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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Nothing to See Here

A man was found dead in a hotel in Denver. It probably wouldn't have made the blogosphere except for one little combination of facts: he was Muslim, and he had a pound of cyanide (enough to kill a hundred people or so) in the room.
Police confirmed Wednesday that they found about a pound of sodium cyanide in a Denver hotel room where the body of a Canadian man was discovered earlier this week.

Police spokesman John White identified the white powder as sodium cyanide, the crystal form of cyanide. Fire officials say they found a bottle containing about a pound of the white powder, or between a pint and a quart by volume.An expert told the Denver Post that the amount of cyanide is enough to kill hundreds of people.

The medical examiner's office said it is awaiting test results to determine whether cyanide killed 29-year-old Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, of Ottawa, Canada.

His body was found Monday inside Room 408 at The Burnsley Hotel, which is about four blocks from the state Capitol.

...The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting in the investigation but FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said the incident has no apparent connection to terrorism.

"You have a suspicious substance that was found in a hotel room in conjunction with person being a foreign national, and we have a lot of questions and that is why we are assisting," Wright told the Post.

An online threat posted in July by a man with a similar name warned of death. The blog discussed the killing of Christians in Somalia by Islamists. The person who posted on the blog appeared to condemn Christians.
So... a Canadian Muslim, originally from Solmalia, is found dead with a pound of cyanide in a not-cheap hotel in the town where the Democrat National Convention will be held in a couple of weeks... and there's no indication, not even a hint, that there might be a terrorism connection?

I can only guess that it's one of two things. Either the FBI thinks we're so stupid that we'll believe them as they try to cover up a credible terrorist threat to the DNC, or they are so stupid that they don't see the possibility. I really hope it's the former. 

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