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Over a year before Nashville bombing, bomber’s girlfriend told police he ‘was building bombs in the RV trailer’

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The girlfriend of Anthony Warner, the man who detonated the devastating bomb Christmas morning in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, told police over a year ago that he “was building bombs in the RV trailer,” new documents obtained by The Tennessean reveal.

Despite this new information, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had stated that he wasn’t on their “radar” before the bombing that killed him and injured three other people.

No motivation behind the bombing has been determined yet. The bombing, which exploded outside an AT&T switching facility, blew up a city block and left 41 buildings damaged. The FBI has been investigating whether conspiracies surrounding 5G cellular networks were involved.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) on Tuesday published an incident report and synopsis dating back to August 21, 2019 showing the department asked the FBI to perform a background check of Warner after a woman named Pamela Perry who claimed to be his girlfriend alerted police that Warner “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence.”

Police first got in touch with Perry when her attorney, Raymond Throckmorton III, phoned them that day detailing worries about suicidal threats she was allegedly making while she sat outside her home with firearms, the Associated Press reported, referencing an MNPD statement.

Furthermore, Warner “frequently talks about the military and making bombs,” Throckmorton told police, according to the report. The report also notes that he said he represented both Warner and Perry.

Back in August 2019, officers witnessed an RV parked in Warner’s fenced backyard but weren’t able to catch a glimpse of the vehicle’s interior when they stopped by his home in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch, according to the report. When they knocked on the door, no one answered.

“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron told The Tennessean about how that trip to his house transpired.

Following this visit to Warner’s property, the city’s police said they warned Nashville’s Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU), a bomb squad, and requested that the FBI look into Warner’s background and see if he previously had any connections to the military.

The next day, “the FBI reported back that they checked their holdings and found no records on Warner at all,” Nashville police said Tuesday. On August 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense reported that “checks on Warner were all negative,” Aaron added.

“At no time was there any evidence of a crime detected and no additional action was taken,” Nashville police also said Tuesday.

Joel Siskovic, a spokesman for the FBI in Memphis, said Wednesday that there weren’t allegations of a crime made at that time to the authorities, providing them no probable cause.

“If we were going to take action like a search warrant, we would have had to have probably cause,” Siskovic said. “We weren’t even at the stage where a crime had been alleged.”

Police and the HDU say they followed up during the week of August 26, 2019 and reached out to Throckmorton. The attorney allegedly said investigators couldn’t speak to Warner, who “did not care for the police,” or enter his property, the FBI told The Tennessean.

Throckmorton contested the authorities’ claim, saying he wasn’t working with Warner in August 2019, according to The Tennessean.

“I have no memory of that whatsoever,” Throckmorton said. “I didn’t represent him anymore. He wasn’t an active client. I’m not a criminal defense attorney.”

“Somebody, somewhere dropped the ball,” he added.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday published a criminal history for Warner. That report, however, only detailed a single arrest back in 1978 by Nashville police for marijuana possession.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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