seems the governor doesn't agree:
New York Governor David Paterson on Sunday released the following statement on the failed car bombing in Times Square, calling it an ‘act of terrorism.’
“Tonight, we owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the heroic actions of the New York City Police Department and to a single vigilant New Yorker who identified a suspicious vehicle near Times Square in New York City. Luckily, no one is hurt, and now the full attention of city, State and federal law enforcement will be turned to bringing the guilty party to justice in this act of terrorism.”
So, Patterson just being more honest and less PC than DHS, or thinking more clearly?
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the car contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. A black metal box resembling a gun locker was also recovered.
Now I'm wondering what was in the metal box. So either a bad design, a flawed design or something slipped out of place is what prevented a big boom and/or a big damn fireball and a bunch of dead people(maybe they studied at the Bill Ayers School of Terrorist Bombings?). Sooner or later one of these bastards is going to do it right, and it'll be bad.
“We avoided what could have been a very deadly event,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference near the scene of the incident. He described the bomb as being ‘amateurish.’
I'm sure Nanny Bloomberg thinks he's an expert on bomb design; but I think I'd rather hear an actual expert opinion on the construction; for all we know a slipped connection or faulty detonator is all that prevented a big, messy pile of bodies.
And the bastards only have to succeed once to cause all the problems they want.
Added: found this at Hot Air, which links to this pdf file of a NYPD report on the London bombings; note this on page 5 of the pdf:
• The first device was initially described as “potentially viable” and “relatively crude,” but both devices were later considered by police to be “viable” and “clearly linked”
• Such devices, though unlikely to cause significant structural damage, were still designed to inflict mass casualties
Added: from the Telegraph, The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company's controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.