Suspect Arrested for Attempting Man-Caused Disaster in Portland, Oregon

A stark reminder that nobody, not even in the super-progressive areas of the enlightened northwest, are off limits:

A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and is a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI.

Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department said in a written statement, but the device was actually inert.

Unfortunately some folks haven’t yet been informed that a new age of Pericles, complete with unclenched fists, outreaches and total unity with a light, creamy filling, has arrived.

The suspect also apparently had a literary bent:

Mohamud allegedly told the undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated violent jihad.

“Jihad Recollections” — from the publishers of “Car & Bomber,” “Rolling Stoning” and “Newsweek.”

A US Attorney reminds progressives that they are not off limits:

“This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans,” Dwight C. Holton, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in a statement.

Some of the liberals in Portland are described as deeply concerned at the potential carbon footprint this bomb would have left.

Jammie Wearing Fool has the quote of the day so far:


Although JWF does also point out that the local paper refers to it as a “holday tree.” For the most part, the media is avoiding the word “Muslim” — just in case the suspect is one of those infamous Somali Christian teabagger jihadists.

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