On Saturday evening a SUV filled with explosives was found in Times Square. Hundreds of people were evacuated from area. The bomb was discovered in a green Nissan Pathfinder on 45th Street when a t-shirt vendor noticed smoke coming from the abandoned vehicle. When police arrived they noticed the smell of gunpowder. Police cleared the area between 43rd and 47th Streets between 6th and 8th Avenues. The Bomb Squad disarmed the explosive device made of propane tanks, fireworks, clocks, two containers filled with gasoline and bags of an unknown substance. The device failed to detonate as it was intended. The vehicle was taken to a forensics lab to collect evidence. New York City and Federal authorities are treating this as an attempted terrorist attack.
The events of Saturday night have some similarities to the Fox action drama “24”. For eight seasons, agent Jack Bauer the primary character on “24” has fought terrorists intent on wrecking havoc on American soil. Each season Jack Bauer saves the day, usually by finding the terrorists or a nuclear bomb smuggled into the country. The final season’s storyline set in New York City, is about a Middle East country similar to Iran’s ideology and nuclear ambitions attempting to broker a peace treaty with the United States at the United Nations. Terrorists attempt to derail the treaty before it’s signed by planting a nuclear bomb in Manhattan. The bomb is smuggled into the city and concealed inside of a truck.
Scene from “24,” the IRK’s leader President Omar
Hassan played by Anil Kapoor, has come to New York
City to broker a peace agreement with U.S. President
Allison Taylor played by Cherry Jones.
Photo: Fox/Kelsey McNeal
Is it life imitating art or just a coincident? On Monday Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the United Nations on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation. It is the same scenario that is depicted on the “24” television series. On Sunday Senator Charles Schumer a Democrat from New York told CNN that NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has a device called the Ring of Steele which can detect chemicals and radiation at all of the entrances into New York City. Schumer also said, “Technology is getting better and better, and they could eventually detect a large amount of explosives as well.” The device the senator was describing is similar to the device that CTU uses on the show “24”.
Kiefer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer on “24”.
The final season is set in New York City.
Photo: Fox/Brian Bowen Smith
On the television series “24,” the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) employs the latest technology to fight terrorists. On the show CTU has nuclear materials detectors at all of the bridges and tunnels into Manhattan. The fictional federal agency also uses surveillance cameras from all over the city as well as a military type drone to monitor the city from the air. In real life, police say that they may have video of the suspect that drove the SUV into Times Square. The video is reported to show a white male in his 40’s looking back in the direction of the SUV. He removed a dark colored shirt and left the scene wearing a red shirt.
Did the fictional television show “24” inspire the would-be Times Square bomber? There are so many similarities this potential attack and the television series. Another possible link to the show is the claim of responsibility by a Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban says in a YouTube video that the bombing is revenge for the martyred leaders of mujahideen also known as Jihad. Authorities are still investigating the motive behind the bombing attempt but they say there is no evidence to support the Taliban’s claim.
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