Busy day for bomb squads around the US. George Soros’ son even wrote an elaborate NYT op-ed in record time after the incidents. Here’s an update….
from Zero Hedge
Update VII: The Capitol Police bomb squad is on the scene after at least one suspicious package was intercepted at a Congressional mail sorting facility in Maryland, ABC reported. Meanwhile, the NYPD is saying that the package sent to CNN appears to be linked to the packages sent to the Obamas, Clintons and Soros.
A photo of the pipe bomb sent to CNN has surfaced:
JUST IN: Law enforcement sources tell @ABC U.S. Capitol Police are investigating at least one suspicious package containing possible device that was intercepted at Congressional mail sorting facility in Maryland.
Capitol Police bomb squad is on the scene. https://t.co/U4rVcvGxWW
— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
Another ‘suspicious package’ was also reportedly sent to Andrew Cuomo’s office.
NEW: A device was sent to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in New York City, he says.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 24, 2018
If you’ve lost track of all the ‘bomb-type devices’, ‘suspicious packages’ and straight-up pipe bombs that have been intercepted during this mass mail bombing, here’s a quick rundown of where we’re at:
BREAKING: a SEVENTH device appears to have been sent to the Congressional mail facility. 1. Soros 2. Clinton 3. Obama 4. CNN 5. Holder. 6. Cuomo 7. Congressional Mail Facility (possible)
— Janet Dailey (@JanetWarmwind) October 24, 2018
Video of a New York bomb squad moving the device found in the Time Warner Building has surfaced on social media.
A bomb-containment unit moved the suspicious package found in the Time Warner Center, New York home of CNN, to a facility outside of New York City.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
Update VI: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a Wednesday press conference that the pipe bomb sent to CNN’s New York office was “clearly an act of terror.”
NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said police found an envelope of white powder along with the bomb at the Time Warner building. “We’ve seen this before. We’ve seen worse. We will not be intimidated,” he said. Federal agents are currently testing the envelope.
De Blasio said the package sent to CNN was an attack on the free press.
“This clearly is an act of terror, an attempt to undermine our free press, De Blasio said. “This is a very painful time in our nation. It’s a time when people are feeling a lot of hatred in the air,” de Blasio says. “Incidents like this exacerbate that pain.”
Watch a clip from de Blasio’s remarks below:
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “This is a very painful time in our nation. It’s a time when people are feeling a lot of hatred in the air. Incidents like this exacerbate that pain and exacerbate that fear. We cannot let the acts of a very few change who we are.” https://t.co/KgAu4w874O pic.twitter.com/ZdV7atOPJb
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 24, 2018
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “we wouldn’t be surprised” if additional packages were sent out.
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Update V: Speaking at an event in Florida, Hillary Clinton said that, while she and her family are “fine” thanks to hardworking Secret Service agents, she’s worried about the “deep divisions” across the US.
“Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family and I’m very grateful for that. We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.”
“It is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “we wouldn’t be surprised” if additional packages were sent out. * * * Update V: Speaking at an event in Florida, Hillary Clinton said that, while she and her family are “fine” thanks to hardworking Secret Service agents, she’s worried about the “deep divisions” across the US. “Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family and I’m very grateful for that. We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.” “It is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”
Hillary Clinton speaks after explosive device was sent to her New York home: “We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service…Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment, and obviously never more than today.” https://t.co/BavP2x70H9 pic.twitter.com/Yz80prqBge
— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that the ATF is on the scene in New York, Washington and Florida.
Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive are on scene Wednesday at the site of the multiple suspicious packages.
They responding to packages mailed to officials in DC, and are at the Time Warner Center in New York and the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Florida, ATF spokesperson April Langwell said.
They were also in New York at George Soros’ home Tuesday, she said.
CNN is also reporting that the suspicious package discovered at Wasserman Schultz’s office had been addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder. It was returned to Schultz’s office because – like the packages sent to CNN, the Clintons, Obamas and Soros – it had her name listed on the return address.
A suspicious package was sent to Eric Holder but it had the wrong address and was returned to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Florida because that was the return label on the package, according to two law enforcement sources.
The same return address was used for the Clinton and Obama suspicious packages.
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Update IV: President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both condemned the attempting bombings, with Pence saying these “despicable” acts have “no place in our country” and Trump adding that he agreed “wholeheartedly.”
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a White House statement on the attacks and said the White House was monitoring the situation.
This is an ongoing situation that President Trump and his admin are monitoring closely. Our condemnation of these dispicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated. https://t.co/YbMbCUWMPC
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 24, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump has also issued a statement, according to her spokeswoman.
“Mrs. Trump condemns all forms of threats and violence, and thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts.”
The suspicious package, which was being treated as a real explosive by law enforcement, has reportedly been removed from the building.
CNN also reported that San Diego Police have cleared a section of Sixth Avenue near the offices of the San Diego Union Tribune and the state office of Sen. Kamala Harris.
San Diego Police are currently investigating a suspicious package and have closed off a section of 6th Avenue where the San Diego Union-Tribune is located, according to Officer Billy Hernandez.
The building that was evacuated houses the San Diego Union-Tribune, Senator Kamala Harris’ field office, and other offices this morning.
It is not clear where the packages were to be delivered. One U-T staffer also noted that a bicycle pump looking device was near the boxes.
A spokesperson for Kamala Harris said the suspicious package wasn’t addressed to her, though their offices were evacuated.
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Update III: The Mayors office and the NYPD will hold a press briefing at 12:45 pm ET to share more information about the suspected pipe bomb that was sent to the offices of CNN on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, more details are starting to emerge. The bomb was delivered in a package addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen is monitoring the situation. As a precaution, police have been sent to media outlets across NY.
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Update II: So much for ‘under control’…
The NYPD has issued an ’emergency alert’ for the area around Columbus circle after a pipe bomb was found to have been sent to the offices of CNN earlier Thursday morning. According to CNN, the suspicious device is about to be removed from the cable news channel’s offices in the Time Warner Building.
Kate Bolduan just reported that New Yorkers got an emergency text message from NYPD about the CNN bomb, telling them to “shelter in place immediately.” pic.twitter.com/JZSBzhpnxo
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 24, 2018
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Update: Police say the situation at the Time Warner Center is under control.
Here’s more from CNN:
The device sent to Time Warner Center was constructed with a pipe and wires, according to an NYPD source. Law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive.
The device was discovered in the mailroom of Time Warner Center.
The evacuation at Time Warner Center includes WarnerMedia corporate offices and the offices for other Turner channels like TNT. It also includes the mall and the Whole Foods in the basement.
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The Time Warner Center, located in New York City’s Columbus Circle, has been evacuated, interrupting a broadcast by CNN.
WATCH: Alarm goes off on the air as CNN’s New York bureau is evacuated because of a suspicious package pic.twitter.com/4TGuoz1C5R
— BNO News (@BNONews) October 24, 2018
CNN has had to move its broadcast to DC because its Time Warner building in NYC has been evacuated
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 24, 2018
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2018
One CNN employee said she wasn’t allowed to grab her coat or belongings and was told to immediately head to the staircase.
Everyone at CNN NY being evacuated. Swarms of NYPD outside — I wasn’t allowed to grab a coat or any of my belongings — told to immediately go to staircase pic.twitter.com/rtcAoKS6y9
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) October 24, 2018
A suspicious package was cited as the reason for the evacuation. A bomb squad is reportedly on the scene to investigate. It’s notable that the Secret Service intercepted possible bombs sent the Clintons and the Obamas on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
also from ZH
In what must be one of the most rapidly written, edited, and published op-eds in New York Times history, Alexander Soros, son of billionaire globalist puppet-master George Soros, has penned a blame-scaping piece pointing directly at president Trump’s “politics of demonizing opponents” as responsible for the bombing of his father, The Clintons, The Obamas, and well anyone else who has received a suspicious package in the last few days and is not in any way right-leaning.
The article, with a title so ironic it has to be farce, “The Hate That Is Consuming Us” runs the gamut from ‘saintly’ McCain defending Obama’s virtue in 2008 to President Trump and Prime Minister Orban’s “extremist fringes” to “the poison of anti-semitism” (which given many of the stories about his father’s behavior is somewhat surprising).
We strongly suggest removing all sharp objects and ensuring no fluids are present in your mouth before reading the following…
On Monday afternoon an explosive device was delivered to my father’s home north of New York City. An alert member of our staff recognized the threat and called the police. Fortunately, the authorities were able to detonate the device safely. On Wednesday, the Secret Service said it had intercepted similar devices sent to the offices of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We are all grateful that no one was injured, and grateful to those who kept us safe. But the incident was profoundly disturbing – as a threat not just to the safety of our family, neighbors, colleagues and friends, but also to the future of American democracy.
My family is no stranger to the hostilities of those who reject our philosophy, our politics and our very identity. My father grew up in the shadow of the Nazi regime in Hungary. My grandfather secured papers with false names so that they could survive the onslaught against Budapest’s Jews; he helped many others do the same. After the war, as the Communists took power, my father escaped to London, where he studied at the London School of Economics before embarking on what ultimately became a hugely successful career in finance.
But the lessons of his early life never left him. His biggest philanthropic endeavor, the Open Society Foundations, played a leading role in supporting the transition from Communism to more democratic societies in parts of the former Soviet Union and then expanded to protect democratic practices in existing democracies. My father acknowledges that his philanthropic work, while nonpartisan, is “political” in a broad sense: It seeks to support those who promote societies where everyone has a voice.
There is a long list of people who find that proposition unacceptable, and my father has faced plenty of attacks along the way, many dripping with the poison of anti-Semitism.
But something changed in 2016. Before that, the vitriol he faced was largely confined to the extremist fringes, among white supremacists and nationalists who sought to undermine the very foundations of democracy.
But with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, things got worse. White supremacists and anti-Semites like David Duke endorsed his campaign. Mr. Trump’s final TV ad famously featured my father; Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve; and Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs — all of them Jewish — amid dog-whistle language about “special interests” and “global special interests.”
A genie was let out of the bottle, which may take generations to put back in, and it wasn’t confined to the United States.
In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán launched an anti-Semitic poster campaign falsely accusing my father of wanting to flood Hungary with migrants. This included plastering my father’s face onto the floor of trams in Budapest so that people would walk on it, all to serve Mr. Orbán’s political agenda.
Now we have attempted bomb attacks. While the responsibility lies with the individual or individuals who sent these lethal devices to my family home and Mr. Obama’s and Ms. Clinton’s offices, I cannot see it divorced from the new normal of political demonization that plagues us today.
I am under no illusion that the hatred directed at us is unique. There are too many people in the United States and around the world who have felt the force of this malign spirit. It is now all too “normal” that people who speak their minds are routinely subjected to personal hostility, hateful messages on social media and death threats.
It is also all too normal that organizations doing important pro-democracy work face existential threats simply because they accept support from the foundations my father started. And all too normal that political leaders who swear an oath of office to protect all citizens instead pursue politics of division and hate.
We are far removed from the days when Senator John McCain rebuffed his own supporters during the 2008 election to patriotically defend his opponent, Mr. Obama — all because he believed that the health of our democracy was more important than his personal political gain.
We must find our way to a new political discourse that shuns the demonization of all political opponents. A first step would be to cast our ballots to reject those politicians cynically responsible for undermining the institutions of our democracy. And we must do it now, before it is too late.
Alexander Soros is the deputy chairman of the Open Society Foundations.
Was it really just a few short weeks ago that every liberal politician was falling over themselves to proclaim any Kavanaugh-supporting Republican a co-rapist, demanding physical confrontation, and revving up the hate? Lucky that memories are short for the weak-minded.