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A bomb found along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., on Monday was a sophisticated device with the potential to devastate, an official on the case tells the AP.

"They haven't seen anything like this in this country," the official said. "This was the worst device, and most intentional device, I've ever seen."

The FBI says this is an act of domestic terrorism. And lives were saved by city workers (probably unionized).

The photos evidently show a sophisticated device. It had a remote control, which implies that

  1. The perp intended to watch the carnage
  1. The perp wanted to control the timing of the blast, either for maximum casualties, or to hit a specific target or targets.

The FBI says it has several fruitful leads.

I wonder how isolated this incident will be. If the perp states that he never would have even considered this without the encouragement of Rush Limbaugh, will the Fat Man admit responsibility? Of course not.

And a bomb this sophisticated is not the work of a crazy person - at least, not crazy in the JLL sense. This is not the work of someone who thinks the space shuttle can't work.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM PST.

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