Meet the Photo-Clerk Hero of Ft. Dix

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: May 29, 2007 12:43 PM

Brian Morgenstern:

He said he went home that night and told his family what he had seen: Ten men at a firing range with handguns, rifles and what he thought were fully automatic rifles. Authorities later said theywere chanting in Arabic, "Allah Akbar," or "God is Great."

He did not know if he should breach the privacy of the customers, who seemed like ordinary guys. He wasn't even payingfull attention to the video until he saw things that were troubling.

"It was more of a moral dilemma at that point," Morgenstern told CNN on Tuesday.

The next day, he talked to his managers at the Mount Laurel store in the electronics chain, then called police, sparking a15-month investigation that led to the arrests on May 7 of six men accused of plotting an attack on soldiers on Fort Dix, an Army installation being used largely to train reservists who are bound for Iraq.

First, Mount Laurel police visited the Circuit City to see the video. They asked Morgenstern to make a copy, which was passed onto state Homeland Security investigators, then the FBI.
Classy kid:

"I don't feel like a hero," he said. "I feel like I did theright thing. I feel like I did the right thing, but I think the real heroes are the men and women overseas and the people in ourlaw enforcement who handled the situation."

Thank goodness he didn't succumb to his PC urges.

Circuit City: Where Heroes Work. Circuit City: Kicking Terrorist Tail Since 2006. I smell a new ad campaign.