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Author: Raine    Date: 10/29/2018 13:18:38

Good morning. I have a very particular subject in mind today for the blog. Having said that, I found that while researching it last night and more this morning, it is going to take a few more days to put it all together. It's about the 'rebel' flag and I hope to have it together by Wednesday.

For now, all I can say with clarity is that I am heartbroken with the events of last week and the murder of 11 people on Saturday. Last week, I mentioned that the mail bombs reminded me of the DC Snipers back in 2001. This morning WTOP has an exclusive interview with the man who was the Montgomery County, MD police chief at the time, Charles Moose. He's not as optimistic, but rather, realistic.

The victims of the Beltway Snipers were innocent strangers to Muhammad and Malvo — some were killed while pumping gas, mowing a lawn, and shopping.

Moose said the targets of the recent bomb mailings likely didn’t feel the same fear of the unknown that the victims in the sniper shootings felt.

“I’m not sure how much of an impact it had on someone like President Obama, who in the last 10 years had all kind of threats on his life and has become accustomed to living in that kind of bubble,” said Moose. “I think, more importantly, it showed to the general public the real message that nobody’s really safe.”

Moose said targeted crimes — including the 2015 murder of 9 African-Americans churchgoers by Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina, and this weekend’s murder of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, allegedly by Robert Bowers — robs all of society.

“The devastating part of this type of activity is it just takes away your sense of safety,” said Moose. “You can’t even be safe in a place of worship.”

Without mentioning him by name, Moose was critical of President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Pittsburgh slaughter.

“It’s really sad when you get a leader saying in some ways it’s the victim’s fault, because if you were to have armed security, this wouldn’t have happened,” said Moose. “It’s just a ludicrous thing to say.”
I thank God none of these explosive devices were detonated. Far too many of them were in areas where there could have been mass casualties.

While the focus should be on the attempted assassination of political leaders, I was scared last week for others, including my partner, Bob. He works close to the Capitol Building, There is a post office near or in Union Station. Mail sorting facilities employee hundreds of workers and these devices were processed there. For those who lived through the Sniper situation, this was a triggering situation.

May their memory be a blessing.



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