Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thwarted Bomb Attack in Spokane on MLK Parade Day along Parade Route....FBI offering Reward
More Information about Blackpack found along Parade route before Parade in Spokane this morning, (Backpack and two Tshirts shown above). Spokesman Review revealed these details the Spokane Parade Site. The Backpack did not explode, so evidence was obtained at site including the Backpack and it's contents. It was found by 3 workers before the Parade began, some accounts say it Police were alerted, other reports say Military was notified. The Parade was re-routed and no one was harmed. Device was disarmed, and at this point FBI is offering a Reward.
More From the Police Report :
The police report was filed by SGT. John Roys of the Spokane Police Department, and it reads as follows:
"Today at 0926 hours, Spokane Police Officers were called to a suspicious package at the N/E corner of Main and Washington. The package was found and reported by a City of Spokane worker.As per protocol in these circumstances, Officers responded and secured a safety zone. Officers from the Spokane City-County Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) arrived to investigate the package. The package was rendered safe by the EDU. The FBI has joined in the investigation.
Further details will be made available as the investigation progresses."
More from the Southern Poverty Law Center they present more details of how the attack was thwarted, and why the FBI is concerned about this attack.More Below From Southern Poverty Law Center.
“It was a device that clearly was intended to harm or kill people,’’said Frank Harrill, a senior FBI agent and spokesman for the bureau’s Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force.The FBI posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday and released three photographs, including one of the black Swiss-Army backpack that contained the destructive device.
Harrill would not discuss the type of explosive or its construction, including whether the backpack contained an explosive shield intended to spray shrapnel toward potential victims. He also declined to say if the device was intended to be detonated remotely or by a timer.
“It was set to detonate during a unity march on the King Holiday, so, obviously it had political or social overtones,’’ Harrill said.
Raw Story is reporting the MLK event as being Investigated by the FBI as "Domestic Terrorism " at this point in time.
Reuters has more details as they emerge and were one of the Media who reported the case very quickly this afternoon.
It will be interesting at this point how The Media National and Local reports these events or will they try to spin the Story, even though it clearly has a Political Motive and is clearly a Hate Crime that was attempted on Martin Luther King Day. Let us hope that All Questionable Groups are questioned and All Threats Made Public from the NorthWest.Evening News did not report on East Coast, but Maddow did.
"Thе left alone Swiss Army-brand backpack, wіth wires visible, wаѕ unprotected οn the downtown dais bу 3 city workers whο tοld military οf thе device аbουt thirty mins prior to thе march wаѕ scheduled tο ѕtаrt.Thе parade, attended bу аbουt 1,500 people, wаѕ fast rerouted whіlе city’s explosve ordering section wаѕ summoned аnd safely “neutralized thе device,” thе FBI ѕаіd.FBI representative guileless Harrill dеѕсrіbеd thе “improvised explosve device” аѕ carrying the “very fatal design” efficient οf inflicting “multiple casualties.”
( I find it odd that the Military were Notified ? Not the Police ? )
9:50 PM According to ABC and Yakima Herald the Bomb was a handheld radio Control Pipe Bomb you can read more of the updates here.
More from the Rachel Maddow Show:
DailyKos has pretty thorough list of Hate Rhetoric and events of past year it is worth a look....really shows we have a Problem.