IED’s In Austin

Somebody down in Texas is exercising their bomb making skills.
The fourth home made bomb in a month went off when two guys riding bikes hit a trip wire.
That shit is getting serious.
The first three were package bombs that went off when unsuspecting people found them on their doorstep and opened them up.
Now we are talking Sandbox techniques in a major American city.

Austin was on edge early Monday as an explosion injured two people and left police wondering whether the blast was related to three others that have already gripped the Texas capital in fear.

The latest blast occurred Sunday night in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin at around 8:30 p.m. Investigators didn’t immediately confirm what caused it.

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said the explosion may have been detonated by a trip wire, adding the blast was “activated by someone either handling, kicking or coming into contact with a trip wire that activated the device.

My bold.

You wouldn’t know that if you only read the headline to the story,

Austin on edge after explosion leaves 2 injured; cause of blast unclear

It goes on to say that the police think the four blasts are related and vow to catch the perpetrator.

That might not be as hard as you think. Read this little blurb and see why,


To find suspects, police quietly turn to Google

Were you near the Raleigh fire? Detectives may already know.


Posted 5:05 a.m., March 15, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. — In the many months since Adrian Pugh was shot and killed at his home on Saint Albans Drive, Raleigh police had managed to piece together a few important details of his final moments.

In the early morning hours of June 1, 2015, witnesses heard Pugh in an argument. They heard multiple gunshots. And they saw a figure illuminate the ground with a cell phone flashlight before fleeing the scene as the sun rose over north Raleigh.

A year and a half later across town, a taxi driver named Nwabu Efobi was gunned down in front of the Universal Cab Company. Security camera video caught Efobi in some kind of confrontation with the shooter before the unknown man opened fire. The day before, cameras caught the same guy several times walking around the building with what appeared to be a cell phone at his ear.

Raleigh police say the cases are unrelated. But in March 2017, months after investigations began into both shootings, separate detectives on each case, one day apart, employed an innovative strategy in criminal investigations.

On a satellite image, they drew shapes around the crime scenes, marking the coordinates on the map. Then they convinced a Wake County judge they had enough probable cause to order Google to hand over account identifiers on every single cell phone that crossed the digital cordon during certain times.

In at least four investigations last year – cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 – Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records. These warrants often prevent the technology giant for months from disclosing information about the searches not just to potential suspects, but to any users swept up in the search.

You can bet your ass the cops in Austin are going to do exactly the same thing.


If that doesn’t raise the hair on the back of your neck, you are too stupid to be left alone without adult supervision.



8 thoughts on “IED’s In Austin

  1. The stupid ones deserve to be caught. I have no problem with them sweeping a small area like this, just as if they were frisking anyone within reach in a crime scene. The problem, as Verner Vinge put it, is ubiquitous law enforcement and surveillance, which is the last gasp of a failing civilization. And that seems to be where we’re heading.


    • Google ‘Wide Area Surveillance System’. It seems that we’re screwed.
      There was an episode of the old Outer Limits TV series entitled, “O.B.I.T.” It scared the hell out of me when I first saw it way back when. It scares me even more now, knowing that a very similar technology actually exists.


  2. Interestingly, Austin is a huge Liberal bastion surrounded by a mostly Red State. This may be used by the Democrat/Liberal MSM to put out the meme: “Militant Conservative Deplorables declare war on the only center of peace in the Longhorn State. It’s suspected former Iraq/Afghanistan veterans familiar with explosive are involved.”

    By the way have the authorities checked that Bill Ayers still in Chicago?


  3. I see no issue with this. Your phone broadcasts its presence. Just as if you were walking down the street without covering your face with sunglasses and the cops used video cameras of businesses to check who was there.
    What this tells us is that we all need burner phones of we are gonna do anything that might interest the Po-Po. And that those burner phones need to be handled with a great deal of care for Opsec. Like never have the burner within 5 miles of your home or work, and NEVER have your “regular” phone with you when you have your burner phone. And you need to *not* frequent the place where you store your burn phone.

    Never let that burn phone be tied to you…. pay cash for the phone and the minutes.
    Speedtalk Wireless has a $100 a YEAR plan for a hundred bucks.

    Or, if doing things that you want to be kept confidential, simply don’t carry a phone.

    Just sayin.

    P.S. A bit of studyin’ make for a lot of plans for triggers like you described. And makin’ the rest isn’t hard, really.

    Don’t do anything that will get you put in the clink, however.


  4. PS. You can’t take out the battery from most later-model cell phones, and turning off the phone does NOT truly, completely, turn off the phone, if ‘ya know what I mean.


    • This is true. SOme phones actually turn off, others simply Go To Sleep.

      Again: Never have a burn phone near your house or your regular phone. If you can’t take the battery out then it ain’t off.

      And those Faraday cages (or the bags) don’t work that well. I’ve tried ’em. To see what I mean, put one in the bag and then call it. if it rings, yer not protected.


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