Boston bombings, morning thread: DHS site says “no current alerts”

posted at 6:49 am on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of movement overnight in the Boston bombings story.  The investigation into what has been called a terrorist attack continues, but the feds aren’t saying much.  They don’t appear concerned that this might be an ongoing series of attacks, as Breitbart discovered when Matthew Boyle checked the website for the Department of Homeland Security:

The Department of Homeland Security has not issued a terror alert in response to Monday’s bombings in Boston. On the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) website, the administration says: “There are no current alerts.”

According to a source with knowledge of these matters, a terror alert “gives authority for full mobilization of law enforcement resources to feds, state and locals.” The source told Breitbart News that the administration is supposed to issue such an alert out of the National Counterterrorism Center, via NTAS, but no such alert has been issued after the bombings in Massachusetts.

Describing the NTAS on a Frequently Asked Question page, the Department of Homeland Security says:

When there is credible information about a threat, an NTAS Alert will be shared with the American public. It may include specific information, if available, about the nature of the threat, including the geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, as well as steps that individuals and communities can take to protect themselves and help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat.

When she announced the new NTAS system’s development in a January 2011 speech, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the system would issue alerts providing Americans with as much information as possible about a terrorist attack as soon as possible.

“When we have information about a specific, credible threat, we will issue a formal alert providing as much information as we can,” Napolitano said then, according to CNN. “The alerts will be specific to the threat. They may recommend certain actions or suggest looking for specific suspicious behavior. And they will have a specified end date.”

As of 6:35 this morning, this is still what the page displays:

dhs-no-alerts

 

Yesterday, officials in Boston said they had no alerts before the attack.  That still seems to be the case.

No one has taken responsibility for the bombings yet, but the Pakistani Taliban felt compelled to deny any involvement:

The Pakistani Taliban, which has threatened attacks in the United States because of its support for the Pakistani government, on Tuesday denied any role in the marathon bombings.

The group’s spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call with The Associated Press. He spoke from an undisclosed location.

The FBI wrapped up a lengthy search early this morning in nearby Revere, and took evidence with them as they left:

WBZ-TV reported late Monday that law enforcement officers were searching an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant related to the investigation into the explosions was served Monday night in Revere, but provided no further details.

Some investigators were seen leaving the Revere house early Tuesday carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.

WBZ has a video update this morning, and reports that the Revere lead seems solid:

The 8-year-old boy killed in the attack yesterday has been identified by the Boston Globe as Martin Richard of Dorchester. I’m sure we will all offer our prayers for his family today, and the families of the other victims.

More as developments unfold.

Update: There will be another press conference this morning at 9:30 ET. We’ll have a separate open thread for that.

Update: Politico reports that the FBI continues to consider a “badly burned” foreigner held at a hospital to be “a person of interest”:

Law enforcement is investigating a foreign national in connection with Monday’s powerful twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, POLITICO has learned.

The foreigner, who was badly burned, was in the United States on a student visa and is considered a person of interest and possible suspect in the case but has not been formally charged or arrested. …

Several media outlets have indicated law enforcement is focusing on a Saudi Arabian national, but POLITICO did not immediately confirm the nationality of the foreigner drawing attention from the authorities.

Update: The Boston Herald provides another sobering dash of reality as we try to figure out how this could have been prevented:

“When the terrorist has planned an attack and they’re going to utilize an IED as their weapons of strategic influence, it’s hard to stop that in a free and open society,” said Grant Haber, a security consultant who runs the firm American 
Innovations. “It’s difficult. Where we can do a better job is focusing our efforts via a whole-of-government approach, and focus our 
efforts on gaining a better control on homemade explosive precursors.”

The bombs could easily have been hidden in a backpack, avoiding all suspicion among the thousands of spectators who flooded the Back Bay yesterday, experts said. …

Retired FBI bomb technician Kevin G. Miles said the attack could “easily” have been the work of one person.

“A one-man operation could 
easily do something like this,” 
Miles said. “It would take some coordination, some know-how and some intelligence, but a lot of bombers throughout history have been one person.”

Lone-wolf attacks are the most difficult to stop. Conspiracies require communication and coordination, which creates vulnerabilities.  That’s not to say this was a lone-wolf scenario, of course, but it’s certainly a possibility.


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WRKO reported this morning they removed three large trash bags of material from the building.

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Apparently had to get rid of the cockroaches before they could actually search the apartment. /

coldwarrior on April 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Yeah, the left really loves clinging to McVeigh as justification for prematurely blaming every subsequent domestic bombing on right-wing militants.

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

While overlooking the Unabomber and the guy who the FBI said was behind the anthrax attacks.

Not to mention Fort Hood, the failed underwear bomb attack, and the failed 2010 Times Square attack.

But 18 years ago a right-winger was behind an attack, so obviously right-wingers are at the top of the suspect list for lefties even if there is no supporting evidence. They love to play “may be guilty” until proven innocent with political enemies.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You owe me another bottle of Windex for my computer monitor.

Lipton Green Tea does not come off easily.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I guess any new sports team called the “Boston Bombers” is out of the question now.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

i question any entity under the power of barry obama and eric holder. this will be a politically motivated and tainted exercise not to try to to get justice for boston and the many victims but to protect obama and his administration and their treasured coterie of violent america-hating pets no matter whom is responsible.

mittens on April 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

If their past track record is any indication of future performance, we can bank on it.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Racially profiling and demonizing Arabs and Muslim people isn’t working. The problem is NOT that we don’t have a security or even a police state…we do. The problem is that the particular logic of our security state isn’t keeping us safer.

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

LOL. Right, like the visa program that allows Saudi nationals to bypass normal background checks? Or how about the idiotic “visa lottery” for under-represented nations like Yemen? And of course there is also our wide-open southern border, for any Islamist or other foreign terrorist who doesn’t want to bother with the visa process.

The problem is that our so-called security state is deliberately designed to NOT make us secure.

AZCoyote on April 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I don’t believe the statements from our government that there were no threats. Our local paper interviewed by phone one of the runners from our city. She reported her husband saying he was standing by a light pole when three police officers came and took a suitcase that had been sitting there. This was an hour before the bombs went off. He told her everyone around him thought that was strange. Also they were making announcements at the starting line and finish line for the racers to just ignore the police dogs as they were just “training”. When she met up with her husband after finishing the race and he told her about the suitcase she had a gut feeling something wasn’t right and she and her husband hailed a cab and headed right back to their hotel. The bombs exploded about an hour later.

traditionalgal on April 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I really wonder about the claim that there were no threats prior. Several runners noted the presence of bomb-sniffing dogs before the race, that they hadn’t seen in past years…anyone asked them why the added security this year (if indeed that is true)?

And all the speculation about who and why is just irresponsible at this point. I know cable news has a lot of airtime to fill, but no one knows anything except that someone is being guarded at a hospital and his apartment was searched. Beyond that, I wish people would stfu and stop trying to connect dots which don’t exist.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The left wants more government, the left actively advocates for more government involvement, well sister, THIS is more government.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

I really wonder about the claim that there were no threats prior.

changer1701 on April 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

You don’t actually think any federal agency will tell the truth about anything, do you?

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Let me be blunt.
This looks like jihad. Jihad.
This was a very very successful terror attack. This will happen again, as it was easy and it was successful.
I feel for the people of Boston, I feel for those who were there and the injured and dead. They will never forget.
But our government (Tippy top on down) and the news media are all arrogant as*holes who, instead of thinking of the people hurt are pushing their very dangerous political agenda. Basically allowing the next one.
Stay safe.

ORconservative on April 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Hey, doesn’t president obamas drunk, illegal immigrant uncle live in Boston? The uncle who got the DUI last year?

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Nope

ORconservative on April 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Anybody seen Bill Ayers in the last 24?

Hmmmm.

coldwarrior on April 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

No one has taken responsibility for the bombings yet, but the Pakistani Taliban felt compelled to deny any involvement:

When your avowed enemy denies responsibility for an attack, it’s a bad attack.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

If you have a free and open society where it’s easy to carry out this sort of act, then you would want that society to be as exclusive as possible and not inclusive. Still allowing Saudi students to walk around in our free and open society is as inclusive as it gets.

Buddahpundit on April 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Most sickening thing I saw with the coverage.

Please do not let it be a Muslim. Tweet after tweet after tweet.

I guess they have learned to lie and say this instead of what they are really feeling.

Allah Akbar.

Steveangell on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

What profiling and what demonizing?

blink on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

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The profiling we’ve been completely unsuccessful at instituting and the demonizing they earned from lopping heads and hijacking planes. Apparently they need to hit even harder than that before liberals are ignored and we respond appropriately.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

What profiling and what demonizing?

blink on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Maybe he’s talking about Bloomberg’s support of stop and frisk in NYC.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Can anyone verify that the apartment searched in Revere belongs to Mounir Rhoulam?

luckybogey on April 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Racially profiling and demonizing Arabs and Muslim people isn’t working.

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Wolfe, is that you??

ToddPA on April 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

What profiling and what demonizing?

blink on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Referring to multiple-murderer Maj. Hassan as an Islamofascist terrorist, instead of an alleged perpetrator of “workplace violence.” Of course, no one in our “diversity is our greatest strength” government has done that — just us dumb, unenlightened bitter clingers out here in flyover land.

And here’s an example of how we’ve “demonized” the poor Saudis after 9/11:

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/03/22/dumb-and-dangerous-americas-fast-pass-for-saudi-arabia/

AZCoyote on April 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

So the house or was it the senate floor paused for A MOMENT OF SILENCE?????? We are not falling for your political correctness…. Pray for GOD’S sake Pray!

justonevictory on April 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Now they’re looking for a hooded man, presumably what Obama’s son would look like if he had a son.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Racially profiling and demonizing Arabs and Muslim people isn’t working.

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM
What profiling and what demonizing?

blink on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The ineffective profiling El Al Airlines does? They haven’t had a highjacking since…Entebbe, was it? That ineffective racial profiling?

Wethal on April 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

WTF? Did anyone else’s lettering just turn red?

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

What profiling and what demonizing?

blink on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The profiling and demonizing taking place in his fevered stereo-typing bigoted brain. The kind he imagines “right-wingers” and conservatives routinely engage in. The kind he engages in when he routinely and habitually broad brushes the right-wing and conservatives as racists.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Sitting here reading this whole thread over coffee and it amazes me the tripe that libfreeordeathtomediahacks write. I’m trying to get my head around the idea that being more lax in security would help. That elements of evil men overseas are only misunderstood and if we just, darn it, reach out to radical jihadis, they’d love us. If we could just sign 12 million illegals into our ranks because we’re too stupid to know how to handle it otherwise, we’d be more secure and better off economically even. And this is just his inane views on our national security.

Once, just once imagine what the USA would look like if you let him construct our society in the manner he desires, that he describes for us here. Would you last more than a single day in it?

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Did I do that?

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Yep. And, the open thread keeps sutting down my browser. I sent an e-mail to “tips”.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The ineffective profiling El Al Airlines does? They haven’t had a highjacking since…Entebbe, was it? That ineffective racial profiling?

Wethal on April 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The only people who get racially profiled in U.S. airports are white grannies in wheelchairs, white toddlers, and U.S. military personnel (of any color, unless they appear to be Muslim, in which case they’re waved to the head of the line, with apologies).

AZCoyote on April 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Nope. And, we may not last 4 years in the enviroment we are presently in.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Racially profiling and demonizing Arabs and Muslim people isn’t working. The problem is NOT that we don’t have a security or even a police state…we do. The problem is that the particular logic of our security state isn’t keeping us safer.

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I think the problem is that we haven’t been racially profiling or demonizing Arabs or Muslim people. The authorities bend over backwards not to assume that any Arab or Muslim could possibly hate our country enough to attack it, despite all evidence to the contrary.

mbs on April 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

The President’s statement yesterday.

Today is a holiday in Massachusetts, Patriots’ Day, it’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation and it is a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in the spirit of friendly competition.

Here is what you need to know about the holiday that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit of Americans in colonial times, and friendly competition, don’t forget that:

From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_American_Revolution

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.[9][10] They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America.

About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were given secret orders to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Through effective intelligence gathering, Patriot colonials had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk and had moved most of them to other locations. They also received details about British plans on the night before the battle and were able to rapidly notify the area militias of the enemy movement.

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King’s troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory.

More militiamen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith’s expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Brigadier General Hugh Percy. The combined force, now of about 1,700 men, marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown. The accumulated militias blockaded the narrow land accesses to Charlestown and Boston, starting the Siege of Boston.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his “Concord Hymn”, described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the “shot heard ’round the world.”[11]…

These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts[3] and Maine[4] (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin[5]. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6:00 am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors (National Lancers – Massachusetts) with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.

Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Fleuries on April 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Did I do that?

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

You mean all comment text turning red?

Happened to me, too.

Seems fixed now.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Oh man a morning thread? This is borderline hysterics, it was just a couple of bombs people. Why is everyone acting like trade center came down? These are the birth pains, better get used to it.

jephthah on April 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Michelle Malkin ‏@michellemalkin 7m

RT ‏@IsaacDovere Kerry’s long planned meeting with the Saudi foreign minister today just got closed to the press on only 7 minutes’ notice

Resist We Much on April 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Oh man a morning thread? This is borderline hysterics, it was just a couple of bombs people. Why is everyone acting like trade center came down? These are the birth pains, better get used to it.

jephthah on April 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I fear you may be right.

Islam is moving from political only to political/violent Jihad in America.

Steveangell on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I felt strangely powerful there for just a moment.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I’d prefer if it were a lone wolf, actually, even if they are harder to stop. At least then you only have to stop one person. If this the beginning is some kind of campaign, it’ll be bloody hell trying to deal with it. Especially with a government that is more concerned with the optics of the investigation than in finding the perpetrators.

smellthecoffee on April 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I felt strangely powerful there for just a moment.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I thought maybe I broke something. It happened right after I hit “Submit Comment”.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Yep. And, the open thread keeps sutting down my browser. I sent an e-mail to “tips”.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Using Firefox, crap like this happens all the time. I can’t believe the Town Hall web people even bother to test their pages with Firefox.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Michelle Malkin ‏@michellemalkin 7m

RT ‏@IsaacDovere Kerry’s long planned meeting with the Saudi foreign minister today just got closed to the press on only 7 minutes’ notice

Resist We Much on April 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Ruh roh.

They know more than they’re telling? Who’d have ever thought it?

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

“You use those words and it means something very specific in people’s mind. 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. And so I think his attitude is, let’s not put any inference into this, let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.” -Douchebag Axelrod

Translation: “I want people to consider, if only for a moment, that it is at least not out of the question that a right winger did this.”

Huh. maybe with any luck someone will start shooting up an organization condemned by the SPLC.

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I felt strangely powerful there for just a moment.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Please feel free to change blue states to red o’ powerful one. :)

Rovin on April 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Isn’t it odd how we haven’t heard much about the “suspect” in the terrorist attack in Boston?

stenwin77 on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

We shouldn’t jump to conclusions (they say), but there’s only been about 30,000 incidents of Islamic terrorism worldwide . . . since 9/11.

TarheelBen on April 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM

BINGO!

heroyalwhyness on April 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Major American cities need to put in place the kind of blanket CCTV system used in London. I think this case will be quickly broken if investigators are able to find and track the perp’s movements if security cameras recorded his actions.

chumpThreads on April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

And to think, Israelis deal with these things almost daily.

trs on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

These are the birth pains, better get used to it.
jephthah on April 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Birth pains? Of what?

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Birth pains? Of what?

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Birth. Duh.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

The dreaded Birth Pains of Birth!

Actually I think we are dealing with a dispensationalist whose favorite biblical commentary is the morning newspaper.

Everything is a “sign of the end times!!!!!!!!11!!!!1!!”

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Isn’t it odd how we haven’t heard much about the “suspect” in the terrorist attack in Boston?

stenwin77 on April 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Well, he is a sacred Saudi, that means organizing for the anti Muslim backlash and finding out how the Saudis want this handled. If he is one of theirs, they will want him turned over for finger painting deradicalization, if he is on his own, the Saudis will want a Kabuki investigation, like for General Hassan in Texas.

BL@KBIRD on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

And to think, Israelis deal with these things almost daily.

trs on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I think you meant to say Iraqis.

Thirty people were killed yesterday in a series of bombings.

chumpThreads on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Saudi guy is still in custody, according to Boston radio reports. One reason he’s suspicious is that he has burns on his hands.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Well surprise surprise.

Finally the truth we all knew. Allah Akbar attach 30,001.

Steveangell on April 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

And to think, Israelis deal with these things almost daily.

trs on April 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I think you meant to say Iraqis.

chumpThreads on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Both.

The entire ME is such a frigging snakepit.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

lmao, they are compelled to respond to any biblical reference. All I have to do is keeping making them, and they will keep responding. The desired result is for us to be offended XD

Stick —->Carrot

jephthah on April 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Since it was all the rage yesterday to speculate why April 15th was chosen (‘It’s Tax Day!’ ‘It’s Patriot’s Day!’ ‘Tim McVeigh chose April 19th not because of Waco, as he said, but because Patriot’s Day used to be celebrated on April 15th until 1969!’ ‘The right-wing extremist that did this chose April 15th because Tim McVeigh bombed Oklahoma City on April 19th!’ ‘The right-wing extremists behind the Boston Marathon bombing understand that Patriot’s Day used to be April 19th, which is why McVeigh chose that date, but it is now April 15th so heelllloooooooo!’) – for what it’s worth, I’m going with ‘It’s Boston Marathon Day, the oldest and most elite marathon, and there will be a lot of people on the street!’ … but call me crazy or something – here is a list of historical events (and birthdays and deathdays) that happened on April 15th:

Hey, It Was April 15th And You Know What THAT Means! 2 + 2 = Ya Know?

Resist We Much on April 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Most sickening thing I saw with the coverage.

Please do not let it be a Muslim. Tweet after tweet after tweet.

I guess they have learned to lie and say this instead of what they are really feeling.

Allah Akbar.

Steveangell on April 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I’ve seen a lot of that. Also, they keep giving reasons why they are certain it’s a domestic terrorist, by which they mean right wing.

They say they are hoping it’s not a Muslim, because they say they don’t want all the Muslims treated badly “again”. But the irony of how they treat the right by jumping the gun with unseemly desire to blame us for this doesn’t dawn on them.

It bothers me that there are so many people so eager to blame fellow Americans and hope to justify their hate for us. They care more about strangers from foreign lands than they do about us, their neighbors.

Alana on April 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I mean, if I wanted to, I could remind people that April 15th is also the birthday of Kim Il-sung, Eternal President of North Korea, and the anniversary of the EC-121 shootdown incident in which North Korea shot down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board, but that would be crazy!

Of course, not many people – including me – thinks that North Korea is behind the Boston Marathon Bombing.

I could also remind people that April 15th is the anniversary of the first day of the Arab revolt in ‘Palestine’ in 1936 or the anniversary of the murders of 2 security guards during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, which led to the convictions and executions of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, but that too would be crazy!

Resist We Much on April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

April 16, 2013

Al-Qaeda Theorist on Targeting Americans for ‘Mass Slaughter’
Andrew Bostom

Abu Musab al-Suri, a modern jihad “theorist” for Al Qaeda, who is believed to have been involved with both the Madrid (2004) and London bombings (2006), and perhaps even an attack on the Paris metro in 1995, was reported to have been released from Syrian captivity in February 2012. After being captured by the CIA in 2005 Al-Suri had been transported to the country of his birth, Syria, and held there for 6-years. According to a February 4, 20012 report in The Telegraph of London, by Jason Lewis,

…he [al-Suri] is now said to have been released as a warning to the US and Britain about the consequences of turning their backs on President al-Assad’s regime as it tries to contain the uprising in the country.

The May 2012 edition of Al-Qaeda’s English language screed “Inspire,” contains an essay claimed to have been penned by al-Suri entitled, “The Jihadi Experiences–The most important enemy targets aimed at by the individual jihad.”

Al-Suri’s alleged essay opens by proclaiming the overarching, murderous goal–to be accomplished by jihad terror:

The goal of the operations of the Resistance and the Individual Terrorism Jihad is to inflict as many human and material losses as possible upon the interests of America and her allies

He instructs local American jihadists to strike “in the heart of America,” for pragmatic reasons, with additional advice regarding especially vulnerable targets:

[p. 23] The fundament for the operational activity is that the mujahid, the member of the Resistance, practices individual jihad on his land, where he lives and resides, without the jihad costing him the hardship of traveling, migrating, and moving to where direct jihad is possible. The enemy today is one, and he is spread everywhere, alhamdullilah.

[p. 24] …The type of attack, which repels states and topples governments, is mass slaughter of the population. This is done by targeting human crowds in order to inflict maximum human losses. This is very easy since there are numerous such targets such as crowded sports arenas, annual social events, large international exhibitions, crowded marketplaces, sky-scrapers, crowded buildings… etc.

Subsequently, in the Winter 2013 issue of Inspire, al-Suri (in an ostensible follow-up diatribe) invokes the classical Koranic verse of jihad terror–and Muslim Brotherhood’s emblematic credo–Koran 8:60 (Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies”) to employ mass murderous jihad attacks as a “deterrent” which

…reach[es] into the homes of the American invaders and their allies of infidels from every nationality and in every place.

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I think you meant to say Iraqis.

chumpThreads on April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Nah. Haven’t you heard: We won that war. Lil barry said it was so safe and peaceful that there was no need for American security forces.

An’ lil barry wouldn’t lie…would he?

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

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