A man who described himself as a “patriot” confessed to placing homemade bombs in a Georgia park to help people realize “that this type of activity could happen anywhere,” according to court documents obtained by TPM on Tuesday.
Michael Conrade Sibley, a resident of Marietta, Ga. was charged last week in a federal court in Atlanta with attempting to damage federal property.
Documents filed in the case said Sibley built improvised explosive devices and left two of them in a backpack on Nov. 4 at the Vickery Creek Park in Georgia.
What makes this all especially nasty and insane is that Sibley was motivated by the desire to frame Muslims.
He said he purchased a backpack [to hold the bomb] at a garage sale and, according to the documents, wrote the name “Mina Khodari” inside the backpack because he said “it looked foreign.”
Along with the bombs, Sibley put print-outs of the Atlanta Falcons’ schedule as well as public transportation timetables and the locations of Marcus Jewish Centers into the backpack because he thought officials would see those as “soft targets,” the documents said.
Sibley told the agents he also placed a copy of the Quran and a book titled “The Rape of Kuwait” in the bag.
But no worries, he did it all with the best of intentions: because he truly loves his country, he claimed.
Sibley said he placed the bombs in the park because he’s a “patriot.” He said he regretted that people weren’t “paying attention to what was going on (sic) the world” and he wanted to remind people “that this type of activity could happen anywhere,” according to the documents.
It’s such up-is-down nonsense, it makes my head hurt. For one thing, Muslims need no help in driving home the point that their religion is used to justify the most extreme kinds of violence. For another, Sibley’s defense is not just the already abjectly stupid “Hey lady, I only raped you to warn you against rape.” Rather, it’s “I only raped you to warn you against rape by them Mooslems.”
When malice and crackpottery combine, we get the worst kind of absurdity, one that isn’t above deadly harm — in this case, perpetrated under cover of a false flag, no less.
I hope a court throws the book at Sibley.
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