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If you see something, pay something.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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If you see something, pay something....
The media, local and even international, got to end 2015 with a weird story of an alleged recruiting plot to blow up a Rochester restaurant on New Year's Eve, on behalf of the Middle Eastern terrorist group known as Daesh. (That's not their preferred name, and most media implicitly, and the BBC explicitly, will not use it because they want to be "fair" to the terrorists. Fuck that.)

Our anti-hero tried to pull this act, and got caught and arrested, in Rochester. The story reports two locations of local significance:

Lutchman and an FBI informant drove past the restaurant/bar on Monday. That’s when Lutchman identified the establishment as a potential location for the attack. Lutchman also suggested “they could sneak a bomb into the club/bar and plant the bomb inside,” according to a court document.

The article didn't identify the venue,  but it's been outed since then, as Merchant's Grill, a bar in a fairly tough portion of Rochester's northeastern city limits. I fully expect there'd be enough bikers and Second Amendment fans in there to have removed his WMD's from his cold, dead fingers within a few short moments.

Much scarier, though, was the inventory of that weapons cache, and where and when he purchased them:

Then on Tuesday, Lutchman and the FBI informant went to a Walmart in Rochester to buy a machete, two knives, two black ski masks, zip ties, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves for the planned attack, according to the complaint

At first, I briefly wondered if he had been in the Wally World in suburban Henrietta; I was in that very store before leaving town Tuesday night.

I rarely frequent Chez Walton, anywhere, but there were a couple of off-brand products no longer carried in Wegmans I wanted to find. Turns out he'd been in the one on the other side of the city, near Irondequoit, where they rang up this rather unusual shopping order.

Did nobody think a shopping cart full of weapons and disguises was potentially a problem? Probably not in that store; even in the somewhat sedater one I was in that night, the endcaps of the aisles were brimming with after-Christmas clearance displays of air rifles and camo gear.  I know, the real ones are in the back, but everything in retail is placed where it's placed for a reason, and the clear message in this store was, "LET'S GO SHOOTIN!"

In the end, the good guys took down a potential terrorist, but the underlying causes of the terror still remain. And as long as both good guys and bad only view a massively escalating arms race as the solution to the underlying problems, we've got a hell of a long year ahead of us.
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liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: January 4th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
The shopping list also sounds just like a rape kit or a kidnap kit...

I finally sort of see the point of "If you see something, say something".
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