In an article dated January 10, 2010 the Los Angeles Times reports that Dr. Randeep Mann stands accused of deploying an IED which destroyed the 2005 Lexus belonging to Dr. Trent Pierce, chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, who was gravely injured in the attack which occurred in his driveway in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Mann had been investigated on numerous occasions by the Arkansas State Medical Board for questionable practices regarding his prescriptions for controlled narcotics and just prior to the attack, his permit to prescribe narcotics had been revoked.
On the surface, this case seems to be one of simple revenge motivated by a perceived institutional slight in the form of a revocation of a professional license. But, if we look more deeply into just who Dr. Mann is, we find a disturbing story which brings up many questions and offers few answers.
In March of 2009, the Commercial Appeal newspaper of Memphis, TN reported that Dr. Mann was contacted by local police after a city worker found found a canister of grenades in the woods near Mann's home in rural London, Arkansas. When Arkansas State Troopers and Special Agents of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived to serve a search warrant, they seized 110 unregistered fully automatic weapons, grenade launchers and $50,000 in cash, all in addition to the 98 grenades which the city worker had found in the woods on the previous day.
It should be mentioned that the residence of Dr. Mann is located less than half of one mile from the “Arkansas Nuclear One” nuclear power plant. Mann is a Federally licensed firearms dealer and he has made more than 300 trips in and out of the US since 2007. Tom Barker, a former mechanical engineer at Arkansas Nuclear One was quoted by the Commercial Appeal newspaper as saying, "Neighbors said they heard him popping off a machine gun in the lake," Barker said. "Guess they wouldn't think anything of it if they heard machine gun fire coming from that direction again some day."
So who is Dr. Randeep Mann? Is he simply a scorned physician who attacked the chairman of a regulatory commission with revenge for the loss of his permit to prescribe narcotics as his motivating factor? Or is this something much more sinister? Was Dr. Mann a member of the support cell of a terrorist organization providing logistical support and possible pre-operational surveillance for a terrorist organization.
The information contained in the articles regarding Dr. Mann do not answer any of these questions. It simply leads us to more questions, such as how many more Dr. Randeep Mann's are out there, quietly caching arms and other supplies within a stones throw of our nations critical infrastructure?