October 19, 2012, - 6:21 pm
Leon Alphonse Traille, Jr. tried to bomb the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, yesterday. He had four explosive devices. And the more I read about him the more I think the life does, indeed, imitate art. In the first season of Showtime’s “Homeland,” an Islamic terrorist is living and posing as a homeless man (he’s actually a former U.S. Marine believed to be dead). And Traille, who tried to set off four explosive devices today, is “homeless,” according to authorities who say he has no address. That’s despite the fact that he worked as a software engineer for some of the top media and tech companies, including Bloomberg and Intel. And you can’t help but notice that the once shaven Traille now sports a beard, like many Muslims do when they commit violent jihad. Did Traille convert to Islam? Why did he try to bomb a shopping mall? And why–given his tech expertise–were his bombs so crude and ineffective? A lot of questions.
Video of Leon Traille being captured by police at the mall . . .
While some may dismiss Traille as a crazy homeless man, it would be a mistake to do that. Jihadists deliberately recruit mentally unstable people, so that if they are caught, they can be dismissed as “just a crazy guy.” It’s in the Al-Qaeda playbook that authorities found after 9/11 in one of the hijackers’ cars parked at the airport. There’s something very weird here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if life imitates art. The FBI counter-terrorist team is working this case for a reason. You don’t bring four explosive devices to a mall just ‘cuz your “a crazy homeless guy.” Something more is going on. Bet on it. Look at Leon Traille’s LinkedIn page, which I’ve copied and posted below in case it soon “disappears.” As you can see, he’s no dummy. He’s a software engineer with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Does that sound like a “crazy homeless guy” to you. Or crazy like a fox? I vote the latter. Maybe it was a test to see what would happen if a mall in suburban Washington was bombed and how authorities would react to it. Had the explosives been good explosives, a lot of people would have been hurt before police arrived with guns and cuffed him.
Authorities released the mug shot of the man accused of throwing a lit Molotov cocktail inside a Washington D.C. area mall.
Police say Leon Traille, Jr. threw the bomb into the food court of a mall in Arlington, Virginia Thursday.
The bottle did not explode and no one was hurt.
The mall was closed and after a three-hour search, Traille was arrested and questioned by the FBI and other federal authorities.
Police later found three more Molotov cocktails inside the mall.
Charges include reckless endangerment and use of a fire bomb. He also faces a federal arson charge.
Traille was expected to make two court appearances Friday.
There’s no word yet on the motive.
What do you think is going on here?
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