Good thing this guy doesn’t have an Arabic sounding name, or speak with a funny accent, else he’d be in real trouble.
A 65-year-old Spokane man has been ordered held in custody on federal charges of illegally possessing automatic weapons and illegally storing explosives in a Bellevue commercial storage shed while agents investigate how he came to possess a huge military-grade arsenal that included … 37 machine guns, 12 silencers, two grenade launchers, more than 60 high-explosive grenades, several pounds of military-grade C-4 plastic explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
[…] At a detention hearing set for Friday, [Asst. US Attorney Thomas] Woods said he will present evidence that Struve possessed “anti-government material.”
According to a complaint filed earlier this month, Struve “planned to use the items at some uncertain date in the future.”
[ATF Special Agent Heidi] Wallace, who was at Struve’s court hearing Tuesday, said there was no evidence at this point that Struve was involved in domestic terrorism.
No evidence he was involved in domestic terrorism? Uh… how about the 37 machine guns, 12 silencers, 60 grenades and several pounds of military-grade C-4, not to mention…
One box contained 54 M406 high-explosive grenade rounds — 40-millimeter shells that can be launched from a shoulder-fired weapon to distances of 300 yards or more, according to military specification.
Its explosion creates a “kill radius” of up to 16 feet from the point of impact and injuries dozens of yards beyond that.
What’s that make him… a collector? A Second Amendment enthusiast? A grenade-launcher rights advocate?
Actually, what I’m guessing this makes him is white, considering that dark-skinned people with foreign sounding names are routinely convicted as terrorists in the press, and then in the courts, simply for talking about fantastical plots to wreak havoc in impossible ways with weapons they’ve made no serious effort to obtain. But this “heavyset and bearded” white guy with the huge cache of illegal weapons and the “anti-goverment material”…? There is absolutely “no evidence that Struve assembled the arsenal for terrorism purposes.”
So don’t you worry. He’s not a terrorist. An ATF agent said so. And the agent must be right, else both the Times and the P-I wouldn’t have credulously repeated the assertion.