[Guest post by DRJ]
The police did a “thorough” 2-3 day investigation that did not find any ties to terrorists or a terrorist network. Click2Houston.com has the details:
“A woman called police on Monday and said a man was forcing his way into her apartment in the 5300 block of Elm Street.
When officers went inside, they found something that made them concerned enough to call the bomb squad.
They found an AT-4 shoulder-mounted rocket launcher. It can shoot a missile nearly 1,000 feet through buildings and tanks.”
Apparently the woman had let the man store items at her home:
“The woman did tell police that the rocket launcher belonged to Nabilaye I. Yansane, someone whom she allowed to store items at her apartment.
Police records show that she didn’t want Yansane at her apartment, so she called them.
According to court documents, officers also found Jihadist writings that allegedly belonged to Yansane.”
The woman refused to speak with reporters about the man, his writings, or his weapon. Yansane plead guilty to criminal trespassing and was sentenced to 3 days, time he had already served. His attorney said “[o]ther people could have had access to the apartment, so maybe if a rocket launcher was located there, as is stated in the offense report, maybe it belonged to somebody else.”
No charges were filed regarding the rocket launcher because it was unarmed, a fact that led to this understatement-of-the-day:
“The former director of Houston’s FBI office said rocket launchers can be dangerous if they’re in the wrong hands.
“I don’t know any other use for those weapons except in combat,” Don Clark said. “I’ve had them in combat, used them in combat. That’s what they are used for.”
UPDATE: Commenter Diffus points out Confederate Yankee’s post on this topic — “Houston Wets Itself Over Glorified Pipe.” His point is that “This jihadi wannabe acquired a used (and therefore useless) AT-4 tube.” Commenter Dustin made a similar point.
My point is that we should stop focusing on how effective our enemies’ weapons are and start focusing on whether they are our enemies. It’s similar to airline security, where our goal should not only be to load a weapons-free aircraft, but should also be to profile the people loading and getting on that aircraft.