This news is a couple days old but I could not find any mention of this via the ATS search engine.
About 559 pounds of explosives were stolen from a bunker near Red Lodge.
Now, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office
(CCSO) are asking for the public's help in the case.
In April, someone used forced entry to get into an explosives storage facility owned and operated by the U. S. Forest Service, according to a press
release from the ATF.
The storage facility is located about two miles south of Red Lodge.
Various emulsion-type explosives, explosive cast boosters and detonating cord were stolen.
Sample photographs of the items that were stolen are shown above.
"The theft of explosives is a top investigative priority for ATF. We are asking for the public's help in our effort to apprehend and convict those
responsible. We are confident that someone can help identify a suspect and we encourage them to call us," ATF spokesman Ken Bray said.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of the explosives and to the arrest and
conviction of those responsible for the theft.
As soon as I read this article a few questions came to mind.
1. Who stole these explosives?
2. What are their intentions?
3. How does a person/people manage to steal 559 pounds of explosives without being caught?
There are plenty of other questions that come to mind but those were the main ones for me.
Many citizens of theUnited States are still recovering/living in fear due to the Boston incident regardless of their opinions of what really happened
that day. Now, 559 pounds of explosives and equipment to help detonate these explosives have gone missing.
There are many possibilities as to why these items may have been stolen such as to be sold on the black market, for personal use such as on a
construction site, and unfortunately these could have been stolen by someone with a more sinister agenda such as a terrorist plot.
That being said, I find it almost impossible for such a large amount of explosives to go missing unless the thief/thieves had inside help. I am not
saying that it's impossible to steal these items without inside help, but very unlikely in my opinion.
If these explosives were stolen for use in a terrorist plot it leads me to wonder what would their target be? If there is a plot I would imagine that
it may be used on local infrastructure such as oil pipelines, nuclear reactors, dams...etc...
I performed a quick search and could not find any nuclear reactors in Montana, there are oil pipelines, and plenty of dams and resevoirs.
But there is always the possibility that if these were stolen for a sinister purpose that the items could easily be transferred to another area to be
used on different targets.
Am I the only one to think that a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is a bit low?
I would figure that they would be willing to offer more money to track down these missing items, but hey, logic isn't always present, especially when
it comes to the organizations involved in the "search" for these items.
The "conspiracy nut" in me wonders if there are any drills planned in Montana or surrounding areas in the near future...most of you will know what I
am implying with this hypothetical observation
Hopefully they find the culprits and reclaim these items, but until then people should keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
5/3/2013 by Corruption Exposed because: title