Small Explosion Rocks New York's Times Square



New York police officers with the bomb squad unit inspect the damage done by an explosive device to the military recruitment center Thursday, March 6, 2008 in New York's Times Square. New York City police say some kind of explosive device was set off near a military recruiting station in Times Square. Police say there were no injuries in the blast early Thursday morning. The recruiting center at 43rd Street near Broadway had a large hole in the front window. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

Small Explosion Rocks New York's Times Square
Military Recruiting Station Targeted; Minor Damage and no Injuries Reported

March 6, 2008 —

A small explosive device rocked New York's Times Square early today, causing minor damage to a military recruiting station.

The device shattered a glass entryway to the installation, but no one was injured, police said.

Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that a single, small improvised device was tossed, apparently by a man on a bike, at the armed forces booth in Times Square early this morning, causing the center of midtown Manhattan to be locked down and subways to be diverted but no major property damage.

Sources tell ABC News that the device was made from a green ammunition can filled with explosive powder. It blew out the lower part of the glass -- it's being described as a "low explosive."

Witnesses staying at a Times Square hotel in the area said they heard a "big bang" and could feel the building shake. A large plume of smoke was also visible after the explosion, they said.

Early in the investigation, subway cars passed through the Times Square station without stopping, but normal service was restored, with some delays, before the morning rush hour.

"If it is something that's directed toward American troops than t's something that's taken very seriously and is pretty unfortunate," Army Capt. Charlie Jaquillard, commander of Army recruiting in Manhattan, told The Associated Press.

The recruiting station, located on a traffic island surrounded by Broadway theaters and chain restaurants, has occasionally been the site of anti-war demonstrations, ranging from silent vigils to loud rallies.

The incident bore strong similarities to two past incidents where small homemade bombs or incendiary devices were tossed at official buildings in New York in the last two years. Two were tossed at the British consulate and more recently two were tossed at the Mexican consulate.

In each case a man on a bike was captured in hazy video images. In this case a man on a bike was seen leaving as well. Police found no second device this time.

Emergency service officers, bomb technicians and bomb sniffing dogs were combing the scene and collecting bits of metal that may have come from the device. They were packed with black power and detonated with fuses, but incapable of causing serious harm, police said.

In October 2005 a group of activists who call themselves the Granny Peace Brigade rallied there against the Iraq War. Eighteen activists, most of them grandmothers with several in their 80s and 90s, were later acquitted of disorderly conduct.

The recruiting station was renovated in 1999 to better fit into the flashy ambiance of Times Square, using neon tubing to give the glass and steel office a patriotic American flag motif.

For a half century, the station was the armed forces' busiest recruiting center. It has set national records for enlistment, averaging about 10,000 volunteers a year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Could this..... our first "false flag" operation to help initiate martial law? We need to be very vigilant about things of this nature, so as we "won't get fooled again." America, nows the time to WAKE UP !!

FALSE FLAG ALERT! This bombing may be used to force more

authoritarian measures on us New Yorkers. On the other hand, this incident could be a reply to one of the few, the proud, puppy-throwing marines. That video has generated enough painful anger for even the most non-violent person to consider something like this.

That recruiting station has always been an eyesore, more out-of-place than a porn shop. Of course, the Feds know this, which is exactly why they keep it there. It may have been successful during the ticker-tape era of World War II, but today you expect me to believe that anyone goes to Times Square to join the military? Gimme a freakin' break! I wish they would raze the building a put in its place a tiny Greenstreet park (Greenstreets is a successful NYC urban greening project).

Expect to see more incidents like this while S. 1959

is being considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I-CT]. Senator Obama also sits on this committee and should be asked about his position on this bill.

My guess is that Sen. Daniel Akaka [D-HI] and Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI] are our best bets to stop this blatantly unconstitutional legislation.

Please go to: for more information on this odious bill.

Unfortunately, I think we are likely to see a very busy spring and summer, filled with domestic violence and "terrorism" to create a hyper-fearful state for the American people, building to the 2008 general election and aiding the attempt to pass legislation such as S. 1959.

All we can do is remain calm, continue to think critically, ask the hard questions and patiently inform everyone we can about 9/11, the history of false flag events and the concept of strategy of tension.

We are making progress, brothers and sisters, but it is quite likely to get much worse before it gets better, so arm yourself with love and truth and SMILE.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

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"Terrorism to me."

It's highly probable that it

It's highly probable that it is "false flag" terror event by rouge elements of the CIA-FBI to pass draconian laws against civil liberties but also to incite more recruitment for the military. The image is also very important as to what the target is, and what it represents, an attack on the military perhaps? This is very coincidental given the damaging news of the "puppy" thrown off the cliff by a U.S. soldier. Perhaps recruitment would have dropped dropped precipitately given this abhorrent actions by the soldier? Also, the timing of ending of the primaries (at least on the democrat side), given the Clinton's record, it wouldn't surprise me the least. People are becoming more aware of the internal corruption as they are growing desperate, and with each unplugged matrix citizen the corrupt criminals are that much closer to being removed, tried, and jailed.