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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 05/ 3/2010

Previous Times Square bombing still unsolved

By Jeff Stein

The two-year-old bombing of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square remains unsolved and police are still looking for the perpetrator, the FBI said today.

Asked if the investigation remained active, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said “yes.”

(Technically speaking, any unsolved case remains open, of course, no matter how many years have passed.)

Authorities are considering all motives for Saturday night’s Times Square bombing attempt, meanwhile, including the possibility that the nearby military recruiting office was a target again.

As with the current incident, security cameras played a role in the investigation of the March 6, 2008 incident. In that case, an individual was recorded riding a bicycle up to the recruiting center, dismounting, leaving a small bomb, then riding away.

No one was injured in the blast, which caused minimal damage. Authorities speculate that the small device was meant to send an antiwar “message” without causing casualties.

Police saw similarities between that bombing and two previous incidents involving an individual on a bicycle, against the British Consulate in 2005 and the Mexican Consulate in 2007, but those cases also remain unsolved.

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By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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If a NY policeman has "reasonable suspicion" concerning a resident and asks for his papers, should the resident comply or perhaps call the policeman a NAZI and say, "I don't need no stinking papers" ?

Shouldn't all resident merely show their identification papers when asked by any police officer ?

Not just in NY, but in OH, GA, and even AZ !

What if this resident has no identification papers ?

Should the police let him go or perhaps ask the FBI and ICE to perform a warrant check ?

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