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Bomb found along Martin Luther King Jr parade route

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by clearconscience, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Why isn't this a hate crime instead of dom terrorism? Is everything terrorism now?

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – The FBI is treating the investigation of an unexploded backpack bomb left along the parade route of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration as a possible case of domestic terrorism, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The unattended Swiss Army-brand backpack, with wires visible, was discovered Monday morning on a downtown bench by three city workers who notified police of the device about 30 minutes before the parade was scheduled to begin, the FBI said.

    The parade, attended by about 1,500 people, was quickly rerouted while city's bomb disposal unit was summoned and safely "neutralized the device," the FBI said.

    FBI agent Frank Harrill, an agency spokesman in Spokane, described the "improvised explosive device" as having a "very lethal design" capable of inflicting "multiple casualties."

    The device in the backpack was largely concealed by two T-shirts packed inside. The exact design and suspected strength of the bomb were not revealed.

    But Harrill said the proximity of the bomb in time and space to an annual parade held on the national holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was "inescapable."

    Asked whether investigators regard planting of the bomb as a potential case of domestic terrorism, he said: "It falls squarely within that arena and is being investigated as such, and clearly the timing and location of the device would trend in that direction."

    The FBI posted a bulletin seeking the public's help in the investigation and offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for the bomb.

    Investigators also asked anyone who took photographs or video footage in the area where the pack was found during a three-hour period before the parade to contact the FBI.
  2. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hate crime or terrorism? I'd say both!
  3. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    If you trying to blow people up isn't that pretty much a hate crime? Should have nothing to do with color.
  4. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with neither. "Hate Crime" is just a bullbubblegum addon charge and everything is "Terrorism" these days. I'm tired of hearing both.
  5. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought we were supposed to call this kind of thing a "man-made disaster" nowadays. We can't risk offending terrorists by calling it terrorism.

    Boy, I wish the internet could convey my sarcastic tone. I am thinking it in my head....
  6. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Well, try this: a "hate crime" is a violent offense against a person based upon race, sex, orientation, or national origin; an act of "terrorism" is a violent offense against multiple people, not limited in race, sex, orientation, or national origin.....................elsullo
  7. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Everybody better start buying up all the backpacks they can find now, they're sure to be outlawed soon..! :cool:
  8. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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  9. Spad

    Spad Kennewick,WA, the desert side Active Member

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    Good thing we are not in New Jersey they would have road blocks and checkpoints. Notice how the eastern establisment:paranoid: always says this area has lots of militia members. Having found the bomb intact the FBI should get some good leads. Spad:thumbup:
  10. Dennis316

    Dennis316 Seattle Member

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    funny how there are no leads, no suspects, no evidence, it didnt go off, and was left on a freakin bench of all places...sounds like a stunt to keep us scared...theyll probably find some tattooed up felon and put his picture all over the news and then quietly let him go