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Domestic Terrorism

Leo J. Powers, 23, was arrested in Abington, Mass., after police found “military-grade ammunition and other stuff, including powders of some sort,” reported Abington Police Chief David Majenski. The actual criminal charges are “threat to commit a crime” and “possession of an infernal machine” (yeah, really!) “I think it was a little much when the police called out the bomb squad,” Powers, who has a license to handle firearms, says. “It’s common gunpowder, nothing crazy,” Powers said. “It’s not like I had a tank round or anything.” The washing machine repairman simply used the legally purchased gunpowder to blow up snow banks, so he wouldn’t have to shovel the snow. (RC/Quincy Patriot-Ledger, Boston Herald) ...And like many humanitarians over the centuries, he’s being persecuted by those who just don’t understand his genius.
Original Publication Date: 06 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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