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Very stupid arsonist

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Submitted by a.festine (United States), Aug 27, 2004 at 15:17

As an attorney who has been involved in a couple of cases (both civil and criminal) over the years in which arson was alleged, I was very amused by your article.

If the allegations against Mr. Akram are true-he is not just an Muslim arsonist with an actual or perceived persecution complex- but a very stupid one indeed.

When gasoline is used as an accellerant, it leaves a petroleum based residue in the burnt rubble which is easily detected via laboratory tests. It is the first thing that a seasoned insurance investigator looks for.

Any arsonist with a modicum of intelligence devises a more creative way to start the fire, and ensure that it spreads quickly enough to cause damage. They never use gasoline.

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with all of the islamist terror attacks on westerners, there (thank God) have been few attacks against the muslim community .. 2010 Feb [262 words]Phil GreendFeb 26, 2010 20:06169429
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Necessary exposure [34 words]S.C PandaSep 10, 2004 05:5516884
Thanks [155 words]Aubrey SteeleSep 7, 2004 19:5716756
Some facts seem at odds with arson guilt [202 words]Roger ChapellSep 6, 2004 09:5416697
Framing the Victim [136 words]AJJan 30, 2007 19:5816697
Another case of screaming "injustice" [56 words]Rebecca WilkinAug 28, 2004 07:1116563
Very stupid arsonist [121 words]a.festineAug 27, 2004 15:1716549
The Problem With Islamic Authorities [66 words]A readerAug 27, 2004 13:2016544
Retraction? [16 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
TomAug 27, 2004 10:0416537
Main Stream media. [39 words]Chard JeromeAug 25, 2004 20:1816495
Hate Crimes [272 words]Peter J. HerzAug 25, 2004 20:0816494
Boobs and dupes [74 words]Dave MitchellAug 25, 2004 17:5116493

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