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February 16, 2018

"Under the Full Moon The Small Ones Will Know Terror:" FBI Busts Twin Brothers For Explosives, Possible Plot to Bomb School

Well, they did follow up and investigate this tip, and probably averted a lot of needless deaths.

This NY Post article has additional details.

In a very strange sequence of events...

* One brother, Christian Toro, was reported to be having an "inappropriate relationship" with an underage student at a charter school where he worked.

* The student called in a threat to the school (and was later arrested). Possibly this was some kind of retaliation against Toro for the "inappropriate relationship."

* Toro resigned from the school shortly thereafter.

* Toro was arrested for statutory rape on January 5.

* I think at this point Toro's computer was seized, where investigators found bomb-making instructions as well as the chilling note, "Under the full moon the small ones will know terror."

* The computer also mentioned and "operation flash," which I assume police feared would be a bombing campaign (though I don't think they've said that or proven that).

* They began investigating both Toro and his twin brother Tyler on suspicion of bomb-making.

* They found the two brothers had been stockpiling explosives since October, and had had paid underage students (I assume this mean's Christian Toro's own students, but the article doesn't specify) to break down fireworks to extract the more serious explosive powders from them.

* They were found in possession of iron oxide and aluminium powder, which combine to form thermite.

* A diary was found containing the messages, "WE ARE TWIN TOROS STRIKE US NOW" and "WE WILL RETURN WITH NANO THERMITE."

* However, looking up thermite, it does not appear to be an actual explosive, but instead a compound that burns at a high heat and thus can be used for welding or cutting metal. Whether they had additional explosives, I don't know, and I don't know what they were planning to do with the thermite. Wikipedia does mention that thermite is used in incendiary bombs, to set things on fire. I guess if you put an explosive core in the middle of thermite, you would blow the intensely-hot-burning thermite on to any victims on the blast area.

The twin brothers pled "not guilty" to the various bomb-making charges today. Authorities say they had not picked targets or assembled any actual bombs yet.

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