Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Media and Rumor Roundup

Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

Despite the massive lack of information – and a great deal of misinformation – about the Boston Marathon bombings (over a dozen updates at that link), baseless accusations have been made by media talking heads about the people or group behind the attack.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has said that the individuals or entity behind the bombings “will feel the full weight of justice.”

Obama’s pledge

Obama promised to put the full resources of the federal government behind the investigation of the bombings, adding that he had spoken to congressional leaders and said that “all were united in dealing with the tragedy,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It is unclear what that really means at this point.

While Obama mentioned that the bombings were still being investigated and thus people shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions before the facts are learned, some in the media have not followed that advice.

Media speculation

CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has already said that it could either be the work of al Qaeda terrorists or “right-wing extremists.”

According to Bergen, if the bomb was a “hydrogen peroxide device” it would mean al Qaeda was behind it. If any other explosive was used, it may mean “right-wing extremists” were involved.

However, Bergen said, “So, if it is a device of some kind, you know, we shouldn’t leap to conclusion about where it’s coming from.”

Bergen still noted that a hydrogen peroxide bomb was more likely, thus hinting that he believes it wasn’t actually “right-wing extremists.” Regardless, the first thing Bergen noted was that it reminded him of the Oklahoma City bombing.

While one blog claimed that Wolf Blitzer said that an anti-tax group was responsible citing various tweets, BuzzFeed posted video they say debunks that claim.

Saudi Arabian suspect?

The New York Post also reported hours ago that unnamed authorities confirmed that a Saudi Arabian national is being held as a suspect.

While the Post reported that a “Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in today’s blast” was identified by police as “a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing” in their earlier coverage, Talking Points Memo reported contradictory information.

“At this time, we haven’t been notified of any arrests or anyone apprehended,” a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department said, according to Talking Points Memo.

“Honestly, I don’t know where they’re getting their information from, but it didn’t come from us,” said the spokesperson.

NBC News also reported that a “possible suspect” was being guarded at a Boston hospital but a police department spokesperson again said that they had “no confirmation” of a possible suspect in custody.

“They didn’t obtain that information from us,” the spokesperson said, referring to the NBC report.

Later, at a press conference, Boston police commissioner Edward Davis reiterated that reports of a suspect in a hospital under police guard were “not true.”

“Those reports are not true, there is no suspect in custody,” Davis said, according to Talking Points Memo.

As of 6:05 PM EDT, the FBI’s national press office wouldn’t tell TPM if a suspect or person of interest had been identified.

Act of terrorism

Less than an hour ago, a White House official confirmed that the incident was “clearly” an act of terrorism.

“Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” the official said, according to Reuters.

“However, we don’t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic,” the official added.

“My understanding is that it’s a terrorist incident,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to Oregon Live.

Feinstein added that U.S. intelligence agencies reported no advance warning that “there was an attack on the way,” according to Oregon Live.

Sens. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, and Angus King, a Maine Independent, both said that based on the initial reports, “multiple improvised explosive devices may have been involved at this high profile national event bear the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.”

According to an unnamed terrorism expert briefed on the investigation cited by CNN’s Deborah Feyerick, doctors are “pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room,” which suggests that the bombs were actually designed to propel shrapnel.

Social media “drill” rumors

There are rumors circulating social media and blogs claiming that the Boston Globe tweeted that there was going to be an explosion as part of a drill before the attacks took place.

As I pointed out in the fourth update to an article earlier today, this is incorrect.

The tweet at issue reads, “BREAKING NEWS: Police will have controlled explosion on 600 block on Boylston Street” and was posted at 12:53 PM Pacific.

The first tweet from the Boston Globe about the bombings reads, “BREAKING: A witness reports hearing two loud booms near the Boston Marathon finish line.” It was posted at 11:57 AM Pacific.

Put simply, the “controlled explosion” tweet was 54 minutes after the tweet about the two bombings.

Runner claims there was a “drill”

Despite erroneous claims on social media, WPMI Local 15 did report that a coach from the University of Mobile said that there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines and law enforcement spotters on rooftops at the start of the race.

According to Ali Stevenson, who says he raced in marathons in Chicago, Washington, D.C., London and other major cities, that level of security is unusual.

It is important to note that the text of the report has been changed. Originally, it included a quote from Stevenson saying, “It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

Stevenson told Local 15 that authorities told participants that it was just a training exercise, according to the new report which lacks the word “drill” entirely.

“They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Stevenson said.

“Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” he said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

Third explosion

The first two explosions occurred around 2:50 PM local time, some two hours after the first of the marathon’s roughly 27,000 runners crossed the finish line.

Around two to three hours ago, there were reports of third explosion which occurred at the JFK Library over an hour after the first two blasts according to Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.

Police were not aware if it was related to the other two but were treating it as if it was at the time. No injuries were reported.

Yet just an hour later, AFP reported that the Boston Police Department retracted the statements about a third explosion and instead stated that the “JFK incident appears to be fire related.”

It was not related to the explosions according to local media.

Total casualties and injured

As of 5:00 PM Pacific, the injury count has gone up to 132 including eight children, according to local hospitals cited by CNN. Two have been reported dead, including an 8-year-old boy.

Currently, 17 of the injured are in critical condition and at least 25 are in serious condition, according to local hospitals.

Updates will follow as information becomes more clear.

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Anonymous said...

maybe you should look close to Mitt Romney because he was unpopular in Boston. Boston made him looks bad while he ran for President. Was he a secret CIA agent as going on Mormon Mission and he led death squad? I don't know if that is true.

Anonymous said...

I think either Paul revere or Samuel Prescott were responsible. After all it was patriots day

Anonymous said...

Everyone is asking why this happened!! Americans all should open their minds and think about the total destruction your "Government" causes around the world!! "Collateral damage" from drone strikes kills many more people than the terrorists it is aimed at!! Illegal imperialist wars of aggression perpetrated by your warmongering "Government"!! It's the peoples duty to keep the Government in check/control and the American people have failed miserably at that task!! I am an American(Expatriate) on the outside looking in and I am appalled at what the American people are allowing their government to do in the peoples name!!! Shame on the American people for allowing this to happen!! You only have yourselves to blame!! SHAME!! SHAME!! SHAME!!

Anonymous said...

What about the type of bomb Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground used? Maybe it was THAT type.
Oh, that's right, the state media says we're suppose to hate little old Tea Party ladies, WW11 war vets and anyone who questions authority.

Lewis Smart said...

A "hydrogen peroxide" device most likely refers to a device using an organic peroxide based device (hydrogen peroxide is used in its manufacture).

ANYBODY can build an organic peroxide type explosive. They are amongst the easiest high explosives to manufacture, and the materials are acquirable off the shelf. Alquaedia by no means whatsoever has a monopoly over that type of explosive.

Anonymous said...

There are some People, who it would be wise to believe half of what they say, write, and do, and if you could read their mind, you should believe half of that, because they have learned the Ways of Deception, and I think that Obama is behind what happened in Boston, but Bribed patsies might be found, because no one should be that Stupid to be caught, unless the Devil tells the CIA.

The Bible tells us that the Invisible Devil is the Ruler of the World, and Satan finds Humans to do his Bidding, and we know America Rules the World, and this means that recent and future American Presidents are Secret Devil Worshippers.

How far back this has this been the case is a matter of debate, but I would say that every living American Ex President, and every American President now and in the future will be a Secret Devil Worshipper.

"And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve" (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15).

I have written much to prove that the Sandy Hook Matter is a Complete Hoax at the News Item Titled: Sandy Hook Conspiracy ... Thoughts at , using the Moniker of Journalist, and I have written much on Secret Devil Worshippers at another News Item on this Website Titled: Hillary Clinton in 2016 at , using the Moniker of Journalist, and in both places I have provided reasons that Obama wants to committ Genocide on the American People, in order to use an Independent Kosovo with Camp Bondsteel to start WW 3 at .

There is a few things that the Bible tells us regarding Secret Devil Worshippers, and one of them is is that they will gladly murder their own Children or have others murder them to Satan, and do this without any remorse, or too much Public Display of Joy and Glee, and People can reseach Baal Worship, that was Secret Devil Worship, that Ancient Israel commited at certain times in their History, when Devil Worship took hold of that Nation, and it was not even Secret in Ancient Israel, even as the Sandy Hook matter is not Secret at .

I was not impressed with the Scripted Hollywood Performance of a Parent of an alleged victim of at Sandy Hook School at , and I wonder if she agreed to being strapped off camera to encouage any tears that all look fake to me, and the references to Paleontologists who pretend to Evolutionists is Subliminal message to Devil Worhip.

It is too late to try Retrospective Fake Tears, because the Public has not seen any blood, sweat, or genuine tears, and I wonder if her eyes were red, because she had a marijuania cigarette.

There might be some People who will say that some of the Parents of the alleged victims attend Church, but they should read the Letter of Saint Jude, which informs us that Satan sends his Worshippers to a Christian Church in order to commit his Decpetive and Evil Schemes.

The Founding Fathers knew that the Acting Performances and the carefully Crafted Lies of the Secret Devil Worshippers are above the ability of ordinary People to Percieve, and this is why they wrote the American Constituion to ensure Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, because the Founding Fathers knew that the Secret Devil Worshippers would say Yes We Can, Yes We Can Establist America as Military Dictatorship where the Majority of Americans are Secret Devil Worshipers, and this is WHY many Americans including Obama are Working Tirelessly to Discard the American Constituion.

Anonymous said...

sheeps had to look elsewhere while the most transparent president ever was signing some more executive orders...

and no offense to my brothers of color, but obama is so transparent we can see the shit thru.

Anonymous said...

My first thoughts were the government needs to remind the american people of terror. More Americans killed by the joke known as Obama.

Anonymous said...

How many people were killed? Some countries lose hundreds of people everyday or every week due to this kind of terrorism. When was the last tine something like this happened in the USA? It happens every day in some countries. Why has it not been happening in the USA while it has been happening in other countries? What is the cause? US international dominance, supremacy, and eternal god and lord policy strategy. What should we expect? That it happens more often and in the most sensitive state so that CHANGE will become inevitable and will happen in the USA and globally. Let the evil that the government of the USA has been doing to other governments and nations be done to it and to Americans so that morality, spirituality, religion, and brotherhood will be given their due places in the NEW WORLD ORDER

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