Hell on Wheels

In the movies, car bombs have been a reliable method for Sicilian Mafia bosses to deal with troublesome prosecutors. According to some sources, the first car bombing in history may have taken place way back in 1905, when anarchists tried to assassinate the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Some people have forgotten that 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

In February 1993, radical followers of the blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman nearly succeeded in bringing down the towers with a truck bomb. After loading a rental van with 1,500 pounds of explosives, the bombers parked on Level B-2 of the underground garage beneath the North Tower. Then they lit the fuse and ran.

The explosion was supposed to weaken the foundation of the North Tower, causing the entire structure to topple into the South Tower. The attackers prayed the two buildings would fall over like dominoes.

The blast did rip open a gaping hole that was seven stories tall, but the buildings remained standing. Six people died in the attack.

For years after the first WTC attack, counter-terrorism experts assumed that the most likely threat from Islamic terrorists would come from VBIEDs ("Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices"). Car bombs, in other words. This belief was reinforced in August 1998, when almost 300 people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

In fact, following the September 2001 attacks on the WTC and Pentagon, one of the most visible security measures in Washington D.C. was the permanent blockade of street traffic around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House did not decide to inconvenience commuters just to create a scenic promenade for tourists. While the 2001 attacks came by air, security experts predicted the most devastating threats would come on wheels.

For more than one hundred years, car bombs have been a favorite tactic of terrorist organizations across the globe from the Jemaah Islamiyah in Bali to the Irish Republican Army in Belfast. Car bombs have been especially popular in the Middle East for decades, where hardcore militants like Hezbollah spread fear by detonating literally thousands of vehicles.

Unlike a suicide attack, a car bomb does not require some sick freak who desperately wants to become a martyr.

A Dodge Durango can carry a lot more punch than one guy wearing an explosive fanny pack. Certainly, there are tragic examples of suicide attacks like the Beirut truck bombing that killed 241 U.S. military personnel in October 1983. However, you do not really need a brainwashed zealot who is willing to self-destruct behind the wheel of a human-guided missile. You just need any useful idiot who can turn an ignition key and feed quarters into a meter. All it takes is opposable thumbs and a bad attitude. Parallel parking skills are a plus.

To make matters worse, a car bomb does not even require close proximity to the scene of the crime. After driving the bomb to the target, the actual explosion can be triggered hours later by a cell phone.

Islamic terrorists are not the only enemy we need to watch though. Today, there are frightening signs that car bombs are becoming all the rage with drug cartels south of the border. The notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar routinely used car bombs to protect his turf during the 1980s. This tactic is now being adopted by narco-terrorist gangs in their escalating war against the Mexican government.

In July, a car bomb killed three people in Ciudad Juarez, right across the border from El Paso, Texas. The bombers did not simply blow up a Ford Focus either. First they dressed a wounded man in a police uniform and left him bleeding on the street. After calling the real police, the attackers waited for the first responders to arrive. A massive fireball erupted as rescuers approached the scene. The dead included a doctor who was trying to save the wounded man. The blast zone was within walking distance from the center of El Paso.

In August, the drug gangs exploded another car in front of a police station in Ciudad Victoria. A third bomb was discovered one week later on a bridge that connects Ciudad Juarez to El Paso. Thankfully, that one was defused before it could explode.

If the wild drug-fueled violence continues to intensify along the border, American casualties will be inevitable. Every single day, more than 55,000 vehicles cross the border at the busiest point of entry in San Ysidro. For the drug lords to be successful, only one of those cars needs to be hiding a bomb.

Whether the primary threat is Islamic extremists or Mexican para-military thugs, it is only matter of time before we are attacked again. Car bombs are nearly impossible to prevent. There are more than 251,000,000 registered passenger vehicles in the United States, driving on more than 4,000,000 miles of roads and streets. The police cannot pull over everybody who looks like they may be a terrorist or a drug-dealer.

Not even in Arizona.

Of course, the worst vehicle bombing on American soil was perpetrated by a U.S. citizen. In April 1995, the pasty-faced psychopath Timothy McVeigh parked a box truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The truck was loaded with a 4,800-pound bomb made of fertilizer and diesel fuel. 168 innocent people died in the explosion, including 19 children in the building's day care center.

We narrowly escaped a similar tragedy a few months ago, when another U.S. citizen – Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad – tried to blow up Times Square in New York City. Shahzad rigged together a crude device out of propane tanks and firecrackers. He hid the home-made bomb in the back of a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that he bought off Craigslist.

A few steps away from Broadway on a busy Saturday evening, Shahzad left his engine running with the hazard lights blinking. The vehicle caught fire, but never exploded.

If Shahzad truly knew what he was doing, experts have confirmed the death toll would have been worse than Oklahoma City.

Relying on the incompetence of your enemies is not a long-term strategy for survival. We have been lucky so far. One day, our best line of defense may come down to guessing whether to snip the green wire or the blue wire. Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Flipping a coin is not an effective countermeasure.

Shahzad was apparently a freelance jihadist on a solo mission. A grave threat would be posed by a well-trained team of "professional" terrorists. With a minimal amount of planning, a small terrorist cell easily could have coordinated a series of bombs with horrific consequences. If they had parked multiple car bombs on nearby access roads and staggered the detonations a few minutes after the initial explosion, the casualties may have included countless police, firefighters, and other first responders.

Instead of a rusty SUV parked on West 45th Street, consider a fleet of yellow taxis hidden in plain sight during rush hour. In the near future, we may learn how many taxis can spontaneously combust into thin air before an entire metropolitan area becomes paralyzed with fear. There are roughly 13,000 licensed cabs in New York City alone. We have no clue how many are currently being driven by radical extremists.

More than a few, perhaps.

Then again, a taxi can hold only so much bang for your buck. Counter-terrorism experts are much more concerned about the prospect of what they refer to as an LVB ("Large Vehicle Bomb"). One possible example would be a stolen fire truck or ambulance packed with up to 4,000 pounds of explosives. Anybody within a 300-foot radius of the blast would be killed instantly.

Imagine one of those parked next to an elementary school. Outside a shopping mall. On the Golden Gate Bridge. Inside the Lincoln Tunnel.


 



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Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a transgender activist called for a "Supreme Court Assassination Challenge" on Twitter, according to screenshots captured of the now-deleted tweet.

Activist Eli Erlick, a founding member of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) and creator of the controversial "gender identity" teaching tool for children called the "Gender Unicorn," tweeted and later deleted the disturbing remark on Friday, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also caught a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted.

"The unhinged radical left is calling for the assassination of our Supreme Court Justices. That's not the way to disagree with a decision in America. It is unacceptable, and Biden’s DOJ must immediately act," Blackburn responded on Twitter.

Erlich then tried to play off her call to assassinate Supreme Court justices as a hilarious joke only Gen Z and Millennials would understand, apparently not understanding the seriousness of the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just three weeks ago.

Erlick isn't the only Left-winger to make incendiary calls since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Here are just a few examples:

  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on people to “defy" the Supreme Court.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for people to get “into the streets” alongside radical communist leader who wants to 'overthrow' the American system.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) yelled "F*** Clarence Thomas" on a public stage for all to see and hear.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied to Congress.
  • And of course, "TheView" host Whoopi Goldberg issued a disgusting racist threat toward Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program, BlazeTV hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere took a look at these and other stunning examples of leftist lunacy over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...

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GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.