15 January, 2022 Hotel Attacks
(Muir Analytics’ Quick Brief is broadly based on the Pentagon EXSUM briefing method. The aim is to quickly explain an evolving hotel threat issue in about 15 lines in executive summary format. Muir has added a quick analysis of the issue that can help hotels mitigate certain risks.)
First, tactically, the Hard Rock’s security staffers were highly effective. As the ATF said, their high level of professionalism probably saved lives and prevented property damage.
Second, the security team’s actions also suggest they likely had some level of technical IED identification and reaction training. Why? Because if they had identified a more sophisticated device, they might not have moved it. The Hard Rock IED had a visco fuse emanating from it, indicating it required a lighter or match to ignite, and motion was probably not going to set it off.
Having said this, the security team certainly exhibited bravery because the bomb could easily have been boobytrapped to look like a crude device when, in fact, it was a sophisticated one and designed to detonate by motion (like a trembler device) or by command (like a cell phone trigger.)
Third, outwardly, the device, with its tape and visco fuse, appeared quite crude, which suggests the bombmaker had, at the very least, rudimentary bombmaker skills that could be acquired via multiple sources, including online.
Fourth, since only one device was found, and since there were no reports of the perpetrator having a firearm on his person, the indication is this was not the work of a professional terrorist group targeting the hotel casino for a mass casualty event – such as detonating a device inside the property and then shooting people amidst the chaos. However, a deeper inferred analysis of the threat is not possible without more information.
Adding to this latter statement, the perpetrator might very well have found the device off property and left it outside as not to introduce it to the interior of the hotel casino. On the other hand, he might also have been testing security or reconnoitering the property for various attack scenarios.
Fifth, while the Bartlesville pipe bomb is certainly an issue of interest in the Hard Rock bomb case, law enforcement has not yet connected the two incidents.
Muir Analytics has a multitude of cases in its hotel violence database where bombs, explosive material, and/or destructive flammables were introduced into US hotels or onto US hotel properties by persons with malicious intent. In short, it is not an uncommon occurrence in America. Intelligence on hotel violence trends can help train hotel security, housekeeping, and other staffers on emergency and crisis response procedures in IED cases like these.
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“New details on the explosive device authorities found outside the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa,” Fox 23 News, 12 January 2022.
“Man arrested for placing an improvised explosive device outside of the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa,” Fox 23 News, 12 January 2022.
“Tulsa police safely detonate pipe bomb found at Bartlesville Walgreens, ATF Investigating,” 4 State News, 6 January 2022.
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