PA GOP: Did Pennsylvania’s Other Elected Officials Know About Kanjo’s Plans To Bomb The 11th Congressional District
Did PA’s U.S. Senators, Governor, State Legislators Or State Police Know About This Project Before It Was Announced?
HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Congressman Paul Kanjorski’s announcement that Luzerne County may be the new home of a military-style training camp that would result in the detonation of 500 bombs each year in the 11th Congressional District. Gleason also questioned whether or not U.S. Senators Casey and Specter, Governor Ed Rendell, members of the state legislature or the Pennsylvania State Police were aware of the project. “Congressman Paul Kanjorski will do absolutely anything to get re-elected, even if it means blowing up part of his district,” Gleason said. “With so many explosives involved and the possibility of public backlash against the project, one can’t help but wonder if Congressman Kanjorski discussed his plans to bring this facility to Luzerne County with U.S. Senators Casey or Specter, Governor Ed Rendell, local members of the state legislature or the Pennsylvania State Police. One can only imagine how many complaints the Pennsylvania State Police will receive as bombs are detonated more than once a day, nine or ten times a week. “Kanjorski’s announcement last week was a desperate move by a desperate candidate who sees his long career as a Washington, D.C. bureaucrat coming to an end.” The State Department originally planned to put this center in Ruthsburg, Md., but abandoned the site because of public opposition to the potential noise from bomb blasts and gunfire. A February 23, 2010 article in The Washington Post reports: The little bombs scheduled to go off nine or 10 times a week in Ruthsburg would be a nuisance, and the bigger ones detonated every few weeks could be more of a headache. But it’s the three-pounders that have residents in a panic. They’re convinced that it’ll amount to mini-earthquakes, shaking pictures off walls and slowly tearing apart a historical landmark — not to mention scaring the bejesus out of their children, chickens and horses. (Aaron C. Davis, “Some In Md. Town Call Anti-Terrorism Training Camp A Dud, The Washington Post, 2/23/10)