CBS: FBI, BPD “very interested” in Saudi national

posted at 12:01 pm on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The “Saudi national” thread continues to expand past the New York Post/Fox News report yesterday. Earlier on CBS, former FBI assistant director John Miller tells Charlie Rose that his sources say that the  man in the hospital has really piqued the interest of investigators now:

Authorities say there is no clear suspect, but John Miller, a CBS News special correspondent and a former assistant director at the FBI, said Tuesday morning the latest focus continues to be “that apartment in Revere, on the person of interest that they’ve been interviewing since the bombing.”

Miller explained that the Revere search warrant is part of the same probe as the questioning of a Saudi national who was hospitalized after the attack.

“All of that is the same,” Miller said. “The Saudi national is … here on a student visa. He was at the scene along with many other people when the blast happened. As everybody is standing in shock, three Boston PD detectives see this guy moving quickly out of the crowd. As they’re watching him, he seems to be moving very deliberately away — which could be a very natural thing after a bombing — they stop him because he’s covered with blood … they think he may be injured…they engage him, they start asking questions … there are things about his responses that made them uncomfortable, so they arranged to get him to the hospital.”

“They stayed with him. The FBI has come along, they’re talking to him. So he’s somebody that they’re really interested in.”

Just to remind people, the FBI was “really interested in” Richard Jewell after the Atlanta Olympics bombing, too.  That turned out to be a fiasco for the FBI, as Jewell was actually a hero responding to the bombing, which was conducted by Eric Rudolph.  “Interested” and “really interested” probably don’t mean much unless investigators take him into custody.  But the pattern of his burns — mainly on his hands, Miller says — has investigators wondering what he was doing at the time of the blast.

The device type doesn’t give much indication as to the identity of the bomber, either:

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Miller addressed speculation by lawmakers that it could be tied to al Qaeda or other foreign terror groups.

Miller acknowledged that it could be the work of al Qaeda, explaining that in the online al Qaeda magazine, Inspire, “they actually have instructions for these bombs, you see these simple bombs,” but added that “we’ve seen these kinds of devices in domestic terror.”

The CBS report at least clarifies that (a) the NY Post/Fox report was correct about the “person of interest,” and (b) the Saudi national and the man in the hospital are the same person, in case that was still unclear.


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Chris Matthews hardest hit.

Good Lt on April 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

They should ask him out on a date. Movie, dinner, maybe get lucky.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

So what happened to the story about him being tackled by a civilian? Now he’s there because 3 BPD detectives notice he’s behaving suspiciously?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

or a beer summit.
A little truth serum.

bazil9 on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Obama NEEDS this to be related to a tax protest.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

He’s a white-Saudi though, I just wanted you bigots to know that.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Let’s not get hasty. It seriously could be some domestic nutter. Awfully similar to the Atlanta anti-abortion bombing.

Or it could be AQ or a lone crazy influenced by AQ. We really don’t know.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Obama NEEDS this to be related to a tax protest.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Whatever Obama needs, Obama gets.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Miller explained that the Revere search warrant is part of the same probe as the questioning of a Saudi national who was hospitalized after the attack.

Well, to get a search warrant they had to convince a judge there was probable cause to believe it was more likely than not there would be evidence related to the bombing on the premises. That in itself shows a greater reason for suspicion against this individual than they are letting on in the press.

tommyboy on April 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Regardless, let’s be certain that no water hits any suspect in the face during interrogation. That’s what is most important.

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happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

So what happened to the story about him being tackled by a civilian? Now he’s there because 3 BPD detectives notice he’s behaving suspiciously?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I know. And people wonder about the fog of war and first reports.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Waterboarding seems to be effective in these cases…

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

He’s a white-Saudi though, I just wanted you bigots to know that.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I’ll bet he’s been known to drink tea, and has attended at least one party, too…

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

tommyboy on April 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Yesterday I think any judge in Boston would issue a search warrant based only the fact that the police wanted one.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

And once again, 0bama sends one of his minions to the intertubes to find a video clip that might be in any way mildly offensive to muslims.

CurtZHP on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Just to remind people, the FBI was “really interested in” Richard Jewell after the Atlanta Olympics bombing, too.

Fair point but wasn’t the timing different? Richard Jewell went from a hero at the scene to a crackpot who detonated the bombs for the attention. There has to be something more.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Leave it to the Left to connect this bombing to an attack on our civil right of self-defense:

Actor Jay Mohr: ‘The Second Amendment must go’
http://twitchy.com/2013/04/15/actor-jay-mohr-the-second-amendment-must-go/
Plenty have made some astounding logical leaps in the confusing aftermath of today’s attack at the Boston Marathon, but really? We’re fully on board with “enough” and “violence has to stop,” but how does Jay Mohr manage to connect Point A to Point B with an attack on the Second Amendment? This is how:

The 2nd Amendment lends itself to the CULTURE of violence we are living in. Stop blowing up my timeline w your gun/porn fetishes. Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 15, 2013

At least he’s one leftist who willing to be honest about his true intentions.

Colbyjack on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I’ll bet he’s been known to drink tea, and has attended at least one party, too…

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

And he bought stuff for his friends at Panera. When he said, “Scones, bread, on me” it sounded a lot like “Don’t tread on me.”

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Meanwhile Obama is telling every one it is a right wing tax protestor and therefore more taxes are needed. That is the mentality of our President.

pat on April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Meanwhile Obama is telling every one it is a right wing tax protestor and therefore more taxes are needed. That is the mentality of our President.

pat on April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

And that we can’t have guns.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, but they are overlooking…

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!

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 birth and death days) that happened on April 15th:

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

Of course, evrybuddy noes dat da HAters crew is weally ‘sponsible!

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

How soon until trolls pop in to tell us we’re carping and sensationalizing about this Saudi, and that we are the bigots for discussing what BPD have released to the public.

Liam on April 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

FOX just reported that the bombs were made out of pressure cookers packed with explosives and ball bearings, similar to devices that were first seen in Afghanistan.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Similar bomb configurations were apparently described in Inspire, al Qaeda’s magazine for amateur jihadists.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Don’t know if this was mentioned in any of the other threads…

There is apparently a third roommate:

He said he had lived with the hospitalized man, and another 19-year-old Saudi man, for five months at the apartment in Revere. He said the 19-year-old was traveling in New York yesterday.

Hot Gas on April 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I’ll bet he’s been known to drink tea, and has attended at least one party, too…

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Yeah well the British drink tea too, which means Thatcher probably planned this attack knowing she would die just before it was carried out and couldn’t be held responsible.

You KKK righties need to read a book.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

FOX just reported that the bombs were made out of pressure cookers packed with explosives and ball bearings, similar to devices that were first seen in Afghanistan.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I am calling for a ban on all pressure cookers & ball bearings to be sold in the United States.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

And that we can’t have guns.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

And that we would have had more protection on the street if it wasn’t for the sequester.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Why is HotAir seemingly going out of it’s way to emphasize that “this might not be the guy and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about him, his culture, religion, or immigration.”??? Kinda reminds me of the times the HotAir memory hole kept swallowing my comments critical of the Saudis and Pakis back when the neocons still considered them valuable allies.

abobo on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

FOX just reported that the bombs were made out of pressure cookers packed with explosives and ball bearings, similar to devices that were first seen in Afghanistan.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Yesterday they were pipe bombs. And there were 5 additional “devices” which turned out not to be bombs — probably suspicious-looking yogurt makers.

This is the point at which nothing can be trusted as the truth anymore.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am calling for a ban on all pressure cookers & ball bearings to be sold in the United States.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

What law-abiding citizens really needs pressure cookers when crock pots are just fine?

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

So you’re telling me that out of all the white people I saw in the marathon footage that it may be a Muslim that did it????!!

GhoulAid on April 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

abobo on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Maybe because most of us on the Right don’t go to jury duty with a rope just in case.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Ed,
AP is reporting in the other thread that the police search of the apartment turned up nothing and the police have now cleared the guy in the hospital.

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

What law-abiding citizens really needs pressure cookers when crock pots are just fine?

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Any pressurized cooking wear is a danger to our children. They can be used as IEDs.

I am also calling for a ban on rice cookers, cast iron skillets and limited use of faberware.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I am calling for a ban on all pressure cookers & ball bearings to be sold in the United States.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Fascist. You don’t need to ban all pressure cookers, only high capacity cookers that can hold over 7 ounces, and those that have spoon lugs on the side.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Let’s not get hasty. It seriously could be some domestic nutter…

Or it could be AQ or a lone crazy influenced by AQ. We really don’t know.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Why is it the press rarely speculates that it is an Islamic terrorist or a “left wing” group?

CHICAGO — A 28-year-old activist arrested around the time of the NATO summit in Chicago last year has pleaded guilty to attempting to purchase materials to make a pipe bomb.

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-11/national/38455317_1_pipe-bomb-bomb-charge-nato-summit

Fallon on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Those dadburn Saudi Southern Baptists.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Why is HotAir seemingly going out of it’s way to emphasize that “this might not be the guy and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about him, his culture, religion, or immigration.”???
abobo on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Probably because this bombing (so far) looks awfully similar to the Atlanta Olympic bombing done by an anti-abortionist and not AQ like (no suicide, yelling about Allah etc).

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

He’s a white-Saudi though, I just wanted you bigots to know that.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

And no doubt he’s an Evangelical Christian and tea party militia member.

gwelf on April 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Also we need to microstamp all vegetables, and grocery stores should be required to background check anyone who buys produce.

The farmers market loophole also needs to go. Were you aware that just anyone can walk up and buy a zucchini at a farmers market, no questions asked, then go home and plop it in their pressure cooker? Is this the sort of America we want?

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

sesqui, you idiot, this is just for you.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Fascist. You don’t need to ban all pressure cookers, only high capacity cookers that can hold over 7 ounces, and those that have spoon lugs on the side.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

And we can all agree with common sense legislation that will create a national registry of ball-bearing and pressure cooker owners.

gwelf on April 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The Moron in Chief finally called it “an act of terror”.

Terror is always tragedy.

Not all tragedy is terror.

Yes, yes, he’s supposed to be smart.

Sesqui is claiming to be smarter than all here, and definitely smarter than RWM.

The entertainment is always gratis at HA.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Any pressurized cooking wear is a danger to our children. They can be used as IEDs.

I am also calling for a ban on rice cookers, cast iron skillets and limited use of faberware.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I join you in your calls for these commonsense solutions, and would also like to propose a federal ban on really, really shaken-up bottles of soda.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

CHICAGO — A 28-year-old activist arrested around the time of the NATO summit in Chicago last year has pleaded guilty to attempting to purchase materials to make a pipe bomb.

Fallon on April 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Ever notice that left-wingers bent on violence are always ‘activists’, while Tea Party people who don’t cause harm are invariably ‘radical’?

Liam on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The Food Network faints.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

So what happened to the story about him being tackled by a civilian? Now he’s there because 3 BPD detectives notice he’s behaving suspiciously?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Ya – but was he carrying an AR-15?
I mean, how suspicious could he really have been without a scary semi-auto assault weapon in hand?

What do you bet the FBI “determines” the bombs were made from the gunpowder out of .223 ammo…

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Might be time to walk away from the speculation for a bit. We have two major stories in pretty direct conflict with each other referencing the Saudi student. MSNBC might be impressed, but this is starting to sound like Benghazi with the administration not being in very organized.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

+1 good lt on the first post

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The Moron in Chief finally called it “an act of terror”.

With no suspect and no real evidence as to the motivation behind the attack?

But…but…but…yesterday sesqui was saying that to do something like that a person would need to be a paranoid.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Obama’s Cairo speech, and his islamist Spring have come home… To ROOST…

Ah, but the muslim screeching call to murder… prayer is the most beautiful thing Barack HUSSEIN Obama has ever heard, right?

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I join you in your calls for these commonsense solutions, and would also like to propose a federal ban on really, really shaken-up bottles of soda.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The Bill of Rights also doesn’t contain any statement that the right to keep and bear pressure cookers AND shaken up bottles of soda, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED either!

So, we need background checks, waiting periods, AND capacity limits to those!

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Why is HotAir seemingly going out of it’s way to emphasize that “this might not be the guy and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about him, his culture, religion, or immigration.”???
abobo on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Because Hot Air hasn’t had a SPINE since Michelle sold it off to a RINO/CINO corporation (Salem)?

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

With no suspect and no real evidence as to the motivation behind the attack?

But…but…but…yesterday sesqui was saying that to do something like that a person would need to be a paranoid.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Well, then sesqui logic dicatates that the CiC is a paranoid.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Let’s not get hasty. It seriously could be some domestic nutter. Awfully similar to the Atlanta anti-abortion bombing.

Or it could be AQ or a lone crazy influenced by AQ. We really don’t know.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Right. It could totally be some anti-marathon nutter.

Occam disagrees with you. It is likely someone known to have the most propensity for bombing innocents.

stvnscott on April 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Yep. Smart Power has turned out to be anything but.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Why is HotAir seemingly going out of it’s way to emphasize that “this might not be the guy and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about him, his culture, religion, or immigration.”???
abobo on April 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

For the same reason that Fox said this morn. that “the preznit (h/t Bishop) called the perfect tone, so far”.

Never mind that the Dummy in Chief called it a “tragedy” yesterday, out of fear to denounce his brothers.

If they’d be more certain that it’s a S. Palin TEA partier, what do you think same idiot would have called the suspect?

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Everybody just needs to relax……Mayor Bloomburg told
us all who we need to focus on….

Someone Upset with ObamaCare being passed!!

Afterall, this WAS an event with people participating
who ENJOY their health!!

I swear, some people are just not that bright!

ToddPA on April 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I swear, some people are just not that bright!

ToddPA on April 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

“I told you, SP nutters” — sesqui

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I join you in your calls for these commonsense solutions, and would also like to propose a federal ban on really, really shaken-up bottles of soda.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

That doesn’t eliminate the Mentos loophole.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

With the proviso that we should “not jump to any conclusions”, this was approved by this admin. on April 1, 2013. I think it’s GWB’s fault.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Wouldn’t Al Qaeda have claimed responsibility by now?

NoDonkey on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

AP Update:

These types of pressure cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence report. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the intelligence report said.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOSTON_MARATHON_EXPLOSIVES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-16-12-13-07

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

The Richard Family.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

” One of the explosives contained shards of metal and ball bearings, and another contained nails, the person said.

A second person briefed on the investigation confirmed that at least one of the explosives was made out of a pressure cooker. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation…

These types of pressure cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence report. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the intelligence report said.

“Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack,” the report said.

The Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the 2010 attempt in Times Square, has denied any role in the Boston Marathon attack.

Law enforcement has not yet determined what was used to set off the explosives. Typically, these bombs have an initiator, switch and explosive charge, according to a 2004 warning from the Homeland Security Department about these types of explosives…”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOSTON_MARATHON_EXPLOSIVES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-16-12-13-07

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Where these high-capacity pressure cookers with the lid-things that go up, or mini-single-serving ones?

Midas on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Sorry for the double post…

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

That turned out to be a fiasco for the FBI, as Jewell was actually a hero responding to the bombing, which was conducted by Eric Rudolph.

i was told right wing terrorists don’t exist.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Similar bomb configurations were apparently described in Inspire, al Qaeda’s magazine for amateur jihadists.

steebo77 on April 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Yes.

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Occam disagrees with you. It is likely someone known to have the most propensity for bombing innocents.
stvnscott on April 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Really? The Atlanta bombing killed innocents too, (and an eerily similar number of injured) . Plus the lack of shouts of Allah Akbar (or whatever they yell) and the lack of suicide makes me hesitate to go with AQ just yet.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

“Aw… not a right winger? Now there won’t be any backlash against right wingers.

“Hey you right wing nuts, no backlash against the Muslims, hear?!”

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

As to you point about the efficacy of banning pressure cookers. These things are food, they’re sustenance. So once people out there use their pressure cookers up they can no longer be used and new ones can’t take their place.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

No wonder Obama wants no questions asked.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

i was told right wing terrorists don’t exist.
sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I’m sure there’s one under your bed right now. Better go check.

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

i was told right wing terrorists don’t exist.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Of course they exist but we hunt them down and throw them in prison because regardless of their political affiliation we know they are animals.

Leftist terrorists get jobs at prestigious universities and host political coming-out parties for rising stars of the demorat party.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Also remember Steven Hatfill of anthrax frame. Given the FBI’s track record I be surprised if they got their man so soon. They aren’t the Mounties after all.

I am currently thinking along these lines:

Nobody or no orginization is stepping forward to claim responsibility and I am now beginning to lean toward a lone wolf with no particular political agenda. A James Holmes who went with a bomb over the gun. There are lots of armed security at the Marathon. It isn’t the best place to go on a spree shooting. A bomb would be the weapon of choice for an event like this. If there are no leads by this weekend I would definitely say that this was not a political act. Terrorist groups live for publicity. A successful attack ups their “street cred” so why would they be silent?

jerryofva on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

And we can all agree with common sense legislation that will create a national registry of ball-bearing and pressure cooker owners.

gwelf on April 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

If it saves one child……

Ditkaca on April 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Leftist terrorists get jobs at prestigious universities and host political coming-out parties for rising stars of the demorat party.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I am as right wing as it gets. Unlike Obama, I don’t know anyone who has ever bombed the US Capitol.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Of course they exist but we hunt them down and throw them in prison because regardless of their political affiliation we know they are animals.

Leftist terrorists get jobs at prestigious universities and host political coming-out parties for rising stars of the demorat party.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

We also put them on a fast track to death – see McVeigh.

So, sesqui, Obama made a fool of you and the guy who came in to defend you last night. Does Obama know who did it, by your own logic of classifying “terrorism”?

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

That turned out to be a fiasco for the FBI, as Jewell was actually a hero responding to the bombing, which was conducted by Eric Rudolph.

i was told right wing terrorists don’t exist.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

You may want to research Eric Rudolph….and No,
you’re not allowed to do that thru Sh*tbag websites that
you normally jac*off to….good luck.

ToddPA on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Seems he would have been caught on camera, which would show whether he started moving away before or after the explosion.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The Preznit

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

With the state of the world it could have been a high school kid with a pimple complex.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I almost feel sorry for our trolls. They’re trying so very hard to make a mark on these threads about Boston, yet just can’t seem to make it stick.

Liam on April 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Leftist terrorists get jobs at prestigious universities and host political coming-out parties for rising stars of the demorat party.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

how many? because this country seems to be teeming with murderous right wing nutjobs, and your only example from the left is a 40-year old story. weak atempt. you’re much better at researching disturbing photos, like #8 or dubya on a billboard asking us if we miss him yet.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

What was needed in Boston, and now everywhere, are Pressure Cooker Free Zones! That’s the ticket.

TXUS on April 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

He’s just a person of interest.

Let’s not jump to conclusions about this anti-tax tea party extremist terrorist attack.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

No wonder Obama wants no questions asked.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I agree. We can’t have any of those inconvenient and embarrassing ANSWERS coming out, now can we?

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

how many? because this country seems to be teeming with murderous right wing nutjobs, and your only example from the left is a 40-year old story. weak atempt. you’re much better at researching disturbing photos, like #8 or dubya on a billboard asking us if we miss him yet.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

You really are a hypocrite. You won’t call this an act of terror. You worry about intolerance towards Middle Easterners, but you call your own countrymen “murderous right wing nut jobs”?

You’re pathetic and stupid.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

how many? because this country seems to be teeming with murderous right wing nutjobs, and your only example from the left is a 40-year old story. weak atempt. you’re much better at researching disturbing photos, like #8 or dubya on a billboard asking us if we miss him yet.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Oh this nation is teeming with leftist nutjobs, like the guys who planned to throw molotovs into the 2008 RNC convention, or the OWS’ers who planned to bomb NYC bridges, or the BP thugs swinging nightsticks outside of the polling place, or the union protesters threatening the son of a bank president at his own house, or the Truth To Power fools breaking into foreclosed homes, or the war protesters vandalizing military recruiting offices, or the guy who shot up his own DNC office to try and frame conservatives, or whatever anonymous dude slashed all the tires on GOP GOVT vans, or..or…or…

Are those examples recent enough for you?

But yeah, I can see how an unrepentant, murdering, genocide-advocating domestic terrorist could be written off so easily by you, I mean he and his equally despicable DID host a nice party for Bark. Normal people would be embarrassed but you’ve invested yourself in Dog Eater so ignore it.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I am as right wing as it gets. Unlike Obama, I don’t know anyone who has ever bombed the US Capitol.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I’m guessing you don’t know anybody who has dedicated a book to Sirhan Sirhan either.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I’m sure there’s one under your bed right now. Better go check.

Akzed on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

country seems to be teeming with murderous right wing nutjobs
sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Found one under your bed, did you?

ToddPA on April 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

how many? because this country seems to be teeming with murderous right wing nutjobs,

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What country are YOU in? What are these murderous “right-wing” nut jobs called exactly? If you are referring to neo nazis or white supremacists you need a dictionary update. Those groups are SOCIALISTS.

This type of attack does fit a very specific profile which we have seen thousands of times in the last 12 years in afghanistan, iran, and pakistan.

Hmmm maybe you mean the OWS people? They crazed anarchists, but yeah they could do this sort of thing, and they probably read inspire.

dogsoldier on April 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

You should have been banned for life as getalife.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Ben Smith, were he commenting here, would quickly say that “the right” has created the conditions under which this otherwise normal young Saudi (if that’s who did this) was forced to seek “justice” in this manner.

MTF on April 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Politico: Kerry meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister abruptly closed

A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry held with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.

The State Department initially provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a “person of interest” to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

petefrt on April 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I am also calling for a ban on rice cookers, cast iron skillets and limited use of faberware.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You can have my cast iron cookware when you pry it out of my cold dead hand!

Oldnuke on April 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

You can have my cast iron cookware when you pry it out of my cold dead hand!

Oldnuke on April 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

That’s just how I’ve gotten most of my best cast iron… already “seasoned”.

oldroy on April 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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