More than a week later, FBI avoids terror label for Nashville bombing
The FBI investigation into whether the Nashville bombing was a terrorist act has sparked criticism about a possible racial double standard and drawn questions from downtown business owners whose insurance coverage could be affected by the bureaus assessment. He said terrorism coverage was the farthest detail from his mind when he was selecting an insurance policy seven years ago. “I hadn’t even heard of terrorism coverage back then,” Gibson said. He described “massive pieces of timber all around and lights flickering.”According to the Treasury Department, 30% to 40% of Tennessee businesses have excluded terrorism coverage from their policies. A 2002 federal law — enacted by Congress shortly after the 9/11 attacks — allows the Treasury secretary to certify an event as an terrorist act regardless of how law enforcement officials regard it.
FBI: Nashville bomber sent material to 'acquaintances'
FILE - This undated file image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner. (Courtesy of FBI via AP, File)Before he blew himself up in a Christmas Day attack that devastated blocks of downtown Nashville, Anthony Warner sent materials about his views to people he knew, federal investigators said Saturday. In a statement to The Associated Press, FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said authorities are “aware the suspect sent materials which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country.”Authorities have said Warner, 63, was responsible for the explosion, which damaged dozens of buildings and injured several people. Pack did not release additional details about what the packages from Warner contained but he urged anyone who may have received material from Warner to contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI. Then, inexplicably, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown” shortly before the blast.
Petula Clark shocked that ‘Downtown’ played before bombing
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singer Petula Clark expressed shock and disbelief that her 1964 hit “Downtown” was aired just minutes before a bomb detonated in Nashville on Christmas morning. “I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing ‘Downtown'! Of all the thousands of songs — why this one?” Clark wrote on a Facebook post Tuesday. Clark said she loved Nashville and wished she could give everyone in the city a hug. “(Millions) of people all over the world have been uplifted by this joyful song,” Clark wrote.
Police on report man was making bombs: 'Hindsight is 20/20'
Maybe they could have followed up more, hindsight is 20/20,” Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said at a news conference. According to the incident report, when officers arrived, police said she had two unloaded pistols beside her on the porch. “During that visit, before leaving for the evaluation, Perry told police that her boyfriend was making bombs in an RV,” the report stated. The report also said attorney Raymond Throckmorton told officers that day that he represented Warner and told officers Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb making,” the police report said. Warner “knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb,” Throckmorton told responding officers.
Petula Clark shocked and confused after ‘Downtown’ was used in Nashville bombing
Singer Petula Clark has spoken out in confusion about the use of her 1964 song “Downtown” by the man who set off a bomb in an RV on a Nashville street on Christmas Day. “Why this violent act — leaving behind it such devastation?” the British singer said in a statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. “A few hours later — I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing ‘Downtown’! AdvertisementOn Facebook, 88-year-old Clark tried to make sense of why her song was used but didn’t come to a clear conclusion. “Of course, the opening lyric is, ‘When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go Downtown,’” she wrote.latimes.com
Nashville bomber left hints of trouble, but motive elusive
Warner, the man accused of exploding a bomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day, told a neighbor days earlier that Nashville and the world is never going to forget me. A month before the bombing, he signed a document that transferred his longtime home in a Nashville suburb to a California woman for nothing in return. While investigators tried to piece together a possible motive for the attack, a neighbor recalled a recent conversation with Warner that seemed ominous only in hindsight. Rick Laude told The Associated Press on Monday that he saw Warner standing at his mailbox less than a week before Christmas and pulled over in his car to talk. David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said authorities hope to establish a motive but sometimes simply cannot.
Nashville bomber to neighbor: The world is ‘never going to forget me’
Warner, the man accused of exploding a bomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day, told a neighbor days earlier that Nashville and the world is never going to forget me. Only after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning could Rick Laude grasp the sinister meaning behind his neighbor’s smiling remark that the city and the rest of the world would never forget him. After asking how Warner’s elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked, “Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?”Warner smiled and said, “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me,” Laude recalled. Laude said he didn’t think much of the remark and thought Warner only meant that “something good” was going to happen for him financially. Warner also apparently gave away his home in Antioch, a Nashville suburb, to a Los Angeles woman a month before the bombing.