October 26, 2018 at 11:15 am #63687
This will be for discussion of factual information while Pipe bombs? Thread will be for theories and speculation.
A suspect was arrested in Florida on Friday morning in connection with the rash of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.
Federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the location where the majority of packages originated.
“Some of the packages went through the mail,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News. “They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”
Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. The Miami-Dade County Police Department confirmed Thursday it was helping federal agents who were at the facility as part of the ongoing investigation.
The USPS operates an innovative imaging system that photographs each piece of mail processed throughout the country. Investigators were likely relying on that system to pinpoint where some of the packages were mailed.
The FBI says the packages each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing potentially destructive devices. The packages were addressed with a computer-printed address label and six stamps.
A government source told Fox News that the stamps are being analyzed by the FBI in Quantico. The source also said the investigation has progressed “significantly” and that the FBI is reaching out to retailers to zero in on where the elements of the bombs were made and where they were sold.
The envelopes and packaging materials will also be closely analyzed and are likely to contain a treasure trove of DNA information that can be used to identify whoever is behind the bombs. Tiny bits of genetic material – traces of sweat, skin cells, saliva, hair or fingerprints – will be a roadmap to the suspect’s door, investigators and bomb experts say.
Currently, the Washington, D.C., field office and the FBI headquarters have 24 teams in place and on the hunt for the culprit.
Forensic investigators at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., have been sifting through the packages addressed to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, liberal billionaire George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
The devices are thought to have been fashioned from crude, bomb-making designs widely available on the Internet. Authorities haven’t said whether the devices were built to explode and kill or simply sow fear.
Ryan Morris, founder of Tripwire Operation Group, a company that provides explosives training to law enforcement and military officials, called the devices “Mickey Mouse” bombs that were meant to be found. He told Fox News he believes the primary motive is fear. The packages were sent about two weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
Regardless, investigators are treating the devices as “live” explosives New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Larry Johnson, a former head of criminal investigations for the U.S. Secret Service who also served as a special agent in charge of the presidential protective detail, agrees that bomb makers usually leave evidence – and their signature- behind.
“If there is a human involved, there is a high probability you’re going to get somewhere investigatively,” he told The Associated Press. “There will be no stone left unturned.”
Johnson believes it’s “highly likely” the person who built the bombs will have been previously flagged by law enforcement. The Secret Service maintains a wide database of groups and individuals who have made threats in the past against presidents or other top political leaders and activists via email, letters or on social media.
James Fitzgerald, a retired FBI profiler and forensic linguist who, in 1996, helped catch “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski — who killed 3 people and injured 23 in bombings between 1978 and 1995 — told Fox News on Wednesday that the letter sent to John Brennan, the former director of the CIA and a staunch Trump critic, reminded him of something the Unabomber would send because of the amount of stamps used on the package.
“The linguist in me noticed that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the last name is spelled missing a ‘c’ and John Brennan’s name is spelled missing an ‘n’ and that kind of surprised me and I have a feeling that was done on purpose to make this look like somebody who doesn’t really know who these people are and that it wasn’t an honest mistake. If he had this much anger and vitriol against these people, you would think he would know how to spell their names.
Fitzgerald said that “almost all bombers in the past have been single bombers”, but he added what stood out to past campaigns, including Kaczynski and Mark Conditt, the bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas, earlier this year, for the most part mailed their package bombs separately.
Fitzgerald also said further evidence may present itself.
“There may be some sort of a letter or social media aspect or video tape, or something equivalent to that comes in the mail, a DVD or whatever that claims responsibility for this, but we’re too early, this person had a point they had to make with these devices and quite frankly they’ve made it.”
Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor in the George W Bush administration, and now CBS News’s security analyst, said the bombs were “not a standard recipe”.
“He didn’t go on the internet and just pull down the standard Al Qaeda recipe which we’ve seen before, so he’s left his own signature, there’s something unique about the way this has been put together which will be very helpful for investigators,” she told CBS News.
There is a 2:30 PM EST press conference scheduled.October 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm #63697
The suspect has been identified as 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc of Florida.October 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm #63698
An event promoter named Tony Valentine tells the Washington Examiner that he hired Cesar Sayoc to perform in Ohio as a stripper in the 1990s. “He really couldn’t find his niche in life, and I guess he found it now,” the promoter said of Sayoc. According to Valentine, Sayoc was “a big muscle head” whose dream it was to wrestle professionally. Further, Valentine says he has no recollection of the mail bomb suspect espousing political views. “He would show up and do an individual act and leave,” said the promoter. “He was dancing for a guy out in Oklahoma too.”October 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm #63699
I just obtained 2002 arrest affidavit related to Cesar Sayoc making bomb threat. It states he called FPL and said it would be ‘worse than September 11.’October 26, 2018 at 4:31 pm #63709rampantraptorParticipant
Apparently dude was a registered Republican and shared all kinds of right-wing stuff over social media and followed various pro-Trump pages.
I was expecting the attacker to most likely be right-wing, because Occam’s Razor, but I didn’t feel like getting shouted down by everyone who jumped on to the false flag bandwagon on the other thread so I just kept my mouth shut. I figured the conversation was going downhill once someone cited InfoWars as a credible source.
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Jîn, Jiyan, AzadîOctober 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm #63711
…I didn’t feel like getting shouted down by everyone who jumped on to the false flag bandwagon…
That thread was for theories and speculation, still need a lot more information before we know anything conclusive. Initial information can be of poor quality. If initial reports are true then it’s true, but your speculation was still speculation.
A former male stripper is hardly the typical Rightwing stereotype!October 27, 2018 at 7:56 am #63718Sam BradyParticipant
Occam’s razor has led many a good investigator in the wrong direction. Without strong leads you have to pursue everything and logically eliminate everything or at least put it on “hold” as you sort things out. This suspect was caught pretty easily. He left a tangible trail. There are others out there that are not this stupid…glad he is caught. The drama in the media will continue for sure. Notice they did not tag the shooter of Steve Scalise and other Republicans as a registered democrat-which he was.October 27, 2018 at 9:08 am #63720
Occam’s razor has led many a good investigator in the wrong direction.
This is a good point regardless if everything in this case ends up being as it appears.
There are many questions unanswered at this time, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
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