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March 07, 2008

8 House Dems Get Letters, Photo of New York Recruiting Station Before Bombing

Police officers with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department sit in their cruiser outside an Armed Forces Recruiting Center, Thursday, March 6, 2008, in Washington as another officer, left, exits the center. Police are investigating letters that arrived Thursday at Capitol Hill offices containing a photo of the New York Times Square military recruiting office before it was bombed and including the claim 'We Did It.'
(AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari)

An official holds an ammunition box similar to the one that held an explosive device that exploded outside the U.S. Armed Forces Career Center, during a news conference in New York's Times Square March 6, 2008. The U.S. Homeland Security Department said it was monitoring and investigating a small explosion that caused minor damage to a U.S. military recruiting center in New York's Times Square.

Letters under scrutiny in NY blast


A law enforcement official says police are investigating letters sent to Capitol Hill offices showing pictures of a Times Square military recruiting station that was bombed.

According to the official, who was briefed on the investigation, the letters included words to the effect of, "We did it." The official did not know which offices received the letters.

The small bomb caused minor damage to the New York military recruiting station before dawn Thursday and police were searching for a hooded bicyclist seen on a surveillance video peddling away.


And this..................

8 House Dems get letters, photo of New York recruiting station before bombing

Eight House Democrats were mailed a letter and photo of a Times Square recruiting station in Manhattan before it was bombed this morning, according to House insiders.

UPDATE 2: A senior House aide suggested many more members than the eight Democrats originally believed to have received them could have gotten copies and suggested law enforcement officials do not know the full scope of how many missives were actually sent at this time.

The letter did not contain any specific threats against the lawmakers or the site, but the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are now investigating the matter.

It was unclear which lawmakers received the letters or their party affiliation. The letter was postmarked Feb. 28, a week before the explosion in New York.”

More but from another link

'We Did It' letters eyed in NY bombing

Yahoo news

Capitol Hill offices received letters Thursday containing a photo of the Times Square military recruiting office before it was bombed and including the claim "We Did It."

The manila envelopes contained a photo of a man standing in front of the recruiting station before it was bombed. The photo was the kind commonly sent as a holiday greeting card, according to a Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.

The message on the card: "Happy New Year, We Did It."

The envelope also contained a packet of approximately 10 sheets of paper that seemed to be a political manifesto railing against the Iraq war and a booklet. The aide didn't know what the booklet was. A second aide, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said similar letters arrived in as many as 10 offices.

Capitol Police, FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service were investigating. In an e-mail to lawmakers, Capitol Police said the envelopes went through the standard security process. That process, which involves radiating incoming mail, can easily take a week or more, making it likely the letters were mailed well ahead of the bombing.

The small bomb caused minor damage to the New York military recruiting station before dawn Thursday and police were searching for a hooded bicyclist seen on a surveillance video pedaling away.

Each envelope was stamped with two $1 stamps and contained a white label with a return address, which the police did not identify in the e-mail. Police said the letters were safe and did not contain threats to lawmakers.

The man in the photo was thin, white with graying hair, wearing a striped flannel shirt and jeans, the Democratic aide said. A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, confirmed some of the contents of the letters as described by the aide.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of an e-mail sent from the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to other lawmakers Thursday that reads:

"A few offices on the House side have received a letter today addressed to 'Members of Congress' with a picture of a man standing in front of the Times Square recruiting station that was bombed in New York today with the statement 'We did it.' He is standing in front of it with his arms spread out and he's attached his political manifesto."

The blast left a gaping hole in the front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening its metal frame. No one was hurt, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, though unsophisticated, could have caused "injury and even death."


Canadian Border Incident, Photos Part Of Times Square Investigation


msnbc has learned NYPD, Homeland Security and FBI officials are now revisiting an incident that occurred along the Canadian border last month, concerned there might be a possible connection to the Times Square explosion.

Four men trying to cross the border attempted to flee the checkpoint as Canadian officials tried to question them, investigators said.

Two of the men got away, officials said. The men left behind a backpack with photos of various New York City locations including Times Square, according to sources speaking on condition of anonymity. One of the photos included the military recruitment center, officials said. As a precaution, NYPD outreach officers last month went to various New York City businesses, including the Times Square military recruitment center, to investigate if there had been any specific threats. No threat information was known at the time, a law enforcement source said.

But after Thursday morning?s explosion, FBI, NYPD and Homeland Security officials are reaching out to Canadian authorities to try to learn more about the men who were at the border crossing last month.

One law enforcement official described two of the men are believed to be "anarchist-types." He stressed as of now there is nothing to link the men to Thursday's explosion. But it is a prudent to follow this possible lead, he said.

Wild Thing's comment.......

This was a deliberate act of anti-military domestic terrorism!!

Here is a video of the person on the bike and then the explosion.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 04:55 AM


The SAME represenatives that couldn't care less about FISA and chose to leave DC for a recess? Hmmmmmm?! This timing is ... priceless?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 7, 2008 06:29 AM

I just wish the anarchists and those who support this so-called "religion of peace" would just leave.
This is a blatant act of terrorism and they should all burn in Hell for what they've done.
Our kids are over there so this idiot can do what he just did.
Too bad that's what the dummycrap congress seems to want, though--total anarchism, no rules and the government to take care of all of us.
Sorry, not gonna be led to a slaughter and I ain't taking the number of the beast when they demand I do.

Posted by: Lynn at March 7, 2008 08:08 AM

Ticks me off these stupid wackos!

Posted by: patrickdaniel at March 7, 2008 08:28 AM

Shades of the SDS and The Weathermen Underground from the 70's. Those Leftist anarchists were mostly affluent college students who wanted America to be communist. I hope they catch these bombers and put them away until they are old shrivelled up wastages.

If they kill somebody, then they need the Timothy McVay treatment, execution.

Posted by: TomR at March 7, 2008 08:31 AM

'This was a deliberate act of anti-military domestic terrorism!!' -- WT

Probably. Could also be foreigners. If the UBL team could do this, I expect they would have been doing it more often, so I'd lean toward domestic. I wonder why Team-UBL does not do this more. Either our domestic security is working, or Afganistan/Iraq is diverting their attention, or they are broken down and disorginized. Either case is good news and sugggests that the military effort in Afn/Iraq is keeping the global war for survival against the crazy followers of mohomad away from us. Well done Bush and co.

If this is domestic, why do they always bring up Iraq? How about Afganistan? We are still in Bosnia, Korea, Germany and Japan too.

Posted by: Odin at March 7, 2008 01:58 PM

Where is the outrage from the Democratic left who keep on telling us that they are not un-American and that they support the troops?

Posted by: Les at March 7, 2008 04:17 PM

Darth isn't that something. Those that don't want the Patriot Act and FISA get mail. Helllooooo world.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:38 PM

Lynn I agree, they hate all that protects them and they have no other solution. OK no Military then how do they think we will keep peace without force against the enemy of peace. Amazing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:40 PM

patrickdaniel, me too and if they do catch the person that did this, I sure as heck do not want to hear how PC they will treat him/her.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:41 PM

Tom I agree and if they ever do kill someone with their bombs, it better not be putting them away for a gazillion years and not a rapid death penalty.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:44 PM

Odin, I think the reason they hate the war in Iraq is it is led by a Republican President. Some of the anti-war crowd say Afhganistan is ok since that is the only place the anti-war crowd will admist the al-quada are located or something like that, they are all crazy.

Bosnia was with Clinton's term so it is OK with the anti-war bunch. Since it is a Dem President.

These are just the things I have read anyway as far as their motivation.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:49 PM

Les, I think they called in sick at least mentally sick anyway.

"Where is the outrage from the Democratic left..."

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 7, 2008 07:51 PM

I told my German in-laws that we should pull out of Ramstein and SPangdahlem air bases and leave the Bosnia scene as well. $tick it financially to the Europeons! Auf Weidersahn ... "Exit, Stage Left Snagglepuss!" NATO = NO SHOW... This is the thanks we get from Der Fatherland for feeding them during the Berlin Airlift when the Russkies were starving and raping them?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 7, 2008 11:58 PM

Darth that would be ok with me.

What if we brought them all home from every single base in the world. Then see how long it would take for people to complain and want them back. My guess is in many places they would be begging for them to come back. Pleading. heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 8, 2008 12:44 AM