Suddenly the new director of the FBI is trying to convince the world that the hoax pipe bombs which were mailed to Democrats are really, somehow, actual IEDs (Improved Explosive Devices).
In truth, real mail bombs don’t contain timers for the simple reason that such devices are intended to be detonated by the physical act of opening the package, not detonated at a particular time (since nobody knows exactly when someone will actually receive a package sent through the U.S. Postal Service).
Not only did these hoax pipe bombs contain mock timers crudely taped to PVC pipe, but the timers had no alarm function, meaning they couldn’t ever be used to detonate anything.
They were hoax, fake, phony, not real, not functioning explosive devices.
But the FBI is claiming no, they are (somehow) real “IEDs.”
FBI Director lies about “energetic material” and tries to confuse the public with his techno-jargon
The really huge red flag in all this is how FBI Director Christopher Wray resorted to techno-jargon to try to make non-explosive materials sound like explosives. In a press conference where he stated the fake pipe bombs were “not hoaxes,” he described them as containing “energetic material that can become combustible when subjected to heat or friction.”
Wow, sounds scary, doesn’t it?
Except that in reality, almost anything can qualify as something that “becomes combustible when subjected to heat or friction.” This includes, by the way, a box of Cheerios, a loaf of bread, a tub of grease, frozen corn, old newspapers, a pair of smelly socks, a bicycle tire and even pieces of glass. All these items burn if you heat them to high enough temperatures, which is essentially what Wray is saying.
But none of these things are explosives. If you received a fake pipe bomb filled with Cheerios, would the Cheerios make it a REAL pipe bomb? According to Wray, stuffing Cheerios into a PVC pipe turns the device into an IED.
By that logic, every grocery store in America is a terrorist supply hub. Why isn’t the FBI raiding WalMart stores across the country? Almost everything they sell is “combustible” if you heat it hot enough. The phrase “energetic material” applies to literally everything that has mass. What Mr. Wray is somehow failing to distinguish is the difference between “combustible” and “explosive.” As anybody who has had basic military training can tell you, that is a BIG difference.
Christopher Wray could as well have said, “The PVC pipes were filled with stuff, and that stuff might burn if you heat it.” That’s essentially what he told us. Any high school science student could point out to Mr.Wray the error he made and his misleading claim.
Bombing suspect not charged under “weapons of mass destruction” because the bombs were not explosive devices
As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted, if the mailed IED devices were “functionally explosive” they would fall under the category of “weapons of mass destruction” [defined here by U.S. code] and the indictment would include 18 US Code 2332a [SEE HERE]. The absence of this charge implies the devices were not functionally explosive. The pattern within the indictment in combination with the comments from the DOJ and FBI seems both odd and political in nature.
Sayoc wasn’t charged with sending explosive devices for the simple reason that the fake pipe bombs did not contain explosives. They contained “energetic material” according to FBI Director Wray, a definition that applies to just about anything.
It seems FBI Director Wray is deliberately trying to deceive the American public. So what else is new?
Perhaps Sayoc was set up and selected precisely because he was an unstable person with a criminal history who would make this hoax convincing to the public rather than the stupid political stunt it really was.
[From an article published by DC CLOTHESLINE]
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis