While we’ve been endlessly amused by Michael Phelps getting toasted, Jessica Simpson getting chubby, Alex Rodriguez admitting to juicing and Nadia Suleman cranking out litters of babies, some other news has been happening that might be a wee bit more important.
Such as James G. Cummings of Belfast, Maine, a neo-Nazi, White supremacist with access to a trust fund of $10 million who was shot and killed by his wife last December 9. When police investigated they found Cummings was in possession of radioactive materials and instructions on how to create a “dirty bomb.”
According to an FBI field intelligence report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center posted online by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents, an investigation into the case revealed that radioactive materials were removed from Cummings’ home after his shooting death on Dec. 9. link
…four 1-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, uranium, thorium, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide and magnesium ribbon were found in the home.
Also found was literature on how to build “dirty bombs” and information about cesium-137, strontium-90 and cobalt-60, radioactive materials. The FBI report also stated there was evidence linking James Cummings to white supremacist groups. This would seem to confirm observations by local tradesmen who worked at the Cummings home that he was an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler and had a collection of Nazi memorabilia around the house, including a prominently displayed flag with swastika. Cummings claimed to have pieces of Hitler’s personal silverware and place settings, painter Mike Robbins said a few days after the shooting.
Cummings was shot by his wife April in their home. She says her husband whiled away the hours in an interesting way.
An application for membership in the National Socialist Movement filled out by Cummings also was found in the residence, according to the report. Cummings’ wife, Amber B. Cummings, 31, told investigators that her husband spoke of “dirty bombs,” according to the report, and mixed chemicals in her kitchen sink. She allegedly told police that Cummings subjected her to years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. She also said that Cummings was “very upset” when Barack Obama was elected president.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center the National Socialist Movement is the largest neo-Nazi group in the nation with 69 chapters in 30 states.
Nobody knows what Cummings planned to do with his dirty bomb materials, but apparently he was independently wealthy according to the Bangor News story.
Cummings grew up in California and lived in Texas before moving to Maine in August 2007. Although Robbins said Cummings told him he made his money in Texas real estate, it appears that the actual source of his wealth was a trust fund established by his father, a prominent landowner in the Northern California city of Fort Bragg. An Internet search of the James B. Cummings Trust indicated that it has an annual income of $10 million.
Hmmm…a wife-beating, Hitler-loving, Obama-hating, Neo-Nazi White supremacist sitting on a trust fund of $10 million dollars gets his dirty little fingers on “four 1-gallon containers filled with a mix of uranium and thorium, both of which are radioactive, along with highly toxic beryllium powder and containers that also held a hydrogen peroxide-based solution needed for making peroxide-based explosives, along with lithium metal, thermite, magnesium ribbon, black iron oxide and other substances that are used to amplify the effects of homemade explosives” (source: Hatewatch) and this ISN’T a national news story?
Look, I’m as guilty as anyone else on focusing on the silly, the shallow and the strange, but you might think even in what passes for mainstream media, SOMEBODY might think there’s something more to this story than meets the eye.
Public officials in Maine are saying the usual reassuring stuff such as Public Safety Commissioner Anne Jordan who said, “I’ve been told by federal officials that the items seized could be purchased legally and that there was not sufficient quantity or quality to pose an immediate threat or hazard to the health and safety of the public.”
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder if a neo-Nazi who was “upset” about the election of President Obama who was collecting materials that could be used to create a “dirty bomb” might just be a lone nut, part of a wider network of extremists or just vying to be the next Timothy McVeigh?
Or is those the kind of questions we’re really not su pposed to ask? Maybe Cummings didn’t have the quantity of materials to make a bomb, the intentions of doing so, or affiliations to any dangerous organizations. It’s just as likely that he was just some racist nut who was only a threat to his wife and not the president or the community.
But what if he wasn’t? What if Amber Cummings by killing her husband possibly saved the lives of others?
Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. Everything is under control.
(special thanks and giving credit where it’s due to http://www.unattributable.com/)