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For All Nails #166: I Heard the News Today
NABC network feed, 10:00 PM EST, April 18, 1975
Graphic on screen, with theme music:
NABC Nightly Report with Jeremy Bonner
Voiceover:  NABC Nightly Report for Friday, April 18, 1975, here is Jeremy
BONNER, seated at anchor desk: Good evening.  A shocking act of violence
early this morning has destroyed a Confederation office building in Endicott,
New York.  Current reports indicate no one was killed or hurt by the blast,
which appears to have been deliberately timed to avoid any casualties.  For
more, we now go live to our correspondent Neil McCombs, live in Endicott,
New York.
CUT to a shot of McCombs standing outside the well-lit wreckage of the CNA
building in Endicott.  Workers can be seen going through the ruins.
McCOMBS: Thank you, Jeremy.  I'm standing here by the ruins of the Confederation
Building in downtown Endicott.  According to CBI spokesmen, the building
was destroyed by the detonation of a large van loaded with explosives parked
outside.  As far as we know, at around one-thirty this morning two men claiming
to be maintenance workers gained entry to the back door of the building.
CUT to a closeup of a man in a security guard's uniform.  Text at the bottom
of the screen identifies him as Robert Stahl.
STAHL: They showed me a work order for cleaning the ventilation.  Said it
was going to be noisy and they'd been asked to do it at night when no one
would have work disturbed.  It looked very real.  I took them to the lobby
to make sure the other guards knew.  Next thing I knew, they pulled out guns
and shot us.

CUT to a slow camera pan over the ruins, taken during the daytime.
McCOMBS, in voiceover: No maintenance was scheduled, according to building
staff we talked to.  The guns appear to have been tranquilizer guns.  The
perpetrators apparently removed the guards to a park three blocks away before
detonating the explosives.  The security cameras had somehow been sabotaged
ten minutes before that.  Images were viewed on the monitors at the security
desk so as not to alarm the guards, but the recording had stopped.  As a
result, no vitatape evidence is available.  CBI investigators are currently
looking at how the sabotage might have been done. 
CUT to a shot of a CBI agent at a portable podium, speaking to many reporters.
 Text at the bottom of the screen identifies him as Burgoyne Redding, Chief
Superintendent for the Endicott CBI field office.

REDDING: We are looking at whether the perpetrators tampered with the building's
camera recording system.  Evidence on this may be difficult to obtain due
to the heavy damage.

CUT back to McCombs.
McCOMBS: When asked as to the possibility of inside help on gaining entry
to the building and in sabotaging the recording equipment, Redding had no

CUT back to Redding.

REDDING:  We found pieces of three locomobiles belonging to the guards in
the wreckage.  We also found pieces of a van not belonging to any of them,
or anyone authorized to be in the building.  Traces of high-grade explosive
were found, and we feel the van was filled with it.  We are working at this
time to trace the origin of the van through Locomobile Identification Numbers.
 We are also working with descriptions the guards gave us.

CUT back to McCombs.

BONNER, in voiceover: Neil, are there any leads as to who was responsible
for this bombing?

McCOMBS: Well, informed sources say the CBI does have several different leads.
 The most promising so far involve the so-called 'army clubs' that have sprung
up in and around the Northern Confederation over the last few years.  These
clubs are hotbeds of radicalism and their members appear to mythologize the
North American Rebellion: our sources have noted that today is in fact the
200th anniversary of the start of the Rebellion.

BONNER: Neil, is there any evidence of foreign involvement in this attack?

McCOMBS: No, Jeremy, there has not been any word on that at this time.  CBI
spokesman have mentioned that they currently have no reason to connect this
attack with the Bali bombing.
CUT back to Bonner.

BONNER: Neil, the CBI lost its own facilities in this bombing.  How are they
running the investigation?
CUT back to McCombs.

McCOMBS: Well, Jeremy, the local and provincial militias have been more than
willing to lend a hand, with use of their labs, facilities, and manpower.
 We have been told that other CBI offices are assisting with the investigation.
CUT back to Bonner.
BONNER: We look forward to hearing what they find out.  Thank you, Neil.

10:06 PM
New Orleans, Georgia
Daniel Henry thought his boss had it all worked out. Mailing the claim of
responsibility from nowhere near the scene of the crime or his own area of
work made sense.  Mailing it from a place where the army clubs couldn't be
remotely connected to was brilliant.  _If you are going to own up to the
crime, leave the CBI as little evidence as possible._  They might crack down,
but they would have trouble prosecuting individuals for this.  He dropped
the letters, one to each of the network news divisions, in the mailbox.

Thanks to Noel Maurer for his advice and experience with broadcast copy.