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.
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...