Open thread: FBI press conference on Boston terror attack; Update: Only 2 bombs planted; Update: No known additional threats; Update: “No one is in custody”

posted at 9:11 am on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

They certainly should have plenty of questions to answer in the press conference starting momentarily. Expect plenty of questions about the “foreign” patient held as a “person of interest” at a local hospital for one, and more on the raid on an apartment in nearby Revere covered by local media overnight. Mostly, though, people want to know more details about the terrorist attack in Boston yesterday, at least to either confirm or discard rumors that began swirling in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

I’ll be live-blogging the conference, so keep refreshing the page for more updates in reverse-chronological order. I’ll try to find embed code for the presser as well.

In the meantime, ABC aired this “moment by terrifying moment” reconstruction earlier this morning. Update: The scripting caused errors, so I’ll just send people to the link.

Update: I’ve loaded this live embed code from NBC, but I’m not sure it’s correct. I’ll keep my eyes open for the correct code.

Update: Instead, I’ll load the WBZ News embed code. Hopefully that works better, although it’s not yet operating.

Update: Governor Deval Patrick started off the presser by emphasizing that only two explosive devices were planted yesterday. All other suspicious packages turned out not to be bombs.

Update: The CBS embed code is working better, so I’ve replaced the WBZ code above.

Update: The FBI statement didn’t tell us much that’s new — just that they are fully engaged in the investigation. The agent in charge did say that there are no other known threats. The ATF statement confirmed Patrick’s announcement, and asked for people to send them any video and pictures that people may have of the event.  Neither statement reveals much about leads. motives, or suspects.

Update: All agencies plead for patience and cooperation in the days ahead.  The latter should be assured; the former may be a lot more difficult.

Update: They’ve reduced the crime scene from 15 blocks to 12 blocks, and promise to “collapse” the crime scene as quickly as they can.

Update: The Boston PD will be significantly enhancing their presence in the city, but not because of any new threat data.  It’s there to promote cooperation and to comfort the people of Boston, according to the spokesman.

Update: The Suffolk County DA called it “an act of cowardice,” and said that such an act cannot be explained or justified — “only answered.”

Update: CBS News cut away in its broadcast, but it’s continuing on the web feed. The Q&A is taking place now, but there are a lot of “no comments” forthcoming at the moment.

Update: “No one is in custody,” one investigator says.  ”This will be a worldwide investigation,” pledges another.

Update: The presser is over, and there is nothing scheduled for later today, either.  Not much of significance got discussed other than the number of devices and whether any suspects were officially in custody.  Still, these are valuable to gauge where the investigation is at the moment, and to reset expectations in the wake of the bombings.  I’d rather have officials overcommunicating than undercommunicating in these kinds of crises.


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Does anybody else get a script error everytime HA links an ABC video? Can somebody tell me what to do about it?

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I get them everytime HA has an ABC Video on any thread here. I emailed Ed about it on 9/15/12 but did not receive a response. It probably got lost:-)

There is some conflict involving the Cdnapi Kaltura Video Player that ABC uses and either code or format that HA uses.

When on the website http://www.abcnews.com and play one of their videos that use that same video player, I have no problem.

I just avoid any thread that an ABC video is on, otherwise I have to use Task Manager to close all windows I have open.

bluefox on April 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

They didn’t really have trash cans at the Boston Marathon did they?

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Of course they did.

It’s Boston…neatness counts.

btw; It might be noted that bombs in trashcans (dust bins) was a favorite of the Irish Republican Army.

Jus’ sayin’.

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I would only applaud the FBI. As usual, their measured, determined, competent intervention will win the day.

Marcus Traianus on April 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag for that one.

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Police may have video of the man planting bombs in the trashcans…

weaselyone on April 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

And of everyone who put some trash in the trashcans.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Anyone putting something that big and heavy into a trashcan will jump out of any video.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

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

Someone who was pro what, you hack?

cptacek on April 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

“Update: “No one is in custody””

Well that’s a lie. There are currently 2,365 people in custody in Boston’s main jail.

Kevin M on April 17, 2013 at 4:27 AM

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