February 25, 2011

"Tyrant's House" — the subject line of email containing George W. Bush's Texas address.

Email sent to himself by Khalid Aldawsari — who's been arrested in Lubbock after he attempted to buy a product used in bombmaking.
Officials said that Aldawsari appeared to be acting alone and was not in touch with any terrorist organization overseas. But his journal entries stated that he was inspired by Osama bin Laden and wanted to create "an Islamic group under the banner" of al-Qaeda...

... Aldawsari wrote that "one operation in the land of the infidels is equal to ten operations against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims."

21 comments:

Expat(ish) said...

Of course they always are "acting alone." Do you think their co-conspirators are still not cluing in on that trope?

-XC

MadisonMan said...

wanted to create "an Islamic group under the banner" of al-Qaeda

Okay. Explain how destroying property does that.

Sixty Grit said...
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Gabriel Hanna said...

Al Qaeda is more of a brand than an organization. You don't have to do anything to "join"; you can just say you're part of it and if you're serious other parts of it will eventually get in touch with you. It's not all orchestrated from bin Ladin's cave.

This guy probably hadn't got to the point where he would get much from al Qaeda.

I suppose it's a bit like identifying yourself as Republican or Democrat. Even some people who don't even vote do that, but you're not going to get money or help from the party organizations unless you start doing a lot more than calling yourself one.

In the case of al Qaeda, there are many fragmented, independent organizations that know how to get in touch with each other and how to help each other with money, weapons, training, and contacts.

But people can and do "act alone" in the name of al Qaeda.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Okay. Explain how destroying property does that.

According to the article he wanted to kill Americans. I suppose there could be some property destruction involved.

SteveR said...

They sure like coming here before they don't like it here.

Harry said...

It is ironic that one of George W. Bush's responses to the 9/11 attack was greatly to increase the number of student visas available to Saudis, in line with his "Islam is a religion of peace" mantra.

In effect, Khalid Aldawsari entered the United States under George W. Bush's sponsorship.

PatCA said...

The visa program was opened up at the insistence at least in part by universities--Saudi princelings or their wards pay huge tuition costs easily.

JAL said...

He sent himself the email?

edutcher said...

Notice the sound of crickets from the Left.

Especially, Alpha/Montaigne/Freder.

Where, O! where, is our decrier of all things violent to weigh in on this foul fiend?

PS That's "buy a product". (I know, I do it, too)

PPS He was doing it in Lubbock? Birthplace of Buddy Holly?

Hangin's too good fer 'im!

MadisonMan said...

He sent himself the email?

I've done that. Sometimes, it's easier to do than tracking down a zip drive when you want to move things between computers.

Gabriel Hanna said...

Notice the sound of crickets from the Left.

Especially, Alpha/Montaigne/Freder.



They'll be here, to post the same off-topic talking points.

jimbino said...

I don't know exactly where phenol fits into the bomb-making, but sulphuric acid is commonly used in batteries and I imagine most folks now know how to use fertilizer and diesel fuel to make a bomb.

I think it would be useful for the gummint to publish a list of bomb-making chemicals so that an innocent person could be forewarned.

And while they're at it, they should publish the list of obscene words and fighting words, so that we all know what to avoid in our dealings with gummint bureaucrats.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

Poor kid. Must have gotten confused with all those "Bush=Hitler" signs and "Regime Change Now!" bumper stickers that were all over the place.

Michael said...

"He sent himself the email?"

One of the best ways to remind yourself of something or transfer items from one device to another. Common practice.

Crimso said...

"I think it would be useful for the gummint to publish a list of bomb-making chemicals so that an innocent person could be forewarned."

I believe they long ago sent warnings to the sorts of businesses that would sell anything that might be used to make a major explosive or other terrorism device to be on the lookout for suspicious customers. For example, I suspect that buying large amounts of pesticides when you are clearly not a local farmer will result in scrutiny.

At the Taps said...

He was acting alone but he was sponsored by the Saudi government and Saudi businesses. (A Saudi industrial company, which was not identified in court documents, was paying Aldawsari's tuition and living expenses in the U.S.*)

I would think that he would have to be pretty well thought of by someone to get a ticket to the U.S., a nice apartment to live in, tuition and books to colleges, money to buy bomb making materials, a Hundai to drive around in, does that sound alone to you?

* http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/022511-texas-terror-suspect-to-appear-in-court-today

The Drill SGT said...
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The Drill SGT said...

This is the real deal. He was a ChemE student who already had the Sulfuric and Nitric acids, and gear. He just needed his Penol to make TNP (i.e. Picric acid) a highly unstable explosive more powerful, but easier to make than TNT or RDX. serious stuff.

Anga2010 said...

More violent eliminationist rhetoric:
Here at the pub in Lubbock, folks are saying that if he was in the general popluation of any of our jails, he wouldn't last very long.

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