Elham Asaad Buaras
A self-described American “patriot” has escaped terrorism charges and media coverage despite planting a bomb at a national park in Georgia in the hope of framing Muslims.
Michael C Sibley, who lives in Roswell Georgia, appeared in court on March 23 to face charges of attempting to damage Federal property and intentionally providing false information related to the unlawful use of an explosive device, after he planted the two bombs in a backpack and left it at Vickery Creek Park which failed to detonate on November 4, 2014.
A local reported a suspicious package at the park. Roswell police discovered a backpack along a trail in the park that contained two partially assembled pipe bombs.
67 year-old Sibley was arrested on March 20.
Sibley told the FBI that he planted the bombs which he learned how to make from the Internet because “no one was paying attention to what was going on [sic] the world.”
Irrationally, Sibley placed a copy of the Qur’an in the backpack. As well as book titled “The Rape of Kuwait” and a map circling the Jewish Community Centre of Atlanta and information for other “soft targets” like the Atlanta commuter train system under the belief that these places would be likely targets of Muslim extremists.
Sibley also wrote the name Mina Khodari telling FBI agents that the name sounded “foreign.”
Acting US Attorney John Horn said the arrest “should reassure the community that serious crimes like this will be investigated thoroughly.” However, former attorney and The Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidalla was one of very few American journalists to probe the authorities on the charges.
“Sibley arguably was using violence to change Government policy (ie increased surveillance of American Muslims, or worse),” wrote Obeidalla.
Obeidalla said he contacted prosecutors on why Sibley did not face terrorism charges despite the fact that, “Under Federal law, ‘domestic terrorism’ is defined as acts ‘dangerous to human life’ that violate Federal or State laws and ‘appear to be intended’ to influence Government policies or ‘intimidate or coerce a civilian population.’ ”
The US Attorney refused to comment while the case is pending.