Associated Press, 17 April 2013
Here’s a look at some of the most recent container bombs:
February 2013: A bomb hidden in a pressure cooker explodes inside a restaurant in northern Afghanistan, killing five people.
October 2012: French police find bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near Paris as part of a probe into an attack on a kosher grocery. The discovery includes bags of potassium nitrate, sulfur, headlight bulbs and a container used as a make-shift pressure cooker.
May 2012: U.S. jurors hear that explosives experts had found a pressure cooker containing smokeless gunpowder and other material in the Texas motel room of a soldier accused of planning to blow up Fort Hood military troops and other personnel.
May 2010: One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, according to a joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence report issued in July 2010.
March 2010: Suspected militants attack the U.S.-based Christian aid group World Vision in northwestern Pakistan, killing six Pakistani employees. Officials say the attackers remotely detonated a pressure cooker bomb.
March 2006: A series of bombings kill 20 people in India. One bomb – at a temple in the northern city of Varanasi where five people died – was placed in a pressure cooker and detonated by a timing device.
December 2004: Ten accused Islamic militants are convicted for their roles in a plot to blow up a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on New Year’s Eve 2000. Authorities say the group had planned to blow up containers packed with explosives, a technique they allegedly learned in Afghan camps.
August 2002: Explosives packed in a pressure cooker shake a shopping mall in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. Shops are damaged but there are no casualties.
Phi Beta Iota: Speculation is natural in the absence of proper information. For example, by now, we would have expected an exact plot of where everyone was when the two alleged bombs went off, and the complete names of all of the allegedly injured, as well as photographs of EACH amputation and EACH collection of shrapnel removed from each person. Pressure cooker bombs simply do not kill, maim, and wound in the numbers claimed unless they are packed with flechetes and carefully placed underneath a viewing stand where they could wreak havoc with the exposed legs of the individuals nearest the bomb. At this point in time there is a transparency, truth, and trust gap. A wise government desiring to augment its legitimacy in these troubling times would be posting a master graphic with constant updates, and would not be beefing the injured list with actors hired for the original drill. Every name will be verified. Now is not the time to be feeding the public lies and half-truths. Absent evidence to the contrary, this has all the appearances of a TSA drama with actors, faked injuries, and a huge budget plus up on the horizon demanding that TSA “control” all public events. Sad as it may be, this kind of criminal insanity has been common within the US Government these past 50 years. The two clowns in the photo look like Reserve bums on the TSA payroll, listening to the exercise boss through their ill-fitting earpieces.