“IED” left 10 days ago at Spokane federal courthouse

From The Spokesman-Review:

Federal authorities are investigating the discovery 10 days ago of an improvised explosive device found next to the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane but had not alerted the public until today based upon a direct inquiry by The Spokesman-Review.

The device was located in the late evening of Sunday, March 28, said Tom Rice, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington.

The Feds won’t say much more than that at this point, because the investigation is apparently ongoing. Not much point in speculating, but coming the day after the arrest of the would-be Murray assassin, I think we owe a “thank you” to the federal agents who devote their professional careers to defending the Constitution and our democracy.

MORE–In comments at the S-R, a reporter seems to confirm that the newspaper started asking about this “IED” because of an article in the current issue of Newsweek about the Hutaree militia.

Less well publicized has been a string of other incidents. In recent weeks an improvised explosive device was discovered outside the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash.; a man wielding four knives was arrested at the Daley Center in Chicago; and members of a militant white-supremacist group called the White Wolves were arrested for allegedly assembling explosive devices in southern Connecticut. “We’re seeing a continued escalation in threats,” says Michael Prout, assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service. The FBI is especially concerned about “lone offenders,” who are hard to catch because they do not join known groups but are nonetheless moved to commit violent acts by the incendiary messages on extremist Web sites. The bureau has quietly set up a program aimed at identifying such characters by keeping a watch on Internet chat rooms and purchases of weapons and explosive devices.


  1. 1

    correctnotright spews:

    All that shouting by the right wingnuts is starting to have an effect. The Tim McVeighs and opther unstable moronms out there are starting to become violent after hearing all the over the top false rhetoric.

    take back the country:
    ….from what – the legitimately elected goveernment?

    They would not know the constitution if it hit them on the head.

    Time to take “action”:
    code for using, storing guns and ammo.

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    GBS spews:

    I’ve always been concerned that al Qeada operatives would plant IED’s in public places.

    Can you imagine the chaos if on several occasions an IED went off in congested freeways during rush hour.

    I hope the FBI can run down these terrorists quickly.

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    GBS spews:


    Obama approves killing of American cleric
    N.M.-born extremist is believed to be recruiting terrorists in Yemen

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counter terrorism officials said Tuesday.


    Looks like this President takes the job of killing terrorists pretty seriously. Even if they’re American citizens attacking the United States of America.

    IF, the IED in Spokane was placed by an American born citizen turned terrorists they should take note: Obama ain’t fuckin’ around with people who want to hurt or kill Americans or attack America.

    You are officially on notice you fucking piece of shit terrorists, it’s OPEN HUNTING SEASON on you bastards and the limit is infinity.

  4. 4

    Max Rockatansky spews:

    hypocrite maxine waters just got OWNED..hahahahhaah

    the EXACT things she is complaining about regarding the tea party rallies happened at the code pink rallies that SHE attended during the Bush presidency..HAHAHAHHAH..

    fucking owned, you stupid nutball bitch.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    In a case eerily similar to the individual who threatened Sen. Patty Murray, the FBI has arrested a California man for threatening Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


    Meanwhile, Republican Senator Tom Coburn has begun telling his supporters to cool it:

    “Come on now. She is nice — how many of you all have met her? … Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they’re not a good person. … So don’t catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good.”

    “Coburn said he was ‘disturbed’ that myths about health care reform had taken hold in so many people’s minds, and he issued his own recommendations for a fair-and-balanced news diet. ‘Don’t just watch Fox News …,’ he said,” urging his supporters to also watch CNN and read newspapers.


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    Max Rockatansky spews:

    @7…GBS, I heard it on the radio.

    apparently she gave an interview on msnbc decrying the tea party….the radio then played some tape of a code pink rally that waters attended and gave a speech at.

    I’m sure if you do a google search you can find it.

    @9..poor jason osgood…you missed the good stuff….keep trying though, you might someday get some hair on your balls…

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    RR @ 10

    Demographics are trending Democratic for the foreseeable future.

    Tom Coburn’s smart enough to see the teabaggers represent a political dead end. So he took a very small first step of The Great Walk Back.

    It’s a nice gesture. If they keep it up for a few years, I might start to relax my guard.

  8. 14

    Major —— de Coverley spews:

    re 11: Do you fear Maxine Waters? Does she pack a .38 and threaten to shoot wingnuts like yourself?


  9. 15

    Major —— de Coverley spews:

    Teabaggers are anti Wall Street and anti big corporations.

    I think we can make inroads once they get the political lay of the land and see that they are being used by the Republicans.

  10. 16

    SamIAm spews:

    So – any bets as to where the next Oklahoma City-like domestic terrorism incident will take place now that the cork on the right-wing extremist nut jobs has been been shot off by the raving lunatics on Faux Snews and right-wing talk radio?

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    Zotz spews:

    @15: I think that’s really naive. These people have always been around. They are NOT rational and cannot be embarrassed.

    I keep pointing this out but it seems to slip by:

    The KKK had millions of members (and not just in the south) up until WWII. After, it became socially unacceptable to wear sheets in public. They haven’t gone away. They ARE the Tea Klux Klan now and some of them wear camos on weekends and blow stuff up.

    I hope it doesn’t take another OK City, but determined fed response is needed.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @21 Yeah, it sucks to be a winger these days. Just when you thought their PR couldn’t get worse, it got worse.

  13. 23

    rhp6033 spews:

    At least the Republicans are getting burned by their attempts to mobilize the down-and-out whites under the label of the “Tea Party”. It turns out that the meals & entertainment budget of several of the the Republican Party heads equals or exceeds the annual income of quite a few of them.

    Republican leadership, having become accustomed to rubbing elbows with lobbyists and executives of financial firms, insurance companies, and oil firms, grew accostomed to the lifestyle. They weren’t expecting criticism when they used donations from the rank-and file to pay for their charter jets for travel, expensive hotels, and first-class meals. They want to know why almost $2,000 was spent at a West Hollywood “adult” nightclub, and a similar amount was spent at a New Hampshire winery for what was reported as “office supplies”. To the Republican Party leadership, and the captains of industry whom they seek to emmulate, this is mere pocket change which they never expected to have to defend.

    Even the supposed Tea Party activists, like Rubio (sp?) who is challenging Crist for the Senate Seat in Florida, is not immune. His PAC which solicited donations to “fund conservative candidates for office” seems to have benefited only himself and his family. The Florida Republican chair was found to have participated in a scheme to skim of 10% of all donations into a firm owned by himself and his aid, which then called the vigerish “consulting fees”.

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    doggril spews:

    @4 – You’re absolutely right. Palin telling supporters to “reload” and Erickson bragging about his plan to greet census workers with a shotgun are EXACTLY the same as Maxine Waters calling Condoleeza Rice a “neocon” and George Bush a “liar.”
    You have definitively demonstrated that the Left is JUST as violent and crazy as the Right. I’m going to go hang my head in shame now.

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    Michael spews:

    There’s more


    On Monday, the governor asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee to conduct “a full independent investigation” of party financial management, adding that the probe should include “potential credit card abuses and financial irregularities that might have IRS implications.” It was an obvious swipe at former House Speaker Marco Rubio, his rival in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, who ran up charges of $100,000 on a party AmEx card while he was speaker in 2006-08.

  16. 26

    Vince with Slap-Chop spews:

    @21, 22….when you two are done sucking each other off, please make sure to wipe up with a sham-wow.

    – you’re gonna love my nuts..

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    Vince with Slap-Chop spews:

    @24…you should hang your head in shame for being a hypocrite and failing to “remember” when the left gets all freaky…

    lemmings typically have a selective memory.

    – you’re gonna love my nuts..

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    Michael spews:

    @26, 27

    I see you have nothing to add to the conversation or any facts to dispute any claims with.