Curiouser and Curiouser

The news about the exploding vehicle in Nashville has gotten a lot more interesting since I first posted about it this morning. While I was eating Christmas dinner with my extended family and socializing (maskless, closer than six feet, including hugs and sharing food), these interesting tidbits came in:

Item #1: According to multiple witnesses, the RV that eventually exploded had broadcast a robot voice warning people of the coming detonation. “Evacuate now” was repeated over and over again, accompanied by a countdown: “This vehicle will explode in 15 minutes… This vehicle will explode in 14 minutes… 13 minutes…”

Item #2: The possibility of human remains associated with the exploded vehicle:

Police believe the blast was intentional but don’t yet know a motive or target, and Drake noted that officials had not received any threats before the explosion.

The chief said investigators at the scene “have found tissue that we believe could be remains, but we’ll have that examined and let you know at that time.” Police could not say whether it potentially came from someone inside the RV.

Item #3: The blast appears to have done major damage to telecommunications over a widespread area of Tennessee and Kentucky:

…Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company’s office tower, a landmark in downtown.

“We do not know if that was a coincidence, or if that was the intention,” police spokesman Don Aaron said. He said earlier that some people were taken to the department’s central precinct for questioning but declined to give details.

AT&T said the affected building is the central office of a telephone exchange, with network equipment in it. The blast interrupted service, but the company declined to say how widespread outages were.

The AT&T outages site showed service issues in middle Tennessee and Kentucky. Several police agencies reported that their 911 systems were down because of the outage, including Knox County, home to Knoxville about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of Nashville.

AT&T said that it was bringing in portable cell sites and was working with law enforcement to get access to make repairs to its equipment. The company noted that “power is essential to restoring” service.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights out of Nashville International Airport because of telecommunications issues associated with the explosion.

13 thoughts on “Curiouser and Curiouser

  1. A thing that gets me is the sophistication of the crime. It is much beyond the skill of an Islamic terrorist or Antifa/BLM.

  2. The fact it was a powerful bomb or appeared to be, and the warning message that was broadcast argue against islamic or even BLM or antifa involvement. They just aren’t that competent or casualty averse to successfully carry out such an attack.

    It doesn’t seem to fit the pattern of violence from those on the right either. It doesn’t appear to be targeted against any discernable goal but the level of competence suggests some kind of professional

    • Kind of reminds me how the IRA did things except more sophisticated. I agree, this ain’t haji’s or BLM work. But i’ll bet you a Bourbon that somebody white built and deployed it.

      • The most likely explanation that I have read is that it was a message delivered to someone that is being blackmailed or otherwise threatened. A display of what they are capable of and that they are serious and not to be trifled with. Since the bombing appeared to be technically competent and there was a desire to avoid deaths but nevertheless ensure that the bomb would go off in a public place with lots of attention. Who was intended to be the recipient of the message and what it was in regards to is speculation as was the previous hypothesis. I wouldn’t bet you a bourbon because I don’t doubt you are right regarding the likely ethnicity of the bomb maker. One only has to look to the example of the IRA and the Troubles of what it looks like when white folks decide to make bombs and have a wee insurrection.

  3. Like the so-called ‘gas’ explosion in Minneapolis a few years ago, we may never get a real explanation. If the vehicule was over one of those below ground switching points where there are thousands of wire/fibre connections on big frames, then long distance comms could indeed be damaged.

    I have been working on AT&T stuff for the last 4 years, they are very professional.

    The Tandem (computer) switches would probably re-boot ok, but the disc drives might not survive the shockwave. The ATT network has a lot of resilience builtin and would probably start repairing itself to a certain extent, rerouting long distance signals around the rest of the country, away from the damaged area, the local stuff may take longer.

  4. So the recording was coming out of the RV? For half an hour? Have the police made any attempt to do anything to prevent it from exploding, or limiting the explosion impact? Seems like half an hour would be a fair amount of time to do… something.

    And then there is the mayor laughing about it…

    • Once you have a bomb threat, there is nothing you can really do except evacuate the people, and it takes time for a EOD team to deploy and set up, time you don’t have.

  5. Also interesting is that there was gunfire reported to 911 an hour before the explosion, which was guaranteed to bring in a significant number of police. That could have been to increase the body count, but given the other factors, it is more likely it was to get enough trained personnel there to evacuate the local residents. Most strange.

  6. So now we have a smoke trail indicating a missile as well, BUT, as an expert on incoming missiles, there is no smoke if the missile has entered the ‘glide’ stage. The ones coming in over Sderot cannot be seen, only heard, a sort of buzzing sound.

    And the facility is supposedly where the authorities ‘intercept our calls – and whats more there was a Dominion voting machine being analysed there at the time…..

    Was Hunter giving a presser too, claiming to be a top CIA spy? (no, I made that bit up)

  7. The cops now say they have a “person of interest,” a guy named Anthony Warner, white, age 63, who was either the current or former owner of the RV. Warner lives in the Nashville area in a modest apartment block.

    • Thank you for the link. What an excellent example of investigative journalism – very rare these days.

  8. In another generation some US young people went around blowing things up without killing. Got them off with light sentences. Muslims only interest is killing and killings. So guess what.

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