Friday, December 08, 2006

I Hate Illinois Terrorists

I suspect that they’re going to find that this guy was just plain nuts.
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was arrested and charged with allegedly plotting to explode several grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall in Rockford, federal authorities said today.

The feds arrested Derrick Shareef, 22, on Wednesday without incident when he met an undercover agent at a store parking lot in Rockford to trade a set of stereo seakers for four hand grenades and a hand gun, the feds said.

He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Hand grenades are now Weapons of Mass Destruction? Well then, I guess we did find WMD in Iraq.

Obviously I have only the few details available through the media, but doesn’t it sound this guy was a little off his nut if he thought he could really get a bunch of hand grenades for a set of speakers? If nothing else, we can assume he wasn’t well funded.

It is kind of annoying though how these things get played out as foiled terrorist plots. Let’s not forget, there was never any danger Shareef was ever getting real hand grenades from the undercover cops.


Anonymous said...

Okay, so this is what the president means when he says the terrorists are coming after us if we don't finish the job.

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

I just read a Slate review of a book, which I intend to purchase, called Looming Towers. It tells the story of the terrorists' activities leading up to 9/11. The reviewer said how frustrating it was, knowing the ultimate outcome, to learn how fragile the terrorists' plot was and how easy it could have been discovered and thwarted.

I agree that the Rockford guy is nuts and was probably more likely to blow himself up than any of us infidels. But he did seem to have the will to carry out his planned attacks, and if he had hooked up with someone a little more savvy, who knows what would have happened.

Sure the Bush administration will play the arrest up for political gain, but to totally discount the seriousness of it is just as shamelessly partisan.

Can't we just be glad that this guy is behind bars now?

Critical_Thinker said...

LOL, Oh yeah, a real "terror plot", that's what it was. Why don't you read this and decide for yourself: terror-plot-in-history.html