1stCavRVN11B sends us news that a Vietnam-era helicopter pilot was arrested in Dearborne, MI yesterday for plotting to illuminate the night sky over a mosque there. It’s funny how the media describes the plot in their headlines. The Chicago Tribune says 63-year-old Roger Stockham was arrested with explosives;
The Denver Post, meanwhile, says it was fireworks;
Of course, both articles call them “Class C fireworks” which are the low grade commercial fireworks you can buy along the road around the Fourth of July. Scary, huh?
Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said the suspect “had a lot of high-end fireworks.”
“It was the max you could buy legally.”
They were not “conventional explosives,” O’Reilly said. “But at that level, those things misused are terrific weapons.”
Whew! we really dodged the bullet on that one didn’t we? There were 700 people at a funeral in the Mosque. Stockham could have blown a finger off every single one of the funeral-goers.
“He’s very dangerous,” Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad told the Free Press. “We took his threat to be very serious.”
Haddad said the man was previously known to law enforcement officials in other parts of the country.
“He’s had a long history of being angry with the United States government,” Haddad said.
Stockham, in jail on a $500,000 bond, drove from California to Dearborn and was caught with a car packed with high-end fireworks. The FBI has been notified about the incident, Haddad said.
How does being angry at the government translate into bombing a mosque with low grade noisemakers?
Yeah, if it was a Muslim person with a truckload of pipebombs we wouldn’t know his name yet and we’d be cautioned not to jump to conclusions about terrorism. But a pensioner with firecrackers in his trunk is “very dangerous” and worthy of involving the FBI.
What was that police chief’s last name again?