For the last few days in Melbourne we have had MEDIA SATURATION with the foiled Mothers’ Day bomb plot. A headline in the Herald Sun: “Lives saved when teenager’s alleged attack foiled, police say”.
Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said the 17-year-old was allegedly “well advanced” in preparing a bomb. “We do believe the young man intended to explode a device at an event over the coming days,” but reports have called the device “rudimentary.”
Without independent transport, this 17 year would have had to be driven by his unsuspecting parents to deliver the rudimentary device.
The suspect is a shy, 17 year old with no passport, no independent income, nor transport. He is the son of a respected doctor, and the police have said “His family are a caring, loving family that are now very, very distraught as a consequence of what is alleged,”.
The suspect was ranting on Facebook and infuriating friends that suggested he had been “brainwashed”. His sister told the Sunday Herald Sun, “That’s not my brother. He would not hurt a fly,’’ and “…it is just him being a keyboard warrior, it’s not a representation of him at all.”
The mainstream media has saturated this incident, with the Herald Sun this morning dedicating the first five pages to the 17 year old’s arrest. The headlines also declared that thousands of Victorians had “braved” the Mothers’ Day run.
Details of the plot may be kept secret.
The police have showed understanding for the respected immigrant family’s predicament – however, in the dramatic swoop to apprehend the 17 year old, his mother thought they were being attacked by terrorists.