The Christmas Day car bomb in Nashville, Tennessee


Introduction:
This page is about the car bomb in Nashville, Tennessee, December 25, 2020.  This story will probably fall down the news media memory hole in a few months, because the event appears to have been a protest against domestic surveillance by way of 5G cell phone technology.


Related topics on other nearby pages:

Cell phones : Use, misuse, and electronic countermeasures.

Domestic surveillance.




So was the Nashville bombing a terror attack or not?  As the investigation grinds on into the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, a strange question has arisen among those whose homes and businesses were impacted by the blast.  Was this or was this not a terrorist attack?  It's more than a question of terminology for many business owners.  If the FBI designates the bombing as an act of terrorism, even domestic terrorism, it could impact how insurance settlements are paid out.  But thus far, the Bureau hasn't declared an official label because the motivations of Anthony Warner remain largely inscrutable.

Nashville's Big Bomb Was a Very Rare Device, Experts Think.  Anthony Quinn Warner's device, although probably made of common over-the-counter components, is unique in the annals of mayhem, according to seasoned FBI bomb experts consulted by SpyTalk.  "We've never seen an improvised thermobaric device before in this country or any country," says Dave Williams, who conducted the FBI's on-scene investigations of the World Trade Center, Oklahoma City, Pan Am 103 and Unabomber bombings, among other notorious incidents.  Thermobaric refers to a gaseousfuel-air explosion.  "The reason is, it's very difficult to get the timing down to get an optimum mixture of air and a liquified carbonaceous fuel such as propane, methane, acetylene or natural gas," Williams told SpyTalk.  "He couldn't have done it the first time and made it work.  There had to be a test area."

Lucky?  He's dead!
The Nashville bomber was either very skilled or very lucky.  As law enforcement officials continue to search for a motive in the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville, analysts are turning their attention to a related and seemingly significant question.  When Anthony Warner blew himself up in his RV, he created one heck of a blast.  The explosion was big enough to damage pretty much every building on an entire city block.  I'm sure there was quite a bit of room inside that recreational vehicle, but it wasn't that big.  So what kind of bomb did he create that was capable of generating such destruction?  Some experienced blast investigators from the FBI have been reviewing the publicly available photos and videos and have reached a rather startling preliminary conclusion.  They are describing Warner's bomb as being "unique in the annals of" improvised explosive devices used by terrorists.  If they're correct, Warner would have had to have pulled off a very tricky design to create any sort of significant explosion.

Nashville Bombing Spotlights Vulnerable Voice, Data Networks.  The blast seriously damaged a key AT&T network facility, an important hub that provides local wireless, internet and video service and connects to regional networks.  Backup generators went down, which took service out hours after the blast.  A fire broke out and forced an evacuation.  The building flooded, with more than three feet of water later pumped out of the basement; AT&T said there was still water on the second floor as of Monday [12/28/2020].  The immediate repercussions were surprisingly widespread.  AT&T customers lost service — phones, internet or video — across large parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.  There were 911 centers in the region that couldn't take calls; others didn't receive crucial data associated with callers, such as their locations.  The Nashville police department's phones and internet failed.  Stores went cash-only.  At some hospitals, electronic medical records, internet service or phones stopped working.  The Nashville airport halted flights for about three hours on Christmas.  Rival carrier T-Mobile also had service issues as far away as Atlanta, 250 miles away, because the company uses AT&T equipment for moving customer data from towers to the T-Mobile network.

Nashville Bomber's Girlfriend Warned Police He Was Making Bombs Last Year.  Despite the F.B.I.'s claims to the contrary, law enforcement was warned about Anthony Q. Warner's disturbing activities more than a year before he set off a bomb in downtown Nashville.  The new information might shed light on the alleged bomber's motive.  The Tennessean reported that "sixteen months before Anthony Quinn Warner's RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, officers visited his home in Antioch after his girlfriend reported that he was making bombs in the vehicle."

Is the FBI Already Engaged in a Coverup in the Nashville Bombing?  [Scroll down]  There is nothing delusional or irrational at all in thinking 5G, 4G, or any G before or since, including the earliest iterations of cellular, is being used to spy on Americans.  It's a fact.  It is and has been.  Indeed, it has been known since the publication of James Bamford's book "The Puzzle Palace" that the National Security Agency and others have the capability to spy on virtually every citizen of this country — and that was close to 40 years ago (1983)!  And it's only gotten worse since.  I'm sorry to say it, but anyone who thinks he or she has any privacy is a fool.  Even the current president was spied upon.  Edward Snowden, as I indicated in my previous column, made it clear just how deeply implicated AT&T is in this activity.  In fact, that company may well be the government's principal private industry ally in clandestine work, helping to connect it with other cellular companies.  If I know that, why wouldn't Warner, an IT professional, know that? [...] I believe they are once again covering up here, creating a distraction from the actual motive, because the one thing they don't want to be investigated — well, one among many — is the alliance between private industry and our intelligence agencies, coupled with the realization we all live now in an Orwellian surveillance culture, not dissimilar to that in China.

Girlfriend of Nashville bomber Anthony Warner told cops he was making bombs last year.  Nashville police were warned in 2019 that Anthony Warner was making a bomb inside his RV — but nothing was done to stop him.  Warner's girlfriend told Nashville cops on Aug. 21, 2019, that he "was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence," according to a report Tuesday [12/29/2020] in The Tennessean.  City cops passed the tip off to the FBI and ATF.  But when authorities showed up at Warren's door no one answered, and a subsequent request to search the property was denied, The Tennessean reported.  Warner's bomb-making then continued unhindered until Christmas morning, when he detonated explosives in the vehicle and leveled a stretch of downtown Nashville.

Nashville Bomber Anthony Warner 'Perished' at Scene, DNA Found at Explosion Site:  Officials.  Anthony Quinn Warner, the person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing, died at the scene, and his DNA was found at the site of the explosion, according to a U.S. attorney and an FBI official.  U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Don Cochran said on Sunday in a press conference that Warner, 63, parked a vehicle on a street in downtown Nashville on Dec. 25, then allegedly broadcast a warning before the explosion.  Cochran stated that Warner "is the bomber," and "he was present when the bomb went off," adding that he "perished in the bombing."  Douglas Korneski, the FBI's special agent in charge of the Memphis Field Office, added that there is no indication that anyone else was involved in the explosion.  Hours of surveillance footage was reviewed by officials, which was used in making the determination that Warner was the lone individual involved, he said.

Yes, Anthony Warner Was The Nashville Bomber, But His Motive?  All of the leads released by authorities since the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville had been pointing to Anthony Warner as the prime suspect and now the FBI has put the matter to rest.  DNA testing has reportedly confirmed that Warner was in the truck and died in the blast.  The case is far from closed, however, because agents are still beating the bushes to attempt to figure out a motive.  The press is aiding in that effort and from what's been determined thus far, we might be able to draw at least a few conclusions.  As to Warner himself, we're beginning to learn that he was considered by people who knew him to be "a bit of an odd duck," but he had no criminal history to speak of besides a minor drug charge back in the 70s.

FBI probing if 5G paranoia was behind Nashville Christmas bombing.  FBI agents working the Nashville Christmas bombing are asking around about whether Anthony Quinn Warner — a local computer expert named as a "person of interest" — was paranoid about 5G technology, according to a report.  Agents are probing if Warner, 63, feared that 5G technology was being used to spy on Americans, a source close to the investigation told the NBC News affiliate in Nashville.  There have otherwise been no arrests or motive revealed in the bombing as of early Sunday.

Anthony Quinn Warner confirmed by DNA test as Nashville Christmas bomber.  Human remains found at the site of the Christmas RV bombing in Nashville belong to Anthony Quinn Warner, the tech expert behind blast, officials announced Sunday [12/27/2020].  "Anthony Warner is the bomber," said US Attorney Don Cochran during a press briefing.  "He was present when the bomb went off, and then he perished in the bombing."  Warner, 63, is the only known fatality in the bombing, which also left three people injured and caused significant property damage, including to an AT&T building, knocking out cell service across the state and much of the south.  Forensic testing was used to match the remains found at the scene with Warner's DNA, as well as that of relatives, officials said.

Was Nashville Blast the New Fort Sumter?  [Scroll down]  Given how divided our country is, what happened in Nashville this Christmas morning may have been the first salvo in a second civil war.  Just for the record, Fort Sumter is only eight hours' drive away.  Of course, there is always the possibility that one side is impersonating the other in this action — that it is a false-flag operation.  But if so, it's even more a license for civil war.  Whose statues will be torn down this time?

The Nashville Christmas Bombing is incredibly unusual for a few reasons.  [Thread reader]  The facts we think we know so far — and things may change as new information emerges — paint a picture that is different than any other attack on U.S. soil.  It raises some serious questions.  First, let's talk about what makes this attack different.  This was a successful bombing on U.S. soil in a large metro area.  There have not been many of these in the last 40 years:  Oklahoma City, Atlanta Olympics, Boston Marathon, Times Square.  Of this list, the Nashville attack is much more like OKC than the rest.  There, a moving truck.  Here, an RV.  The other, smaller attacks involved pressure cooker devices and devices more like pipe bombs. [...] Police confirmed that the RV itself appeared to be broadcasting a loud message over speakers warning people nearby to evacuate because there was a bomb.  There was even a countdown.  Part of the warning message was:  "If you can hear this message, evacuate now."  And it worked.  There were, incredibly, no known deaths.  Folks living nearby left their apartments, police swept the streets, and no one died.  It is difficult to overstate how unusual it is for an attack like this to include a warning.  That stuff happens in movies.  It doesn't generally happen in real life.  But it tells us that the attacker(s) didn't want to cause casualties.  This is a critical data point.

Nashville Bombing.  It's early yet and we've no idea who bombed Nashville or why.  I hope that, unlike the 58 murders by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas, the FBI will have some answers about motivation this time. [...] Alex Little, a former federal prosecutor, has provided a thoughtful analysis.  In a series of posts, he explains the various possible motives and perpetrators of the bombing.  He finds the timing and location of the bombing suggest most strongly the bomber had some political/terror motivations.  Doing this on Christmas morning was sure to garner a great deal of coverage and the location — a major artery of AT&T's communication network — means it was a "massive infrastructure attack"; it "took down phone and internet communications for millions."  In his words, "we have an attacker who has detonated a large bomb, who took steps to avoid casualties, who chose a location notable only for its impact on our communications network and who has [not] (at least not yet) claimed responsibility."

FBI Exploring New Theory About Nashville Bomber and 'Person of Interest' Gave Away Home Last Month.  As we previously reported, yesterday, police and federal authorities searched a home connected to Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, who media has described as a "person of interest" in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing.  Previously, there had been an RV there similar to the one that blew up in the bombing.  But it was no longer there.  There was no one found in the home during the search.  But now the police are exploring that the bomber may have been killed in the bombing and that it may have been a suicide bombing.  The police have now confirmed that human remains were found in the blast.

Cop Heroes at Nashville Bombing Show How Insane the Democrat 'Defund the Police' Message Is.  When a call came to respond to a "shots fired" in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, it wasn't antifa or Black Lives Matter who responded, it was six Nashville cops, some reportedly new to the job, who found themselves "standing between good and evil" in a potential mass casualty situation.  The officers, Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping and James Wells, and Sgt. Timothy Miller, sped to 2nd Avenue and discovered an RV spewing loudspeaker messages warning that it was going to blow up.

'Person of Interest' in Nashville Bombing Identified, Police Now Searching Home Related to Him.  Information appears to be breaking quickly in the case of the Nashville bombing.  As I wrote earlier, the police had identified a "person or persons of interest."  Now, CBS is reporting the name of that person as 63 year old Anthony Quinn Warner and police appear to be at a property related to him now.  Police have not yet officially confirmed that name and it's important to note that a person of interest is not necessarily the same thing as a suspect.

Anthony Quinn Warner Named as Nashville Bombing Person of Interest.  Anthony Quinn Warner is a 63-year-old Tennessee man who is a person of interest in the explosion of a parked RV in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas morning, according to CBS News.  An RV similar to the one used in the Nashville bombing was parked at Warner's home address in images available on Google Maps and Google Earth, Heavy discovered.  Jeff Pegues, a CBS News journalist, wrote on Twitter, "@CBSNews has learned the name of a person of interest tied to the explosion that rocked #Nashville on #Christmas Day.  Multiple sources tell us that Anthony Quinn Warner, a Nashville area resident, had a similar make and model RV."  Authorities have not yet confirmed the identity.

Nashville Bomber May Have Died In Explosion; Feds Raid Suspect's House.  Local news WSMV News4 Nashville is reporting "FBI agents spent the days at another location today besides searching the home of Anthony Warner, pursuing tips that he was paranoid about 5g spying on Americans."

RV Broadcast Evacuation Message Before Nashville Christmas Day Explosion:  Police.  Nashville police were able to usher people to safety before an explosion rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas morning in what authorities are calling a deliberate act, while a warning message was broadcast urging people to evacuate moments before the blast.  Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department carried out door-to-door and apartment-to-apartment checks and managed to get people to safety shortly before the blast, according to statements made at a press conference.  There was a loudspeaker warning people to clear the area before the massive blast, according to a Metro Nashville Police spokesperson and surveillance footage.

Some Interesting Questions Raised About the Viral Video of the Nashville Bombing.  Ford Fischer who has done a lot of coverage of Antifa and Black Lives Matter may have come across something interesting when it comes to the bombing in Nashville this morning.  One of the most unusual things about the Nashville bombing was that there were reportedly gun shots before hand and then a recording in the RV which warned people to evacuate out of the area before the RV blew up.  But then on top of that, Fischer noticed something else odd.  Many in media have been sharing a viral video of the explosion area, taken from across the street, with a warning to evacuate and then the explosion.  Fischer noticed some interesting things about the account that posted the video.

Nashville: A bomb blast unlike any other on American soil.  The facts about the Christmas morning bomb in Nashville are not complicated.  What is complicated is understanding who set off the bomb and why.  That's because this bombing does not match any other bombs that have exploded in the Western world. [...] Even if a person other than the bomber ended up dying, this bomb blast was not meant to take human life.  The street would have been relatively deserted on Christmas morning and the RV itself warned people to leave the area.  I therefore doubt that this was Islamic terrorism because I cannot think of a single act of Muslim terrorism that did not have as its primary goal killing as many people as possible.  Unlike the Oklahoma City bombing, this bomb did not target a government building.  Despite the usual Trump haters conflating Trump supporters and Nazis, this fact alone probably means that one of the vanishingly small numbers of actual white supremacist groups in America was not involved because those groups tend to be hostile to the government.

Explosion in Nashville Captured on Video, Pic of RV Used Released, 'Human Remains' Found.  As we reported earlier, someone blew up an RV with explosive in it in front of an AT&T building in downtown Nashville this morning, Christmas Day.  The massive explosion caused a lot of destruction over multiple city blocks blowing out windows and damaging buildings.

Police believe vehicle explosion on Second Avenue North [was] 'an intentional act'.  Metro Police believe an explosion that occurred outside the AT&T transmission building on Second Ave North downtown early Friday morning [12/25/2020] was "an intentional act." [...] MNPD Public Information Officer Don Aaron said police responded to a shots fired call on Second Avenue North around 5:30 a.m. Friday [12/25/2020].  When officers arrived on the scene, there was no evidence to indicate a shooting, but they found a "suspicious RV parked on the street."

CCTV Footage Shows RV Sounding A Warning To Evacuate Before Exploding In Downtown Nashville.  A large explosion was reported in downtown Nashville early Friday morning [12/25/2020].  The blast was felt across much of Davidson County around 6:30 a.m.  Metro police said the explosion has been linked to a vehicle outside 166 Second Avenue N.  Witnesses told investigators they heard gunshots early in the morning and a message coming from an RV parked in the street warning anyone in the area to evacuate.  Officers said they are looking into these reports.

Video Of Massive Explosion In Downtown Nashville Looks Like Car Bomb Went Off.  An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding three people.  Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional.  The FBI is leading the investigation.  Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 6:30 a.m. explosion was believed to be "an intentional act."  Police earlier said they believe a vehicle was involved in the explosion.  Aaron said three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, although none were in critical condition.

RV that blew up in Nashville played audio warning explosion was coming.  The RV that blew up in Nashville on Friday morning was playing a recording that warned it was going to explode, the city's police chief said.  The recording said "a potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes," Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during an afternoon news conference.  Officers who had responded to reports of shots fired in the area "decided to evacuate the buildings nearby" and were knocking on doors when the RV exploded, Drake said.  No evidence of a Christmas Day shooting was uncovered before the cops came upon the RV, officials have said.

FBI takes over investigation into vehicle explosion in downtown Nashville.  The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation into a large explosion from an RV in downtown Nashville early Friday morning that caused massive damage and injured three people.  The blast was felt across much of Davidson County around 6:30 a.m.  Metro police said the explosion has been linked to a vehicle outside 166 Second Avenue N., the location of an AT&T data center downtown.  Metro police said there is no other imminent danger to the public, but out of precaution K-9s are sweeping the area.



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