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Charlotte air traffic controller charged with
having weapon of mass destruction

CBS News, by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/11/2017 12:15:40 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Authorities say an air traffic controller at a North Carolina airport has been arrested on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Paul George Dandan, 30, is charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction, CBS affiliate WBTV reports. Police say Dandan, an air traffic controller at Charlotte-Douglas, had a homemade pipe bomb he got from another man, Derrick Fells. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Fells admitted to them that he made the bomb to "use it against a neighbor" with whom he had


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Reply 1 - Posted by: strike3, 11/11/2017 12:46:04 AM     (No. 11448374)

Not very bright getting caught with such a device but it sounds like the guy had no specific plans for it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kono, 11/11/2017 1:05:41 AM     (No. 11448382)

"U.S. law defines WMDs as ranging from explosive devices to biological weapons."

That was clearly not the standard under which our nation had the pitched arguments over whether Iraq possessed WMDs under Saddam Hussein.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 11/11/2017 3:51:00 AM     (No. 11448402)

A weapon of mass destruction is a nuclear, chemical or biological device. Conventional explosives are not in the definition, and a silly home made pipe bomb is certainly not.
See what happens when you let government have a little authority? They abuse every power they have.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 11/11/2017 6:25:29 AM     (No. 11448450)

I suspect the author of this article may have confused "weapon of mass destruction" with the term used by the ATF, which is "destructive device", basically any explosive device with a charge weighing more than 4 ounces or a weapon with a bore greater than .50 caliber.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: GO3, 11/11/2017 7:34:48 AM     (No. 11448518)

In fact, WMD (I hate the term) did have a policy definition of anything from hand grenades to A-bombs. The reason: get more money from the taxpayer to combat more stuff. Ludicrous really.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harleynyc, 11/11/2017 9:46:48 AM     (No. 11448662)

In the good old days when you wanted to get even with your neighbor you didn´t make a bomb, you slept with his wife.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 11/11/2017 12:15:01 PM     (No. 11448839)

So a black guy makes a bomb to kill his neighbor. Then he decides not to, and gives it to another guy - who gets arrested for having it.

Seems like the first guy is the real criminal, the second guy is just a dope.

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