The bombing in Downtown Nashville has left more questions than answers. Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, a “lone wolf” IT specialist, has been identified as the bomber.
As my colleague Nick Arama reported,
“Federal authorities are now confirming that Anthony Quinn Warner, who had previously been named by media as a police “person of interest,” has now been identified as the bomber in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing — and that he died in the blast.
“Authorities tested the DNA of the human remains found at the site of the blast and concluded it matched that of Warner by testing it against DNA from his mother.
“They also said that they believed that no one else was involved. The blast injured three people and damaged more than 41 buildings.”
Even though Warner died in the blast, most of the media is not labeling him as a suicide bomber. Very odd.
Thus far, no motive has been uncovered, though the New York Post wrote,
“The 63-year-old loner — who died in his massive Christmas Day suicide blast — may have turned against the telecommunications industry after the 2011 death of his father, who worked for a company that later merged with AT&T, a source close to the investigation told the Daily Mail.
“He was believed to be ‘heavily into conspiracy theories,’ especially over fears that 5G networks were killing people, the source said.
“The unofficial motive thus far is the suspect believed 5G was the root of all deaths in the region and he’d be hailed a hero,” the source told the outlet.”
So you know what this means: much speculation from armchair criminologists and the tinfoil hat brigade has taken over.
The Washington Times did interview Rick Laude, Warner’s neighbor who said:
“he saw Anthony Quinn Warner standing at his mailbox on Dec. 21 and pulled over in his car to speak with him. After asking how Warner’s elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked him, ‘Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?’ Laude said Warner smiled and then said, ‘Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.’
“Laude said he was “speechless” later when he read that authorities had identified Warner as the suspected bomber. ‘Nothing about this guy raised any red flags,’ Laude said. ‘He was just quiet.’ ”
Other than that, authorities have not found any note or manifesto left by Warner on social media or otherwise.
The bizarre circumstances surrounding this act of violence mirrors some of the circumstances behind the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left 58 people dead, and nearly 900 others injured.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, also left no note or manifesto, and there were not any motives ascribed from his behavior before the shooting occurred.
Aside from Warner’s neighbor’s statement, Warner also did not leave any type of indicative behavior or message.
In the world of social media, the biggest outcry is that Warner’s actions are not being designated a terrorist act, just as Paddock’s actions were not. Once again, this is being attributed to race. This is the world we have created.
We learned after Las Vegas you can kill 58 people at a music festival and they still will not call you a terrorist. #nashvilleexplosion
— Mother of Pitbulls (@mothaofpibbles) December 28, 2020
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— Mike Martin (@mikemartin123) December 28, 2020
In November 2017, Newsweek linked Stephen Paddock to Trump because he was pleased that the stock market was up. These are the false equivalencies that are built when people are not given a concrete motive or set of circumstances.
One Esquire writer penned a tortured piece on why this should be called domestic terrorism:
“And yes, I firmly believe that, had Warner been a Black Lives Matter activist or a Muslim cleric, we would not be having these angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin discussions about who is or isn’t a terrorist. If, as all the evidence indicates, Warner set off a huge incendiary device on a downtown street in a major American city, then he committed a terrorist act and is, therefore, a dead terrorist. The idea that one cannot be a terrorist unless the person leaves behind a 100-page manifesto is dangerous in this age of accelerated communication. Random bits of violence are swirling in the very air around us, and all throughout our politics and our national dialogue. Occasionally, they coalesce, as they did on Christmas Day on Second Street in Nashville, where a terrorist act took place.”
“Random bits of violence are swirling in the very air around us, and all throughout our politics and national dialogue”? So basically, this violence is like the Coronavirus, seeping into every part of our national fabric, including our politics. Seems like the only ones calling for “Dark Winters” and inciting violence are Joe Biden and his supporters; so why no op-eds being penned with that connection?
— Jay Truth (@jaytruth79) December 28, 2020
The Stephen Paddock investigations by the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department were closed in 2019. Fox News 5 in Las Vegas, reported on the 2019 post-mortem:
“The FBI makes the conclusion in a report given to The Associated Press on Tuesday. After nearly 16 months, the agency says it can’t determine why gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others in October 2017.
“Aaron Rouse is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas office. He says Paddock acted alone when he planned and carried out the attack. The 64-year-old fatally shot himself after opening fire from his hotel suite.
“Rouse says the reason for Paddock’s rampage remains a mystery after months of study by agents and behavioral specialists.”
The FBI appears to be accelerating the Nashville bomber investigation to a conclusion. My take? Conclusions are being made fairly quickly because either the FBI and ATF have gotten more efficient, or they want to silence certain voices. Maybe it’s a combination of both.
We will continue to watch to see how it all unfolds.