Thursday, July 29, 2004

Al-Qaeda in Iowa, Part II 

Apparently the "California officials" investigating Michael Wagner, the fellow arrested in Des Moines earlier in the month for driving while unbelted, say that he "has a credibility problem."
According to court papers, Michael Wagner, 44, told authorities he knew of a terrorist plot to blow up trains in San Diego and knew people tied to al-Qaida.

But California officials say a search of his home found no evidence to back up his claim. Wagner, a Navy veteran and Muslim convert, appeared in federal court in Iowa Tuesday on weapons charges. He's being held without bail.

So let me get this straight: Hawkeye troopers pick up a Muslim carrying weapons, documents in Arabic, flight-training manuals and night vision documents. Said Muslim offers up information about Islamist plots to blow up trains in California. "California officials" search his home, find no evidence, and declare that the guy has a credibility problem.

Candidly, I think they're projecting.

But then, his parents say he's a pacifist. Now I just don't know who to believe.

And by the way, isn't this like questioning 14 Syrians and not remembering to check whether their visas have expired?


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