Bomb detonated in Times Square

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Mods, can you delete this thread before Frenchperson and Domovoy start filling it with unfeasable conspiracy theories!
 
#5
I know that terrorism, no matter how amateur, is a VERY, VERY bad thing, but why is it I can't suppress a grin when it happens in the very place from which the IRA raised its funds and sourced its weapons?

Get used to it boys!
 
#9
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the bombing did not appear to be an act of terrorism but the investigation was in its early stages.


Not an act of terrorism? Now there is downplaying things and there is downplaying things. It may not have been a substantial bomb and it may not have injured anyone but it was clearly an act of terrorism.
 
#11
Could it have been friendly fire?
 
#12
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7280963.stm

Small bomb hits NY Times Square

The blast hit the army recruiting centre in the small hours

An explosive device has caused minor damage to a military recruitment centre on New York City's Times Square.
The centre was empty and no-one was injured in the pre-dawn blast, which smashed a glass window.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the bombing did not appear to be an act of terrorism but the investigation was in its early stages.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the attack on the recruiting office was an insult to US forces personnel.

"The fact that this appears deliberately targeted at the recruiting station insults every one of our brave men and women in uniform stationed around the world," Mr Bloomberg said at a news conference.

He said New Yorkers would not be intimidated. "New York City is back and is open for business... People are going about their business, shopping, working and sightseeing."

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said a witness saw a person on a bicycle wearing a backpack and acting suspiciously shortly before the blast.

Mr Kelly said the bomb was in a military ammunition case and was "not particularly sophisticated".

After the explosion in the early hours of Thursday, police cars blocked nearby streets as the bomb squad gathered evidence.

The centre is on a traffic island in the middle of the square and is surrounded by streets, theatres and restaurants. The recruiting station is one of the busiest in the US and has occasionally been the site of anti-war protests.

Witnesses staying at a Times Square hotel told the Associated Press news agency that they heard a "big bang" and could feel the building shake.

A plume of smoke was also visible after the explosion, they said.

At one point, subway trains passed through Times Square station without stopping but normal service later resumed.
 
#14
western said:
I know that terrorism, no matter how amateur, is a VERY, VERY bad thing, but why is it I can't suppress a grin when it happens in the very place from which the IRA raised its funds and sourced its weapons?

Get used to it boys!
Hate to break it to you, mate, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!) still raises plenty of money there.
 
#15
hogspawn said:
How can it not be an act of terrorism!
Don't say that too near the White House or we shall be under code red, martial law, and with Bush as the permanent President. A worse nightmare, I cannot imagine.
 
#16
KevinB said:
western said:
I know that terrorism, no matter how amateur, is a VERY, VERY bad thing, but why is it I can't suppress a grin when it happens in the very place from which the IRA raised its funds and sourced its weapons?

Get used to it boys!
Hate to break it to you, mate, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!) still raises plenty of money there.
As do RSF/CIRA and 32CSM/RIRA
 
#17
LEGZ30 said:
KevinB said:
western said:
I know that terrorism, no matter how amateur, is a VERY, VERY bad thing, but why is it I can't suppress a grin when it happens in the very place from which the IRA raised its funds and sourced its weapons?

Get used to it boys!
Hate to break it to you, mate, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!) still raises plenty of money there.
As do RSF/CIRA and 32CSM/RIRA
Yes, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!), via Cairde Sinn Fein, do it all legally, if you can believe it.
 
#18
KevinB said:
LEGZ30 said:
KevinB said:
western said:
I know that terrorism, no matter how amateur, is a VERY, VERY bad thing, but why is it I can't suppress a grin when it happens in the very place from which the IRA raised its funds and sourced its weapons?
Get used to it boys!
Hate to break it to you, mate, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!) still raises plenty of money there.
As do RSF/CIRA and 32CSM/RIRA
Yes, but Sinn Fein (no relation to the RA!), via Cairde Sinn Fein, do it all legally, if you can believe it.
If it involves sad Americans believing leprachaun stories and thinking "Irish Pubs" are just soooo cool, I'm not surprised.

With the only dominant culture in the USA becoming Hispanic, it won't be long before they're dancing round large straw hats and shouting "Ole" at every opportunity, and donating funds to FARC ...

... while watching NFL and "World" Series baseball on multiple TVs, of course. Have to keep the intellectual element going :wink:
 
#19
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said a witness saw a person on a bicycle wearing a backpack and acting suspiciously shortly before the blast.
In Times Square? That really narrows down the investigation...
 

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