An employee of Austin Women's Health Center in Austin, TX came to work this morning to find a "suspicious package" in the parking lot. She called the police - which any abortion clinic staffer knows to do - who found that the package was, in fact, a bomb. The explosive device was then disarmed while a "nearby apartment complex was evacuated and traffic halted on the interstate" that runs by the clinic, according to a Reuters story.
Both the FBI and the ATF were brought in. Nearby, the Hope Medical Group is on instant alert, increasing monitoring of the clinic and surrounding areas. But certainly not because the national news media told them to. No, they found out through their own network, using their own connections. Why weren't they - and other abortion clinics around the country - immediately informed? Maybe because the most this story warranted, as far as national media goes, was a short piece that came through the wire via the Associated Press and Reuters.
So, we've got the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and a bomb planted in a high-traffic area. This is certainly worthy of national news, no? Well, not if it's a bomb meant for an abortion clinic obviously.
(Via Lawyers, Guns and Money.)