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Here's an interesting tidbit that I just came across: Pipe Bomb Locks Down Ariz. Nuclear Plant1. It appears that a contract worker driving through a security checkpoint had a crude pipe bomb in the back of his pickup. And he's not a suspect or under arrest in the case -- apparently, officials investigating have reason to believe that he had no knowledge of its presence. A search of his home revealed nothing to indicate that he himself had fashioned the device. That leaves us with a couple of questions, of course, and we're not the only ones scratching our heads:

As authorities tried to understand why a contract worker would bring a pipe bomb to the nation's largest nuclear power plant, one thing was immediately clear: The security worked.

Guards stopped Roger William Hurd, 61, at the entrance to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station when they spotted the bomb. He was detained about a half mile from the containment domes where the nuclear material is stored. Officials pulled his security clearances and placed the facility on lockdown.

It's interesting that the first paragraph points out that "the security worked." The pipe bomb was plainly visible -- the intent was apparently ~not~ to test security, otherwise I'd have expected to hear that it was hidden. Unless, of course, it ~was~ a test of security and the testers thought that the security team needed an easy victory, kind of like a staged stunt to attempt to ensure a guaranteed, easy victory.

In my mind, it has the same sort of aftertaste as the other types of "staged" encounters that been occurring, the same way a staged news conference with fake reporters would be an easy victory for an embattled agency or a planted reporter who moonlighted as a male prostitute would help a criminal administration spread propaganda. But of course, that's all just crazy talk.

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I wrote up a speculative piece for ePluribus Media this morning and need to get back to bed (Wifey's early morning shift woke me), so I'm not doing a full cross-post: the alert above was important enough to drop here.  If you want to read the rest of the piece, and check out some other exploration and speculation that I stumbled and bumbled through, don your tin foil hats and follow me; we're going spelunking through the caves of recent history...

Originally posted to GreyHawk on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 02:57 AM PDT.

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  •  Tips, thoughts, spare Zs...? (11+ / 0-)

    I'd like to know what folks are hearing about this latest odd "scare" and the relative "success" of finding an exposed bomb in the back of a truck.

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 02:57:23 AM PDT

    •  this was all over the news this afternoon.... (5+ / 0-)

      so i changed the channel to a movie.

      a contract worker driving through a security checkpoint had a crude pipe bomb in the back of his pickup. And he's not a suspect or under arrest in the case -- apparently, officials investigating have reason to believe that he had no knowledge of its presence

      so that means he's a white guy.
      i'm with you, greyhawk.  when they are touting that the security worked, it is probably a stunt.  funny how these things seem to happen when chimpy & co. are out making speeches trying to scare the shit out of the sheeple.  

      I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

      by nonnie9999 on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:15:48 AM PDT

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      •  That's the unfortunate reason that I (3+ / 0-)
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        questioned the whole incident -- the odd convenience of a pipe bomb showing up in a guy's truck on the day he takes the truck (he usually rode a motorcycle) and the bomb is in plain view...and the guy just happens to be heading toward one of the domed reactor pools.

        Riiiiiight.

        Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
          Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
        Tempest even in reason's seat.

        by GreyHawk on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:19:16 AM PDT

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  •  Isn't it interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    or sad, that we have to question whether this was a quest for an easy success, a botched attempt to cause mayhem, or something else?  Wouldn't it be nice, just once, to be able to trust what we are told, to take something at face value, and have it turn out to be the truth?  I am having trouble remembering how it feels to have any trust or pride at all in my government.

    If this is someone's idea of an easy win for the good guys, I hope they see to it that the worker is compensated.  You know that his name is on every list there is and he will never be able to travel, work, or anything else again.  Getting on the lists seems to be pretty easy.  Getting off is virtually impossible!

    "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

    by luckylizard on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:14:05 AM PDT

    •  Heh -- imagine if Congress decides to subpoena (1+ / 0-)
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      him for anything, and he can't fly due to getting on the list.

      Wouldn't that be just ducky...?

      Regarding the other stuff, tho -- We really need to get leaders into office who'll not only restore a shred (or more) of integrity to the government, but also restore the rule of law, reduce the "extraordinary" expanded powers of the executive branch, reinvigorate Congressional ethics and responsibilities -- particularly in the areas of oversight and accountability for themselves and the Executive and finally expose all the malfeasance from this Administration's tenure (regardless of what party did it) so that nothing can left simmering and ready to subvert our nation again (or further) in the future.

      Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
        Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
      Tempest even in reason's seat.

      by GreyHawk on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:23:25 AM PDT

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      •  And the odds of all this happening are.... (1+ / 0-)
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        approximately zero.  Make that exactly zero.  Integrity is not only not rewarded, it is punished vigorously in both parties.  Most times, I have trouble retaining any hope at all for the future.  I fear for what our kids will have to face and I worry that I will die living out of a grocery cart.  

        "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

        by luckylizard on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:53:03 AM PDT

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  •  We need more Fear Fear Fear instilled (1+ / 0-)
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    maybe we're making too much noise and need to be frightened into submission again.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

    by roseeriter on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 03:34:20 AM PDT

  •  Newkuler! Newkuler! Newkuler! (1+ / 0-)
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    Bombs!  Bombs!  Bombs!

    Death!  Death! Death!

    Yours!  Yours!  Yours!

    -- there now, nothing like a group myofascial release.  Let me finish soldiering my hat and we'll be off.  I'm wondering if the promised speculums open into the gaping Q of why this got buoyed to the very top of the news flow.  Wherefore is my solder, gun?

    When you give up all ideals and concentrate solely on money and property, you begin to understand Republicanism: wealth accumulation is the goal, always.

    by Yellow Canary on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 04:29:35 AM PDT

  •  Look over here, shiny! (1+ / 0-)
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    This was a distraction from the TSA embarrassment: where the powers that be sent out an email warning the security checkers of a couple with fake ID and fake bombs, etc. And they still screwed up.

    What is past, is prologue

    by US2oz on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 05:46:40 AM PDT

  •  adding PINK to the Security color scale (1+ / 0-)
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    I propose that we add a new color to the U.S. security alert:

    PINK

    Level Pink:  The Nation is subjected to a large number of false alarms, overkill responses, and hyperbole.  Citizens should be on the look-out for the obvious being treated as an extreme threat, and the media should over-react to pranks carried out by incompetent idiots.

    Impeachment is a duty, not an option that can be taken off the table.

    by bushondrugs on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 07:23:07 AM PDT

  •  Or perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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    This was just a guy doing something stupid: showing up with something that he shouldn't have to a place that he shouldn't have brought it? How many of you have made the mistake of showing up to the airport with a pair of sharp scissors or a container of liquid (say gel or medicine) larger than 3 oz.?

    Neither of these things is a pipe bomb, true, but then again, a sharp pair of scissors is as likely to take down an airplane as a small pipe bomb is to cause a threat to the public at a nuclear power plant.

    •  If it wasn't for the fact that it ~was~ a (1+ / 0-)
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      pipe bomb, I could lean toward "wrong thing at the wrong place" -- but it was a pipe bomb.

      WTF would he be doing bringing that ~anywhere~??

      Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
        Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
      Tempest even in reason's seat.

      by GreyHawk on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 11:21:06 AM PDT

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      •  Fishing gear, perhaps? (1+ / 0-)
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        Pipe bombs are used for fishing, apparently, by people who lack the patience to use a fishing pole.

        Impeachment is a duty, not an option that can be taken off the table.

        by bushondrugs on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 02:14:31 PM PDT

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      •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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        This guy was a contract worker. He probably does construction, maintenance, or whatever. Chances are he's a guy who works with heavy equipment, and he doesn't have a college education.

        You'd be surprised at what some of these good ol' boys have for hobbies. Some folks like to blow things up for fun. I've met a few in my time. Besides, this guy is living and working out in the desert of Arizona. If I ever chose a place to play around with explosives, that would be one of top places on my list -- a dry area in the middle of nowhere.

        Of course, I'm just speculating, but it makes a lot more sense to me than some kind of conspiracy theory of a PR stunt.

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