Last Saturday evening, two Indianapolis homes exploded, killing two people and damaging 18 neighboring structures. At first, authorities suggested that it was caused by a gas leak or faulty furnace. However, overhead photos of the blast show devastation that looks much more like a bombing. According to CBS News, expert testimony suggests that a furnace could not cause this type of devastation. Also, Chicagoist is reporting that Citizens Energy has performed an investigation looking for gas leaks, and none could be found.
Federal officials were on the scene quickly. They took over the case and shut down the perimeter to outsiders. Though initial statements by government officials suggested a gas leak, law enforcers are treating the blast as a crime scene. Could it be possible that this explosion was caused by a drone strike? Let’s consider that theory.
Drone Strikes Are Silent, Mysterious, and Deadly
All over nations like Pakistan and Yemen, people wake up in the middle of the night to find their neighborhoods destroyed by unexpected explosions. The CIA never formally admits to carrying out these strikes, but everyone knows who is responsible. Drones fly very far overhead, such that they can’t be detected by those on the ground.
Civilian casualties are an accepted part of US policy regarding drone strikes, allegedly justified by the boogeyman status of the primary target. Could it be possible that someone in the US was considered such a high-value terrorist target that the CIA decided to conduct one of these strikes on US soil? Could a foreign nation have started carrying out their own drone campaigns and found someone writing blogs critical of their policy in the US? Though it’s too early to tell at this point, it’s certainly possible and in some ways plausible.
What Happens If We Find Out a Drone Strike Occurred on US Soil?
The only real fact specifically known about the cause of the Indianapolis blast at this point is that no one knows why it happened. Though it is possible that a drone strike caused the blast, the probability is fairly small. However, given the fact that the government now claims the ability to detain or kill US citizens without a trial if they are suspected of terrorism, it would not be surprising for a drone strike to happen on US soil at some point.
What happens if we wake up one morning to find out that a neighborhood was destroyed in an attempt to take out an allegedly high-profile terrorist target? What happens if innocent people including women and children are hurt or killed in the blast? Most Americans will find this potentiality far-fetched, but people in Pakistan and Yemen are living out this reality every day.
Whether or not this blast was caused by a drone strike, the rumors allow us to put our own drone campaign into perspective. For families in Pakistan and Yemen, these explosions happen all the time, and, not because of gas leaks, but because of missiles fired by Predator drones.
The Indianapolis explosion was likely caused by foul play of some kind. The explosion was too large to be a mere gas leak or furnace malfunction. However, it could have been caused by a variety of types of foul play, all of which are reasonable theories at this point. The main aspect that points to a drone strike is the fact that no one can tell what caused the explosion, as drones move silently, miles above their targets. That said, further forensic analysis must take place before it will be clear as to what exactly caused the explosion.
If it were a drone strike, it would probably be covered up after the fact. Also, unless the person who conducted the strike were to come forward to officials on the ground, it may never occur to them to consider that possibility during the investigation. Regardless, further data from the investigation will doubtlessly leak to the public over the coming days, and that will paint a clearer picture as to what happened.