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NJ Doctor With Occupy Wall Street Ties Indicted on Explosives Related Charge

NJ Doctor With Occupy Wall Street Ties Indicted on Explosives Related Charge

A NJ doctor has been indicted on charges in relation to the storage of bomb-making materials and illegal weapons in his home.

From FOX News (via AP):

A northern New Jersey physician has been indicted on charges he caused the risk of widespread damage by stashing large amounts of bomb-making materials at his home.

Sixty-year-old Roberto Rivera of Ridgewood also faces weapons charges in the indictment recently handed up by a Bergen County grand jury. He remains jailed on $1 million bail. His lawyer has declined to comment.

You may recognize that physician’s name, as I did when I read the news report.  Rivera was also “deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement,” as CBS News reported after his initial arrest back in November 2012.

Prosecutors and the FBI say the 60-year-old doctor was stockpiling large amounts of bomb-making materials in his second-floor apartment inside a quaint Ridgewood house. They also say he had a stash of weapons, including an assault rifle that he wasn’t permitted to own, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported. […]

Investigators have not said what the doctor intended to do with the chemicals and weapons. His roommate said Rivera, who last practiced internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, was deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, volunteering his services to protesters.

CBS News discussed Rivera’s Occupy involvement in this 2012 newscast that reported on his arrest.

 

NJ.com quoted an Occupy Wall Street press liaison at the time of Rivera’s arrest as emphasizing that the movement “vigorously uses Constitutionally-protected rights to protest against Wall Street greed, and is firmly committed to non-violence.”

Bloomberg News profiled Rivera in October of 2011 as the movement was at its peak, publishing this quote from the doctor:

“I’m glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken that they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets.”

It is not known at this time what Rivera was planning on doing with the alleged bomb-making materials or if there was any connection to the materials with his protest endeavors.

UPDATE 6/1 at 6:30pm EST:  To elaborate further on the alleged “bomb-making materials,” NorthJersey.com (The Record) provided a list and details regarding the circumstances under which the materials were initially found by authorities. The article also notes that Rivera was not permitted to possess firearms “because he had previously been committed to an institution for a mental disorder.”  (h/t to commenter 9thDistrictNeighbor)

Police said they responded to Rivera’s home on Nov. 16, 2012, on a hazardous-material report and found chemicals in his basement, prompting a Bergen County bomb squad and an FBI terrorism task force to join the search.

They said that as the search continued, they found large amounts of nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, sulfuric acid, calcium hypochlorite and potassium perchlorate — all chemicals that can be used in making explosives. They also said they found 10 pounds of thermite and 10 thermite lighters, which can be used to detonate bombs.

Prosecutors have not commented on Rivera’s motive in collecting the material, whether he had a specific plan or whether he acted alone or with a group. They did, however, say they found folders marked “revolution” and “anarchism” in his home, along with documents on how to make explosives.

 

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Comments

“large amounts of bomb-making materials”

Exactly, what are bomb-making materials ?
The Hollywood definition would have the BATF raiding the home of near every electrical engineer in the country.

    Estragon in reply to Neo. | June 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t think it was Mentos and 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke.

    Ragspierre in reply to Neo. | June 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “They also said they found 10 pounds of thermite and 10 thermite lighters, which can be used to detonate bombs.”

    No. Not even.

    Thermite is VERY serious shit, and NO EE type has it laying around, Neo.

      John Skookum in reply to Ragspierre. | June 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

      “Thermite is VERY serious shit, and NO EE type has it laying around”

      Thermite is rust mixed with aluminum powder. It’s not even explosive.

Does “he had a stash of weapons, including an assault rifle that he wasn’t permitted to own” mean he just didn’t get a permit, or that he was forbidden because of a criminal record?

9thDistrictNeighbor | June 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

From the Bergen Record:

“They said that as the search continued, they found large amounts of nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, sulfuric acid, calcium hypochlorite and potassium perchlorate — all chemicals that can be used in making explosives. They also said they found 10 pounds of thermite and 10 thermite lighters, which can be used to detonate bombs.

Prosecutors have not commented on Rivera’s motive in collecting the material, whether he had a specific plan or whether he acted alone or with a group. They did, however, say they found folders marked “revolution” and “anarchism” in his home, along with documents on how to make explosives.”

The rest is here:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Ridgewood_doctor_indicted_in_alleged_storage_of_bomb_materials_illegal_weapons.html

(Apologies if the link doesn’t work–doing this on a phone.)

    nitric acid, glycerin, sulfuric acid

    Hey, this should yield nitroglycerin, but odds are that he would have blown himself up first.

    The rest are oxidizers, which might go together, with some sort of fuel, to make a bomb.

      9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to Neo. | June 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Hmmmm, blown himself up first. Sounds like that guy from Barry’s neighborhood….

Hope I’m not the only one who’s diligently compiling these irrefutable cases of the very real sociopaths and lunatics that makeup the Left and presumably the Democrat Party.

I cite these cases frequently at the water cooler to shame my colleagues into quitting their pejorative use of ‘Tea Partiers’.

It works.

The stuff they found would product “high explosives”.

That is, very bad stuff, indeed.

Juba Doobai! | June 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Nothing to see here folks. Just another Occupy Democrat, Move along now. Nothing to see.

Given half a chance, the anointed one might find a dozen reasons why this guy is being “persecuted.”

What a maze of a web that they weave…

At least we can rest tonight knowing that nobody on Barack Obama’s staff will tell him about “Dr Boom”

I am shocked. SHOCKED.

Just don’t remind John Aravosis of how many Occupy members vs Second Amendment supporters have been involved in this kind of thing….

Change the “Occupy Wall Street” to “Tea Party” and this would be a huge story.

As Neo said, if he was stupid enough to try using that nitric acid to make nitroglycerin he was very likely to wind up like Barry’s buddy’s Greenwich Village friends: in literal bits.

I said at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing that the Weathermen terrorists were the real pros–they used high explosives like dynamite instead of pressure cooker black powder bombs. Looks like this guy’s influences are clear.

teapartydoc | June 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

…committed to non-violence. Yeah, right. I guess libs have the right to define non-violence any old way they want to, just like they do all other words.

[…] Legal Insurrection notices that Occupiers like bombs […]

I am sure that the guy was a scum bag as he is with the occupy movement, but as I look at the list of chemicals, I begin to realize that I likely have these about the house. They are common cleaning agents and if you have a pool, they are absolutely necessary. We need to be careful with the great government that we have. Even if we don’t like one’s politics or actions, the actions that our government is taking sets precidence. That means they can come for you next. I am for anyone trying to change what we have. We are at a point were someone needs to kick the ball and get the party going. Then the stronger group will emerge.

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