11+ Articles on the Boston Marathon Bombing

Wednesday, April 17 2013   –   Research/Evidence

Another Terror Attack; Another Terror Drill

April 17, 2013
Source: Reinvestigate 9/11

If whistleblower Ali Stevenson is correct, it appears that yet again a terrorist attack, this time the Boston bomb, occurred at the same time as an official exercise was taking place.

The Norwegian attack, the London 7/7 bombings and the 9/11 attacks all turned out to be running in tandem with exercises which were eerily similar to the real terrorist attacks.

According to Stevenson, a sports coach, there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. ‘They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about,’ he told a local TV channel.

In the case of 7/7 in London, retired police terrorist expert Peter Power, clearly in a state of shock, initially told radio listeners that the exercises he had helped organise even specified the same tube stations as the real attacks.

In the case of 9/11 the Pentagon seems to have gone to considerable lengths to hide the fact that they were running multiple exercises including an anti-hijack exercise on the morning of the real 9/11 hijacks. The 9/11 Commission discovered the evidence for the anti-hijack exercise after seizing and reclaiming tapes which the Pentagon had erased. By then, short of time and money, the Commission was not able to investigate further, even if the Washington insiders who made up its key personnel had wished to.

Washington has refused to release the details of the Pentagon’s 9/11 hijack exercise script, but Richard Clarke, white House anti-terror czar at the time, has written that Pentagon exercises would often be highly realistic. Clarke is also suspicious of the role of the CIA in protecting the alleged 9/11 hijackers from arrest during the lead-up to the attacks. Recently he lent his support to multiple reports from angry FBI officers who believe they might have been able to prevent the astonishingly successful attacks used as a pretext for over a decade of foreign wars.

The mainstream media in the NATO countries have largely ignored Clarke’s suspicions and may ignore important elements of the Boston reports too. Mainstream editors are under pressure from advertisers, owners and sometimes even their own correspondents who fear losing access to official sources if their newspaper causes offence. Where a story ‘is going’ is often more important than whether it is true. But citizens are increasingly informed by less controlled media on the internet and from outside NATO. Questions seem to be emerging faster with each incident.

Washington critic and philosopher Webster Tarpley, one of the first to draw attention to the links between Barack Obama, the CIA and the bankers, has explained why anti-terror exercises can be useful to false flag terrorists in the dark corners of a military industrial complex that has a vested interest in war and terror. They provide both a cover story if things go wrong and an explanation to colleagues not in the know if they should chance upon a plot. An anti-terror exercise running in parallel with a major terror attack is not proof of collusion but, say sceptics, it is grounds for further investigation.

For the first time since the Oklahoma Bomb in 1995 it seems that white extremists may be held responsible for a high profile terrorist attack. Oklahoma was originally blamed on Arab terrorists but the story changed following the unexpected arrest of Timothy McVeigh, an ex US special forces operative. While turning Homeland Security into a fully armed military force, the Obama administration is in a struggle to push through gun control and this attack will prove a political godsend if it can be blamed on angry gun owning white males.

In addition, Middle Eastern observers say that Al Qaeda is no longer Washington’s enemy du jour. The al-Nusra Front, a key part of the insurrection in Syria, has recently announced that it is part of Al Qaeda. This puts Al Qaeda publicly back on the same side as Washington and the CIA, as it was originally, created by the CIA and the Saudis to help bring down a Russian backed government in Afghanistan in the 1980’s. This time they are using terrorist bombs to overthrow the Russian backed government of Syria.

In one sense the people of Boston and the people of Damascus are now on the same side, innocent victims of random terrorist attacks, although for the people of Damascus it’s on an altogether different scale.

But the mainstream NATO media are unlikely to remark on any of this. The facts are taking the story in the wrong direction. The owners and advertisers are mostly on the other side.

References
Stevenson: http://www.local15tv.com/mostpopular/story/UM-Coach-Bomb-Sniffing-Dogs-Spotters-on-Roofs/BrirjAzFPUKKN8z6eSDJEA.cspx

7/7: www.infowars.net/articles/april2009/060409Power.htm

Richard Clarke (Washington spin): www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-20091608.html

Richard Clarke (more sceptical spin): http://prn.fm/2013/01/17/2012-a-breakthrough-year-for-the-911-truth-movement/#axzz2QiiUOoQD

Ian Henshell is Co-ordinator of London-based Reinvestigate 911 (www.reinvestigate911.org) and author of 9.11 The New Evidence, Constable, London, publisher. Web publishers who wish to repost this article are kindly asked to include the link to the original, 911reinvestigate.org.

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Mission Accomplished, Obama: Americans Now Willing To Submit To Cavity Searches

April 17th, 2013

(DonnaAnderson) – In just a little over four years President Barack Obama has managed to achieve one of his ultimate goals – Americans are now willing to bend over and grab their ankles in exchange for the promise of freedom and safety. After the Boston Marathon bombing there’ll be no more objections when Big Sis steps up with her rubber gloves and says, “Spread ‘em, Danno!”

Addressing the nation immediately following the explosions at the Boston Marathon, Obama called the bombings an “act of terrorism” but stated that investigators did not know if these acts were performed by an international organization, a domestic group or a “malevolent individual.”

In his statement, Obama went on to say that “The American people refuse to be terrorized,” but he should have added, “by anyone other than their own government.”

Calling the incident an “act of terrorism” is only partially correct. The bombing did incite terror, but Obama intentionally uses language to suggest that the attack came from an international terrorist organization. In this country, after 9/11, all Americans automatically assume the word “terrorism” means an international threat.

However, at this point, we don’t know who set the bombs. It may have been some angry or crazed American for all we know and Obama certainly didn’t refer to the Sandy Hook shooting as “an act of terrorism.”

Cities across the nation are beefing up security around government buildings, transit hubs, national landmarks and sporting events. We’ll see bomb-sniffing dogs and TSA agents everywhere we turn. And as a result of Obama’s intentional usage of the word “terrorism” Americans are now willing to do anything if it means they’ll be safe and protected in their own country.

Check your Facebook wall or Twitter stream and you’ll see dozens of posts asking where was the security at the Boston Marathon. Why were people allowed in with backpacks? Why weren’t those backpacks inspected? Where were the bomb-sniffing dogs and TSA agents? People across America are now begging to be searched everywhere they go.

And, in a quote at the National Post website, Daniel Wood, a video producer from New York City who was waiting for a train in Boston said, “They can give me a cavity search right now and I’d be perfectly happy.”

And there you have it. Wake up, America. After just four years Obama finally has the American people exactly where he wants them – willing to bend over and grab their ankles. What’s next?

Source: Infowars

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Navy SEALs Spotted at Boston Marathon Wearing Suspicious Backpacks?

April 17th, 2013

(Infowars) – Savvy Internet sleuths have found images taken from surveillance cameras of members of the crowd gathered at the Boston Marathon that appear to identify Navy SEALs.

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For comparison, below are a few photos of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Note the skull logo on his baseball cap, his pants and his boots:

Now look at the individuals spotted wearing backpacks, a similar cap, and similar pants (and boots) at the Boston Marathon:

A video on Youtube also appears to capture a member wearing similar garb walking around the marathon post-explosion with something that looks like a detonator, but in actuality could be a radiation detector.

The reason this is important is because the Boston Police Commissioner is on record stating that they had “no specific intelligence” that there was a drill, while University of Mobile coach and marathon participant Alastair Stevenson has publicly stated that there was announcements telling people to stay calm and not be alarmed because beefed-up security was part of a “training exercise.”

If police were aware of a perceived threat, wouldn’t it make more sense to be announcing an evacuation order rather than tell everyone to stay calm?

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Terror in Boston: Hagel Says Pentagon Ready to Violate Posse Comitatus

Kurt Nimmo

Prison Planet.com
April 16, 2013

During testimony on Capitol Hill, Chuck Hagel characterized the attack in Boston as terrorism and said the Pentagon is prepared to respond quickly to any request from domestic law enforcement, according to Pentagon’s propaganda newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

“(The attack) is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror,” Hagel said.

“I will continue to consult closely with DOD senior leaders and my counterparts in other agencies,” Hagel added, “on how we can best support the government’s response and investigations.”

The event in Boston has provided the Department of Defense with a handy excuse to reverse the disestablishment of two National Guard civil support teams, including one currently responding to the bombing in Boston.

Over 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen “remain on duty to continue to assist local authorities,” the newspaper reported, citing a press release from the Guard.

The 211th Military Police Battalion was deployed to provide security, the Massachusetts National Guard’s 387th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) has been activated, the 267th Combat Communications Squadron was sent to Boston, and the Navy sent a bomb-disposal unit “to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the explosions.” In addition, the U.S. Northern Command on Monday decided not to change security levels at military installations in the U.S.

Under the Posse Comitatus Act passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, the military is prohibited from involvement in such activity as the supply of support, training, intelligence and equipment to civilian law enforcement. Because the federalized National Guard is part of either the Air Force or the Army, it is covered by the Act, according to Seattle attorney Lynne Wilson.

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Boston bombing outage rumors shed light on mobile and Internet ‘kill switch’

RT
April 17, 2013

Following the Boston Marathon bombings, news began to spread of a US government cellphone network shutdown. While the claims were quickly shown to be false, a secret federal rule does, in fact, make such a shutdown possible.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has in the past denied the existence of Standard Operating Procedure 303, as Ars Technica recently pointed out, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenged the secrecy of such documents in 2012 by filing a Freedom of Information Act request.

What EPIC found via its lawsuit was that a 2007 report stated that the network shutdown policy was adopted in March of 2006. According to that report, the National Coordinating Center, a part of the DHS, was to be the main player in “any actions leading up to and following the termination of private wireless network connections, both within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”

There has been particular focus on government possession of any sort of ‘kill switch’ over cell networks and internet service since the embattled government of Hosni Mubarak shut down both in Egypt at the height of protests in 2011.

That same year, when San Francisco’s transit authority made the decision to shut off cell phone networks within its metro service in anticipation of protests, critics were quick to point out the draconian implications.

Somewhat ironically, following the BART incident the Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into the cell network shutdown that resulted in the government’s so-called SOP 303 rule for that sort of activity. In their response to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) query, wireless carriers such as AT&T stated that there was, in fact, no need for an inquiry, as government policy on shutting down private cell networks was already established.

Federal and State authorities, the [FCC], wireless providers and other private stakeholders, have previously considered these issues in a cooperative process that resulted in the National Communications System’s Standard Operating Procedure 303,” AT&T responded. “SOP 303 resolves the questions posed by the Commission in the Notice and eliminates the need for the Commission to reconsider those issues in this docket.”

In plain English, what AT&T responded with in the case of the San Francisco cell network shutdown is that a little-known rule, which the DHS initially denied even existed, was already in effect – and that wireless carriers simply obliged with city government in its request.

In its initial FOIA filing, EPIC requested further information as well as justification for the secrecy behind SOP 303, which is officially understood as “a shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises.”

At question is just what might constitute a national crisis, and by which government stakeholders. As Ars Technica, an IT news site reports, the DHS has yet to fully respond to EPIC, though it has already abandoned the idea that no such rule regarding government enactment of a cell network ‘off switch’ exists.

This means that the US government has procedures set in place to shut off private cell phone access across an entire metropolitan region, though it is not publicly understood by what criteria, or what precise process such a rule was anointed to homeland security.

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Interview With Boston Marathon Eyewitness Confirms Bomb Squad Drill

Anthony Gucciardi
Prison Planet.com
April 17, 2013

In an exclusive interview, I just finished speaking with key Boston Marathon eyewitness and running participant Alastair Stevenson, who has confirmed to me that drills were taking place the morning of the Boston Marathon complete with bomb squads and rooftop snipers.

Alastair’s initial statements towards the Alabama news publication regarding the Boston Marathon training exercises ignited a firestorm within the alternative media, despite being only around two sentences in length. Now, Alastair has been given a forum to voice the entirety of what he saw as a participant and coach during the Boston Marathon — something that Alastair says he has never seen before despite participating in much larger races around the world.

As you can watch in the video above, Alastair detailed what went on before the race began:

“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.”

And Alastair is speaking from serious experience. As a veteran of marathons and a coach at the University of Mobile in Alabama, Alastair knows about how marathons traditionally go down.

The interview with Alastair clarifies his former statements regarding the presence of bomb squads and bomb sniffing dogs that went mega viral on the web, and also serves to better understand what the reality is behind this situation. As Alastair details, there was definitely a drill taking place the morning of the marathon, and it appears police were likely aware of a dangerous threat that required a large degree of action to counteract.

This post originally appeared at storyleak.com

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Boston Bombing: Hallmarks of A False Flag

Prison Planet.com

April 17, 2013

Public opinion is clearly turning against the Federal Government. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for their agenda if it turned out that the Boston Marathon Bombing was executed by a group of “pro-gun anti-income tax anti-government domestic terrorists”, or maybe just Constitutionalists and Liberty Movement activists that are labeled as such?

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Reality Check: Did the FBI know about Boston bombing beforehand?

Ben Swann
Fox 19
April 17, 2013

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Dan Bidondi Reports on Boston Bombing

Prison Planet.com

April 17, 2013

Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi was on location at the Boston Marathon explosion press conferences minutes after the event and managed to get in some hard-ball questions for Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Dan specifically asks whether or not Boston PD had info about a drill taking place, to which the Police Commissioner replies they had “no specific intelligence” regarding a drill.

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Boston Marathon Bombings: Questions Remain Unanswered

Thomas R. Eddlem
New American
April 17, 2013

The motive behind the April 15 twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed at least three andinjured more than 175, remains shrouded in mystery as of Tuesday afternoon. Although law enforcement officials reportedly have a Saudi national in custody as a “person of interest,” it remains unclear whether the bombings are an act of terrorism or simply the actions of a lone insane bomber without political motivation. The bombings apparently included a pressure cooker in a backpack, with some type of ball bearing or other shrapnelin it.

The presence of a Saudi national at the marathon event is not by itself suspicious or unusual, as many people come to Boston from around the world for both the marathon and for college study. Boston is largely an international college town, with some 53 colleges and universities within the city and its inner highway Route 128 loop. Several dozen additional colleges and universities are within the outer Route 495 highway loop of the Boston metropolitan area as well.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick debunked early news stories that claimed other explosive devices were found. “Two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday,” Patrick said at an April 15 evening press conference. “There were no unexploded explosive devices found.” Early reports that a fire at the JFK Library in Dorchester — several miles from the marathon route — was related proved to be untrue. The library fire was ruled a “mechanical fire” after an initial investigation.

At least one eyewitness to the event, University of Mobile’s cross country coach Ali Stevenson, claimed in an interview with a local television network that he saw bomb-sniffing dogs and unprecedented security even before the bombs exploded.

President Obama said in an April 16 press conference that the bombing was a “cowardly act” and stressed that “the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.” Obama also noted that he had no information as of Tuesday morning about the perpetrator(s) or the motive. “What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why,” Obama said. “Clearly, we are at the beginning of our investigation…. In the coming days, we will pursue every effort to get to the bottom of what happened.”

The media was quick to speculate about the motives behind the unknown bombers, with Wolf Blitzer suggesting on CNN within moments of the bombing report that since the bombing was on April 15, it could have been carried out by a tax protester or related to the Patriots’ Day holiday in Massachusetts. “It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots’ Day and,” Blitzer told his CNN audience, “who knows if that had anything at all to do with these explosions?” ABC News has suggested similar motivations. Blitzer’s speculations were couched in advice not to draw conclusions, but it drew a call from Congressman Steve Stockman for an apology from Blitzer. Indeed, this week is an anniversary to a number of terrorist incidents, such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the Waco massacre.

The bombing drew condemnation from across the Muslim world, though one former Salafist prisoner in Jordan praised the bombing. “Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” Mohammad el-Chalabi told local press after the bombing.

Obama claimed in his April 16 press conference that “We also know this: The American people refuse to be terrorized.” Yet the pattern after most terrorist incidents is a call for security, even if it does away with traditional civil liberties.

Boston is no stranger to terrorist actions, as two of the four planes that crashed during the September 11 attacks on 2001 took off from Boston’s Logan Airport. It was also the site of a 2007 bomb scare, later determined to be a harmless prank. Moreover, Boston was a target for bombings before and during the “Red Scare” nearly 100 years ago, which involved more than 100 bombings — most through the mail — against major U.S. cities between 1917 and 1920.

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Boston Marathon: Emergency False Flag Warning

Prison Planet.com

April 17, 2013

Do not stand on the sidelines. It is now time to choose a side. Are we going to trade liberty for security which will result in us getting neither?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing: Who Do They Plan To Blame?

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. – Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief Of Staff to Barack Obama
Brandon Smith
Activist PostWhile many people might immediately dismiss the concept, any student of true and unadulterated history has to eventually admit this fact: Governments exploit crisis. Sometimes, they merely take advantage of the ensuing chaos and aftermath of a disaster they had nothing to do with directly. Other times, they create those disasters themselves in order to engineer social and political opportunity.In regard to the recent bombing of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured at least 140, I have asked “Who do they plan to blame?” The unaware and naïve will state that “They will blame the true culprit behind the attack, of course!” Unfortunately, in the past couple decades I have seen numerous terrorist attacks where the blame was NOT placed on the true culprit, or, the blame was extended to totally uninvolved groups and organizations in order to politicize the event.
Governments (especially our government) squeeze each man-made disaster like a ripe papaya until every drop of sweet advantage can be collected. They use our fear and confusion as license to attack a predetermined list of targets that may or may not have had anything to do with the original event. They tell the story in a way that suits their end-line interests, and the last thing they are concerned with is helping the public to “understand”. In the end, what average citizens see as an authoritative analysis on the facts from their “loving” leaders is in reality nothing more than an exercise in fantasy.
Now, the thought of persons and institutions within our government being malicious enough to create a terrorist event to be used to manipulate the public towards a certain end tends to bring out furious denial in some Americans. This is because those people with weak characters and an even weaker sense of identity tend to attach their egos to the collective. They live vicariously through the group, or the nation state, so that the State’s accomplishments and trials become THEIR accomplishments and trails. To accuse the state of criminality is to accuse them of criminality.The Boston bombing already has the makings of a subversive and highly exploitable false flag event, and certain undertones remind me of the now exposed Operation Gladio, a false flag program utilized by NATO governments (including the U.S.) for decades which involved multiple bombings and mass shootings of high traffic public areas across Europe that were then falsely blamed on “left-wing terrorists”. The operation was exposed in the early 1990s by the Italian government, and then quickly swept into the dust bin of history.Vincenzo Vinciguerra, a far-right terrorist linked to Gladio and currently serving a life-sentence for the car bomb murder of three policemen stated during sworn testimony on Gladio in March of 2001:

You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game…

The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security. This is the political logic that lies behind all the massacres and the bombings which remain unpunished, because the state cannot convict itself or declare itself responsible for what happened…

The strategy used by NATO was clear – terrorize the common population, target as many innocents as possible in places where they felt most comfortable and at ease, and drive the citizenry into the waiting arms of the establishment. The tactic creates the cancerous spread of public tension because the sense of “distance” from violence is removed. An attack could literally happen anytime, anywhere. A predetermined scapegoat enemy is then presented, completing the circle and galvanizing the people in the direction the establishment desires.

The methods used in Europe to demonize “left-wing” political movements could just as easily be used to demonize what some call “right-wing” political movements here in the U.S. Let’s look at some of the facts surrounding the Boston incident so far:

Boston authorities and witnesses on the scene admit that bomb sniffing dogs and roof spotters were employed before the race even began. The local bomb squad was also coincidentally running a “controlled explosion drill” only one mile away from the attack: (source)

Participants at the race were told repeatedly not to worry, and that a “training exercise” was taking place. In nearly every major terror attack since 9/11, from the U.S., to the UK and Spain, the government was running “training exercises and drills” fitting the EXACT description of the threat that then suddenly occurred in real life on the same day. Perhaps it is only an overtly reoccurring negative serendipity, but in my view, if the authorities are running a training exercise for a bombing in your town, it might be best to run for the hills before their little war-game becomes real yet again.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis also stated that authorities were not aware of any specific threats to the marathon before it began, which means that they are not presenting any claims that they had reason to believe a bombing might take place: (source)

So, just to clarify, the Boston police on the suggestion of…someone, decided to run bomb squad training, bomb sniffing dogs, and rooftop spotters on the exact same day that the Boston Marathon happened to be bombed…just because?

I would add to this conundrum another question – With all those bomb sniffing dogs present, and with multiple devices now found on the scene, how did they not find at least one of the explosive packages before people were killed? Those dogs need to be fired, I suppose…

Along with the immediate strangeness of the attack, the timing is also rather perfect for the establishment.

April 15th is tax day across the nation, and Tax Protest Day sponsored annually by Tea Party organizations across the country also just happened to fall on the 15th this year. On top of this, in Massachusetts, Patriots’ Day (a civic holiday celebrating the battles of Lexington and Concord) is held on the third Monday of April every year, which just happened to be the 15th this year. Oath Keepers, a constitutional organization often wrongly attacked as a “domestic extremist group” by the DHS and SPLC, just happened to have a large pro-freedom rally scheduled for the 19th of April at Lexington Green in Massachusetts. Are we starting to get the picture here?

With the Senate in the midst of the most blatant attack on our 2nd Amendment rights in history following the passage of the absurdly fascist NDAA and the White House’s unwillingness to remove American citizens as potential targets for executive ordered assassination, and with multiple states now implementing draconian gun restrictions and even confiscations, public opinion is quickly moving against the Federal Government. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for their agenda if it turned out that the Boston Marathon Bombing was executed by a group of “pro-gun anti-income tax anti-government domestic terrorists”, or maybe just Constitutionalists and Liberty Movement activists that are labeled as such?

Wouldn’t that be a big turn-off for those on the fence but shifting towards gun rights and constitutionalism? Wouldn’t it be great for the DHS and the SPLC if all their anti-Constitutionalist propaganda was suddenly proven “correct”? Maybe the TSA could even suggest roving street checkpoints and random searches so that such a calamity “never happens again”.

No suspects have yet been named in the marathon attacks, and none have claimed responsibility, so perhaps I am jumping to conclusions. Perhaps we’ll find out those dastardly North Koreans were behind it all, or maybe those devious Iranians. However, I can’t shake off that smell of a setup lurking in the musty sickly statist air, and the mainstream media is already suggesting “right-wing involvement” (why don’t they ever suggest left-wing extremism as a possibility…?).

As I have said many times before, during any crisis, always look at who benefited the most from the event. Look at who had something to gain, rather than the first scapegoats they throw in front of you. Some terror attacks are real, and some are proven as staged, but never forget that government power structures do not see these tragedies as tragedies; rather, they see them as gifts; precious openings that create vulnerabilities in the psyche of the citizenry. They WILL exploit these vulnerabilities to further their own agenda, and they WILL exploit the Boston Marathon Bombing to demoralize and marginalize their political enemies. Count on it.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Highlights the Illusion of Terror and Security

 Tony Cartalucci

Activist Post
Sometime before 1775, American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Across much of the West, after September 11, 2001, we have indeed given up our essential liberty, and more over, our dignity in exchange for the illusion of safety. Our streets and public events are filled with militarized police and very literally soldiers wielding machine guns and riding around in armored vehicles. And yet with this militarized security, invasive Constitution-violating searches, warrantless wiretaps, humiliating pat-downs by federal security at airports, terrorist bombs still managed to rip through the streets of Boston killing 3 and injuring many more.

There is nothing more symbolic of the fall of America as a free people than scenes of impotent militarized police standing around aimlessly with their immense arsenal cradled in their idle hands in the wake of an attack their presence did nothing to prevent. What’s more, is their presence after the attack was likewise useless, their weapons and armor incapable of doing anything to help the scores of injured. 

Image: (AP) Militarized police stand around aimlessly before and after the blasts in Boston – exposing the “safety” offered to the public in the last 10 years by the growing police state as a mere illusion we have been made to accept, but clearly, to no avail. 

We have given up our liberty and our dignity in order to obtain a little temporary safety – and predictably we have neither liberty nor safety.

The FBI and the Illusion of Terror
Disturbing is the habit of the FBI’s posing as terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda, approaching patsies who they then provide explosives and other weapons to, and help engineer an attack which they then “foil” to make spectacular headlines. Many times real explosives are test-detonated with suspects, before inert devices are switched in for the final attack.In one case in Portland Oregon in 2010, a van was actually parked next to a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the FBI-entrapped suspect attempted and failed to detonate an FBI-provided inert bomb.More astounding was the fact that the FBI had actually brought this same entrapped suspect earlier to a location in Lincoln County, Oregon, where real explosives were in fact detonated. The FBI’s official statement titled, “Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland,” released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on November 26, 2010 stated (emphasis added):

According to the affidavit, on November 4, 2010, Mohamud and the undercover FBI operatives traveled to a remote location in Lincoln County, Ore., where they detonated a bomb concealed in a backpack as a trial run for the upcoming attack. Afterwards, on the drive back to Corvallis, undercover FBI operatives questioned Mohamud as to whether he was capable of looking at the bodies of those who would be killed in the upcoming attack in Portland. According to the affidavit, Mohamud responded, “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave either dead or injured.”

More frightening still was the apparent motivation behind the FBI’s uncover operation.

In 2005, Portland became the first city in the United States to withdraw from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, (JTTF) over concerns it would threaten civil liberties. The FBI, unwelcomed in Portland, decided to then approach a dupe, entrap him, and spectacularly “foil” a high profile terror plot of their own design during Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony – without notifying the local government or local law enforcement of the on going operation.

The operation would humiliate local representatives and in particular, Mayor Sam Adams, making them appear negligent, incompetent, and impotent. And, in the wake of the operation, citing the FBI’s charade specifically, Portland would eventually agree to rejoin the JTTF.

What, if not terrorism, would such events be classified as? The FBI’s JTTF was ousted from Portland, and it subsequently used the threat of violence to coerce the city into accepting it back. It was an operation A-Z engineered by the FBI with a specific political motivation lurking just beneath the surface.

The opaque, covert nature of these operations should also profoundly disturb readers. The FBI apparently has access to vast resources to conduct these operations, including weapons, real explosives, vehicles, and just about everything else most likely used in the Boston blasts. According to the New York Times, in their article, “Portland, Ore., Votes to Rejoin Task Force After Terrorism Scare:”

The investigation had been under way for many months, but the Portland police were consulted only near the end, largely to help with logistics of a sting operation. Mayor Sam Adams was unaware until after the arrest.

Who then is overseeing these operations outside of the FBI? These are operations where real explosives are even detonated … and in the case of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, FBI monitored suspects actually went through with the final attack, killing 6, and wounding many more (The New York Times, “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast“).

The answer is, no one is overseeing them, and they are kept secret until the FBI either “foils” them for political points, or a witness steps forward and reveals the FBI’s role in successful attacks that maim or kill innocent people.

This constitutes a very real terror threat to America, but one that lurks within Washington and in our cities’ local FBI offices, carried out by men in suits and ties, not cave-dwelling extremists in Afghanistan or “homegrown terrorists.” For the people of Boston, one of the first targets for investigation should in fact be, the local FBI office.

Monsters of Our Own Creation/Perpetuation 

And while America’s domestic threat is one contrived and perpetuated primarily by the very people charged with defending the nation against terrorism, real foreign extremists do exist. It should surprise no one however, considering what the FBI does at home, who is minding this terrorist network abroad.

It is now believed that pressure cooker improvised explosive devices were used in the blasts – devices frequently used overseas by Al Qaeda’s many various incarnations. Should “Al Qaeda” turn out to be behind the Boston blasts, readers would benefit from understanding just what exactly “Al Qaeda” is.

CBS News in their report titled, “Homeland Security warned about pressure cooker bombs,” stated:

U.S. authorities warned as far back as nine years ago that terrorists could use metal pressure cookers to cause deadly carnage.

The common kitchen cooking implement – found in countless American homes – has emerged as a key component in the horrific bombings that killed three people and injured more than 170 at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

The article would continue by stating:

In 2004 a memo titled “Potential terrorist use of pressure cookers” alerted border inspectors, agents, law enforcement officers and other first-responders that the seemingly-innocuous items could be used to create improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The memo says the bomb-making technique is commonly taught in Afghan terrorist training camps – and had already led to bombing casualties.

The article would also mention terrorists operating in Algeria using rigged pressure cooker devices to carry out attacks – militants long associated not only with Al Qaeda directly, but neighboring Libyan terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which was recently handed the nation of Libya by NATO.

This would also be the same Al Qaeda that the US and NATO are in the process of arming and funding in Syria for the past 2 years. Likewise, it is the same Al Qaeda spawned from the sectarian crypto-terror organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, helped into power on the back of region-wide US-engineered political destabilization, and funded to the tune of billions by America’s allies in Riyadh and Doha.

In fact, for the past 30 years, the US, Saudi Arabia, and other regional allies including Israel have cultivated, armed, funded, and expanded Al Qaeda, using them as both a casus belli for military intervention and a global mercenary force everywhere from Libya to Bosnia, Iraq to Iran, Afghanistan, and of course across Syria for the past two years.

And even as the Boston blasts appear to be shaping up as the work of sectarian extremists affiliated with this vast network of US-Saudi sponsored terror, US ally Qatar is defending its aid given to terrorists operating across Syria. Reuters reported in their article, “Qatar says aid for Syria rebels and Islamists won’t harm region,” that:

Qatar on Tuesday rejected criticism that it risked destabilizing the Middle East by supporting rebels in Syria or the Muslim Brotherhood and said it was helping people but did not interfere in governments.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Arab states who are arming and sheltering rebel fighters of actions that could “create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” with Saudi Arabia and Qatar clearly in mind.

Qatar had armed, funded, and even provided air support and troops to Al Qaeda in Libya during their successful bid to overthrow the government and take power in Tripoli. The Guardian reported in their article, “Qatar admits sending hundreds of troops to support Libya rebels,” that:

Qatar has admitted for the first time that it sent hundreds of troops to support the Libyan rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

The Gulf state had previously acknowledged only that its air force took part in Nato-led attacks.

So clearly, Qatar is in the business of interfering with governments, and using Al Qaeda militants to do so.

Similarly, Qatar, along with Saudi Arabia, the US, Turkey, Israel and other allies, have been funneling cash andthousands of tons of weapons into Syria – all of which have ended up in the hands of Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra.

The New York Times in their article titled, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid,” admits that:

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

While the West attempts to claim these weapons are being sent to “moderates,” the US itselfadmits that Al Qaeda is operating in every major city in Syria and is by far the most highly organized, most prominent militant front in the conflict. If the West via Saudi Arabia and Qatar is sending thousands of tons of weapons to “moderates,” who is sending more weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra?

The obvious answer is there are no moderates, and the West has been intentionally arming Al Qaeda from the beginning. In fact, this is a documented conspiracy first revealed as early as 2007 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article titled, “”The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” which stated specifically:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Further evidence that the summation of US aid has fallen into the hands of Al Qaeda in Syria, comes to us from Washington Post propagandist Liz Sly who reported in her article, “U.S. feeds Syrians, but secretly,” that:

In the heart of rebel-held territory in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a small group of intrepid Westerners is undertaking a mission of great stealth. Living anonymously in a small rural community, they travel daily in unmarked cars, braving airstrikes, shelling and the threat of kidnapping to deliver food and other aid to needy Syrians — all of it paid for by the U.S. government.

Sly then claims that most Syrians credit Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra with providing the aid:

“America has done nothing for us. Nothing at all,” said Mohammed Fouad Waisi, 50, spitting out the words for emphasis in his small Aleppo grocery store, which adjoins a bakery where he buys bread every day. The bakery is fully supplied with flour paid for by the United States. But Waisi credited Jabhat al-Nusra — a rebel group the United States has designated a terrorist organization because of its ties to al-Qaeda — with providing flour to the region, though he admitted he wasn’t sure where it comes from.

And while Sly attempts to spin the story as merely misdirected anger and ignorance on the part of Syrians receiving the aid, it is well documented that bakeries in terrorist-held territory are manned by Al Qaeda militants. In fact, while Sly maintains that “security concerns” are owed for America’s opaque aid distribution, it appears more likely the US is attempting to insidiously obfuscate its use of humanitarian aid to help its militant proxies win “hearts and minds” amid a humanitarian catastrophe the West itself engineered and perpetuated intentionally.

The London Telegraph reported in their article, “Syria: how jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria’s revolution,” that taking over bakeries was a key strategy used by Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front to “win over” the population:

Then, in the past weeks, Jabhat al-Nusra – which is outside the FSA – pushed other rebel groups out of the stores and established a system to distribute bread throughout rebel areas.

In a small office attached to a bakery in the Miesseh district of Aleppo, Abu Yayha studied a map pinned on the wall. Numbers were scrawled in pencil against streets.

“We counted the population of every street to assess the need for the area,” explained Mr Yahya. “We provide 23,593 bags of bread every two days for this area. This is just in one district. We are calculating the population in other districts and doing the same there.

“In shops the cost is now 125 Syrian pounds (£1.12) for one pack. Here we sell it at 50 Syrian pounds (45p) for two bags. We distribute some for free for those who cannot pay.”

The bakery works constantly. Inside, barrows filled with dough were heaved onto a conveyor belt that chopped it into round and flat segments, before pushing the dough into a giant oven. Workers packed the steaming flatbread in bags.

“I am from Jabhat al Nusra. All the managers of all the bakeries are,” said Abu Fattah, the manager. “This makes sure that nobody steals.”

In essence, Al Qaeda is taking over neighborhoods upon a mountain of US-provided flour, in bakeries overrun and held at the barrels of US-provided guns.

With this in mind, it becomes clear that not only has America traded in its liberty and dignity for the illusion of safety, but they have done so in the face of fear manufactured and intentionally perpetuated by their own government – a government willfully using the very terror organizations they hold over the American people’s heads as justification for an ever-expanding police state at home, as an international mercenary force with which to target their geopolitical enemies abroad.

It is an illusion of both terror and security, masterfully implemented with a myriad of propagandists and corporate-financier interests working in coordination to foist this scheme upon Western civilization and beyond. It is essential to identify these corporate-financier interests, boycott them, and permanently replace them with local solutions – lest we be bent eternally to this charade, without liberty, without dignity, and clearly, without safety.

Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own atLand Destroyer ReportAlternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Planting the Seed of Propaganda: Media Repeatedly Suggests Patriots are Responsible for Boston Marathon Bombing

Daisy Luther
Activist PostNot unlike the horrible shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Boston Marathon bombing has become a ”blame-it-on-patriots” media event. Without any proof whatsoever, speculation in the mainstream media is pointing the finger directly at people who believe in independence and freedom from tyranny.None of the mainstream outlets is asking why a person against paying taxes or someone who is pro-Constitution would attempt to harm people out enjoying a race. They are simply looking for a scapegoat. And no kid on the playground is more unpopular than the one who refuses to be herded along with the other children.Instead of pulling together in solidarity to support the victims of this horrible attack, the “divide-and-conquer” campaign was underway within an hour of the first bomb detonating.You don’t require my narrative – I’ll just supply the evidence that an unfounded attack on Patriots is underway. Is the stage being set to present a patsy to further an agenda? You be the judge:Just over an hour after the attack, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer suggested that tax protesters and Patriots’ Day may have been to blame. “One intriguing thought here…it is a state holiday in Massachusetts called Patriots’ Day and who knows if that had anything at all to do with these explosions.”Correspondent: “That’s always a possibility, you know, especially with it being deemed “Patriots’ Day” there in Boston, Wolf. ”

Next, also from CNN, National Security Analyst Peter Bergen suggested that “right wing extremists” were likely culprits.

Huffington Post blogger and Al Sharpton radio producer Nida Khan speculated on Twitter that an anti-government group may be responsible for the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

We don’t know anything yet of course, but it is tax day & my first thought was all these anti-gov groups, but who knows.

David Axelrod, former Obama advisor, told CNN that Obama was thinking about tax day. “And I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro–you know, you just don’t know…”

A former FBI agent speculated that “It would not surprise me if this is some local extremist group trying to make a statement.” Brad Garrett mentioned Patriot groups, domestic extremists, neo-Nazis, anti-tax demonstrators and anti-government groups.

Not to be left out, Chris Matthews of MSNBC pointed out that it was “tax day” and “Patriots’ Day”, suggesting the attack had to be domestic.

This morning, not surprisingly, CNN was at it again. The media mouthpiece published a lengthy article making baseless comparisons between this horrific attack and other violent incidents that took place in the United States, linking “domestic terrorism”, “right wing extremism” and “militia activity.”

It’s now a day that will go down in history along with other violent U.S. incidents in April, including the 1993 FBI siege of David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

Only the Waco siege and the Oklahoma City bombing actually occurred on April 19, the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Still, to many following developments in Boston online, the proximity of Monday’s attack to the April 19 anniversaries was enough to suggest an act of domestic terrorism.

“Obviously, nobody knows anything yet,” Esquire magazine’s Charles Pierce said, “but I would caution folks jumping to conclusions about foreign terrorism to remember that this is the official Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts … and that the actual date (April 19) was of some significance to, among other people, Tim McVeigh, because he fancied himself a waterer of the tree of liberty and the like.”

McVeigh and Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols were associated with the extreme right-wing and militant Patriot Movement, which rejects the legitimacy of the federal government and law enforcement. Adherents sometimes form armed militia groups and claim the right to armed self-defense against what they believe to be an oppressive government.

McVeigh said he targeted the Federal Building in Oklahoma City to avenge the raid on Waco. Despite commonly held beliefs, it’s unclear whether the Columbine shooters timed that attack to mark either Adolf Hitler’s birthday or the Waco incident.

Time Washington correspondent Alex Altman also noted Patriots Day’s “significance” to the “militia movement” in a tweet that was shared 507 times. He also mentioned the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary. In a subsequent tweet, he clarified that “OKC was on Apr. 19, anniversary of the Battles of Lexington & Concord, which are celebrated in Mass as Patriots Day.”

But is there really something about this time of the year that makes domestic terrorism more prevalent?

Even the British media has jumped into the blame game, with this article suggesting that the Tea Party was responsible:

The right-wing extremist theory was strengthened by fact April 15 is tax day, an event that in recent years has been used as a rallying date for members of the Tea Party group.

The Tea Party movement is, of course, named after the famous Boston Tea Party political protest of 1773 and, with President Obama’s taxation policies widely criticised by many conservative groups – both moderate and extreme – the date is increasingly seen as a focal point for right-wing protest.

Never let a good crisis go to waste, seems to be the theme of the Powers That Be in the United States. Brandon Smith wrote an excellent analysis:

Along with the immediate strangeness of the attack, the timing is also rather perfect for the establishment.

April 15th is tax day across the nation, and Tax Protest Day sponsored annually by Tea Party organizations across the country also just happened to fall on the 15th this year. On top of this, in Massachusetts, Patriots Day (a civic holiday celebrating the battles of Lexington and Concord) is held on the third Monday of April every year, which just happened to be the 15th this year. Oath Keepers, a constitutional organization often wrongly attacked as a “domestic extremist group” by the DHS and SPLC, just happened to have a large pro-freedom rally scheduled for the 19th of April at Lexington Green in Massachusetts. Are we starting to get the picture here?

With the Senate in the midst of the most blatant attack on our 2nd Amendment rights in history following the passage of the absurdly fascist NDAA and the White House’s unwillingness to remove American citizens as potential targets for executive ordered assassination, and with multiple states now implementing draconian gun restrictions and even confiscations, public opinion is quickly moving against the Federal Government. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for their agenda if it turned out that the Boston Marathon Bombing was executed by a group of “pro-gun anti-income tax anti-government domestic terrorists”, or maybe just Constitutionalists and Liberty Movement activists that are labeled as such?

Wouldn’t that be a big turn-off for those on the fence but shifting towards gun rights and constitutionalism? Wouldn’t it be great for the DHS and the SPLC if all their anti-Constitutionalist propaganda was suddenly proven “correct”? Maybe the TSA could even suggest roving street checkpoints and random searches so that such a calamity “never happens again”.

Like many other senseless crimes, we may never know the truth of “who” or “why”. But watch for more rights to be taken away “for our safety”. Watch for more intrusions into our privacy. Watch for more finger-pointing towards those who question the unconstitutional actions taking place in the United States.

Do you see where this is going? Without one shred of evidence, a bulls-eye has been painted on those who love God, liberty, and the founding principles of the country.

Don’t be surprised when an unwitting patsy is wheeled forth by the media – one who owns an AK-47, flies a Gadsden flag, and carries a well-thumbed pocket copy of the Constitution.

For now, pray for the victims and pray for those seeking the truth.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day after Boston Marathon bombings news roundup: pressure cookers, military deployment and more

 
Madison Ruppert
Activist PostIn the wake of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings Ipublished a news roundup covering a great deal of ground. Since then, a great deal of reports have been retracted, new information has been revealed and no responsible parties or motives have been identified.Obama’s second press conference

Today, during his second press conference after the Boston Marathon bombings, President Barack Obama said that the FBI is investigating the bombings as an act of terrorism but a clear motive has not been established.During the press conference, Obama noted that the administration has been told to implement “appropriate security measures to protect the American people,” the specifics of which have not been revealed.“This was a heinous and cowardly act,” Obama said, “and given what we now know the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.”“Anytime a bomb is used to target civilians, it is an act of terror,” Obama said.However, Obama did say that they do not know if the attack was carried out by a group or individual of foreign or domestic origin.
Obama also noted that he had met earlier Tuesday with FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security Lisa Monaco.

Pressure cooker bombs

According to unnamed law enforcement officials cited by NBC News, investigators now believe that the bombs were actually pressure cookers hidden in backpacks and detonated by timers.NBC News also reports that law enforcement officials said that the explosives were classified as “low,” which means the blasts traveled under 3,300 feet per second.That means the blast was not powerful enough to create a so-called blast wave which is in and of itself capable of killing people, but was powerful enough to send shrapnel flying a significant distance.According to NBC, one of the three bombs that was going to be used in an attempted Times Square bombing in 2010 was a pressure cooker.“Earlier that year, terrorists used a pressure cooker bomb in an attack in Pakistan,” NBC reports. “And in 2006, more than 130 people were killed on the transit system of Mumbai, India, when pressure cookers loaded with explosives were placed on trains.”Pentagon ready to assist civil authoritiesSecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that the U.S. military is ready to assist domestic law enforcement.“(The attack) is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror,” Hagel said, according to Stars and Stripes.

Hagel said during a hearing on Capitol Hill that a decision made last month to “disestablish two National Guard civil support teams, including the one that responded to the bombing in Boston, has been reversed.”

Over 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen are on duty to continue assisting local authorities, according to a news release from the Guard and the Guard is staging buses and helicopters should they be needed.

In addition, the 211th Military Police Battalion has been called upon to provide security and the Massachusetts National Guard’s 387th Ordnance Company has been activated and the 267th Combat Communications Squad is heading to Boston to assist with communications.

A Navy bomb disposal unit has also been dispatched to Boston to assist local authorities.

“I will continue to consult closely with DOD senior leaders and my counterparts in other agencies on how we can best support the government’s response and investigations,” Hagel said, according to Stars and Stripes.

Retractions

Many reports have been retracted including the reports that cell service was disabled to prevent the detonation of additional bombs and reports that there was a third bomb at the JFK Library.

MIT’S Knight Science Journalism Tracker points out that reports of additional unexploded bombs were also been retracted, though one AP story “reported at the top that no unexploded bombs had been found, and lower down that two had been found.”

The Denver Post pointed out last night, “The media did what it could with very limited information. But the story clearly won’t be told for days to come.”

Other questionable reports from the New York Post have “little corroboration from more-reputable news sources,” as the International Business Times puts it, and they have not been retracted.

All that despite John Miller of CBS and former associate director at the FBI, saying that “[Law enforcement officials] have been questioning one individual since just after the blast who is NOT being described as a suspect but was very close to the bomb at the time of the blast and who police thought was acting suspiciously.”

“He has been fully cooperative throughout,” Miller said, casting further doubts on the Post’s reporting.

Media speculation

Despite the Obama administration stating clearly that they do not know who was behind the attacks, this did not stopped some talking heads from speculating wildly yesterday.

“It’s more than rumor, it’s chatter from within the intelligence services that suggests that it might not be what one’s mind perhaps leaps to of Islamic radicals,” said one individual on the BBC yesterday.

“It could be homegrown extremists who have attacked in the past within America,” he said.

Yesterday Chris Matthews speculated in a similar way, attempting to link the attack to “Tax Day.”

A former FBI agent said yesterday that the bombings “have more the flavor of a domestic extremist group.”

But with the reports of the pressure cooker bombs and the links drawn by NBC, this narrative may be shifting.

Government to use crowdsourced surveillance for investigation

Investigators will reportedly rely to a large extent on crowdsourced surveillance drawn from the photos, videos and other data captured by Boston Marathon spectators.

“We’d like to review any type of media,” including “video [and] photographic evidence” of the attack, said Gene Marquez of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to Danger Room.

All of the imagery collected from the public will be collected in addition to video from surveillance cameras. The video is currently being secured according to Boston police commissioner Ed Davis.

Davis added that they plan to “go through every frame of every video we have to determine who was in the area.”

“Assistance from the public remains critical,” said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation.

DesLauriers said that they are just beginning to “interview witnesses and process the crime scene” and as such it could “take some time” before any leads or evidence develop.

As one blogger pointed out, this is somewhat ironic since the government has, in the past, labeled photography a “suspicious activity” and a potential indicator of terrorism.

Updates will follow as more information is available.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Media Fog of War Ensues in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing

 
Brandon Turbeville
Activist PostYesterday, shortly after the Boston Bombing, I wrote an article entitled, “Early Evidence Indicates Boston Bombing Was A False Flag,” where I acknowledged that the facts were still emerging in regards to exactly what happened on April 15 in Boston Massachusetts. Although I did my best to present the relevant information as it was unfolding, a portion of that material appears to have been muddled in the confusion and fog of information surrounding the immediate aftermath of such an event.Shortly after the article was posted, some of the questions resulting from the reports I cited (particularly that regarding the Boston Globe tweets and the announcement of “controlled explosions”) were answered.Considering the track record of government-sponsored false flag attacks, however, the incident has seemed suspicious from the very beginning. This suspicion has been bolstered by the fact that mainstream media pundits are uniting in their promotion of the theory that the Boston Bombing was, in fact, the handiwork of “rightwing extremists” and “anti-tax people.” With the obvious and increasing trend toward a total police state, it is also a suspicious that one result of the attack would be the de facto military occupation of Boston by the Massachusetts National Guard.Regardless, however, some information which was reported in the fog of the aftermath of the bombings by a variety of alternative media outlets, including myself, such as the existence of a planned “controlled explosion.” After further examination, it has been determined not to be of the significance that it was originally thought.For instance, in regards to the “controlled explosion” reports, it has been established that the “controlled explosion” was not an event or drill planned prior to the bombings but were, in fact, the detonation of a secondary device which was found across from the JFK library.In the hours after the event, the reports of a “controlled explosion” were interpreted by some to mean a planned drill and were reported accordingly. This interpretation was bolstered by a Boston Globe tweet which announced the “controlled explosion.” However, in reality, the tweet was only announcing the destruction of the secondary device and was released close to an hour after the initial bombings. As Madison Ruppert of End the Lie writes,

There are rumors circulating social media and blogs claiming that the Boston Globe tweeted that there was going to be an explosion as part of a drill before the attacks took place.

As I pointed out in the fourth update to an article earlier today, this is incorrect.

The tweet at issue reads, “BREAKING NEWS: Police will have controlled explosion on 600 block on Boylston Street” and was posted at 12:53 PM Pacific.

The first tweet from the Boston Globe about the bombings reads, “BREAKING: A witness reports hearing two loud booms near the Boston Marathon finish line.” It was posted at 11:57 AM Pacific.

Put simply, the “controlled explosion” tweet was 54 minutes after the tweet about the two bombings.

But, while those of us who may have reported this information improperly have a responsibility to retract it, it is also true that there are numerous aspects regarding the Boston Bombings and the JFK library explosion/fire which are still quite suspicious.

While an explosion was indeed reported by police at the JFK library and subsequently published as such by the New York Post, it was later reported that the incident was nothing more than a fire that was unrelated to the initial bombings.

Not only that, but the fact remains that the University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, Ali Stevenson, stated that bomb sniffing dogs were present at both the start and finish lines, a highly questionable circumstance if the bombings were not known to be set ahead of time, at least to some extent.

Speaking to Local 15, Stevenson stated, “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

It should also be noted, however, that, in another report, the text of Stevenson’s statement was changed. Again, as Madison Ruppert writes,

Despite erroneous claims on social media, WPMI Local 15 did report that a coach from the University of Mobile said that there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines and law enforcement spotters on rooftops at the start of the race.

According to Ali Stevenson, who says he raced in marathons in Chicago, Washington, D.C., London and other major cities, that level of security is unusual.

It is important to note that the text of the report has been changed. Originally, it included a quote from Stevenson saying, “It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

Stevenson told Local 15 that authorities told participants that it was just a training exercise, according to the new report which lacks the word “drill” entirely.

“They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Stevenson said.

“Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” he said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

Regardless of whether the issue surrounding the “controlled explosions” and Boston Globe tweets have been settled, there are clearly plenty of reasons to suspect that the Boston Bombings were, indeed, false flag attacks. However, while some evidence may point in this direction, it would be wise for all of us – observers, activists, alternative media outlets, etc. – including myself, to slow down, take a look at the facts for what they are and make our judgments accordingly.

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Marathon Terror: Homegrown or State-Sponsored?

by Stephen Lendman Boston’s marathon is the modern world’s oldest. It’s the best known. It’s an annual tradition. It’s been held since 1897. It’s one of six World Marathon Majors. Thousands of runners participate. Professionals and amateurs compete. Hundreds of thousands of spectators watch it. They do so throughout its 26.2 mile route. In 1996, a 62-year old Swedish participant died of a heart attack. In 2002, a young woman runner succumbed to hyponatremia. On Monday, April 15, two explosions killed three. Over 100 others were injured. Some lost limbs. The incident occurred near the event’s finish line. It’s in the heart of downtown Boston’s Copley Square. Obama vowed to render “the full weight of justice” against those responsible. (M)ake no mistake,” he said. “We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this.”  “We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds, and I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.” It’s official. On Tuesday, Obama called what happened “terrorism.” An unnamed White House official called the incident “an act of terror.” White House security was increased. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said: “Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded our security perimeter at the White House complex. It is not unusual to expand or contract these security perimeters.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tightened security. He said 1,000 NYPD employees have counterterrorism assignments. Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other major US cities initiated similar measures. They remain on high alert. Boston’s Copley Square was evacuated. Public transportation was disrupted. Logan International Airport suspended flights for several hours. A fire and possible explosion occurred at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. No injuries were reported.  Police Commissioner Edward Davis said a preliminary investigation indicated a mechanical fire. Minor damage was reported. A bomb squad was deployed as a precautionary measure. The fire broke out around the same time as the marathon blasts. Both incidents appear unrelated. Media scoundrels jumped to conclusions. They always do. The Washington Post was typical. It headlined “An act of terror.” An editorial said: “The nation has seen its share of foreign terrorism and homegrown terrorism attacks alike (the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta come to mind).” A New York Times editorial headlined “Bombs at the Marathon,” saying: “It was clear this was not a random event but another concerted effort to kill and maim innocent Americans.” The “marathon will be back next year….No act of terrorism is strong enough to shatter a tradition that belongs to American history.” The Wall Street Journal said “once again (the incident) rais(ed) the specter of terrorism on American soil.” “Bombs at the marathon show the need for antiterror vigilance.” Other print and broadcast reports echoed similar sentiments. Conclusions are quickly reached. Feature stories headline “terrorism.” They’ll continue for days. Media scoundrels decide straightaway. It’s standard practice. Doing so heightens fear. Reports suggested the FBI declared the bombings a terrorist act. At issue was it homegrown, imported, or state-sponsored?  No one knows for sure. False flags are an American tradition. Wikipedia calls them “covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.” Merriam-Webster says they’re “big lies.” They’re “deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic.” 9/11’s the big lie of our time. So-called “crazed Arabs” had nothing to do with it. In numerous books, articles and lectures, David Ray Griffin provided convincing evidence. He separated myth from reality. So did others.  The official story doesn’t wash. It’s the biggest lie of our time. Post-9/11, “war on terror” lawlessness followed.  Bush and Obama wage it on humanity. It goes on abroad and at home. Multiple aggressive direct and proxy wars continue.  Executive Orders, signing statements, as well as National and Homeland Security Presidential Directives established unconstitutional policies.  Continuity of Government (COG) instituted coup d’etat authority. So did unitary executive and presidential diktat empowerment. Other extrajudicial measures advance them. Repressive laws were enacted. The Patriot Act alone established unchecked presidential power. Rule of law principles were subverted. Constitutional freedoms were undermined. Numerous other enacted measures made America a police state. Full-blown tyranny’s a hair’s breath away.  False flags facilitate what follows. They heighten fear. They invent threats. They’re pretexts for militarism, global wars, occupations, police state repression, and other types of national security state extremism. “Supreme emergencies” are declared. Repressive laws are enacted. America’s global agenda is served. Unchallenged dominance is sought.  Propaganda supports national interests. Media scoundrels regurgitate official lies. They do so ad nauseum. Fingers point the wrong way. Independent governments are targeted.  Coup d’etats and extrajudicial assassinations are ordered. US citizens aren’t safe. Drones facilitate killing on the cheap. They do so with computer keyboard ease.  Homeland dissent is challenged. Enemies are invented and targeted. Global wars become official policy. Homeland repression follows. It’s too early to know whether Boston’s incident was homegrown, imported or state-sponsored. What matters most is what’s next.  Expect Washington to take full advantage. Doing so heads America toward full-blown tyranny. It’s already a hair’s breath away. A Final Comment On April 16, Health Ranger editor Mike Adams said the official Boston Marathon story’s beginning to unravel.  “It’s now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had advance notice of the horrific bombing” to follow. As bombs exploded, an eyewitness said officials announced “this is just a drill.” “This logically means they were all informed of (one) beforehand.” It doesn’t surprise. “According to Local15TV.com, a University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach said there were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines, long before any explosions went off.”  “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.” “The official story sounds” more like “cover” for what happened, said Adams. “Why did the Boston bomb squad know all this in advance?” Obvious questions go unanswered. Who benefits most? Who stands to lose? Post-9/11 events best explain.  Expect the worst ahead. Expect escalated Big Brother surveillance. Expect stepped-up police state repression. Expect more global wars. Expect greater than ever new world order harshness. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.  His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.  Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour http://www.dailycensored.com/marathon-terror-homegrown-or-state-sponsored/____________

Special Report: Inside Boston Marathon Bombing Press Conferences

April 17th, 2013(Infowars) – Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi was on location at the Boston Marathon explosion press conferences minutes after the event and managed to get in some hard-ball questions for Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Dan specifically asks whether or not Boston PD had info about a drill taking place, to which the Police Commissioner replies they had “no specific intelligence” regarding a drill.Contrast the commissioner’s statements with University of Alabama cross country track coach Alastair Stevenson’s testimony that there were announcements telling people there was a “training exercise” in progress prior to the race.In the video below, Anthony Gucciardi of StoryLeak.com was able to get an exclusive interview with coach Stevenson, who says,

“There was absolutely a drill going on outside the athlete’s village before the race.”

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Boston Bombing Culprits Identified?

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.com

April 17, 2013Photos collated on the 4chan website show numerous images of suspicious individuals wearing large backpacks present at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.Three of the men appear to be Arab or Middle Eastern in appearance, whereas another two of the individuals are white.The images show the men looking away from the marathon runners, talking on cellphones and running from the scene immediately after the blast.Remains of one of the backpacks are also photographed yards from where one of the bombs exploded. The FBI states that at least one of the pressure cooker devices used in the bombing was housed in a backpack.Some of these men may have merely been victims, but the image of the two men standing together wearing the same clothes and carrying heavy backpacks and wearing credentials suggests they may have been involved in a drill or in the actual attack. One of individuals, a white man whose backpack was found at the scene of the bombing, looks badly dressed and disheveled.As eyewitness Ali Stevenson reported, marathon runners were told before the bombing that a “drill” was taking place involving bomb sniffing dogs and spotters of roofs and to remain calm, although police later denied that any exercise had taken place.CNN is now reporting that authorities have identified one of the suspects involved in the attack by means of “video from a department store near the site of the second explosion” and “video from a Boston television station.”The Boston Globe also reports that, “authorities have an image of a suspect carrying and possibly dropping a black bag at the second blast site on Boylston Street.”NewsCenter5 is reporting that, “An arrest is imminent or may have already taken place,” and that the individual is being taken to court.

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Boston Bombs, The Fed Goes “Terminator” – Gordon Duff

April 16th, 2013

(VeteransToday) – Thus far, all evidence regarding the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line on “Patriots Day,” commemorating the battles of Lexington, points at a mysterious entity suddenly becoming “aware” and moving to destroy any potential threat to its existence. We have awakened in a Terminator movie.The mysterious entity is the Federal Reserve, a group of banks, mostly believed to be European, the ownership and real management totally unknown, that controls, not just America’s economic system but nearly every other central bank in the world.  Investigations have shown that “the Fed” has broken away from all oversight, has taken on its own military and intelligence service and has become a defacto “super-national” entity, not just controlling world economies but now, through Google, a series of Blackwater analogs and partnerships with AIPAC, NATO and the drug cartels, is now able to wage war and dispense “justice.

MOSSAD PUBLICATION BLAMES ARABS WHILE ADL/AIPAC/SPLC FILL COMMENT SECTIONS AND CHATROOMS WITH “SHILLS”The Fed’s first war is, of course, against the US.  Toward that end they have taken on gold, silver, moved to run up fuel prices, have tried to crash Bitcoin and are threating they highly secret Reagan/Mitterrand/Wanta protocols that would have erased America’s national debt. (the protocols challenge $10 trillion of the debt as fraudulent and eventually pay off the rest).Behind the scenes, Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey, those who run America’s military, are quickly rooting out the Generals and Admirals who were planning a “patriotic revolt” to “restore the constitution.”Those “FEMA camps” Alex Jones talks about weren’t imaginary.  They are real as any nightmare.  What is both shameful and sad is that millions of Americans who would have been good, decent Americans, out of total stupidity, became dupes of Wall Street, the Fed and enemies we will never be able to name, buying in on “psyop” emails, wild rumors and childish scare tactics.“Boston” is just one in a series of tableaus we can expect, all intended to exploit the flaws in the American character.

THAT SMELL, THAT “FALSE FLAG” SMELLWhy are all terror attacks either coincidentally timed to coincide with a “terror drill” or planned by the FBI who then “finds” needed “warm bodies” from the local “Koran remedial reading group?”We have proof positive that our government is lying about the incident in Boston.  This news report makes it fully clear that a full scale “terror drill” was going on at the Boston Marathon.  Do we want to term this another “intelligence failure catastrophe” or take our suspicions further?

To open that door, you know the one, the same one that debunked the lone gunman version of Sandy Hook, we begin with this news video with a very curious mistake:

With all that is going on in America, including but not limited to what is public, domestic terror scares, gun confiscation scares or the machinations of the Federal Reserve System, any act of terror is immediately looked upon as time to distract or to manipulate.

SANDY HOOK AND BEFORE With literally hundreds of Sandy Hook lies exposed, phony parents caught giggling while prepping for tearful interviews to disappearing arrested killers to a litany of extremely serious contradictions, America’s next iconic terror attack, limbs strewn, an 8 year old sacrificed, a patriotic holiday stained forever, America will be split into two camps, believers and those who think.With two fatal lies exposed in two videos, ”Boston” is exposed as a false flag terror attack so carelessly planned that the press wasn’t even notified of their role. Thus, the mainstream “pop-culture media” blew this one out of the water.We ask, “What if there are only these two videos?”OJ was found “not guilty” of much less, a pair of gloves.This reminds me of the story of a priest. When arrested for child molestation, he queries the police, “But I only had sex with just one little boy?”The issue with iconic acts of false flag terror is always the same, who benefits? Stage two of the controlled media is now trying to find “domestic patriot groups” or mysterious Saudi terrorists to blame.Then we begin to think. What about all those videos from Sandy Hook, the school psychologist who identified the son of a kindergarten teacher, one she “looked in the eye,” only to recant a day later. How about the assault rifle that became a shotgun in the trunk of a car that belonged to someone who lived 40 miles away.Who was chased and arrested in the woods behind the school? Please remember, we didn’t just receive an excuse on this, the entire incident was erased from our memories, or so we are to believe.Then I think of Norway and Breivik. We are asked to forget his car bomb, two tons of ammonium nitrate packed inside an Opel Corsa that Hertz says can carry only one suitcase. Check on that if you might. If you believe the news, everyone in Norway belongs to the police Freemason Lodge, has police uniforms and an assault rifle. Oh, others were arrested there too and disappeared.Remember the Detroit “crotch bomber,” there was someone else arrested there also? Here even Fox News reports that highly credible eyewitnesses report that the “terrorist” was escorted onto the plane by what appeared to be FBI agents.

Oh, 9/11, arrests there too, also disappeared:

Of course, 9/11 happened on a day when the US military was holding an air defense drill, with all planes too busy practicing shooting down hijacked airliners to manage to chase down what we are told were three real ones.As for terror attacks coinciding with drills, the 7/7 attack in London is the all time prize winner. There, an Israeli group was hired to simulate a bombing attack on the London Underground, hiring young Islamic men as actors to carry bombs that later turned out to be real. As Jim W. Dean so often says, “You just can’t make things like this up.”“Busting” the real terrorists nearly put John Anthony Hill in prison. His DVD exposing the truth was found, by a British jury, to be a credible version of the facts, meaning: “7/7 was a proven false flag terror attack.”You want hard proof? Here it is, ignore it, deny it but expect to die from the consequences of your actions.


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