Let’s Not Forget: Congrats to Law Enforcement in Busting the Suspected Mail Bomber

Written by Michael Cummings on October 29, 2018

They caught him, the suspected mail bomber (I refuse to name him).

Next to the pro-Trump stickers plastered all over the white van authorities say belongs to Cesar Sayoc are the names and photos of dozens of prominent Democrats and media figures — former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama, former attorneys general Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch and filmmaker Michael Moore. There is also a sticker declaring: “CNN Sucks.”

Authorities on Friday arrested [the suspect] and identified him as a suspect in the sprawling mail-bomb scare that included at least a dozen suspicious packages sent to political and media figures, including many pictured on the van. [the suspect] has been charged with five federal crimes, including transportation of explosives and threats against former presidents, and faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

[The suspect], a 56-year-old registered Republican, lives in Aventura, Fla., near the facility from where many of the packages were mailed, authorities said. In a criminal complaint, authorities said they lifted one of his fingerprints from the device sent to Maxine Waters and matched a DNA sample to [the suspect] from two of the devices. He was taken into custody near the white van.

[The suspect], who was previously known to law enforcement officials, has been arrested nearly a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat. His criminal record in the state extends to the early 1990s, starting with his arrest for larceny at the age of 29, according to state records. Other charges of larceny, grand theft and fraud would soon follow across the southern part of the state.

On Twitter I called BS, stopping short of claiming a false flag but also saying there’s no way the culprit is a conservative. As it turns out, considering the rap sheet on this evil man, we have proof he isn’t a conservative because in my view, conservatives do not commit awful acts like this. We are flawed, but we aren’t evil.

We’ll of course learn all about this freak of nature in the coming days before the election, and – in light of the suspect’s strong support for Donald Trump — no doubt witness the media mop drool from their faces while clutching pearls over what could have happened to the intended victims (but never admitting their rhetoric is worse than ours).

Right now, the most important thing anyone outside the investigation can do is honor the massive law enforcement efforts that lead to the suspect’s arrest. From site forensics to witness interviews, camera feeds, and profiling, the suspect’s swift arrest is the culmination of an immense matrix of technical smarts, street smarts, and investigative prowess and teamwork that can only happen in the United States of America.

Well done, law enforcement personnel at all levels!

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.