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Saturday, June 09, 2007


Terrorist pleads guilty. Press yawns.

I've written about the case of Robert Ferro before. This is the Southern California man who was caught with the largest cache of weapons ever seized in the United States - more than 1500 weapons, including 35 machine guns, 130 silencers, two short-barreled rifles, a live hand grenade, a rocket launcher tube and about 89,000 rounds of ammunition, all intended (according to Ferro) for use in overthrowing the Cuban government. On Thursday, after having the charges reduced to a single (!) charge of possessing 17 firearms (!), Ferro pleaded guilty.

And the press coverage as the trial of an actual terrorist reached fruition? Identical to that leading up to it - the guilty plea has been mentioned in two local papers, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Press-Enterprise. Period. It seems likely a slap on the wrist, and little more than time served, or perhaps another year or two, will be his fate.


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