Domestic Terrorism

Report: JCC Bomb Threats Made Using Tech to Hide Identity

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating threats against Jewish community centers and schools early last month but we've heard almost nothing about the investigation or the perpetrators, until now.

Given that the bombs threats have come in waves rather than at random, it appeared to be a coordinated attack and federal investigators also apparently believe so.

The perps, whoever they may be, are coordinating their campaign and using technology to hide their identity.

[Secure Community Network director Paul Goldenberg] said investigators determined that some people calling in threats were using “spoofing,” a tactic where a call appears to come from a friendly or known source when it is in fact coming from somebody else. [...]

He further added that the perpetrator used “voice masking technology.”

In one threat that targeted the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie, Florida, CBS Miami reported that police said someone who sounded like woman with an altered voice called the front office and said a bomb would go off in “ten minutes to three hours.”

Given the sophistication of the attacks, it seems unlikely that they're being carried by unruly teenagers or other adolescents. There have been over 100 threats called into 81 locations nationwide in the first two months of 2017, including 30 threats yesterday alone.

Seeing children evacuated from their schools and day-care facilities because a bomb threat was called in is bad enough, but the next worry is that it may not stop at threats.

The FBI and local police are now investigating a shot fired into a Synagogue in Evansville, Indiana.

The idea that someone fired a round through the window of Evansville's Jewish temple should be unnerving enough, but Rabbi Gary Mazo said the exact location of where the apparent vandal chose to express their hatred makes it worse.

"Someone had to walk into a children's playground, then look into a classroom and then fire some sort of weapon. It was to inflict damage, but I think more importantly, (the person) tried to inflict fear," he said. "We're in this climate now where acts of hate are happening everywhere."

Both the bomb threats and the shot fired into the Evansville temple appear to be aimed at children. The wave of threats delivered yesterday saw small children literally being evacuated in rolling cribs.

A Trump adviser and Trump himself floated the idea that these attacks may be false flags, so I expect them to continue and possibly escalate.

  • Aynwrong

    INDIRECTLY RELATED:

    Yesterday on “Liberal” MSNBC Greta Van Former Fox Employee pointed out that Trump called Nancy Pelosi “incompetent” and that Pelosi called Bannon a “white nationalist” “so there’s name calling on both sides.”

    This is how America elected a bigot to the White House who has White nationalist as his chief advisor which is why these attacks are now taking place. Because of news reporters who so constantly cover up and wash away the most monstrous acts of the Republican party by constantly mumbling out the phrase “both sides.”

    Was she fired for this staggering incompetence? Of course not.

    • muselet

      Broderism is the unofficial religion of our glorious news media.

      –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      THANK YOU! I kept yelling at my TV last night every time she said that. One is an opinion (incompetent) and the other is verifiable based upon a person’s stated beliefs and actions.

  • muselet

    However, a law enforcement official told the New York Times on Tuesday that a single person may be responsible for the threats.

    [link below; Disqus handles links to Twitter oddly]

    https://twitter.com/alanblinder/status/836756881779671042

    It’s possible, I suppose, but unless that lone wolf terrorist is also zooming around the country, damaging Jewish cemeteries and shooting the windows of synagogues, more than one demented bigot is involved in the current wave of anti-Semitism.

    I look forward to hearing the Trump administration’s next attempt to blame anyone but the neo-Nazi Right for these threats and attacks.

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    Let’s call this what it is: terrorism.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I suspect the reasoning is, it’s probably going to turn out to be white Americans behind it. So, y’know, clearly can’t be terrorism.

      • ninjaf

        My bad.