Thursday, March 16, 2006

Multiple bomb threats

We had a bomb threat today on campus. We're not in one of the buildings that was affected, but we still got notified through the campus-wide emergency phone message system that several blocks on campus were being evacuated.

Apparently, at the same time, a bomb threat got called into the Las Cruces Sun-News as well.

Of course, there could be any number of nutcase reasons to call in multiple bomb threats, but the guess around the office here is that it was an attempt to disrupt the unionizing meeting, and the press coverage of it, that was to take place in that area on campus today.

This scenario makes sense to me, since there isn't exactly a lot of controversy and flared tempers here at NMSU. The unionizing effort is about the only hot topic around here, now that the Frenger Food Court debacle is over, and I've known people who get their panties in a bunch at the very mention of the word "union," so I could see some unhinged person thinking that this would be a clever stunt. And this would be the meeting to disrupt - apparently, this was supposed to be the big, pivotal meeting with a large turnout, where they were going to collect petition names and count cards, and have a state legislator and labor board member in attendance.

Of course, it could just as easily have been some whackjob who thinks Jesus is talking to him through the neighbor dog, telling him to kill, kill, kill the campus librarians or something. But in this case, there seems to be a confluence of little things that suggests someone more malicious than mentally imbalanced doing the deed.

Update: According to the Las Cruces Sun News, the bomb threat was issued by someone with an Arab accent, and mention of Al-Quaida was made. Still, that could just be an attempt by the would-be disruptor to throw off investigators and add fear to the situation.

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