Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:11

Boston Marathon Bombings: Questions Remain Unanswered

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The motive behind the April 15 twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed at least three and injured more than 175, remains shrouded in mystery as of Tuesday afternoon. Although law enforcement officials reportedly have a Saudi national in custody as a “person of interest,” it remains unclear whether the bombings are an act of terrorism or simply the actions of a lone insane bomber without political motivation. The bombings apparently included a pressure cooker in a backpack, with some type of ball bearing or other shrapnel in it.

The presence of a Saudi national at the marathon event is not by itself suspicious or unusual, as many people come to Boston from around the world for both the marathon and for college study. Boston is largely an international college town, with some 53 colleges and universities within the city and its inner highway Route 128 loop. Several dozen additional colleges and universities are within the outer Route 495 highway loop of the Boston metropolitan area as well.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick debunked early news stories that claimed other explosive devices were found. “Two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday,” Patrick said at an April 15 evening press conference. “There were no unexploded explosive devices found.” Early reports that a fire at the JFK Library in Dorchester — several miles from the marathon route — was related proved to be untrue. The library fire was ruled a “mechanical fire” after an initial investigation.

At least one eyewitness to the event, University of Mobile's cross country coach Ali Stevenson, claimed in an interview with a local television network that he saw bomb-sniffing dogs and unprecedented security even before the bombs exploded. 

President Obama said in an April 16 press conference that the bombing was a “cowardly act” and stressed that “the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.” Obama also noted that he had no information as of Tuesday morning about the perpetrator(s) or the motive. “What we don't yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why,” Obama said. “Clearly, we are at the beginning of our investigation.... In the coming days, we will pursue every effort to get to the bottom of what happened.”

The media was quick to speculate about the motives behind the unknown bombers, with Wolf Blitzer suggesting on CNN within moments of the bombing report that since the bombing was on April 15, it could have been carried out by a tax protester or related to the Patriots' Day holiday in Massachusetts. “It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots' Day and,” Blitzer told his CNN audience, “who knows if that had anything at all to do with these explosions?” ABC News has suggested similar motivations. Blitzer's speculations were couched in advice not to draw conclusions, but it drew a call from Congressman Steve Stockman for an apology from Blitzer. Indeed, this week is an anniversary to a number of terrorist incidents, such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the Waco massacre.   

The bombing drew condemnation from across the Muslim world, though one former Salafist prisoner in Jordan praised the bombing. "Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there," Mohammad el-Chalabi told local press after the bombing.

Obama claimed in his April 16 press conference that “We also know this: The American people refuse to be terrorized.” Yet the pattern after most terrorist incidents is a call for security, even if it does away with traditional civil liberties.

Boston is no stranger to terrorist actions, as two of the four planes that crashed during the September 11 attacks on 2001 took off from Boston's Logan Airport. It was also the site of a 2007 bomb scare, later determined to be a harmless prank. Moreover, Boston was a target for bombings before and during the “Red Scare” nearly 100 years ago, which involved more than 100 bombings — most through the mail — against major U.S. cities between 1917 and 1920.

Photo of emergency workers aiding victims of the Boston bombing: AP Images

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  • Comment Link Tionico Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:34 posted by Tionico

    The disgusting media dupes have it dead wrong. Anyone wanting to follow on the Patriot's Day theme would surely NOT perpetrate such a bombing with no identifiable target. No, they would almost certainly pull off some mission designed to make tyrannical government suffer. Remembering WHY the Colonials of Massachussetts stood firm at Lexington and Concord, one would easily understand it was NOT a random act of non-directed violence, but a purposeful stand against the attempt to disarm them, as ordered by King George. To quote Captain Jonathan Parker, of the Lexington Militia, "we don't want to have a war, but if THEY mean to have one, let it begin here". They did, and it did. They were fired upon unprovoked by British Regular troops, and only returned a ragged volley. Their goal was to end that conflict. As the day progressed, and the Regulars fired upon them, again unprovoked, they first returned devastating aimed fire, then persued them all the way back to Boston, some 20 miles. Their goal, once again, was to end the direct threat. Anyone wanting to memorialise that day would be taking action against perceived tyranny in government. Random violence against innocent citizens would NOT be in keeping with the sentiment of the day.
    ile,
    These "news wonks" are guilty of lieing to foment further division. WHY? WHAT is their motive? What end to they have in view, thus stirring up the public? They did the same thing immediately the first reports about the Tucson shooting, Aurora Cinemark, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Newtown........ NONE of which were carried out by anyone even remotely resembling their stereotypes of the perpetrator. Meanwhile, they give a complete "pass' to the likes of Holder (Fast and Furious), Clinton (Benghazi)... and our notorious resident kinyun who, with total impunity, continues to rain down death from the skies vie unmaned drones, operated by OUR tax dollars.. one of which most recently "accidentally" bombed a wedding, killing quite a number of innocents....... and injuring twice the number hurt in the Boston bombing yesterday. And they work for us? Seems they've forgotten that detail.

  • Comment Link James Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:11 posted by James

    "One former Salafist prisoner in Jordan praised the bombing. "Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there," - Mohammad el-Chalabi. - I live in the U.S. and thought the same thing long before this ever came into thought of those that did this bombing. Many articles long in advance have brought this to the attention of its readers. Those that run the government and those that buy our politicians knew this and they let it come to happen knowing that from this they could further their agenda of full government control of the nation. Watch this used from now on that every event that brings out thousands of people has to have security check points before anyone can enter the area for the gathering. I can't say it will be this way or that way, that is anyone's guess that has watched the government takeover of the nation for the past 25 plus years. 'Never let a good bombing go to waste.'

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