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Texas pilot Joe Stack, who set his house on fire and flew his airplane into an Internal Revenue Service in Austin, Texas, on February 18, was motivated by frustration with tax-protest activities, according to his suicide note.

According to its website, the Department of Homeland Security “has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. ... Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe.” Unfortunately, while ostensibly busy with the performance of those wide-ranging duties, DHS employees have managed to lose track of nearly 300 firearms — and some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of known criminals.

Amy BishopProfessor Amy Bishop, a neurobiologist who holds a doctorate in genetics from Harvard University, moved her four children and husband from Massachusetts to Alabama for one major reason: the prospect of tenure at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Recently though the University denied her a tenured faculty position, and she reacted in a lethal way according to various news accounts. On Friday, February 12, the Wall Street Journal reported, Bishop “opened fire during a meeting of teaching staff at the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus… killing three faculty members and wounding three others.”

Police Chief Paula May of King, North Carolina, has been taking a lot of heat this week as a result of a “state of emergency” declared by town officials Sunday. The police enforced a ban on alcohol sales and the bearing of firearms in the wake of a snowstorm over the past weekend.

TerrorismOn January 9, 2010, an apparently fit, though slightly limping Umar Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom wearing the familiar khaki trousers, plain white t-shirt, and ankle bracelets that are the usual uniform of federal prisoners. The defendant was flanked by his attorney, a federal public defender, Miriam Siefer. Abdulmutallab was arraigned in a Detroit federal court. The 23-year-old Nigerian stood before a magistrate, and Siefer pled not guilty to all charges on behalf of her client.

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