CIA Celebrates Unabomber Anniversary by Leaving Plastic Explosives in a School Bus

by William Skink

It’s been twenty years since Ted Kaczynski was arrested on April 3rd in Lincoln, Montana for the lethal bombings that earned Ted the title of Unabomber. While Ted will die in prison, the entity that helped create him by first breaking him–the CIA–continues to wreak havoc across the globe.

The Agency isn’t supposed to be operating on American soil, but when has that ever stopped this out-of-control branch of the American security state?

That issue came up recently when the CIA “accidentally” left some plastic explosives on a school bus. Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s how NPR reported it:

The CIA “inadvertently left” explosive material on a school bus after a training exercise with local law enforcement in Loudoun County, Va., the agency and the country sheriff’s office say.

The bus then remained in service for two days, transporting students to a high school and two elementary schools, before the explosive material was found during routine maintenance, the sheriff’s office says in a statement.

According to a statement from the school district, the bus carrying the material “made eight runs totaling 145 miles carrying 26 students attending Rock Ridge High School, Buffalo Trail Elementary School and Pinebrook Elementary School.”

The CIA put the material in the bus as part of a regular joint exercise to train explosives-sniffing dogs at Briar Woods High School on March 21-24, during spring break, the sheriff’s office says. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Marshal’s Office took part in the drill.

Um, ok. Does this smell like a fortuitously thwarted false flag attack to anyone else?  Here is Dave Lindorff with a piece at Counterpunch (a source I often quote):

There is plenty of evidence that over the past two decades, the US government and its intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have engaged in a number of so-called “false flag” operations, usually portrayed as “tests” gone wrong, or as “stings” designed to lure out alleged terrorists — though these latter operations usually turn out on investigation to have been wholly government-created incidents where low-wattage victims are talked into participating in a terrorism action either for pay, or under the belief that they are working for the government. There are just too many occasions when some crazy terror plot either gets prominently “uncovered” and “prevented,” or actually is attempted right when the government could use some increased public sense of panic to help pass some new law diminishing Constitutionally-protected freedoms, or higher spending on war and government intelligence agencies.

As one CIA veteran offers, “The only ‘innocent’ explanation as to why the agency was training locals on this is that the agency has more money than it knows what to do with, whereas others are not that flush,” but this source adds, “There are a host of other, more sinister possible explanations. This needs to be looked into.”

There are certainly enough bozos in the US government’s intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, including the CIA, for me to believe that this school explosives “testing exercise” was just a really stupid idea gone wrong. But I’m also suspicious enough to believe that it could have been something much more insidious that didn’t go as planned only because of the alertness of one school district mechanic.

I’m probably just being a paranoid conspiracy theorist, right?

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3 Responses to CIA Celebrates Unabomber Anniversary by Leaving Plastic Explosives in a School Bus

  1. steve kelly says:

    Sen. Ted Cruz says if elected he’ll abolish the IRS. What about abolishing the CIA?

    “The CIA’s response to this growing knowledge and criticism follows a typical historical pattern. (Indeed, there are remarkable parallels to the Medieval Church’s fight against the Scientific Revolution.) The first journalists and writers to reveal the CIA’s criminal behavior were harassed and censored if they were American writers, and tortured and murdered if they were foreigners. (See Philip Agee’s On the Run for an example of early harassment.) However, over the last two decades the tide of evidence has become overwhelming, and the CIA has found that it does not have enough fingers to plug every hole in the dike. This is especially true in the age of the Internet, where information flows freely among millions of people. Since censorship is impossible, the Agency must now defend itself with apologetics. Clinton’s “Americans will never know” defense is a prime example.” – Steve Kangas

    • JC says:

      JFK tried to dismantle the CIA, and we saw where that got him — after the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy said privately that his administration should “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces.”

      RFK tried to gain the presidency so he could bring justice to JFK and pin the tail on the donkey and dismantle the CIA, and we saw where that got him. Nixon tried to act independently from the CIA, and we see where that got him.

      What president wants to walk in those footsteps? Obama in his Atlantic interview last month basically said he wasn’t in control of the deep state, and he was ok with that and was willing to pin his legacy on having stayed alive.

      • What if understanding the manipulations of the powerful is like being on the ground as elephants make love? We hear all of the noise and might get stomped on, but we do not see the real action.

        Two things have always troubled me about JFK – one, that he had to be complicit in the fake moon landings with his ’61 statement about putting a man on the moon before the decade was out. He was not stupid, and it was clear from 1950 or so that it was not feasible. So that statement was planted. The other is that Hollywood in 1991 was under control, part of the propaganda apparatus, and yet despite that the Oliver Stone movie JFK, a slap in the face of power, got made with high production values and high-powered stars, got eight Oscar nominations and won two. Something not right about that. That does not happen unless meant to happen. Why?

        JFK has been lionized in recent years, but now we learn from Russian sources that he wanted to bomb Moscow during the missile crisis … Did Jim Douglass forget to mention that? I think we are in the ground floor of a sky scraper, and have very little knowledge of what goes on in the suites at the very top.

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