The authorities in Christiansburg and Pearisburg can finally use some of that anti-terrorism grant money that Congress has spread around the country. They nailed two “terrorists” in the midst of an attack on the local Wal-Mart and K-Mart. The two Pembroke teenagers left defaced playing cards mimicking the movie “The Dark Knight” in the stores. They were arrested, admitted everything . . . and were charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.
The cards had “Joker” written on them and the police considered them threatening. While the threats on the Christiansburg cards were less specific than the ones found in Pearisburg, they also referred to Aug. 15.
This is obviously a stupid teen trick and should have been the subject of police intervention, but conspiracy to commit terrorism? What do you get in Christiansburg for a late night TP attack on a friend’s house? Use of a WMD?
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