Friday, August 15, 2008

Things to do in Denver when you're dead

A week before the Democratic convention in Denver, a Somali-born Canadian citizen dies of cyanide poisoning in a Denver hotel room. In his hotel room is a quart-sized container full of sodium cyanide. The dead man, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, is possibly the same Abdirahman Dirie who posted an exhortation to kill infidels in a blog comment last month. Authorities, of course are completely stumped over any possible linkage between these facts.
An FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has been sent to Denver, although Special Agent Kathy Wright said there's no information to conclude that Dirie had terrorist ties, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

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"It's an isolated incident," Denver Police Detective John White told the newspaper. They refused to speculate on why he had such a large quantity of the poisonous substance with him in the swanky all-suite hotel so soon before the convention in Denver, Aug. 25-28.

"We don't think it's any act of terrorism," Sonny Jackson, a spokesman for the Denver Police Department, told "We have no reason to believe it was. Nobody knows what was in this gentleman's mind."

Jackson declined to elaborate on why the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force got involved in the case.

"That's just normal," said Jackson. "You'd have to ask them why they got involved. They may have more expertise with the chemicals."

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...the FBI echoed police, insisting terrorism isn't suspected.

"At this point we don't have any nexus to terrorism," the FBI's Wright told The Associated Press. She didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment from
Of course, I don't believe for a minute that the FBI isn't crawling all over Dirie's former life to figure out what he was up to. But why can't cops just be honest and say what every reasonable person would think? Is it politically incorrect to suspect someone may have had terrorist intent?

These statements just make them look like idiots.

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