There is no doubt that any news about a homegrown terrorist seeking to harm his fellow Americans is big and should be covered. And when that person is a Muslim…then you can bet the farm that Police Blotter Scholar Robert Spencer will be all over it.
But what is astonishing, truly astonishing, to me is that when bad news is about non-Muslims, Spencer could care less. Another case in point: Today, authorities in California conducted a controlled burn of a house that, according to news reports, contained “the largest amount of certain homemade explosives ever found in a single U.S. location.” In fact, the article continues: “Authorities said the cluttered home was filled with so much dangerous material that they had to burn it to the ground to protect the neighborhood.”
The man who rented the house was taken into custody. According to the Washington Post:
While the immediate safety threat had passed, Pat MacQueen, 76, and other residents were still haunted by the man who rented the house – George Jakubec. How did he, as authorities say, amass so much explosive material and what did he plan to do with it?
“It was scary at first to think someone had been making bombs so close to me,” said MacQueen as she watched the fire from about a block away.
Jakubec, an unemployed software consultant, 54, has pleaded not guilty to charges of making destructive devices and robbing three banks. He rented the house that authorities say had the kind of chemicals used by suicide bombers and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The materials included Pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, which was used in the 2001 airliner shoe-bombing attempt as well as airplane cargo bombs discovered last month.
A coffee table was found cluttered with documents and strewn with detonators, prosecutors said.
In the backyard, bomb technicians found six mason jars with highly unstable Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, or HMTD, which can explode if stepped on.
Did Spencer say anything? Mention this historic find? Talk about the man who was arrested for having all these dangerous bomb making materials? Nope. He didn’t make one sound about this story. His silence, in fact, was deafening. No, he was busy talking about obscure Saudi fatwas, and instances of child marriage in the Muslim world (which is not unique to the Muslim world), and other random acts of criminality.
Yet, I bet I know what will make him speak up about this incident: if George Jacubek turns out to be Muslim…