Former bomb disposal officer on CNN ‘bomb’: ‘That thing is just silly looking’

As we and others reported on Wednesday, a number of prominent liberals received what has been described as suspicious packages with potential explosive devices.  Naturally, leftists and their media allies instantly blamed Trump and his supporters without any evidence.  Others, like Rush Limbaugh, wondered if the packages are part of a “false flag” by desperate Democrats.

One of the packages was delivered by courier to CNN.  As Twitchy reported, Navy veteran and former bomb disposal officer Tom Sauer posted a thread on Twitter in which he dismissed the “device” as “silly looking.”

“A few observations from a former bomb disposal officer (i.e. Me),” he began.

“1. Proper pipe bombs don’t have wires connected to both ends. That’s dumb.

“2. You can find timers / remote control receivers WAY smaller than whatever that white box is. A proper timer would best be stored inside the pipe, making it fully encapsulated. That thing is just silly looking.

“4. ‘Hoax Devices’ are FAR more common than real ones. In which case, we should ask ourselves what the motives of the ‘bomber’ are and ‘who benefits?’

“3. Bottom Line: Whoever made that wanted it to be painfully obvious to anyone and everyone that it’s a ‘bomb.’ This is nearly the same as a bundle of road flares wrapped together with an old-timey alarm clock ticking away.”

In other words, Twitchy said, “we’re not dealing with an explosives expert here.”

One person claimed to be a retired mail carrier and told Sauer that such packages would have never made it to their intended targets thanks to training received by postal service employees.


Others noted:


This is essentially the argument Limbaugh made on Wednesday.  These “devices” weren’t intended to injure anyone — they were designed to be discovered.

Some said the “timer” used on the package delivered to CNN wasn’t a timer at all, but a simple LCD clock:


Then there was this argument:



More and more, it appears this incident may very well be something designed to sow discord and perhaps garner sympathy for Democrats.

October surprise?  Or October hoax?  You decide.


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