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Under Siege

April 18th, 2013 - 11:06 pm

The Telegraph is citing police scanner reports of a gunbattle in Watertown, MA possibly involving automatic weapons and hand grenades. This follows on a report that a campus police officer was killed at MIT. Reports are that two men hijacked a car and the police are in pursuit. This may or may not be related to the manhunt for the Marathon Bombers.

Two police officers are down (unsure whether this includes the campus cop from MIT) and there are suspected explosive devices on the ground. Some perps are down, but one perp was still at large. The Boston Globe says “One suspect in custody, another remains on the loose”.

Reported radio traffic: “UPDATE: per Radio “All units [in Watertowm] retreat. Retreat.” … Units Told to get to safe perimeter.” However, after listening to the scanner traffic I think the retreat was ordered out of fear of explosive devices. “Power down cellphones. Power down cell phones.” The BBC says:

Witnesses in nearby Watertown report hearing explosions and gunfire amid a massive police hunt for the gunman.

Television footage from the town, some six miles (9km) from Boston, showed one man lying spread out on the ground, holding out his arms, surrounded by police.

The Boston Globe reports “chaos in Watertown, Cambridge”. The manhunt started in Kendall Square. It has moved on West. John Antonucci’s 79-year-old mother called him hysterical from her home in Laurel Street. She was heard about five gun shots and didn’t know what to do. “She was saying they’re running down the street shooting.”

At Arsenal Court and Arsenal Street in Watertown, an officer bellowed: “Ya gotta get outta here. There’s an active shooter here with an active explosive. Go!”

Peter Jennings, 33, said he was sleeping just before 1 a.m. in his home on Prentiss Street in Watertown when he was awakened by a huge boom.

“It sounded like a stick of dynamite went off,” he said. “I looked out the window, and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen – blue light after blue light after blue light.”

You can listen to the scanner audio involving the cops, the staties and other law enforcement here.

Whether or not this is related to the attack on the Marathon these events will encourage a siege mentality. Though the rough edges of the world are never far our apparently safe, everyday lives the contrast between outward tranquility of Cambridge, Watertown and Belmont and high intensity violence is particularly great.

If mayhem can come there, it can come anywhere.

Scene in Watertown

There is a 20 block perimeter in place. If these turn out to be the Boston Marathon perps, they will have been run down by the local cops and the Massachusetts State Police, not by the Feds. However, as of this writing, a possible second suspect is still on the loose. He can’t go far, in that residential neighborhood the prospects for a hostage taking can’t be discounted. But unless he’s got an accomplice there’s no way out of there.

The cops are chasing down reports as residents call possible sightings in. For some reason Children’s Hospital is in lockdown, given this distance from Children’s to Watertown this may be a separate incident, perhaps arising from a report of shots fired in the ER.

There is a report of an explosion in Cambridge. It is not known whether this is an EOD clearance blast or a new incident or just panic.

There are now unconfirmed reports of an identification of the two men. If true it will be a surprise twist worthy of a Hitchcock movie. If you think the character of the possible perps has been explosive so far, just wait until this possiblity is confirmed. Without wanting to name the suspects until they are officially named, let me say that it will create a conversation about class and identity and nihilism that will make people wonder.

I may have been exactly on the mark when I wrote on the day of the bombing:

But the Boston Marathon is of significance or of possible symbolism only to a fairly narrow group of people. It is not some kind of “international symbol of America”, nor to anyone in the actual know representative of class warfare or privilege in any way. The motives of striking at the event are interesting to consider.

The second suspect is reported dead, though that is still unconfirmed. And now there is no indication that the second suspect is in fact dead. At any rate the process of taking a backfix begins. One of the suspects is said to have walked out on his life, under the impetus of mental illness. He abandoned his wallet and yet was subsequently seen in various locations in the northeast. Where did he get the money?

How did he live clandestinely without a support infrastructure? He did not appear to have any previous experience operating underground. This story will be fascinating. And the twists and turns keep coming! NBC reports that the names first reported on the police scanner are inaccurate. It may turn out that we don’t know who white hat is yet.

Killer and 8 year old victim in the same frame

The second suspect has not been killed and whole surrounding area is in lockdown. The Globe reports: “State authorities also asked people who live in Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, and Allston-Brighton to stay home and for businesses in those cities and towns to stay closed. We are asking you to stay indoors, to stay in your homes for the time being,’’ Kurt Schwartz, who leads the state’s homeland security department, said at a 6 a.m. press conference today. “We are asking business in those areas to cooperate and not open today until we can provide further guidance.’’”

Now the Boston Globe is reporting a new twist. The suspects are indeed suspected in the bombing and they are brothers from Chechnya. This is getting real interesting. The AP reports “Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.” They immigrated to to the US 2 years ago. Their social networking page is supposedly here. The brother’s name is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.

Meanwhile, “WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed on developments in the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon.” My post, the Runaway Word looks pretty prescient now. Social Media is moving this along at warp speed.

It gets more interesting. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a City Scholarship from Cambridge in 2011. See the third name from the last.

If this ends today the weekend will be interesting for Janet Napolitano.

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Guess I am too drunk. But really what do you do?
I wont post again, but this issue seems like one has a choice between
jew and islamist. Both are not nice people. I was just in a situation where you all shat on me. I never knew how nasty jews were.
1 year ago
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Grrr, I wouldn't dismiss the significance of names. Once upon a time a miserable Chechen bastard named Tamerlan loaded a couple of bombs with shrapnel and murdered and mutilated over 180 people. . . .

Point being, now that we KNOW he's not the benign type, his name is quite likely to be significant.
1 year ago
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The prob. with various "Sirota"s is they are payed idiots. Someone with money find them useful. I wonder what are paymasters goals?
BTW, do not attach too much significance to names. Once upon a time I knew a wonderful Chechen doctor (long dead now) who's name was Tamerlan.
1 year ago
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Don't know if anyone's mentioned this, but the older brother was named after Tamerlane, the devout Muslim ruler and conqueror, who called himself "The Sword of Islam."

So we should look into their parents' ideology, methinks. Maybe these apples didn't roll too far from the family tree.
1 year ago
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The ultimate problem with Chechens is that they mix completely with Europeans and if they normally speak without accent -- they burrow deep.

The Moscow subway bombings, the Moscow theater atrocity, the Beslan atrocity all featured islam, Chechen style.

It's simply too risky to permit Chechens as immigrants.

Admittedly, only a trivial fraction blow up; but these few still manage to destroy one-thousand lives a piece.

Yet, Chechens bring nothing but poverty and resentment to the table. For every tragic Chechen, there are dozens of other tragedies -- all of whom are better citizen bets than any Chechen.

They're just too much trouble -- particularly since we are at war with Islamism; a creed that fuses Communism-classic with Islam-classic.

Islamism should be contrasted with Wahhabism -- which is hyper orthodox Islam.

Both of these fanatical leagues hate, hate, hate, each other. In that sense their schism is an echo of Soviets vs Nazis.

The Islamists are retread Communists; the Wahhabists are retread Nazis.

(After a fashion -- allowing for permutation.)

1 year ago
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So much to speculate about. If these two young men do indeed turn out to be the perpetrators -- and at least one of them now is in a position where he does not have the ability to deny the charge -- that would open up a number of interesting questions:

How did young men get hold of explosives and (apparently) guns in MASSACHUSSETS (!), for goodness sake? That place is about as "gun free" as liberals can make it.

Did the young men act independently, or were they the equivalent of the mentally-retarded youths that Palestinian terrorists love to use as cannon-fodder in their dirty deeds? If the latter, who/where are the master-minds?

Why attack a marathon? After all, low-carbon runners are almost as holy as cyclists in the Leftist view of the world. And those young men had been exposed to full-bore Leftism during their education. Might they have been reacting against Leftist indoctrination?
1 year ago
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Munich 1972 retreads....

15 milliseconds of infame.
1 year ago
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I've posted on LWJ:

These particular muslims are the absolute top of the list worst, of the worst, threat profile.

Chechens composed the 'wet work' arm of the KGB when the Commies ran the store. Hence, they were wildly over represented in the KGB. And, back in the day, the Red Mafia ONLY existed as sheltered arm of the KGB.

The best cultural equivalence would be Chechen Red Mafia = Sicilian Mafia

Arkady Vaksberg -- the famous Russian journalist -- (their version of Edward R. Murrow) -- wrote "The Soviet Mafia" ISBN 0-312-07135-3 -- which details the KGB -- Chechen -- Communist Party axis.

This last connection passes as common knowledge in Russia. It's virtually unknown in America. I've NEVER heard the MSM admit the linkage.

But, then again, the MSM never admits that Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev made their bones in the Saint Petersburg crime wing of the KGB. Their criminal boss, the mayor, took the fall for the crew. This led directly to Putin being re-posted to Moscow -- then elevated to prime minister -- then to the presidency -- AFTER the second Chechen bloodbath -- of which these 'Boston' fellows used to gain American entry -- and ultimately citizenship.

They apparently skipped some classes.

1 year ago
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They were over here for over a decade. It is not just the university leftists who were culpable, for they are products of the anti-American cesspool that is the MA public schools.

On another front, one of both of them spent 6 months out of the US recently. Madrass training somewhere, perhaps? Cheers -

1 year ago
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The Russians say that he was hanging with AQ back in the 'stans.

This is a family that moved all over the 'Near Abroad.'
1 year ago
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What happens if they find him hiding in a mosque? (cue heads exploding live on the air on MSNBC in 5..4..3..2..
1 year ago
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One place he can't hide, evidently, is Fenway Pahhhk. The Red Sox have (understandably) postponed Friday's game. Another surreal aspect of an already surreal situation is that the visiting Kansas City Royals are on lockdown too: "Royals wait out Boston manhunt in hotel."

Article accompanied by a photo of a Boston SWAT team surrounding a building rather than the usual baseball-related photo.
1 year ago
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Well, I think they better take it down in a controlled detonation so that no law-enforcement officials will be harmed.
1 year ago
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So, Papa Tsarnaev claims that “all hell will break loose” if his son is killed.

Apparently, Anzor Tsarnaev does not realize that all hell has already broken loose. Much of that hell is his own damned fault because he named his eldest son after one of the worst terrorists in world history. Now, precisely what “hell” is Anzor threatening now? More bombings? More shootings? More murder? Is he planning to round up more goons from Dagestan and Chechnya?

If Anzor Tsarnaev makes good on his threat of vendetta, Americans won't be the only ones getting hurt.
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