The Nashville Explosion's NSA Connection

What Was The Purpose Of The Attack, And Who Perpetrated It?

The Christmas day explosion in downtown Nashville, quickly flagged as "intentional" by the FBI, was unusual for several reasons.

  • Nearby residents were awakened at approximately 4:30 am by the sound of gunshots. When the sound repeated at 5:30 am, police were called. Police who investigated found no obvious source for the sound, except for a mysterious RV, playing a recorded message warning of an impending explosion.
  • Police worked quickly to evacuate the area, so when an explosion did indeed happen at 6:30 am, no lives were lost.
  • The RV was reportedly parked at 166 Second Avenue North, causing extensive damage to the AT&T building directly across the street.
  • Causing much confusion among the press and general public, there are THREE AT&T buildings nearby. The 33-story building two blocks away is widely referred to as "the AT&T building," but the smaller building at the epicenter of the blast is ALSO an AT&T building, while the building next door is identified as BellSouth - a company owned by AT&T.
  • This damage caused AT&T service to be interrupted, not just in Nashville, but throughout Southern Tennessee and Northern Georgia.

Explosions in populated areas usually serve one of three purposes.

  1. Demolition of undesirable property.
  2. Terrorism.
  3. War.

While the immediate temptation is to blame terrorism, the fact that a recorded warning punctuated by real or recorded gunshots (a surefire way to get attention) gave authorities ample time to evacuate the area makes this particular event incompatible with the modus operandi of terrorists. Indeed, of the three purposes, only one is typically associated with concern for collateral damage: demolition. While acts of war and terrorism seek to maximize loss of life, demolition is intended to destroy structures, while minimizing risk to people.

Therefore, as odd as it may seem, logic suggests that the explosion in Nashville was not an "attack" of any kind; it was an intentional demolition. The question is: a demolition of what, and why?

Telecommunications infrastructure is a soft target for any number of reasons, but AT&T in particular is significant because of it's links to the National Security Agency. The NSA has been spearheading the government's mass surveillance programs since the mid-1980s, and, according to whistelblower Edward Snowden, numerous AT&T buildings function in the service of these programs. Other whistleblowers revealed that AT&T was even freelancing, conducting mass surveillance and then selling the data, ostensibly (but not verifiably) only to government agencies.

As shown in this map published by The Intercept, AT&T's facilities are closely linked, with data constantly streaming from region to region.

This interconnectivity explains why damage in Nashville would affect service in Atlanta. The real question is: who would benefit from this attack?

At this point, there are two highly plausible explanations:

  1. A private individual, wishing to make an aggressive statement in opposition to mass surveillance, but only after taking every reasonable precaution to avoid loss of innocent life. This is the official theory being pursued by the FBI, which promptly homed in on Anthony Warner, an IT professional accused of harboring "anti-5G paranoia" and carrying out the bombing as a suicide mission.
  2. A covert operation carried out by some group within the public sector, either to destroy evidence housed at one of the affected buildings, or to interrupt telecommunications for some other purpose (perhaps related to the ongoing election fraud conflict).

Private individuals do occasionally carry out attacks on infrastructure (such as when Joseph Stack flew his plane into the Austin IRS building), but with surveillance largely out of the forefront of most contemporary debate, the scale and sophistication of this attack suggests that it is likely not the work of a modern-day Guy Fawkes. To put it bluntly, it is difficult to imagine that someone with the means, motivation and opportunity to cause a major explosion in an urban area would choose to target an obscure telecom building. Additionally, using "5G paranoia" as a motive for a suicide bombing by a tech-savvy individual raises several immediate questions.

  • Why were allegations of 5G paranoia released immediately upon identifying Anthony Quinn Warner as the suspect, in the absence of any evidence? The only witness interviewed on the subject suggested nothing of the sort.
  • Why would a technologically sophisticated person capable of planning, building, and detonating a major explosive device do so as a suicide bombing, rather than by using a remote trigger?
  • Why did eyewitnesses report that the sound of gunshots appeared to be inside their building, rather than in the street?

While it is not inconceivable that a 62-year-old IT worker would build a bomb into an RV, park it on the street, wander through the hallways of a nearby building firing warning shots, and then climb into the RV to detonate a bomb in protest of AT&T's 5G policies, and that the FBI would deduce this within hours, openly discussing it with the press, it seems highly unlikely. It seems much more likely that this particular building was targeted for reasons unknown by a group with some level of official sanction, which used the absurd 5G paranoia allegation as a cover story.

Key Points

  • The attempt to minimize casualties suggests that this explosion was not an attack, it was a demolition.
  • The nearby AT&T buildings were damaged so severely that phone service was interrupted as far away as Atlanta.
  • Logic and logistics suggest that this was a government-sanctioned operation.

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