Media headlines have been dominated for the last two days by the news that pipe bombs are being sent to Democratic Party elites and their allies, a list of whom as of this writing consists of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Robert De Niro, and the CNN office (addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan who actually works for NBC). As of this writing nobody has been killed or injured in any way by any of these many explosive devices, and there is as of this writing no publicly available evidence that they were designed to. As of this writing there is no evidence that the devices were intended to do anything other than what they have done: stir up fear and grab headlines.
And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. Obviously targeting anyone with packages containing explosive materials is terrible, even if those devices were not rigged with the intention of detonating and harming anyone, and it is a good thing that not a single one of them has done so. It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day. You know, the kind that actually explode.
Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) October 24, 2018
It is good that Barack Obama was never sent anything resembling the 26,171 bombs that his administration dropped in the final year of his presidency, for example. It is good that neither the first US president to serve every minute of his administration under wartime, nor those who served as part of that administration like Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, were targeted with the kinds of weapons which were deployed against impoverished people in other nations every single day for all eight years. People would have been killed and badly injured if anyone had been sent anything like those kinds of explosive devices, their bodies ripped to shreds like the countless civilians killed in the airstrikes which resulted from the Obama administration’s expansion of Bush’s so-called “war on terror”.
President Trump, whose administration has been dropping even more bombs than its predecessor after expanding the use of drone strikes and peeling back regulations on air strikes designed to protect civilians, was quick to condemn the headline-grabbing pipe bomb campaign which did not hurt anyone whatsoever.
“A major federal investigation is now underway,” said the president who continues to assist Saudi Arabia in murdering untold tens of thousands of civilians in Yemen. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”
Right now the only political debate happening over these bomb scares is who is responsible for them. I am being told by everyone to the left of Ted Cruz that I am required to believe that this was with 100 percent certainty a terrorist plot orchestrated by a Trump supporter due to the president’s hateful rhetoric against the people who’ve been targeted, and if I don’t subscribe to that belief it means I’m a Nazi. Meanwhile Trump supporters are telling me this is a deep state false flag designed to get Democrats elected in the midterms, because <sarcasm> Republicans are totally not in bed with the alliance of plutocrats and government agencies known as the deep state.</sarcasm>
But the fact of the matter is that next to nothing is known about this case; as of this writing there isn’t even a suspect yet. The proper thing to do when the mass media is telling us with a unified voice to be afraid of something is to remain agnostic and very, very skeptical of everything we are being told. There are any number of possible explanations for this spate of impotent pipe bombs, many of which don’t involve a partisan explanation at all. Without endorsing any particular one, there are for example a few sociopathic government agencies in the US which would love nothing more than to manufacture support for more intrusive domestic “counter-terrorism” powers.
But partisan explanations are possible as well; maybe there really is a Trump supporter out there who either (A) wanted to scare Democratic elites without hurting them and didn’t realize doing so would only generate sympathy and unify Democrats right before midterms, or (B) is really, really consistent in being really, really bad at making pipe bombs. Who knows. The important thing is to remain agnostic and skeptical.
Meanwhile, while we wait for copious amounts of facts and evidence before forming a solid opinion one way or the other, how about a little interest in the people who are being targeted with actual bombs that actually explode by the empire these Democratic elites serve? That, in my opinion, is one debate we should all always be having.
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Stephen Sadd / October 27, 2018
Gab Social Media site (not owned by Gov or Deep State) has closed, because PAYPAL refused to renew its license. Why? because the recent shooter had an account with Gab. This is one way the elite ass-holes, are intending to prevent use of alternative Social Media other than the whores such as “Facebook Fuck”, “Trash Twitter” and the “Google Grubs”
Stephen Sadd / October 27, 2018
According to Paul Craig Roberts, the post paid stamps on the pipe bombs, would NOT cover the posting cost’s, and who mails bombs to people who don’t open their own mail?
The latest shootings of Jews, the Mexican Caravan, pipe bombs = Deep State Democrats. Remember mid-term elections are but 10 days away?
saabnrules / October 27, 2018
The sooner the better for you and the world. The only way you can save yourselves (thus the world) it is to rise up against THE TERROR OF TOUR GOVERNMENT against your and the world. With that uprising you can terminate that system of evil, liberate yourselves and save this planet from WW III, that is inevitable if your elite continues the way they are going.
Ishkabibble / October 27, 2018
Here are three pieces of information I would like to know with certainty. 1. What was the chemical name for the explosive material? 2. Was the detonator actually capable of detonating the explosive material? 3. Had the “bomb” actually “gone off”, with the explosive material being encased in a plastic pipe with ends closed in by whatever, would the “bomb” have exploded like a proper iron-pipe-bomb would have, or would the “bomb” have simply burned like, say, a road flare?
What would be mighty interesting is if the “authorities” actually bring this man to trial and he pleads “not guilty” because he can prove that the devices he put in the mail were not actually bombs, but simply props to scare the recipients and have a big effect on the country. In other words, it was a publicity stunt.
This would put “authorities” in a difficult legal position. Just like in many of the FBI-concocted entrapment cases of “terrorism”, the State may try to assert that even though these devices were just props, that the effect that they had on the “victims”, the “authorities” and even the State itself –that these devices COULD have been bombs — that the perpetrator should be tried and convicted JUST AS IF THESE DEVICES WERE IN FACT REAL BOMBS. In today’s USA of hysteria, I’m sure that many people would fully support that. People got scared, therefore, jail for life. (Halloween is never going to be the same.)
Katy Meigs / October 26, 2018
The packages all had a return address on them. I hope the FBI checked it out (even if spelled incorrectly).
Laotzu / October 26, 2018
Ockhams Razor – the simplest theory is most likely.
The suspect – if guilty – is mentally ill or a moron.
John / October 27, 2018
Ockhams Razor explanation is reasonable, except that it’s 2018 — fantasy land for relentless hoaxes – expert level and much less.
How many ‘suspicious packages’ are addressed to the White House and we never hear about ’em? No doubt, the mail processing at the White House is highly secured, as would be the case for Obamas, Clintons, CNN’s, etc. These folks have never received ‘suspicious packages’ before? Yet NOW we need to hear about ’em?
What troubles me is that Trump is playing along with the charade, calling for an investigation, praising ‘Law Enforcement’ for a job well done for the arrest of a suspect. Putting this nonsense on the forefront. Images of Timothy McVeigh dancing in my head…
It’s as if both parties are intent on driving their supporters to ‘GET OUT AND VOTE’?? This November will likely have very high voter turnout, due to the insane level of political division.
Maybe if enough people DIDN’T VOTE, they wouldn’t have jurisdiction? I know this theory may be ‘out there,’ but …. mind boggled.
Laotzu / October 27, 2018
Agree. The argument that the creator of these childish objects of “intimidation” was most likely deranged or stupid does not preclude the possibility that he/she was manipulated by others seeking to gain from his/her pathetic fantasy.
Harry S Nydick / October 26, 2018
Hypocrisy, thy name is America.
HomoSapiensWannaBe / October 26, 2018
I assume these were mailed from those big blue pubic mailboxes.
Were any of these actually delivered?
You can’t ship something that heavy with only six stamps. Go to your local post office and try it.
Also, you wouldn’t want to use only an envelope to contain them as they would likely bust through the paper — which was probably intended — so they’d be easily discovered. I also assume at this point that all mail is scanned to reveal the contents for digital image comparison identification.
Obviously, this is a PR stunt intended to keep up the public hysteria constantly driven by our fake actor president Drumpf and the big media companies. A distraction from other sordid realities…
Right now, Americans should be doing some deep soul searching about why we prop up and sell arms to brutal dictators like MBS in Saudi Arabia, who supplied funding for ISIS and is busy murdering innocent people in Yemen.
“Worthy” vs. “unworthy” victims.
Khashoggi vs. Skripal? Where is the equivalent MORAL reasoning?
We live in a demented, SICK country, a enormous vampire vacuum cleaner constantly sprouting hoses into all parts of the world to suck the wealth and lifeblood from them.
LizardBreath / October 26, 2018
Clearly it is a hoax. Everyone should just chill, and let the election proceed normally. If the Dems and Repubs cancel each other out, maybe we’ll get a chance to vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE. Dream on, right?
Gerald Falkenstein / October 26, 2018
Trump-the killer in chief!
Terry / October 26, 2018
I have seen several photos of the alleged pipe bomb envelopes, all with six stamps, presumably delivered all on the same day to various addresses around the country by the US Postal Service, which is unlikely enough in itself. Yet none of the stamps are cancelled with a postal stamp? Including the one shown at the top of this well considered article.
Brian / October 26, 2018
This country is sick beyond belief. We deserve everything we get in the coming collapse.
Charles Robinson / October 26, 2018
Caitlin, you expose the cruel hypocracy that anyone – with a conscience – can see, providing they aren’t blindlessly justifing their cruel, ruthless and corrupt government.
Yuri G / October 26, 2018
Not only US but Canadian, German, French, Swedish, Dutch and Czech arms and ammunition is being sold to the Saudis, UAE, Turks and others. The military, security, business and diplomatic personnel of these Western countries participate in support and training in the conduct of illegal wars in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan. These pointed condemnations should call to task all the NATO warmongers and their military-industrial-digital complexes and their supine MSMs for these continuing genocides.
Peter Donoghue / October 26, 2018
You forgot to mention the UK!
Gary Seth / October 26, 2018
My first thought was to show Pres. Trump how easily the spotlight on him can be taken away . Now I think it has something to do with Mail Order Fentynal from Chima . Maybe two birds with ten hoax bombs ?
MariaRose / October 26, 2018
Great article–I couldn’t have said it better–just hope whoever did this little stunt gets the full brunt of the law heaved at them for throwing more oil on the fire. A pretend terrorist attack is still a terrorist attack. I will be passing this article around.
Nancy Kovar / October 26, 2018
When Americans start to even know that they are funding the murder of innocents across the globe, I might get some hope back.
Ishkabibble / October 26, 2018
The word from Elite Heaven came sooner than I thought:
G / October 26, 2018
Maybe it was a DNC fundraising mailer? The figured nothing gets a neoliberal more excited than bombs and forgot to include the “call-to-action” in the letters?
Blessthebeasts / October 26, 2018
Why would any thinking person have any sympathy for these elite criminals who were supposedly targeted?
Lorraine Saint Pierre / October 25, 2018
You forgot to mention that it could also be the Democrats who cooked this up. You’ve got to make some attempt at balance. We get this kind of bias every day by the MSM
Bruce / October 25, 2018
Thank you for writing this article and bringing to our attention something that most people would rather simply ignore or not deal with. It is distressing to contemplate the misery and destruction that America has been instrumental in causing in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Yemen. Too bad that there are not enough people who are aware or concerned – yet.
billp / October 25, 2018
As an Aussie, Caitlin must think of American political elites as a single species of pond scum. Not true. As a Yank I happen to know there are two species of American political elite pond scum – Red & Blue.
Sheila Chambers / October 25, 2018
Another ploy to get ‘sheeple’ to feel sorry for dems & ‘vote’ for them? They want so bad to get back into power so they can resume BOMBING poor brown skinned people for PROFIT!
I don’t ‘vote’ for dems & I won’t ‘vote’ for repugs, both of those CORPORATE PARTIES ARE RULED BY WAR CRIMINALS!
Once again, RIGGING is at large, gerrymandering, voter suppression, removal of voting sites for minorities, removal of would be voters, usually people of color from ‘voting’ rolls, every dirty trick in the book is being rolled out AGAIN to ‘fix’ the fake ‘elections’ in favor of the RULERS, REPUGS OR DEMS!
Currently the repugs rule & ‘they’ want to keep it that way any dirty way they can.
Third party ‘voters’ may as well stay home, IF they even HAVE a home!
Third parties will never be allowed to ‘win’ in our fake rigged ‘elections’.
I wonder if anyone will send some real bombs to some repug ‘luminaries’?
A BIG ‘bomb’ on ‘both’ their ‘houses’!
This DAMMED warmongering country is headed for collapse & it can’t come soon enough for those poor brown skinned people we are STILL bombing back to the stone age!
I HATE RACISM & I’M ‘WHITE’!
maximus / October 26, 2018
If only the other non-white races that are invading the US weren’t predominately racist, then we could all hate racism.
Julie Tabler / October 25, 2018
The results of the bomb packages exploit:
Nothing has exploded.
The Ds get to play self-righteous martyrs again.
The Rs and Independents get to say it’s a false flag by Ds.
Whoever you decide to blame also appears to be an inept moron.
Assume those were the intended results.
Some troll somewhere is laughing hysterically, thinking, “Gawd it’s so easy to get them all going!”
It was the Russians!!!!
floyd gardner / October 26, 2018
Obviously it was Russians. They are the only ones too dum to no how to spel Flooriduh.
Laotzu / October 25, 2018
Hoax mail-bombs sent to Democrat luminaries.
Marko / October 25, 2018
” Hoax mail-bombs sent to Democrat luminaries. Cui bono? ”
False-flag by Dems to engender sympathetic support before the election – Dems bono.
False false-flag by Repubs to taint Dems before the election for pulling an obvious false-flag stunt- Repubs bono.
It ain’t so simple.
Laotzu / October 25, 2018
Yes it could have been a Republican plot, believing that the public will mistakenly see the hoax as a Democrat “false flag” attack on their own people (while knowing the mainstream media will ignore that possibility.)
Equally unlikely, it could have been the Democrats having perceived that scenario, played a double bluff!
Until proven otherwise, Ockham’s razor makes the most sense — the simplest theory is the most likely.