In Boston Thursday night, we entered a popular restaurant to see the images of the alleged Boston Marathon Bombers on the television. We had come from visiting the bomb site and paying homage to the dead and injured, and staring in disbelief down Boylston at men in white suits still scouring the area.
The next day, the fiction began. The police had chased down and killed one suspect and were in pursuit of another, that was clear. But much of the story seemed quite contrived.
On the day of the bombing, many lies had poured out from the media and various blogs and websites that were obvious abhorrent attempts to take commercial advantage of the situation. False relationships were concocted and false victims were created in an attempt to grab the attention of the masses seeking information. The truth was horrific enough, but talks of an 8 year old girl killed that was running the marathon, a fiance of a runner being one of the injured, among other falsehoods were a disgrace and downplayed the plight of the true victims as if their stories were not bad enough for us. Somehow the media had viewers seeking an even more horrific story and the worse and more heart wrenching the better, regardless of whether or not it was true.
As we watched Friday during the alleged Watertown MA search for the second suspect, various commercials were being played and all I could think was, why in the world would you want to commercialize a product during the search for a terrorist that had killed an 8 year old? Boston is shut down, Watertown is shut down, thousands of police are searching, people are dead, and you are advertising detergent? Certainly the detergent will not get the stains out of suspect 1’s clothing. However, the Home Depot commercial may have been useful to those whose homes were in need of repair after being riddled by bullets.
Much more disturbing than the ill timed commercials were the lies still being spewed from the media. To make a story where there is none and to piece together a puzzle when huge pieces were missing, as though they alone had the key, all to promote their websites, television broadcasts and associated sponsors.
The first alleged event announced throughout the media was the robbery of a 7-11 and the picture of one of the suspects in the convenience store. Damning evidence and certainly convincing anyone that these men were reckless criminals. There was a slight problem with this pervasive news. The robbery never happened. As we searched the web for evidence, or an interview of the store operator or owner, we discovered that the men never did rob any convenience store. It was a lie, construed by and later dismissed by the media. While one could forgive a minor error, this, was a whopper! But in the next day’s reports, it would all but disappear, as though they never reported the event. The picture later turned out to be the 19 year old inside the convenience store at a Shell Station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, not robbing anyone.
In another obvious bloated lie, the media claimed to know that the two suspects had shot an MIT policeman who was found dead in his car. But, as it turns out, no one saw that. No one has been interviewed about it. And one has to certainly doubt it. If these two wanted to escape from Cambridge, why fire a gun at a policeman for no reason? Of course, that would draw attention to them. There is no logical explanation from the police or the media. It just happened. That is likely the next lie to be exposed. But the media initially reported it as absolute fact and connected it to the fictional convenience store robbery.
Next, the two decide to carjack an SUV, but supposedly they had just purchased gas a while earlier for another vehicle. Why steal a different one? Just to bring more attention to themselves? I am not saying that this car jacking did not occur, just that there is a huge missing piece of the puzzle. Saying there was a second car is somewhat like saying there was a second shooter in the JFK assassination.
OK, so the timeline seems totally mucked after that. Like they drive off with the carjack victim and drop him off or he escapes up Memorial drive half an hour later. A drive that would normally take about ten minutes at best. The story was they were being chased. Was this another OJ Simpson chase at 15 MPH?
The cops were initially reported to have used a GPS to track down the SUV. Or so we are told. The next day, it was a cop credited for alertly spotting the stolen vehicle. Who knows what the real truth is? One can forgive this, because it seems minor, but really is anything minor in a manhunt of this magnitude in which credit is being sought where blame should be placed?
Eventually, as you follow the story, the police catch up to the suspects in Watertown, MA. Four miles away, they have a huge shootout in which bullets apparently enter homes, endangering local residents. The report implies there is only the SUV, but later reports say there are two cars, but no one can explain why. From the report, the two suspects are apparently in their car(s), and the elder gets out and apparently tries to shoot at police, but no one says with what. Apparently, he may have tried to throw bombs. And he was later supposedly captured wearing a bomb, but there are no pictures or evidence that is true. We doubt it. The type of bombs they were expert in are not the kind that make a good suicide vest.
After the Batman shooting, we knew that guy’s entire arsenal (pun related to Arsenal Street not intended) almost immediately. Translation? In this case, the media and even the police likely did not know. The bullets that were fired were likely almost all police fire. And the brother getting out of the car, was a lame attempt of one man to fight a line up of semi-automatic rifles. What weapon, at a distance, could he have had to justify that kind of gunfire in a local neighborhood? I want to know, don’t you? I truly want to know what weapon he had, because most hand guns won’t fire more than 9 bullets.
It was later determined they had two hand guns and a rifle, against dozens, and later possibly thousands, of semi-automatic rifles. By the reports, one would have thought these men had grenade launchers, machine guns and live grenades, not two handguns, a rifle and home made pipe bombs. It is not that the latter are not destructive and obviously from the event in Boston, it is evident they can and do kill. It is just that the balance of power here was so far in the police’s favor as to be laughable. And only one brother got out of the car and could have been shooting.
The elder brother was quickly gunned down (Watertown police later claimed to have tacked and wrestled with the man, which sounds foolhardy at best) by what was likely hundreds if not thousands of rounds fired by police. And as he fell, if you are to believe the story, the younger 19 year old brother (by the way, I was no terrorist mastermind when I was 19, I was a kind of dumb teenager) grabs the wheel and gets out of Dodge, apparently running over his own brother in the process. And he manages to get out of there without the cops in hot pursuit (they claim the next morning to have been in pursuit, but the story is not believable). He gets onto Stuart Street in Watertown, just blocks away, abandons the bullet riddled car, and escapes, badly injured, into oblivion. A badly injured shot and bleeding 19 year old, with injuries that were later determined to be a shot to his leg and his throat, with no help. escapes an army of police! Doesn’t anyone see the irony when those police later took proud credit for his capture?
For an entire day, the younger brother evaded a house to house search by a thousand SWAT trained cops and thousands of other state and local police, equivalent to five or more military battalions, wielding semi-automatic rifles and running door to door as though selling Girl Scout cookies as they raided home after home with armed, loaded semi-automatic rifles, safeties off and ready to fire. All in pursuit of a 19 year old boy, a mastermind genius outsmarting the State Police, the local police and every SWAT team member that could possibly pose for a Boston Globe mug shot.
And after searching almost all of Watertown, they found nothing and were ready to call it a day, when a local citizen did what 5000 cops, helicopters and armored vehicles could not. He found the boy hiding in a covered boat in his back yard, several blocks from where the 19 year old had abandoned the car. This search was something any small group of armed police could have successfully executed with a couple of K9 units. And a 911 call by a citizen turns out to demonstrate how completely incompetent these police were. The citizen reported a man scrunched into a ball surrounded by blood. And the police converged on Franklin Street.
According to police accounts, which make little sense, the boy, lying in a pool of blood, managed to make a final stand. The most comical part of this story is that AFTER the boy allegedly shot at the police from inside of a small boat that would have been easily penetrated by gunfire, they yelled to the suspect through a bullhorn “We know you are in there, come out on your own terms, …”. Safe bet if he had fired a single bullet, they would have known he was in there. It is vastly more likely he was barely able to stand to try and get out of the boat. And the stand off was more likely the police shooting and yelling and the 19 year old struggling to move at all. He was taken away in serious condition and was not able to speak to police even the next day.
We appreciate the capture of this person. He is most likely a murderer and possibly a terrorist that would have struck again. But the police’s self-adoration and the exaggerations and non-truths of this ridiculously overdone attack on Watertown don’t sit easy with us. The fact is, this was caused by a series of botched attempts by police to capture these men and some blunders by authorities that allowed them to commit their atrocious acts in the first place. I truly fail to see how one can call 5000 police heroes for capturing one injured 19 year old. This capture likely cost into the millions of dollars. Our estimate is approximately TEN MILLION DOLLARS to catch one 19 year old.
Even today, one day after the capture, the story does not add up. It unfolded seemingly right before our eyes, and yet the huge gaps and downright lies that have occurred during the event by the media and likely police officials has been disturbing, almost more disturbing than the initial bombing itself.
It is my belief an array of lies and concealed truths will become evident over the next several days in addition to those that were told to us the day of the bombing.
Our media, the authorities and the American people that took advantage of this event to make a buck, and that lied to get publicity from it or get federal funding for terrorism, are as evil as the two suspects. It disgusts. It is reprehensible. And when this is over, they should be held accountable, not revered as heroes.