Three friends of Boston bombing suspect in court

September 15, 2013 by  
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Three friends of Boston bombing suspect in court (via AFP)

Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to separate charges of lying to investigators and conspiring to obstruct justice. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year…

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Third friend of Boston bombing suspect indicted

August 30, 2013 by  
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Third friend of Boston bombing suspect indicted (via AFP)

A US grand jury on Thursday indicted a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for lying to police during the investigation. Robel Phillipos, 19, was charged with two counts of making false statements to police during a probe…

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Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.

Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.

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Washington planned Boston bombings: Republican state legislator

April 29, 2013 by  
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The US government is responsible for the Boston Marathon twin bombings which killed three people and left hundreds wounded, says a  state legislator.

The Republican state rep from New Hampshire Stella Tremblay of New Hampshire said on April 19 that the Boston Marathon twin bombings and subsequent search for suspects was a plot by the US federal government.
“The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops terrorist attack,” said Tremblay, calling the official account of the incident suspicious.

The US government has bombarded innocent people with “drones and now terrorist attacks. Sad day, but a wake up to all of us,” she added.

Meanwhile, US officials identified two brothers – 19-year-old Dzhokhar and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev – as the alleged suspects, who were both living in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the time of the attacks.
Dzhokhar was wounded and later captured, while his brother Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police on April 19.
“One suspect killed, the other one will be too before they even have a chance to speak…First there was a suspect then there wasn’t,” said Tremblay.
On April 15, the twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 250 others.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.
On April 21, UN Human Rights Council’s Palestine monitor Richard Falk said the twin bombings were a direct response to Washington’s foreign policy in world affairs, specifically in the Middle East, which is experiencing drone attacks on innocent women and children.
This came as US President Barack Obama recently called for an expansion of drone operations in Pakistan and other countries.

DHS and FBI Release Statement After Boston Bombings That Photography Can Lead to Terrorism

April 27, 2013 by  
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On the same day that federal investigators pleaded with the public for photos and videos that would help them identify the Boston Marathon bombers, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released a memo stating the “discreet use of cameras or video recorders” could be interpreted as a sign that a terrorist act is being planned.

However, the Joint Intelligence Bulletin released April 16, one day after the attacks, failed to list any specific examples that this was the case, even though it listed several examples of previous planned terrorist attacks that were thwarted.

The truth is, the memo is simply rehashing the same information the feds have been stating for years, which is one reason why so many police officers and security guards tend to treat citizens with cameras as suspected terrorists.

But considering that the Boston Marathon bombings have already launched a new initiative to increase government surveillance on the citizens – including a despicable statement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the Constitution needs to be altered – it is crucial that we refuse to cooperate with any criminal investigation if all we are doing is taking pictures or shooting video in public, which numerous court cases have determined is protected by the First Amendment

Boston Marathon Bombings Point To Government Run Terror Operation

April 23, 2013 by  
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Source: Lee Rogers, Blacklisted News
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As most of you are probably already aware two bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past Monday. This was a cowardly and disgusting act which resulted in multiple deaths and gruesome injuries. Unfortunately like tragic events that have come before such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building and the September 11th attacks the official narrartive should already be in question. Even though everyone is still digesting what may or may not have happened there are already similarities between the events that took place at the Boston Marathon and both the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11th attacks.

The first similarity is the fact that a controlled explosion drill by the Boston bomb squad was taking place on the same day as the Boston Marathon. This was initially reported by the Boston Globe and confirmed by eyewitnesses including one who saw bomb sniffing dogs, rooftop snipers and even the police shouting over loud speakers claiming that the real bombs that went off was part of a drill. A television news report of this account can be viewed here. Despite denials at official press conferences, there is very little question if any that a drill was taking place. This is important because there have been several instances of government sponsored drills and exercises taking place at the same time that a major terror event has taken place. Not only have these drills been run in conjunction with the actual terror event but the drills have had striking similarities to the real event. This is usually done as a means to justify or run cover for an operation or to remove groups or people from within the system who might stop the real operation by thinking they are simply involved in an exercise.

During the September 11th attacks there were numerous drills being run by the U.S. military one of which even involved planes flying into buildings on the same day that the actual events unfolded.

During the July 7th 2005 subway and bus bombings in London, an exercise depicting the exact same scenario was taking place simultaneously.

Even with the Oklahoma City bombing a bomb squad was seen by eyewitnesses across from the Alfred P. Murrah building right before it was blown up. On top of this, members of the ATF who worked in the building were told that they shouldn’t come into work the very same day of the bombing.

There is no way any sane person can say that these events were just the result of pure chance. Logic would dictate that these events were coordinated just based upon simple statistical probability.

Another interesting connection is the fact that a recently aired episode of the Family Guy cartoon shows the main character winning the Boston Marathon by running over his opponents with an automobile. Later in the episode he converts to Islam, joins an Islamic terrorist group and is depicted using a cell phone to detonate bombs. Although the episode doesn’t specifically show the main character using cell phone bombs to kill people at the Boston Marathon it is extremely odd that all of these different plot elements were contained in a single episode that aired prior to what took place this past Monday.

Even stranger is the fact that Fox has now felt compelled to remove this specific episode of Family Guy from various video streaming web sites. They have blamed Internet hoax videos as the reason for its removal which in of itself is ridiculous. Why remove the episode if there was nothing to hide? Clearly the plot elements contained in the episode raise a number of questions especially when we have seen similar types of fictionalized stories that have foreshadowed both the September 11th attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings.

Six months prior to the September 11th attacks, the pilot episode of the X-Files spinoff the Lone Gunmen showed a plane being taken over by remote control and nearly flown into the Twin Towers. The events in the television show were obviously very similar to what unfolded on September 11th, 2001.

Several years prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, Martin Keating the brother to former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating wrote a book entitled The Final Jihad. One of the key terrorists in the book is a man named Tom McVey who plots to blow up an Oklahoma City federal building and gets pulled over by police for having an equipment malfunction with his car. The plot would closely mirror what happened with the Oklahoma City bombing where the real life Tim McVeigh would be pulled over and caught for driving without a license plate.

If this happened once it could be dismissed as a coincidence but we have now seen several cases of major terrorist events on American soil being foreshadowed before they happened in fictionalized formats. This indicates a very high probability that certain people had some sort of foreknowledge and were announcing these operations to people in the know by hiding it in plain view. The fact that none of these particular incidents have been investigated properly is beyond ridiculous.

On top of this we also see a very similar operation unfolding that has mirrored what happened right after the September 11th attacks. Shortly after the attacks, news broke of letters containing Anthrax that were mailed to prominent media figures and Washington DC politicians. Specifically Anthrax was mailed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy who were originally opposed to the Patriot Act legislation that the Bush 43 regime was attempting to ram through Congress. The Patriot Act has been widely criticized for granting the federal government sweeping powers that directly infringe on Constitutional rights and basic civil liberty. Just days after the Boston Marathon bombings we see a similar episode with reports indicating that letters containing the highly toxic substance of Ricin were mailed to Washington DC politicians. Call me crazy but this feels and looks like a virtual repeat of the operation that unfolded after the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI investigation into the Anthrax mailings was widely criticized with some accusing the FBI of destroying evidence and participating in a cover up. On top of this, you simply don’t obtain Anthrax at a local convenient store as the most obvious source of Anthrax would be from the government itself which is in control of various biological and chemical weapons labs.

Although there is certainly more information that is going to come out about the Boston Marathon bombings over the next few days and weeks, there are some obvious questions surrounding these events. There are numerous photos of suspicious looking military types with black backpacks hanging around the finish line right before the bombs blew up. We also have government officials lying about the drills that were taking place during the Marathon and refusing to offer any truthful insight as to why these drills were happening at the same time that the bombings took place. There’s even a Saudi Arabian national who is now being deported under what Fox News terrorism expert Steve Emerson said was on the grounds of national security. Even stranger is that this was happening right around the same time that Obama was meeting with the Saudi foreign minister. National security is typically invoked by the federal government to cover up an operation so this is another aspect of the story that needs to be looked at with great scrutiny.

It almost seems as if the establishment is having a difficult time deciding how they are going to offer the public an official explanation for the bombings. Yesterday there were reports that someone was arrested in connection to the bombings but later these reports turned out to be false as the media descended on a Boston courthouse where this suspect was expected to be taken. Then the Boston courthouse was evacuated because of an alleged bomb threat forcing the media to move away from the area. This happened at roughly the same time the aforementioned cache of photos emerged showing all sorts of suspicious looking people near the Marathon’s finish line. It is highly probable that the photos showed some of the patsies that they may have been planning to roll out to the public. Although this is pure speculation, it is possible the so-called bomb threat and the evacuation was used to back away from their original plan.

Considering that the federal government has had some sort of direct involvement in almost every major domestic terror attack in recent history, why should we believe whatever story they roll out about this latest operation? Even if you don’t believe that these conspiracies are real, there is no question that the federal government in conjunction with the corporate media has been involved in covering up the truth surrounding major acts of terror on American soil.

Take for example the 9/11 commission which was allegedly setup to determine the truth of what happened on September 11th, 2001. Their report has been widely criticized due to the fact that it omitted a huge amount of information including the suspicious collapse of World Trade Center building number 7. This was the building that collapsed at free fall speed in roughly six seconds after only sustaining light fire damage with video of the event clearly indicating that the building was intentionally brought down with explosives. Even several commission members thought that they were being lied to by the Pentagon with one member Max Cleland resigning and accusing the Bush 43 regime of a cover up.

We’ve also seen the federal government slaughter dozens of people including women and children during the horrific incident that took place in Waco Texas back in 1993. If this doesn’t indicate that the federal government is an out of control evil entity capable of almost anything, it is hard to say what will. Obama has no problem authorizing the U.S. military to use drone strikes in foreign countries which has resulted in the deaths of innocent women and children so this type of evil is par for the course.

It should be very interesting to see whoever the government and the corporate media decide to blame for plotting and executing these latest attacks. More importantly whatever story they put out should immediately be dismissed as a lie considering their horrific track record. Most likely they will try to blame the attacks on an Islamic terrorist cell or your stereotypical white male patriot/militia type. Or if the Family Guy episode is any indication, it could be a combination of both where they roll out the dreaded white Al-Qaeda. Never mind the fact that the U.S. government is actively supporting Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria.

Based upon what we have seen so far, the Boston Marathon bombings have all the hallmarks of a government sanctioned operation that has been executed in order to justify more legislation that will further destroy civil liberty in America. If you don’t believe that’s the case, visit Boston which has been transformed into an authoritarian police state as a result of these bombings

FBI Casting Set Stage for Boston Marathon Bombing, Shootout, Charade

April 21, 2013 by  
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Source: Tony Cartalucci, BLN Contributing Writer

Update: CBS reveals in their report, “CBS News: FBI Interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev 2 Years Ago,” that the FBI initially attempted to deny any contact prior to the Boston bombings with slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was only after Russia’s RT publicly pursued the storythat the FBI finally admitted officially it had.

The implications are that the FBI knows Russia both possesses information on the case and is prepared to go public with it. For those involved in America’s terror racket, now would be a good time to divest. For those involved specifically in the Boston Marathon bombing, now would be a good time to come forward with information. Any and all involved, in whatever capacity, wittingly or unwittingly, stand to become scapegoats in order to save the FBI, DHS, TSA, and other federal agencies clearly engaged in a massive coverup.

The Boston Police and a slew of “reputable” mainstream media outlets had reported earlier that the two suspects involved in a deadly shootout near Boston and suspected to be involved in the Boston bombings were, missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, and Mike Mulugeta. The International Business Times reported in their article, “Boston Marathon Bombing: Indian-Origin Sunil Tripathi One of Alleged Suspects,” that:

Boston police on Friday revealed the names of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, one of whom is an Indian origin person, Sunil Tripathi, reported CBS-affiliated television station WFSB.

The other suspect named in the case is Mike Mulugeta. On Friday morning, it was reported that police arrested one of them.

Where did CBS hear that “Boston police revealed” this information? CBS News would then blame the entire shift in narrative on “social media” and in particular, Reddit. Sunil Tripathi mysteriously disappeared in mid-March of 2013, leaving his personal items in his room. The FBI had been involved in Tripathi’s case, as reported by New York Daily News in their article, “F.B.I. joins search for Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who has been missing for more than a week,” which reported:

The F.B.I has joined the search for a depressed and possibly suicidal Brown University student, who has been missing for more than a week, and have expanded their area of interest to the Northeast corridor.

Sunil Tripathi, 22, was last seen on the Providence, R.I. campus around 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. His cell phone, wallet, ID cards and bicycle – his main form of transportation – were found in the apartment he shared with other Brown University students.

It is not uncommon for the FBI to aid in searches for missing people, especially if the search involves multiple states. However, that this false lead, and the allegedly “confirmed” identity of the Boston bombing suspects, both involved cases the FBI was working on prior to the Boston bombings and the subsequent deadly shootout and manhunt, raises immense suspicion. Here’s why.

Suspects Were on FBI Radar for Years

The Wall Street Journal now reports that the FBI had interviewed at least one of the two Boston bombing suspects as early as 2011. In their article, “Renewed Fears About Homegrown Terror Threat,” WSJ reports that:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of the Russian government, but didn’t find evidence of suspicious activity and closed the case, an FBI official said Friday.

The fact that the FBI spoke with Mr. Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday morning in a firefight with authorities, is likely to become a focal point of the post mortem into how the attack was able to be carried out at the Boston Marathon. It also speaks to the challenge faced by authorities as terrorism morphs to some extent from the complex international plots of a decade ago to small-scale attacks carried out by individuals located within U.S.

RT would report that the mother of the suspect claimed the FBI had been monitoring her sons ever since, and led them along “every step of the way.” In an article titled, “‘They were set up, FBI followed them for years’- Tsarnaevs’ mother to RT,” it stated of the suspects’ mother:

But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.

Interestingly enough, the WSJ also stated that:

The profile of the Boston bombing in many ways resembles a number of the recent foiled plots, a federal law-enforcement official said. They have been small with little or no intelligence chatter, and have involved suspects who have been in the U.S. for several years and appeared to have assimilated.

What the WSJ categorically fails to mention is that these “foiled plots” were from start to finish engineered by the FBI itself, with suspects, just as Tsarnaevs’ mother had claimed of her sons, under “constant FBI surveillance,” and in fact led along every step of the way in the lead up to high-profile arrests. What is also subsequently left out by the WSJ is that during these undercover operations, real vehicles, weapons, and explosives are involved, and usually switched out for inert items right before the final attack and arrests are made.

One thing the WSJ is absolutely correct about is that the FBI’s involvement prior to the attack will become “a focal point of the post mortem into how the attack was able to be carried out at the Boston Marathon.”

While the WSJ offers nothing useful in examining that focal point, a look at the FBI’s “foiled plots” will reveal shocking implications about just how deeply the FBI may have been involved with these suspects before the bombing, shootout, and manhunt.

FBI’s History of Handing “Terror Suspects” Weapons and Live Explosives

 

In late September 2011, AFP reported that a man was charged with “planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the Capitol in Washington.” In its report, “US man charged with Pentagon bomb plot,” AFP stated (emphasis added):

During the alleged plot, undercover FBI agents posed as accomplices who supplied Ferdaus with one remote-controlled plane, C4 explosives, and small arms that he allegedly envisioned using in a simultaneous ground assault in Washington.

However, ”the public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by undercover FBI employees,” the FBI said.

Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, near Boston, immediately after putting the newly delivered weapons into a storage container, the FBI said.

Authorities described Ferdaus as a physics graduate from Northeastern University who followed al-Qaeda and was committed to ”violent jihad” since early last year.

In addition to explosives and “small arms,” the FBI also provided the suspect with grenades. According to FBI.gov in a release titled, “Massachusetts Man Charged with Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” it stated (emphasis added):

Between May and September 2011, Ferdaus researched, ordered and acquired the necessary components for his attack plans, including one remote controlled aircraft (F-86 Sabre). This morning prior to his arrest, Ferdaus received from the UCs [undercover FBI employees] 25 pounds of (what he believed to be) C-4 explosives, six fully-automatic AK-47 assault rifles (machine guns) and grenades. In June 2011, Ferdaus rented a storage facility in Framingham, Mass., under a false name, to use to build his attack planes and maintain all his equipment.

If bombs, guns, and grenades sound strikingly familiar to the arsenal allegedly wielded by the most recent “terror suspects” the FBI admits it was in contact with since at least as early as 2011, that is because it is – the standard terror-playset the FBI provides its patsies.

In November 2010, a similar “plot” was engineered, then “disrupted,” also by the FBI – this time in Portland, Oregon. The so-called “Christmas Tree Bomber” attempted to remote detonate a van he believed was filled with explosives, provided by the FBI, before being arrested during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The FBI’s official statement regarding the incident revealed that FBI agents had handled, even detonated live explosives with the entrapped suspect in Lincoln County in the lead up to the final failed bombing. The FBI’s official statement titled, “Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland,” released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on November 26, 2010 stated (emphasis added):

According to the affidavit, on November 4, 2010, Mohamud and the undercover FBI operatives traveled to a remote location in Lincoln County, Ore., where they detonated a bomb concealed in a backpack as a trial run for the upcoming attack. Afterwards, on the drive back to Corvallis, undercover FBI operatives questioned Mohamud as to whether he was capable of looking at the bodies of those who would be killed in the upcoming attack in Portland. According to the affidavit, Mohamud responded, “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave either dead or injured.”

Upon returning to Corvallis that same day, the affidavit alleges that Mohamud recorded a video of himself with the undercover FBI operatives in which he read a written statement that offered a rationale for his bomb attack. On Nov. 18, 2010, undercover FBI operatives picked up Mohamud to travel to Portland in order to finalize the details of the attack.

Earlier this evening, Mohamud was arrested after he attempted to remotely detonate what he believed to be explosives in a van that was parked near the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the affidavit alleges.

Yet another operation was carried out by the FBI in February 2012, where yet another otherwise incapable patsy was provided with live explosives in the lead up to what was ultimately a failed suicide bombing at the US Capitol. USA Today reported in their article, “FBI foils alleged suicide bomb attack on U.S. Capitol,” that (emphasis added):

According to a counterterrorism official, El Khalifi “expressed interest in killing at least 30 people and considered targeting a building in Alexandria and a restaurant, synagogue and a place where military personnel gather in Washington before he settled on the Capitol after canvassing that area a couple of times,” the Associated Press writes. During the year-long investigation, El Khalifi detonated explosives at a quarry in the capital region with undercover operatives. He is not believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, officials said.

The frightening trend of the FBI cultivating otherwise incapable “terror” suspects, providing them with and detonating real explosives, small arms and grenades before giving them inert or controlled devices to carry out attacks on public targets where mass casualties are averted only at the last possible moment, sets the stage for at the very least, incredible potential for catastrophic blunders, and at worst, false flag attacks.

But does this mean the FBI is capable of turning such operations “live,” resulting in real terror attacks and loss of life? Has the FBI ever presided over “sting operations” that were actually carried out? The answer is yes.

The FBI in fact was presiding over the terrorists who carried out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The role of the FBI leading up to the deadly attack would most likely have gone unreported had an FBI informant not taped his conversations with FBI agents after growing suspicious during the uncover operation. The New York Times in their article, “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast,” reported:

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.

The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City’s tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars.

Controlled Every Step of the Way RT has quoted the mother of the recent Boston bombing suspects as claiming of the FBI:

They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act!

“They were controlling him, they were controlling his every step,” indeed. Posing as “extremist leaders” and leading witless patsies along, just as the FBI has done in every case regarding its previous “foiled plots,” and even successful plots, like the 1993 WTC attack, should shift America’s attention not to Chechnya or the “threat” of domestic terrorism, but the immense incompetence and/or criminality of the FBI.

As even mainstream sources concede the FBI had some sort of relationship with the Boston bombing suspects before the attack, there will be two arguments made. One, that the FBI simply doesn’t have enough authority or resources to prevent “domestic terror” attacks, and needs more still.

The other argument is that the FBI and other federal agencies have been behind every domestic terror attack or “foiled plot” for years, and constitutes the single greatest danger to the American people, both literally in terms of life and limb, and in terms of subverting and stripping away their liberty and dignity amidst a growing police state.

In turn, this would require local law enforcement to cease all cooperation with the FBI, particularly with its Joint Terror Task Force (JTTF), raid local offices and make arrests where appropriate, and fold any agents who are willing and capable, into local and state agencies. In essence, the FBI should be dismantled from top to bottom, and an alternative put in its place.

What is clear is that the Boston bombing suspects were contacted by the FBI at least as early as 2011. Between then and the attack, there is a gap where the FBI may or may not have been involved. While the FBI may have in fact been cultivating these suspects prior to the Boston bombing, they are now the very ones “investigating” the case, opening the door to the destruction of evidence, and ultimately a coverup.

What’s more, there’s most likely several more of these operations being engineered right now by the FBI. If America is serious about stopping “the next Boston bombing,” the key is not issuing the FBI and its federal affiliates more authority and funding, but issuing local law enforcement warrants to raid FBI offices.

While the people of Boston allegedly take to the streets to “celebrate” the capture of the remaining Boston bombing suspect, celebrations should turn to outrage as details emerge that yet another terror attack in America, which has claimed innocent lives, was the work not of cave dwelling militants abroad, but by the very people we foolishly entrust with our safety and security at home.

 

Suspicious U-Haul truck triggers bomb scare at City Hall in Oklahoma City

April 18, 2013 by  
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A suspicious U-Haul truck parked near City Hall triggered a brief bomb scare Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

Officials evacuated City Hall and another nearby building as a bomb squad searched the unattended vehicle, which was reported stolen, KOCO reported.

Shortly afterward, police said the truck was empty and that there was no threat.

The incident took place two days after a double bombing at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 180, and two days before the anniversary of the 1995 deadly Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

Israeli police head to US to aid in Boston Marathon bombing investigation

April 18, 2013 by  
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source:RT

The investigation into Monday’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon has officially gone international: law enforcement officials from Israel have been sent to the United States to assist in the probe.

Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino says he has dispatched officials to Boston, Massachusetts, where they will meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other authorities, the Times of Israel Reports.

Citing an earlier report published by the newspaper Maariv, Times of Israel writes that Danino has dispatched police officers to participate in discussions that “will center on the Boston Marathon bombings and deepening professional cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of both countries.”

The paper reports that Israeli law enforcement planned the trip before the deadly pair of bombings on Monday that has so far claimed three lives, but the discussions will now shift focus in order to see how help from abroad can expand the investigation.

In an address made Tuesday, Israel President Shimon Peres said that tragedies such as this week’s incident in Boston, sadly, bring people together from across the world.

“When it comes to events like this, all of us are one family. We feel a part of the people who paid such a high price. God bless them,” Peres said. “Today the real problem is terror, and terror is not an extension of policy: Their policy is terror, their policy is to threaten. Terrorists divide people, they kill innocent people.”

Around 20 hours after two bombs detonated near the finish line of the annual race, United States President Barack Obama went on record to condemn the tragedy as a terrorist attack.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act,” said Obama from the White House, “and given what we now know the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.”

But even as officials come to assist from as far away as Israel, authorities are still in the dark as far as finding any leads in the case. Pres. Obama has directed the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security to assist in the investigation, but no agencies have identified suspects or motives at this time.

Pres. Obama has also said that his administration has been directed to implement “appropriate security measures to protect the American people,” but details as to what that could mean remain scarce. Meanwhile, at least one leading lawmaker is asking for the US to respond to the terrorist attack by increasing the scope of the ever-expanding surveillance program already growing across the United States.

“I do think we need more cameras,” Rep. Peter King (R-New York) told MSNBC after Monday’s attacks. “We have to stay ahead of the terrorists and I do know in New York, the Manhattan Security Initiative, which is based on cameras, the outstanding work that results from that.  So yes, I do favor more cameras.  They’re a great law enforcement device.  And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also confirmed that he has dispatched law enforcement officers from the Big Apple to assist in the investigation by meeting with agents at a Boston fusion center, one of the DHS-funded data facilities that collects surveillance camera footage and other evidence in order to analyze events like Monday’s attack.

“We are certainly engaged in the information flow with the FBI through our Joint Terrorism Task Force. We have two New York City police officers, police sergeants, who are in the Boston Regional Intelligence Center,” Bloomberg said on Tuesday.“They’re up there, they’ve been up there since last evening.”

But in a study conducted last year by the Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, lawmakers found that those fusion centers have been more or less unhelpful in assisting with terrorism probes.

The Department of Homeland Security’s work with state and local fusion centers, the subcommittee wrote, “has not produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts.” Instead, they added, so-called“intelligence” shared between facilities consisted of tidbits of shoddy quality that was often outdated and“sometimes endangering [to] citizen‘s civil liberties and Privacy Act protections.”

“More often than not,” the panel added, information collected and shared at DHS fusion centers was “unrelated to terrorism.”

Investigators in Boston blasts hunt man seen leaving bag; Obama to honor victims

April 18, 2013 by  
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source:nbc

Authorities focused Thursday on finding a man who set down a black bag and dashed away just before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The city turned its attention to healing, with President Barack Obama on his way for a prayer service.

Investigators also combed cellphone records in an effort to put a name to the man’s face. Law enforcement officials said that he was seen from several angles, including from a surveillance camera at a department store, and was seen talking on a cellphone.

After receiving a staggering amount of videos and pictures, investigators are pursuing some promising leads, including images from several sources showing someone carrying a heavy duffle bag and placing it at the spot where the bombs went off.  NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

The FBI distributed a photo to other federal law enforcement agencies of the man, who was wearing a baseball cap at the scene of the bombings, a senior federal official who has seen the photo told NBC News late Wednesday.

The official described the man in the photo as about 6 feet tall and wearing a cap that was white or off-white. He was spotted at the site of the second of the two blasts, which combined killed three people and hurt 176 near the marathon finish line Monday.

A second person seen with the man was also being sought by investigators.

The prayer service, interfaith and titled “Healing Our City,” was to begin at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Besides the president, first lady Michelle Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney planned to attend.

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