I think it's a little premature for the rightwing media to label Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis a "terrorist". My goodness, I wish I had a dime for very time I parked a truck full of thousands of pounds of inert material in front of a federal building in lower Manhattan. Maybe he was just urban farming!
Some could argue the current administration is nothing more than 1,000 pounds of inert material, so where's the crime?
Officials claim that Quazi parked a van that he thought was filled with explosives in front of the Federal Reserve building, then went across the street and tried to set it off using a cell phone he thought was the detonator.
Excuse me, but perhaps it was just his Obamaphone and he was checking on his foreign student aid check. Let's just automatically jump to conclusions Fox News and assume the olive skinned Muslim gentleman is a terrorist!
I'm not saying this 21-year-old Bangladeshi man is completely innocent, I just think we need several weeks before we have enough evidence to emphatically state that this was a failed terrorist plot. Until there is actual evidence, we should give Q Tip the benefit of the doubt. For all we know, he stumbled across that disgusting YouTube video and spontaneously began to demonstrate.
But let's assume Quazimodo thought his truck bed full of sheep shit was explosive! Does that mean Quazi's crazy? Has anyone considered he may have been neighbors with Bill Ayers, and this is nothing more than just some youthful overexuberance?
Listen, when I heard how Q was treated by authorities at the scene, my stomach turned. While I don't yet have all the facts, it's clear the FBI acted stupidly. Do you know that he was actually forced to show his identification? I'm sorry, but I don't want to live in a society under that kind of threat. I agree that his comments to FBI agents seem to condemn him at first blush:
Quazi: “All I had in my mind are how to destroy America ... I came up to this conclusion that targeting America’s economy is most efficient way to draw the path of obliteration of America.”
But didn't President Obama say the same thing at the last debate? OK, maybe he didn't say it, but certainly that has been Obama's glorious strategy, peace be unto him.
The point is, can we all just take a deep breath and wait the 2 or 3 weeks it will take for officials to get their visa's to Bangladesh in order to search Q man's apartment for evidence? Clearly, Mr. Quantanamo should be allowed his freedom until after the election so that it is not a disruption in his defense (and so he has a chance to vote).