Air Traffic Controller Busted With 'Weapon Of Mass Destruction'

As if we needed another reason to fear air travel, authorities in North Carolina say an air traffic controller at an airport in the state has been arrested on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Local media outlets report that the FBI says 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was arrested Friday in Charlotte. The FBI is assisting Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police with the investigation but, somehow, federal charges aren’t expected against Dandan at this point.

CNN reported that police received a 911 call last week that someone had a homemade explosive at a Charlotte home. When officers arrived, they found a homemade pipe bomb, authorities said. Though authorities didn’t confirm if this was the weapon. A WMD is legally defined as any explosive charge larger than four ounces, and in many cases aren’t all that deadly.

Investigators said another man, 39-year-old Derrick Fells, built the bomb to "use it against a neighbor with whom he was involved in an ongoing dispute." But Fells changed his mind and gave Dandan the device, police said. Both men were arrested in connection with the weapon on Friday. Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, police said.

Police have not officially declared a motive - and at this point, Danden’s story about his friend having a dispute with a neighbor could merely be a ruse. Fortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration said Dandan's access to the airport "was terminated."

In a statement, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport said Dandan did not have access to any aircraft.

"The FAA employee only had access to the "offsite air traffic control tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp," the statement said.

The Mecklenberg County Sheriff’s Office website shows Dandan was being held at the county jail Friday night on $45,000 bond.

Comments

Croesus Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:56 Permalink

The terrorists are lurking everywhere. Be afraid...be very afraid.

They hide under beds, in closets, in shadows...

Fear is the message, in the phony "War on Terror".

Keep you afraid, and you'll gladly give up your guns and your rights.

Is it working on you?

Nah, me neither.

Miffed Microbi… unsafe-space-time Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:02 Permalink

Thanks. I wish they were too. I'm anathema because I don't spout the Team Girl mantra. It can be lonely sometimes.

Men tend to be rugged individualists. They conquer their fear early and and are more comfortable striving off on their own without a support network. Believe me, this is very difficult for women to do and it takes a lot of evolution for us to get there. We are tempted to use shaming and manipulation which is our dark side. If unchecked, women become fat spiders hiding in a corner, engorged on the fluids of others. Hillary is an example of this.

C.S. Lewis wrote a wonderful book called Til We Have Faces which is the best book I read about the dilemma of women. I was shocked a man could have such insight but I learned his wife Joy helped him with it. He considered it his greatest work. I read it at 16 and it changed my life.

Miffed

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Miffed Microbi… cherry picker Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

You remind me when a military dog trainer visited our school. He showed us how he trained the dogs to work in pairs during hostage situations. I asked him why all his dogs were male. He looked a bit uncomfortable but explained female dogs will not naturally go on the offense in situations like this. However, when their "family " is threatened they will defend them to the death.

It kind of reminded me of myself. I defend my own.

Miffed:-)

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logicalman Professor Fate Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:18 Permalink

Back in the late 60s - early 70s we used to get up to all sorts of noisy chemistry.Nitrogen Triiodide is fun but very dangerous. Not practical for any real use though, due to its sensitivity.Carbon - Sulphur - NaNO3 was always a favourite.Fulminate of mercury and silver - the former being more powerful - were good too.Just for fun, sodium or potassium thrown in a pond takes some beating! 

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cherry picker Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:59 Permalink

I guess anyone accused of having a firecracker is screwed.Dang, all these women and guys, literrally hundreds of them making accusations against a whole slew of people for acts comitted 20 or 30 or 40 years ago.That Moore fellow is fighting back and two of his accusers are really questionable.I'm thinking in the good old USA guilty beyond a reasonable doubt don't hold water anymore.All that is needed is a pointing finger and life is pretty much done.How did the country sink that low?