Friday, January 21, 2011

Domestic Terrorism: Bomb found in Spokane

Source: ABC news and KXLY Spokane, WA

A bomb found in Spokane, Washington was packed with some form of shrapnel and had a remote detonator attached. "This is meant to maim and kill when you do that with a device," said Al Odenthal who headed up Spokane's bomb squad for most of the 1990's.

Odenthal believes the placement of the bomb, on a bench facing the Martin Luther King Unity Parade route, was no mistake. "The steel bench and the brick wall will channel some of that almost like bouncing a basketball against a wall," Odenthal said of the energy from a potential blast. He also questioned whether this is an isolated incident.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read and watch more at KXLY Spokane, WA.
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Liberal Group: Investigate Scalia and Thomas Over Citizens United Conflicts of Interest

Source: CBS News

Liberal nonprofit Common Cause is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in relation to the Citzens United Supreme Court case, arguing that their decision in the case raised "serious questions about the impartiality of" both justices.

"It appears both justices have participated in political strategy sessions, perhaps while the case was pending, with corporate leaders whose political aims were advanced by the decision," writes Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar in a petition to the Justice Department filed this week.

The groups cited as evidence the apparent appearances of Thomas and Scalia at past political retreats sponsored by energy and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries. (The New York Times reported last year that the latest invitation to the event advertises Scalia and Thomas as previous guests at the retreats.)

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