It would seem from this AP headline that our illustrious law enforcement officers have once snatched another dangerous, home-grown "terrorist" right off the streets: College student accused of terror threat.
According to the article:
He allegedly sold a fully automatic M-16 assault rifle he never owned. And a court document says he was seen walking around campus wearing a bullet-resistant vest in May....Police said they found a handwritten note inside his car threatening a "murderous rampage" similar to the one at Virginia Tech that left 32 people and the gunman dead...At the time of Oduwole's arrest, federal authorities had been investigating a gun dealer's concerns that Oduwole seemed overly eager to receive guns he had purchased online.
Oh my! This kid sounds downright scary, doesn't he?
Thanks to the hard work of law enforcement, it would seem that another awful school shooting has been prevented! Hallelujah!
Or, maybe the whole thing was blown out of proportion by overzealous cops? Naaaah. That never happens, right?
From what I can glean from the above article and this Chicago Tribune article, Mr. Olutosin Oduwole was screwed over badly--and then some. Currently he's charged with Attempting to Make a Terrorist threat and unrelated fraud charges and is being held on $1.1 million in bail.
So, how did all this come about? Well, it seems that Mr. Oduwele, a black college student and president of his fraternity, legally ordered guns from a gun dealer, but seemed "over eager" to receive them. So, the gun dealer notified federal authorities. And the
fishing expidition investigation thus commenced.
After an initial investigation the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms discovered that a report was pending with local police regarding a fraudulent online auction transaction that Mr. Oduwele was involved in. It seems that he sold an M-16 that he didn't actually own, and deposited the money, approximately $1000, into his bank account. The buyer was understandably upset when he didn't receive his gun, so he called the cops.
Assuming that the facts allaged are true, clearly, Mr. Oduwele engaged in some sort of fraud/theft. But, that's a far cry from "terrorism", isn't it? The "evidence" discovered shortly thereafter, which "support" the charges against him regarding alleged acts of terrorism are, in my humble opinion, built on a house of cards, at best.
After he was arrested for the theft, for some reason the police impounded his abandoned car that was located on university property. In that car--his car, mind you--they foound a scrap of paper on the front seat. Rap lyrics were written on one side and on the other side they found "a handwritten note demanding payment to a PayPal account, threatening that 'if this account doesn't reach $50,000 in the next 7 days then a murderous rampage similar to the VT shooting will occur at another highly populated university. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!'"
Mind you, this note was found in his abandoned car. He hadn't given it to anyone. He hadn't left it laying around on a table at the library. He hadn't mailed it to anyone. It wasn't a copy of an email that he'd sent. It was simply a scrap of paper with lyrics on one side and this ridiculous note on the other.
The cops then searched his campus apartment and located a loaded gun. But, wait! There's even more evidence that he intended to bomb his school--the cops found a photo of him flashing gang signs ! Yes, it's true!
If anyone's guilty of planning acts of terror, it's this kid. He sold a gun he didn't own, he scribbled a threat on a scrap of paper and had the audacity to leave it on the front seat of his car, he legally purchased guns and was "eager" to receive them, and he legally owned a gun which he kept in his campus apartment. And his worst offense? He flashed "gang signs." I say we lock him up and throw away the key! How about it?
For a summary of the "proof" against him gleaned from the court affidavit of an investigator, see this Newsday article.
Outrageous. What have we become?