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FBI: Nashville Bomber Acted Alone, Motivated by ‘Paranoia’, ‘Conspiracy Theories’

The FBI said Monday the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville was motivated by the bomber’s intention to kill himself and was not an act of terrorism — the FBI confirms he acted alone.

The agency said the bomber, Anthony Warner, specifically chose the location and timing of the bombing so that it would be impactful, while still minimizing the likelihood of causing undue injury.

“The investigation found that Anthony Quinn Warner of Antioch, Tennessee, acting alone, built and ultimately detonated the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. His actions were determined to not be related to terrorism.”

– FBI Memphis

The FBI’s analysis did not show Warner had motives of broader ideological intentions to use violence to bring about social or political change.

“The FBI assesses Warner’s detonation of the improvised explosive device was an intentional act in an effort to end his own life, driven in part by a totality of life stressors – including paranoia, long-held individualized beliefs adopted from several eccentric conspiracy theories, and the loss of stabilizing anchors and deteriorating interpersonal relationships,” the Monday release reads.

The FBI said it is confident in its findings using the evidence found and through interviews conducted, but that only Warner knows the real reason he detonated the device.

Multiple agencies converged to investigate the blast in which 63-year-old Warner died. The explosion destroyed some structures and caused severe damage to other buildings along Nashville’s historic Second Avenue

The FBI conducted months of work so that agents could sift through dirt and broken brick for clues, according to the Monday news release.

The agency said it was able to conclude and present the findings after recovering more than 3,000 pounds of evidence from the blast site, combing through more than 2,500 tips and conducting more than 250 interviews.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. This may be true, who knows? But I can’t trust the FBI on any major public cases. They’ve lied in some cases, or didn’t pursue obvious leads in others. For example:

    They sent 15 FBI members to look at a garage door opener. Even if it was something(which it was not) is it something the FBI should care about?

    They also did nothing with all the clear irregularities on possible election fraud.

    Of course, the Russia hoax will always be the major blight that led to the downfall of their reputation.

  2. Well that settles it. Nothing to see here. Everyone stop thinking, and certainly stop asking questions. You can blindly trust the former employer of great men of integrity such as James Comey and Andrew McCabe. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  3. The FBI is just a lapdog inept corrupt secret police force for the DemocRat party. They were deeply involved in the fiasco at the Capital. This is just another “Sweep it under the rug” job, just like the Las Vegas shooting and others. The FBI has Zero credibility.

  4. To paraphrase the great Dr. Tom Sowell “every government agency is corrupted by WIFM syndrome – What’s in it for me.” He found that out very early in his career when he was working as an intern for the department of labor, and his superiors told him to drop any ideas or notions that did not advance the mission/narrative of their department, which quite simply was more money, more resources, more power… The truth has no place in their world unless it advances that mission.

    Private businesses are the same way, we’re just honest about it.

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