Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Arrests this morning may possibly have ended the DC sniper case. It's important not to jump to conclusions - remember that only a few days ago police made an arrest that was thought to be a breakthrough and turned out to be just two illegal aliens in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The primary suspect is John Muhammad, an Army veteran (not trained as a sniper according to early reports) and Muslim convert. Although an al Qaeda sympathizer, he seems to have no direct ties to terrorist groups. If he is the killer it is likely that he's a freelance terrorist not unlike Hesham Hadayet, the terrorist who attacked the El Al terminal on July 4. This article (link from Daimnation) has some information on his background and that of the stepson arrested with him.
Update: Police now seem increasingly confident that these men are the sniper and his driver, although a final announcement is waiting on ballistics tests on the rifle recovered from their car.