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Surveillance & Bomb Threats: One Perspective

Posted By Director On April 17, 2006 @ 4:20 am In Suspicious Incidents | Comments Disabled

17 April 2006: On Easter Sunday, the Wal Mart store located on Transit Road in suburban Buffalo, New York received a bomb threat. Numerous first responders including the police, bomb squad experts and federal authorities responded and spent at least two hours searching the location for an explosive. When no bomb or explosive device was found, authorities permitted shoppers and employees back into the store (shortly before 4:00 p.m. ET) and returned to quarters.

Wal Mart-Transit Road on Easter Sunday as search for bomb concluded. To anyone paying attention, there are a few things that should be addressed about this specific incident and about these events in general and nationally.

With the help of an astute public, helpful law enforcement officers and others, the Northeast Intelligence Network has been documenting various incidents of surveillance and other noteworthy occurrences that have taken place across the U.S. in the days, weeks and months following 9/11. Perhaps a pattern is developing that warrants our attention and could address incidents taking place across our nation like that described above.

Having a higher than average number of such occurrences of “suspicious” incidents are those taking place in the greater Buffalo, New York area; a diverse city with a large Muslim population and a large Islamic Center. It is busy border city with Canada, and a port city that has seen the origins of the “Lackawanna Six,” a reference to six Islamic men of Yemeni origin who were among the first inside the U.S. to be arrested and convicted for their role supporting terrorism subsequent to the attacks on the U.S. The greater Buffalo, NY area has also been the victim of numerous incidents of bomb threats called into large businesses, suspicious packages left at various populated areas, and continuing “surveillance” of those same areas by suspicious individuals – many described by witnesses as individuals appearing to be of Middle Eastern origin. In most cases, the major media rarely report these incidents. In most cases, individuals and even some first responders walk away from these false alarms, relieved on one hand that the incident proved to be a false alarm, but concerned on the other that these incidents have been taking place with such frequency.

It is noteworthy that the Wal Mart store referenced above is located in a very busy retail corridor that has documented it’s share of photographic and videotape “surveillance” conducted by individuals appearing to be Middle Eastern. None of these incidents appeared to make much sense until a theory was introduced by an astute law enforcement officer known as “T.J.” Surveillance, it seemed, was not only meant to include the specific “target” location but to law enforcement personnel and their response as well. Together with WBEN AM-930 Buffalo, NY talk show host Tom Bauerle [1], the Northeast Intelligence Network has labeled this activity as “T.J.’s Theorem.” Surveillance is also expanded to observe the response by law enforcement, identify the responding personnel, document the equipment and assets used, and locate their point of origin so at a future time in real case scenario, their efforts could be adversely affected, possibly exacerbating the damage of the initial incident by neutralizing the effectiveness of their response or by other means. That places such incidents in perspective and should be a cause for concern among first responders.

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