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The American Cult of Bombing

Car bombing in Iraq, 2005. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Car bombing in Iraq, 2005. Via Wikimedia Commons.

William J. Astore outlines America’s history of bombing and how we can expect more of it.

via TomDispatch (please follow the link to read the entire piece):

When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult.  Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

Poor Iraq. From Operation Desert Shield/Storm under George H.W. Bush to enforcing no-fly zones under Bill Clinton to Operation Iraqi Freedom under George W. Bush to the latest “humanitarian” bombing under Barack Obama, the one constant is American bombs bursting in Iraqi desert air.  Yet despite this bombing — or rather in part because of it — Iraq is a devastated and destabilized country, slowly falling apart at seams that have been unraveling under almost a quarter-century of steady, at times relentless, pounding.  “Shock and awe,” anyone?

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Ohio Man Arrested With Bombs and AR-15 Was Intel Analyst With Top Secret Clearance

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Picture: Tri-County Jail (PD)

In an odd twist of events an Ohio man was arrested after a traffic stop on New Year’s Day which lead an officer to uncover a slew of bombs, IED’s, a remote detonator, and an AR-15 rifle.

Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, of Moores Hill, Indiana was stopped by Trooper W. Scott Davis on westbound I-70 on January 1st, 2014 for speeding, Trooper Davis asked Boguslawksi if he had any weapons in the car to which Boguslawski replied “No.” at that time Trooper Davis noticed a small caliber pistol tucked between Boguslawski’s legs. Further investigation uncovered 58 small improvised initiators, 25 IED’s, a medicine bottle weighing 1.5 lb’s containing explosive materials, four incomplete improvised bombs, a remote detonator, and several loaded guns including an AR-15 rifle. Also in his possession were schematics for Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in which he was employed as a groundskeeper.

Boguslawski was trained as an Intelligence Analyst Specialist in the Army National Guard and held a Top Secret Clearance.… Read the rest

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The United States And New Zealand Secretly Tested ‘Tsunami Bombs’ Designed To Destroy Cities By Flooding

Via the Daily Mail, this likely will trigger conspiracy theories regarding natural disasters past and future:

The U.S. and New Zealand collaborated on a top-secret plan to develop a ‘tsunami bomb’ capable of devastating coastal cities, it has emerged. The countries carried out covert tests of the potential weapon of mass destruction – designed to use underwater explosions to trigger huge tidal waves – in waters around Auckland and the Pacific island of New Caledonia during the Second World War.

Details of the secretive operation, code-named Project Seal, were discovered in military files buried in New Zealand’s national archives by author and film-maker Ray Waru. The files revealed how around 3,700 bombs were exploded during testing, which was launched in June 1944, and indicated that the weapon was feasible.

Mr Waru said: ‘It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami… and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.’ While initial testing was positive, Project Seal was shelved in early 1945.

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Drone Conspiracy Emerges from Indianapolis Explosion’s Ashes

Picture: USAF (PD)

Days after an explosion leveled two homes in Indiana and rendered several others uninhabitable, some conspiracy theorists are considering the possibility (no matter how remote) that a drone aircraft might have been the culprit.

Via Vice’s Motherboard blog:

Now rumors are blazing across the Internet that the nighttime blast was in fact the work of a CIA Predator drone that for unclear reasons had been programmed to take out two Indianapolis-based US military resource and payroll offices. Only the drone’s missiles deviated from their flight courses, striking the homes off of Fieldfare Way, instead.

There’s just one catch: the details have been put forward by Sorcha Faal, an anonymous blogger known for spreading incendiary conspiracy-theory laden reports through the website whatdoesitmean.com. In this case, her source is a “chilling report” supposedly circulating inside the Kremlin.

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Fourteen Year-Old Arrested After Police Tipped Off by YouTube Pipe-Bomb Tips

Photo: US Dept. of State (PD)

Via the Daily Dot:

A fourteen year-old Georgia boy has charged with housing and manufacturing explosive devices after police were tipped off by a series of instructional videos and helpful hints uploaded to YouTube:

The unidentified boy was arrested last Monday in Canton, Ga., after police found “several devices that appear to be pipe bombs inside [his parents’] residence,” according to assistant police chief Todd Vande Zande. He is believed to be the individual behind YouTube channel Blake6841.

Despite having only five subscribers, the account has received attention for posting since-deleted videos detailing how to make pipe bombs and leaving tutorials and advice in the comment sections of like-minded videos.

Check to make sure that you really do know where your children are and click through to read the rest of the story.

 

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The Pentagon Has Created A Database Of Every Bomb They’ve Dropped Since WWI

The saddest spreadsheet in the world? Via io9:

For the past six years, the U.S. Air Force has been compiling an exhaustive list of every bomb their planes have dropped since World War I.

The database, which is part of a project called THOR (Theater History of Operations Reports), was put together by Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson using thousands of historical documents.

For the Vietnam War alone, Robertson has examined records showing that from October 1965 to May 1975 at least 456,365 cluster bombs were dropped on Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The database is also being used for current conflicts, including investigations into civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Was A Georgia College Student Arrested Because She Likes to “Blow Things Up”?

One wonders if the political views she expressed on her Facebook page was also a factor: “I despise all law enforcement and any governing authority,” she states in her profile. “I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction.” Reports Alexis Stevens in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

It will be an explosive-free weekend for the northeast Georgia college student who admitted to federal agents that she likes to blow things up as a hobby. She’s being held without bond after a hearing was canceled Friday.

Celia Alchemy Savage’s father says his daughter shouldn’t be in jail and the government should butt out.

“She likes to hunt and fish,” Tommy Savage told Channel 2 Action News. “She loves shooting. She goes sky diving. All kinds of stuff like that that you wouldn’t really typically think of a young lady doing.”

But a search of her home Wednesday led to federal charges for 23-year-old Celia Savage of Cornelia.

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Royal Navy Finds 61 Bombs On Nudist Beach

Isle of SheppeyVia the Telegraph:
Experts were called in after 26 bombs — including two submarine depth charges and at least six 10lb mortar bombs — were washed up on Leysdown Beach last month. And last week, during a two day search of the beach, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent — the Navy found another 61 bombs, taking the total to 87. The team found mortars, submarine depth charges, a string of 10lb bombs, bullets and a string of other ordnance, some dating back to the late 19th century, during the sweep. The east side of the beach — often called Shellness — is an official nudist beach. It is listed on the UK's Naturist Factfile, which states: "This official naturist beach is located near Leysdown-on-Sea at the eastern end of the Isle of Sheppey on the north Kent coast.
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Anti-Nanotechnology Terrorist Sect Strikes In Mexico

Unabomber-sketchExtremists in Mexico are trying to save humanity from our own technology before it’s too late through mail-bomb attacks against researchers — some people just really do not like messing around with particles at the atomic level. Via Newser:

A radical group that opposes nanotechnology has has claimed responsibility for at least two bombing attacks on researchers in Mexico and it praises the “Unabomber,” whose mail-bombs killed three people and injured 23 in the United States.

A manifesto posted Tuesday on a radical website mentions at least five other Mexican researchers whose work it opposes, and lauded Theodore Kaczynski, who is serving a life sentence for bombs that targeted university professors and airline executives. It was issued in the name of a group whose title could be translated as “Individuals Tending Toward the Savage.”

Mexico State prosecutors’ spokesman Sonia Davila said authorities are investigating the authenticity of the manifesto, but said its description of how the dynamite-stuffed pipe-bomb was constructed matched evidence found at the scene of a small explosion Monday at Monterrey Technological Institute’s campus in the State of Mexico, on the outskirts of the capital.

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