As police tightened security measures on public buildings and airports on the West Coast of the United States, a New York City courthouse was rocked by an explosion in the early hours of Saturday (October 10).
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Background: As police tightened security measures on public buildings and airports on the West Coast of the United States, a New York City courthouse was rocked by an explosion in the early hours of Saturday (October 10). It appeared that the blast was result of one of a series of bomb threats from underground extremist groups promised for the weekend.
In Washington on Friday (October 9) the Pentagon advises National Guard Units to be ready for possible terrorist attacks. This followed an announcement by the National Guard in California the same day that it had received information from undisclosed sources stating that, beginning at 22.30 local time, "The Weathermen will start attacking throughout the weekend every public building, aircraft installation, aircraft and military building throughout the State".
Security was immediately reinforced in several other States, but it could not stop the New York courthouse explosion. A warning was telephoned by a purported Weatherman half-an-hour before the detonation which blew out the second storey front of the building. Nobody was injured.
Other bomb threats were received by police, newspapers and other agencies throughout California. Following other recent bomb plantings in the United States, the threats were treated seriously.
At Standford University in Palo Alto, California, a threat to bomb the football stadium during a game with the University of Southern California on Saturday (October 10) resulted in close scrutiny of arriving spectators by a strong force of police. The stadium was also searched before the game.
First hint of possible trouble at Stanford university came with the discovery in bus station lockers of a photostatted message which read: "Football is Amerika at its fascist worst. It's the circus maximus of the declining American empire. When the U.S. Government is slaughtering people at home as well as abroad, we will not allow football games to divert people's minds from this reality. The stadium will be blasted if the game goes on."
Other letters from several Weathermen groups claimed credit for several recent explosions in California and Seattle.
The messages came from groups named the "Purple Sunshine Clan" the "Quarter Moon Tribe", the "Weathermen Underground", and the "Perfect Park Grown Qarden Society".
The letter from the "Perfect Park Group" said: "Everywhere the people are moving against pig Amerika. As the beast falls, a new culture of life arises: our families and gardens, our music and acid and weed, their Bank of Amerika burning to the ground".
All the Weathermen letters referred to the nation as "Amerika" All were photostatic copies -- a device to prevent tracing of the documents to a particular typewriter.