4.15.13 – 11:20PM PST – Latest Update On The Boston Bombing:
The above picture shows the suspect in today’s bombing being arrested, complete with ghutra. It’s been confirmed that he’s a Saudi national here on a visa.
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported that a Saudi national was seen "acting suspiciously" running from the explosion, and a civilian chased him down and tackled him, after which the police arrested him.
Except now we’re being told there is no suspect.
What the Boston Police Commissioner’s telling the press now is, "Let me stress there is no suspect at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, there are people being questioned but there is no suspect."
He also said that there were 3 dead, not 12 as the New York Post reported earlier.
Law enforcement sources in Boston are also saying that the incident at the JFK Library was not a bombing but was fire related.
They’re also reviewing the surveillance video I mentioned earlier showing a man carrying two backpacks near the site of the bombings. No one is saying yet whether the person in the video is linked to the blasts.He’s described as ‘dark skinned, possibly with a foreign accent.’
One interesting detail no one’s saying much about is an incident that occurred in Revere, about five miles from downtown Boston. Local police and 20 members of the bomb squad searched the apartment of what’s described as ‘a person of interest after an ‘erratic driver’ led them there after driving around the State Police barracks a number of times. Two members of the squad reportedly removed several bags of the kind normally used to store evidence from the apartment.
More as it comes in.
JoshuaPundit: The Boston Marathon was hit by two explosions today at about 2:50 PM local time that left at least 12 people dead and over 100 injured, the numbers are still fluid and changing. According to one source on the scene, at least ten people had to have limbs amputated, and all local operating rooms are on hold.
JFK Airport was likewise shut down. So has cellular service, to prevent a cell phone from being used as a detonator. There was a third explosion reported at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum about 4:30 PM local time; there are no reports of damage or casualties yet from the third bombing. This was later updated to be a localized fire.
Police found two more explosive devices that failed to detonate. All of the bombs were set at or near the finish line, with the first to go off being planted in the lobby of a nearby hotel.
The use of multiple bombs timed to go off in sequence is a time-honored jihadi tactic. The first bomb herds the fleeing crowd in the direction of the second bomb, to maximize casualties. Similar tactics were used in the 7-7 London tube bombings and in Bali, among other places.
The police have a suspect, a 20-year-old Saudi national who’s now under guard at an undisclosed hospital.In addition, Boston police also have surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to blast site, according to CBS News. The suspect was arrested by police in downtown Boston less than two hours after the bombings occurred.
Three months ago, the Obama administration ended post-9/11 restrictions on Saudis entering the US and put them on the ‘trusted traveler list’.
There’s also an APB out for a yellow Penske rented truck or van that tried to get access to a marathon site, claiming it had medical supplies and then sped off when the driver was questioned.
Here’s a prediction: At least three Left wing media loons will blame this on ‘Tea Party Extremists.’
New stories referring to the suspect or suspects as Muslims or Saudis will quickly be edited or deleted. If possible, the media and the Administration may even try to spin this as Right wing extremists at work.
If there’s no way to avoid the obvious conclusions, President Obama will make a speech ala’ President Bush about how the bombers are fanatics who pervert the peaceful faith of Islam.He will not use the word ‘terrorism’. Funny how many of these perverters of Islam there are and how often they strike at different places around the world, no?
Let’s see how many I get right.
As for us, one day the American people may decide there are some things we simply can’t live with, no matter what we’re ‘told’ by our politicians.
More on this as it comes in.
UPDATE: Well I got one right so far. Speaking in time to get on the 6 O’clock news, President Obama referred to this as a ‘tragedy’ rather than terrorism. No surprise there.
UPDATE 2: Another one right. NYT columnist Nicholas Kristoff, who hearts Hamas tweeted : “explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking appointment.”
UPDATE 3: A thought just occurred. Could this be our Reichstag Fire moment, a planned ‘terrorist’ attack that will be blamed on ‘right wing extremists’ and necessitate martial law, gun confiscation and similar suspensions of our constitutional rights ‘for national security’?
For those if you whom don’t know what I’m talking about, that was the 1933 fire that devastated Germany’s parliament and led to Hitler getting an emergency degree passed by Germany’s parliament to ignore Germany’s constitution and take any means necessary to protect national security.
In reality, the fire was set by Himmler and the SS deliberately to create an excuse for Hitler to ask for total power to be delivered into his hands.
And so it has… Boston Marathon Explosions Already Being Blamed on the Right