April 17, 2013. Boston. The fatality count from Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing has risen to 3 with 176 reported injured. Authorities spent the past 24 hours correcting falsely reported facts by the media, as well giving the impression that they have no idea who was responsible for the bombings. But enough clues have been collected that a picture is being painted of the likely suspect.
The scene seconds after the Boston Marathon bombing. Image courtesy of MichaelGraham.com.
Readers can bet the farm that every tactic of ‘profiling’ that’s available to law enforcement is being used to conjure up a picture of a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. But while some aspects point to one type of perpetrator, others point to the exact opposite profile. Needless to say, authorities are at a complete loss.
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Media causes terror
For those who were watching TV at the time of the tragic bombings or immediately thereafter, they’ll recall that almost every media outlet began reporting false and terror-instilling details.
First, they reported that there were four bombs, then five, then three, then four again. Cable and network news repeated the typo that JFK Airport was also bombed, causing terror among Americans everywhere. Then, after repeating the Airport bombing dozens of times, they corrected themselves to confirm it was actually the JFK Library in Boston that was bombed.
But hours later, after reporting the fourth library bomb thousands of times, media outlets slowly admitted they overreacted and the JFK Library bombing was actually just a small utility room fire caused by an overheated piece of machinery.
Within minutes of the explosions, curious news reports began airing that reminisced of past reports already written prior to terror attacks that included too many details, impossible to gather in just the few chaotic minutes after the explosions. For instance, only minutes after the explosions, media outlets across the US reported that authorities had discovered a third bomb and had detonated it only seconds after the two actual explosions. Witnesses were interviewed who distinctly claimed to hear anywhere from three consecutive bombs to as many as a half dozen, all exploding within seconds of each other.
But as the facts were slowly confirmed by authorities through the night, it was officially declared that there were only two bombs and law enforcement officials never found a third. They also verified that the two explosions occurred moments apart and approximately 50 to 100 yards away from each other. The first explosion happened at the finish line, while the second detonated a half block back down the race path.
Profiling a Suspect
Since government officials have no idea who is responsible for the bombings, media outlets have taken it upon themselves to ferret out the culprits. But their suspicions and conclusions are as scattered as the rest of us. It really could be anyone. But odds are getting better that it was either an amateur American Islamic jihadist or an amateur American tax protester.
Facts and clues
Based on the above speculation and ‘profiling’, here are the results:
Since that final point is the one being most debated right now, here are our thoughts taken point by point. Two explosions carried out by one person indicates non-al Qaeda personnel, as the terror cell is known for carrying out multi-city, coordinated attacks. Small, crude, amateur bombs also points to amateur, domestic, first-time bombers. Middle East terrorists are known to use more powerful materials like plastic explosives, while domestic bombers have used items such as fertilizer.
The low victim count also points to a domestic terrorist attempting to make a point, rather than an Islamic holy warrior trying to send as many people to their graves as possible. The fact that nobody is taking credit also points to domestic perpetrators. Terror cells always take credit, while lone American Unibombers do not. And the most powerful indication of a domestic anti-tax tie is the fact that the bombings happened on tax day.
One of the few items pointing to foreign terrorists is the fact that average Americans were targeted. If the assailants were US tax protesters, they would have bombed an IRS office, federal building or the police barricade at the marathon, not ordinary families. And while Boston doesn’t seem to have anything specifically to do with motivation, the fact that all US officials have confirmed they didn’t pick up on any “chatter” before the bombing while spying on Islamic terror groups suggests the culprits were not connected to Middle East terrorists.
The weapons themselves are the biggest and most conflicting clues. True, pressure cookers full of shrapnel are a weapon used by Pakistani militants on the Indian border. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re smuggling that highly scientific technology to America for sleeping terror cells. Instead, this author sees a pressure cooker full of nails and ball bearings as America’s hillbilly, red neck bomb. If it were an underwear vest full of C4, it would indicate al Qaeda. But mom’s crock pot filled with a bunch of dad’s nails sounds like Joe pissed-off American determined to send a message on tax day.
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