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Suspect Arrested?

April 17th, 2013 - 11:42 am

AP says an arrest has been made in the Boston Marathon bombing case.  The break apparently came from cell phone images.

But the fog of news is still thick over events. CBS earlier denied that any arrests had taken place. Reuters is also saying no arrests have taken place. Slate says it is still unclear whether any suspects are under arrest. The Boston Police Department is categorical. No arrests have been made.

Now the AP has walked back its own story. No arrests have been made. From the available data it is confirmed that as of this writing the suspect may or may not have been apprehended and may possibly, but not definitely exist.

Two Globe sources pointed to both cellphone photos and video footage as providing the break that led to the identification of a suspect.

One source said earlier in the day that an image had been captured of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene on Boylston Street, outside of the Forum restaurant.

A number of sites have been compiling photos of the crowd scenes. These have tended to show athletic young men all wearing jackets, baseball caps and black backpacks.

The Wall Street Journal says “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has isolated images of what it believes to be a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a government official said Wednesday.”

What’s true, ah! The battle for the narrative is about to begin. CNN notes the investigation into the perpetrator’s identity has hit a dead end. “Within a day of the Oklahoma City bombing, officials had named their suspect: Timothy McVeigh. Within two days of the 9/11 attacks, investigators had zeroed in on al Qaeda as the perpetrator.”

The man in charge, Rick DesLauriers specializes in cases that have been open for years. The FBI veteran solved the 23-year old Gardner Museum theft — using informers. And he found Whitey Bulger hiding in California after 16 years — using informers. He’s a patient man, DesLauriers, whose main experience has been in counter-espionage.

Just who the top administration law enforcement people think is behind the attacks was indicated by Janet Napolitano who said there were no indications that it was part of a “broader plot”. That means … well your guess is as good as mine.

But in a tale that already full of surprises that assumption of disconnectedness may have to be revisited. A letter laced with ricin was sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MI) followed a day later by a “suspicious letter” mailed to President Obama.

Since the letter to Obama it now turns out, also contains ricin, the possibilities of connectivity return. And yet it could not have been inspired by the Boston attack unless the sender was either part of the plot or in possession of a time machine. “The FBI said there is no indication of a connection between the letters and the bombing. The letters to Obama and Wicker were postmarked April 8, before the marathon.”

Meanwhile the struggle over the narrative proceeds apace. Seen on Twitter, “Disturbing that it’s OK for TV to ID a Boston bombing suspect only as ‘a dark-skinned individual.’”

CBS News now reporting possible suspect is a WHITE MALE-not “dark-skinned” as earlier reported by CNN http://thebea.st/YW3yEZ

Matt Yglesias asks: “How dark does your skin need to be before you qualify as ‘dark-skinned’? Is there an official police skin tone index?” The probable answer to that is yes. The whitest man in America is George Zimmerman. By contrast Ward Churchill is the epitome of a native American. Everybody’s got a skin tone index. The only trouble is they are all different.

It’s like a collective insanity has descended on the media. Worse, it’s almost like there are two narratives inside law enforcement itself. They say stuff that must be true on at least some level only to walk it back.

Pretty soon this story isn’t going to be about who bombed the Boston Marathon. It will be about who we want to have bombed the Boston Marathon.

Buzzfeed and the Washington Post have gotten all hot and righteous over efforts to crowdsource the identification of suspects from publicly submitted imagery.

Two of Reddit’s other favorite “suspicious males” are noteworthy, commenters write, because they have a backpack in some early photos, and do not seem to have it in others. They also appear to be of Middle Eastern or African descent, a fact not lost on vigilantes.

On 4Chan, one user posted an aerial photo from the marathon with bold red text superimposed over one man: “1: ALONE 2: BROWN 3: Black backpack 4: Not watching,” it says. …

But vigilantism could also have very serious consequences, both for the innocent people whose photos are now annotated all over the Internet, and for the ongoing investigation itself.

And yet it is the ‘official’ agencies which have made the most publicly spectacular mistakes so far. The authorities questioned a Saudi man and raided his apartment before deciding he was not of interest. CNN and AP, depending on whom you blame, reported a suspect in custody. It was later denied. There is no reason to believe that the police and the media, left to themselves, will remain infallible.

The police have always relied on the public for information. The majority of tips turn out to be dead ends. And yet nobody has any trouble with phone calls made to the cops by persons of dubious character, because it is the police and the courts that determine, based on evidence, that person is guilty or not.

The degree of ideological suspicion out there can be gauged from two snippets. In one, 72 lawmakers have written to media asking why they are blacking out the Kermit Gosnell trial. In another, Fox News radio is speculating the reason that the FBI briefing has been postponed twice now is that the Bureau is stalling for time. FBI briefing postponed for the second time – leading us to believe something IS developing behind the scenes. (@jeffmonosso) Just a few hours ago the FBi canceled its scheduled briefing at the Federal Courthouse in Boston due to a bomb threat adding news drama to a day packed with it.


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My money is on the North Koreans. "We don't need no stinkin' missiles". On the other hand, it could be any of the several sides in Syria, or the Venezuelans, or the usual suspects at Earth First.

Is it possible that the Authorities really don't want to catch the suspect? Look at the Fort Hood murderer -- caught red-handed with multiple witnesses and no question about his guilt. Four years later, Soetero's Administration still has not been able even to bring him to trial. Whoever arrests the suspect in this case faces a decade of career-destroyig frustration in the Courts.
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It makes a huge difference. There are some voices out there who might be happier if no one were arrested if that suspect turned out to be the "wrong color".

We are in the combo meal preference situation. Right suspect wrong color; right suspect right color; wrong suspect wrong color; wrong suspect right color. And in preference ordering it's not guilt that matters but who we hope is guilty.

That says more about the current political atmosphere than anything else. Dear God, let it be the other guy.
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FINALLY the FBI is releasing video stills -- not of the best quality -- of whom they are interested in talking to.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/boston-blasts/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

So, it's not a lone wolf bombing after all.

These fellows don't look Nordic, nor African.

They certainly followed the AQ style sheet for anti-athletic atrocities.

The buzz is that even the battery that powered the EID is an import.

However, since America imports batteries from just about everywhere...

It's hard to impute too much to a single data point.

These individuals appear to be college age males -- working as a team.

They're probably in Canada, by now.

Their lack of sun tans tells that they've been living in the northern latitudes.

Algerian-Canadians have been linked to the atrocities in the desert -- going back just a few months. Some imams in Toronto are as crazed as they come.

AQIM has been baying for blood ever since.

For Algerian-Canadians, a side trip to Boston would be a short commute, after which they could lie low while the FBI spins itself dizzy while the RCMP never pick up the scent.

9-11 had a 'Canadian back-door', too. M. Atta flew into Boston from Maine -- so far north that he could've walked in to America from Canada. It's a most curious choice for a starting point. After the event, the FBI had 5,000 active agents on the hunt. The RCMP put 3 of their finest on it -- back at national headquarters.

This last point must surely have been noted by now.

Canada has jihadi fanatics all over the place -- but figures what blows up in America mostly stays in America.

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URGENT: U.S. Hastily Deporting Saudi "Person of Interest" in Boston Bombings:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/d5hdo9u

Man is a member of the Al-Harbi clan, which has extensive ties to Al Qaida.
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http://www.mdl2179trialdocs.com/releases/release201304171200029/2013-04-17_BP_Trial_Day_29_AM-Final.pdf

See page 50 Lines 4-5

"And certainly you wouldn't have expected the paper label to
still be affixed to the hanger when it came out."

So for a well that allegedly was flowing up through the annulus for 87 days, the paper label was not eroded away!

All the nonsense about blown rupture disks (e.g. POTUS press conference on 7/19/10), underground blowouts, methane volcanoes, channelling of the cement etc was untrue. And a simple paper tag proves it.

But neither Thad Allen nor the co-chairmen of the President's Oil Spill Commission ever went out before the media and acknowledged its existence.

THE PAPER TAG DOESN'T FIT THE ADMINISTRATION'S NARRATIVE.
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Anyway, in the mist of all the bad news, let me say to everybody:

"Happy Paul Revere's Ride Anniversary!"

"Happy Doolittle Raid Anniversary!"

Let Freedom Ring!
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I suspect that yesterday’s “suspect” was somebody they wanted to talk to and the press got all excited that there was a possible suspect. The interview might have gone something like, where were you on the day of the Boston Marathon? I was sitting eating a falafel at the corner of Wabash and 3rd. The investigation now moves to Falafels R Us.

The problem in this day and age is not having leads but having too many leads. There will be a time when the only practical thing to do is load all of the information into a relational database and have an artificial pre-cog spew out tidbits of neurally associated images, cell phone recordings, and HUMINT.

There are probably no less than a hundred nut bags who have already taken responsibility for the crime.

I opened up an article on Drudge that mentioned photos of a suspect being circulated. It had the photo of a guy wearing bicycle attire and gloves. I assumed that was the suspect. After navigating back to the picture and clicking on it, the caption said “Man pays respect to bombing victims”. Jeesh.


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Ironically, on Fox News on Sunday night there was a special show which covered the increasingly intrusive nature of our civilization. There was special concern over an enormous new facility NSA is building in Utah, for which the use is unknown but that may be able to do just what you say: correlate scattered bits of data so that they can tell instantly that an image from a ATM camera background is Mr. Annoy Mouse of 3608 Emerald St, Torrance, CA. His likes include canadian bacon pizza and the music of The Monkees. It'll be like a Playboy Playmate Centerfold, with comparable pictures, including your last colonoscopy.

Scary, but that is what it is going to take to handle situations like the Marathon Bomber. People may fear the National Security State but thanks to a feckless Feral govt response to both foreign supported terrorism and an insistance on protecting home grown nutjobs from protective incarceration, people will demand it as well.
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I wonder if the NSA has a guy assigned to tracking Belmont Club or if they merely have a machine scanning for key words. It must be tedious wading through all the mindless trash posted at Daily Kos and the other moonbat sites. The bad guys posting stuff at the al Qaeda websites must have endless fun creating bogus information to keep the NSA busy.
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"Mr. Annoy Mouse of 3608 Emerald St, Torrance, CA."

That's just great. Now I'm gonna get a bunch of junk mail from the AARP. Speaking of which, how long does it take the NSA to cut a side deal selling all of the unused mined data? I can just see Tom Cruise now trying to catch the killer and Kentucky Fried Chicken ads keep poping up. The money can be siphoned off to pay for wet ops supporting local races for dog catcher. Its gonna be great because no one ever will use it in a manner it was not intended.
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Barak isn't going to do anything but whine, because he's an incompetent fool. Whenever the real world jumps up and pops him in the nose, he cries about how unfair it all is and goes to another party.

Watch him - that's all he's good for. The greatest lie in the world is that somehow he's competent at anything. His victories say more about the pathetic incompetence of the republicans who've pretended to oppose him than anything else.

When your team wins a football game against St. Mary's school for the deaf, dumb and blind it doesn't make your guys immortal athletic heroes.
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You mean those pathetic incompetent Repbulicans who beat him on gun control and fiscal cliff?
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The black backpack is to the Marathon bombing what the white van was to the DC sniper. It's nothing more than a red herring. Just as Malveaux and Mohammed were not driving a white van. Black is a very popular color for a backpack. I know lots of people who have them. My guess is that no black backpack was involved.
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Also, Malvaux and Mohammed were not white, which was the common assumption about the snipers before they were apprehended. It was my asumption, and it was not based on any white guilt on my part, but rather on known patterns for those types of crimes up to that time.
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This time I am betting on the white guy. A James Holmes with bomb who has a tangential association with the OWS movement. Given that it is Boston, He is probably someone of Irish ancestry who is an IRA sympathizer as well. Most people don't know that the IRA invented modern IED tactics and trained the PLO and PFLP in their use. The placement and type of bomb has a lot of similarities to the way the IRA used such devices in Northern Ireland.
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And if it turns out to be Mohammed Maguba from Pakistan, protesting drone strikes, or another Richard Reed, a small time crook looking to justify his own failure by embracing Islam, do you think we will finally hit critical mass? Say "Round em up here and nuke the rest!"?

It may not be a "Toko Ri" moment for the Obama Admin but I think it will be for a lot of people here in the USA.
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No, just as if my most likely candidate (with or without the Irish connection) turns out to be right the left will still blame "rightwing extremists" for angering him.
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Speaking of narrative control I've noticed (as I am sure others have) that Google mostly links left leaning websites. I Googled (Google.com from Perth Australia) "Boston bombing" and it was all NY Times, BBC, Guardian, HuffPo, Kos, with no Fox, PJmedia, Drudge, or Instapundit. On day 2 Fox finally snuck onto the bottom of page 2!! We saw the same struggle for control of the narrative over Ft. Hood attack. Part of the control of over the narrative is control of the search engines. We need to keep talking about this and someone needs to write a bot to track the political bias of our search engines not so neutral algorithms. BTW hats off to Hotair.com for the best balanced and factual coverage I found. They pointed out the too quick 'right wing tax protest' memes and didn't speculate about any Muslim connection, but picked up on the pressure cooker and wasn't afraid to point out the prevalence of that piece of cookware in small scale IED attacks in places such as Afghanistan and Nepal.
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http://www.naturalnews.com/039928_Boston_marathon_bombings_official_story.html

Putting the numbers together, this writer makes the case that Buraq would be well satisfied with madly expanding the TSA -- to make it an equal to the DoD and the National Guard.

Towards that end, the Feds have been buying up small arms ammo at a manic tempo.

If the perps are not arrested -- pronto -- then this theory gains traction.
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http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/54543

The Boston bombers cribbed their style from AQ -- no doubt.

The top suspects certainly appear to sport Arabic/ Iranian sun tans.

I'm getting suspicious that Buraq is not interested in nabbing these fellows, hence the slow release of wanted posters.

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