The downtown Nashville bombing on Christmas morning remains largely a mystery, with law enforcement telling us nothing –- at least at this writing Sunday night –- about the motive of the late Anthony Quinn Warner, who reportedly perished in the enormous blast. Neighbors have said the motorhome that blew up was the same one that had been parked at Warner’s home since around 2007 –- Google Earth shows this as well –- and human remains were found at the scene that authorities now say have been identified as his.
THE EPOCH TIMES has been updating regularly on the bombing itself, with this one in particular standing out for its harrowing accounts from the local first responders. These are the heroes who went door-to-door to get people evacuated before the explosion ripped through the area.
"This is going to tie us together forever, for the rest of my life,” said Officer James Wells to reporters at a news conference. “Christmas will never be the same again.” (Again, this is a feeling shared by many crew- and band members on my TBN show, which is produced in Hendersonville, just outside Nashville.)
Most of what little we know about the apparent bomber came not from law enforcement but from individuals talking with reporters. A Nashville realtor told the AP that the 63-year-old Warner had been working for him as a computer consultant but had said he would be retiring this month.
It seems that when Warner said he wouldn’t be coming back to work, he meant it.
Before the bomber had been identified, Douglas Korneski, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Field Office, said, “It’s just going to take us some time. Our investigative team is turning over every stone” to find out who did this and why.
And, yes, we soon knew the “who” but were told nothing about the “why.” Or, come to think of it, the “how” --- how does one person pull off something like this, and what sort of explosive device did he use? (Obviously, his RV had a full gas tank.)
The nearby AT&T building, which included an AT&T central office, possibly had been targeted. The resulting infrastructure damage affected police emergency services in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama; Nashville’s COVID-19 community hotline; and various hospital services.
A more recent report from THE EPOCH TIMES offers more information. But we still get nothing about the “why.”
According to this story, the FBI assigned 250 agents to the investigation, just to figure out the “who.” If they’ve learned anything about the “why,” they’re not saying. Neighbors, though, have described Warner as a “techie,” quiet and nice. And if Warner did intend to blow up some buildings along with himself, he went to great lengths to keep others safe, as a recorded message warning them to evacuate played for about 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute countdown before the RV exploded. (Witnesses said the voice sounded computerized and female.) All this was initiated by what are thought to have been recorded gunshots, perhaps to wake people up so they’d hear the recording.
Either the bomber didn’t want to take others’ lives, or he wanted to leave that impression.
Witnesses also said that at some point, Petula Clarks’ song “Downtown” was heard coming from the vehicle. Who knows? The bomber’s favorite song that he wanted to hear before he died? A bit of black humor? We likely will never know.
If the target was the AT&T building, it reportedly didn’t receive much structural damage. The vulnerabilities of the communications infrastructure are another matter. Still, most services were back up by sometime Sunday.
According to a FOX NEWS report, “authorities” said they’re still pursuing leads but that there was “no indication” that any other people were involved.
Now, here’s where it gets murky –- on the issue of motive –- and right now we wish we could trust our dear, dear FBI a lot more than we do. One of the guiding principles for Team Huckabee is that if something doesn’t make sense, there’s a piece of missing information. And this scenario, by itself, makes little sense.
Here’s just one online comment we found that surely speaks for many: “Why do I feel like there are pieces to this puzzle missing? What person makes his RV a mobile bomb, drives it to a downtown street where it’s mostly deserted because everyone is home for Christmas, then warns anyone else to get the hell out of the area because it’s going to blow up...what was his point? Where was his suicide note, letter or internet manifesto? Doesn’t make much sense. Most nut jobs would either try to kill as many people as possible or at least want the World to know his reasons...I’m calling this story (bleep).”
And, more to the point, another comment: “Whatever the FBI says is a lie.”
The FBI swiftly identified the bomber –- they got a DNA match about as fast as they do on “CSI Miami” –- and said he appears to have acted alone. Case closed! But when there are huge, gaping holes in what we know, inquiring minds start filling those holes. And since the FBI/DOJ bureaucracy has shown itself to be deeply unworthy of our trust at the highest levels, some will naturally gravitate to conspiracy theories that in some ways make more sense and are easier to believe than the story offered for popular consumption.
For example, it’s easy to believe suicide in this time of emotional distance and financial devastation (though Warner seems to have been a loner anyway, with a job). But for him to create this level of destruction, it’s easier to believe that others “helped.” So was it suicide at all? It’s easier to believe that he was used as a pawn to blow up a particular target than that he was a nut who drove all the way downtown to blow himself up but then worked to keep others from being blown up, too. It’s easier to believe he was–-well, I could go on; you get the idea. There’s even speculation connecting this event to the building closest to where the vehicle was parked, which reportedly was a data storage center that contained data from voting machines used November 3. I’m NOT saying that ANY of this is true, but it’s all worth considering on our way to finding the truth.
My point in “going there”: It’s a shame that when something like this happens, we can’t believe the FBI anymore. When they quickly say this was a lone wolf, the reaction naturally is, “SURE it was.” And this is the FBI’s own fault.
We start seeing justifiably cynical commentaries like this one, from Roger L. Simon (written before Warner was determined to have died in the blast).
Apparently, FBI agents told witnesses they were exploring a tip about Warner being paranoid about so-called “5G” technology being used to spy on Americans. (Spying? What a crazy, far-fetched idea, we say sarcastically.) Simon smells an FBI cover-up to create a distraction from whatever the actual motive was.
So, Warner was paranoid about “5G.” And the Benghazi attack was started by a video.
The media's most transparent lie about President Trump
By Mike Huckabee
Of all the many lies the media have told about President Trump, probably the most transparent is the claim that he has “no accomplishments.” In fact, he has accomplished more in four years than many Presidents did in eight. For proof, try Googling “Trump accomplishments.” You get back multiple articles listing his accomplishments, and pointedly, many don’t appear on the other lists. There are literally too many for any one article to include them all!
One of many reasons why it is vital for Republicans to win the Georgia runoffs and retain control of the Senate is that Democrats have made it frighteningly clear that if they own both the White House and Congress, they will immediately begin reversing the Trump policies that led to all these accomplishments. They either don’t understand or don’t care that his commonsense policies have had wide-ranging positive effects that will quickly unravel.
For instance, they will open the borders in the name of “compassion,” without regard for how border security reduces illegal immigration, which eliminates lowball competition for low-skill jobs...which leads to more jobs and rising wages for American workers...which helped Trump accomplish record low unemployment and the biggest wage increases in years for all demographics, including blacks, Hispanics and people without college degrees.
Democrats can’t wait to put the US back into the Paris Climate Accords that Trump pulled out of because they would cripple the US economy while having a negligible effect on the environment. Because Trump favored fracking, the US now has abundant clean natural gas that led to a greater reduction in CO2 emissions than in any nation that remained in the Paris deal. He also made the US energy independent, got gas below $2 a gallon, and by freeing the US from OPEC and Europe from dependence on Russian oil, he eliminated the leverage those forces had over the West. Democrats can’t wait to reverse all those accomplishments by rejoining the Paris Accords. What are cheap gas, a booming economy and freedom from tyrants compared to virtue signaling to your green pals about how you killed fracking?
If Democrats take the Senate, Joe Biden has already vowed to “cooperate” with China and reverse the Trump tax cuts. Since Democrats think all tax cuts only benefit the “rich,” they don’t comprehend that the Trump cut actually helped virtually all taxpayers and freed up business capital for hiring and expansion. They also think putting American workers first is “selfish.” Between Trump’s tax cuts spurring jobs and wages, and his tough trade deals bringing businesses and manufacturing jobs back to America, he accomplished putting an extra $6,000 a year into the pockets of the average American family. That will disappear fast if Democrats regain the Senate, hike taxes and start exporting our jobs again.
When Trump put the sanctions squeeze on Iran and finally kept America’s promise to move our Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the self-appointed “experts” who would again guide foreign policy under Biden claimed it would cause a wave of violence that could never be contained. Instead, having crushed ISIS (whose caliphate spread to the size of Pennsylvania under Obama) and neutralized Iran’s threats to its neighbors, Trump presided over the historic accomplishment of multiple peace agreements between Israel and Arab nations such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The Democrats can’t wait to reinstate Obama’s Iran nuclear deal that shipped planeloads of cash to the Mullahs and reverse Trump’s Middle East policies. Who cares what they accomplished?
If you care that Trump accomplished record low unemployment, rising wages, energy independence, peace in the Middle East and putting Americans first in trade deals, there’s only way to keep Democrats from careening in the opposite direction: put a GOP Senate in charge of the brakes.
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