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A 27-year-old Boulder man was arrested early Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat to Buckley Air Force Base in January, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado.

David Charles Barton has been charged with one count of a telephone bomb threat and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.

According to the indictment, which a grand jury returned Wednesday, Barton is suspected of calling the 460th Security Forces Control Center at Buckley on the morning of Jan. 21 and warning officials to call Secret Service because he had a “hand-held, single-wire, Kansas-trigger.” He said all bombs would detonate when “he was done torturing,” according to Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado.

Dorschner wouldn’t say what the Air Force base did in response to the threat, except to say, “The threat was taken seriously.”

Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette said in a statement, “Telephone calls like this divert law enforcement resources away from those who truly need them.”

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Boulder Police Department, Boulder Sheriff’s Office, and Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigated the case.

“Telephone calls like this divert law enforcement resources away from those who truly need them.”

Like handing out speeding tickets.

But they’ll more than make up for that with the $250,000 in fines that the guy will theoretically pay.

Then again, I’m not sure where a 27-year old is going to get that kind of cash. If he pays $5,000 a year it’s going to take a half century to recover.


3/14/2009 6:24:21 PM

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