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Nice Strawman argument.
reply to post by AlphaHawk
Ok then, that article puts this in a different light. Figures. I should know better than to trust CBS (MSM) as a source for ANYTHING. *sigh* Cause they damn sure made it seem like the big bad FBI SEIZED his stash. Will wait for further information. I still want to know how the FBI found out about it. I seriously doubt the geezer contacted them first. Bet you he didn't. Someone probably turned him in. Ok, done speculating. But close off roads? I mean come on! Something about this stinks. Not sure what it is, but I can smell it.
I bet the only reason he contacted the FBI is the threat of jail time, a typical FBI tactic to get their underhanded way.
Channel 10 News
Robert A. Jones, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis FBI office, would not say at a news conference specifically why the investigation was initiated, but he did say the FBI had information about Miller's collection and acted on it by deploying its art crime team.
A straw man, also known in the UK as an Aunt Sally, is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of the original topic of argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.
...and then there is always the danger of having artifacts that don't match the approved version of History. Can't let that happen.
But back then you never had to do any graverobbing... locals were only too happy to sell off any artifact they could find for a few dollars. If the locals are selling the artifacts of their own ancestors, then it is not anyone's fault who makes the purchase.
Do you know how the Dead Sea Scrolls were found? You are about to read the most extraordinary and thrilling archaeological adventure of the 20th century.
Once upon a time in the winter of 1946-47 is when our story starts. The place is the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in Palestine. Picture a lost goat running up a cliff and into a limestone cave. A young Arab Shepherd is close behind. The Shepherd throws a rock into the cave to get the goat’s attention. He misses the goat but hits something. Strange sounds come from the cave. In the stillness of the air the Shepherd hears the sounds of broken pottery. Jum’a Muhammed the young Bedouin Shepherd yells out to his two cousins to join him.
It is uncertain which cousin first noticed the cave. Muhammed Ahmed el-Hamed, known as Muhammed the Wolf claims he was the first to enter the cave. The third teen-age cousin that accompanied the Bedouin was the oldest. His name was Khalil Musa.
These three Shepherd boys first took three scrolls out of the cave. This cave would soon be known as Qumran Cave #1. These scrolls included the complete Isaiah scroll, the Manual of Discipline, and the Habakkuk Commentary. From this cave the boys found four more scrolls. They now had seven scrolls of antiquity. What would they do with them?
The Bedouin Offer Scrolls for Sale3
On April 1947 Jum’a and Khalil, the Shepherd boys took these scrolls over to Bethlehem. They showed what they had to various antiquity dealers. One of these dealers suggested the boys go to Khalil Iskander Shahin, a Syrian Orthodox Christian who owned a cobbler shop and had an antiquities shop in the back. This cobbler was simply known as Kando. Kando offered Jum’a and Khalil £5 for the scrolls. In the future Kando would act as a middleman for the Bedouin.