Saturday, October 09, 2004

Scary stuff in my home state

Living in Tennessee, this puts a couple of chills up my spine. Glad to see that the feds are on the ball over this sort of thing.
An Iraqi-born Nashville resident has been arrested on charges of illegally possessing machines guns, following a citizen tip that Ahmed Hassan Al-Uqaily, 33, allegedly spoke of “going jihad.”

Al-Uqaily was arrested Thursday in southeast Nashville at his place of business after allegedly paying $1,000 for two disassembled M-16 machine guns, four disassembled hand grenades, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from an undercover agent working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
According to the Tennessean, this guy made his views rather public earlier in the year:
In May, while standing hooded on Lower Broadway in a public re-enactment of one of the infamous pictures taken at Iraq's Abu-Ghraib prison, Al-Uqaily told The Tennessean that his brothers and mother had been killed during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and that his father had been jailed.
Last night, at 1923B Laurinda Drive — Al-Uqaily's most recent address, according to an Internet records service — a hand-painted van sat parked.

Nearby were the remnants of crime-scene tape from a recent search. Inside the van was a plainly visible utility bill addressed to Al-Uqaily.

Painted in black letters across splotches of bright colors on the van were a series of slogans that echoed Al-Uqaily's Lower Broadway demonstration in May: ''I pray all soldiers lay down their guns.'' ''War won't work.'' ''Stop killing kids for oil.'' And, ''Moses, Jesus & Mohammed all talk peace.''

Ah, blood for oil, indeed. A peaceful person. Now, how long do you think it will it take for the typical cries of racism and oppression of Muslims to be heard. Stay tuned.