Posted Saturday, October 26, 2002

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David Irving comments:

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 Nuremberg, 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 out.

Police arrest wife of doctor accused in bomb plot

TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- The wife of a podiatrist accused of plotting to bomb Islamic centers was charged Thursday with being his accomplice.

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 with prosecutors.

Kristi Goldstein was released on $100,000 bond.

Court 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 bombing Muslims.

"Kristi was almost always around, knew about everything, and never questioned anything," Hardee said in his statement to federal agents.

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 documents.

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 said.

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, documents said.

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.

Help to fundRobert 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.

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