SOME Jews complained the
doctor in this case was
identified as being "a Jew." CNN
pointed out that such
identification went toward
establishing motive and, hence,
important in understanding the
why of it.
I disagree. As
one of my editors on the book
the Last Battle commented,
"if a man's name is Sam Rosenman
and he is Roosevelt's lawyer, the
description Jewish is
superfluous." He was right, and
the word was edited
arrest wife of doctor accused in bomb
TAMPA, Florida (AP) --
The wife of a podiatrist
accused of plotting to bomb Islamic
centers was charged Thursday with being
Kristi Goldstein, 28, shared Dr.
Robert Goldstein's fascination with
building bombs and knew about his plans to
blow up an Islamic education and cultural
center in St. Petersburg, federal
prosecutors said. She has denied knowledge
of the plot.
Kristi Goldstein was charged with
illegal possession of destructive devices
a day after another alleged accomplice,
Dr. Michael Hardee, agreed to plead
guilty to federal charges and cooperate
Kristi Goldstein was released on
documents released Thursday allege she
stood by as her husband filled their
house with weapons and explosives and
talked for at least four months about
"Kristi was almost always around, knew
about everything, and never questioned
anything," Hardee said in his statement to
Hardee -- a dentist described in court
documents as a friend of the Goldsteins
and fellow gun enthusiast -- told federal
agents that he agreed to drive Robert
Goldstein to the Islamic
Education/Cultural Center in St.
Petersburg and circle the block while
Goldstein planted explosives.
Robert Goldstein, who is Jewish, wanted
to bomb the center "to retaliate against
Arabs and Muslims for both the events of
September 11th, as well as the ongoing
hostilities in the Middle East between
Arabs and Jews," Hardee said in court
Kristi Goldstein has denied knowing
about the plans, and her attorney,
Frank Louderback, noted in court
Thursday that she fully cooperated with
authorities in a search of the Seminole
townhouse where the couple lived.
Authorities found 37 destructive
devices and other explosives and
components used in making bombs when they
responded to a domestic disturbance call
at the home August 22, court documents
They also found high-powered weapons
registered to Robert Goldstein, three
bulletproof vests, 25,000 rounds of
ammunition and a typed list of 50 Islamic
worship centers in the Tampa Bay area,
Louderback said Kristi Goldstein is
seeking a divorce from her husband and has
a restraining order against him and
suggested Hardee implicated her "to cover
up his own tracks."
Hardee's home telephone was not listed.
A message left at his office was not
immediately returned Thursday night.
Goldstein, 37, is charged with possession
of non-registered destructive devices and
attempting to use an explosive to damage
and destroy the Islamic centers. His
attorney, Myles Malman, has
described the plot as a fantasy game that
he never planned to carry out.
He could face up to 30 years in prison
if convicted of both charges.