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Boston Marathon tragedy first significant terrorist incident on U.S. soil since 9/11

The Boston Marathon will never be the same. It will now be forever associated with yesterday's twin bombings.

That we know.

But, at the time of posting this blog (just after 8 a.m. Tuesday), we don't know very much else about these bombings.

Law enforcement officials questioned an injured Saudi national at a Boston hospital who had apparently been tackled by spectators. Reports are muddled over the status of that young man. By some accounts, authorities concluded he had nothing to do with the bombings; by other accounts, he was still a "person of interest".

FBI, ATF, and other law-enforcement authorities raided an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, and emerged with several bags. The apartment might have belonged to the Saudi man.

Whoever was behind these bombings intended to maim and kill people. The explosive devices contained ball bearings.

Conversely, a RAND Corporation terror expert indicates the explosive devices appear to have been relatively crude. They were smaller - for example - than the truck-bomb Timothy McVeigh set off at that Federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, perhaps more like the pipe-bombs set off in 1996 at Atlanta's Centennial Park during the Olympics. (The carnage from that bombing: 2 killed; 100 injured)

The Pakistani Taliban - which claimed resposibility for a failed bomb attack in New York nearly three years ago - pointedly denied responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Sunday, London hosts a similar Marathon.

From POLITICO.com: "What Obama's learned about talking about terror"...


At NATIONAL JOURNAL, Michael Hirsh reminds us how many terrorist plots have been thwarted...


Posted at 8:15am on April 16, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 8:32am
What's alarming is the amount of racial profiling that stems from these incidents. Authorities say a Saudi national who was injured in the explosion is now under watch at the hospital.

Anytime an incident like this happens, people of Middle-Eastern descent are automatically put under the microscope. Very interesting when you consider the masterminds of the Oklahoma City bombings were white men.

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:33am

This is smelling more racist by the moment. People of Middle Eastern descent are being questioned, including the wounded Saudi at the hospital. Interesting there is no evidence and the Saudi is not a suspect according to authorities, but the Saudi still remains "under guard."

If you're a male of Middle Eastern descent, you will be singled out for harassment whenever there is an event like this.

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 11:13am
teatime: There's a long history of that in this country. I suppose some would say it's progress Middle-Easterners aren't being herded into concentration camps like FDR did with the Japanese during World War II. Although some end up at Guantanamo, held indefinitely, or hit by drones - all without any due process of law. All this from Obama, who claims to be a constitutional lawyer. German-Americans during World War I experienced their own share of grief. Not concentration camps, but many ended up changing their names, closing their business, stopping religious services in German, even not having trees at Christmas to avoid seeming too German. A big factor in getting Prohibition passed was anti-German sentiment directed at brewery owners. The US has always been prone to nativism, intolerance, and xenophobia.

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 6:27am
I wish the media would stop referring to this type of incident as a tragedy. The correct term is MASSACRE.

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 9:32am
...Actually I think the correct word would be terrorism on US soil.

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 7:16pm
EarlGrey: It's both.

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