Nothing to see here

It was found next to a dead Canadian named Saleman Abdirahman Dirie. Do you notice anything odd about the FBI’s assurances? Emphasis mine.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting in the investigation but FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said the incident has no apparent connection to terrorism.

“You have a suspicious substance that was found in a hotel room in conjunction with person being a foreign national, and we have a lot of questions and that is why we are assisting,” Wright told the Post.

An online threat posted in July by a man with a similar name warned of death. The blog discussed the killing of Christians in Somalia by Islamists. The person who posted on the blog appeared to condemn Christians.

“Having the bible in one hand, and a bread in the other hand, is not a correct thing! Kill Them , Kill them, Kill them, that is my massage (sic),!” read the posting by Abdirahman Dirie on the ‘Solmali’s for Jesus’ Blog.

It was not clear if Abdirahman Dirie and Saleman Abdirahman Dirie are the same person.

Of course it’s not clear. But when Federal cops go out of their way to ignore such coincidences, it’s a sign of political correctness – not investigatory zeal.

A more reassuring response from Ms Wright might have been, “We’re investigating whether Mr. Dirie had any unsavory connections, aside from the fact that he was apparently over-friendly with a pound of cyanide in a city where a major political convention is about to take place, that is. And, uh, his apparent cultural profile is an issue, of course. We’re just grateful he didn’t have half a kilo of Polonium 210.”