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Boston Massacre: What do we know?

Not much.  Yesterday, Drudge brief reported that there were twelve dead. At the moment, he quotes “cops” who in a continuously updated WaPo report say there are two three dead, 23 injured. says there are three dead and 140 wounded. But the two W-questions: who? why?  Remain totally unanswered. Early on, there were reports that the massacre was the work of a deranged right-winger, unhappy about tax-day, etc. One tweet:  “my first thought was all these anti-gov groups, but who knows.” Who indeed?  Later on “a Saudi” was fingered.  According  to a CBS report, a Saudi man near the event was chased and tackled by bystanders and is currently in custody. “A civilian who thought he was acting suspiciously chased him down and tackled him and then turned him over to Boston police, saying, I saw this guy hanging around over there acting suspiciously. And then he ran. That may mean a lot, it may mean nothing at all.”

So there, at the moment, is where we are. In the dark.  Glenn Reynolds had the best advice: “Based on past experience, at least half of what you’re hearing about Boston this afternoon will turn out to be wrong by tomorrow. And journalists/pundits: Try not to speculate in the absence of data. You don’t know anything either.”