A STRANGE WEEK FOR NEWS #1: THE STOLEN RADIO TOWER
Every now and then there is a pattern among the non-patterns of the article-bearing emails that all of you send, and this has been one of those kinds of weeks. There has been no discernible pattern in the stories shared by all of you, except that the overwhelming majority of them have been not only off the beaten path of the normal goulash (or maybe one should say, ghoulash) of narratives and "creative writing" served up by the lamestream propotainment media, but they have been about things that were "small but unusual" stories.
Such is the story that heads off this "Strange Week for News", and it's even a story I myself listened to on a local talk radio station, and made a point of writing down a "note to self" to look the story up and blog about it. By the time I had perched myself in front of the computer to comb through the day's emails, many others of you had already heard or found the same story, and sent it to me.
What am I talking about?
I'm talking about that small radio station that, discovering it was off the air, sent its engineer out to determine why.
There was a very simply explanation why: someone had stolen it's 200 hundred feet tall broadcast tower with its antenna, that's why. Here's the version of the story many of you shared, so our thanks to "E.E. et al." of you who did so:
And here's the unbelievable core of the story:
Regardless, this inquiry is what WJLX station general manager Brett Elmore finds himself asking in Alabama - after a 200-foot radio tower was stolen.
On Friday, a landscaping crew informed him that there "wasn't much left" of the tower when they went to go maintain it, according to the NY Post, who cited WBRC.
"They stole every piece of equipment out of the building, cut the guy wires to the tower and SOMEHOW managed to down a 200' tower and take it from the property. Jasper Police is investigating and hopefully they will find who did it. It is a FEDERAL crime to tamper with a federally licensed facility," the post concluded.
Elmore concluded: "This really hurts a small operation like this, but like I said, I believe we will find out who did this. It is a federal crime and it absolutely will not be worth it to them."
Now before we get to my octane speculation of the day, there is one more thing to note about this odd event. A little internet searching of WJLX will reveal that the station is a small AM and FM radio station serving Jasper, Alabama, with a broadcast power of a mere 250 watts, just enough to cover the small community. After all, a 200 feet tall tower and 250 watts is not exactly going to make the station one of those big broadcast blow-torches broadcasting over a wide region at 50,000 watts. And for those who know how radio works, an FM station broadcasting from a tower of a mere 200 feet is...well, not exactly impressive. It will not cover much of an area since FM radio waves travel in a straight line and do not bounce off temperature layers in the atmosphere like AM does. But you get the basic ideas in both cases here:
Small tower, small radiating broadcast power, small coverage area.
All this brings us back to the article, because you'll note that the thieves stole not only the tower, but the broadcast equipment itself.
Why do I say thieves? Because pulling down (and apart?) a two hundred feet tall tower is probably not a job a one man team is going to be able to do, let alone cutting cable and removing other broadcast equipment. Doing so quickly is also a requirement: to do it at night will require some expertise, and during the day, to do it quickly enough as to minimize chances of discovery. In both cases, the team would have to work quickly in order to avoid detection.
All of this suggests that the team, however many people it might have employed, had to be relatively professional and familiar with what to do and how to do it, and able to do it quickly. And there are questions: (1) how was the tower removed? All in one piece? Or dismantled? My choice would be dismantled, at least reduced to "manageable loads", because a one piece removal would mean heavy equipment to move a very lengthy, and visible, tower. Still, cutting up a two hundred feet tall tower would seem to require some welding and cutting experience, plus equipment with at least some sort of crane to lift parts onto whatever conveyance was used to remove it from the property.
So the inevitable question: Why? What's the motive for stealing an entire broadcast tower along with the equipment? The simplest answer would appear to be that someone wants to set up some sort of small broadcast facility that is not legal nor licensed. But again, why? Once it starts operation, it would be easily and quickly detected, and found. So perhaps it is intended only for a one time broadcast. Or perhaps might whoever stole it be intending to modify the tower to be portable, and quickly erected and dismantled, so it could be moved? Perhaps. Or was the theft of the tower designed to remove suspicion from the real target, and real motive, the equipment? (or, vice versa).
And a final speculation: I cannot help but couple this event with the flood of illegals flooding into the country, some of whom, we may be confident, include terrorists and sleeper agents. Additionally, I am so suspicious of this event and its implications that I find myself adopting the ppositon of being skeptical in advance of any "facts" that might be revealed by the propotainment media subsequently, including any stories about the capture of the perpetrators and their motivations.
In any event, this is clearly a case were there are bound to be many more speculations than facts. And for that reason, I'm slotting this one in the "you tell me" category, because I think we'd all like to hear what other people think might be going on. You can also bet that this is being investigated by more than the local Jasper, Alabama police.
See you on the flip side...
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