Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Starbucks and domestic terrorism?

By now you may have heard of the explosive device found in a San Francisco Starbucks on Monday. The indefatigable Michelle Malkin takes up the story here.

From USA Today:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police defused an explosive device found in the bathroom of a Starbucks on Monday. No one was injured.

Authorities were called around 1:15 p.m., after an employee reported finding something suspicious in the store's bathroom. About 100 people were evacuated from the store and apartments above it, and the street was closed to traffic, said Sgt. Neville Gittens.

"This was a good device. If it had exploded, it would have caused injuries or damage," said Gittens, who would not describe its size.
The article leaves the impression that we're not getting the whole story. Who found the device? Why did it not explode? Is there security footage?

Once the device was disabled at about 2:10 p.m., police allowed people back into the apartment building and reopened the street. The store, located at a busy city intersection, remained closed Monday evening while authorities investigated.
There's nothing to indicate this wasn't a live device; many times they turn out to be phonys, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

Starbucks, which employs very friendly radical liberals, has been targeted by anarchists and general rabble in the past:

In 2003, police said the windows of 17 Starbucks stores were clouded with glue and some of the door locks were jammed. Vandals also posted phony notices purporting to be from Starbucks management announcing the company's intention to abandon some of their San Francisco stores to make room for more locally owned coffee houses.
The FBI has concerns over growing domestic terrorism. Anti-Capitalist anarchists are particularly anti-corporation, including liberal outfits like Starbucks. Was this the work of a domestic terrorist group? Time will tell.

From the FBI:

While national attention is focused on the substantial threat posed by international terrorists to the homeland, law enforcement officials must also contend with an ongoing threat posed by domestic terrorists based and operating strictly within the U.S. Domestic terrorists motivated by a number of political or social agendas -- including white supremacists, black separatists, animal rights/environmental terrorists, anarchists, anti-abortion extremists, and self-styled militia -- continue to employ violence and criminal activity in furtherance of these agendas.
And specifically:

The potential for violence by anarchists and other emerging revolutionary groups, such as the Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF), will continue to be an issue for law enforcement. The stated goals of the ABCF are "the abolishment of prisons, the system of laws, and the Capitalist state." The ABCF believes in armed resistance to achieve a stateless and classless society. ABCF has continued to organize, recruit, and train anarchists in the tactical use of firearms.
America's has enemies within that are every bit as serious as those that wish to harm us from a distance. We'll keep an eye on this story.