May 6, 2010, - 1:23 am

Testing the System . . . Again: RFK Triborough Bridge U-Haul an Obvious Dry Run

By Debbie Schlussel

Tonight, the news world is abuzz about an abandoned U-Haul truck on New York’s busy RFK a/k/a Triborough Bridge.  If you’ve ridden on that bridge, as I have many times, you know that it’s a very busy bridge, even in the middle of the night, and an important artery connecting the Manhattan island to some of its boroughs.


A man abandoned the truck on the bridge, near the toll booth, and an employee at the booth smelled leaking gasoline.  Plus, the driver left the truck on the way to New York City and ran away, according to several witnesses.  The bridge was shut down as bomb technicians and other law enforcement officials checked the truck out.  They found it to be harmless. . . .  Or was it?  Sure looks like this is a dry run.  After all, police haven’t found the driver and are looking to speak with him.

Who abandons a truck on the Triborough Bridge and runs away?  It just doesn’t  happen.  People know better, especially given that it’s so close to the site of 9/11.  Plus, do  you really want to lose your U-Haul deposit?  Only if you don’t care about the Ikhwan‘s [the Brotherhood’s] money and you’re trying to see what happens when you park on the bridge, how long the response time is, etc.  If this was really a legitimate truck problem, why did the driver leave?

I don’t buy that this was just an innocent mishap.  It simply doesn’t make sense.  Especially on one of the busiest bridges not far from Ground Zero.

Like reader/blogger/writer Barry Popik says:

Same jihad news, different day.

Yup, in a nutshell.

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19 Responses

Good thing the muslim world likes us now.

samurai on May 6, 2010 at 1:57 am

i was jus thinking that after i heard about a dry run my dad works in queens and mom is about to go out and visit him next week obviously there is something going on there is a much bigger plot than we thought i really dont want my mom goinng there and my dad workign there but we gotta live our lives like normal!

aj niss on May 6, 2010 at 2:32 am

Just for the record, the Triborough bridge is MILES from Ground Zero.

Miranda Rose Smith on May 6, 2010 at 5:03 am

Its another “isolated incident.” And we still don’t know yet who drove the truck.

But all of these “isolated incidents” are beginning to add up to a pattern. Its time to connect the dots.

But don’t count on the authorities to pursue them any time soon.

NormanF on May 6, 2010 at 5:08 am

An obvious dry run indeed. I have the worst feeling that something will happen that will cause the November elections to be called off or worse.

Soyphobia on May 6, 2010 at 5:10 am

An article at Canada Free Press wonders if the times Square scare was a dry run…

“In the midst of the love fest press conference held by Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to pat each other on the back and garner accolades from the press after the capture of Islamic terrorist Faisal Shahzad for the attempted car bombing in Times Square, three important questions were never asked – but absolutely demand answers.

1. How did an Islamic terrorist successfully plant a car bomb in the middle of the most high profile city in America – during peak social and tourist hours?
2. How did an Islamic terrorist leave the scene undetected?
3. How did that same Islamic terrorist come within an airport runway of leaving the country?

In the same city that was attacked by Islamic terrorists on 9/11/2001, Islamic terrorists came calling again.

In what you would call an “in your face” move, the Islamic terrorists returned to New York City for an encore performance. Only this time, instead of flying, they took to the streets and drove a weapon of mass destruction smack dab into the middle of the most photographed, camera monitored, and populated iconic area of the city – Times Square.”

Bob Porrazzo on May 6, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I find it interesting the Canadians identify the enemy and ask the hard questions our MSM is simply not interested in. Debbie was going to get around to asking those questions but now that they have been asked, it is possible to blow up a major bomb in the heart of New York without any one’s suspicions being aroused? Yes, it is and as I’ve said there will be a next time.

    NormanF on May 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

It must have been some one who was unhappy about Obama’s
healthcare bill (or maybe his bizarre ‘standup’ routine).

I need to drive on that bridge tomorrow! After 9/11/01 I held my breath while crossing every NYC area bridge. Then, I (and others, I’m guessing) relaxed about it. No need to be

If only I felt that the government was really fighting this instead of in bed with it (leading it?).

But that’s wishful thinking. And as for NYC Mayor Bloomberg….OMG, is he a jerk!

Cat K on May 6, 2010 at 7:06 am

I had a conversation with some of my more (admittedly) liberal relatives last Thanksgiving. We were talking about our trip to New York. I quipped, “Glad we got to see everything before some nutjob blows it up.” Naturally, this was dismissed as the opinion of the poor, paranoid relative.

Oops. Who’s laughing now, kids? And yes, I’m thankful we wandered into Times Square.

cirrus1701 on May 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

i was jus thinking that after i heard about a dry run my dad works in queens and mom is about to go out and visit him next week obviously there is something going on there is a much bigger plot than we thought i really dont want my mom goinng there and my dad workign there but we gotta live our lives like normal!

islamicnet on May 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

How much do you want to bet they’ll discover the deposit was paid in counterfiet bills?

David B on May 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

The terrorists are looking for soft targets, and they will find them. We are not even prepared to question the entry of people from countries that either tolerate or encourage such Islamist terror groups. No, I do not think diversity or hurt feelings trumps a stack of dead bodies. Unfortunately, General Casey and Mayor Bloomberg seem to believe otherwise.

sorrow01 on May 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Dry run? Perhaps. But let’s not ignore the “desensitization” effect. After a few dozen of these curious and bizarre incidents, people think to themselves, “Oh, it’s just more crazy stuff. Nothing to worry about”. Then eventually, it’s something more.

Raymond in DC on May 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

Are all the terrorists who get caught amateurish buffoons?

That terrorist training camp he went to must have been run by the same people who manage the curriculum at the University of Phoenix online.

The Terrorist's Advocate on May 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

You can thank The President for all this terrorism. He has invited it to our land by ratifying the murderous muzzies. Everyday he has killed another American value.

I am waiting to hear someone, anyone, expose what the muzzies are now doing in Turkey.

goldenmike4393 on May 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Looks like toll booth employees and street vendors are way more capable of protecting us than the DHS. Get these people to take over for Ja-No, et al…

If and when this terrorist is caught, will the DHS again give themselves a hugh pat on the back for doing a half assed job?

Also, where is the news media jumping the gun again and claiming that a racist white guy did this?

Jarhead on May 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm is reporting:
Simple car thief behind U-Haul truck that caused bomb scare on Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: cops

Read more:

Simple. Got it. Uh huh.

wtd on May 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Not surprised here. …I’m waiting for CNN etc to say that the driver got out to look for a bathroom, or some other nonsense. The bridges, tunnels , shopping malls, etc are all soft targets and the terrorists know this. Welcome to Iraq-on-the-Hudson.

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