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Boston Terror... 35 Delaware marathoners accounted for

Explosions have killed at least three people and injured more than one hundred people at or near the finish-line of today's Boston Marathon.

Going into the 4 p.m. hour Monday, the cause was not immediately clear. But by 4:20 p.m., CNN was calling the explosions "apparent bombings". The Associated Press reported two (additional) explosive devices having been found. That initial report now appears to have been in error. Too bad for investigators who would have learned a great deal from an unexploded device.

Boston's police commissioner later reported an explosion at the JFK Library. But a subsequent tweet from the Boston authorities says the incident at the library appears to have been fire-related.

Just after 4:30 p.m., reports were coming out about surveillance footage of a possible suspect(s): A man carrying "suspicious backpacks". The bombs appear to have been placed in trash-cans.

Bloody spectators were being carried to a tent set up for fatigued runners. People on the ground dazed, screaming and crying for help. Blood and body parts.

Authorities now have, in effect, two crime-scenes.

Massachussetts Governor Deval Patrick & Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis: People should avoid crowds at this time, remain indoors.

By 6:30 p.m., several news organizations (including CBS News) were reporting authorities had identified a "person of interest" -- a Saudi national. Bystanders apparently tackled him. By some reports, he was hospitalized with severe burns, under guard. And his apartment might have been the one raided overnight in a Boston suburb. But The BOSTON GLOBE later reported authorities had discounted any link; he was merely a frightened spectator, trying to run away.

President Obama said: "We still don't know who did this..." Also, "We will find out who did this."

Authorities executed a search warrant overnight at an apartment in a Boston suburb, Revere. By some reports, it was the apartment of that Saudi national.

The Boston Bruins' game Monday night was cancelled.

The U.S. Government declared a "no fly" zone over Boston. Flights for Boston are holding at their departure airports. The U.S. military's Northern Command considered "scrambling" fighter-jets, according to CBS' National Security correspondent David Martin. That won't happen unless Governor Patrick requests it.

The Secret Service extended the security perimeter around the White House.

People at such a marathon tend to concentrate around the finish line to see (and collect) loved ones, so many many people were potentially exposed to the blast.

Before this tragedy, it had been a glorious day, with few runners apparently suffering the effects of the run and beautiful weather.

The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut has tweeted that some families of the Newtown shootings were seated at the V.I.P. section near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, as the final-mile stretch of the marathon had been dedicated to the Newtown victims. Potentially, tragedy upon a tragedy.

The Red Cross has established a website for runners & their families:


http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell


Google has posted its "People Finder" to help people find one another after the chaos:

http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions


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Posted at 3:50pm on April 15, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

billsmith
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 5:44pm
My first thought when I saw CNN doing remotes from Boston while I was out running errands is I wonder what the wing-nuts will say about how they are covering this too much and what theories they will come up with for why they are covering it too much: Elitist media like marathons. Elitist media like skinny Yuppies, who are liberals. Kennedy library was involved and the media love Kennedys. Skinny Africans run marathons and the media like Africans. If it had been the Masters with lots of golf-playing Republicans the media would have ignored it.

mrpizza
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 7:11pm
billsmith: I don't give a hoot nor a holler what the media cover and don't cover.

Terrorists don't care if you're a Republican or Democrat, Christian or Atheist. So shut up and mind your manners, if you have any.

billsmith
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 7:55pm
"I don't give a hoot nor a holler what the media cover and don't cover."
mrpizza: Then why do you do so much hooting and hollering?

Did you know that christian and atheist are not the only two options? Neither are Republican and Democrat for that matter.

Terrorism is considered a crime because the ruled assume the prerogative of rulers. The government sets-off bombs and you wing-nuts love it. People resort to terrorism when situations become unbearable. Terrorist is a name Brits gave to Irish patriots; despite Britain's own history of acting to create terror. Boston has the largest percentage of Irish-Americans of any major US city. The Irish don't keep whining like other groups. They do something. Happy Patriot's Day.

mrpizza
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 8:56pm
billsmith: Yeah, keep digging yourself into a hole.

teatime
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 8:10am

This is a classic case of 'news burnout.'

When a big story hits, it's all over the internet and all over TV 24/7. There are only a few facts that are regurgitated time and time again (two explosions, three dead, multiple wounded, etc..) to the point where watching the news --or just watching TV---becomes unbearable.

Let's cut the hype and report only when there are new facts in this case.

EarlGrey
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 8:31am
billsmith: If your first thought as this tragedy/terrorism occurred was about "wing-nuts" and their take on the reporting, then I truly pity you.

My first thoughts were for one of my friends and her mom who both ran in the marathon...along with the many other innocent victims killed/wounded/terrorized by an evil group or individual. Thank GOD my friend and her mom were fine, but my prayers are with the many who did not fare as well.

Terrorist is a name Brits gave to Irish patriots; despite Britain's own history of acting to create terror. Boston has the largest percentage of Irish-Americans of any major US city. The Irish don't keep whining like other groups. They do something'

Maybe I simply mis-read your meaning in the above portion of your post...but that sounds like you actually support the use of terrorism. The "Irish patriots" known as the IRA are terrorists.

billsmith
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 9:08am
TeaTime: The word "terrorist" was first applied in modern times to Zionists acting against the British in Palestine. Churchill and Roosevelt ordered bombing of civilian targets in World War II (contrary to International Law) for the stated purpose of creating "terror" in the German population. Nat Turner led a slave rebellion that meets the modern definitions of terrorism (although the word does not have a specific or consistent legal definition). John Brown also would fall within generally accepted understandings of "terrorist." So would the French resistance during World War II. When a recognized sovereign power or government "breaks things and kills people" it's war; when anybody else does it, it's "terrorism." If the US revolution had not been successful, George Washington would probably be considered an historical terrorist. The Irish were repressed, oppressed and starved to death; are you going to tell me they did not have good cause to rebel (and to take the fight to the enemy, which is sound military strategy)?

"Terrorist" is one of those words rich and powerful rulers apply to those who oppose them, along with "rebel" and "insurgent."

Now you can argue whether groups like the Taliban, the Palestinians, or Sinn Fein have legitimate grievances and were a righteous cause. But, yes, sometimes history concludes terrorism was a necessary response (when that happens, they don't call it "terrorism" any more).

EarlGrey
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 9:47am
My definition of terrorism is the intentional killing of masses of innocents to make a statement...Washington did not attack civilians in his fight against the British; however, the IRA, the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Hamas, and McVeigh all killed masses of innocents.

Terrorism has been around for centuries...much older than the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

kavips
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:17am
I agree with EarlGrey... I draw the line at terrorism as crimes involving the intentional killing of masses of innocents to make a statement.

Some historical military uses I can think of, are the salting of Carthage's fields by Romans, the murder of a third of every village by Attila, the burning a swath through Georgia by General Sherman, the bombing of Guernica by the Nazi's in the Spanish Civil War, targeting civilians in the Battle of Britain, the retaliation by us against German cities, and of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Granted, all had a military purpose to achieve, but still, since the primary aim was this: Since we can't get at you, we will hurt those you love... I would have to classify all of the above as terrorism.

As that might apply to drones, I would differentiate between targeting a "hostile" and missing and killing innocents (collateral damage), versus blowing up random houses to prove our power just to keep a population under our thumb (terrorism)....

billsmith
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:22am
EarlGrey: Apparently, you believe what authorities tell you without question. And also you don't bother to read what I posted. George did attack civilians, especially people suspected of so-called Tory or Loyalist sympathies. They were killed indiscriminately, tarred and feathered and driven off their lands. All for the express purpose of creating terror (scaring people into supporting the revolution). As I mentioned, the allies bombed "innocent" civilians in World War II to create "terror" in the civilian population. Terrorism may have been around for centuries but the name has not. As I said when you weren't paying attention, it was first applied to Zionist actions against the British - not to the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

And every definition of "terrorism" is based on creation of terror, not making a statement.

Total war (in which civilians are targets) has existed at least since the first use of explosives in the West. Governments have repeatedly killed "masses of civilians" but apparently you don't have a problem with that. Also you are oblivious to peoples being oppressed, persecuted, tortured, murdered or starved and can't get anyone to care about it. On various blogs and message boards this morning I see people like you demanding a full scale conventional, even nuclear attack, on the Islamic word - killing masses of "innocent civilians" - and setting aside it's not known for sure who set the bombs in Boston or why. But I guess that's OK with you, too.

EarlGrey
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 2:56pm
willysmith:
Please don't lump me with those ready to "nuke the islamic world"...I am not one of "those people" and not part of their groupthink.
As you said, at this point in time the authorities don't even know who is responsible for this act of terrorism.

billsmith
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 5:03pm
EarlGrey: Sorry. As a person of Irish descent, I take some umbridge at the careless way the word "terrorist" is attached to people, groups and causes. The government and the media seem to want to portray "terrorists" as something like comic book super villains or SPECTRE. Governments need enemies. People are much more compliant with an external threat: Nazis and Japs. Communists. Terrorists. Klingons. Islamic fundamentalists and Christian fundamentalists have a lot in common. In the same situation, the Tea Party would act like the Taliban. It might be helpful to consider that these people have a legitimate grievance, at least in their own minds.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 8:15am
Kavips and EarlGrey: said it well: "I agree with EarlGrey... I draw the line at terrorism as crimes involving the intentional killing of masses of innocents to make a statement.

Some historical military uses I can think of, are the salting of Carthage's fields by Romans, the murder of a third of every village by Attila, the burning a swath through Georgia by General Sherman, the bombing of Guernica by the Nazi's in the Spanish Civil War, targeting civilians in the Battle of Britain, the retaliation by us against German cities, and of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Granted, all had a military purpose to achieve, but still, since the primary aim was this: Since we can't get at you, we will hurt those you love... I would have to classify all of the above as terrorism.

As that might apply to drones, I would differentiate between targeting a "hostile" and missing and killing innocents (collateral damage), versus blowing up random houses to prove our power just to keep a population under our thumb (terrorism).... "


EarlGrey
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 9:35am
willy: I too have some Irish blood in my veins but have no problem calling the IRA terrorists.


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