California Man Arrested on Terror Charges for Alleged Plot to Bomb Detroit Mosque

Roger Stockham, a 63-year-old Army Vet, was arrested last week outside a Detroit mosque with explosives in his vehicle, allegedly with the intent to bomb it. He was foiled after bragging about his plans and making anti-Muslim comments to someone at an area bar, who then took down his license plate and alerted authorities.

A large amount of powerful fireworks were found in the trunk of Stockham's car, including a clutch of M-80s. Stockham was parked outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn -- one of the largest mosques in America -- when police detained and arrested him. According to Salon, about 500 people were inside the mosque for a funeral. Dawud Waid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on Islamic-American relations:

"I've heard a couple of different reactions: What they were saying is that this guy, whether he has some mental instability or not, he could have caused a lot of damage." And, he added, "if his name was Ali or Muhammed and he did a similar thing at a synogogue, he would have been immediately labeled a domestic terrorist."

Stockham is being held on charges of making a terrorist threat and possessing bombs with unlawful intent. Bail has been set at $500,000, and the FBI is investigating.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 31, 2011, 5:25am

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