Alabama hostage rescue under direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta —Alabama hostage rescue: why some secrets will remain in the bunker 05 Feb 2013 While more will surely be told about the ordeal in Alabama, which ended Monday with a late afternoon raid that saved 5-year-old Ethan but ended in the death of Jimmy Lee Dykes, it’s also clear that parts of the operation will remain shrouded in secrecy, given that it involved America’s most expert paramilitary counter-terrorism units collaborating with US special operations forces, under the direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “This all rings of a unique covert operation,” says Randall Rogan, a crisis communications expert at Wake Forest University who has been following the story closely, adding the multiagency involvement is “atypical, quite honestly, for…what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event.” “There may be some general overview and general description of what happened, but there won’t be full, complete disclosure,” he says. “And that’s understandable. There are people out there who pay attention and who would make note of it, who are cognizant of what transpired and how it transpired, and who may take steps to prevent that sort of tactic from being utilized in the future.”
High-tech military detection gear delivered to aid in Alabama hostage surveillance 04 Feb 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved a request from the FBI for high-tech military detection equipment to assist in surveillance on the underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage, CNN has learned… The military detection equipment was delivered on site, according to a military official, but it could not immediately be determined if the equipment was used before or during the rescue. Three Defense Department officials tell CNN that the equipment requested was similar to the technology used in war zones to detect buried explosives. Some small number of troops would have been needed to operate the equipment on-site. “Panetta personally approved it” said one senior Defense official, emphasizing the military was prepared to offer whatever it could to assist in rescuing the child.
Midland City, Alabama (CNN) — Two bombs were discovered Tuesday inside the bunker where an FBI team rescued a 5-year-old boy from his kidnapper, the agency said.
The FBI said they “disrupted” the two explosive devices. One was in the bunker and another was in the PVC pipe that hostage taker Jimmy Lee Dykes sometimes used to communicate with the authorities, Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson said in a written statement.
The agency sent in a hostage rescue team after negotiations broke down with Dykes, who apparently had bombs in the bunker and shot at agents when they stormed the bunker.
The search for other bombs will continue Wednesday, Richardson said.
MIDLAND CITY, AL (WSFA) –
After seven days with few developments in a child hostage standoff in the southeast Alabama town of Midland City, authorities say the crisis has come to an end.
The child, identified only as “Ethan”, was taken to an area hospital and is said to be “okay”. The kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, was killed as agents raided the underground bunker where he was holding the boy. It wasn’t immediately known if Dykes took his own life or if agents killed him. A press conference is expected sometime Monday evening at which authorities say they will attempt to answer questions. A time for that briefing is not currently known.
Steve Richardson with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Mobile office told media about an hour after the standoff ended that, while negotiations with Dykes remained constant over the last week, during the last 24 hours talks “deteriorated” and Dykes was seen holding a gun. It wasn’t known exactly how authorities were able to tell that Dykes was holding a weapon, but they chose to move in at that point.
Report: Alabama shooting suspect identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a ‘survivalist,’ Southern Poverty Law Center says
MIDLAND CITY, Alabama — Explosives specialists with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on site in southern Alabama where lawmen say a 65-year-old man fatally shot a school bus driver Tuesday and has held a child from the bus hostage overnight in a bunker near his home.
FBI officials, as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Office, are also on the scene assisting local sheriffs and police agencies. According to law enforcement sources, the 6-year-old boy being held hostage is autistic, and also requires medication. That medication was allowed to be delivered to him, authorities said. The suspect reportedly has no ties to the little boy.
Sources tell Al.com the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is a Vietnam veteran looking to gain attention to “air his grievances.” The Southern Poverty Law Center said today that Dale County Sheriff’s Investigator Tim Byrd told SPLC’s “Hatewatch” that Dykes has “anti-America” views. They described him as a “survivalist” with ties to the antigovernment movement.