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  •  You say that as though (10+ / 0-)

    1,000 pounds of fertilizer is something you can just walk into Home Depot and buy over the counter!

    Truth is, major amounts of explosives are very hard to come by, even with clowns like Bush in charge.  A tank full of petroleum is undoubtedly the best these ordinary idiots can get their hands on.  

    Whether or not this insane David McMenemy would have liked to pull off something bigger, let's not understate the extant seriousness of deliberately using a flaming vehicle as a weapon against unspecified members of the public in a one-sided war of personal ideologies.

    Because using weapons against the public for personal ideological reasons is terrorism no matter how big the bang was.

    •  Duh. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, crkrjx

      I'm not advocating making ANFO bombs, but it isn't that hard to accumulate enough stuff to make a really big bang.  After 9/11, the SCLM did a wonderful job of shifting the focus of terrorism away from domestic terrorism, but the fact is that the second largest terror attack in the United States was an act of domestic terrorism, committed by people who were on the fringes of the extremely extreme right wing.  Then we had Eric Rudolph, with his attacks on abortion clinics.  

      Not to leave the extreme left out in the cold, we had the Weathermen in the 70's---I was browsing around last night on the web, and came across an article about Diane Oughten in the Daily News from 1970---"The Making of a Terrorist", it was called.

      The world didn't change on 9/11, but America did, because a lot of scared, stupid people gave the most corrupt and incompetent administration we've ever had a loaded gun, and then told it to pull the trigger.

    •  Buying fertilizer (0+ / 0-)

      1,000 pounds of fertilizer is something you can just walk into Home Depot and buy over the counter!

      A group of young men was arrested in Ontario after someone in the group attempted to purchase a large quantity of fertilizer from a farm supply store.

      The staff at the store immediately became suspicious, because the purchaser wanted to pick up the fertilizer instead of having it delivered. Farmers always expected the store to deliver the products to the farm.

      Moreover, the staff knew their regular customers. Sure, it was possible for a new guy to buy a farm--but then he'd want to have the fertilizer delivered, too.

      Apparently, every vendor selling fertilizer in large quantities in Canada has been contacted by law enforcement and asked to report any suspicious activity. So that's what the staff in this store did.

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