November 16, 2006

Ethiopian Arrested, Nuke Connection

I was going to post on this earlier, but couldn't make heads nor tails of it. In my mind Sisayehiticha Dinssa seems like an unlikely terror suspect.

He's an Ethiopian by birth, and an American citizen by choice. My experience is that most Ethiopians in the US are here because they fled during the Communist takeover during the Cold War. Maybe my Ethiopian readers could clarify?

The large amount of cash found on the unemployed man seems more of a sign of criminality than of latent jihadism. And the cyanide and nuclear info? Hell, you should see what's on my computer.

It wasn't until Allahpundit pointed out this from the Blotter that I became a bit more alarmed:

According to two senior U.S. government officials briefed on the matter, the files appear to be beyond what someone would normally download from the Internet. According to U.S. officials, Dinssa may have been researching the materials extensively.
Add that to the fact that he was heading back from Nigeria--where in the North there is quite a bit of terror support--and the nature of those files does make one wonder.

Hopefully it will turn out that he's just your run of the mill Heroin dealer or something. But the Ethiopian community is a small one. Any one know Dinssa?

Michelle sums up my feelings on it:

Could be something. Could be nothing. In a post-9/11 world, we cannot afford to take chances.
Indeed.

But let me throw this and this into the over-the-top speculation pot, which might urge caution as the better part of valor. Better safe than sorry.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:50 PM | Comments |