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Feds: Maine OWS Attack Not Terrorism

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Why Isn’t the Federal Government Treating the Maine OWS Attack as WMD Terrorism?
Posted on October 25, 2011 by emptywheel
Mohamed Osman Mohamud’s alleged terrorist act was to take an inert bomb constructed by the FBI and attempt to detonate it in Portland, OR’s Courthouse Square; had he succeeded, a bomb would have gone off in a public space full of people and, possibly (as prosecution filings later emphasized), damaged the nearby federal courthouse as well.

Najibullah Zazi’s crime was to take common chemicals found in any kitchen or bathroom–acetone and hydrogen peroxide–in hopes of turning them into an explosive to deploy on NY’s subways.

On Sunday morning, someone threw a bottle containing household cleaning solvents–not dissimilar from Zazi’s raw materials–into the public square occupied by Occupy Maine. Like Courthouse Square in Portland, OR, Lincoln Park, in Portland ME, is within blocks of the federal courthouse. Mohamud’s target, like that of the unknown bomber in ME, was a square full of people. And in ME–unlike OR–that crowd of people was engaging in political speech.

WTC hit job

WTC hit job

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday took a break from head-scratching over the salmonella that has felled people from coast to coast, walloped U.S. agriculture and made Americans worry their next salad might be their last.

Dr. Julie Gerberding had something more important to take care of - to wit, a bureacratic revenge killing.

Perhaps thinking no one would notice on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, Gerberding fired Dr. John Howard http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Howard as head of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Institute+for+Occupational+Safety+and+Health . This was payback, and the orders had to have come from the top, straight from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Leavitt .

Using Federal Government Equipment to Modify Wikipedia

Using Federal Government Equipment to Modify Wikipedia

August 27, 2007

By Ralph Smith

URL: http://www.fedsmith.com/articles/articles.showarticle.db.php?intArticleID=1347

Wikipedia is an internet phenomenon. It is a quick way to find out information about almost anything. It describes itself as "a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. With rare exceptions, its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet...."

Federal agencies spend hundreds of millions (or billions) of dollars on projects and missions. Many federal employees are engaged in providing accurate information on these programs to Americans and others throughout the world.

It seems logical that Wikipedia would be used for this purpose. Why not use a free service to tell people more about a project, an agency or a program? Agencies do it and routinely update information on their organizations.