Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Except for the pipe bombs, human-sacrifice photos and stolen merchandise, it was pretty normal supermarket.

LGF points out a story that may set new minimal evidenciary standards before jumping to "terrorist cell" conclusions:
April 27, 2005 — Firefighters found more than 200 vehicle airbags believed to be stolen in the back room of a Brooklyn supermarket, where newspaper clippings about Osama bin Laden and beheadings in Iraq covered the walls, authorities said.

The firefighters from Ladder Co. 123 conducting a routine inspection, discovered the air bags — which sell for about $750 to $1,000 each — at the Superior Food Market at 1503 St. John’s Place in Crown Heights. Firefighters notified cops, and the FBI-NYPD joint terrorist task force was called in to search the building.

Authorities, however, did not believe they had stumbled onto a terrorist cell, even though the room contained some materials that could be used to fashion pipe bombs, sources said.

A few people were taken into custody, but police were waiting for the results of another search before deciding if they’d be charged.

Audeh Hamdan of Brooklyn owns the three-story building, which has 11 outstanding code violations on file with the city, records show. Hamdan, 53, of Brooklyn, served jail time in the late 1970s and early 1980s for arson, reckless endangerment, weapons possession and conspiracy, according to the records. He could not be reached for comment.
$200,000 in stolen merchandise, pictures of the world's most wanted/loved terrorist and a modest collection of pipe bombs. I'm sure the "authorities" are quick to rule out "terror cell" becuase those arrested are Rotary members.

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