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Who Is Responsible?

By The Reverend Published: April 16, 2013

At this moment no one knows who is responsible for the bombings at the finish line of yesterday's Boston Marathon. The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post is reporting that....

Police took a 20-year-old Saudi national into custody near the scene of yesterday’s horrific Boston Marathon bomb attack, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

In late afternoon, a large group of federal and state law enforcement agents raided an apartment in a building in the Saudi man’s hometown of Revere, Mass.

FBI agents could be seen through one window. It was not clear what, if anything, they found. But Revere fire officials said they were called out to support bomb-squad officers as part of an investigation of a “person of interest” in the marathon attack.

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 had suffered shrapnel wounds to the back of a leg.......

According to a report by CBS News, the man was initially tackled by a bystander while running from the scene of the explosions.

The bystander told police he grabbed the Saudi because he thought he was acting suspiciously.

The NY Times has this....

A law enforcement official said later Monday that the (Saudi) man, was in the United States on a student visa and came under scrutiny because of his injuries, his proximity to the blasts and his nationality — but added that he was not known to federal authorities and that his role in the attack, if any, was unclear.

That is an odd paragraph. The Saudi man came "under scrutiny because of his injuries"? Really? 104 people were reportedly injured in yesterday's Boston bomb attack.

"His proximity to the blast".....if, indeed, the two-bombs-in-trash-cans were detonated remotely, as has been suggested in early reports, why would his "proximity to the blast" be justification for further "scrutiny?" The Saudi man was "running from the scene of the explosions." Why would that raise suspicions? Everyone, except photographers and first responders, ran away from the explosions...I watched them in these videos. "Acting suspiciously" is in the eye of the beholder.

"His nationality." There we have it. Profiling. No need to dress it up, or throw it in as only one of several reasons why the Saudi man was under suspicion. Since 9-11, American security personnel profile young, middle eastern-looking males. Whether profiling is lawful, whether it works to keep us safe, or's what we do now. I think it's interesting how the NY Times writers posed the reasons the young Saudi came under suspicion.

Having said that, maybe yesterday's Boston attack was carried out by an al-Qaeda sympathizer. Too early to know for sure. I expect we'll find out soon enough.

CNN has this...

A federal law enforcement official told CNN that both bombs were small, and initial tests showed no C-4 or other high-grade explosive material, suggesting that the packages used in the attack were crude explosive devices.

I don't know what a lack of sophistication in the make-up of the pipe bombs informs us about the perpetrator(s).....I'm just glad the bombs were "crude."

CNN also has this...

Investigators warned police to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with the attack, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN. The man was seen with a black backpack and sweatshirt and was trying to get into a restricted area about five minutes before the first explosion, the lookout notice states.

But, the NY Times writers also remind readers of this...

Some law enforcement officials noted that the blasts came at the start of a week that has sometimes been seen as significant for radical American anti-government groups: it was the April 15 deadline for filing taxes, and Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, the start of a week that has seen violence in the past. April 19 is the anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

What happened yesterday up in Boston reminded me of this from 2011....

The Spokane bombing attempt occurred on January 17, 2011, when a radio-controlled, shaped pipe bomb was found and defused in Spokane, Washington along the route of that year's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial march.

On March 9, 2011 the FBI arrested Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Addy, Washington. On December 20, 2011 he was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the attempted bombing.

Harpham had ties to the white supremacist organization, National Alliance, and the FBI concluded that the MLK-Day bomb plot was racially motivated.

Make no mistake here. I have no idea who orchestrated yesterday's bombing, or why. I only mention the Spokane incident because of the radio-controlled, pipe bomb placed where many parade watchers that day would be gathering.

Only thing I am quite sure that this attack, as horrible as it was, won't be the last.



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