A California man, accused of being in possession of explosive materials outside the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road, has been charged with making a terrorist threat.Naturally, the unindicted terror co-conspirators from CAIR are already milking this. Brace for yet another wave of "Islamophobia" stories.
Roger Stockham, 63, is charged with one count of a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possession of bombs with unlawful intent. He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
Stockham, of California, will be in court on Friday Feb. 4 for a preliminary examination.
Police said Stockham was in possession of class C fireworks, a 15-year felony, when he was arrested Monday outside the center.
The terrorism charge is a 20-year felony.
The case is an ongoing investigation and police would not comment further.
Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR's Michigan chapter, said he learned from police that the suspect had been drinking in a Detroit bar on Monday when he threatened to do harm to a mosque in Dearborn. A bar employee followed the man outside and wrote down his license plate and called Detroit police who in turned contacted authorities in Dearborn, Walid said.Of course, there are ten times more incidents perpetrated against Jews, but hey, why quibble with the facts?
Dearborn police began searching areas around mosques in the city and allegedly found Stockham inside his vehicle outside the Islamic Center of America, Walid said, with a load of M-80s in his trunk and other explosives.
Members of the Islamic Center of America were alerted to the threat during Friday's prayer service, Walid said.
"We thank law enforcement authorities for their quick and professional actions in this troubling incident," Walid said. "The increased number of bias incidents targeting American Muslim institutions must be addressed by local, state and national officials and law enforcement authorities."
For the record, class C are considered consumer fireworks. Can't say how much physical damage they would have caused or how much he had in his possession, but it sure as hell would have been noisy.
Update: Indeed, HuffPost commenters are already blaming Beck and tea partiers.
Probably another 'Bagger expressing his "freedoms" against supposed freedom haters.Cute. Here's another.
Another Beck disciple likely.These folks never learn, do they?
Update: This appears to be the man possessing fireworks of mass destruction. The VFW post is in Imperial Beach, CA.
Update: It's "ignorance" and "hate" that caused this, apparently.
Update: This story has more.
"He's very dangerous," Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad told the Free Press. "We took his threat to be very serious."Ironically, the Free Press has a column today urging that fireworks be made legal.
Haddad said the man was previously known to law enforcement officials in other parts of the country.
"He's had a long history of being angry with the United States government," Haddad said.
Very curious to see his name listed here. And here, from the wayback machine. A commenter at TPM cuts right to the chase.
Put Beck in prisonUpdate: Worth noting some of Stockham's criminal history. Check out the stories linked here. One says he converted to Islam decades ago.
Shut down Fox News
Run Rupert Murdoch out of the country
Take away any license Roger Ailes may have that allows him in the business of using the airwaves for profit.