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IED found on Texas bridge

An ominous sign of the times I’m afraid.  A short blurb from a Texas TV station’s website:

Police say a passerby on the southbound side of Highway 77 noticed what looked like a grenade near the FM 1732 overpass and alerted authorities around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The improvised explosive device or I-E-D was disarmed by a bomb squad using a robot. No one was hurt. Parts of Highway 77 were closed for several hours.

Police are continuing to investigate.

IEDs are simply a terrorist’s tool (you can argue they’re a guerilla’s tool as well, identifying the guerilla as something other than a terrorist – but for the most part in the last two decades, the IED has been used by terrorists).  Sure it can be used to attack conventional forces in a war, but it is also a means of spreading terror, intimidating locals and tying up police forces and the like.   Pipe bombs are “IEDs” and have been used by domestic terrorists for decades.

The fact that the IEDs used on roads in Iraq and Afghanistan has migrated, at least in this instance, to US soil – especially in the area of Texas it was found (Mexican border about as far south in the US you can go) and with the ongoing drug war -  shouldn’t come as a particular surprise.  It could indicate that the “art” of IEDs is being passed around among terrorist groups.  Why it was on this overpass is obviously open to speculation.

However, what isn’t open to speculation is the fact that this nation is seen to be a nation in decline, weaker than it once was and therefore more open to attack.  Additionally the border is porous (well, unless you’re trying to bring in Kinder eggs) and moving IED components through it isn’t a particularly difficult task.

So what was this IED all about?  Trail run?  Test to see if it would be spotted (they apparently didn’t try to hide it).  An attempt to ambush law enforcement?  Some sort of terrorist statement?  None of the above?

Unknown at this point.  But it should be disturbing that an IED has been built and apparently successfully installed here.  It could be the first of many.

~McQ

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20 Responses to IED found on Texas bridge

  • That wasn’t a farm road. It looks to be a fair densely populated area just north of Brownsville.

  • “Pipe bombs are “IEDs” and have been used by domestic terrorists for decades.”
    Yeah, but they don’t count. Bombs planted by white domestic terrorists aren’t a problem, they’re best ignored and not mentioned.
     

    • Hey, that’s what worked for Bill Ayres….

    • “Bombs planted by white domestic terrorists aren’t a problem, they’re best ignored and not mentioned.”
       
      No, ONLY bombs planted by white domestic right wing terrorists are worthy of mention, or speculation, and are always linked to Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and Repelicans trying to cut the budget for grandma and the poor disabled kids with their vitriolic rhetoric.
       
      Check with the USDOJ and the White House for the latest rules.

    • Right … because only “White domestic terrorists” use “pipe bombs”, huh Reave?

      In 2000, Shabazz, now both the Panthers’ national spokesman and national minister of justice, opened a chapter in Washington, D.C., that would become the group’s headquarters. Soon after, he introduced his chapter to the D.C. community by organizing a boycott of a local Korean-American owned store after a dispute between the store owner and a black teenage girl led to a fight, which was caught on video tape. The NBPP organized a week of protests on the sidewalk in front of the store, and protestors, borrowing the language of anti-Semitic slander, chanted “death to the Bloodsucker.” In November 2000, a pipe bomb was thrown into the store, causing severe damage. Painted across the outside wall were racial epithets and the words, “Burn them down, Shut them down, Black Power.” Shabazz said his group had nothing to do with the attack.

      • Such a clumsy, imprecise way of describing terrorists…
        almost as if by DESIGN.
        The Unibomber was a white guy, was he not?  No pipe bombs for him, though.  MUCH more sophisticated…

      • Well, my first thought was who else uses pipe bombs or IEDs?  Just about every nut-job under the sun, that’s who.
        Including some douche who left a much more sophisticated device on a MLK day parade route in Washington.
        Or this jackass whackadoo in Colorado.
        Or these bored kids in Michigan.
        Hell, just google “pipe bomb found” and take your pick.
        In fact, a friend of mine has an older brother that once built a pipe bomb just to see if he could do it.  They took it out to the river and detonated it.  He also build a very effective flame thrower out of an old air compressor and parts from a broke down VW Beetle.  He later went to MIT and is now some super genius rocket scientist, or something.
         
        The point is that this,

        The fact that the IEDs used on roads in Iraq and Afghanistan has migrated, at least in this instance, to US soil – especially in the area of Texas it was found (Mexican border about as far south in the US you can go) and with the ongoing drug war -  shouldn’t come as a particular surprise.  It could indicate that the “art” of IEDs is being passed around among terrorist groups.

        However, what isn’t open to speculation is the fact that this nation is seen to be a nation in decline, weaker than it once was and therefore more open to attack.

        Seems a bit reactionary and borderline fear mongering.
         
        Cheers.

  • Just FYI…and without going into details…I have been a HAZMAT trucker, among many other things.
    I could shut this nation down in very large part, with a very small cadre of guys with a few weapons, and not have to kill anybody.  I have known that for about 20 years.

    • Easy peasy – especially in all those ‘safe’ states.
       
      Don’t try that stuff here man, you know some bubbas and their deer rifles will make your terrorizing day a much shorter one than, say Massachusetts where they turned out the SWAT team at the Burlington Mall to deal with Tommy Atkins and his long range umbrella of death.

  • Media speculation is the Tea Party is responsible, I’m sure…

    • Did you not get your coded message from Sarah Palin?
       
      I’ll let “them” know you’re having problems with reception…

  • The improvised explosive device or I-E-D

    Umm, not to be pedantic, but isn’t it supposed to be the other way around, with the acronym first, and the expanded form second?

  • You know, it could be completely innocent.

    Maybe a cartel hit man, part of a squad trolling the area for rivals to kill, dropped one of his grenades by accident. Imagine how embarrassed he must have been when he saw THAT on the Six O’clock News — can you imagine how hard the other sicarios must have laughed at him for being so clumsy/unlucky with his ordnance?

    Oh, man, good times, good times….

  • Good going for bringing something made obscure by our indiginous socialist media.

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    VTM

  • And, just as I predicted on my facebook posting right after this first broke- this news will not appear in local media anywhee but Texas.  Hasn’t been in the news here in central NY.