Chandler, Arizona. December 18th, 2005 (Hat Tip: LGF):
Ali Warrayat told authorities he wanted to be killed or deported from the United States. It wasn't immediately clear where Warrayat is originally from.
The documents say Warrayat drove through the store early yesterday until he crashed in the paint department.
The paperwork filed by the arresting officer says Warrayat had wanted to cause an explosion.
When that didn't occur, Warrayat allegedly set fire to chemicals spilled in the crash...
...He told Chandler police he was angry at Home Depot, where he worked as a paint stocker, about not getting a proper raise. He was mad at the United States for proposing a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border.
He wanted to make America "more free."
So the Jordanian-turned-U.S. citizen devised a plan to make a grand statement...
At first, he wanted to wear a Palestinian flag, but later decided to place it in the trunk of his car, along with a copy of the Quran and a necklace...
When an officer asked if he understood his Miranda rights, Warrayat shot back in a foreign language. The officer asked if he understood English, and Warrayat replied in English, "Do you speak Arabic?"
"...When I saw him on TV, he did not look like the Ali that I know," Bustamante said. "He was a hard worker and worked circles around everybody, and he was a very private person."
Islamic terrorism doesn't need the loose organization of al-Qaeda to flourish, only the attitude that such violence is an acceptable means to call attention to one's desires. How Americans treat such cases today may set our response to Islamic terrorism at home for decades to come.
A Home Depot official told police that if Warrayat is released from jail, management is considering placing armed guards at all of its East Valley stores.
Thank you for shopping at Home Depot, and Have a Nice Day!