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Boston Bombing News: the beginning of the blame game

One year after the Marathon Bombings, the smooth surface of the official “The Evil Tsarnaevs did it” story is overshadowed by rumblings deep in the underground, indicating that bigger tectonic faults are to be expected in the near future. One of these rumbles was perceptible during the Congressional hearing in Washington last week, when Representative William Keating inquired after the reason for the repeated delay and final cancelling of a news conference on April 17th, 2013:

Keating said he learned through a 60 Minutes report that officials had photos of who they believed to be the suspects at that juncture, but didn’t release them until the following Thursday. “I want to shed light on the nature of the press conference that was called, why it was cancelled,” he said.

Davis said the police did have the photos of the suspects sooner than they were revealed to the public, but the FBI had taken jurisdiction over the case at that point and “they were calling the shots.” Davis said he didn’t know why the press conference was cancelled that day, just two days after the bombings.

In the mentioned 60 Minutes report, then FBI chief investigator Rick DesLauriers determined Wednesday (i.e., April 17th) as the day when the FBI spotted “White Hat” (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) on the so-called Heureka video – not without adding “I believe” and thus revealing an amazing weak recollection of this crucial moment. This is what Keating referred to in his inquiry.

In his reaction, then Boston Police chief Ed Davis denied any responsibility and bluntly pointed with his finger at the FBI. In a recent opinion piece the Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen amplifies the frictions between law enforcement agencies and sides with Davis and the Boston police: the blame game has begun. For those who have acquainted themselves with the Marathon bombing story and its countless contradictions beyond the Mainstream Media it was just a matter of time when the question of responsibility would emerge. And it is certainly not only April 17 which will come under closer scrutiny; there’s also April 15, April 18, and April 19.

According to Cullen, Keating nearly fell of his chair when he watched the 60 minutes episode. Well, Keating should make sure sitting safe and comfortable before watching National Geographic’s program on the Marathon Bombing. In this semi-documentary reconstruction, you can see several FBI agents, represented by actors, watching a hitherto unknown (apparently genuine, not reconstructed) video with Dzohkhar walking on a sidewalk alongside the Marathon route and doing something. The pictures are too blurry to determine what exactly he does, but clear enough to see that the street is not Boylston Street and the site is not the second bomb site.

Not only we have here another example of the FBI’s contempt for their legislative supervisors and its concurrent openness for commercial media products, with several agents eagerly giving interviews. The agency has quite obviously lost control over the various tales it sells to the public: the National Geographic show is not compatible with the 60 Minutes show, and both of them are not compatible with reality. The first video to look at was certainly the one taken from the surveillance camera at the Forum, and according to FBI Special Agent Genck Dzhokhar is clearly visible on it for several minutes. So the FBI must have recognized  “White Hat” right from start, Monday afternoon or evening at latest. To pretend they needed until Wednesday to identify him on the blurry video in the National Geographic program is intellectually offending.

Keating should be prepared for another shock: the FBI says it had identified “White Hat” on Wednesday and had internal discussions whether to go public with the footage (risking to warn the supect and give him the opportunity to run away) – or to keep it back (risking additional atrocities). The FBI finally decided to not publish the photos, but to leak detailed verbal informations about “White Hat” to CBS News (anchorman: Scott Pelley). With this strategic masterpiece they enabled the suspect to recognize himself to be on top of the suspect list and at the same time prevented the public from identifying him – because the verbal description was much too vague and not suited for this purpose. In other words, with the leak to CBS, the FBI after hour-long internal discussions decided for the worst of all possible actions. This is stuff for criminal historians for generations to come.

Meanwhile, Dzhokhar’s defense team is still waiting for the allegedly overwhelming photographic and video evidence proving his guilt.


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