Monday, November 15, 2004Self-Immolation
It's happening again.
A man set himself on fire outside the White House this afternoon.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said the 52-year-old man suffered serious burns to his head, back, arms and face and was conscious when medics took him to Washington Hospital Center.
There was evidence of an ignitable liquid at the scene, Etter said. It remains unclear who the man is or why he set himself on fire.
Etter said it happened around 2 p.m. on the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue near the guard post on the north side of the White House. Witnesses reported seeing the man in flames and hearing him screaming in pain.
A Secret Service officer subdues a man after he set himself on fire outside the White House. Officials have not identified the man.
And then there's this.
As the people go, so goes the nation. This is what America is like now.
Update: It appears that the man who set himself ablaze was a Yemeni informant who was upset about how his case has been handled by the FBI. Curiouser and curiouser. |