Omaha emergency services part of Nashville AT&T disruption.

Updated on December 30, 2020 in General Stuff
12 on December 25, 2020

Or so I’ve heard—be careful this week, el J.

Currently, the explosion appears to be aimed at disrupting comms and emergency response in a wider area around the TN hub.

Good times. May as well end 2020 as it began.

And Merry Christmas, folks! For real.

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0 on December 26, 2020

Just looked…no mention in the local paper, other than a generic AP wire story about the bombing.

This one seems really interesting. The PA speakers with the advance warning…what is that?

My gut says this was a test. The amount of actual destruction seems almost perfunctory. This was no OKC.

Who? Why?

I find myself wondering if whatever official answers to those questions emerge will be accepted. Maybe that is part of the test?

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0 on December 26, 2020

No way to tell at this point. A test (“probing” in parlance) is one guess; disrupting comms for something else is another; classic “troubles” ‘nobody died, but they could next time’ stuff is yet another theory.  I’d surmise that 48 hours will bring a little more clarity. There is a photo of a guy who was driving the RV earlier already making the rounds—looks like a generic late early 30s dude. Nothing noteworthy.  Unless the guy gets ID’d as someone unusual, have to assume that there was logistical help on this. 

I’ve heard from a guy who has C-IED experience both OCONUS and at the policy level, that if this traces to an organized group, we probably won’t hear about it. I wouldn’t know about that, myself.

He did say that there is so much evidence at the site that it would be easier to get away with a bank robbery in broad daylight in London than this sort of bombing. He’s pretty sure the perpetrators will get caught, and I believe him. The guy who almost blew K and I up was matched in part to purchases at a hardware store in northern Washington, based on bomb component forensics.

Anyways, there’s still 6 days left in 2020. We will see what we see.

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0 on December 26, 2020

I wish I was better aware of history and other cultures, because I lack context for this observation…

…but it seems to me that there has been a change over the last 30ish years with how these events are portrayed. Roughly, we’ve gone from “nutjob(s) doing nutjob stuff” to “this is proof that my (mainstream) political opponents are evil”.

The obvious example is the Gabby Giffords shooting. Was that the moment when the inflection became complete?

I think back to OKC. An obvious right wing, militia, “furious over Waco and Ruby Ridge” thing, but my sense at the time was that there was very little demand that Republican pols denounce it. At least not uniquely. It was understood that McVeigh had no supporters in respectable circles.

The media did take a shot at pinning that on Rush Limbaugh, but even that feels like it fell flat.

Anyway, it feels like the evolution from “nutjob doing nutjob stuff” to “something we can exploit for political advantage” is a meaningful cultural moment.

But like I said in the beginning, maybe I’m just not aware enough of how things are/were over time and distance.

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0 on December 26, 2020

It’s a meaningful movement to monetize eyeballs. Totally media driven, both big box and social.

That said, I’m sure that plenty believe in Rahm Emmanuel’s addage “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Anyone ascribing politics to this event, at this stage is just yanking chains. Too much is unknown. JMO.

What we do know is that the bomb appears to be the second most destructive device unleashed on American soil—behind OKC and ahead of Boston. It reportedly took McVeigh and Nichols 8 months to put their bomb together, and this one is in the same range of complexity and material—in terms of procurement—plus the recording. This tells us that it was a lot of work. What’s different is the obvious choices made to minimize loss of human life. The closest analogy there is the 1996 Manchester bombing, where the IRA issued warnings 90 minutes out, allowing for the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. That’s clearly the most noteworthy thing about this TN event, aside from it happening in the first place.

So the question then becomes what terrorist goal is worth the enormous amount of work and personal risk inherent in pulling this off, if actual *terrorism* is taken out of the equation? You can bet that a lot of people are trying to answer that question—figure out the goal, get the who; figure out who; get the goal.

This is a meaningful event in history, we just have no idea what it means yet. Again, JMO.

 

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0 on December 27, 2020

Well, they have themselves an apparently dead suspect. Judging from his name, he’s homegrown.

I’m not going to post the link or his name for a couple of reasons: mainly, I’m just exhausted by my 24/7 access to current, sad events. It’s the f—-ing apocalypse every day, you know? How does it help anyone to spread the news of this loser’s grievances?
Law enforcement needs to know in order to refine their profiles of dangerous people. I get that. Does everyone else, from Bangor to San Diego? I don’t think so.

You can find it on CBS and presumably everywhere. I consume too much information regarding things that just make me nervous and unhappy. I can’t be the only one. In fact, I know I’m not. This lady postal worker was observing the same thing the other day when I remarked how anxious were the people in line waiting to pick up their parcels and certified mailings.

I’m watching Combat on TV now, and 12 O’clock High is up next. I’m going back to the early 60’s and I’m staying there.

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I can dig it, Rob. We watched the 1964 “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” stop motion special last night, if that tells you were we are on all this.

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0 on December 28, 2020

You both have re-affirmed my desire to simply avoid the news. I have to credit Peter with that idea, and it works out. In general, my sense of things is that if something sufficiently noteworthy happens, news of it will find its way to me. Otherwise, the day to day machinations are entirely ignorable.

I did take a few minutes this morning to update myself on Nashville. I don’t have a lot of confidence in whatever is out there at the moment, but the general sense I gained is of a very troubled guy. Weird stuff about a real estate dispute with his mother, being afraid of 5G technology, etc. So is that the truth, or is that the “convenient lie authorities want us to believe”? No idea.

I have zero sense of what it would take to assemble a bomb of that magnitude. Explosives just aren’t my thing. All I know about them is what I learned in the aftermath of OKC. Which is to say, I know the term “ANFO” and that’s about it.

Didn’t they put regulations in place post OKC where manufacturers are required to put tracer chemicals in fertilizer? I seem to recall reading something about that at the time. Don’t know if that happened, or if it’s still being done. Anyway, if official sources are to be believed, most of that is moot now, right? They have the guy. (Or at least as much of the guy as they could scrape out of the rubble, as it were.)

Or do they? It seems like the speculation now is whether this is truly “lone nutjob” or if he had accomplices. That goes back to my ignorance of the mechanics involved. My assumption is that constructing a bomb of that magnitude is no small task, and there will be lots of evidence of this guy (these guys?) procuring all the various materials, etc.

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I’m still struck by how far this guy went to avoid killing anyone. I’ve read speculation that he was the one who fired the various salvos of gunshots prior to the event, with the intent of making sure lots of LEO showed up…not to sucker them into a trap, but to make sure they were on scene with plenty of time to evacuate everyone. If that’s more or less how it went down, it baffles me. And I guess in a good way. Makes me wonder what the death toll would have been had he just driven to the location and set off the bomb without warning.

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So far there doesn’t seem to be any particular ideological or partisan attachment here. For the sake of everyone, that’s a blessing. It also makes me wonder how many people have been pushed over the edge of despair by the events of 2020 (not saying that explains Nashville guy, just speculating), and whether or not we will be seeing more of this as a result.

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0 on December 29, 2020

It’s still early on. Hopefully more answers will be forthcoming, because everyone likes reasons, and tidy bows.

There’s stuff floating that this guy briefly had an explosive handler’s permit, that he let expire. He also had an alarm installer’s permit—whatever that is—that he let expire. No indication yet that either helped with his employment. Maybe this guy is just wired so differently that he actually was planning and working towards this since the 90s. That would be hard for me to wrap my brain around, but then, I also realize that not everyone is wired like me.

And what’s the deal with this Michelle Swing that he left two properties to?  So weird. 

Honestly, we know very little new info, beyond knowing the “who” that was in the RV onsite.  Maybe this guy really is that different, driven, and organized from most people. Maybe we aren’t being told the whole story.  In either case, it’s looking to have as much in common on that front with the Mandalay Bay shooting in Vegas, as anything: sometimes, as disconcerting as it is, we just don’t get reasons, wrapping, and bows.

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0 on December 29, 2020

Glad you mentioned Mandalay Bay. That one has been rattling around in my head also.

I bounce back and forth between “We don’t know anything because there is literally nothing to know. Just a random nutjob” and “We don’t know anything because authorities think the full story would be too explosive/embarrassing/whatever and don’t dare let it out”.

Which brings to mind the thought that my tendency toward suspicion in such matters only went up by about 8,000,000% when Jeffrey Epstein “killed himself”…while the guards were asleep at the switch, and the security cameras malfunctioned, etc, etc, etc. 

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Too soon?

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