This just in from Kevin, of particular interest is the comment at the end of the article which indicates that more people are coming round to the idea that this really was a ‘stitch-up’ than believe the government version of events. J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI seem to have more than a little difficulty in identifying the difference between a black duffel bag and a white one and, the brothers mother made quite a credible witness on the TV interview, in their defence.
FBI agent in charge says both bombs in black backpacks – photo is of black backpack – but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s is white!
The photo and the FBI lead investigator says that both bombs were in black backpacks — see below — BUT TSARNAEV’S BACKPACK IN EVERY SHOT OF IT IS WHITE — except the shot released by the FBI to identify the “suspects.”
Don’t underestimate the importance of this.
Will someone watching a lot of news please tell me how this is being explained?
Details and photos establishing this follow:
At 2:49 p.m. EDT (18:49 UTC), about two hours after the winner crossed the finish line, but with more than 5,700 runners yet to finish, two bombs detonated on Boylston Street near Copley Square about 180 yards (170 m) apart, just before the finish line. The first exploded outside Marathon Sports at 671–673 Boylston Street at 2:49:43 p.m. EDT. At the time of the first explosion, the race clock at the finish line showed 04:09:43. The second bomb was located one block farther west at 755 Boylston Street and exploded at 2:49:57 p.m. EDT, about 13 seconds after the first one. fill the sidewalk behind race barricades after the explosions blow metal pellets and nails into victims’ legs. Race tents become makeshift trauma units.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); treating the bombings as a terrorist attack and naming two alleged perpetrators officially as suspects.
At the site of the explosion, investigators found shrapnel that included bits of metal, nails, and bearing balls, as well as black nylon pieces from a backpack. The lid of a Fagor-brand pressure cooker was found on a nearby rooftop. Investigators also found the remains of an electronic circuit board and wiring, possibly used as a timer of the bomb. Rep. Mike McCaul said “most likely, gunpowder was used in the devices”. All evidence was sent to the FBI Laboratory for analysis. Both of the improvised explosive devices are reported to be pressure cooker bombs.
Investigators believe the bombs were hidden in black nylon backpacks and housed inside 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 IEDs have been popular with terrorists. Al Qaeda published a how-to recipe in an online Jihadi magazine. Several of the bombs were used in the 2006 attack on trains in Mumbai, India.
At a news conference late Tuesday afternoon in Boston, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Deslauriers, indicated that the range of suspect and motive is “wide open,” and that the investigation is still in its “infancy.” He also mentioned that the FBI had received about 2,000 tips as of noon as agents looked for any photographic or video evidence from witnesses.
Deslauriers also said that both explosive devices appears to have been placed in a black nylon bag or backpack. A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that investigators also found pieces of an electronic circuit board possibly indicating a timer was used in the detonation of the bomb.
Dick Eastman note: The FBI released the ONLY picture in which you cannot tell that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is carrying a white backpack over his shoulder!!!! Now we understand their selectivity and their reluctance to show more pictures to aid the manhunt.
Without an arrest three days after the blasts, investigators at about 6 p.m. publicly release images of the two alleged bombing suspects taken from a Lord & Taylor department store surveillance camera.
The man who became known as “Suspect No. 1″ is wearing a black baseball cap, and “Suspect No. 2″ has a white baseball cap on backwards and is carrying a black backpack. Authorities say they suspect the dark backpack was left in front of the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street on Monday and then exploded — the second blast.
If the second explosion was the black backpack than Suspect 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be a suspect at all. His backpack was white.
While police hunted for suspects, and loved ones grieved their loss, University of MassachusettsDartmouth sophomore Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who would later be identified as a bombing suspect, spends the day working out in a gym, going to a party and sleeping in his dorm room that night, according to the Boston Globe.
A student quoted by the paper said that Tsarnaev had been at a party Wednesday night that was attended by some of his soccer friends. “He was just relaxed,” the female student said.
- 5:10 p.m. Thursday: The FBI releases photos and videos of two suspects investigators believe are behind Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
- 10:30 p.m. Thursday: An MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main Streets. According to authorities, the officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead.
- Moments later, police received reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour. The victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.
- Authorities said the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown, just west of Cambridge. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured. A transit police officer is seriously injured.
- 1 a.m. Friday: Gunshots and explosions are heard in Watertown. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents converge on a Watertown neighborhood. A helicopter circles overhead.
- 2 a.m. Friday: The FBI releases a new photo of Suspect #1 and Suspect #2 on its website.
- 4 a.m. Friday: Boston Police and Cambridge Police Chief confirmed that the two men involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer, and a shootout-chase scene into Watertown were the same suspects believed to be involved in the Boston Marathon bombing.
- The Middlesex County D.A. confirmed that Suspect #1 has died while Suspect #2 escaped.
- Police release a new image of Suspect #2, apparently taken from a surveillance photo at a 7/11 convenience store that was robbed several hours earlier. He is wearing a grey hoodie-style sweatshirt.
- 4:30 a.m. Friday: Massachusetts state and Boston police hold a short outdoor news briefing. They tell people living in that section of eastern Watertown to stay in their homes.
- 5:30 a.m. Friday: Gov. Deval Patrick suspends all public transit service on the MBTA system.
- People living in a number of communities were ordered to stay inside homes. The communities included Watertown, Waltham, Belmont, Newton, Allston-Brighton and Cambridge.
- MIT, Harvard and other local colleges cancel classes.
- 6:45 a.m.: The surviving Boston bomb suspect is identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been living in Cambridge, Mass.
- 8:40 a.m.: A U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects confirmed that the name of the slain suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother.
- 10:20 a.m.: Connecticut State Police say a gray Honda CRV believed to be linked to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovered in Boston.
- 10:35 a.m.:University of Massachusetts Dartmouth says it closed its campus and ordered an evacuation after confirming that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is registered there. The school says it closed the campus “out of an abundance of caution” as the search continued.
- Noon: State police in Watertown say officers are searching door-to-door but still have not found the bombing suspect.
- 7 p.m. ET: Police surround a home in Watertown where they believe the suspect is holed up in a backyard boat
- 8:50 p.m. ET: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is captured and taken into custody. Boston police soon announce via Twitter: CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”