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Bombing Attempt at Christmas Tree Lighting in Portland, OR

Scott on November 26, 2010 at 11:46 pm

This one hits a bit close to home…

This afternoon in Portland, Oregon, at approximately 5:40 p.m. a Somali teen, who is a also a naturalized U.S. citizen, attempted to set off what he thought was a bomb that had been wired to explode in a van.  The van was parked next to Portland’s Pioneer Square, which is where the annual tree lighting ceremony takes place.

The teen had been under surveillance since summer of 2009, and the bomb he had been supplied with was a dud made to look like the real thing complete with several 55 gallon drums, wiring, primer/detonator cord, etc.

Thankfully the FBI was on top of this from early on, thanks to advanced surveillance techniques, high-tech eavesdropping, etc.

I know many people will disagree with me, and I know that things can be taken too far, but I don’t have a problem with government surveillance and such on people living in the U.S., even it’s citizens (naturalized or otherwise).  If I’m planning a bombing or some other violent/terrorist act, I should be caught and stopped and arrested and dealt with.  If I don’t have anything to hide, why should I worry about the government watching me?

I’m just saying…

Update: His name is Mohamed Osman Mohamud. He’s 19 and reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhkbar” when police arrested him.

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