May 2, 2010, - 8:09 pm

Lance Horton & Duane Jackson, American Heroes: Alert Vendors Saw NYC Bomb; Don’t Ignore the Cassandras

By Debbie Schlussel

Regardless of who is responsible for the now-defused terrorist bomb in New York City’s busy Times Square (and Pakistan’s branch of the Taliban, is now claiming responsibility), we know who is responsible for discovering the bomb in time and alerting authorities: Lance Horton, a Vietnam Veteran and vendor in the area. He and fellow Vietnam Vet, Duane Jackson, flagged down New York Police officer, Wayne Rhatigan, who took him seriously.


Lance Horton, Duane Jackson:

Observant Vietnam Vets Discovered Times Square Bomb

These alert Americans, Horton and Jackson, who served their country in one war and now in another are the reasons the bomb did not detonate, whether or not it would have done great damage (a matter now being debated) or is a diversion from a far worse future attack.  Make no mistake, they likely saved hundreds, or even thousands, of American lives.

Both Horton and Jackson noticed the illegally parked Nissan Pathfinder with its blinkers on and heard the popping sound in the vehicle.  It turned out they were right to be concerned, as the car contained fireworks and three propane tanks, gun powder, gasoline, and fertilizer.

While we’ve been told to be alert for explosives dressed as stray packages (something they’ve had to do for decades in Israel) and suspicious neighbors, all too often those who’ve been on the alert have been dismissed by authorities and the mainstream media as crackpots.

The same goes for those who are concerned about the growing Islamic presence in America.  Liberals and conservatives alike dismiss those on the alert for them are also dismissed as crazies. (Interestingly, ABC News reporter, Ron Claiborne, in the report above, is a complete hypocrite, as he is part of this dismissive crowd of idiots, constantly pandering to American Muslims involved in terrorist-related activity.  Claiborne’s fave word is “Islamophobia.”)

Sadly, in many instances, they are vindicated after it’s already too late.  This was the case for the 9/11 hijackers who, themselves, gave so many hints they were trouble.  But most of the Americans who encountered them didn’t want to be dismissed as nuts.  So they said nothing.

Those who said something have often been ridiculed and attacked.  A sharp South Carolina sheriff’s deputy, who stopped and discovered suspicious behavior and fishy stories told by two Muslim alien students, Ahmed Mohamed and Yousef Megahed, later discovered pipe bombs in their car.  Even though one of the men pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorist activity (and the other was acquitted as a result of incompetent federal prosecutors and a dumbass OJ-style jury sypathetic to Muslims), the sheriff’s deputy, James Lamar Blakely, was ridiculed and persecuted by superiors, even though his actions stopped a terrorist plot that apparently involved an attack on New York City using diving gear.

And now we have Lance Horton and Duane Jackson.  They were alert and suspicious of what is an every day occurrence in New York–an illegally parked car with its blinkers on.

And they were right.

New Yorkers and tourists in and around Times Square are lucky that Horton’s and Jackson’s suspicions were heeded by police, and that he wasn’t just another Cassandra–the Greek goddess who warned of future events, but was always dismissed until it was too late and events proved her correct.

Three cheers for Messrs. Horton and Jackson for sticking their necks out.  They are heroes (in Horton’s case, one who wants little attention, though he certainly deserves it). Hopefully, their actions will discourage future naysayers from dismissing those of us who warn of these kinds of things on American soil.

Sadly, I predict it won’t.  Call me Cassandra, too. I know I’m right. And so do you.

Plus, now the two of them will probably get sued by the Council on American-Nissan Pathfinder Relations for discrimination and NissanPathophobia.

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38 Responses

Fireworks and three propane tanks? That’s enough to kill several people. The fact that it is being debated … well I hate to play this card considering my own politics, but had the same been in the possession of right wing Jewish settlers in Gaza, or of a Tea Party fellow who happened to be parked where Obama or Pelosi were giving a speech, there would be no debate whatsoever: it would be considered an attempted terrorist attack, plain and simple.

G: AMEN (plus there was also gun powder and gasoline). DS

Gerald on May 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

A complete ignoramous neighbor of mine was outside tonight saying that it was not a Muslim thing b/c the suspect is now supposedly some “white guy.” She and many others are so stupid that they don’t understand that there is a depraved ideology that is not ltd. to just “swarthy” people or black people or whatever. She couldn’t imagine that a white guy could be anything but a Christian and she started yammering on about Timothy McVeigh.

OneScaredMomma on May 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Don’t be a Scared Momma, because fear is exactly what the terrorists want, hence the name. But Al Qaeda began bragging about how they were recruiting whites to carry out terror attacks in the west since 2002. My goodness, this fellow might have been from Kosovo or Chechnya. The reason why the left is so soft on Islam is because leftism is now basically a white-hating ideology, and leftists have convinced themselves that eventually all non-whites, including Muslims, will join them in the battle to overthrow capitalism and Christianity, and then live together in peace and harmony with white people under their jackboots. That these people honestly believe that Muslims, feminists, illegal immigrants and everyone else are going to just get along and be prosperous and peaceful once the capitalist white man is out of the way … well good luck with that delusion!

    Gerald on May 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    It is not even worth arguing the point with such a person. Rather, if and when something happens, just leave them to their fate, and do not put yourself at risk trying to save them. Someone who is so foolish as to ignore such a warning does not deserve our sympahty or assistance. I believe in helping the vulnerable and innocent, rather than the self-indulgent.

    Worry01 on May 3, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Adam Ghadan is a white guy. You know, the guy Al-Quaida recruited to be their spokesperson.

    Spyglass on May 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I’m surprised the FBI wasn’t tripping over themselves to proclaim to the media that this had nothing to do with terrorism!

T. Y. on May 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Ummm … actually they were. The Pakistani Taliban’s claiming responsibility forced them to stop.

    Gerald on May 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

They’re too busy whining about Arizona to focus on real threats

Little Al on May 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Gerald – you make a good pt. Even though my “scared” expresses fear over the intentional denial by the “liberals” I have to deal with, I’d hate to give any depraved Islamic subhumanoids the wrong idea about me. Henceforth I am …

OneBraveMomma on May 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Debbie, that puts you in Mearsheimer’s “blind loyalty” to Israel category. Wear it with pride!

The same folks ganging up on Israel are the same folks that want people to pretend Islam isn’t a problem here.

Keep up the good work!

NormanF on May 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Some CNN “reporter” when to great lengths to “explain” how to detonate a car bomb. Good Grief. Unbelievable. It was like listening to “bomb making 101” — every detail given out. Is this dumb-cluck “reporter” hopeful that next time the terrorists might “get it right?” What is wrong with them?

J.S. on May 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Geraldo was also interviewing an “expert” on how to correctly detonate a bomb. Idiots! BTW, Big Sis hasn’t ruled this incident a terrorist attack. She has similarly ignored our border problem in AZ–to this day.

Kokopelligrl on May 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie.

JeffE on May 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

A footnote to OneScaredMomma/One Brave Momma at 8:35 pm. Geraldo Riveria also appreared to promote the same idiotic theory as did her neighbor, and I agree with her response to her neighbor, and it also applies to Geraldo as well.

JeffE on May 2, 2010 at 11:21 pm

This would have created a mass casualty incidence of horrific proportions. Being a former NY’er and having many friends who were cops, I’ve always supported the NYPD. However, through no fault of their own, they are NOT being trained properly. You would think with all those police in the Times Square area they would have noticed something not quite right about that SUV even before these two alert Vietnam Vets spoke up. It tells you two things 1) Police Officers are NOT being trained in what to look for beyond catching the average pick-pocketer because the NYPD does not have it together, or 2) It is almost as though they are not being trained properly on purpose lest some NYC official gets called out as “Islamophobe” while instructing Law Officers on how to spot even a “crude” but deadly explosive device, and where those devices might be hidden, and that have been used before by Muslim terrorists in situations similar to this. It is only by the grace of G-D and the alertness of these Vietnam Vets that saved the lives of a countless number of individuals. Once again Homeland Security and Big Sis Janet N FAILED. Is she going to give a press conference now and declare “the system worked?” However this was going to play out, it’s not only physical warfare, it’s psychological warfare, as well, and the dumb-ass journalists are aiding and abetting the enemy with their dumb ass interviews, and childish lessons in bomb-making. It breaks my heart that the city of my birth, which was once so edgy and tough, has now become so psychologically deluded and wimpy.

Great article Debbie, thank you!

D'vorah in Tel Aviv on May 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

this guy lance must have been injured during his military service
the only guys that get to sell in midtown are disabled vets and the africans that gamed the system….not sure if it s the lance i know /?? that lance has major leg issues have to check

drew299 on May 3, 2010 at 12:02 am

Yeah, watch the spin of the media.

sharon on May 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

Cassandra wasn’t a goddess. She was a mortal woman, the daughter of Priam, King of Troy.

Miranda Rose Smith on May 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

Somebody needs to hire these two guys for homeland security. Commonsense being the most important asset.

samurai on May 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

Good men trying to do good. More than I can say about that lying idiot Napalitano who I just saw “interviewed”. What a fucking creep.

pat on May 3, 2010 at 2:47 am

Debbie, as you can imagine, city and federal authorities are already denying an Al Qaeda connection.

Uh huh. Its not a pattern, just an “isolated incident” that has nothing to do with Islam.

America in denial.

NormanF on May 3, 2010 at 3:47 am

Lance Horton and Duane Jackson deserve our praise for being alert and taking the initiative to report what they saw to Officer Wayne Rhatigan. Officer Rhatigan, unlike many others in authority, took what these gentlemen had to say seriously. If that improvised explosive device had gone off, there would have been casualties in such a crowded area. Of course Mayor Bloomberg and his cohorts kept emphasizing how amateurish the device was, as if that was in any way relevant. The I.R.A. used homemade nail bombs to devastating effect during its reign of terror. Did the police officers or soldiers in Northern Ireland and elsewhere take such devices lightly because they were not constructed by master craftsmen? Mayor Bloomberg, while acknowledging the seriousness of the situation simultaneoously tried to minimimze the threat through such comments about the bomb’s quality.

Worry01 on May 3, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Bloomberg and many news outlets, including members of Fox, emphasized that the bomb was done by an ametuer. What whould they have said had it exploded.
    Also, one of the City Officials (I believe the Fire Chief) said, and I paraphrase, “That’s not the first time the City’s famed pot-holes have foiled a car bomb”. Really? There were others that we haven’t been told about? And, if that’s true that a rough ride jossled the wiring causing the bomb to fail, then maybe it wasn’t so amatuerish afterall.

    Bob on May 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hey samurai…considering the caliber of people hired by the obama admin to run national security, protect the borders, etc etc etc., these two heroes are way OVERQUALIFIED.

Sean R. on May 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

Worry, good point. The idiots who manage our country’s security don’t want acknowledge how lethal crude terrorist weapons can be. Then again no one ever imagined planes full of people being turned into high fuel bombs. The Israelis can testify to the capacity of terrorists to maim and kill large numbers of people with weapons Mayor Bloomberg dismissed as “amateurish.”

A decade after 9/11, they sadly still don’t get it in New York.

NormanF on May 3, 2010 at 9:07 am


Acording to the website “secondcitycop”,they are
looking for a major attack sometime this year.

harry on May 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

Professionally incompetent terrorists should be publicly flogged. When this idiot returns to my secret hideout, I’m going to drop him through a trap door into my shark tank.

“You’ve failed me for the last time! Goodbye number 4.”

The Terrorist's Advocate on May 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

Hats off to the VETS- They have that vigilance instilled in them as troopers and it serves them- On the streets of NYC I’m sure they’re on the look out anyway- I’m glad those two didn’t have the day off. I love it how the Tali/PAK claim responsible and our authorities say there is no evidence. SAd that more attention is being paid to the oil slick-WHICH I think the two are connected

ward on May 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

Lance Horton and Duane Jackson fared a lot better than I when I tried reporting suspicious activity in midtown 11 days ago. I told a police woman I saw 4 guys in a jeep wearing masks and filming a line of about 1,000 people. She looked at me like I was crazy and said there is nothing illegal about that. I said it looked suspicious, not illegal, to be filming a lucrative target while wearing masks. She sighed and said she would notify Intel.

Barry on May 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

It looks like too many news outlets are calling this guy white only without any other adjectives, which he may just be, but he could also be a muslim. Why don’t they say he may also be a muslim? Or why don’t they only say that he may be a muslim and leave the white out of this. These racist news reporters and their pathetic companies just show who they report to – BHO and Ja-No.

We all know how this one will be played out – no matter who he is, even if he is muslim, he will be portrayed as a Tim McVeigh and just another right wing extremist Christian militia member. But Ja-No would like to have us all think that these guys are the real terrorists in the USA, not the muslims. I expect to hear about this for a much longer time in the news compared to the coverage of all the muslims that have been attacking the US on a very regular basis.

Jarhead on May 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Last I heard, LE (law enforcement) is refusing to name the RO (registered owner) of the vehicle.

Any bets on a muzzie?

goldenmike4393 on May 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Here it is:

    “The official tells The Associated Press that the Connecticut owner questioned Sunday about what happened to the SUV says he sold the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to a stranger.”

    Sure, we always sell cars to strangers. Muzzies always have an “answer”, don’t they?

    goldenmike4393 on May 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Yes, good that they alerted authorities but I just don’t see how the vendors were “heroes”. After all, what they were able to report was some strange activity from what turned out to be a dud car bomb.

Allen on May 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

It sickens me how FOX News’ Allen Combes is arguing the Websters definiton of terrorism and “we still don’t know if this can be classified as a terrorist attempt” totally rearranging the subject so as not to point a finger at any one group.
Allen you are a CLASS A MORON. Let someone place one of these vehicles near your home or work place and see if you can be so dissmissive of the attempt.
Remember there were a couple lessor attempt on two beautiful buildings which I could see from my house in New Jersey and even went on a class field trip during there construction. Building 2 was only up to 5 stories at the time.

Those two buildings are gone now and we still haven’t caught up with the architect of this massive terrorist act of destruction and at this point I see no desire in our leaders to capture Bin Laden. Idiots like you gone as though its no big deal everythings fine. Get your head out of Willoughby and face reality then you’ll know where the shrapnel is coming from as it rips through your body.

ARISHEM on May 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It’s just nice to know that these two men are still serving their country.

White Rook on May 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

“Police interviewed the owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that had carried the explosives, but determined that he was not involved in the crime. According to ABC News, the Connecticut man whom police spoke with said he sold the vehicle last month to an “Arabic- or Latino-looking man” who was in his 20s or 30s.” Gee – big shocker there.

Me on May 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Must be unrelated to terrorism… At the last ‘unrelated’ dry runs, it was subways and airplanes. SO they COULD’NT be Muslims because this was a car. Oh…, the Taliban took responsibility?… are we sure… oh okay…
*switching arguments*
SURELY, this can’t be the ‘moderate’ Muslims we have here in the US. Boy, these extremist Muslims, Christians, Jews, and the other EXTREMISTS are sure dangerous. I’m so glad they don’t live among us!

Michael Roy

Michael Roy on May 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm

WOW! Are these vets the same vietnam vet the media had not so long ago refered to as Crazy!!

Gene Sawyer on May 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

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