December 3, 2012

AP Story on Ariz. Terrorist Bombing Attempt References 1995 OKC Bombing, Not Others Since

Well, it was only a matter of time before the Associated Press was going to have to write up something about a Friday bomb explosion just outside of a Social Security office in Casa Grande, Arizona.

I guess the AP’s Brian Skoloff needed time to work on maximizing the misdirection in his report. Instead of associating the attempted bombing by Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, described yesterday in a PJ Media post by Patrick Poole as “an Iraqi refugee” (but not by the AP reporter, of course), with any of the actual or failed terrorist bombing attacks by Islamists both on American soil and overseas beginning in the late 1990s, Skoloff’s dispatch strangely decided to go all the way back to 1995 (bolds are mine througout this post):

MAN CHARGED IN ARIZONA SOCIAL SECURITY EXPLOSION

A man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona had researched how to construct a particular explosive that authorities say has been used in terrorist bomb plots, according to a criminal complaint.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 47, was charged in federal court with maliciously damaging federal property by means of explosives and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared in a Phoenix courtroom Monday but didn’t enter a plea. He is set to appear again on Wednesday.

No defense attorney was listed in court records, and a message left at Aldosary’s home wasn’t returned.

The small explosion occurred Friday morning outside a Social Security office in Casa Grande, about 50 miles south of Phoenix. Authorities said no employees were in the building at the time, no one was injured, and the damage wasn’t extensive.

… According to the criminal complaint filed Saturday, authorities executing a search warrant at Aldosary’s home in nearby Coolidge found documents explaining how to build a bomb hidden behind a picture. The papers included explanations of what specific chemicals to use, such as ammonium nitrate, the same type of fertilizer Timothy McVeigh used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

You would think that 1995 might have been the last time ammonium nitrate was used in a terrorist bombing attack. Not exactly as ABC’s Brian Ross (yeah, that Brian Ross) reported in 2006:

Ammonium Nitrate: Weapon of Choice for Terrorists?

Ammonium nitrate has been used around the world in devastating terror attacks — from Istanbul, Turkey to Oklahoma City. There’s even an al Qaeda video posted on the internet, showing how to mix ammonium nitrate to make a bomb. “Ammonium nitrate is a weapon of choice for terrorists,” said Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Yet as a widely used fertilizer, it is easily and cheaply purchased at farm supply and gardening stores around the country. There is no federal law restricting, or even requiring registration of, who can buy it and no background checks required as we discovered in the course of an ABC News undercover investigation.

In other words, based on the more recent track record (including the six years since), the more appropriate frame of reference relating to who is actively using ammonium nitrate isn’t disturbed supposedly right-wing psychopaths like Timothy McVeigh (it should be noted that McVeigh was very likely assisted to a significant degree by Islamists). It’s al Qaeda-backed and al Qaeda-influenced Islamic terrorists, including the Kenyan embassy bombing, which killed more people than did McVeigh in Oklahoma City.

Though it’s apparently too early to tell what Aldosary’s motivations were, Poole reports, based on discussions he claims to have had with insiders (from what I can tell, his position in life is such that he is able to have such discussions):

… it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense. While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved.”

Translation: Consistent with its treatment of the Ft. Hood murders as “workplace violence,” he Obama administration is hellbent on keeping its alleged track record of “no terrorist attacks on American soil” intact by calling real terrorism something else.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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