Terrorism comes in all forms, colors, religions, and more. That is why profiling does not work. Our government and media would have you believe that terrorism has one face. This behavior puts us all at risk. Why didn't we know about this latest terrorist act?
According to CBS News, Michael Christopher Estes,
planted a Mason jar filled with explosive chemicals and nails at a western North Carolina airport last week and vowed to "fight a war on U.S. soil," according to court documents released Tuesday.
The criminal complaint written by an FBI agent said investigators found the improvised explosive device Friday morning at the Asheville airport near a terminal entrance. Asheville police bomb technicians then rendered it safe.
The complaint accuses Michael Christopher Estes of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosives at an airport.
Estes was arrested Saturday, and the complaint says he admitted leaving the explosive device at the airport. The complaint states that Estes "claimed he was getting ready to 'fight a war on U.S. soil,'" but didn't elaborate on this alleged motive.
So was this a real bomb?
Court documents say authorities found the improvised explosive device around 7 a.m. Friday at Asheville Regional Airport. It contained ammonium nitrate and Sterno fuel, along with steel wool that was then wrapped around nails and a .410 gauge Winchester shotgun cartridge, the complaint says.
An alarm clock was taped to the outside of the jar with matches attached to the arm that strikes the bells, according to court documents. The alarm had been set for Friday at 6, the complaint says. ...
"Estes described how he created the device ... and then rigged the alarm clock to strike the matches and cause the flame necessary to trigger the device," the complaint states. "More specifically, the alarm clock would go off, the matches would strike, the Sterno would heat up, and then the Ammonium Nitrate would explode."
If this were a Muslim who did this, it would be on the main news and cable news 24/7. It is clear that because this man did not 'fit the profile, he was mentioned as just another criminal complaint. This hurts us all. It gives the impression that cracking down on one group could keep us safe. Every group has a propensity to do both good and evil. Profiling does not make you safer.
Also published on Medium.