Last week, October 26, 2005, Behrouz Nahidmobarekeh was tried for tampering with consumer products. He was convicted the next day. He was caught on tape sprinkling dried feces on donuts and pastries in a Dallas grocery. Is this a new form of bioterrorism?
It would be the most cost-efficient, using the most easily attainable substance. Everyone knows feces can carry Hepatitis B, C, and D, as well as a host of other infectious diseases like Shigella and E. Coli. Yet Nahidmobarekeh’s attorney Clark Birsall said there was no way to prove that Nahidmobarekeh’s actions would have harmed anyone.
There are no DNA tests reported yet that even prove the dried feces were Nahidmobarekeh’s own, though he apparently prepared them in his apartment. The FBI determined it was not a matter of national security, so they turned Nahidmobarekeh over to local authorities after they had arrested him.
Why, this was just the personal revenge of a Middle Eastern sociopathic cab driver, who had “a beef” with the store owners. Nahidmobarekeh said he wanted to “teach them a lesson.”
Not to worry?
Consider Iyad Abu El Hawa, of Baytown, Texas. He is currently in jail for issuing more than 1,000 fake flue vaccinations to Exxon employees at a company health fair. El Hawa’s Houston-based company, Comfort and Caring Home Health, contracted to provide the vaccinations. The first report (Baytown Sun, October 28, 2005) said they didn’t know what was in the fraudulent vaccinations. The second report says it appeared to be “purified water,” but tests are not complete. Again the FBI identified no risk to national security.
But there is no comfort in these reports. Rather there is a new prospect of terrorism looming.
Remember, on October 31, 1999, when commercial pilot Gamil Al-Batouti’s EgyptianAir Flight 990 crashed without cause near the island of Nantuckett? No one was willing to imagine that less than two years later, September 11, 2001, nineteen Middle Eastern Islamic radicals would fly U.S. passenger jets into the World Trade Center.
Shouldn’t we reconsider these bioterrorism stories?
Think of what has happened to the airline industry here in America, and all over the world, and the nearly intolerable inconvenience and invasion of privacy which has resulted from the radical, murderous inventions of few Islamacists. The U.S. government is not willing to profile Middle Easterners, but instead has made the American public pay the price of “safety” by surrendering freedoms.
Now think of all the people working in food services and in the health industry. There are many Islamic Middle Easterners in these professions. Are we going to have to start ‘checking bags’ of all health facilities employees as they show up to work now? Are we going to start screening all employees in food services before they start work? Are we going to retard and denigrate our food and health services now because of a new avenue of bioterrorism?
Remember, no one imagined Egyptian pilot Gamil Al-Batouti’s isolated act was a precursor to 9/11. Al-Batouti was considered “depressed,” or mentally ill. But look what followed. Were the 9/11 hijacker mass murders “mentally ill”?
Remember, too, Joel Hinrichs, the University of Oklahoma student who blew himself up in an obviously “terrorist-style” death. OU President David Boren has insisted that Hinrichs was “emotionally disturbed” from the hour the incident happened. No risk to national security. (The FBI blew up remaining evidence in Hinrichs’ apartment the same night of the bombing.)
But there is hardly an effective way to curb public apprehension anymore. The facts of immediate history outweigh any authoritarian attempt to dismiss violent acts that clearly occur in the shape of intentional public havoc. Death stalks the country.
It may seem appropriate to associate sociopathological and psychopathological behavior with professional theory. Adlerian psychologist Donald Lombardi says deviance is an effort to achieve significance which, in the mind of the perpetrator, is otherwise impossible. Lombardi’s Search for Significance (1975) was considered ground-breaking.
But considering the terrorist ground-breaking at Ground Zero in New York City, it simply doesn’t matter whether the perpetrator is mentally ill or not. The patterns of destruction are all apparent for anyone to grasp. And any person, be it a crazed Islamicist, or a simply crazed individual, can freely invent and indulge.
Our concern must be to secure our own freedoms. How far will our society bend, and how much of our freedom will we surrender, in order to provide “freedom for all”—including our mortal enemies?