January 30th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Man charged with making terrorist threats in connection with mosque

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

A man arrested by Dearborn, Michigan, police and charged with possessing explosives in connection with making terrorist threats was targeting one of America's largest mosques, according to officials at the Muslim house of worship.

A 63-year-old California man was arraigned Wednesday and charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of explosives - possession of bombs with unlawful intent - the Dearborn Police Department said in a press release Sunday.

Roger Stockham was in possession of Class C fireworks, according to Dearborn Police Officer Brandon Nichols.

The felony charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively, Nichols said. Stockham is being held on $500,000 bond with a requirement of a GPS tether if bond is posted, according to the police department's release.

Dearborn police informed the Islamic Center of America on Tuesday that they had arrested an individual with "a large quantity of fireworks in his car" in the mosque's parking lot a day earlier, a Sunday press release from the mosque said.

"According to police they received a tip from an employee of a local establishment stating that he overheard threats against Muslims or Arabs made by this individual," the mosque's press release said. "A search of area mosques was conducted and a man fitting the description provided was found and taken into custody at the Islamic Center of America mosque."

Members of the Islamic Center of America were alerted to the threat during Friday's prayer service, according to CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV.

Stockham is scheduled to appear in court this Friday, Nichols said. He said the police continue to investigate the incident.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Class C fireworks are known as consumer fireworks and are "most commonly sold at neighborhood stands during the Fourth of July season."

"While we still don't know all the details of this crime we do know from police reports that the individual has a record of contact with law enforcement for other threats of violence," the mosque said in its release.

"Crimes like this recent attempt and others intended to create terror among our citizens must be identified for what they are," the release said, "useless attempts at dividing a great diverse nation."

Located just outside of Detroit, Dearborn is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States. The Islamic Center of North America was founded in the 1963, according to its website, which says the mosque building is the largest in North America.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Michigan • Mosque

soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Steve

    As it turns out, CNN neglected to mention that the potential perpetrator of this crime is himself a muslim. As much as I loathe Bill Maher, he is right when it comes to islam: "They call themselves the religion of peace...until you disagree with them. Then they want to chop your %)$(-ing head off!" Just as the world had to deliver itself from the nazi scourge, the time has come for islam to enjoy the same fate.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Deb

    Has Mr. Gilgoff written a follow-up on this incident to include the fact that Mr. Stockham is a Sunni Muslim and was upset that this mosque is a Shiite center? Some sources claim Stockham spoke Arabic and quoted from the Koran in an interview. Is that mentioned anywhere? Stockham's own attorney called him an "Islamic convert."

    April 13, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  3. David

    Please consider the following site:



    March 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  4. Mark from Middle River

    Muneef, I heard something interesting on the radio today..... Why are so many of the protest signs and a lot of chants in English?

    February 3, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Muneef

      Mark from Middle River.
      What was the interesting thing you heard on the radio? Protest signs and chants are in English because they are addressed to the international media since most of those systems are imposed upon their people by the west...
      Any way dear Mark we heard a comforting things about our country which hopefully will not have the same mess that has happened in Tunisia and Egypt...Thanks to Almighty.

      February 3, 2011 at 5:27 am |
  5. Muneef

    Since as we know the first mankind kill on earth has started with these two sons of Adam:
    Al-Maeda sura 02:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    But recite unto them with truth the tale of the two sons of Adam, how they offered each a sacrifice, and it was accepted from the one of them and it was not accepted from the other. (The one) said: I will surely kill thee. (The other) answered: Allah accepteth only from those who ward off (evil). (27) Even if thou stretch out thy hand against me to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand against thee to kill thee, lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. (28) Lo! I would rather thou shouldst bear the punishment of the sin against me and thine own sin and become one of the owners of the fire. That is the reward of evil-doers. (29) But (the other's) mind imposed on him the killing of his brother, so he slew him and became one of the losers. (30) Then Allah sent a raven scratching up the ground, to show him how to hide his brother's naked corpse. He said: Woe unto me! Am I not able to be as this raven and so hide my brother's naked corpse? And he became repentant. (31) For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth. (32).

    February 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  6. Muneef

    As it seems that the Domino effect is really taking effect for countries falling one after another as all idols fell at times of winds of change ( El-Zalzalah) the Earthquake...to those countries which have not invested in their populations but rather treated as if in a major Prison system. Their time, efforts being inslaved by other powerful and rich ones to make them richer while they always remain in debt to the system and the rising cost of living,jobless above all being ripped from savings by fragile financial org's ?? It's jungle out there...poverty and starvation is the base of all filths to nations on earth and if those two were conquered and human greed was controlled am sure peace will find it way back to earth once again if ever it did happen before? 

    February 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Mark from Middle River.

    Sorry couldn't write better since i am a bit worried as understand that tomorrow Thrusday going to be a protest in my country as happened in Tunisia and Egypt but hope it will not result as theirs... Wonder now whether it will be proven that Belief is Yemenite and Wisdom is Yemenite? Our people will not be armed with stones and knives as was in both of those countries, in our country nearly most of the populations are armed with fire guns and above, my fear it would become worse.. But mind you here we are not talking about Religion but much worse it is politics which proved to be strong enough to divide people of one religion as well as dividing families among them selves .. So kindly pray for us to pass this test in safety with out hatred, bloodshed,destructions,looting wealths among population...Sorry if I had been a trouble for any of you on these blogs... In God Speed .

    February 2, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  8. Muneef

    Mark from Middle River.
    Done well, I just loved the words but was not intended to reflect personal feelings...

    February 2, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  9. Mark from Middle River

    "Muneef Love these few word;

    لاأحب التعــــآلي ... لكن أمام من يُهيننــــي سيبقى رأســي عالـــي ... و كلما أهنتني بنيت طابقاً في مملكة كبريـــآئي ... حتى أرتفعتُ فلم تَعُد ترى سوى خيـــالي ... فلا تحلم بتدميري ... فسيدفنُك أنهيـــآري ... فهذا ليس حطــــآمي بل جمرة من جمـــــرآت بركــــاني

    Muneef's responce : "..this is a poem,not Quran, have searched for it in English but not found any. If translated by me it will lose the touch as my words are poor in expressions !? Only an Arab American with good grasp of Arabic English poetry can help more than me...I"

    Muneef – The basic meaning of your quoted poem is not that unique and appears in many cultures and languages around the planet and through out time.

    In basic English pseudo translation. "I know that I am not the greatest or best feeling that my head shall be higher than everyone else, but when those that come to me and attempt to make me feel like I have less self worth. That I should not hold my head up, my pride and self confidence will allow me to go on with my head held high"

    This is not a Arab or Persian theme. It is a universal theme that you can find in Chinese, African, Native American and European text and literature.

    I am trying my hardest not to sound confrontational and I apologize in advance Muneef. I have witnessed this same sorta occurrence before. A person saying that there is a sūrah that it so deep and meaningful in the Koran or al-ḥadīth but that since we were non-Muslims we could not or were incapable of understanding such. A Palestinian translated it for me and had no problem telling me what it meant and he has been "in country" for a few years. When he told me what the poem was trying to convey it shocked me how simple it sounded. In some ways it was like a Rocky quote.

    "Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood. "

    This is just a small blog on the internet Muneef. There is no one who will look down on you if you give the effort to give us a more social face of Islam and/or of persons of Middle Eastern descent. Next time, your own words.

    Peace dude.

    February 2, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  10. Muneef

    Read here about the nomadic people of Arabia;

    February 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      You sound educated and and knowledgeable about such, how about you telling us about these folks yourself? If we are to have a exchange of ideals should we not start between those here?

      February 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Read here about the people of Yemen;
    Belief is Yemenite, and wisdom is also Yemenite.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      You sound educated and and knowledgeable about such, how about you telling us about these folks yourself?

      February 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  12. Mark from Middle River


    Hi,we meet again, this is a poem,not Quran, have searched for it in English but not found any. If translated by me it will lose the touch as my words are poor in expressions !?

    @Muneef – This is big sticking point. The rest of the world has translated Mandarin, Russian, French, German, Spanish and there are even those seriously translating Klingon. I have a few co-workers who are Arabic and they are able to tell me many Arabic writings, cartoons, and even parts of the Koran and Haddith. You seem like a pretty cool guy so I am refraining from thinking that you feel us English Western Non-Muslim people do not have the mental cognitive ability to understand a translation. I would taint you with a bit of arrogance if that was your intention. I will print out your post and take it to a Kurdish co-worker and see if he says the same thing as you. He has only been "in country" for a few years.

    "As if you want to hear me in your language but you do not want to hear me in my language ? It is the newer version of the language spoken by the Prophet Jesus?!"

    @Mueef – Nope, just asking someone of middle eastern descent or just a person who speaks Arabic to do what the rest of us in the educated world, who are just sharing of cultures, and not hinting to say that one culture is so unique that the other cultures can not understand its, works of art and poetry.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River & @Muneef

      -Muneef, I think that what -Mark is proposing sounds fair. I agree with him that we 'non-muslim' westerner's are often accused of not 'truly' understanding the Qur'an and/or the Haddith as it gets 'lost in translation' unless you have a 'native tongue' speaker of Arabic.

      So, for me... Mark, I am very curious as to what your findings are.

      -Muneef, this seems like an interesting cultural and linguistic experiment, yes...?

      Hope that you both are well.


      February 1, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Muneef

      Mark from middle river.

      Am not sure what you want to say but any way I had no intentions of insulting or abusing any one but was just suggesting...any way Kurds are not Arabs and I think they have their own language but worth trying as he might be speaking both languages ?

      February 1, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • Reality

      The solution without the need for Arabic:

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!
      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.
      The First Five of the 77 Branches:
      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him/her a copy and help save the world.

      February 1, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      But Reality, since coexistence of those of different thoughts, beliefs and values should be all of our goals in a peaceful society ...would not that make your call to "Save the World from", in the same light and spirit of those of those we would call extremist.

      What's the difference between your call to action and Hitler's call to action back in the 40s and Bin Laden's call for action today?

      Why not try to work for the challenge of coexistence ..... the desire to hate is a cowards way out.

      Here you go folks, my quotes of peace and harmony to help destroy Reality's myths and fears that folks might one day “get along”... I think I will call them :

      “The daily antidote to messages of “REALity” hate”

      “We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.” Jimmy Carter

      "It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business." Mohandas K. Gandhi

      "Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences " Mikhail Gorbachev

      "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
      Martin Luther King, Jr

      "Don't become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You'll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart." Yuri Kochiyama

      "We will remember that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story" Barack Obama

      "Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts." Max Lerner

      "All your strength in is your union. All your danger is in discord. Therefore be at peace henceforward, And as brothers live together." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

      "Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life." Chief Oren Lyons, Onandaga Nation

      "Understand the differences; Act on the commonalities." Andrew Masondo, African National Congress

      "If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place." Margaret Mead

      "We have a stake in one another ... what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and ... if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this Earth." Barack Obama

      "There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones." Anwar Sadat"

      "We have to sit down, have a meal together, pray together and then actually talk together. Then we realize that, yes, although we have some differences they are not impassable differences."Pauline Tangiora

      And of all of these quotes, these two stood out and are my favorites.


      "We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools." Martin Luther King, Jr

      "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank

      February 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Wow.... that was a "waiting for Moderation battle" ...i gotta figure which of the first half of the quotes triggered the Moderation brakes.

      But I did get my favorite two there at the end. 🙂

      February 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Reality


      You apparently missed the following:

      "Islam’s Koran and World Domination

      Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

      In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

      A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

      When will people realize that just as there are good doctors and quacks, good cops and rogue cops, there can also be good religions and bad religions?" D. Richardson

      Obviously, there cannot be co-existence with followers of the koran!!!!

      February 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  13. Greg

    Hey liberals he was on YOUR side, he was arrested before for making threats against Bush, He is a MUSLIM. You guys get credit again. Tea Party zero violence, Lefties and Muslims, tons and tons.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • Peace2All


      So... o.k, I'll bite, and this makes sense how, exactly...?


      January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Maybe he can claim medicine side effects are the cause of his actions?

      Man claims drug made him a 'g-a-y & x addict'
      A French man who claims a drug made him into a 'g-a-y x and ga-mb-ling add-i-ct' is taking British manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to court.

      Medicine made me a cross-dressing, x-mad ga-mb-ler
      A former councillor told on Monday how his life was ruined when a new drug for Parkinson’s disease turned him into a gambling trans-vest-ite.

      February 1, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  14. Renee

    What matters is intent to do harm. Stockham spoke of harming others. He traveled across the country with intent to harm people. Why isn't his face all over the news like all of the other terrorists with failed plots? His actions are premeditated. By the way, I am not Arab, I am an all American gal. Fair is fair.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Renee – I bet if he had a Tea Party or Sarah Palin bumper sticker on his pickup truck then it would be. We would be seeing him all over the place. Seems like they do not repeat and jump the gun like they did with the Gifford shooting and naturally linking him with the Tea Party and Republicans.

      Must be a card carrying Democrat.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  15. NothingWrong

    This should not be a story in CNN. See the person in question is not a muslim, so he must not be a terrorist. This is a person with history of mental problem. Get it... this is USA and terrorists are muslims, rest always have a history of mental issue.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Reality

      Why we might think that most terrorism in today's world is koranic-driven and committed by Muslims:

      Just a few examples:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat98,691 – 107,707
      Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems the Guy has some thing in head and think as those guilty ones who think they can solve problems with explosives!? Well at least we know now what is being done when the person feels neglected and depressed or moved by the media craze to take things in to their hands ...here it is;

      This guy has been a playing with explosives for a long time, http://ceinquiry.us/2011-01-30-roger-stockham, starting, as far as I can tell, after his arrest after holding his doctor hostage (with explosives) in 1977 http://bit.ly/fEp1Qp. I'm just not sure why he hasn't been watched more carefully. Why don't we take better care of our veterans?
      January 31, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse | Reply

      January 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      This guy is a mental case for hospital to deal with and not prison...only those members of organizations are considered as possible terrorist attack act.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  16. LisaToc

    Why is this not a major NEWS story on the front page of cnn.com - why is this very important story only visible in the Religion blog? Why is THIS about religion whereas terror targeting non-Muslims is seen as national security? We frequently hear that terrorists all look the same and that they are all Arabs. Well, here's an important story telling us that's not true. Is THAT why it's not news? Are we hiding an example of terror that does not fit the standard patterns of representation in the US media so that we can continue to believe such things??

    January 31, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Two reasons Lisa. First is because such things are slowly becoming common place that the news is only going to report on attacks that do high amounts of damage, kill many citizens or happens close to anything military. Second is because Americans are becoming more world news knowledgeable. There is this big thing happening in the Egypt that might be a bit more important that we should pay more attention too.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  17. Highplains


    "Why isn't this man's photo being circulated all over the newspapers and television media like the other terrorists? Is there a bias in the media against people of other nations/non-whites who do the same thing? . . . "

    Maybe because what he did isn't actually illegal . . . ? (Or at least no more illegal than having fireworks within the city limits).

    "Class C fireworks are known as consumer fireworks and are "most commonly sold at neighborhood stands during the Fourth of July season."

    January 31, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Nonimus

      old newspaper maxim, "if it bleeds, it leads"
      There was no blood.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Mike

      His name and picture are available online but since he had fireworks instead of, for instance, a true weapon or bomb this has never reached the same level as other terrorism cases. I agree.
      However, the biggest factor in this man 'leaving' the news is that he is no longer a "christian terrorist" it turns out he is a Sunni convert that wished to blow up Shiites for being 'infidels.' In other words, Muslim on Muslim violence and practices are taboo in the press, fake hate crimes are trumpeted until exposed, and then everyone backpedals furiously. Also assumptions were immediately made about this man's beliefs based on his skin tone. He is a good Muslim – fluent in Arabic and cited verses in the koran. So stop the race bias. Stop the hate. Details will vanish since they are no longer of use to pro-Islamic media groups – you will simply have by-lines about a mosque bombing attempt sans awkward "un PC" details.

      February 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
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