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Penn State student arrested for constructing 'weapons of mass destruction'
NBC News ^ | January 27, 2014 | Elisha Fieldstadt

Posted on 01/27/2014 6:02:04 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

A Russian college student in Pennsylvania was charged with unlawful possession of 'weapons of mass destruction' and risking catastrophe on Friday, according to authorities.

Penn State Altoona student Vladislav Miftakhov, 18, was arrested Friday after Altoona police found homemade bombs and bomb-making materials in his room while investigating a possible marijuana growing operation, according to a criminal complaint.

Police also found marijuana plants but called backup when they discovered fuses attached to aluminum and plastic containers.

After officers removed Miftakhov from a class and attained a search warrant, investigators discovered one pound each of atomized magnesium and Chinese potassium perchlorate and a package labeled potassium nitrate powder — which are all “key components in the bomb making process,” the criminal complaint said.

And although the specific charge is the "unlawful possession or manufacture or weapons of mass destruction" there's no indication that the student had anything nuclear or radioactive.

Miftakhov told Altoona police and campus police that he intended to “blow things up” with the bomb-making paraphernalia that he said he purchased on Amazon, according to the complaint.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: altoona; pennstate

1 posted on 01/27/2014 6:02:04 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I always wondered what would happen if you bought that stuff on amazon.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 6:07:46 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I always wondered what would happen if you bought that stuff on amazon.

...he should have hid the stuff in the shower rooms at the PSU football facility...apparently nobody ever sees anything there...


3 posted on 01/27/2014 6:10:51 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Fireworks making materials with the usual “we take this very seriously (because we have to justify our jobs somehow.)” crap. Every kid I knew when I was growing up “blew things up.” We used M-80s and it was great fun except my friend blew up his dad’s newly planted rosebushes while his dad was looking out the window - not much fun there for a while.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 6:13:44 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m sure glad I grew up back in the ‘50s and ‘60s. We were always making model rockets with our own propellants and our own black powder.

Made our own fire crackers and cherry bombs.

We’d all go to prison today.

This used to be a good country.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 6:14:04 AM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: IrishBrigade

The common item seems to be potassium. We should ban it.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 6:15:42 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sounds like he might have been planning something similar to the Boston bomber brothers. Who are his close friends? Is he another immigrant living on the dole?


7 posted on 01/27/2014 6:18:17 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No bid deal. Unless he killed some people, then it would be, “holy crap, why didn’t somebody DO something?”.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 6:19:07 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pretty soon people will be afraid to fertilize their yard for fear of getting a visit.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 6:19:37 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: smokingfrog
Is he another immigrant living on the dole?

No, he's living off the dope.

10 posted on 01/27/2014 6:24:02 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: P.O.E.

PSU ping


11 posted on 01/27/2014 6:26:49 AM PST by randita
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

any explosive, or its components, are now being called ‘weapons of mass destruction’??

if I have a can of gas and a rag in my garage, can they hit me with a similar charge?

I’m pretty sure they’re off on their definitions by a few orders of magnitude


12 posted on 01/27/2014 6:32:18 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
All reports call the guy a Russian, but Russia is a big place.

I'd like to know what part of Russia he comes from. Dagestan, perhaps?

13 posted on 01/27/2014 6:32:35 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

bttt


14 posted on 01/27/2014 6:33:54 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: x1stcav

You are right. Times have changed. Homemade fireworks and model rockets. One thing we didn’t have was Big Brother Government. I remember making alot of noise with the fire crackers and my old man was there helping. Now days it is all on video and the kids have now real physical reaction with these items.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 6:38:01 AM PST by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I and my friends use to buy potassium perchlorate and nitrate in the local drug store.

Is Chinese potassium perchlorate more evil than others?


16 posted on 01/27/2014 6:46:06 AM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: x1stcav

Yeah, I’m glad I grew up (well, if you ask my wife, at least got older) when I did. My friends and I also experimented with home made fireworks. We never hurt anyone - heck, eyebrows grow back right? So that doesn’t count. Today, I’m sure one or all of us would have an arrest record...


17 posted on 01/27/2014 6:47:26 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m sure it’s the dream of every young Russian lad to one day enroll at Penn State-Altoona....


18 posted on 01/27/2014 6:49:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: driftdiver
The common item seems to be potassium. We should ban it.

Kazakhstan is the world's top
Exporter of potassium
All other Central Asian countries have
Inferior potassium...


19 posted on 01/27/2014 6:50:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I was actually born and raised in Altoona, and attended the very same campus my first two years. Sigh.

I can potentially imagine why a foreign-born student, faced with the prospect of being stuck in Altoona for two years, might start ordering strange stuff from Amazon. . .


20 posted on 01/27/2014 6:54:40 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s s typo. He was building a bong, not a bomb.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 6:54:54 AM PST by grundle
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To: driftdiver

The NSA leaves you negative feedback.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 7:05:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The AA ballpark in Altoona has to be one of the Ten Coolest Places on the planet.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 7:09:51 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: x1stcav

Curious...

A Russian student building bombs and you liken this to making your own firecrackers? Amazing.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 7:19:19 AM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88

Anyone else getting the sense that the STUDENT VISA PROGRAM continues to be our biggest open-door for Terrorists??


25 posted on 01/27/2014 7:22:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Dutchboy88

I think you are actually missing my point completely.

Oh, wait, a minute. I get it! You’re one of those who’s willing to sacrifice the freedoms we had in this country 50 years ago for personal safety.

There’s no limit to how much freedom we’re to give up as long as the government keeps us safe.

I’m not.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 7:22:53 AM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog; x1stcav
"Anyone else getting the sense that the STUDENT VISA PROGRAM continues to be our biggest open-door for Terrorists??"

Evidently some around here don't catch that subtlety...

27 posted on 01/27/2014 7:25:08 AM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: ThunderSleeps
You can still make homemade stuff...Just don't get caught :-)

Skylighter

28 posted on 01/27/2014 7:34:50 AM PST by BreezyDog
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To: Dutchboy88; x1stcav

What was that Benny Franklin quote “Those you give up their freedoms for temporary safety deserve neither.”


29 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:13 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: All

A bit out from left field here, but I have noticed a new cultural thing that has stemmed, I believe, from popular TV shows like Dexter, Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.

Setting up labs and operations seems to be tempting to a lot of americans. We have allowed the worship of these bad, bad characters and somehow fell in love with them - Going beyond Justification into full-blown affection for them

Just my 2 cents.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:33 AM PST by Celerity
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To: IrishBrigade

LOL!


31 posted on 01/27/2014 7:42:53 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Celerity; All

The chemistry set I got from my Dad, from the 50’s, would be referred to today as “RCRA site in-a-box”...


32 posted on 01/27/2014 8:05:40 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: x1stcav
Made our own fire crackers and cherry bombs. We’d all go to prison today. This used to be a good country.

Yes, it did. It's gone now. Down on the farm, we used to use a variety of homemade materials for "moving dirt" that the Feds would take you away for just possessing today.

This country has become a police state.

Not saying this kid was not going to do bad things. Not saying he was, either.

33 posted on 01/27/2014 12:23:24 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: randita; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks randita for the heads up

Similarly here:

Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say

34 posted on 01/27/2014 3:40:50 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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