I am sure that I do not have to tell readers that there was a bombing, which occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two explosions occurred, in relatively rapid succession, resulting in three deaths and more than one hundred injuries. At the time of writing, there are several people in critical condition and it is possible more will die. Some of the injuries confirmed include spectators who lost one or more limbs.
Of course, despite the death toll being relatively light, the event was shocking, due to the bombing happening at a public event that is high profile and because the attack seems to have come out of the blue, at a time and place that had not been suspected to be at risk.
It is important to note that at the time of this writing, the person or persons who perpetrated this.
While there is no solid information on who was behind it, what is currently known seems to indicate that this was an attack of relatively low sophistication which would not have required a large group or resources to carry out. The explosives were low velocity and not especially difficult to obtain. The bombs were likely contained within pressure cookers and surrounded by shrapnel made from commonly available items, such as ball bearings and nails.
The image to the left shows a portion of the bomb’s casing, which was recovered shortly after the blast. It has been identified as the lid to a pressure cooker. The results of analysis of bomb residue has not yet been made public, but it is known that the explosive was of the low velocity type, which is more easily obtained than more powerful explosives like TNT.
At this point it could be anyone. Islamic terrorism is one possibility, although no group has claimed responsibility. Political terrorism or domestic groups is another, although there were no claims of responsibility or political messages included. It could certainly have been a “lone nut.” It could have been a doomsday cult. It could have been a right wing group or a left wing group. It could have been related to tax day, but it might not have been.
There is, however, no reason to believe that this attack would have required anything like the resources of the Federal government. Nor is there any evidence to indicate that it was part of a massive conspiracy. If nothing else, there is no obvious gain to any grand conspiracy by committing an act of this type.
That has still not stopped conspiracy theorists from coming out of the woodwork, literally within hours.
Here’s what pathological nutball Alex Jones had to say, within just hours of the bombings:
Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed, But this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag.
Wow. Really? It takes the government now to stuff gunpowder into a cooking pot.
Jones went on to post a video, which you can see here. His rambling claims include stating that he had predicted that the government was preparing to attack Americans before the explosion even happened. That might seem amazing, except he says that every day.
Even more ridiculous are claims that the show Family Guy contained references to the planned attack. This is based on two clips from the show, edited together. In one episode, the main character wins the Boston Marathon by using his car to plow through runners. In another unrelated clip, from the same episode, the character starts hanging out with a Muslim man, only to discover he was a terrorist. Conspiracy theorists claim this is foreshadowing of the planned attack and go on to point out that the World Trade Center was also featured in a number of television shows and movies. Well, yes, that is true, it was a prominent place. But how that relates to anything, they do not explain.
Others have said that the bombing was a complete hoax, perhaps with nobody killed or injured. At least one has claimed that a video shows that the blood seen after the bombing is fake. In one video, it is claimed that the blood disappears when a man walks by in the video. It’s hard to say what is happening, however, as the video is extremely low quality and the station’s logo obscures much of the area in interest. Another video (WARNING GRAPHIC) shows an image of a victim who had literally had most of their leg blown off, with bone sticking out from the gaping wound. It claims that the proof of the hoax is that there is no blood seen. Of course, the victim was not at the location where the injury occurred and had a tourniquet applied to stop the bleeding.
A large number of conspiracy theorists have latched onto the presence of bomb-sniffing dogs as evidence of a government conspiracy. Their observations, however, seem to indicate a lack of understanding of how bomb sniffing dogs are used. For example, it is not surprising that the dogs would not have found the bomb, since, given their small number, they cannot inspect every single area of an event, and because the best current evidence is that the devices were planted shortly before detonation, making it less likely that the area in question would have been inspected in time. In crowded events, dogs trained to sniff explosives are a valuable, but far from foolproof tool. It is also not unusual that the dogs were training at the event, as large events are often used to train bomb dogs, something which was announced before the bombings. In order for bomb dogs to be effective, they need near constant training and practice.
This site helps explain the facts about the bomb dogs seen at the event.