Regarding the media coverage of the Boston bombing:
We all send our love and support to the citizens of Boston.....my comments do not reflect a lack of concern for the severity of this incident....
Why did all of corporate media suspend regular programming for days of uneventful news coverage on the bombing? This is important. As important why was there almost no coverage of a terrorist event that was far more horrific and deadly at West, Texas? I think most understand but I will shout it out.
The US is moving quickly towards autocracy and one of those signs is a captured state media. We know that the only issues covered are those given by pols and the selected talking heads. We see in autocratic North Korea and China the state media parading the War strength of these nations and we hear from Public Radio International a great piece on the autocratic policies of surveillance as a tool of subjugation of the West Bank Palestinians. All of this was on display in the Boston bombing. It was important to the US government to allow domestic citizens and the world see what response is capable and to allow all to see the surveillance process. The repeated images were not the point....it was the man/boy hunt. An entire Iraqi-style search for one wounded 19 year old boy. What mainstream media didn't show you and what was flooding the social media was the military swat teams complete with mini-tanks and dogs invading a middle-class Watertown demanding entrance into people's homes for searches and of course the entire shut down of the city for those few days. This is how they handled Iraqi insurgents and it is what Israeli military does to occupied Palestine. This was martial law. The question everyone asks is how and who can determine to handle these events in this manner?
We are left to believe that there are lots of answers needed to be gotten. Why Boston and why these boys. We all understand why
Boston, NYC, and DC are the targets....Boston is Harvard and MIT who provide the employees of Wall Street, NYC is Wall Street, and DC houses the pols that work for Wall Street. THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM WITH TERRORISM IS WALL STREET. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know this yet.....not one analysis will be given that leads to that conclusion. Because the US is occupied.....I call them Visigoths.....the 1%.
Meanwhile we have what was a horrific event that these few days was only referred to. Corporate media did not want loads of images on an event that was corporate terrorism and involved crimes against humanity by government and corporate officials. That is why it was allowed to be drowned out by empty programming. The West, Texas tragedy was an act of terror that involved fraud, malfeasance, manslaughter of children and seniors.....all of the stuff terrorist porn people like and indeed the social media was full of images and dialog. NPR had its typical selections of people who are told to say the people simply need to hold their chin up and rebuild. We are learning of the lack of inspections, the incredible stockpiling of explosive fertilizer and the zoning allowed around this plant that had senior retirement homes and schools be built right near this plant. This is third world stuff as is Texas these days......the reasons business is flocking to Texas is that it has the same conditions as third world Asia. No laws are enforced. So how does this happen? Again, it is the suspension of Rule of Law both at the state level and the federal level. No regulation is naked capitalism and this is Third Way corporate democrats who team with republicans to create this free-for-all and it is done purely for profit. This act of terror by the owners of the fertilizer plant and the government officials who conspired with these owners to allow fraud and malfeasance are guilty of manslaughter and we should see our media outlets following the same military units complete with tanks, dogs, and swat teams hunting down the pols and corporate execs involved in this tragedy......but corporate media and corporate NPR will not show that image!
Americans are catching on....even the stalwarts to trust are opening their eyes to the autocratic nature of post-financial crash America. It is easy to reverse.....we can turn things around in several years what it took these sociopaths to do in a few decades. RUN, VOTE, AND ORGANIZE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE THESE COMING ELECTIONS AND KICK THE AUTOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE!!
I am no a conspiracy theorist....I am an academic looking at these events from a historical prospective. I want to make this statement as someone who is seeing law enforcement lying a lot....and politicians and media covering up a lot....
We are now hearing that these two men had all kinds of other weapons and IEDs with other pack packs discovered as police administered chase. My question, if these bombers hijacked a car in the process of escape where were all these other weapons of mass destruction? Remember, this hijacking happened before the police knew who these two were. It feels to me officials are trying to create a scenario that would justify the massive counter against the surviving bomber. These questions are important because we cannot have government and media that deliberately misinforms the public.
“Contractors” at Boston Marathon Stood Near Bomb, Left Before Detonation
(Photos) Seen across street after blasts talking with FBI bomb squad. Who were they? What were they and the FBI doing? By Tony Cartalucci Global Research, April 19, 2013 Land Destroyer Region: USA 16K 1714 498 24.7K
What appear to be private contractors, wearing unmarked, matching uniforms and operating an unmarked SUV affixed with communication equipment near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly after the bomb blasts – can be seen beforehand, standing and waiting just meters away from where the first bomb was detonated.
The contractor-types had moved away from the bomb’s location before it detonated, and could be seen just across the street using communication equipment and waiting for similar dressed and equipped individuals to show up after the blasts.
Image: An already widely distributed photo showing the contractor-types on the bottom left, just left of where the bomb was placed and detonated. The men are wearing matching, unmarked uniforms, large black bags, and appear to be waiting, separately, and “behind” the rest of the crowd. In the upper left corner, a wooden structure forming one half of a temporary photography “bridge” over the finish line can be seen and serves as a useful reference when establishing the contractor-types’ position in other photos.
Image: After the explosion, two of the contractors seen by the wall next to the bomb, appear across the street, both using communication equipment. This photo too has been distributed and enlarged many times across the Internet. (click to enlarge)
Image: An unmarked SUV with a considerable amount of communication gear on the roof appears, surrounded by identically dressed men. The vehicle parks near the bleachers. (click to enlarge)
Image: Event staff and contractors both above and below the bleachers begin tearing up the skirting and appear to be looking for something or retrieving something while casualties are still being treated and evacuated across the street. (click to enlarge)
…. The men, numbering between 6-8 then begin tearing up the skirting around temporary bleachers erected for the event, opposite the explosion, before taping it off. Then, what appears to be an FBI bomb squad truck pulls up directly behind the contractor-types’ SUV, with a woman clearly wearing the letters F.B.I. on her tactical vest emerging and speaking with the contractor-types. Together they disappear from the scene, leaving their vehicles behind.
Image: What appears to be an FBI bomb squad truck pulls in, with a woman wearing what is clearly the letters F.B.I. on her vest. She talks with two contractors while it appears a third is partially in the truck’s right-hand side. Also note that the area contractors and event staff tore up, is now taped off. (click to enlarge)
…. Image: The FBI truck and contractor SUV sit seemingly abandoned – neither the FBI agent, nor the contractors can be seen. What they did, or where they went remains so far, unknown. (click to enlarge)
It should be noted, that with the exception of the contractor-types, all other responders at the scene, including the FBI agent, can be clearly identified, from police to the fire department, to medics and even individuals wearing vests with “B.A.A. Physician” written on them. It should also be noted that no other uniformed individuals can be seen standing near the bomb site aside from the contractor-types.
These men were unidentified, professional contractors apparently augmenting public servants at the Boston Marathon, present before and after the bomb blasts in the direct vicinity of the incident. After the blasts, whether it was their intended function or not, they appeared to be searching for something under the bleachers before being joined by what appears to be the FBI bomb squad. The FBI and the city of Boston has so far categorically failed to provide any information on these highly suspicious individuals.
Questions That Must be Answered
Several questions must be answered by the FBI, leading the investigation on behalf of we, the American people. The first question is who these men were, with large, black bags in the direct vicinity of where a bomb would detonate, moving away before the blast, and appearing directly across the road afterward. Who hired them and what was their function? Why were they moving amongst the crowd in a semi-covert fashion when all other public servants present were wearing proper uniforms and clearly identified? Did police, firefighters, event organizers, and medics know these men were present and what they were doing?
Why did it appear that the FBI was fully aware of their presence, and in fact working with them, specifically with what looks like a bomb squad unit? Were these contractors specialists in explosives, and if so, what is the significance that at least two of them were spotted just meters from where the blast occurred?
Why These Questions Demand Answers
The checkered, frightening history (see: FBI’s History of Handing “Terror Suspects” Live Explosives) of the FBI’s involvement in fomenting false terror attacks, and even presiding over attacks that succeeded in maiming and killing innocent people, should call into question their presence or involvement at any public event, especially when seen associating with unidentified, semi-clandestine organizations that appear to be private contractors.
Private contractors as well, do not answer or work for the public, but rather the highest bidder. Private contractors, most notably Blackwater and its various incarnations have operated both domestically and abroad, committing obscene crimes and atrocities with seemingly absolute impunity. The term “defense contractor” is in fact a euphemism for mercenary, and has no place in a civilized, democratic world, no matter what their alleged mission statement may claim.
That both of these nefarious entities were present and cooperating in the direct vicinity of the Boston bombings, with at least two contractors standing just meters away from where the bomb actually went off, raises a number of possibilities and concerns. A drill may have been being conducted, though the FBI and city officials have denied this. Or, a threat may have been communicated to event organizers ahead of time, which prompted the inclusion of “auxiliary” security, though again, both the FBI and the city of Boston deny receiving any information prior to the bombings. Whichever contracting firm this may have been, may just have wanted to swindle Boston’s taxpayers for an easy payday, and coincidentally found itself in the middle of extraordinary circumstances.
However, alarming suspicion is raised when the FBI makes no mention of an organization it was clearly coordinating with, particularly in terms of bombs and explosives before and after the incident, considering the nature of the attack. When an already dubious organization attempts to obfuscate the facts of any given event, it is the right and responsibility of legitimate law enforcement, public representatives and the citizenry itself to demand and get answers. If we are not persistent, with the FBI’s bizarre behavior over the past few days, including inexplicably cancelled and suspiciously rushed press conferences, and now what appears to be a Hollywood ending for the case, we may never get those answers.
…. Note: Most images were taken from Flickr user HahaTango, the entire collection of 150 images from the Boston Marathon can be found here.
We heard how the bomber's images on the convenience store cameras helped police identify the bombers so the police had yet to encounter these guys......so where was all the weapons of mass destruction the officials said they found being kept? We are finding it hard to believe that these two went on a crime spree in a stolen car with the idea of coming back with more weapons.....they were more likely thinking their time would be coming to an end.
I'll tell you what......I live in Baltimore where we hear the police say one thing and find it to be untrue with the media playing along.....so we want to keep asking questions!!!!
How carjack captive escaped at gas station
By DANA SAUCHELLI and LARRY CELONA
Last Updated: 2:38 PM, April 20, 2013
Posted: 1:20 AM, April 20, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombers took a man captive Thursday night during a carjacking that set off a frenzied police chase.
“[The captive] came in here, he was in a rush running in here. T . . . telling the [night cashier], ‘They are going to kill me! You need to call 911!” said Martin El Koussa, 20, who works at a Cambridge, Mass., Mobil station.
Security footage captured the man running away from his captors.
“He was terrified,” said Koussa of the captive. “He crawled on the ground behind the counter and hid.”
Sources said the bombers had carjacked a Mercedes SUV, then used the driver’s ATM card to take out $800.
They drove to a Shell station, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev grabbed a bunch of junk food while his brother waited outside, sources said.
“He was real calm, just browsing around. No emotion. He was calm like nothing happened,” said station owner Alan Mednick, who reviewed the security footage before handing it over to police.
Dzhokhar dropped the food — Red Bulls, chips and candy — when the owner caught him trying to shoplift.
That’s when the car owner ran to the Mobil and the bombers drove away.
“I have no idea why they stopped here,” said Mednick bewildered. “The cashier, his wife, and his whole family are scared to death right now.”
Nip in the bud that Us government is looking to hide something.......
On really? We know now that the older brother was being actively investigated.....how does someone on a watch list living right in the city Boston
walk freely throughout a major event with no surveillance? We need to shout out for truth!
What FBI Should Tell Us Now About Boston Bombings
By Tobin Harshaw Apr 22, 2013 10:51 AM ET Bloomberg Financial
We don't know exactly what Tamerlan Tsarnaev did during his visit to Russia in 2012. We do know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has told us very little about its inquiry at that time into the man now accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.
No, I'm not expecting the FBI to divulge specifics that would in any way compromise its investigation -- some things will have to wait until charges are filed and the national security threat has passed. But the FBI initially bungled its disclosure of the inquiry, first telling the news media on Friday that it had no record on either Tamerlan or his brother, Dzhokar, then quickly retracting and explaining that a foreign intelligence agency had asked it to investigate the older Tsarnaev. As we saw in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, botched communications from the government quickly become fodder for political grandstanding and conspiracy theories.
The FBI took a big risk last week in releasing photos of the suspects, and that crowdsourcing of the investigation paid off in a quick apprehension. It should build on that spirit of engaging the public by answering as many of these questions as it thinks can safely be discussed at this early stage. Sharing information with a public eager for more knowledge of what led to the murderous act could calm national security fears and nip in the bud accusations that the government is looking to hide something.
1. Was it Russia that requested the agency investigate Tsarnaev?
2. What specific information was shared about Tsarnaev by the government that put in the request?
3. Was this business as usual? In other words, how many such requests does the bureau receive each year and how many lead to investigations? Assuming it was Russia that asked about Tsarnaev, how often does Moscow ask for investigations, and how many times have its suspicions been founded?
4. When did the bureau speak to Tsarnaev and other family members? Did it speak to or investigate his younger brother, Dzhokar?
5. What was the scope of the investigation -- did it begin and end with a standard records check and interview of family members? How many agents were involved, and how long did it take? How did it compare with investigations after similar requests?
6. Did anyone seek permission under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor Tsarnaev's communications?
7. On what grounds was the investigation dropped? Was the agency convinced Tsarnaev posed no threat, or did it simply think it had performed due diligence and moved on?
8. Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and former FBI agent, said that when the bureau asked the foreign intelligence service for more information, it received no cooperation. What did the bureau ask for and what was the foreign nation's specific reply?
9. Was Tsarnaev placed on any Transportation Security Administration list, and were any other national-security agencies informed that he had been investigated?
10. Why did the FBI initially say it had no records on the Tsarnaevs, and what caused it to retract that statement?
(Tobin Harshaw writes editorials on national security for Bloomberg View. Follow him on Twitter.)
The coverage of the events in Boston was publicity that marks a target on the people yet again. Jihadists are generally suicide bombers doing what they do for sensationalism and these two individuals received a gift from government officials and corporate media.
THESE POLICIES DO NOT KEEP AMERICANS SAFER......GETTING RID OF THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS WILL......
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE!!
POLICE STATE USA-- RESIDENTS OF PRIVATE HOMES TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS: "HANDS UP!" *WATCH VIDEO*
WATERTOWN, MA -- On Friday, April 19, 2013, during a manhunt for a bombing suspect, police and federal agents spent the day storming people's homes and performing illegal searches. While it was unclear initially if the home searches were voluntary, it is now crystal clear that they were absolutely NOT voluntary. Police were filmed ripping people from their homes at gunpoint, marching the residents out with their hands raised in submission, and then storming the homes to perform their illegal searches.
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Open Letter to Politicians: Don't Exploit the Boston Tragedy to Restrict Civil Liberties
We are all deeply saddened by the recent events in Boston, and our hearts go out to those most directly impacted by them. (This has hit close to home for Demand Progress, as our organization has been largely based in New England.)
Sadly, some politicians are already invoking the Boston tragedy as cause to increase surveillance, reduce Americans' due process rights, engage in racial profiling, and even to pass entirely unrelated cyber snooping legislation.
It's highly unlikely that expanded powers would have prevented the bombings. And as Benjamin Franklin admonished us, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
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- Following the capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials decided not to Mirandize the suspect under a “public-safety” exception. Leading political figures in Washington have called for the suspect, an American citizen, to be treated as an enemy combatant.
- Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and others have argued for racial profiling of Muslims.
- Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) cited the events in Boston while arguing for the passage of CISPA, the so-called cyber security legislation which the House passed last week.
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