Even more importantly, why won’t the Main Stream Media, aka MSM, even discuss the topic of whether or not the FBI and other agencies knew of a “credible” threat and that is why they had bomb-sniffing dogs at the start of the marathon and at the end of the Marathon as well?
One participant, Alastair Stevenson, a cross-country coach with the University of Mobile came forward talking about several things – one that was already discussed above – seeing bomb-sniffing dogs at the start of this year’s Boston Marathon.
Another thing he talked about was announcements advising participants not to be concerned with the heightened security because it was only an exercise.
Lastly, Stevenson said he also saw spotters with guns on rooftops at the beginning of the marathon – all of which have been denied by the FBI.
One would think the FBI would have bragged about having added security at the start of the marathon – especially considering it was hours before the first runner finished the race.
I pondered all the possibilities as to why all government agencies are avoiding the topic. The Air Force provided representatives from three squadrons of WMD units – one from Massachusetts, one from Rhode Island and the third from the State of New York.
The only plausible reason I can come up with for the FBI denying advanced warning is that by acknowledging they knew in advance of a credible threat to the Marathon would somehow make them look like a failure for not finding the explosives or the culprits before the bombs went off.
Another issue regarding the advanced knowledge has to do with how serious the threat was in the eyes of the government agencies in attendance to protect the marathon. If the threat was perceived to be serious and they chose to not let participants and viewers at the scene know – some might hold the U. S. government partially responsible for deaths and injuries.
If I were the survivor of someone who died or was seriously injured I would be extremely angry that a warning was not given so individuals could determine whether to participate in or be at the marathon.
I read this morning that retailers are removing pressure cookers off their shelves, so what is next – blenders, food processors, espresso makers and fourth of July fireworks?
Pressure cookers are being taken off the shelves – yet we can still buy assault weapons at gun shows – without even a background check. We no longer can kill or maim people with nails and ball bearings in pressure cookers, but we can still kill them on college campuses, theaters, and shopping centers with assault weapons and high capacity clips – that really confuses me.
So, why isn’t NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, and MSNBC and others not chasing down the story? Why aren’t the media asking marathon participants to call, text, email or even tweet their knowledge or lack of knowledge regarding bomb sniffing dogs, loudspeaker messages or seeing spotters on rooftops?
Have government agencies, such as the FBI and NSA and Homeland Security, silenced the media? If so, that would be a bigger story than the deaths and injuries that have drawn so much media attention.
So, in my effort to counter what the media are not doing, I am going to put up a few polling questions – simple ones and I am asking anyone who attended the marathon – as runners, family members, friends, and media representatives to answer the questions.
If individuals at the starting line heard loudspeakers advising them to not be concerned with the beefed up security because it was only an exercise, then it would help others understand what happened that day. If enough individuals come forward and acknowledge that they saw and heard what Alastair Stevenson saw and heard, then the FBI would be forced to admit that they had beefed up security, possibly because they somehow found out about a credible threat.
Maybe the FBI is having a problem with the word, “credible.”
What if someone asks the FBI if they were aware of any “potential” threats? Would their answer to that question be different?
Protecting the entire 26.2 miles of a marathon is a daunting task – one that is damned near impossible to do perfectly year in and year out – especially if someone is hell-bent on causing death and destruction.
What really concerns me is if the FBI won’t even acknowledge the beefed up security, what else are they keeping from the public?
So, please answer the few polling questions and also leave a comment if you care to do so.
Another thing – the FBI had photos of the brothers – yet initially they acted like they did not know who they were – even though they had the oldest brother on their radar for at least three years. The mother of the brothers has told the media the FBI had numerous interactions with the older brother spanning years – yet the FBI initially said they thought the brothers had only been in the United States for about a year. Why would the FBI blatantly lie about how long the brothers had been in the United States?
When the truth came out about how long the FBI knew about the bombing suspects, the FBI then said that they checked them out and did not consider them to be a serious threat.
The waffling by the FBI reminded me of a quote by Donald Rumsfeld:
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”
I believe most Americans do not want to know what they don’t know because if they learn of something then they will have to act on that knowledge. They would rather bury their head in the sand than find out that their government knew of a credible sinister plot to cause death and destruction – yet decided not to warn those attending.
The Boston Marathon was a lose-lose situation for those designated to prevent a terrorist attack. If they cancelled the Marathon because of a “credible threat” and nothing happened, many would be upset because they came all the way to Boston to compete and could not do so. On the other hand, look what actually happened – the marathon went on as planned, no warnings were given – but there were deaths and significant injuries. Because of the carnage, the FBI feels it best to keep any knowledge of a credible threat a big dark secret. If not, some individuals would say, “You guys knew there was a bomb threat and you still could not stop it?”
Again, please participate in the survey questions. For each polling question – make your choice and click the “vote” button – then move on to the next question, etc.
Note: Even if you did not attend the marathon in person you might have seen bomb sniffing dogs or rooftop spotters during television coverage.
Here is one of the many links to interviews made by Allistair Stevenson
For those of you who do not like clicking on links, here is a brief summary of what Alastair Stevenson said, “At the start at the event, at the Athlete’s Village, there were people on the roof looking down onto the Village at the start. There were dogs with their handlers going around sniffing for explosives, and we were told on a loud announcement that we shouldn’t be concerned and that it was just a drill. And maybe it was just a drill, but I’ve never seen anything like that — not at any marathon that I’ve ever been to. You know, that just concerned me that that’s the only race that I’ve seen in my life where they had dogs sniffing for explosions, and that’s the only place where there had been explosions.”
For those reading this who have not read the entire comment from Stevenson, he said he ran in many marathons – London, New York, Washington, D. C., Chicago, and Boston and has never seen security like he saw at this year’s Boston Marathon.