*Suspicious Package* Open Thread: We don’t know what we don’t know
Many facts reported in the media will turn out to be wrong.
One thing that we know for a certainty about the “suspicious packages” sent to various Democrat political figures is that we don’t know a lot of actual facts, and many facts reported in the media will turn out to be wrong.
It happens every time, including after the Newtown school shooting and Boston Marathon bombing, as I wrote back in April 2013, At Boston Marathon as in Newtown, initial media reports almost entirely wrong.
There also is an immediate media effort to blame “right-wing” perpetrators without evidence of who the perpetrator(s) were. It may be that the perpetrator here is anti-Democrat and politically motivated, but we don’t know that now.
We will do our best to keep you informed as things develop today, but know for certain that many facts being reported in the media will turn out to be wrong.
(Updating to follow below by various authors)
Security for former officials under review:
Various federal agencies are now reviewing security protocols involving former cabinet-level and other high-profile officials, following this week’s discovery of suspected pipe bombs sent to Obama administration officials, according to two individuals familiar with the government’s response to the investigation.
Government agencies have been proactively contacting some former officials to make sure they are aware of the ongoing pipe bomb incidents, and that they remain vigilant and report any suspicious packages to law enforcement.
Although cabinet-level and senior agency officials do not maintain protective details after their departure from office, it is common for agency protective operations teams to maintain contact with them to help lessen any perceived threats or identity theft that might result from their high-profile posture.
Donald Trump, Jr., had to remind CNN’s Jim Acosta that his family once received a package with white powder. Thankfully the powder was harmless, but the note said, “You’re an awful person and now you get what you deserve.”
Jim, did you or your colleagues take any responsibility for your rhetoric in constantly calling my family Racists and Nazis for 2 years when my wife actually opened an exploding envelope of white powder intended for me? What about when it happend to my brother? https://t.co/TpMTk17x9W
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 25, 2018
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer had harsh words for Trump, too:
“How dare they,” Pelosi said at a press conference when it was suggested that heated Democratic rhetoric played any part in inspiring Hodgkinson’s actions.
“First of all, the timing of it all. Everybody is so sad, so concerned, so coming together,” Pelosi said about being asked the question so soon after the attack. “Don’t you think it’s strange that instead of praying … that they would start saying—”
She then stopped herself and concluded, “Let’s have this conversation another day.”
In joint statement, Senate and House Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi say President Trump’s comments today on the wave of pipe bomb packages “ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”https://t.co/Nja7dSIFE0 pic.twitter.com/6816kYNWyM
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 24, 2018
FBI confirms three additional packages: one to DeNiro and two to Biden.
CBS News learned that the US postal system is being checked out:
A source familiar with the investigation tells CBS News all pieces of mail processed by the U.S. Postal Service are put through machines that photograph and document what they are, where they came from and where they’re headed.
It’s all a result of the post-9/11, post-anthrax world we live in, the source says.
Using what’s described as “data analytics,” investigators are now looking at mail processing facilities nationwide to check for packages that may appear similar to the others sent to top Democrats.
Security concerns kept the source form sharing specifics on how this is being carried out, but it’s one tool investigators are using to cast a wide net to quickly determine if there are any other suspicious packages out there.
NYPD has begun investigating a package sent to Robert DeNiro found at his TriBeca Productions mailroom. Law enforcement said it looks similar to those discovered on Wednesday.
Police have arrived at a Delaware US Postal facility because they believe they found a package meant for Joe Biden.
*Increasing police presence coming out of New Castle, Delaware Post Office.* @ABC has been reporting that investigatiors are looking into an 8th possible device addressed to Joe Biden. Working to confirm connection w activity here. Post office evacuated. @6abc pic.twitter.com/Hj002rfHSR
— Jeannette Reyes (@6abcJeannette) October 25, 2018
Former Fox reporter Adam Housley tweeted last night that a federal official told him the bombs are fake.
From fed source: “complete hoaxes” multiple wires when they only needed one. Reports of cell phones being involved was false. So no intention of harm. Now the questions. Dry run, or a false flag from the right or left trying to mess over the other side?
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) October 24, 2018
Remember how the media quickly jumped on President Donald Trump because he stated without facts that criminals and those from the Middle East have infiltrated the migrant caravan?
Well, the media has, without facts, subtly blamed Trump for these bombs sent to Democrat foes.
Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that he criticized the “media” for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 25, 2018
VIDEO – CNN’s Blitzer to Flake: Is There Anyone on the Left Using ‘Awful, Angry Rhetoric’ Like Trump? @wolfblitzer @JeffFlake https://t.co/EvpJl2dZi7
— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) October 24, 2018
Every question Wolf Blitzer has asked today has been a variation of, How much blame Trump should take for today’s mail bombs?
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 24, 2018
There It Is … With area clear, CNN President Jeff Zucker comes out swinging against President Trump :: https://t.co/WW8jSvPHM8
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 24, 2018
Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence. https://t.co/cS5qNiuU7o
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) October 25, 2018
The unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump for the two years following 2016 is dangerous. A Washington Post columnist is dead and progressive icons are targets of bombs. https://t.co/SFkRuAIlFx
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 24, 2018
Look at what Newsweek tried to do…
Ron DeSantis campaign said he wanted Hillary Clinton’s Florida visit to be “kiss of death” day before bomb threat https://t.co/vppRSRi7u1 pic.twitter.com/7SNVSDRHcY
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 24, 2018
I’ve long said that everyone should drop the hateful rhetoric that has plagued politics lately.
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Just a couple….
Boy, I wish there was an edit/delete button :
How come the photographer wasn’t scared…
“4) Apparently these packages were both mailed and hand delivered. As to timing their delivery, that is pretty easy with the USPS.”
We’re going to find out that these bombs were sent by a right-wing nut. He mailed them to his targets during the Obama administration.
I am 100% sure that this theatrical fake bomb plot has been carried out by a Progressive. Any Conservative trying this stunt would have gone for the “Two Fer” by making all the bombs look exactly like Clockboy Mohammed’s fake Radio Shack bomb.
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