Monday, April 22, 2013

Mystery Military Men in Boston Were Part of WMD Response Team

Updated with video footage showing their reaction to the bomb.

Activist Post

After much speculation around the mysterious "military contractor" types with black backpacks in the bomb zone of the Boston Marathon before and after the explosions took place, it has been revealed that they were part of an elite government WMD response team.

Originally thought to be Navy SEALs in civilian field gear, or private mercenaries from The Craft due to one member wearing a hat with their logo, the Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) that was on duty in Boston during the attack is run by the National Guard.

"There are two CSTs that are engaged out there (in Boston) in the response… In fact, one of the first images that I saw was the Massachusetts CST was actually right there," said Wisconsin CST commander Lt. Col. David W. May on April 16th.

Steve Watson of Infowars reports, "CSTs are The National Guard’s full-time response force for emergencies or terrorist events involving weapons of mass destruction, toxic chemicals, or natural disasters. CSTs are routinely pre-staged at large public events to help mitigate risks and assist civilian authorities."

The National Guard explains the role of CSTs in more depth in the video below:

CST units were originally organized under the 10 FEMA regions but now operate in every US state and territory:


The classified Presidential Directive 39 that created this elite group was signed by President Clinton two months after the Oklahoma City Bombing to have "the ability to respond rapidly and decisively to terrorism directed against us wherever it occurs, to protect Americans, arrest or defeat the perpetrators, respond with all appropriate instruments against the sponsoring organizations and governments and provide recovery relief to victims, as permitted by law."

The keyword "response force" seems an odd name for units that were clearly working the Boston Marathon prior to bombs going off.

According to a report from Global Security Newswire, New York's CST was sent to Boston before the marathon:

The roughly 20-person New York unit — based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn — dispatched five personnel to Boston after receiving a request last Friday from the Massachusetts state government, said Eric Durr, public information director for the New York state Military and Naval Affairs Division. 
“Anytime you’ve got a high-key event where there’s lots of people, there’s usually a … unit from a civil support team in the area to provide assistance to first responders,” Durr told Global Security Newswire by telephone. He declined to discuss specifics of how the 24th personnel provided assistance following the Monday attack.
Yet, another report contradicts that and says NY 24th WMD-CST showed up only after the bombing.

"The 24th National Guard WMD-CST team has done exceptional job, not just in New York, but also in Boston where they were on the ground responding to the horrific attack on the marathon," said US Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) of the unit who "went to Boston after the bombing."

So what is the official version? Were they there before the event or dispatched after the bombing?

Regardless, it's clear from the photos that this team was in place prior to the event and their role in responding to WMD attacks would seem to explain the radiation detector one of them was carrying after the bomb exploded:

The original speculation that this team was part of the Blackwater-type mercenary organization called The Craft came from a hat worn by one of the CST soldiers displaying the company's logo. Craft uses a skull logo on their gear as shown in the image below.

Upper left is CST soldier in Boston - Upper right is Craft hat for sale in their shop
Bottom is Craft founder and ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (deceased) in the same hat
This confusion can be that this member may have received training from The Craft whose unofficial motto is "Violence does solve problems", according to their website.

Now that we know who these mystery men are, it still seems odd that they were lurking in the shadows of a sporting event that happened to experience a terror attack.

And it does appear that a backpack carried by one of these agents was the one implicated to have delivered the bomb:

Yet, this recently released footage seems to show the same CST guy, still wearing his backpack after the first bomb goes off, running toward the bomb area to be a first responder. As soon as the bomb goes off, these guys seem to jump into action and move bravely toward the explosion while the crowd seeks to scurry away.  Again, he still has his backpack on. They come into view at the 5-second mark from the left side of the screen.

One thing is certain, the CST was deployed prior to the normally peaceful event and they happened to be at the exact right place (the finish line) at the exact right time (just before the bombs went off).

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Hide Behind said...

There are lies. Damn lies and more dmn lies to cover first damn lies.

militias reports that there were over 7 recognized govcontractor firms in attendance.
yes guard facilitys used for storage facilitys and other support duties. But they are not national guard members.
The lack of knowledge of power structure of US forces and how they have individual and overviews but also are interlocking with primarily american military domesticly and overseas it is state dept and military intel under them.
THROW IN ALL OFFICIAL INTEL AND UNOFFICIAL STATE DEPARTMENT dhs and other military intels as civilians in military uniforms part time and who knows what prvt firm next instance.
we lost but still fun watching it unfold.

Anonymous said...

Is the media going to openly talk about this now? 'ahh, we know who they are now'!! blah blah blah.. The question is if these men are 'the good guys doing their job' why the panic in the first place to cover it up?

Anonymous said...

I think you answered some of your own questions in the article: Steve Watson of Infowars reports, "CSTs are The National Guard’s full-time response force for emergencies or terrorist events involving weapons of mass destruction, toxic chemicals, or natural disasters. CSTs are routinely *pre-staged* at large public events to help mitigate risks and assist civilian authorities."

Drutch said...

How many of these men are accounted for and were posted? Were there any extra "CST" on site not in an official capacity? The backpacks are undoubtedly a match. Who among these men did not belong? If all are accounted for then who had their packs and who did not?

Anonymous said...

With SKULLS as their insignia??!??!?!?!
JUST LIKE THE GESTAPO ...................

Anonymous said...

Well they were right there and didn't stop any event, no pictures show any of them helping after. And the backpack looks curiously the same. Why wouldn't people be confused, and questioning.

Ian said...

The video may be a true account of what the WMD teams do, but I doubt if they were actually involved at this event. For one, the males seen at Boston were a lot younger than those of the WMD teams shown. The WMD teams look as though they are part time soldiers, whereas, at the event, those seen definitely had a military bearing about them. I do not wish to denigrate the National guard. The sgt said that there were only 22 members in the WMD teams. At least 10 different members of whatever group that was seen there, were. That is just the start! The govt has bitten off more than it can ever chew by acting in this manner.

Anonymous said...

To me,the official story that they were conducting drills just further exemplifies government ineptitude. They're conducting a drill, but cannot stop a real event?

Now they will come for more of my liberties in the name of protecting me. They seem to me to no more than a bunch of kids playing cowboys and Indians, but using my tax dollars to fund it.

Nemetron 2000 said...

Like a previous commenter stated, if the media all of the sudden starts talking about these gentlemen instead of pretending that they don't exist, then you know this is just more BS.

Anonymous said...

It's what they were doing after the bomb went off that was interesting - they were tearing apart the stand on the other side of the finish line, after moving their SUV in place to try to cover what they were up to - see the pics in

Anonymous said...

I love your site, but you were way off-base with your reporting on this issue. I've been telling you from the beginning, the real story isn't the presence of these teams - they are at EVERY big event.

The REAL STORY is the failure of these teams to stop the bombs.

Mark McCandlish said...

Once upon a time, these individuals were part of something called "NEST" teams. See:

Back before Bill Clinton's Presidency, this usually meant recovering nukes lost in the crash of a strategic aircraft that was packing nuclear weapons. There are teams trained for a variety of environments, like the fictitious (but based on fact) team suggested in the movie "Abyss" trying to recover or permanently render harmless nukes that have been lost along with a sunken nuclear submarine. The movie "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta and Christian Slater is another example.

These men are there not as part of a conspiracy to harm U.S. civilians at an international event on American soil, but to protect lives. The backpacks they wear, more than likely are used to stow radiation protection suits that they would don immediately to secure the site if a radiation hazard was present in the wake of an explosion. The more quickly a dirty bomb site can be secured and its emissions contained the sooner life will be able to return to normal. Depending on the severity of the radioactive material used, some sites might never be occupied again.

While working in the defense industry, a nuclear engineer I met who had worked on the first thermonuclear (fusion) device-- a Hydrogen Bomb-- gave me the "rule of thumb" for dealing with nuclear materials: Radioactive isotopes with a half-life of thousands or millions of years are far less dangerous than those with a relatively short half-life. Here's why.-- The longer half-life means that the radioactive decay of the unstable element takes longer to give up its emissions and become inert. A shorter half-life means it gives off its radiation during this decay process more quickly and so it is much more harmful to living organisms.

The radioactive isotopes with a half-life closest to that of a human lifespan are the most dangerous. This falls right around 75 years. There is an isotope of Cobalt that falls into this category, and it is so lethal, he told me that a mere two pound weight of this material, broken down into nanoparticle-sized parts, and distributed like an aerosol in the upper atmosphere, would kill every living thing on the surface within two years. Yes- even cockroaches.

Much has been said within Activist Post articles and comment sections about government agents from DHS, FBI, etc. and their alleged connection to the bombings. I think that this sort of denigration, while understandable from one perspective, is symptomatic of exactly the kind of doubt our enemies would love to sow within our minds regarding agencies whose mission statement includes preserving safety and human life. Think how much tougher such a viewpoint makes their job. Especially when it is obvious these men and women are prepared to put their lives at risk for all of us.

Show some respect! Would you run to the site of the explosion as they did, under the same circumstances as the Boston Marathon bombing incident? It takes a special breed of individual to do that, believe me.

Winston Smith said...

ya think? Regardless of who those fellas were, they sure looked and acted more like drill monitors than any sort of response team.

Guy in lower right of most of hashtangos fotos was staying his post and looked to be talking into his hand. (by the barrier)

What did they pull out from under the bleachers across from the blast area? It's only seen in one of hashtangos pics, but they tear into those bleachers pretty oshkosh.

WHO is that fella in the neon yellow underarmor hat? He sure is in the middle of things but doesn't really seem to be "helping" as far as the pictures go.

This black and tan group, pretty much huddles up, grabs their package from under the bleachers and disappears. Some response.

Respect to those that were injured and condolences and sympathies to the grieving.

Why did cowboy hat guy carry a flag over the barricade? Why did he claim the "flags were all blown down" in one video interview, when it can clearly be see that the flags ONLY go down when taken down with the barricade? Sure looks like he and neon hat guy were eyeballing each other...

Drill or live? Really doesn't matter when they can Lockdown the whole city to look for a couple wildings (stooges?)

The khaki pants crew's response was surely special, stand around then leave. I am sure they're highly compensated.

Anonymous said...

"The Craft". How ironic is that?

Anonymous said...

Friends... as much as I love a good conspiracy, and am always looking at facts in an unbiased manner, deciding for myself as one ALWAYS should; I can for once in this case speak on the matter to correct any confusion. I'll continue, even though I'll probably be labeled a "plant" or what have you (as I've labeled people in the past myself); however, in the interest of doing right by my years being involved with the marathon, I assure you these guys were not only well-known to staff, volunteer leaders and especially race coordinators; but, having shot-the-breeze with many of them myself for the past two years (since first introducing myself), believe it or not, they're pretty nice guys at that, and obviously consummate professionals. The professionalism can sometimes come off as "shadowy" but they deal with an element that is looking to evade their every move. They are meant to remain in the background for a reason. The monitoring equipment on their backs may look shifty, but those bags are -to their job- what a keyboard is to many of our work environments. It's as common as our "#1 Dad" coffee mugs. This is their job. An important one at that. I'd hate to see this particular theory lead people astray from the healing process or other viable leads toward other new information.

I can't forget the hats... I've read about the hats and I laughed, because I have one from donating to a charity related to the death of Chris Kyle and I received one of his memorial hats (complete with his company's logo). The head wear would make sense seeing as there were Chris Kyle memorial hats flooding through the civilian, government & military community before and after his funeral. I am always willing to give to a military memorial charity/cause, whether I get a hat or not... Long story short, even though it will fall on deaf ears, despite having a memorial hat with that logo on it, I don't plan on switching my subscription of "New England Runner" mag for "guns & ammo" anytime soon. lol

Simply put, these guys are an absolute necessity and a crucial part of creating a safe atmosphere leading up to and during the marathon. They absolutely are, in fact, a WMD response team that monitors the surrounding environment for any drastic changes that could possibly be related to weapon activity on a massive scale (i.e., nuclear/dirty ordinance as well as chem, biological, etc.).

Anytime a horrible event of this magnitude occurs, there is initial hesitation to accept that it's possible that this could go unnoticed. Especially on your own soil. We see a lot of tragedy abroad, but these incidences happen here as well. We can only learn from it, help one another through it and move forward. Some have more trouble than others, as I myself am having... There is a lot of confusion when it's first presented that this must be a conspiracy. But having been part of the race planning process myself (as well as having been at the finish line, personally, a few yards from the blast, and assisting in any way that I was able, witnessing the horrendous scenes of the aftermath that I never thought I'd lay eyes on in my entire life) I can tell you with a clear conscience and no judgement toward the AP community for having every right to seek as much information as possible... Respectfully... These guys are legit, sanctioned and absolutely necessary. With that, I will leave you to decide, but I hope I was able to clear some confusion... if at all.
Take care guys. Keep doing what you're doing!

Yours respectfully,

Anonymous said...

Well said R!!

It's curious why the media keeps CST hush hush. Why not let America know these people are risking their lives ? Testing for radiation / HAZMAT at ground zero? I was there, and I ran to my car as fast as I could and drove to Quincy. Go figure.

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