February 07, 2014

Terrorist "Workplace Accident" at .... Georgia Tech? Iranian Grad Student Blows Self, Apartment Up (UPDATE: Media Declares 'Not Terrorism')

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UPDATE 2/07/2014: I saw this and thought I should update the post rather than start a new one. One of these things seems to contradict the other. From a news story yesterday:

Officials: No sign of terrorism in fire at Ga. Tech studentís apt.

Officials investigating an explosion at a Georgia Tech graduate studentís apartment that burned him on 90 percent of his body say there is no evidence of criminal intent, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV.

And the same day:
Channel 2 Action News now knows police confiscated several electronics from the apartment of the Georgia Tech grad student who set himself on fire....

The report also reveals investigators also took three laptops, three cellphones, two jump drives and homemade movies from Akhshabi's apartment.

And the "investigators" who removed the electronic devices? The Joint Terrorism Task Force. But, you know, "no sign of terrorism".

Like I said in the original post below, it could be that this guy was just a numbnuts who liked things that go boom and who, incidentally, is a big fan of the Iranian Islamist regime (and Obamacare, and gun control ... ).

But to say "no sign of terrorism"? That's what the media likes to call a "knee jerk reaction". Only, the funny thing is that no one in the media has an IQ high enough to get this. You see, "knee jerk reaction" is only applied to you wingnuts and 'phobes and not your more enlightened betters on the Left.

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Ok, we get a good laugh when some stupid terrorist blows himself up trying to make a bomb. It's funny when it's in, say, Gaza. The old adage goes that tragedy + time = comedy. I'd chime in that proximity can be substituted when time isn't available to make comedy.

Which is why the same thing possibly happening at Georgia Tech isn't quite as funny as when it happens in Gaza .... too close to home:

Federal authorities converged on an apartment building in Midtown Atlanta after a reported fire injured a Georgia Tech student Tuesday. Atlanta Police have identified the student as doctoral student, Saamer Akhshabi.

Late in the afternoon, fire authorities responded to an incident inside an apartment building. The male student reportedly suffered significant burn injuries. Authorities say Akhshabi suffered third degree burns over 90% of his body.

Atlanta Fire discovered "what appeared to be a molotov cocktail along with several other plastic bottles filled with liquid" during their investigation.

A neighbor in the above report claimed that Saamer Akhshabi was from Turkey, but I don't think so. He lists Tonekabon, Iran as his hometown on his FB account. Also, he did his undergrad work in ... Tehran. Here's his online CV:
I am a graduate student advised by Prof. Constantine Dovrolis. I am interested in Internet evolution, evolutionary network modeling, and adaptive video streaming. Before joining Georgia Tech in Fall 2009, I spent four wonderful years at University of Tehran completing my B.Sc. in computer engineering.
Not just 4 years in Tehran, four wonderful years.

Okay, so maybe this is just some numbnuts who was playing around at home for no other reason than he liked to make things that go boom. I get that sentiment. I like things that go boom.

Then again, I've heard Tehran described as a lot of things and the only ones who ever call it wonderful would be the ones on VEVAK's payroll.

The guy doesn't have much to say on his Twitter account, other than the fact that he follows both the current President of Iran and the former "reformist" President Khattami. His YouTube account is a single Iranian film.

Oh, and this would-be bomber is also a big, big fan of Obamacare. He also loves himself some gun control.

Gun control, yes: Molotov cocktail control, hell no!

So, big fan of Iran just happens to blow self up. Also, another story tells us that the feds who raided this guys house today? Joint Terrorism Task Force. Nothing suspicious here. Nevertheless, we'll keep an eye on this one. You know, because we're 'phobes and what not. Thanks to @pspoole

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 AM | Comments |