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Sun Nov 22, 2015, 01:29 PM

Question about bomb threats

Can anyone recall a situation in which someone made a telephone call stating that a bomb was at a location, and a bomb was actually detonated or found there?

This business of "the building was evacuated because a bomb threat was phoned in" seems like an open invitation to cause disruptions at very low cost.

Who goes through the trouble of constructing and planting a bomb, and then makes a telephone call to conveniently state where it is?

Clearly suicide bombers don't do it, and vehicular bombs arrive shortly before detonation.

So I'm wondering why these types of telephone threats are given any credence, unless there are some number of reported bombs which turn out to be bombs.

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jberryhill Nov 2015 OP
onecaliberal Nov 2015 #1
47of74 Nov 2015 #2
Rex Nov 2015 #3
Lee-Lee Nov 2015 #4
PETRUS Nov 2015 #5
COLGATE4 Nov 2015 #6
jberryhill Nov 2015 #7
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 2015 #8
Heeeeers Johnny Nov 2015 #9
ryan_cats Nov 2015 #10
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2015 #11

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 01:43 PM

1. Agreed. But for insurance purposes alone, it would be considered negligent

To date nothing or essentially ignore a bomb threat. Someone who wants to plant a bomb and kill people will not call it in or warn anyone.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 01:47 PM

2. I remember when I worked at a big box retailer...

...dealing with such calls was part of the training everyone received - such as cutting all power to the store, shutting the registers, and so on.

I think it's more a case of better safe than sorry. You don't want to ignore something that could hurt someone then be that one time where it's true - it'd be lawsuit city then.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 01:50 PM

3. Please...they do it all the time

 

on the TVEE! So it must be true in real life right? They can't put anything on TVEE that is not true. I read that on the Internets.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 01:56 PM

4. Yes, it happens.

 

This is the most recent example I can find:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/bomb-left-in-belfast-could-have-caused-carnage-psni-warns-1.2198320

It seems counter intuitive for a bomber to give a warning, but there are several reasons a warning may be given. The bomber could have second thoughts after placing a bomb and not want to return, or it could be that multiple parties are involved and one isn't fully on board to they give a warning.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 02:23 PM

5. How often is the general public told one way or the other?

Years ago there was a bomb threat phoned in for a flight I was about to take. They towed the plane to a distant runway, spread the luggage out on the tarmac and ferried us out there one by one and had us unpack our bags in the presence of several heavily armed men with dogs. Another team with dogs searched the plane. When that was done they loaded us up and we flew. There was never an announcement about whether or not a bomb was found and I never heard/read any news about it later in spite of going out of my way to search for information.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 02:31 PM

6. I seem to recall that something along these lines

happened in Northern Ireland with the I.R.A., although my memory about this may be faulty. Certainly your observation about the pointlessness of doing this makes a lot of sense.

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 06:33 PM

7. The IRA I could understand

Someone mentioned an example of that above.

If there was one, I figured it would be the IRA or perhaps a South American rebel group targeting military or police in particular, rather than a mass terror attack for the terror value per se.

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 06:40 PM

8. The first thing that came to my mind was also the IRA.

And some left wing radicals here in the 60s and 70s.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 06:45 PM

9. One instance comes to mind

Took place at an abortion clinic; person called about a bomb inside the building, people evacuated and
police/fire were called, bomb was actually outside the building when detonated.

IIRC, the method was borrowed from the IRA (if you can't get the bomb to the people... get the people to the bomb).

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 07:03 PM

10. Well...

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 07:22 PM

11. You're right. They should be ignored.

 

I'm thinking the information taken in the phone call shouldn't even be written down. Maybe even hang up on the caller when a possible bombing is mentioned.

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