'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sleeper Cells (Part 2) 

As first observed in March, here is another frightening incident that occurred early Sunday morning in Oakland:

Convicted felon Byron Williams loaded up his mother's Toyota Tundra with guns, strapped on his body armor and headed to San Francisco late Saturday night with one thing in mind: to kill workers at the American Civil Liberties Union and an environmental foundation, prosecutors say.

Williams, an anti-government zealot on parole for bank robbery, had hoped to start a revolution with the bloodshed at the ACLU and the Tides Foundation in San Francisco, authorities said.

But before he made it to the city, Williams was stopped at early Sunday by California Highway Patrol officers for speeding and driving erratically on westbound Interstate 580 west of Grand Avenue in Oakland.

Police say he then initiated a chaotic, 12-minute gunbattle with officers, firing a 9mm handgun, a .308-caliber rifle and a shotgun. He reloaded his weapons when he ran out of ammunition and stopped only after officers shot him in areas of his body not covered by his bullet-resistant vest, authorities said.

And, there is also this troubling incident in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend as well, although the perpetrator and his motivation are still unknown.

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