment accused Boyd and several of the others in the group with practicing with weapons they acquired — mostly rifles and armor-piercing bullets according to the U.S. official — and trying out military-style maneuvers.

Here’s some more of what’s weird about this story:

In 1991, Boyd and his brother were convicted of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was later overturned.

Their wives told The Associated Press in an interview at the time that the couples had U.S. roots but the United States was a country of “kafirs” — Arabic for heathens.

Sabrina Boyd said in her statement that her husband was in Afghanistan fighting against the Soviet Union “with the full backing of the United States government.”

It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this. So far it doesn’t look likely to overshadow the story of the New Jersey rabbi kidney extortionist and his coconspirators.

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When is it Okay to Build a Dirty Bomb at Home?

This article appeared in the Bangor Daily News, and given the subject matter, I expected the same information to appear in other media outlets, such as CNN, Reuters, AP, etc.

This is deadly serious stuff. A cache of radioactive materials suitable for building a dirty bomb was found in a home in Maine.

The report posted on the WikiLeaks Web site states that “On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased [person]…”

It says that four 1-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, uranium, thorium, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide and magnesium ribbon were found in the home.

Also found was literature on how to build “dirty bombs” and information about cesium-137, strontium-90 and cobalt-60, radioactive materials. The FBI report also stated there was evidence linking [the man in question] to [extremist] groups…

[His wife], 31, told investigators that her husband spoke of “dirty bombs,” according to the report, and mixed chemicals in her kitchen sink. She allegedly told police that [her husband] subjected her to years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. She also said that [he] was “very upset” when Barack Obama was elected president.

Holy flurking schnit! This is exactly the kind of sleeper-cell, enemies-among-us scenario that we’ve been afraid of for years. This is the perfect opportunity for all those people who have been warning us about immigration and porous borders and people-who-don’t-look-like-us and they-hate-us-for-our-freedoms to stand up and shout, “You see?! I told you so! It has happened!”

Can you believe this article never mentioned “terror” or “terrorism” or “terrorist”? Despite the makings of the dirty bomb and the ties to the extremist group and the wife being beaten and treated poorly? Just the poor treatment of the wife, alone, demonstrates that this fellow is not One of Us, but a throwback to an earlier, less-enlightened time, perhaps the seventh century.

Surely this enemy of America, this man who has no respect for human life, this man who planned and schemed and worked to kill Americans indiscriminately can be called a terrorist.

Surely the major news sources will be all over this explosive story.

But no. Because the man in question is not an illegal immigrant, an immigrant from the third world, a taxi driver who doesn’t speak English to our satisfaction, a polygamist, an Arab, someone who speaks Arabic, or even dark-skinned. His name is James Cummings. Ergo, not a terrorist.

The bright side is that he is no longer among the living, as his widow shot him dead a couple months ago.

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You may be reminded of that other non-terrorist, the guy who manufactured Ricin and had it in his hotel room in Vegas, Roger Von Bergendorff. It didn’t take authorities long at all to determine that his Ricin fetish was not related to terrorism. I mean, all they had to do was look at the guy.

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