The continuing wave of bombs has prompted an intense investigation with federal, state, and local investigators in New York, Washington, Florida, and Los Angeles have joined forces and get to the bottom of this. One central question that still hasn’t been answered is whether the bombs were the work of one person or multiple people.
The intercepted 10 bombs so far, targeting eight people, all of whom are outspoken critics of Donald Trump’s presidency or frequent targets of right-wing conspiracy theories: billionaire philanthropist George Soros, the Clintons, Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan (sent via CNN), and actor Robert De Niro. Rep. Maxine Waters and former Vice President Joe Biden were each sent two bombs.
None of the bombs detonated, and no one was injured, but intelligence experts say that there’s no reason to become complacent. Joseph Campbell, director at the governance, risk, and compliance practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc. says that these types of events tend to be all-hands-on-deck across agencies.
Joseph Campbell is a former FBI assistant director who previously investigated package bombing cases shares his insights on the current event:
In this case we have 10 devices. As far as we know, none of them have functioned. Maybe they were never intended to function, or they might have failed due to the incompetence of the perpetrator...But that doesn’t mean that he or she might not escalate this at some point and send a device that could function, which could hurt someone or worse. You have to assume the worst can happen.
Director, Governance, Risk, and Compliance Practice