Friday, May 26, 2006

The sound of gunfire... off in the distance...

I'm getting used to it now...

(apologies to the Talking Heads)

This is the big headline story of the day (from CNN):

Police were searching the Rayburn building in the Capitol complex Friday after reports of gunfire in a garage in the building.

"At 10:30 this morning, we received a report of shots fired inside the Rayburn garage," Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a public information officer for the Capitol Police, said.

"At this time, we continue to investigate. We have tactical teams inside the building."

Armed officers were searching "the old-fashioned way," Schneider said, going door-to-door checking the 50 acres of office space in the 169 suites in the building.

Now I haven't seen anyone else make this connection, and it is of course speculative. But does it strike anyone else as odd that just this past weekend the Justice Department and the FBI raided the very same building -- Democratic Representative William J. Jefferson's office, to be precise? And that the raid pissed off both Republicans and Democrats, some of whom viewed the raid as an unconstitutional act of intimidation by the executive branch?

This smells rancid. If, as it appears to be likely, this turns out to be a false alarm, I can only wonder what the hordes of police searching the building are really after. Or what they're puttingin there.

Anyone else have ideas about what's going on here?


Blogger Derek said...

We've had the same thoughts. It looks like an intimidation tactic. The Executive Branch now has the Judicial Branch in its pocket, so now its arm-twisting the Legislative Branch to keep it in line.

Derek Gilbert

4:04 PM  

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