The Boston Marathon bombing caused injuries not often seen in civilian ERs. In a new report, doctors document what blast injuries looked like on X-ray and CT scan,s and the lessons learned from the imaging of the injuries.
I am thinking of you today, Dzhokhar. I am thinking of you, Tamerlan, Zahara, Karima, your parents, your sisters, your nieces, your friends, and your supporters, but I am also thinking of Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier, Martin Richards, Lu Lingzi, Richard Donohue, the 264 injured and their families. May all of you find peace.
To America and the World,
We, the undersigned, are concerned that our views on the case regarding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are being incorrectly represented in the mass media. As Americans and people from other countries around the world, we deserve to be heard directly instead of…
Couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.
Anonymous asked: come back!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous asked: i love you! never give up on jahar:)
Anonymous asked: where are you?
I was ill for a while but I’m back now :]
The highlighted portion of this comment always stuck with me. It’s something that I think about…a lot.
Before police could plan for a terrorist attack, the real thing happened Boston police and a slew of other agencies, including the MBTA and surrounding police departments, had spent months trying to come up with a scenario that would test their detective’s ability to investigate a terrorist threat. They had operated like movie producers, hiring Northeastern students to act the part of terrorists and witnesses and scouting places for shootings and terrorist safe houses. Then, the real thing happened.
FROM BOSTON GLOBE - The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits.
Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed “Operation Urban Shield,” meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat. The hypothetical terrorist group was even given a name: Free America Citizens, a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression, according to a copy of the plans obtained by the Boston Globe.
But two months before the training exercise was to take place, the city was hit with a real terrorist attack executed in a frighteningly similar fashion. The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombings disrupted plans for the exercise, initially scheduled for this weekend, forcing police to postpone. Now officials must retool aspects of the training.
“The real thing happened before we were able to execute,” said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the planned exercise. “We’ve already been tested.”
This would have been the third year for Urban Shield, a 24-hour federally funded training exercise meant to test the response of police and other public safety personnel in a large-scale emergency, such as a toxic spill or a natural disaster.
‘The main goal of this was to arrest as many of the people as possible and absolutely identify where the [supposed] cache of bombs was being kept.’
Last fall, a slew of agencies including Boston police and other police departments, the Coast Guard, and the MBTA joined forces to confront a simulated armed bank robbery in which the robbers were trying to escape with hostages.
For this year’s training, the agencies wanted to test the investigative skills of their detectives, as well as their ability to work with detectives in other cities, and share intelligence, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the planned exercise were confidential.
The training, funded by a $200,000 Homeland Security grant, will probably be rescheduled to early next year, said Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, whose agency was slated to participate.
He said he anticipates the new training scenario will be similar to the one already planned.
“Why wouldn’t we do it?” MacMillan said. “Just because we had one event doesn’t mean that we might not have another one. And it behooves us to continually work together to investigate these types of incidents.”
Cheryl Fiandaca, spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department, said the agencies had no choice but to postpone this year’s Urban Shield.
“The resources and logistics of putting something of this magnitude together in light of what just happened would be challenging,” she said. “To put together an exercise that would be a really valuable training and teaching tool we need more time.”
Officials from a dozen agencies had been meeting for months to plan the scenario. They behaved much like movie producers, recruiting students from Northeastern University and the Boston Police Academy to play the parts of terrorists and witnesses.
They scouted warehouses and homes around Chelsea and Winthrop that could be used as a terrorist safe house.
The basic plot was this: Half a dozen members of Free America Citizens wanted to gauge police response to a bomb scare. They would plant hoax devices, then stay on the scene to watch and record the bomb squad and detectives as they responded, as a dry run to a larger attack.
The participating detectives, however, would not have known they were being watched. They would only be told that they were responding to an urgent terrorist threat. The goal of the training was for them to figure out the motives of Free America Citizens as they investigated the case, the official said.
The planned exercise has eerie similarities to the police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose images were caught on video cameras and who were captured after a car chase and shoot-out with police.
In the training scenario, investigators participating in Urban Shield would have to track down footage of the bombers caught by street surveillance cameras and the phones of “witnesses.”
They would have to call on intelligence analysts to figure out which terrorist cell might be threatening the city.
In the scenario, the terrorists would flee police in stolen cars they would dump in cities outside Boston, which would compel detectives from different jurisdictions to cooperate and share intelligence.
One major clue would have been the body of one of the terrorists found near a stolen car, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were also false leads to keep investigators guessing, the official said.
“We’d have detectives running ragged,” the official said. “The main goal of this was to arrest as many of the people as possible and absolutely identify where the cache of bombs was being kept.”
Fiandaca, the police spokeswoman, declined to say what a new training might look like.
“We can’t talk about what we’re doing for emergency preparedness,” she said. “The people who participate in this don’t know what the scenario is.”
SO WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE JAHAR? IN A 10X10 CELL? YOU FUCKERS.
Professor Brian Glyn Williams obscures his past links to the CIA and to the Jamestown Foundation, as he also obscures his personal relationship mentoring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in articles he has written on the Boston Marathon bombings. Which specific “fighters” and “commanders” did Mr. Williams recommend to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that would cause him to lament to a journalist: “I hope I didn’t contribute to it?”
This is a very long but interesting article that digs deeper into the possibility that the CIA/Jamestown Foundation/Uncle Ruslan may have set the Tsarnaev boys up.
FrontPage Magazine managed to locate Brian Glyn Williams after the Boston Marathon bombings and noted, “Professor Brian Glyn Williams teaches the only course in the country about the Chechen wars and said Dzokhar emailed him questions in the spring of 2011….”
…Jamestown and Caucasus Fund were flagged by Georgian state security as holding training seminars in 2012 attended by none other than Tamerlan Tsarnaev during his trip to Russia in the first half of the year. This second connection between Jamestown Foundation and the Tsarnaev brothers bolsters the idea that the two brothers were being recruited by US intelligence and were not “lone wolves” as is presented uncritically across the US corporate media spectrum. A further connection to both the CIA and to USAID leads directly to the boys’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni . That’s three. And now we have reasonable suspicion to investigate further persons associated with these shady and highly-motivated organizations.
Finally an article that helps unravel and link together everything that I’ve suspected about the bombings from the beginning.
I also find it interesting to note that in the spring of 2011 Jahar was still in High School.
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