T he Nashville bombing was one of the most bizarre terrorist attacks in American history. An RV parked in downtown Tennessee. It played a message telling people there was a bomb inside and then, right before detonation, it switched to Petunia Clark’s 1964 hit, “Downtown.”
Luckily, no one was killed, but the damage was massive.
As per usual, people were speculating about the bomber’s motive. My first thought was that since it went off on Christmas next to an AT&T data center and the bomber wasn’t trying to inflict mass casualties, he may have been fired before Christmas at some point by AT&T. As it turns out, that was in the ballpark but wasn’t quite on point.
Reportedly, the FBI now believes the bomber to be Anthony Quinn Warner. Quinn’s father was an AT&T employee and died of dementia at 78. Reportedly, Quinn believed 5G technology was killing people and that it caused his father’s condition. News reports are describing this as a “conspiracy theory,” but it really isn’t. Studies have been inconclusive, but there certainly is enough scientific data out there about the potential negative effects of cell phone radiation to give people pause, even if it’s not possible to definitively point to it as a significant danger. In fact, there has been a big health debate over the safety of 5G in nations like Switzerland. That should have happened here, too. Allegedly, Warner believed he would be hailed as a hero in the fight against 5G for setting off a bomb. Here a little pro tip: Unless you are a special forces operative fighting overseas, any time you start believing that you are going to be cheered as a hero for murdering people or blowing up a building, it’s probably time to check in with a psychologist.
Additionally, the FBI believes Quinn was in the RV when it blew up. Reportedly, he had cancer and had given his home away and told the place he worked he was going to retire. Putting it all together, it appears that we had someone who believed he was coming to the end of his life that had a grudge against AT&T and may have been delusional enough to believe that people would support what he did. It’s not a rational reason to do something so destructive, but rational people aren’t the ones setting off bombs or committing mass murders.