1. LightningBoalt says

    “We’re treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack.”

    That’s such bullshit. If it caused people to change their behavior out of fear, it was necessarily a terrorist attack. When did the word come to be limited to concerted acts of violence by extremists?

  2. Jay Croce says

    Now it appears that this was not quite so amateurish. An ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate – Fuel Oil) device was concealed in the metal box. The same sort of bomb used in OKC, only smaller. But in the confines of NYC’s urban canyon, it might have been extremely efficient.

    If you ask me, the terrorist achieved most of his mission by shutting down Time Square for 12 hours. I’m not saying the response by NYC was inappropriate or inefficient. But the terrorist wins by consuming large amounts of the city’s resources, and disrupting commerce and confidence. On that basis, I would prosecute this terrorist as though he had ‘succeeded’, not just ‘attempted’ in his attack on NYC. In other words, FRY THE STUPID BASTARD!!

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