Terrorist attacks on U.S. soil – funny that I don’t recall hearing about this on the news…
Arizona (The Gaslamp Post) – A bomb exploded outside of a Social Security office in Casa Grande this past Friday morning. Police have arrested the man they suspect as having been involved, a 47-year-old muslim refugee. According to KSAZ-TV, there were no injuries from the blast due to the office being closed at that time.
Authorities say that Abdullatif Aldosary, a refugee from Iraq, had detonated the explosive, now being called now an IED (improvised explosive device). The device exploded, damaging part of the office exterior and leaving the glass doors “blackened and charred”. The force of the blast reportedly shook the area, and was felt by local residents.
The explosion occurred at around 8:24 am while the office was reportedly closed, but employees were inside at the time. A car in the parking lot was also reportedly damaged in the blast.
An eyewitness spotted a car driving at a high rate of speed away from the scene moments after the blast, and was able to provide police with a description. A second witness was able to provide authorities with a license plate number.
The information obtained from the witnesses at the scene led police to Coolidge, Az, and ultimately to the home of Aldosary. He was in police custody within 90 minutes of the explosion.
According to PJ Tatler, Aldosary had been on the Department of Homeland Security’s radar for approximately two years. Officers serving a search warrant on his home discovered other items in his home, including instructions and recipes for making explosives, as well as other explosive compounds, and a firearm and ammunition.
According to Phoenix New Times via journalist Debbie Schlussel:
There was a cache of documents hidden behind a photograph on a wall in the house, including “materials and equipment needed to make RDX…homemade nitroglycerine, ammonium nitrate from homemade chemicals, how to make a bomb from homemade chemicals, and recipes from the Anarchists Chemical Cook Book,” the complaint says. There were also handwritten notes labeled “Materials Needed,” which included a list of things included in the aforementioned recipes. Additionally, investigators found receipts for a nitric-acid solution, and a scale from a chemical-supply store in Phoenix.
Elsewhere, investigators found what appeared to be notes on how to obtain ammonium nitrate — “a common precursor used in the making of explosives” — as well as a handgun, a rifle, and varying types of ammunition totaling around 1,200 rounds.
“Extended capacity rifle magazines with approximately 200 rounds of Russian[-]made ball and hollow point ammunition were located within the residence,” the complaint notes. . . . Several types of acids and other chemicals were also found at the house. . . . The last item noted in the complaint that was recovered from Aldosary’s home is a set of Google Maps directions from the SSA office to his home — which was listed as 14 miles, taking about 25 minutes.
Aldosary is expected to be charged with several federal and state charges relating to explosives and arson, and possibly domestic terrorism.
“I’m positive in my heart and my soul he had nothing to do with this,” said his neighbor Swannee Welsh. “I’ve never seen him with a match even, he doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t move, he doesn’t go to the mosque.”
“He was just in that neighborhood because he goes to unemployment offices and other government buildings over there but he hasn’t any problems against America; he’s very thankful he got to be a refuge somewhere,” said Welsh.
What other media outlets that did report this story either left out or downplayed the fact that Aldosary is a convicted felon who has served prison time, as well as a muslim. While it shouldn’t cause one to immediately jump to conclusions simply because the suspect is muslim, it does make one wonder why it was repeatedly omitted.
Patrick Poole over at the PJ Tatler points out that had this been a Tea Party supporter, the media would have been all over this story, chomping at the bit to expose right-wing extremism both aimed at the results of this last election, and a striking out at big government. He also grabbed an article published in the left-leaning Daily Kos, where they jumped the gun and did exactly that:
Today, At about 8:30 AM, it appears a small explosive was detonated at the rear door of a Social Security office in Casa Grande, AZ. Thankfully, nobody was injured. It is still early, and we cannot say that it is a political act, or even be sure that this is an act of domestic terrorism, but it does seem likely.
Assuming this is a bombing, and that the bombing was conducted by a right wing zealot opposed to big government (neither of which we know for sure), I think we are seeing the start of something that I have seen coming for awhile.
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(h/t: the PJ Tatler)