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  •  I guess we can count ourselves lucky. (1+ / 0-)
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    I guess we’re lucky that most aspirational terrorists are incompetent glory hounds. They have their hearts set on making something go boom but don’t have the skills to actually do anything. Meanwhile, I can’t help but wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars the FBI spent turning this boob from Bangladesh into a ‘real’ terrorist. Likewise, we will surely spend another few hundred grand to prosecute and imprison this mastermind. Worth it? I guess I’m skeptical. To me, this is in the same category as the guy who thought he could take down the Brooklyn Bridge with a blowtorch. Or the guys from Miami who wanted to take down the Sears Tower but never got further than practicing karate and wearing uniforms.

    While these FBI-assisted “plots” don’t worry me, there are things that do that no one appears to be doing anything about. The clown in this story can’t make a bomb without help from the FBI – but what is stopping someone like him from buying a rifle at a gun show or from a private party and shooting up a public gathering place? As best I can tell, nothing. If one of these guys decides they want to be sure to kill some people without the spectacle of explosives our society makes the tools to do that readily available. As evidenced by recent history, a single gunman is capable of taking out 10, 20 or 30 people. Similarly, look at what happened in Mumbai in 2008: a small group of men killed over 150 people. While they did have small bombs and hand grenades, their primary tools were AK-style rifles.  

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    by Joe Bob on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 02:54:46 PM PDT

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