Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

Mohamud Trial Day 7: "Dial it Again."

The accused terrorist standing trial for conspiring to blow up thousands of revelers gathered at “The Tree” lighting ceremony in Portland November of 2010, was revealed on tape in a Portland courtroom Friday dialing the number that would detonate the bomb. It was a bomb Mohamed Mohamud declared “beautiful” earlier in the day. 

The bomb was constructed of six blue large barrels and was situated in the back of a rented van parked on Yamhill Street across from Pioneer Courthouse Square. It smelled of diesel fuel. In reality, it was a fake. 




While I know I’ll be able to hear the tape over and over again before the trial is over, I’m disappointed I couldn’t be in court first hand Friday afternoon when the tape leading up to the detonation of the bomb and the arrest of Mohamed Mohamud was first played in a Portland courtroom. I have reported the tic toc of the day by the man called “Youssef,” an FBI agent (here), but this excerpt fills in the blanks on conversation leading up to the detonation. Moments before, “Hussein,” the undercover FBI agent, told the then 19 year old to activate the bomb with a toggle switch between their seats in the front seat of the van. It was a toggle switch Mo Mo himself had purchased.

From the Oregonian:

From the Zero:“Allahu akbar,” Hussein says. (God is great.) Then to Mohamud: “You ready?”“Ready,” he says.Hussein continues to pray in Arabic: “I bear witness there is no God but God.”He hands Mohamud a cell phone and reads a number, which Mohamud dials on the keypad.The phone rings, but nothing happens.“Hang up,” Hussein orders. “How is the signal?”Mohamud says it’s fine. So Hussein says they should get out of the SUV and try it again.


 Huffpo picks up the narrative:

The recording crackles as the FBI agent reads out numbers and the teenager punches them into his black disposable Nokia cellphone. He then apparently encounters an error.

“Dial it again,” the man said, words that were in fact the cue for his fellow agents. Mohamud dialed again and waited for the explosion.Instead: “FBI, FBI, FBI! Get down!”

The Bike Gallery on SW 10th Ave is
 Pick Up Spot for Terrorist Prior to
Detonation

See what happens next from my previous post here. 


Both undercover agents have spent days on the stand at the Federal Court House. The courtroom is sealed to protect their identities. 

Mohamud’s defense team has tried to show in their cross examinations that at every turn the FBI managed the bombing plot. Friday morning, one of the defense attorneys Lisa Hay was upbraided by the Judge for trying to ask one of the FBI agents “Is it fair to say you don’t want to be here to testify?” Her entire line of questioning was shot down in an exchange out of earshot of the jurors. 

The defense stipulates Mohamud dialed the number to detonate the bomb–twice–but claim the FBI made him do it.

What would someone have to say to make you murder thousands of people? 

The trial continues Tuesday.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Washington State Job: "Marijuana Consultant." Pays $87,664 (Plus Benefits!)

How screwed up is Washington State’s new dope law?

The public was so stupid–or so besotted with smoking pot–they  voted to put the STATE in charge of dealing and manufacturing dope. This within a year of finally getting the State out of the liquor biz. 

The law puts the State in charge of dispensing
dope so, of course, they need a ‘consultant.’ A “Marijuana Consultant.” And the pay is quite nice at $87K/year. 

See the job posting below.


And what will the “Marijuana Consultant” DO? We get some insight from the Seattle Weekly who talked with the head of Washington Liquor Control Commission–which hitherto had been on the path to extinction:

“Once that first crop of people are sorted out, a Board panel will begin interviews,” Smith said.
The Seattle Times reported last month that a major part of the pot consultant’s job, according to LCB director Pat Kohler, will be to gather input from key groups of police, farmers, users and others to help her staff better “understand the product and the industry itself.”
According to Smith, as KIRO-TV noted, the consultant is needed to determine how much pot is consumed in Washington, so the state can come up with a way of knowing how much should be grown and sold.
“We’re trying to get that sweet spot,” Smith said, “where we can get that right amount that is produced in Washington State to meet the market demand.”

Washington voters have put the state in charge of the means of production of the marijuana crop. As if that’s not bad enough, there’s one question I have have for the people culling through the applications: What counts as experience, a rap sheet? 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com