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Not a Patriot

Michael Sibley, 67, admits he planted several bombs in Roswell, Ga., in a backpack — along with a copy of the Quran and a list of other “soft targets” to indicate other bombings were coming. Targets like the city’s Jewish community center. In his confession, federal investigators say, Sibley provided his motive: “Stated he is a ‘patriot’ and he felt no one was paying attention to what was going on the world. Sibley felt if he placed the package in a Roswell park then people would finally get that this type of activity could happen anywhere.” The bombs were not completed, and did not explode. Sibley has been charged with “attempting to damage federal property by use of an explosive device.” (RC/WSB Atlanta) ...America: Where high school students’ angst-ridden utterings of “I’ll kill you!” bring charges of “terroristic threats,” but planting actual bombs meant to sow terror are anything but “terrorism.”
Original Publication Date: 12 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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