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Instant Mail Bomb Theory: 'False Flag Tactics'

Some on the right think this is a ploy by some on the left
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2018 1:32 PM CDT
This image shows a package addressed to former CIA head John Brennan and an explosive device that was sent to CNN's New York office.   (ABC News via AP)

(Newser) – Rep. Maxine Waters was the intended recipient of not one but two mail bombs, but she tells Blavity that she won't be intimidated. "We have to keep to doing what we're doing in order to make this country right," she says. "That's what I intend to do, and as the young people said, 'I ain't scared.'" Waters also accused President Trump of "dog-whistling to his constituency" and contributing to the current political climate. (Waters previously earned the enmity of Trump supporters by advocating for Cabinet members to be harassed in public.)

  • Keeping track: Politico rounds up all those targeted so far, from George Soros to Joe Biden. Waters and Biden had two devices sent their way, and the AP counts 10 devices in all. Most devices were sent through the mail, though some were hand-delivered, reports the New York Times.
  • False flags: As soon as the story began breaking, a conspiracy theory began circulating on the right that the perpetrator was actually someone on the left, trying to make the right look bad. "These smell like the false flag tactics of unhinged leftists who know they’re losing," wrote media personality John Cardillo, per the Washington Post. Rush Limbaugh also said a Democratic operative was more likely, because "Republicans just don't do this kind of thing." The Post story digs into the phenomenon of false-flag theories.

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