Massachusetts (The Gaslamp Post) – At around 10 minutes to 3:00 est this afternoon, runners coming into the home stretch of the Boston Marathon were suddenly rocked from their reality by two very violent, very destructive explosions. The two detonations, now believed to have been bombs that were planted by an unknown entity, and which went off about 15 seconds apart, have resulted in at least 3 deaths and well over one hundred severe injuries.
It happened near the marathon’s finish-line, as both runners and spectators alike crowded the area to greet those who were near the finish with fanfare and jubilee. As the cameras rolled, there was a boom, the sound of shattering windows, a fireball, a shcokwave, screams, and a billowing cloud of smoke. Within seconds, a second explosion shook the ground a mere 50 yards away.
Details are sketchy tonight as the police and federal authorities are conducting a very tight-lipped investigation. There were sketchy reports of police having a “person of interest” in custody at an area hospital, but a short time ago, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis announced that they do not in fact have a suspect in custody.
“There is no suspect,” said Commissioner Davis. “There are people we’re talking to.”
As of now, three people are known to have been killed as a result of the explosions, one of which was an 8-year-old child.
In the aftermath, witnesses described the carnage and the horror of what went on around them.
“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.
Other witnesses described what they saw happen to victims who were closest to the explosions. Some described seeing innocent people losing limbs in the blast.
“Somebody’s leg flew by my head,” a spectator, who gave his name as John Ross, told the Boston Herald. “I gave my belt to stop the blood.”
Some other witnesses described the chaos that ensued, as attendees tried to flee the scene and escape the frenzy. Some described it as something like a war-zone, that was reminiscent of the 9/11 attack in New York.
“Everyone needed to get out of there,” said Sibley. “I was ready to just start running, otherwise I’d be tackled. You could see the panic in people’s faces.
“People started screaming and yelling at each other, trying to find friends and family members,” she said. “People started running away from the finish line. There were sirens filling the streets and heading back to the finish line. It was absolutely terrifying.”
“We all went running over there and started to bring people into the medical tent,” he said. “It was not good. Very bad. Like a war zone. 9/11 immediately came to mind.”
Survivors were rushed to area hospitals for treatment, for what are being described as shrapnel-related injuries. Most were described as having sustained injuries to their lower extremities, some literally having limbs amputated.
Officers immediately converged on the scene and began both trying to secure victims as well as investigating the situation. As of the last report, the FBI and the ATF have both joined in on the investigation.
While Boston police say that they have no suspect in custody, one of several leads is that of a Saudi national who is reportedly here on a student visa. He was said to have received severe burns and was receiving treatment while under police guard.
Cell phone service to Boston was reportedly cut off while officers swept the area. It was announced that this measure was a necessary measure to prohibit another device from being detonated remotely, in the event that a cell phone was used as the remote detonating device.
Officers reportedly found another 2, possibly 3 suspect devices during their sweep.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a statement to ABC News, said that this was “a terrorist incident,” but that she wasn’t certain who. While it could have been an attack from insurgents abroad, she didn’t rule out that this could have been a domestic-based attack. “It could be homegrown,” said Sen. Feinstein. It [the attack] had all of the “Hallmarks” of a terrorist attack.
Also not ruling anything out was host of InfoWars Nightly News, Alex Jones. While not jumping to conclusions immediately after the incident, many critics of his took the immediate initiative to attack him preemptively, in the event that he had made any statement that would point the finger towards a criminal element already known to exist within our government.
Once Jones had merely pointed out the obvious, that such a thing has happened before and has been proven to have been the work or rouge governments, his opposition was of course ready to go with their ammunition.
After Alex reported the event has all the hallmarks of a false flag event, Mediaite said the “accusation suggests that Jones believes the government, or some other powerful entity, is behind the explosions and intends to utilize this event to justify a political agenda…. In case you thought he was kidding, Jones repeated his assertion by claiming that the FBI is behind ‘virtually every domestic terror plot.’”
Former MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams’ Mediaite would have us believe Jones’ assertion is crazy fantasy or an outright lie meant to deceive. However, last April none other than the New York Times reported that the FBI has hatched most domestic terror plots in the United States in the wake of September 11, 2001. A report by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley released in 2011 revealed that it is common practice for the FBI to create terror plots from scratch and entrap witless and even mentally ill patsies. Mediaite, naturally, neglected to mention this when pillaring Jones.
Glenn Beck’s The Blaze joined in on the feeding frenzy and attempted to discount the probability that the terrorist attack was contrived by the government as a false flag. Jason Howerton, writing for Beck, said Jones “doesn’t have legitimate evidence to back up his claim” despite an ample history of government involvement in terrorist attacks – from Nero’s torching of Rome to the Reichstag fire and phantom communists firing on U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin. Howerton and Beck, of course, ignore the fact the at the highest level of the Pentagon there was a plan to stage terror attacks on American soil as a pretext to invade Cuba.
“While most observers are withholding judgment about what caused the two explosions at the Boston Marathon this afternoon, right-wing conspiracy theorists already know what’s going on – the government did it and is going to pin the blame on them because today is Patriots’ Day, a special day in the militia movement,” writes Alex Seitz-Wald for Salon.
Is it possible Mr. Seitz-Wald is unfamiliar with a recent letter sent by the Southern Poverty Law Center to Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano warning that Alex Jones and other supposed wild-eyed terrorists and racist Obama-haters may soon initiate another Oklahoma City Bombing? Talk about crazy conspiracy theories.
More to come as details emerge.