Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston: Random Thoughts UPDATED & BUMPED

[orig post 4.20 5:30pm]

You can't make this stuff up, part i:

So bomber #2 runs over his brother during his escape?  And leaves him to die?

That scarring on the head and shoulder may have been caused from the SUV.  He was probably face-down as he was being cuffed by officers when his younger brother ran him over.

It must have hurt.

Do you notice a trend too?  Part i:

We're from the government and we're here to help, part i:

The elite FBI hostage rescue team designed a super-secret plan to get bomber #2 out of a boat where he was hiding with two gunshot wounds.

The solution: what every other swat team would do - tear gas and flashbang grenades.

Make way for the professionals!

Asymmetric Warfare.  Heard of it?  Part i:

Where it didn't happen:  The bomber brothers both had guns.  Why didn't they open fire after the bombs went off at the marathon?  Terrorist attacks that incorporate more than one method of deadly force have exponential results.  See the Mumbai attacks as an example.  It isn't like they didn't have access to this advice.  Had they opened fire from two locations after the bombs detonated, they would have 1) killed more people with their firearms, and 2) delayed medical help to the injured.  Our assessment: these guys were pikers.

Do you notice a trend too?  Part ii:

Quote of the Yesterday:
238 years ago today, citizens near Boston took on the most powerful military in the world and won.
Today, they cower from one man.
- Bob Owens
What else are you going to do if a killer is on the loose in a gun-free state?

Asymmetric Warfare.  Heard of it?  Part ii:

Where it did happen - 1:  Two bombs.  More would have been better, but the introduction of the 2nd explosive device shows some level of planning and competence.

Hiding in Plain Sight, part i:

The bomber's had a friend with this license plate - TERRORISTA #1.

Chicago comparison:

What these brothers did in Boston is about 15% of what happens in Chicago on a warm weekend.

Was there anyone at state or federal level that suggested the amount of kevlar-clad enforcers was a bit out of proportion?  This was less a terrorist attack than it was a infomercial about the militarization of US law enforcement.

We wonder how many lives would have been saved this weekend in Chicago if the same level of attention were given there.

Amnesty, part i:


At least for 2016.

You can't make this stuff up, part ii:

The bomber brothers are in a major gun fight.

And they carjack a guy with a car that has a COEXIST bumper sticker.

What if the Department of Homeland Security was run by Boston PD?

Who do prefer be responsible for your safety?

These two in blue?

Or these three in yellow?

We predicted earlier and stick to our prediction: Obama and the federal agencies will try to make themselves look like photo 2 when, in reality, they are more like photo 1.

They will try to steal Boston PD's professionalism, because commies are first and foremost thieves.

Our Department of Homeland Security FAILED:

1) To detect the bombing plan,

2) To staff the marathon with competent enforcement,

3) To capture the bombers within hours days, allowing the added death of a MIT police officer, Sean A Collier, and the near-fatal wounding of Boston transit officer, Richard Donohue.

Will they fail to use the Boston bombing to further limit our freedom?

Hiding in Plain Sight, part ii:

The FBI questioned the older Boston bomber 2 years ago.

Did they think of looking at the possible terrorist threats in the Boston area as part of their search?

Maybe just limit the search to those with links "to Chechen extremists."

A new reality in America?  

No.  At least not yet.  Homemade explosives from common chemicals are 1) nothing new, and 2) relatively ineffective.  Terror was achieved at the marathon - no question - but three dead is an embarrassment in today's world of terrorism.

The "new reality" that some MSM types were suggesting will be when military-grade explosives come across a porous border and into the hands of competent jihadis.

As if we have a porous border.  Or two.

We're from the government and we're here to help, part ii:

3-5 million residents were confined to their homes during the search for suspect #2.

During the confinement, tactical units entered homes searching for suspect #2.

When the confinement was lifted, a resident finds suspect #2 in their boat and calls 911.

Snarkybites' prediction:

The warrantless house to house manhunt will be the new no-knock raid.

Asymmetric Warfare.  Heard of it?  Part iii:

Where it did happen - 2:  We would not have wanted to be in the FBI this past week. (Even the new and improved affirmative action FBI where expectations are set lower for public school types like us.)

Did you know the Boston bombing was one of four possible attacks this week?  You know about the Texas fertilizer plant where over a dozen are confirmed dead and dozens more are missing.  And the ricin letters sent by a terrorist Democrat.

What you may not know is there was an attack on a power sub-station in California by someone who knew what to disable.  For those knowledgeable about the art of asymmetric warfare, these four events, if coordinated and repeated, could cause a partial or full collapse.


Who are these guys in the cool tactical pants and black jackets?

Amnesty, part ii:

It's dead, Jim.

Hopefully, three dead and many with lost limbs are enough damage to make the right decisions.

Do you notice a trend too?  Part iii:

No further questions, your honor.

UPDATED 4.21 Noon:

We re-arranged some of the items above, and are also posting links to some quality after-action reports/rants:

Bob Owens

Thanks for the link Doug Ross!

UPDATED 4.21 1:30pm:

 Hat owner Andrea Shea-King shared this video with us on FB:

Benjamin Franklin:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

UPDATED 4.21.13 10pm:

Doug Ross has posted a great timeline.

UPDATED & BUMPED 4.24.13 Noon:

Correction:  The original ricin suspect has been cleared. It appears he was setup.  (We still suspect someone with marxist inspirations is behind the letters...)

You can't make this stuff up, part iii:

The bomber brothers were on welfare, as are their family members here in the US.

Islamic marxists hit bad patches along the way too.

You can't make this stuff up, part iv:

Breitbart reports the older bomber brother was "listed on the government's highly classified database of potential terrorists."

It would be easier to check a database than to fuel up your new armored personnel carriers, get suited up in all your gear, and then violate the constitutional rights of 5 million citizens.

But it wouldn't be as much fun.

UPDATED 4.24.13 5pm:

Quote of the Day from Tam:
This was the lemonade stand of terror plots, with bombs barely more complicated than a pinewood derby car.

UPDATED 4.25.13 1:30pm:

 You can't make this stuff up, part v:

The hits keep on coming!  

Remember the 20 minute shootout with bomber #2 in the boat?

Well, Bob Owens tells us bomber #2 didn't have a gun.  Or bombs. 

So, a city-wide unconstitutional "lockdown" occurred because of a wounded and unarmed teenager was hiding bleeding in a boat.

UPDATED 4.28.13 3pm:

 You can't make this stuff up, part vi:

The Telegraph reports that the older bomber was also listed in a CIA terrorist list.

No word yet if he was on a watch list at the US Patent & Trademark Office too.

UPDATED 5.2.13 11am:

You can't make this stuff up, part vii:

New York Post - Apparently the Saudi government warned the US about the older bomber.

Further, the Saudis found him to be so radical the denied his visa application to visit Mecca.

May we suggest that the DHS create a new list for only radical muslims that are denied entry to Mecca?  They can put a team - a committee - in charge of monitoring this new list.  Then - now follows us here - DHS could a) kick these people out of the US, or b) keep them under surveillance 24/7, or c) ignore them and let them bomb a sporting event, then turn to the list to find their suspects.

Any of the three suggestions is better than what our government did with regards to the Boston bombings.

You can't make this stuff up, part viii:

Three bomber friends were arrested for lying.  Two are not US citizens.  CBS - Apparently one of the non-US friends was able to re-enter the US without a valid visa.

There was a day when a valid visa was necessary to enter this country.  Right?

Still no calls for DHS leader resignations.  And NONE volunteered.

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