How The FBI Found The Mail Bomb Suspect [VIDEO]

How The FBI Found The Mail Bomb Suspect [VIDEO]

How The FBI Found The Mail Bomb Suspect [VIDEO]

Considering that it has only been a few days since the first “mail bomb” was discovered, the speed and manpower that were brought to bear by federal and local authorities is nothing short of impressive. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a press conference that addressed just how this suspect was found.

The fact that the suspect had a criminal record was key.

The big takeaways from the press conference:
1) The FBI was able to get a fingerprint match and “DNA association” from the package sent to former President Obama.

2) Even though none of the bombs detonated, and they may never have been able to detonate, the FBI fully intends to prosecute the suspect as if the bombs were completely capable of exploding upon opening. They do not want to treat this case as if the suspect was some idiot who couldn’t make a bomb. Clearly, there was intent. Whether or not the devices were active, this must be taken absolutely seriously.

3) The suspect is presumed innocent, as stressed by the Attorney General, but they are definitely going to send a message with the list of charges.

Kudos to the FBI, and the local law enforcement agencies that they coordinated with.

However, there may still be more devices out there. Three more showed up today, one addressed to Senator Cory Booker, one addressed to Senator Kamala Harris, and another addressed to former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. Who knows how many of these things are currently still in transit? We just don’t know. The FBI still has a lot of work to do to build an airtight case, AND they need to figure out if the suspect was a lone nutjob, or if he had help. Occam’s Razor suggests, given the suspect’s criminal past and record of threats, that lone nutjob is a good bet. That doesn’t make what’s happening any better, but if the suspect was acting alone, then this insanity will have stopped.

Please let the insanity stop, and let the wheels of justice now roll forward.

Featured image: FBI Director Christopher Wray during the DOJ press conference, October 26, 2018 (image via screenshot)

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  • John C. says:

    This sounds more and more like someone wanting his 15 minutes of fame. Even if the “bombs” were to explode, they were in PVC pipe, which would rupture under such low pressure that any explosion would be more of a flash than a boom, and plastic shrapnel would be less able to cause injury. I’m willing to bet that this guy had seen how school shooters got famous, and wanted to be the most famous man in America, and decided to do this, which had much less personal risk. Mission accomplished. But in the end, his motivations don’t matter. Someone committing an act with something that looks like a weapon is properly treated as having had a real weapon, under the “reasonable man” principle in the law, so throwing the book at him is the correct thing to do, as if the bombs had been real.

  • GWB says:

    I called it earlier: if the forensics are easy (fingerprints, DNA, etc.), it’ll be a nutter; if they’re hard, expect a false flag.
    Well…. nutter.

    (People competent at hiding their tracks are generally NOT thoroughly INcompetent at building bombs. People who make “pipe bombs” out of PVC are generally not forensic experts, and so leave a lot of traces. A combo plate was easily envisioned, though, and never underestimate the power of “WTF?” and “AND”.)

  • GWB says:

    And, yes, I hope this guy goes away for a loooooong time, as he seems to have attempted terrorism, as well as murder. But, then again, I’ll want to see some evidence, too (remember the Olympic Park bomber fiasco).

  • bobby ahr says:

    Curious about the CNN “thing.” Courier?

    Possibly a case of “Peg Bundy (he didn’t peep me!) syndrome?”

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