I believe the FBI loves it when incorrect or inaccurate information gets released to the media because it adds to the confusion and takes the focus off of the FBI.
Immediately after the two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon bits and pieces of information kept being released that were intended to keep people off balance – to keep Bostonians going in a multitude of directions.
There was initial speculation that the perpetrators were from overseas and that they were trained by enemies of the United States.
Then there was speculation that they were homegrown terrorists with no affiliation to enemies of the United States.
There was additional speculation that the bombers were dark skinned and spoke with accents. There was talk of a Saudi citizen, or two, taken into custody and later it was rumored that at least one of them would be deported in the coming week. Again, why?
Citizens were asked to provide photos and videos so the FBI could analyze all the information to help identify those who planted the bombs – bombs that turned out to be pressure cookers filled with ball bearings and nails intended to inflict death and injury to those nearby.
When asked, the FBI insisted that they had no credible threats prior to the running of the marathon, yet there were hundreds of law enforcement officers from numerous agencies up and down the marathon route – including on tops of buildings, around the finish line, and even at the start of the marathon.
Some of these law enforcement officers were accompanied by bomb sniffing dogs. Why?
I think the operative word above is “credible.” Here is a Denver Post article discussing credible threats, potential terrorists threats and our old color coded system to warn us about potential terrorism threats.
One of the marathon runners, University of Mobile’s cross-country coach Ali Stevenson, said he saw bomb sniffing dogs and increased security – something he had never seen at previous marathons. Stevenson stated that he had run in several marathons in the past – places like Washington, D. C., Chicago, and even London, England.
An article about Stevenson’s concerns, along with a video interview can be seen here:
Stevenson said there were loudspeakers at the start of the race telling entrants that the added security was a training exercise and there was nothing to be alarmed about.
It is Coach Stevenson’s opinion that officials must have received threats or warnings about the marathon, otherwise why were there spotters on the rooftops at the start of the Marathon and why all the dogs?
I am of that belief as well – for several reasons.
There are approximately 57 Air National Guard units across the United States referred to as, “National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams.” Each of the 50 states has one unit but in addition, New York, California, and Florida have one additional unit each. I am not sure where the other 3 or 4 units are assigned – maybe they are in places like Puerto Rico or Guam or other territories – but those added units are not relevant to the issue of the Boston Marathon bombing.
What is interesting about these units is that in addition to the Massachusetts unit participating in security at the Boston Marathon, two additional units were requested to participate in security at the Marathon as well – the Rhode Island unit and one of the New York units were asked to be part of the security procedures. Why? One would logically come to the conclusion that there were concerns about security at this Marathon – and possibly because of the 26.2 mile route, three National Guard teams would be needed to help with security issues.
On a side note, one of the New York units, the 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, and one of the Florida units were already scheduled for deactivation because of budgetary reasons, but after the Marathon bombings, the Department of Defense has apparently discovered a way to fund the units.
Considering these units were not successful in preventing the bombings, I wonder why they are being rewarded by the DOD by keeping them in existence?
Our government wants all Americans to be vigilant – i.e. to be on the lookout for unattended baggage at airports, or in this case to be on the lookout for unattended bags or containers or even backpacks along the Marathon route – yet, there were numerous military personnel in full military gear who walked the Marathon route with large backpacks.
Near the finish line, prior to the bombs going off, there were several men, who were rumored to be contract “soldiers”, like those employed by Xe Corporation, formerly Blackwater.
There are numerous photos of these men wearing khacki pants and black jackets and several of them were carrying large black backpacks – similar in appearance to the remains of one of the backpacks said to have contained one of the bombs.
Numerous conspiratorial type-sites are saying that these men, seen in photos to be standing near an unmarked large black SUV with high-tech electronic gear on top, are private contractors of Craft, International, a private/military contracting firm started by former Navy Seal, Chris Kyle.
There are other sites that say these same men are assigned to one of the National Guard units, which makes more sense to me. The men, by the way, were also seen wearing hats with Craft International emblems and that might be because these men might have attended specialized training at Craft International facilities.
To me, it doesn’t matter whether these men were National Guard or Xe (Blackwater), or even Craft International employees – the issue is that either the Federal Government and/or Massachusetts officials felt it was important to have all these extra resources at THIS marathon because they were well aware of credible threats to the Marathon.
Getting back to photos and videos of the finish line area, it appears that the FBI sat on the photos of who the FBI thinks might have planted the bombs – supposedly trying to figure out if it was in the FBI’s best interest to try to identify and apprehend the suspects on their own.
What does not make sense about that assumption is that the older of the two suspects has been on the FBI radar for somewhere between two and three years. In fact, the FBI had previously interviewed him. There are numerous websites that speculate that Russia advised our country about the older brother and that is what made the FBI get involved in the first place.
What I do not understand is that if the Boston office of the FBI already knew about at least the older brother and had previously interviewed him and more importantly knew what he looked like, why didn’t they recognize him from the photos?
One would think that at least one agent would have connected the dots by saying something like, “Hey, doesn’t he look like the guy we interviewed at the suggestion of the Russian Government?”
The mother of the brothers has said that the FBI was quite active in monitoring activities of at least her oldest son. The mother also feels that the brothers were set up and that they are not guilty of any crimes.
Personally, I feel the brothers probably did plant the explosives but after reading about prior FBI knowledge and the added security, I am beginning to wonder.
So, again, why didn’t the FBI connect the dots and immediately track down the brothers when they had photos of them? Was releasing the photos just a ruse to get the public involved?
Initially it was released that the brothers had been in the United States for approximately one year, when in fact the FBI knew they had been in the country for over a decade. Why did the FBI change their story? Was it because other governments were releasing information contrary to what the FBI initially released or was it because neighbors knew they had been in the country for a long time? Was the FBI story falling apart and truth was being leaked in bits and pieces?
So, why all the misinformation? Was it to keep everyone off balance?
There have been many cases at least since 9/11 where the FBI has infiltrated subversive groups and even supplied them with weapons to carry out their intended destruction. From what I have read, equipment provided by the FBI was always lacking a component or part that would prevent it from going off or firing. Then the FBI would come in on white horses and arrest the bad guys in the nick of time – as if to come across as heroes – preventing another potential terrorist attack – attacks they were complicit in until they pulled the plug.
The problem is, in this case, a terrible tragedy occurred and the FBI knew about the brothers – knew of their history, where they resided, and that at least one of the brothers might have been radicalized on a previous trip overseas – yet these brothers were left to their own devices.
One would think that with all the security plans in place for THIS marathon, the FBI would have included these brothers in any security sweeps prior to the marathon.
Why invite several National Guard units from adjoining states and have a huge influx of special SWAT type units and other specialized units to an international event if you are not going to check out some “local” potential suspects – home grown or otherwise?
Maybe this whole episode was for the various agencies of our government to run a live, practice drill of sealing off a major metropolitan area to see how citizens would react to martial law.
If that is the case, it turned out well – except for the victims.
Citizens supposedly voluntarily opened their doors to heavily armed officers, many in military style gear to submit to room by room searches – people stayed indoors like they were told – people did not go to work – just like they were told – major transportation like the “T” was shut down and total control of information being released by the media was firmly put in place. There are also videos showing that some residence did not want to submit to involuntary residential searches or physical body searches – shown in the video here:
Did anyone actually declare some kind of martial law that would require all citizens to agree to residential searches? I do not know the answer to that – do you?
After day two, we heard very little about the Saudi suspect or what happened in the Revere apartment or what happened in the train search in Connecticut or why the Saudi individual is being deported (at our expense, by the way), and what, if anything, is happening with close friends or relatives of the two brothers.
I have read on websites where the sisters of the brothers were questioned and their cell phones and computers were confiscated but none of that was in the national media. Thank God for the Internet. I know there is a lot of junk on the Internet but there are also highly respected domestic and foreign media sites run by those who are not afraid to talk about controversial parts of the puzzle.
Running security exercises is one thing but to mislead the runners and spectators that everything was okay and they had nothing to be worried about is another.
Maybe if Marathon participants and observers were told of potential security risks – just maybe – some of them might have chosen to not attend. Maybe there would have been fewer severed limbs near the finish line and maybe there would have not been three dead bodies. Was the anticipated billion dollar plus economic benefit to the city of Boston instrumental in the Marathon NOT being cancelled for security reasons?
Maybe the deaths and injuries are the price citizens have to play so our various governments can play their war drills.
If the FBI immediately acted and pursued the brothers maybe the MIT security guard would not have been killed because the brothers would have already been arrested.
Lastly, regarding the photos of the finish line, one site shows what the government says are the National Guard men in tan khakis and black jackets with “CST” in big bold white letters and not carrying large black backpacks.
That photo can be seen here:
On other sites there are competing photos showing these same men without visible big white “CST” initials on their jackets because they are clearly carrying large black backpacks over what could be white lettering.
Those photos can be seen here:
If the photos are really “before explosion” and “after explosion”, where did the backpacks go? Some hint that the backpacks worn by the contractors or Guardsmen might be the ones used for the explosions. I don’t necessarily share that opinion – I just want to know where their backpacks disappeared to when they sprang to action after the explosions? More importantly, I would like to know what a group of individuals would be carrying in those backpacks.
As I said in the title and in the body of this blog, something does not smell right about the Boston Marathon bombing.
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