Tuesday, April 16, 2013


It's the morning after the Boston Marathon Massacre -- an event captured in this collection of horrific-yet-epic high-resolution photos -- and the public is grasping for clues. Who is responsible? One of the more intriguing early reports came from CBS News senior correspondent John Miller...
authorities are also reviewing surveillance video that shows a man from behind carrying two backpacks near the site of the explosions. Authorities are not sure whether the subject in the video is linked to the blasts.
Oddly, no other news source has independently confirmed this "surveillance video" claim, although AP (not to mention a number of right-wing blogs) have referenced Miller's story.

A search warrant was served on an apartment in Revere, a suburb in Boston.
Some investigators were seen leaving the Revere apartment building early Tuesday carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.

WBZ says the search lasted nine hours. The Revere Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page it was for "a person of interest."

Two men were questioned by federal agents in the lobby overnight and handed over their passports before they were allowed to go upstairs, WBZ reports.
The most recent reports imply that this apartment was rented to the same 20 year-old Saudi male, now hospitalized, who was touted as a possible suspect by a number of early news accounts.

There is also the surprisingly vexed question of unexploded devices allegedly recovered near the finish line of the Marathon. Did they or did they not exist? The same recent CBS report includes this paragraph:
CBS News has learned no unexploded devices were found in the vicinity of the race, contrary to earlier reports.
This earlier AP report told a quite different tale...
As many as two unexploded bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.
Very odd, this. "Senior intelligence official" is how reporters usually refer to someone at the very top of an agency who speaks off the record. But how could an authority in so august a position get such an important fact wrong?

This source (for what it is worth) says
Police found an unexploded bomb at 600 Boylston Street and had its Bomb Squad detonate it.
I do recall the detonation being covered live on the news.

There is also the question of the unidentified man photographed on the rooftop of a building overlooking the bombsite.  Although many have offered theories about this figure, the most interesting comment may be found here:
I just checked online. The building he is standing on is 755 Boylston Street. It's a residential building with a rooftop deck. The building also has security and surveillance system in the common areas which means there was most likely a camera on the roof.
I checked out that address on Google Earth; there appears to be patio furniture on that roof. Since the patio is likely accessible only by someone who lives on the top floor, I presume that the identity of this mystery man will soon be clarified.

Finally, there is the mystery of the fire at the JFK Library. Although initial reports suggested that a bomb had exploded here, these were soon corrected by accounts which spoke of an electrical fire unrelated to the bombings at the marathon finish line. This story, however, re-opens the possibility of a linkage.

More soon.
I find it really strange that it's CBS and the NY Post ... and absolutely no other media source ... reporting about this Saudi National.

Not only that, the law enforcement spokespeople keep saying they're mistaken, but they persist in their reports. They're either really sure or really determined to sell this version of events. (which the rightwing and anti-muslim "jihad" bloggers are all-too-glad to keep using for cover, of course. Anyone who doesn't think Jihad Pam Geller didn't have her meme set within the first few seconds of the initial report of a bomb has got to be blind.)

...But at least the Post finally dropped that crazy inflated death count, so there's that...
This is probably totally unconnected, nobody else seems to be mentioning it, but Boston had tenuous connection to the IRA and The Troubles; the bombings in the UK are still engraved on my heart, so this article gave me pause:


A bell rang, but mainly due to names, the date and place - I guess, and again probably not connected with yesterday's tragedy, but a coincidence that only I, and maybe other Brits, might have noticed?

The report of a UM track coach who was running in the event:

Local story censored from national feed

University of Mobile's Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.

"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

(Shades of 9/11 when workers in the South Tower were told to go back into their offices. That the fire was under control.)

Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.

"Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."


H/T to BrassCheck, which found and supplied the video clip in which this information is described by the coach.

Look for conspiracies everywhere, eventually you'll find some. There's some 9-11-01 people out there who'll gladly tell you theirs.

To put it less flippantly, a massive rush of information needs to be parsed and categorized before you can start drawing lines.

There's alot of hearsay and very little truth, the deal is finding it out first.
Re: Twilight

I hadn't heard of the linked story you mention, but I was wondering about an IRA connection as well.

However, as I understood it anyway, the Boston area was a hotbed for IRA sympathizers, so this would be presumably a UK revenge attack on them?

I dismissed it as way too long ago for that to be playing now, but vengeance is a dish best served cold, and avengers of others' deaths may honor no statute of limitations.

@ Anonymous (XI) - I had to read that linked piece several times to understand who was asking for what and why.

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal that sought to keep interviews with former Irish Republican Army members from being turned over to police in Northern Ireland.

I think the police in NI are getting what they wanted due to Supreme court ruling - which means former IRA people could be feeling disgruntled. But, yes, it's a stretch and a half to think that they'd be involved in something as wicked this, at this point in time. Still....no leads seem to have appeared elsewhere.

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