Patterico's Pontifications

2/19/2010

Alleged Fort Jackson Poisoning Plot: Something? Or Nothing?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:37 am



A lot of people want to talk about this, but it’s not at all clear that there is anything to it.

The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News.

The Army is taking the allegations “extremely seriously,” Grey said, but so far, “there is no credible information to support the allegations.”

Five suspects, detained in December, were part of an Arabic translation program called “09 Lima” and use Arabic as their first language, two sources told Fox News. Another military source said they were Muslim. It wasn’t clear whether they were still being held.

I don’t know what to do but shrug my shoulders at this point. On one hand, I’m not generally too reassured when the government tells me not to worry about possible terrorism. On the other, what evidence is there, at this point, of a plot?

This fellow says he doubts there’s anything to it. (H/t redc1c4.) Until I hear different, that will be my working assumption.

11 Responses to “Alleged Fort Jackson Poisoning Plot: Something? Or Nothing?”

  1. Sadly, the plot is now believable, after Ft. Hood and the other murderer in Kuwait.

    Patricia (e1047e)

  2. I think it’s really the Tea Partiers – you know, they’re literally everywhere these days.

    Dmac (799abd)

  3. DMAC – You beat me too it. It probably was those teabagging nuts. One of them flew a plane into a building yesterday according to Kos! Those violent, racist, extremists ARE everywhere. Why hasn’t Napolitano done something?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  4. They either found poison or they didn’t. If they didn’t by now, I don’t know why they’d still be investigating the matter because why would the evidence suddenly show up 3 months later? Unless they are waiting for symptoms to appear from some kind of delayed reaction poisoning.

    If it is a case of poisoning thousands of troops over a long period of time, then they sure would keep the news under wraps because it would create a panic and create diversity problems. We know that the main concern that Gates and those people had after the Ft Hood shooting was “diversity” and this poisoning would have come to light just weeks after that incident.

    There was a swine flu outbreak there in January. That was how it was reported, anyway.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  5. Why hasn’t Napolitano done something?

    I think it’s because Nappy’s still hunting down those crazed military veterans stalking the countryside and terrifying the local townsfolk.

    Dmac (799abd)

  6. It’s really too bad we can’t trust the Army Brass to tell the truth when it comes to Muslim terrorism. The cover-up of Major Hassan’s behavior both before and after his bloodthirsty rampage at Fort Hood has poisoned the well.

    I respect the men and women who serve our country but I don’t respect the moral and ethical cowards who protect our enemies, who issue Rules of Engagement that work against our forces, who kowtow to PC idiots, who refuse to see the jihadi terrorists among us.

    This incident may not be an example of Muslim terrorism, but how can we tell given the fundamental dishonesty which has accompanied official Army statements involving Muslims in the ranks?

    ropelight (bf5916)

  7. Apologies for the threadjack, but it appears that Senator Lautenberg’s got stomach cancer:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/19/AR2010021902429.html?hpid=topnews

    He has the same cancer that I had 5 years ago, and despite what his doctors are saying publicy, this is really a problematic treatment, particularly considering he’s 86 years old. Awful.

    Dmac (799abd)

  8. my comment #’s 24, 26 & 30 on the Joe Stack thread cover my thoughts on the issue based on the info available then, as well as my opinion of “Retired PAO” who is busy running all over the blogosphere yelling at the top of his lungs “there’s nothing to see here, please move along”
    he pretty much makes the same post everywhere, and he might be right, but the whole “i’m an expert in investigations because i was PAO for a CID unit” is utter BS. he might be more familiar with them than some other Soldiers, but he’s hardly an expert. it’s not like a PD where the press person at least is a real cop.

    besides, in my first hand experience with PAO’s, they are all about pushing the approved message, not getting information out. it is especially telling that comments on his blog regarding this issue are moderated, which pretty much makes my point. he’s just doing drive-by postings, using his “appeal to authority” arguement “i’m a retired officer, so trust me”, to try and suppress discussion.

    therefore, i’m taking what he says with a 50# bag of salt until his position is supported by real information. until then, my reasoned suppositions, based on *my* experience as a retired Soldier and the available open source facts, are at least as valid as his…..

    IMHO, of course. %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  9. Update on the Ft. Jackson Five

    seems i was more on target than Mr. Nothingto C. Here was…. not perfect, but close enough for informed speculation.

    Damn i’m good……%-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)


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