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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    What exactly counts as a WMD these days?
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    What exactly counts as a WMD these days?
    Bringing down a Dallas skyscraper would require a WMD.

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Or a bunch of fertilizer. If that's what a WMD is, we've been dropping tons of them.
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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    Bringing down a Dallas skyscraper would require a WMD.
    The targeted building downtown is on of my favorites in downtown Dallas.

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    What exactly counts as a WMD these days?
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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States also considers conventional weapons (i.e. bombs) as WMD: "A weapon crosses the WMD threshold when the consequences of its release overwhelm local responders".
    For criminal purposes that seems like a good definition. It is separate from the definition when talking about a nation's armaments.

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    For criminal purposes that seems like a good definition. It is separate from the definition when talking about a nation's armaments.
    So it's not so much about destructive potential as much as its about who's hands it happens to be in. Nice.
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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    So it's not so much about destructive potential as much as its about who's hands it happens to be in. Nice.
    They're just separate terms. It's no different than if the FBI called a weapon whose "consequences of its release overwhelm local responders" an "super-duper destructive device," and the FBI's definition is not meant to reflect on the military definition.

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    But, yes, it does make a difference in whose hands it happens to be. I can think of absolutely no rationale for my neighbor to own an F-16 and would object very strongly if he acquired one. In civilian hands such a machine would belong in the most extreme category of weapons according to whatever scale you want to use. I have no problem with the military possessing them, though, and they are fairly mundane as far as a military weapon goes.
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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Hmmm...These two plots sound almost identical. They must be related somehow.
    Spate of terrorism arrests not connected, analysts say

    Spate of terrorism arrests not connected, analysts say - CNN.com

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    Spate of terrorism arrests not connected, analysts say

    Spate of terrorism arrests not connected, analysts say - CNN.com

    That article is written like it's reassuring. I don't know, I guess in a way it could be? But, is it scarier that there are five separate things going on, or is it scarier that they might have been co-ordinated? Six of one, half a dozen of the other ...

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    Re: FBI arrests Jordanian for downtown Dallas bomb plot

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    That article is written like it's reassuring. I don't know, I guess in a way it could be? But, is it scarier that there are five separate things going on, or is it scarier that they might have been co-ordinated? Six of one, half a dozen of the other ...
    Both are scary in their own way. All we can do is support our local law enforcement and hope for the best.

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