Colorado Springs (image Destination Denver)
On 6th January 2015 Reuters reported that a “homemade bomb exploded outside the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP civil rights group on Tuesday”. Fortunately, Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Denver informed the media that although a gasoline can had been placed near the device it failed to ignite so no one was hurt and there was only minor damage to nearby buildings.
So could this incident be described as an attempted terrorist attack? Was there any indication as to who had carried out this act of aggression?
The Los Angeles Times stated that,
“FBI Denver and the Colorado Springs Police Department are on the scene. A man aged about 40 is a person of interest in the investigation. He may be driving a 2000 or older-model dirty white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark-colored bed liner, an open tailgate and a missing or covered license plate.”
So what might have happened had this incident taken place in Pakistan or Yemen? It would probably have triggered an alert, been picked up by US intelligence agencies, labelled as a likely “terrorist attack” made into a file or added to existing files on other such incidents.
In addition, something else might have come into place, intelligence could have led to adding the “suspected” person, an “alleged insurgent” to a drone target list at some point. Keeping in mind that a person does not have to be charged or tried in court and found guilty to be on the receiving end of a drone missile… only “suspected”.
If this is such a good and accurate system, one has to surely question why it is NEVER used on US home soil. What about this person of interest, “suspected terrorist” as described by the FBI and police… if this was Pakistan and there was an established lead wouldn’t this man and whoever was in his truck be under surveillance by a drone operator by now with a view to a future missile strike?
What would happen if it was decided action should be taken? This vehicle could be targeted on a highway in Colorado Springs. Imagine this scenario, the suspected person, the driver is giving a neighbour a lift to her place of work. Just as the drone missile is launched two children that had been been playing in a nearby field run through a gate by the side of the road just as the vehicle passes. One man (the target), a woman and one of the children are incinerated, blown apart whilst the other child is decapitated. Scenarios like this are common place in other parts of the world.
Surely if drone strikes are good enough for “alleged insurgents” and locals on Pakistan and Yemen soil… they are good enough for a “suspected terrorist” and the US citizens of Colorado Springs?
“Bomb explodes outside NAACP building in Colorado Springs”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/WOT/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.