FBI security bulletin shows images of evidence from Boston bombing; Update: 4chan users connecting dots?

posted at 8:01 am on April 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The FBI has begun to send pictures and other data from the crime-scene investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing to law-enforcement agencies around the country, including an image of a shredded black backpack in which one of the devices may have been hidden.  Reuters and the Associated Press managed to get copies of the unclassified bulletin and published a few of the images late in the evening, as did ABC:

The unclassified bulletin was sent Tuesday evening to law enforcement agencies across the country and said that the bomb inside the backpack was an “improvised explosive device (IED)” made out of a common pressure cooker. ABC News had previously reported that law enforcement recovered mangled parts of a pressure cooker bomb that included wires, shrapnel and a circuit board.

The advisory said there was “insufficient evidence” to determine if the second explosive, which was also hidden in a backpack less than a block away, was made from a pressure cooker as well.

Authorities have not yet determined the fusing system for the devices or what exactly set them off, the advisory said. The blasts erupted at approximately 2:50 p.m. EST near the marathon’s finish line Monday afternoon killing three people — including an 8-year-old boy — and injuring more than 170 others. Authorities have no suspects in the case and no group, domestic or international, has taken responsibility for the attack.

I find that pretty curious, actually.  Normally, terrorist groups use the media frenzy as a platform for their extremist agendas.  Obviously the media interest won’t fade away completely in the next couple of days, but the arc of media coverage will begin to wane significantly as normal news coverage returns.  Why wait to make the agenda for the attack known rather than take advantage of the short-lived terror it caused?

CBS has more of the images, and the FBI’s call for more:

Investigators believe the bombs were hidden in black nylon backpacks and housed inside the sealable metal pots called pressure cookers. Pressure cooker bombs can help boost the power of relatively small devices by briefly constraining the blast. And when the cookers do explode, they can add large chunks of metal to the shrapnel spray. …

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies repeatedly pleaded for members of the public to come forward with photos, videos or anything suspicious they might have seen or heard.

“The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said at a news conference Tuesday. He vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime.”

Also, their “person of interest” is apparently not all that interesting after all:

Law enforcement sources told CBS News a Saudi Arabian man who was being questioned by investigators is not considered a suspect at this time, and it appears he was a spectator who was injured in the attack.

It was CBS that reported less than 24 hours ago that law enforcement was “really interested” in the Saudi national.  It’s just another reminder that these attacks produce a lot of data that turns out to be worthless in a short period of time.

The bulletin was the subject of a segment of Anderson Cooper’s show last night.  Why release the images in an unclassified bulletin?  For one, the FBI wants to jog the memories of the bomb-squad community:

Another reason might be to get a leak like this that encourages more people to send pictures and video of the marathon, both before and after the bombing.  It keeps the public engaged, and might shake loose some real leads.  Besides which, IED incidents are more common here than people think, although most of them are pranks:

In fact, in the last six months, there have been 172 IEDs reported in the United States, according to a government count that an official revealed Tuesday in answer to questions about U.S. preparedness. The official shared the figures, which were gathered before Monday’s explosion, only on the condition that neither the official nor the official’s office be identified.

The official shared information in an email that indicated most American IED attacks were small: “Homemade fireworks, childish pranks and other such non-terror related activities.”

But the information also notes that American officials have long understood the threat, and includes a warning that’s been distributed to other agencies: “Expect IED attacks by Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) and individuals to continue throughout the United States. High profile events will present additional targets for HVEs and other individuals.”

 “Other individuals” means foreign terrorists, presumably. Why not say so?

Update: Via NewsJunkie, 4Chan tries a little dot-connecting:

4chan-boston

 

Might be something, might be nothing — but this shows the wisdom of releasing the images, too.  Crowdsourcing, when properly managed, can exponentially multiply analytical power.  NewsJunkie has a lot more images of potential interest.

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you not only continue to fail increasingly hard, people are also complaining about your hijacking of this precious thread, so maybe you should drop it.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Just admit that you are wrong.

I know it’s hard for a libtard to do despite all the evidence showing that you are, but maybe, just maybe, you can do it.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

So if you ask me, I’d wager the odds to be 95/5 as to mooslims (not a race, but a political religion) or leftist murderer (which would also include ELF/PETA)

those odds would be irresistible if i were a betting man.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

“Suspect 1″ is a cop.

He’s wearing an earpiece. In other pictures he looks like a 5.11 model. And in others he’s standing next to…other cops, including others who are also walking 5.11 advertisements.

Spade on April 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Regardless of their ethnicity, I am glad we may be getting closing to finding these people.

bluegill on April 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

for 9/11 they had passenger manifests which id’ed the perps. after you know an identity its a matter of tracking credit cards, etc and of course witnesses coming forward who saw them, etc. its not apples to apples when they dont have a clear cut suspect(s) yet. but looks like all those analyzing the photos will definitely help narrow the search.

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Just admit that you are wrong.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

dude, argentina is a third world country by any definition of the term, and with that i consider this inane debate to be over.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

knowing that a fellow American did this would be exponentially worse, methinks.
sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM
I will not be surprised no matter if it’s a muslim, American or not, or another American with no islamic ties.
Communists/socialists also have violent agendas.
As well as religious wackos, like abortion clinic bombers.
But the bomber being an American will not make it worse.
We have already made it known to immigrants that assimilating into our culture & becoming an American Melting Pot & living by Constitutional ideals is not necessary.
We have let many people come here to feel comfortable to make America another hell hole like the one they fled from.
This is what happens when you have such porous borders & lax border security.
And this comes from your Liberal policies.
If it is an American, it is bcs your Liberal policies helped create the opportunity for it to be an American.
So in essence, you find your own policies disturbing, but cannot see that reality bcs you are blind by your own bias.
Badger40 on April 17, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Well said.

Cleombrotus on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

What’s the liberal word for brown on the outside but white on the inside, as they use “Oreo” for conservative blacks? I’m wracking my brain for a brown colored cookie with a cream filling but nothing comes up.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

The slur used for Latinos who are conservative is coconut.

Madisonian on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

for 9/11 they had passenger manifests which id’ed the perps. after you know an identity its a matter of tracking credit cards, etc and of course witnesses coming forward who saw them, etc. its not apples to apples when they dont have a clear cut suspect(s) yet. but looks like all those analyzing the photos will definitely help narrow the search.

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

yes not 100% apples to apples.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

hopefully LE are in the loop on this. these pix have identified at least 6 people they need to interview asap.

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I still find it amazing and a bit scary that afte r9/11 the gov was able within about 24 hours to not only indentify all 19 hijakers but know what they did over the last 48 hours.

this admin nota. The tools are better now then they were in 9/11. So that can only mean its incompentaqnce or lack of effort.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

In this instance probably an unfair comparison. The 19 9/11 hijackers boarded specific planes that they subsequently hijacked. Under such circumstances it is much easier to determine the culprits.

I think we need to be more patient considering how this was carried out. If we look back at past events similar to the Boston Marathon bombing we find that it is rare for authorities to know who did it within 48 hours. Anonymous individuals who surreptitiously leave bombs behind and create a tremendous amount of chaos usually are able to slip away unnoticed. Those who attack planes are trapped and identified before they even board the plane.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I think it’s them! Excellent work, whoever spotted those men!

bluegill on April 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

You again. You think? Based on them having generic black backpacks? I have two that look just like that.

AH_C on April 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

dude, argentina is a third world country by any definition of the term, and with that i consider this inane debate to be over.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The Cold War has been over for over 20 years, and Argentina is not a third world country under today’s accepted definition of the word.

Countries of the Third World

Now choke on that you dishonest Fluke.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

There are also some really interesting threads with great photos on reddit. I think we’ll be seeing pics posted more places of potential suspects.

bluegill on April 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The slur used for Latinos who are conservative is coconut.

Madisonian on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Coconut cream Oreos – yum! You heard it here first!

Shy Guy on April 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

dude, argentina is a third world country by any definition of the term, and with that i consider this inane debate to be over.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

See NotCoach’s post at 10:47 AM.

YOU ARE WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

Game Day Bucket Go Boom.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Just to add my bit to the random speculation, suppose this was (a) the act of a disgruntled ex-employee of one of the businesses on that street, or (b) a jilted ex-lover, or (c) a Hollywood caper film diversion from the real crime, such as a jewlery store vault robbery taking place over the three-day weekend? Would we still call it a terror attack?

Ses remember this statement you made yesterday. Only problem is that it comes from Tom Maquire’s “Just One Minute” Blog. You didn’t even have the decency to attribute it to him.

knowing that a fellow American did this would be exponentially worse, methinks.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

So who did you borrow this one from since you don’t seem capable of independent thought?

chemman on April 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Imagine all the dozens of Richard Jewells being indicted by the basement CSI amateurs. You’re wearing a backpack? GUILTY.

DarthBrooks on April 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

“Suspect 1″ is a cop.

He’s wearing an earpiece. In other pictures he looks like a 5.11 model. And in others he’s standing next to…other cops, including others who are also walking 5.11 advertisements.

Spade on April 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Government “false flag” attack?

Just wanted to get that out there to stir up the conspiracy theorist and stop the game of “how brown are you?”

LoganSix on April 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Countries of the Third World

Now choke on that you dishonest Fluke.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

not sure why you insist on this nonsense. your link, as random as you’d expect from a quick, frenzied google search, does nothing to substantiate your claim.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Those who attack planes are trapped and identified before they even board the plane.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

true but then ther eis OKC bombing. Clinton’s admin tracked them down pretty quick also. And yes maybe I’m just fed up with this admin and how everything they touch seems to be a failure so maybe i should give them some more time.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

YOU ARE WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

you’re funny. fyi, your comments denying that argentina is a third world country are bookmarked in case i need a shortcut to discredit you.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

not sure why you insist on this nonsense. your link, as random as you’d expect from a quick, frenzied google search, does nothing to substantiate your claim.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Of course it doesn’t. BTW, nice shovel you got there. You can dig some pretty deep holes with it.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Government “false flag” attack?

Just wanted to get that out there to stir up the conspiracy theorist and stop the game of “how brown are you?”

LoganSix on April 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

The police conducted a thorough search inside the building and found Marinus van der Lubbe, a young, Dutch council communist and unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany, ostensibly to carry out political activities. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazis that the Communists were beginning a plot against the German government. Van der Lubbe and four Communist leaders were subsequently arrested. Adolf Hitler, who was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany four weeks before, on 30 January, urged President Paul von Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree to counter the “ruthless confrontation of the Communist Party of Germany”.[2] With civil liberties suspended, the government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rival Communists gone and their seats empty, the National Socialist German Workers Party went from being a plurality party to the majority; subsequent elections confirmed this position and thus allowed Hitler to consolidate his power.

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

I never put anything beyond those seeking power. They will do whatever it takes to increase their power. not saying this was such an aevent but everyone should keep it in the back of their mind that power hunrgy people can and have done such things in the past.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Ses remember this statement you made yesterday. Only problem is that it comes from Tom Maquire’s “Just One Minute” Blog. You didn’t even have the decency to attribute it to him.

chemman on April 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

care to elaborate on this accusation? be sure to include post time stamps as well.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

dude, of course its a third world country. its south of us and most of the people are brown, duh!! you need to learn liberal logic

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Stop. Talking. To. The. Troll. Please?

djl130 on April 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

you’re funny. fyi, your comments denying that argentina is a third world country are bookmarked in case i need a shortcut to discredit you.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Because you’re using an outdated definition.

Like you saying Negro or Colored instead of Black or African-American.

So, let’s summarize your idiocies in this thread alone!

1. Dude, those guys don’t look Middle Eastern to me.
2. Dude, the Pope is not a Latino because he’s not picking beans in the fields.
3. Argentina and Iran are third world countries.

It’s like you survived a partial birth abortion.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

true but then ther eis OKC bombing. Clinton’s admin tracked them down pretty quick also. And yes maybe I’m just fed up with this admin and how everything they touch seems to be a failure so maybe i should give them some more time.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

They got lucky to get McVeigh so quickly. Driving around without a license plate is just plain stupid no matter who you are.

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

you’re funny. fyi, your comments denying that argentina is a third world country are bookmarked in case i need a shortcut to discredit you.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Because you’re using an outdated definition.

Like you saying Colored instead of Black or African-American.

So, let’s summarize your idiocies in this thread alone!

1. Dude, those guys don’t look Middle Eastern to me.
2. Dude, the Pope is not a Latino because he’s not picking beans in the fields.
3. Argentina and Iran are third world countries.

It’s like you survived a partial birth abortion.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

those odds would be irresistible if i were a betting man.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Or just a man even…

ClassicCon on April 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Ses remember this statement you made yesterday. Only problem is that it comes from Tom Maquire’s “Just One Minute” Blog. You didn’t even have the decency to attribute it to him.

chemman on April 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

just because i posted the comment you’re referring to on April 16 at 00:35, so unless maguire submitted his post in those 35 minutes between 00:00 and 00:35 that night (and also managed to link a nyt article also published on April 16), you’re full of shit.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Oh and HotAir is reduced to quoting content from the gaggle of pederast nerds at 4chan? For the love of Christ…

ClassicCon on April 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

An even “scarier” part of all of this is that our “current” FBI HAVE NO CLUE! This hasn’t been a problem for over 50 years—but NOW it’s a problem! FBI Agents DO NOT throw up their hands in the air, telling the public it’s up to the public to help solve this horrendous crime!!! Nor do FBI Agents flat-out say “the case is wide open, we have no clues!”

What kind of FBI Agency do we have NOW??? THIS scares me, more than anything else.

DixT on April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

An even “scarier” part of all of this is that our “current” FBI HAVE NO CLUE! This hasn’t been a problem for over 50 years—but NOW it’s a problem! FBI Agents DO NOT throw up their hands in the air, telling the public it’s up to the public to help solve this horrendous crime!!! Nor do FBI Agents flat-out say “the case is wide open, we have no clues!”

What kind of FBI Agency do we have NOW??? THIS scares me, more than anything else.

DixT on April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

This is what bothers me as well.

djl130 on April 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

mcveigh wasnt “tracked down”. he was stopped 90 minutes afterwards in a car w/ no license plates. after a bombing of these sorts LE is on a higher alert and anything suspicious like car w/ no plates draws more scrutiny as does the person driving it. he also had a gun which got him pinched for illegal possession.

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

DixT on April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

we have no idea whatsoever what the fbi knows or doesnt know. its SOP for LE to NOT leak serious info in a situation like this. and asking people to come forward w/ info is also SOP. relax a bit and stop wtching CSI. its give you un-realistic expectations for real world LE.

chasdal on April 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

What kind of FBI Agency do we have NOW??? THIS scares me, more than anything else.

DixT on April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

This is what bothers me as well.

djl130 on April 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Well, we may not have any idea who did this or why, and little chance of finding out, but at least we can rest secure in the knowledge that this was a single event and that there is not any other threat at this time according to the intrepid folks at DHS and Big Sis!

So we are all good.

Of course, they said there was no threat BEFORE the attack, but hey you can’t win ‘em all, amiright?

Lily on April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

even with a pea-sized brain you should be capable of imagining a scenario where somebody, like a fired employee or a rejected lover, goes berserk and sets off bombs without political motivation.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Ask and you shall receive.

chemman on April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

”Other individuals” means foreign terrorists, presumably. Why not say so?

Because that’s not their focus; their focus, the meme if you will, *is* HVE’s.

But by all means, let’s buy whatever story they decide is the official one, because they always tell us the truth, don’t they?

All the elements that have changed; simply bad info, not a finessing of the official story. They’d never do that. After all, at this point, what possible difference can it make?

Pay no attention to that Saudi man over there, who wasn’t actually tackled by a civilian, but rather be on the lookout for HVE’s who didn’t set 5 bombs, 3 of which didn’t go off, but actually only set two, which weren’t actually pipe bombs, but…

At the end of the day, we’ll believe what they tell us to believe, right?

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Ask and you shall receive.

chemman on April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

idiot.

just because law enforcement automatically assumes it to be a terrorist event, it doesn’t mean we should as well, before the fact come out. this could still be the work of a disgruntled employee or a jilted lover. note that the president did not call it terrorism.

sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

you still owe me the time stamp on maguire’s post, which links several articles posted on April 16.

feel free to apologize.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

BREAKING- Bomb Threat Reported at VA Hospital

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

DHS: No further threats! Wait, what?

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Just saw 4Chan’s post on FB. God bless them, no shit.

Ed Snyder on April 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

DixT on April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m not being sarcastic, nor excusing the FBI, but….

Look at this as an exercise of the militia. The same thing occurred back when posses were formed to pursue outlaws. We, the people, are responsible for law and order, not just a handful of folks (OK, in this big government era, it’s a lot more than a handful) in a government agency. Honestly, the only way the government will grab this guy is if we live in a total surveillance society with everyone tagged and watched. Or, if a vigilant citizen sees the pictures and says, “Hey, wait a minute….”

GWB on April 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Just saw 4Chan’s post on FB. God bless them, no shit.

Ed Snyder on April 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Do tell…

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

when are you people going to stop killing innocent people?

tom daschle concerned on April 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

What’s the liberal word for brown on the outside but white on the inside, as they use “Oreo” for conservative blacks? I’m wracking my brain for a brown colored cookie with a cream filling but nothing comes up. Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Little Debbie.

Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

just because law enforcement automatically assumes it to be a terrorist event, it doesn’t mean we should as well.
sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Yaeh, you tell ‘em! The nerve of some people to consider the setting off of bombs to maim and kill innocents as terrorism!!
How dare they!!!

whatcat on April 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

you’re funny. fyi, your comments denying that argentina is a third world country are bookmarked in case i need a shortcut to discredit you.

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Argentina is not a third country, genius, not any more than the US is. So shut up and buy yourself an updated encyclopedia and world atlas,.

jimver on April 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Huh. Let’s try again.

Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Third world country that is

jimver on April 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

when are you people going to stop killing innocent people?

tom daschle concerned on April 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

… statistically about half of which are female. I thought libs were all about women’s rights and such. Conservatives want to save those lives – why do libs want to kill so many of them?

And they are disproportionately non-white – why do libs want to kill so many non-white minority folks?

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

In this instant gratification culture, the “CSI Effect” is all-too-real.

Everyone is expecting this to be solved within a matter of hours with flying gadgets, touch-screen holographic computers, and the ability to zoom in to a single pixel of a photographic and magically translate that into incriminating evidence.

Myron Falwell on April 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

uh-oh… these ‘suspects’ don’t look middle eastern at all.
sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I didn’t know Middle Easterners look a certain way, bloody racist.

jimver on April 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

just because law enforcement automatically assumes it to be a terrorist event, it doesn’t mean we should as well.
sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

You type this shiit and sit back and laugh when morons take you seriously.

~

Anyhow, to the non-anencephalic: Obooba launched his political career in a terrorist bomber’s home, namely, the Ayreses. They also used to babysit one another’s kids.

The Boston Bomber is in the same category as Bill Ayres and his wife. So Obooba has friends in the same category as the Boston bomber. He oughta be helping the FBI investigate this attack as a profiler.

Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

uh-oh… these ‘suspects’ don’t look middle eastern at all.
sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I didn’t know Middle Easterners look a certain way, bloody racist.
jimver on April 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

To wit: Adam Gahan

whatcat on April 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Myron Falwell on April 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

“Zoom in. Enhance.”

NotCoach on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Anyhow, to the non-anencephalic: Obooba launched his political career in a terrorist bomber’s home, namely, the Ayreses. They also used to babysit one another’s kids.

The Boston Bomber is in the same category as Bill Ayres and his wife. So Obooba has friends in the same category as the Boston bomber. He oughta be helping the FBI investigate this attack as a profiler.

Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Exactly right, it is only logical that with such connections he should know a terrorist when he sees one….

jimver on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Obooba launched his political career in a terrorist bomber’s home, namely, the Ayreses. They also used to babysit one another’s kids.
Akzed on April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Wouldn’t Ayer’s kids have been pretty much adults?

whatcat on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Females running a 26 mile race. Male family members waiting for them at or near the finish line. Waiting for them with backpacks that may contain towels and drinks and food. I wouldn’t expect to see men standing around with purses or fanny packs.

Uh, oh. My two boys (all terrorists are males) went to school (a preferred terrorist target) today with backpacks (what terrorists carry their IED’s in).

My boys are soon to be on the Fed’s watch list. Perhaps I should do the right thing as a parent and turn them in now.

Carnac on April 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Females running a 26 mile race. Male family members waiting for them at or near the finish line. Waiting for them with backpacks that may contain towels and drinks and food. I wouldn’t expect to see men standing around with purses or fanny packs.

Uh, oh. My two boys (all terrorists are males) went to school (a preferred terrorist target) today with backpacks (what terrorists carry their IED’s in).

My boys are soon to be on the Fed’s watch list. Perhaps I should do the right thing as a parent and turn them in now.

Carnac on April 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

So… I suppose by your logic it’s fruitless to look at every possible lead because it’s just outrageous to think that similar backpacks on shady looking characters might be something to be concerned about? I’ll keep my logic, you have your smug, head in the sand b.s.

tyketto on April 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

This is a “upon further review” moment. Note both subjects are wearing identical clothes. Desert boots, 511 tan “combat” pants with side pockets, blue blazers (one with a patch), identical backpacks. The one guy has an earbud, the other a nice expensive cap and glasses, and an ID badge around the neck.

http://www.galls.com/cgi/CGBCS

http://www.galls.com/cgi/CGBCS

http://www.galls.com/cgi/CGBCS

I’ve seen this before. My ex-partner had the feds help him on a huge case years ago. A lot of real serious undercover stuff. The feds were called in and told to dress undercover and that is how they should up- exactly! My buddy could have cried! Eighteen months of work and these guys showed up- all dressed the same- and thought they could creep through a neighborhood full of lowlifes without being noticed.

Just my two cents worth.

Now one would wonder if they are feds, what is in their backpacks? That is a lot of stuff to carry all day. Radios? detectors of some type? Lunch?

On the other hand, if the bad guys wanted to blend in, looking like an alphabet soup agency would work…

Just saying…

archer52 on April 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

…if i were a [...] man.

sesquipedalian

I’d put a months’ pay against it…

Dirty Creature on April 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I think this just about sums it all up …

“It’s sad you have to hope it’s a completely random thing, because I think our political system can’t handle it if it’s someone with a political agenda,” said a longtime Obama adviser.

Pot .. meet Kettle .. meet Pressure Cooker

J_Crater on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

archer52 on April 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Your links don’t work

tom daschle concerned on April 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Boston Globe reports police have a suspect and it’s… ruh roh… a “dark skinned male”.

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

All kidding aside, you can tell by body language those people in the photos are nervous. They have all the standard signs of stress.

My guess is that’s him and an accomplice.

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Boston Globe reports police have a suspect and it’s… ruh roh… a “dark skinned male”.

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Thanks to sesquipedalian, that means we can officially eliminate the Pope as a suspect.

hungrymongo on April 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

ARREST!!

djl130 on April 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Put it this way, with all the media attention and these photos on every computer, TV , and smart phone in the country, if they don’t check in somewhere to clear themselves, it’s a good bet.

Cleombrotus on April 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Tom

Just search for Galls police supply. Then for 511 pants and jackets, and desert boots.

I think these guys were trying to “blend in” slightly. My buddy laughed. Us and the real bad guys would pick them out in a minute.

Grandma Jones maybe not, but we’ve seen it before.

archer52 on April 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

knowing that a fellow American did this would be exponentially worse, methinks.
sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

My fervant hope is that whomever did this is found to be an undocumented alien aka illegal immigrant. That would serve dumb phucks like you properly.

DevilsPrinciple on April 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Seen the photos. If the authorities are looking into the two young guys, one with a bag and one with a black backpack, they got nothin.

The beefy guys are definitely professional security of some sort whether merc or agents.

The scary guy in red and blue? Probably some weirdness there, but not guilty.

Should be looking into the two guys behind the suede jacket. One looks around while the other digs into a backpack for a long time. Lots of photos that point out other things have these guys in them if you look for the nerd in suede. In some photos you’ll also see the little 8 year boy who ends up a victim standing about 12 feet or so behind these two. Some better photos of these guys seem to have disappeared, or I can’t remember where I saw them.

Just a thought…

ROCnPhilly on April 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Looks like crowdsourcing is paying off!!!

Momma on April 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Relax people, the FBI is on the case.

They’ll soon have the white, heterosexual, Christian, Republican male who is an NRA member as designated “lone wolf” and fall guy.

Nothing to see here, move on….

patch on April 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Probaly the reason it’s taking so long is that the FBI wants the fall guy to be a military veteran, also.

patch on April 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

knowing that a fellow American did this would be exponentially worse, methinks.
sesquipedalian on April 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Probably one of the only times I’ll ever agree with you.

It should be no surprise to anyone but a child or a liberal that there are people somewhere in the world that want them dead. But for the guy next door (as it were) to do worse than Benedict Arnold himself is worse because of the backstab factor.

MelonCollie on April 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

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