The “mail bombs” discovered Wednesday targeting former and present Democratic leaders and media outlet CNN has all the markings of an intimidation tactic. Now, against whom is the big question?
Judging by the immediate reaction to the event — CNN hosts began excoriating President Trump for his fake news rhetoric as the cause for these actions — without a shred of evidence that said where the packages came from, may shed some light on what the culprit was aiming to accomplish.
Packages were discovered to be sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.and early Thursday morning a similar envelope was discovered in lower Manhattan at the offices of actor Robert De Niro.
The most puzzling of the targets was the “device” delivered to ex-Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s office at CNN in Midtown Manhattan since Brennan does not even work for CNN, according to his Wikipedia page, but instead serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, which are located blocks away at 30 Rock.
That said, the biggest question is why was a photo allowed to be taken and distributed to media of the “bomb” intact?
Surely if this was a deadly device then it would have been taken to bomb detonation site to be analyzed and dismantled and not to allow unauthorized personnel to take photos. Also law enforcement has now lost the ability to know who the bomber is through intimate information of the design that only the sender would know. That’s gone since photos are all over the news.
No law enforcement agency including NYPD bomb detectives or FBI agents would allow images released if this was a credible threat.
Surly the NYPD Bomb Squad knew what the were looking at when they arrived on the scene, but needed to take the necessary precautions and follow protocols. It would not look good to pick it up in plain clothes and walk out and throw it in the back of a squad car.
According to a military bomb expert these devices should have had the words A.C.M.E written on them and carried by Wily E. Coyote as he mailed them to Mr. Road Runner.
A former Navy bomb disposal officer named Tom Sauer said this on Twitter Wednesday:
Proper pipe bombs don’t have wires connected to both ends. That’s dumb.
You can find timers / remote control receivers WAY smaller than whatever that white box is. A proper timer would best be stored inside the pipe, making it fully encapsulated. That thing is just silly looking.
Bottom Line: Whoever made that [pipe bomb] wanted it to be painfully obvious to anyone and everyone that it’s a “bomb.” This is nearly the same as a bundle of road flares wrapped together with an old-timey alarm clock ticking away.
I am very interested to see what the feds find out about the sender of these packages. I am not jumping to the conclusion that this was a ardent Trump supporter. Intimidation works many ways.