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(Fake) Bombing the Midterm Election?

The fact that none of the devices detonated calls into question whether they were intended to detonate or hoax devices intended only to make headlines.

Mark Alexander · Oct. 25, 2018

Wednesday morning, as I was completing my weekly column, “The Democrat Platform: Foment Fear, Anger, Hatred, and Division,” the news wires were abuzz with reports of 10 “explosive devices” addressed to Democrat notables. No small irony that column was about the fact Democrats have little to offer going into the midterm election other than promoting fear, anger, and hatred.

Of course, Democrat Party principals and their Leftmedia talkingheads are running with “right-wing bomber” (or #MAGAbomber, in social-media speak), but as I noted, this may not be that. There is a long list of fake hate crimes – leftists masquerading as “right-wing haters” in order to advance the Left’s statist agenda. The same goes for more minor “hate crimes” on college campuses.

So why do I question whether these “bombs” were real or inert? I could be wrong, but here is my armchair analysis.

The photo above is the “explosive device” that was sent to CNN — and according to my sources, similar to the others sent. For 30 years (related to a former occupation) I have been a professional member of a bomb detection and investigation group. I have seen inert poorly-constructed decoy “bombs” with timers and wiring configured much like the CNN device. That does not mean all the devices were inert, but it appears this one certainly was.

For the record, if a bomb was designed for detonation upon opening, it would have a very different triggering mechanism — like those sent by leftist Theodore John Kaczynski, a.k.a. the “Unabomber.” He devised triggers designed to detonate the device when the parcels were opened, and his bombs murdered three people and severely injured others.

To be clear, whether or not these devices were intended to detonate or disrupt, this is, by definition, an act of terrorism. This was the case with the envelopes laced with the deadly toxin ricin, sent to the Pentagon and White House three weeks ago.

I would expect, given the amateurish construction, packaging, and delivery method, that tracking down the threat package maker(s) will be swift. There is a significant forensic trail that will lead to a quick arrest. These threat devices were constructed by an ignorant sociopath, or a very smart perp who wanted to appear ignorant.

Responding to the threats, President Donald Trump declared, “Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” Indeed they don’t.

He continued: “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans. In these times we have to unify. We have to come together.”

But the words “unify” and “come together” are anathema to Demo minority leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Predictably, they replied, “President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”

The Demo duo dug in deeper: “Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.”

Anyone interpreting their words as anything other than the most disgraceful partisan tripe, is a dullard Democrat.

Of course, while they suggested Trump was a supporter of today’s anarchist Hitlerian adolescents, they forgot to assert he is a fan of Stalin and Mao. Oh, wait… Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were all socialists — like Pelosi and Schumer.

And then there’s Hillary Clinton, who declared, “It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.” That’s quite a reversal from just two weeks ago, when she insisted, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”

As I noted yesterday, Democrats depend on fear, anger, and hate to create disunity. Barack Obama elevated their “divide and conquer” strategy as the centerpiece of his political playbook a decade ago. Schumer and Pelosi, et al., have perfected it. The model for their strategy, a.k.a. “divide and rule,” is to dissolve the bonds that tie people together, to break constituents up into manageable pieces so they can be more easily controlled.

And again, disunity is all they have to offer.

Footnote: Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his sidekick, Mayor Bill de Blasio, were quick to get in on the “blame Republicans” act, according to NYPD spokesperson Peter Donald, “The earlier suspicious package at Governor Cuomo’s office in midtown has been cleared by NYPD personnel. It was unrelated. And there was no device of any kind.” Update: I continue to believe that these “bombs” were inert hoax devices.

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