Roommate of man questioned by Boston police: “I don’t think he could do that”; Update: Search fruitless, man not involved?

posted at 11:21 am on April 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Possibly significant, not because of what he said but because there’s a roommate at all. If you’re building bombs, the person you live with is likeliest to know, yet I haven’t seen anything suggesting that the roommate’s under suspicion. Evidently the FBI didn’t haul him in last night for questioning. Assuming he’s innocent, then either the man in the hospital’s innocent too or he was probably building the bombs somewhere else. Where? With whom?

Or maybe, despite the damage done, the bombs were small enough that they could have been made in a single room without someone nearby knowing. Anyone with military/LE experience know how much space someone would need to build a pipe bomb? The device itself is small, I know, but do you need some clearance maybe for ventilation (or other reasons)?

The explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday were likely caused by high-power black powder explosives, bomb experts tell U.S. News, and at least one of them was likely shaped in a pipe bomb.

Footage of the initial detonation of the blast showed an explosive plume that would align with a high-powered pipe bomb, says Fred Burton, a retired Diplomatic Security Service special agent who helped investigate the first World Trade Center bombing, among other high-profile attacks…

Building a pipe bomb does not require a great degree of sophistication, Burton says, but getting them to function properly “does take some practice.”

The white smoke that emanated from the blasts indicate this was likely a smokeless or black powder, he says, not a military-type explosive such as C-4 or plastic explosives, which give off black smoke.

Where did the bomber end up practicing? Did he learn from scratch as a lone wolf here in the U.S., setting off test bombs somewhere in the woods, or was he trained elsewhere so that he didn’t have to test them in Boston? Again, don’t assume that it’s the man in the hospital: “Officials cautioned that the man may turn out to have been an innocent bystander and said it was too early to know.”

The New York Post has a little more about him:

At the hospital, investigators seized the man’s clothes to examine whether they held any evidence that he was behind the attack. The law-enforcement sources also told The Post that the man was not free to leave the medical center…

He also said that he went to the Copley Square area yesterday to witness the finish of the race.

The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”

He also asked: “Did anyone die?”

The “second bomb” line is interesting, but on 9/11 I was waiting for a second explosion too. When I saw the damage from the plane to the North Tower, I got a silly idea in my head that somehow the burning wreckage would hit a gas line in the building and that would cause another boom. Frankly, at this point, it’s a solid prediction during terror attacks that a second bomb will follow the first. Did anyone else there smell of gunpowder, though? I’d imagine that would be common among the injured in the vicinity of the blast but military/LE readers are welcome to correct me. At the very least, I still don’t understand why this guy, if he’s the bomber, would have been close enough to the explosion to sustain injuries from it. If he wanted to admire his handiwork, he didn’t need to be there for that. He had to have known that there were cameras at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that’d capture it. And even if he insisted on being there, he wouldn’t stand so close as to put himself in danger. Hard to explain that behavior if he’s the bomber, which means he might not be.

If you missed it this morning, the cops have issued an alert for a rental van that might have been trying to gain access to the finish-line area yesterday. That’s hair-raising, but presumably also innocent: If the bomber(s) had a van packed with explosives ready to go, he would have set it off even after being denied access. Unless the bomb fizzled, of course, which has been known to happen. Exit question for criminal-law lawyers: How could the feds have gained access to the apartment of the man in the hospital? Either the man himself consented, suggesting he was unconcerned with what they’d find there; they had probable cause, which seems unlikely given that the cops refuse to even call him a suspect; or the roommate could have consented, right? If the roommate consents, can the feds search the entire apartment or only the areas common to both roommates, i.e. not the bedroom of the man in the hospital?

Update: Back to square one?

The day after two powerful bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a mile-square area around Copley Square here remained cordoned off as a crime scene, and officials still had no one in custody. Investigators searched a house in a nearby suburb late Monday night, but later said the search had proved fruitless

Late Monday night, law enforcement officials descended on an apartment building in the suburb of Revere, about five miles north of Copley Square, linked to a man the police took into custody near the scene of the bombings. But on Tuesday morning, one law enforcement official said investigators had determined that the man, who was injured in the blast and was questioned at the hospital, was not involved in the attack.

GOP Rep. Michael McCaul told the Times that the device appears to be a “pressure-cooker”-type IED of the sort used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also:

“Inspire” is the Al Qaeda “magazine” produced by the group’s Yemeni affiliate.


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I read reports yesterday that a bystander said the Saudi was acting suspiciously before the bombs went off, and that’s why the bystander tackled him and turned him over to police. I believe he did not tackle the guy until after the bombs went off, at least according to news reports, which could be completely wrong. I have not seen any explanation of how he was acting suspiciously before the bombs went off, would be interesting to know.

mbs on April 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Hard to explain that behavior if he’s the bomber, which means he might not be.

Why do you assign rationality to a person willing to use anti-personnel bombs which were placed to fire off basically at waist level into a crowd of civilians, re: according to hospital reports there a few dozen people missing at least one leg.

Whoever did this is a savage and an animal in human skin.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Don’t they always say that

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Here goes BArry

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Expecting a second bomb seems suspicious to those of us who, until now, didn’t live in countries where this is the norm. I suspect that people living in the M.E. probably take it for granted that there will be a second bomb.

Also, he may have been hanging around and thought of it as a suicide attack. He might have thought he would have better luck getting through security with a pipe bomb than with a suicide vest.

Dan_Yul on April 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

““I thought there would be a second bomb.””

So he was unaware of the second bomb going off 14 seconds later? Maybe he was dealing with his own injuries. If he is a Saudi national, being from the Middle East where second bombs are a common tactic, he’d probably be aware of that and expect a second bomb.

Voicing an expectation of a second bomb is more an indication of innocence than guilt.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

POTUS already knows it was all about “Tax Day”…why do we want to run down all these “foreign” leads..? #Benghazi

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

If the suspect had pre-drilled cap for inserting the ignition wires he could have built it on a desk.

chemman on April 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Hold on, POTUS presser starting…he is not playing golf today.

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Interesting stuff. Allah. A very good article on your part also. As to his ability to make small bombs. He probably could, if he were able to maintain some level of privacy in his own room. Definately not something you could make in the open without drawing obvious attention.

I would wonder that he could mask the smell of any wet chemicals if they were used. Dry ingredients like ammonium nitrate or powdered aluminum, if he were making an HME device, would have no such smell.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hard to explain that behavior if he’s the bomber, which means he might not be.

You keep saying that. It’s not hard to explain, the bombs didn’t go off at the most “opportune” time to inflict the most damage.

Went to check on his setup and got hit.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Don’t know nothing
-dear leader

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Advice for Presser: Forget the shoes, save the watch. It’s gonna get deep.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Case closed…where are those dang tea baggers?

trs on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Why do I get the feeling from Obama’s remarks that they don’t have a f’ing clue who did this and may never track them down?

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The two kids for Columbine (whose names i’ve forgotten) made dozens of bombs while living with their parents, if they can do it i’m pretty sure others can too.

clearbluesky on April 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Wait… Wasn’t there some discussion last week about the new professor at Columbia university who lived with Bill Ayers and was a member of the Weather Underground proclaim that she didn’t realize her roommates were making bombs?

(Yeah I know its a stretch… Just sayin’)

Skywise on April 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Pardon if this has been discussed previously; this will be a federal prosecution, but assuming it was a state criminal prosecution, the perpetrator would not subject to the death penalty in Boston Mass, correct?

Cavalry on April 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I’m perfectly okay with waiting to see who is behind this, rather than the constant load of garbage the media put out about Sandy Hook. I want them to get the correct person. I’m still interested in whether reports I heard about the bombs being put in trash cans is accurate.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

W sounded so much better imho

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Keep in mind the Pakistani connection in Brookline that was behind the failed bombing in Times Square a few years ago.

ButterflyDragon on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

He is ducking out.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Why do I get the feeling from Obama’s remarks that they don’t have a f’ing clue who did this and may never track them down?
Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

That’s unnerving.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Repeating himself

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Hold on, POTUS presser starting…he is not playing golf today.

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

So was it the Mormons or the Catholics?

sandee on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Looking at YouTube videos now hoping for something to hang our hat on…

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Wasn’t he awesome…. sounds like s CIC
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

If the roommate consents, can the feds search the entire apartment or only the areas common to both roommates, i.e. not the bedroom of the man in the hospital?

LOLOLOL – you think warrants actually matter any more these days?
Interesting article though

LordMaximus on April 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Geez, I have a choice:

a) I can assume this guy is guilty and then when he turns out to be an innocent bystander, have to apologize profusely for my assumptions, or

b) I can assume this guy is innocent and then when he turns out to be the perpetrator, have to apologize profusely for my gullibility.

or

c) I could wait and acquire more data and not have to be apologetic about anything.

I wonder what I should do?

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

He looked ticked off that we have questions.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Also, why create a mostly deathless spectacle and then deny it? Islamic extremist M.O. is to take credit and decry the great Satan. This sort of attack only makes sense to me if perp is planning on doing more.

CaliSwag on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Why do I get the feeling from Obama’s remarks that they don’t have a f’ing clue who did this and may never track them down?

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I get the feeling they don’t really want to track them down, that they’d prefer it to just go away so Obamaa can offer some meaningless platitudes and then not have to do anything else, unless it’s a tea partier type of course, then they’ll go all out.

clearbluesky on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Sorry to be uninformed, but what does AP’s unexplained “LE” initialism refer to?

“[Something] explosive”?

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I would imagine if you did the pipe bomb in stages you could easily only need 1 room.

Zaggs on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Katherine Herridge from Fox News reported earlier the white smoke is leading experts to believe this is the signature of traditional IED’s..?

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Obama saying anything new? I cant stomach seeing him speak, so I am not watching.

Jack_Burton on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Who is the guy on the roof at Drudge?

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Possibly significant, not because of what he said but because there’s a roommate at all. If you’re building bombs, the person you live with is likeliest to know, yet I haven’t seen anything suggesting that the roommate’s under suspicion.

There is a flaw in the logic here. There is no automatic connection between detonating bombs and building them. The shoe bomber and the underwear bomber were simply willing participants. Who is to say that the individual involved here had anything to do with planning or building the bombs. And what exactly did they take out of the apartment?

No matter who did this, I find it hard to believe that it was one individual acting alone vis-a-vis the Centennial Park bombing.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Did anyone else there smell of gunpowder, though?

I remember hearing an eyewitness on Fox News saying that he smelled cordite, so he knew it was a bomb and not a gas explosion.

blammm on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

so was it the Mormons or the Catholics?

sandee on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Being the Boston Marathon it had to be a disgruntled runner who didn’t qualify this year. Instead of workplace violence it will be called runners violence in the new DSM.

/s

chemman on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I was just glad he didn’t do any shout outs to some of the media people in the audience…

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

He looked ticked off that we have questions.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Obama: “This is a press conference. The last thing I want is to have to answer a lot of questions!”

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

So was it the Mormons or the Catholics?

sandee on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

My money’s on the Amish.

It’s always the Amish.

bigmacdaddy on April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Who is the guy on the roof at Drudge?

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ayers. He wanted to see if his advice was helpful or not.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

CaliSwag on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

That’s funny. Mrs. Hawkdriver and I had the same conversation.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

How about video footage. Someone had to put bombs in those locations. It has to show up somewhere. Do they need more time?

Oil Can on April 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I get the feeling they don’t really want to track them down, that they’d prefer it to just go away so Obamaa can offer some meaningless platitudes and then not have to do anything else, unless it’s a tea partier type of course, then they’ll go all out.

clearbluesky on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I don’t think that’s the case. Obama would look as incompetent on national security as he does on the economy if they never tracked down the person(s) responsible. I just got a weird vibe though from this press conference when he seemed to regurgitate yesterday’s remarks and went out of his way to ask everyone out there to contact them with any leads they may have.

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Roommate of man questioned by Boston police: “I don’t think he could do that”

Isn’t that what everyone who knew them (their non-terrorist acquaintances, that is) said about the 9/11 hijackers?

The only one with a stereotypical Hollywood style terrorist demeanor was Atta.

farsighted on April 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

“I don’t think he could do that”

Was the “roommate” speaking in Arabic, through a translator?

Pork-Chop on April 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Katherine Herridge from Fox News reported earlier the white smoke is leading experts to believe this is the signature of traditional IED’s..?

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Or the election of a new pope.

I’m skeptical of any “experts” plying their trade on cable news today. They are looking at the videos we hava all seen and are making assumptions. This isn’t the same thing as the forensics that will provide more definitive information. That being said, blowing up shrapnel-filled bombs in trash cans is pretty much an IED no matter what color the smoke. The big questions for me today are 1) how they were detonated and 2) does government have the ability to shut down cell service (providers say they did not shut anything down).

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”

He also asked: “Did anyone die?”

That sounds VERY suspicious. If the Saudi man stopped by police was truly innocent, he wouldn’t have mentioned a second bomb, and would have said that he knew nothing about the bomb that had already exploded. The fact that he “thought there would be a second bomb” suggests that he KNEW there was a second bomb, and that it exploded later than he planned.

The “Did anyone die?” line suggests that he wanted people to die.

There may not be enough evidence yet to convict him, but police should not let him go unless evidence leads to another suspect–his behavior is that of a guilty, not an innocent, man.

Steve Z on April 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Anyone with military/LE experience know how much space someone would need to build a pipe bomb? The device itself is small, I know, but do you need some clearance maybe for ventilation (or other reasons)?

Too many unknowns to speculate. Brett Kimberlin, the notorious, loathsome slimeball known as The Speedway Bomber, obtained his explosives by masquerading as a federal officer, so the charge doesn’t have to be homemade. The bomb and ignition setup could be constructed in a very small space. Unabomber Ted Kaczynski constructed his (somewhat sophisticated) devices in a 300 sq ft shack.

Pipe bombs are easy.

troyriser_gopftw on April 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

It is difficult for some people to let go their limited preconceptions of the scope of human evil. It is necessary if we are ever going to deal with these terrorist savages effectively.

These creatures are utterly bereft of the qualities that define humanity. We do not de-humanize them if we recognize the danger and exterminate them as we would rabid beasts. They have de-humanized themselves, already.

novaculus on April 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

For the United States NY, Chicago and LA will need to be extra careful when they have their next marathons. They are the highest profile ones left. Yes there are other large marathons in America but don’t usually draw top tier international runners like those three and Boston.

chemman on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Why do I get the feeling from Obama’s remarks that they don’t have a f’ing clue who did this and may never track them down?

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Well, it took nearly a year to track down the Atlanta Olympic bomber. Sad truth is, the larger the crowd around the scene of an attack, the harder it is to single out any one person as a suspect. Tens of thousands of people may have walked through the areas where those bombs went off just in a few hours.

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This sort of attack only makes sense to me if perp is planning on doing more.

CaliSwag on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Or was a test run for something bigger. Not necessarily another marathon but another event where large crowds of people are congregated in one place.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I don’t think that’s the case. Obama would look as incompetent on national security as he does on the economy if they never tracked down the person(s) responsible.
Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

You mean like Benghazi?

The electorate won’t care. Nothing is ever Obama’s fault.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

On Drudge right now…

“Boston Boming Suspect Recently Released OTM (Other Than Mexican)from INS Custody during Sequester Tantrum…”

“… In A Panic, White House Brings Up Kermit Gosnell Case”

Seven Percent Solution on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Don’t assume it was purposely designed to be aimed below the waist, Bishop. Might not have been any thought given to that, at all, but simply a factor of being dropped into trash cans or on the ground. The result will be injuries like that. (Don’t get me wrong, he wanted to hurt people badly/kill people; I just doubt he gave thought to the specific areas of injury. If he did, then he is more calculating than most.)

Sorry to be uninformed, but what does AP’s unexplained “LE” initialism refer to?

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement Officer is often LEO.

GWB on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I’m listening to Beck’s show and they had two speeches from bho. One was what he said about those responsible on benghazi and the other was from yesterday. Both had the same words by bho, we will find out who did this and hold them accountable.

One would think those writing bho’s speeches would come up with something new for bho to say?
L

letget on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

And six to get the Atlanta abortion bomber.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

How could the feds have gained access to the apartment of the man in the hospital? Either the man himself consented, suggesting he was unconcerned with what they’d find there;

If the roommate consents, can the feds search the entire apartment or only the areas common to both roommates, i.e. not the bedroom of the man in the hospital?

Not a criminal lawyer but if I recall correctly from law school, a roommate can consent to search common areas but not private areas that aren’t accessible by the roommate. Given the risk of additional bombings, I would think that the roommate would be immediately willing to consent to a search. If the bomber had a locked room as his/her workshop though, the roommate can’t consent to search. [An objection to a consent search can only be done by domiciliary if they are "contemporaneously present" at the house at the time of the search.]

blammm on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Who is the guy on the roof at Drudge?

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It is not unusual for people to go up to the roof of their building to watch major events like parades and sporting events. In fact, in the photo it looks like there are chairs and a handrail up next to the person on the roof.

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

so was it the Mormons or the Catholics?

sandee on April 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Horse and Buggy.

It was the Amish.

portlandon on April 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

A couple of other points. (1) The limiting factor for bomb-building space is the volume of explosive required. Powerful and deadly bombs can be built in a broom closet.

(2) If terrorist are following the two-bomb program, the first bomb can be smaller. The delay period is typically long enough to allow rescue ops to go into full swing, but not long enough to permit thorough search of the area and potential discovery/ disarming. From what I have seen so far, the delay between the explosions is too short and distance between them too great to be an effective use of this tactic.

novaculus on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

OT

Local talk radio has an idiot on right now saying that the Boston Marathon bombing was a right wing nut “Timothy McVeigh meets Wayne LaPierre” (direct quote) who only exist because of conservative media and their secret codes to these extremists.

No kidding. Not all the crazies are conservatives.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

If it was a pipe bomb you could put it all together for under $100 easy. All of it is available at any hardware store. Even the trigger isn’t that hard to make. The tough part would be the explosive if you wanted something like C4 which I assume is not available.

CW20 on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 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 11:54 AM

novaculus on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Or, as likely, he couldn’t get to the trash can between bomb 1 and where bomb 2 ended up.

Limerick on April 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Good point, HN.

GWB on April 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Rep. Steve King (IA) wants a kibosh on student visas…

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345691/after-boston-congressman-urges-caution-immigration

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You mean like Benghazi?

The electorate won’t care. Nothing is ever Obama’s fault.

happytobehere on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The difference with Benghazi is that that was in Libya. It’s a lot easier to stonewall and lie about something that happened halfway across the world. This was on US soil and the public ain’t gonna be content with speeches and reassurances.

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Why do I get the feeling from Obama’s remarks that they don’t have a f’ing clue who did this and may never track them down?
Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This attack reminds me of what Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn did.

Particularly the nature of the bombs, with the extra ball bearings etc. to increase the damage, death, and terror.

So no, I don’t think our President has the requisite character or skills necessary to challenge this or any other terrorist(s).

Funny the media outrage (and rightfully so) over this but crickets over O and his past associates.

LetsBfrank on April 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Well, it took nearly a year to track down the Atlanta Olympic bomber. Sad truth is, the larger the crowd around the scene of an attack, the harder it is to single out any one person as a suspect. Tens of thousands of people may have walked through the areas where those bombs went off just in a few hours.

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

One minor point, the police were warned about the Centennial Park bomb. We are not hearing anything like that out of Boston.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Who cares what Barry has to say. He is only thinking of how this can benefit HIM!

LeftCoastRight on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I don’t think that’s the case. Obama would look as incompetent on national security as he does on the economy if they never tracked down the person(s) responsible.

Seemed to work out fine for him with Benghazi.

clearbluesky on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Local talk radio has an idiot on right now saying that the Boston Marathon bombing was a right wing nut “Timothy McVeigh meets Wayne LaPierre” (direct quote) who only exist because of conservative media and their secret codes to these extremists.

No kidding. Not all the crazies are conservatives.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

John has a large mustache. The iguana screams at midnight. I repeat, the iguana screams at midnight.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

A pipebomb could be made in his room, but the soldering could possibly be smelled when he made the detonator. His roommate would have some inkling that he was up to something if he did build them in his room.

As for the smell, just because he smells like explosives doesn’t mean he made them. He could have residue from the explosion. When an explosion goes off, the whole area smellls like the explosive used. That plum you saw right after detonation most likely spread explosive residue all over.

I was a breacher in the Teams.

Patriot Vet on April 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Rep. Steve King (IA) wants a kibosh on student visas…

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345691/after-boston-congressman-urges-caution-immigration

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

It’s ghoulish when either side uses a tragedy to score political points. At least wait to find out who actually did the bombing…

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Anyone with military/LE experience know how much space someone would need to build a pipe bomb?

Space? You can do it on your lap. Length of pipe, two end caps, some ball bearings. The tricky part is handling black powder. Doesn’t take much to set it off. A spark will do (think flintlock). Get sloppy, and leave some powder on the pipe treads, screw on the end cap………BOOM! Just ask Bill Ayers and his wife.

GarandFan on April 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Killing random civilians is not the act of an anti-government terrorist such as a “tax-protester”. What’s the motivation or goal? How does that further their cause- by killing other taxpayers?

If people took five minutes and listened to the words being spoken, they would realize such statements are contra-intellectual and patently dishonest.

Marcus Traianus on April 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The difference with Benghazi is that that was in Libya. It’s a lot easier to stonewall and lie about something that happened halfway across the world. This was on US soil and the public ain’t gonna be content with speeches and reassurances.

Doughboy on April 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, the FBI can’t take weeks to secure a crime scene in Boston like they did in Benghazi. An 8-year-old boy dying (with a mother and sister in grave condition), two other deaths, and up to 30 traumatic amputations is far harder to hide than the actual cause of death of a US ambassador in Lybia. And this time nobody is going to be able to blame this on YouTube videos.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

“Terror groups have shown a fondness for Twitter in recent years, and last night al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab posted three tweets around 2 a.m. Eastern time..”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/04/16/an-al-shabaab-link-to-boston-marathon-bombings/

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Appears now that the investigation has cleared the individual in AP’s post:

Late Monday night, law enforcement officials descended on an apartment building in the suburb of Revere, about five miles north of Copley Square, linked to a man the police took into custody near the scene of the bombings. But on Tuesday morning, one law enforcement official said investigators had determined that the man, who was injured in the blast and was questioned at the hospital, was not involved in the attack.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/us/officials-investigate-boston-explosions.html?_r=1&

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

John has a large mustache. The iguana screams at midnight. I repeat, the iguana screams at midnight.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

LOL!

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Rep. Steve King (IA) wants a kibosh on student visas…

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345691/after-boston-congressman-urges-caution-immigration

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

It’s ghoulish when either side uses a tragedy to score political points. At least wait to find out who actually did the bombing…

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Yeah.

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Really Steve King! We’ve got no evidence this guy was anything more than a victim of the bomb and you’ve decided to campaign on anti Arsb fear? Shame.

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Gee, you mean we won’t find out who did it in one hour, like they do on TV?

This could take weeks, months, years…or days.

Imagine the “leads” the amount of video being gone through, and through again…

They will find the culprits, and the president has nothing to do with it…this is above his pay grade.

right2bright on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

And this time nobody is going to be able to blame this on YouTube videos.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Don’t need to find an unviewed YouTube video when that extremist right wing radio is inciting us to violence.

chemman on April 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

letget on April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

every year his state of the union gets the same treatment. the left is out of ideas and has no creativity in regards to repackaging the same platitudes over and over.

chasdal on April 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

libfreeordie on April 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Shouldn’t you be teaching a class or have office hours about now. Hypocrite.

chemman on April 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Since it was all the rage yesterday to speculate why April 15th was chosen (‘It’s Tax Day!’ ‘It’s Patriot’s Day!’

The Boston Marathon is an international event attended by tens of thousands from here in the US and from all over the world. It’s a pinnacle event in the world of sports. As friendly and neutral as anything. So I’ll guess this is what animated the terrorist(s).

LetsBfrank on April 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

AngusMc on April 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

a big problem in atlanta was the media crucifixion of richard jewell and law enforcement jumping on that bandwagon. it caused a lot of resources to be diverted. they focused on pop psychology and media hype instead of hard evidence.

chasdal on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Marcus Traianus on April 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Yeppers.

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 12:11 PM

John has a large mustache. The iguana screams at midnight. I repeat, the iguana screams at midnight.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The chowder has much clams.

oldroy on April 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

The Boston Marathon is an international event attended by tens of thousands from here in the US and from all over the world. It’s a pinnacle event in the world of sports. As friendly and neutral as anything. So I’ll guess this is what animated the terrorist(s).

LetsBfrank on April 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

That’s what I’m going with, but, you know, you and I are just ‘right-wing extremists who hate the government and paying taxes.’ Soooooo, obviously, you and I are probably responsible.

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:-)

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

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The sun is bright. But, the ice is slippery.

kingsjester on April 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

This is a stable measured president
-libs talking head on msdnc

cmsinaz on April 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

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