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Engineering Majors Are Dangerous: Feds Arrest Student Who Threatened Jews

Posted on | November 1, 2023 | Comments Off on Engineering Majors Are Dangerous: Feds Arrest Student Who Threatened Jews

Justice Department press release:

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — Patrick Dai, age 21, a junior at Cornell University who is originally from Pittsford, New York, was arrested [Tuesday] on a federal criminal complaint charging him with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Alfred Watson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); New York State Police Acting Superintendent Dominick L. Chiumento; and Cornell University Police Chief Anthony Bellamy.
The complaint alleges that Dai posted threatening messages to the Cornell section of an online discussion site, including posts calling for the deaths of Jewish people and a post that said “gonna shoot up 104 west.” According to information provided by Cornell University Police and other public information, 104 West is a Cornell University dining hall that caters predominantly to Kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center, which provides residences for Cornell students. In another post, Dai allegedly threatened to “stab” and “slit the throat” of any Jewish males he sees on campus, to rape and throw off a cliff any Jewish females, and to behead any Jewish babies. In that same post, Dai threatened to “bring an assault rifle to campus and shoot all you pig jews.” The charges and the allegations in the complaint are merely accusations. . . .
The charge filed against Dai carries a maximum term of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

Look, it’s unfair to generalize here, or to promote negative stereotypes about engineering majors. Why, some of my best friends majored in engineering, and they’re not lunatic Jew-haters, as far as I know.

You’ll never guess what the suspect’s parents say about him:

Dai’s parents, however, believe their son is innocent.
“My son is in severe depression. He cannot control his emotion well due to the depression. No, I don’t think he committed the crime,” his father, who asked that his name not be used, told The Post in a text message.
Dai sank into a deep depression in 2021, one year after he started his engineering studies at the prestigious university, his parents said.
He entered the school as one of five National Merit Scholars named at Pittsford-Mendon High School and as a 12-time AP Scholar who also logged time volunteering at Rochester General Hospital. . . .
Dai underwent a dramatic change after just one year, his parents said — though they adamantly emphasized that he never had a history of violence.
“He was always very nice to society, well organized, helpful to my family and his classmates before 2021,” his father said.
“He told us he lost his life goal and motivation … As parents, we tried to give him more love.”
At the suggestion of a doctor, Dai took off two semesters from his studies — in the spring of 2022 and 2023 — to try to recuperate, but struggled to regain his ambition.
Dai’s communications with his parents went dark just days before his arrest, around the time he allegedly posted the unhinged threats . . .
“My wife called him or sent messages to him many times but got no answers. She was worrying that he may commit suicide and drove to his apartment to see what happened,” Dai’s father said.
By the time she made the 80-mile trip to the Ithaca building, Dai had already been arrested.
Instead of her son, she saw several police officers stationed outside her son’s college home.
Although they don’t believe their son is responsible for the antisemitic posts, Dai’s parents theorize his depression is somehow linked to the case.

What the suspect’s parents are saying is that their son is daft, deranged, demented, berserk, bonkers, cracked, wacky, zany, non compos mentis, nuttier than a Snickers bar, off his rocker and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Which may or may not work as a defense against federal charges — I’m not a lawyer — but weren’t some of those arrested in the J6 riot also depressed? Bummed out by the election? Some of those guys got over a decade in federal prison, so why should this kid get special treatment? Because he’s an Ivy Leaguer? A former National Merit Scholar?

Kevin Downey Jr. notes that Dai included his pronouns (he/him) in his online profile — a telltale symptom of Woke Mind Virus.



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