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More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm dumped about a foot on many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present problems in other states.

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo | Michael Dwyer)

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm brought about a foot to many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present new problems for other states.

A rain and snow mixture is possible Wednesday along the northern New England coast, but inland communities could see between 1 and 4 inches of snow, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

That’s far less than the 12 inches of snow reported Tuesday night in New Boston, N.H., or the nearly 10 inches that fell in Kennebunk, Maine. There were no immediate reports of any major traffic messes caused by the weather.

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Elsewhere in the country, as warmer temperatures bring rain and melt snow, concerns are being raised about the potential for flooding and collapsing roofs.

In Chicago, the weather service says people who live along rivers and in flood prone areas should prepare for possible flooding as the mounds of snow in yards and along streets melt.

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NBC News

Flooding Woes are on Tap for Snow-Buried Midwest

Winter’s woes aren’t just about severe storms and bitter cold — there’s still freezing rain and melting snow to grapple with.

Nasty thunderstorms will target the Ohio Valley on Thursday and could bring an inch-and-a-half of rain and create extreme flooding conditions in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, according to forecasts. A flood watch has been issued across Illinois.

“The great melt has started,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hirsch told NBC News.

Aside from the rain, warmer temperatures are moving in, which will speed the melt. Chicago, for instance, could hit a high of 50 degrees Thursday, forecasts say. The Windy City endured a 52-day stretch of below-freezing temperatures this winter, keeping the the accumulated snow firmly in place.

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Button up: Snowstorm over, but cold settles in

TODAY’s Al Roker and The Weather Channel managing editor Sam Champion provide a winter storm update and say temperatures are continuing to drop on the East Coast due to an “arctic express.”

Anyone living east of the Rockies can expect “reinforcing shots of cold air,” said Bob Oravec, a National Weather Service forecaster.

“We’re in a pretty persistent cold pattern right now, and the biggest break we’re going to get is on Saturday — but that’s before the next cold front comes through Monday,” Oravec said.

It’s getting pretty chilly in the Orange Room as Carson Daly presents some of the best viewer-submitted snow pictures.

Expect below zero temperatures in some parts, he warned.

Temps remained below average Wednesday, forcing folks to bundle up tight while shoveling snow. Commuters had to slog through messy roads, while flights and schools were canceled.

The snowfall ended south of Boston by 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel. But in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C, where the weather had caused havoc on the Tuesday evening commute, wind chills had plummeted well below zero.

The temperature in all three cities was between 9 and 12 degrees — with wind chills as low as minus-7 in Washington, D.C. Wind gusts across the region will get up to 33 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

That was hardly the worst of the cold. Fargo, N.D., was enduring wind chills of minus-38 on early Wednesday, and the air temperature in northern New England was -12 at mid-morning.

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A woman sits on her cot at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday.

As for snow, residents of the Northeast faced the prospect of digging themselves out of some heavy snowfall, the heaviest fell in Manalapan, N.J., which got 15.5 inches.  A foot fell in New York City and 13.5 inches in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Schools across the Northeast were closed on Wednesday, although New York City had a regular school day for its 1.1 million students.

It was not only people on the ground subjected to winter misery: More than 1,400 flights coming into or out of the U.S. on Wednesday had been canceled by 11 a.m.

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Cold lingers as Northeast digs out from snow

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A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. -Reuters

A TAM airlines plane sits shrouded by snow as plows work around it at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York January 21, 2014. A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) A TAM airlines plane sits shrouded by snow as plows work around it at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York January 21, 2014. A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) A man runs down a street past snow covered cars in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in New York City, January 22, 2014. The northeastern United States on Wednesday dug out from a storm that dumped over a foot of snow in many places with frigid, windy weather keeping some schools and offices closed and flights canceled. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) A man runs down a street past snow covered cars in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in New York City, January 22, 2014. The northeastern United States on Wednesday dug out from a storm that dumped over a foot of snow in many places with frigid, windy weather keeping some schools and offices closed and flights canceled. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) A squirrel stands in the snow on the National Mall January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. A strong winter storm is bearing down on the East Coast between Virginia and Massachusetts and could dump four to eight inches of snow on the Washington area. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A squirrel stands in the snow on the National Mall January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. A strong winter storm is bearing down on the East Coast between Virginia and Massachusetts and could dump four to eight inches of snow on the Washington area. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) People walk past a CitiBike stand during a snowstorm on January 21, 2014 in New York City. Areas of the Northeast are predicted to receive up to a foot of snow in what may be the biggest snowfall of the season so far. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

People walk past a CitiBike stand during a snowstorm on January 21, 2014 in New York City. Areas of the Northeast are predicted to receive up to a foot of snow in what may be the biggest snowfall of the season so far. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) A snow blower clears a path on a pedestrian walk way during a snow storm in New York, January 22, 2014. In New York, a storm alert was issue for noon (1700 GMT) Tuesday to 6:00 am (1100 GMT) Wednesday with as much as a foot (30 centimeters) forecast for the metropolitan region. (Emmanuel Duand/AFP/Getty Images)

A snow blower clears a path on a pedestrian walk way during a snow storm in New York, January 22, 2014. In New York, a storm alert was issue for noon (1700 GMT) Tuesday to 6:00 am (1100 GMT) Wednesday with as much as a foot (30 centimeters) forecast for the metropolitan region. (Emmanuel Duand/AFP/Getty Images)

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FBI agent gave Whitey Bulger explosives to send to IRA

Bulger IRA links laid bare in Boston trial and recent book

By
JAMES O’SHEA,

IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Sunday, July 21, 2013, 7:33 AM

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James 'Whitey' Bulger
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Steve Flemmi is the prosecution key witness already serving life without parole who says he accompanies Bulger on most of his murder sprees, including the  strangling of Flemini’s own girlfriend, Debra Davies, because she knew the two men were FBI informers.

On Friday Flemmi  testifies  that in the 1980s, FBI agent John Newton gave him and Bulger a case of C-4 explosives to send to the IRA.

“It was a surprise when we got it,”  Flemmi old the court adding that he believed that Newton, who was a former Green Beret, got the plastic explosives while in military training.

Newton had the explosives in his South Boston home and arranged for the two gangsters to come and pick it up. Newton has denied the accusation.

 

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The FBI’s Nearly Unbelievable Record of “Justified” Shootings

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Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 10:19 AM

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In this booking photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Ibragim Todashev poses for his mug shot after being arrested for aggravated battery May 4, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

Photo by Orange County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

We’re still waiting for the FBI to finish its internal investigation into exactly what happened in an Orlando apartment last month, when an FBI agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a Chechan man who knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Since the shooting, unnamed officials have painted a number of different pictures of the scene in the room in the moments before the agent opened fire. Among them, that Todashev was unarmed, that he was brandishing a knife, and that he was carrying a pipe or maybe a broomstick.

For all the current uncertainty surrounding exactly what led the agent to shoot and kill Todashev, the bureau’s next step appears almost a foregone conclusion: Based on recent history, the FBI’s final report is all but certain to conclude that the shooting was justified. The New York Times with the agency’s eye-raising track record:

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The Unexplained FBI Assassination of Ibragim Todashev | Exclusive Interview with Wife Reni Manukya

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Published on Jul 26, 2013

Abby Martin wraps up the show with an exclusive interview with Reni Manukya, wife of Ibragim Todashev, the Florida resident who was killed by federal agents alleging a connection between him and the Boston Bombings. They discuss what motives the government had for raiding Todashev’s home and ultimately taking his life, as well as the secrecy surrounding the case after the event.

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Published on Jul 19, 2013

Abby Martin goes over the corporate media hypocrisy over a recent Rolling Stone magazine cover which features Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and calls out the corporate media for focusing more on the cover than the many unanswered questions that remain regarding the case.

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06.07.2013 Heat Wave USA State of Massachusetts, [Western regions] Damage level Details

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Heat Wave in USA on Saturday, 06 July, 2013 at 17:52 (05:52 PM) UTC.

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It’s going to be another sticky, steamy and sweltering day. Saturday will bring another round of 90s to the Boston area as the heat wave continues. A Heat Advisory has been posted for most of Mass, excluding the South Coast, Cape and Islands, for the likelihood of heat indices 100 degrees or higher. Boston, MetroWest, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South Shore and CT River Valley will reach 90 around noon and teeter in the low-mid 90s through the afternoon. Add dew points around 70 degrees and it will feel 10 degrees hotter! It can become dangerous if you’re not drinking enough water and passing the time in a well ventilated space. Sunscreen in a must! The rip current risk is low this weekend but the UV Index is VERY HIGH. You will burn if you skip the sun protection. The water will feel nice with ocean temps 64-69 degrees. Beach winds: W/SE 10-15 mph. The Cape will see sunshine and highs in the low-mid 80s. The humidity will be high there too. If you plan to be outside Saturday evening, be ready for low and mid 80s at 8 PM. It’s definitely a short sleeve and bug spray kinda night. A few chances will take place Sunday. Highs will still reach the lower 90s, but t-storm chances increase slightly. The mostly likely placement for t-storm development will be north and west of Boston. There will be a 40- to 50-percent chance in western and central Mass into southwestern NH. The Boston area, southeastern NH and North Shore have a 30-percent chance of rain/storm Sunday. Then chances fall across southeastern Mass where I expect it will stay dry. The Cape only has a 10-percent chance of a Sunday storm. How ever you want to spin it, I don’t expect widespread severe weather. With the isolated storms that do develop tomorrow, we’ll have to watch for the potential of heavy downpours that result in locally heavy rain over a short amount of time.

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Massachusetts

Heat wave in Massachusetts brings ‘tropical’ conditions

By Stephanie Barry, The Republican
on July 06, 2013 at 4:46 PM, updated July 06, 2013 at 9:02 PM

heat2.JPGSPRINGFIELD – Swimmers try to stay cool at Five Mile Pond in Springfield Saturday, as temperatures were again over 90 degrees.

SPRINGFIELD – Local residents sought various methods of relief from “tropical heat” that persisted today with 90-plus temperatures that felt like 100-plus temperatures due to the humidity, according to CBS3 meteorologist Nick Morganelli.

Air-conditioned shopping malls and public lakes saw a spike in activity today as everyone tried to beat the heat.

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Eastern Massachusetts enters fourth day of heat wave

07/06/2013 6:37 PM

Hot tropical air continues to blow upward from the Gulf of Mexico, making today the fourth consecutive day of over-90 degree weather — and the fourth day of the season’s second heat wave.

Most of Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, will see a high in the lower 90s today, said Charles Foley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and a heat advisory for the region remains in effect. The dewpoint, which measures moisture in the air, is roughly 70 degrees.

“That means the heat is oppressive,” Foley said. “Since the air already has a lot of moisture, it won’t evaporate your sweat. Around the area, it’s going to feel like New Orleans or Cuba or Miami.”

There will be some relief on the south coast and Cape Cod, he said, where temperatures will likely peak in the 80s or, in some cases, the high 70s. Elsewhere, the heat wave is expected to continue into Sunday, he said, though there will be a higher chance of rain and temperatures may not be quite as high.

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Father of Chechen killed in Boston probe wants FBI agents tried

The father of a Chechen man killed by an FBI agent as he was questioned over links to the Boston marathon bombing has claimed his son was shot in the back of the head in an extra-judicial execution.

Boston bomber friend shot dead by FBI

Mr Todashev, right, is believed to have been an associate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Photo: Getty Images

By , Moscow and Philip Sherwell in New York

5:41PM BST 30 May 2013

Abdulbaki Todashev said his eldest son Ibragim was hit with seven bullets – six to his body and a “control shot” fired into his head, designed to finish him off.

Mr Todashev, 27, was killed at his home in Orlando, Florida, on May 22 as an FBI special agent and several other law enforcement personnel questioned him about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston bomber who died in a shoot-out with police after the attack.

The FBI has said that Mr Todashev, who moved to the US from Russia in 2008, was shot when he initiated a “violent confrontation” with his questioners.

Mr Todashev was said to have confessed to his involvement in an unsolved 2011 triple murder with Tsarnaev when he became violent, according to agents.

His father disputed that view at a Moscow press conference as he showed a series of photographs that he said were his son’s bullet-riddled corpse, and called for the officers responsible for the death to be prosecuted.

 

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There  seem to be   alot  more  questions and dead bodies than real answers or connections  in the  search to  verify  the  Official  version of the truth. 

I wonder how far  the  rabbit hole really  goes …….

~Desert Rose~

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The wife of Ibrahim Todashev who was killed Wednesday during a scandalous FBI interrogation in Florida says she was sure her husband participated neither in April’s Boston Marathon bombings nor in a 2011 triple murder that US law-enforcement agents now suggest involved her late husband. “Everything was a setup”, she said.

Reni Manukyan, a 24-year-old assistant hotel-housekeeping manager who married Ibragim Todashev in July 2010, says agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at her house in Atlanta and her mom’s house in Savannah, Ga., late Tuesday night, the same time they started questioning her husband at his home in Orlando.

An interesting detail that Ms Manukyan supposedly did not know about was that Todashev had a girlfriend named Tatiana Gruzdeva (this may be her Facebook page), who was arrested by ICE on May 16 and is currently in custody for immigration violations. Whether it was a coincidence or a pre-planned detention by the FBI is debatable.

Ms Manukyan, an Armenian who moved to the US in early 2006, met her husband in 2010 through a mutual friend in Boston. Even though she and Todashev were separated since last November they remained good friends. Up until Tuesday the two had been in regular contact and Ms Manukian even partly supported her husband financially through their joint bank account. The grieving widow last saw her husband last week when he came to visit her in Atlanta.

Judging by Ms Manukyan’s account in one of the popular European social networks she spent past few months in her home-country Armenia where she stayed from March 24 till April 6 visiting her brother and mother, who, allegedly serves in Armenian army. Later on Ms Manukyan went to Russia’s Volgograd to attend her good friend’s wedding and on April 22 she returned back to the US where she is now staying. On March 23 the widow posted a message on her wall saying: “killing my husband Ibragim was another prove that everything is set up about Tsarnaevs brothers as well”.

According to Ms Manukyan, FBI agents who came to question her primarily asked about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and her husband’s relationship with him. The widow claimed she was never asked about 2011 Waltham massacre in which three victims—25-year-old Brendan Mess, 31-year-old Erik Weissman and 37-year-old Raphael Teken—were found dead with their throats slit and bodies covered in marijuana and cash.

“They never, ever—in all the interviews that I had and all the interviews that he had—never did they mention anything about a murder,” said Ms Manukyan. “Everything was about the bombing and about him knowing Tamerlan. They would show me a picture of Tamerlan or Tamerlan’s wife or some other guys that I haven’t a clue who they are, but nothing about a murder—nothing ever.”

She also added that even if she was asked about 2011 incident she would have found it very difficult to believe that her husband was involved because he did not have any American associates. Instead, he was mainly friends with other immigrants who moved to the US from Russia. Ms Manukyan also said that given that Todashev did “not do drugs, he did not smoke, and didn’t even drink alcohol,” she finds it extremely daunting that her husband could have been accused of Waltham massacre.

Todashev’s close friend and former roommate Khusen Taramov also claimed Todashov was never questioned about the Waltham murders. “We told each other everything, everything,” Taramov said. “He never said anything about any murder and they never asked him anything about that. Just about the bombings and Tsarnaev.”

Ms Manukyan also claimed she did not believe Todashev could have pulled a knife on the law-enforcement agents. She asserted that her husband had never had a pocket knife and that during interrogation he would have been very far from the kitchen to grab a kitchen knife. The widow also noted that Todashev was recovering from a knee surgery and was still learning to walk properly which made it senseless for him to attack an FBI agent.

Todashev’s father, Abdulbaki Todashev, concurred that his son was disabled by knee surgery earlier this year.

As for Todashev’s relationship with Tsarnaev, Ms Manukyan said that the men were briefly acquainted because they shared some things in common: both came from one country, both were interested in martial arts, and both were living in the Boston area. “They had a chat because they were from the same country,” she said. “It was a small community. They all knew each other.” “I believe Tamerlan only called him once and asked him how he was doing after the surgery,” she claimed.

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Wife of man killed by FBI agent says he was never questioned about Waltham triple murder

 05/23/2013 2:44 PM

By Wesley Lowery, Globe Staff

ORLANDO — The wife and best friend of the Chechen man shot and killed here by an FBI agent on Wednesday insisted today that authorities never questioned him, or them, prior to the fatal confrontation, about an unsolved triple slaying in Waltham, Mass., just outside of Boston.

Ibragim Todashev, 27, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed after allegedly attacking an FBI agent who was interviewing him along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers.

Todashev acknowledged a role in the 2011 triple homicide when he attacked the agent early Wednesday with a blade, the Globe reported today. Todashev was not considered a suspect in the Marathon terror attacks, law enforcement officials told the Globe.

Todashev’s wife, Reni Manukyan, said her husband could not have been involved in the Waltham murders, and that the subject had never been brought up in FBI interviews.

Manukyan, 24, said today that Todashev told her that his previous interviews with law enforcement dealt with just two subjects: the Boston Marathon bombing and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Manukyan, who separated from Todashev in November, said that in her own interview with the FBI, conducted in Georgia where she lives, the unsolved murders were never mentioned.

“It never, ever came up,” she said, wiping tears from beneath her sunglasses. “Everything they asked was about the bombing.”

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan issued a statement today defending the pace of the Waltham investigation, a statement that also made clear Ryan’s office believes it is constrained by ethics rules for lawyers from publicly discussing it.

“While we can not discuss details pertaining to the investigation, including evidence, suspects or witnesses, this office and its law enforcement partners have conducted a thorough, far-reaching investigation beginning in 2011 when this horrific crime occurred,’’ Ryan said in the statement. “This investigation has not concluded and is by no means closed.’’

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FBI agent in charge says both bombs in black backpacks – photo is of black backpack – but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s is white!

Explosive News: Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s back-pack was photo-shopped out

The photo and the FBI lead investigator says that both bombs were in black backpacks  —  see below  — BUT TSARNAEV’S BACKPACK IN EVERY SHOT OF IT  IS WHITE — except the shot released by the FBI to identify the “suspects.”

Don’t underestimate the importance of this.

Will someone watching a lot of news please tell me how this is being explained?

Details and photos establishing this follow:

At 2:49 p.m. EDT (18:49 UTC), about two hours after the winner crossed the finish line,[13] but with more than 5,700 runners yet to finish,[14] two bombs detonated on Boylston Street near Copley Square about 180 yards (170 m) apart,[15][16] just before the finish line.[11] The first exploded outside Marathon Sports at 671–673 Boylston Street at 2:49:43 p.m. EDT.[17] At the time of the first explosion, the race clock at the finish line showed 04:09:43.[18] The second bomb was located one block farther west at 755 Boylston Street and exploded at 2:49:57 p.m. EDT,[13][19] about 13 seconds after the first one.[3] fill the sidewalk behind race barricades after the explosions blow metal pellets and nails into victims’ legs. Race tents become makeshift trauma units.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA);[57] treating the bombings as a terrorist attack and naming two alleged perpetrators officially as suspects.[42][58]

At the site of the explosion, investigators found shrapnel that included bits of metal, nails, and bearing balls,[35] as well as black nylon pieces from a backpack.[61] The lid of a Fagor-brand[62] pressure cooker was found on a nearby rooftop.[63] Investigators also found the remains of an electronic circuit board and wiring, possibly used as a timer of the bomb.[35] Rep. Mike McCaul said “most likely, gunpowder was used in the devices”.[64] All evidence was sent to the FBI Laboratory for analysis.[65] Both of the improvised explosive devices are reported to be pressure cooker bombs.[65][66]

Investigators believe the bombs were hidden in black nylon backpacks and housed inside sealable metal pots called pressure cookers. Pressure cooker bombs can help boost the power of relatively small devices by briefly constraining the blast. And when the cookers do explode, they can add large chunks of metal to the shrapnel spray. The IEDs have been popular with terrorists. Al Qaeda published a how-to recipe in an online Jihadi magazine. Several of the bombs were used in the 2006 attack on trains in Mumbai, India.

At a news conference late Tuesday afternoon in Boston, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Deslauriers, indicated that the range of suspect and motive is “wide open,” and that the investigation is still in its “infancy.” He also mentioned that the FBI had received about 2,000 tips as of noon as agents looked for any photographic or video evidence from witnesses.

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Deslauriers also said that both explosive devices appears to have been placed in a black nylon bag or backpack. A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that investigators also found pieces of an electronic circuit board possibly indicating a timer was used in the detonation of the bomb.

Dick Eastman note:  The FBI released the ONLY picture in which you cannot tell that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is carrying a white backpack over his shoulder!!!!  Now we understand their selectivity and their reluctance to show more pictures to aid the manhunt.

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Without an arrest three days after the blasts, investigators at about 6 p.m. publicly release images of the two alleged bombing suspects taken from a Lord & Taylor department store surveillance camera.

The man who became known as “Suspect No. 1” is wearing a black baseball cap, and “Suspect No. 2” has a white baseball cap on backwards and is carrying a black backpack. Authorities say they suspect the dark backpack was left in front of the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street on Monday and then exploded — the second blast.
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2 FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Arrest “FALL” Out of Helicopter and Die

Remember that scene in Scarface?

2 FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Arrest “FALL” Out of Helicopter and Die

Remember that scene in Scarface?

Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.

The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings……

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2 Agents From Team Involved in Tsarnaev’s Arrest Fall Out of Helicopter and Die

2013 05 23
By Elizabeth Leafloor | Red Ice Creations

Details are few at this point, but it’s being reported via several media outlets that two members of the special FBI Hostage Rescue Team (involved in arresting 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) have died after “falling from a helicopter” into the ocean.

The Hostage Rescue Team is “part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. It is based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.” Source

The Virginian-Pilot reports on the May 17 deaths:

The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

A law enforcement source told The Pilot the incident happened about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The official blamed bad weather for the incident and said the agents – members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, based in Quantico – fell into the water. The official said he believed the agents died as a result of the impact rather than drowning.

Glenn McBride, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office, said it could be months before his staff can release a final cause and manner of death for the two agents. He said they must wait for the results of routine toxicology tests.

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In interviews Monday, the founder of the Hostage Rescue Team and other former special agents called the unit “elite” while outlining the difficult training exercises members must endure.

“It’s the most rigorous training regiment in law enforcement, probably in the world,” said Danny Coulson, a former deputy assistant director of the FBI who started the team 30 years ago and served as its first commander. “They have to be able to do any mission, at any time.”

Among other things, members of the Hostage Rescue Team are trained to rappel from helicopters, scuba dive and use explosives to break down doors and walls. When needed, the team can deploy within four hours to anywhere in the U.S.

“It sounds risky, and it absolutely is,” Coulson said. “They have the same skill sets as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force.”

In all, the team has responded to more than 850 incidents involving terrorism, violent crimes and foreign counterintelligence, according to the FBI’s website.

Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. And in February, it rescued a 5-year-old boy held hostage for six days in an underground bunker in Alabama.

“Whenever things go really wrong, the FBI calls in the Hostage Rescue Team. It’s the government’s 911,” Coulson said.

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The Boston Terrorist Attack II

 

 

 

 

 They normally need help from penetration assets in the target country – manifestly the case with the Boston bombers.  There is usually a support network in the target country and there always has to be someone to provide the cash.

 

Asking what the terrorists’ motives were is pretty pointless if the target is assigned by the sponsoring intelligence agency.  It was always likely to be the DVD at Boston.  There is therefore no need to ask why Chechens would attack an American target instead of a Russian one.

 

Since the FBI are penetrated by the DVD there is no great mystery as to why they were allowed to fly freely in and out of the USA and why the FSB’s warnings were ignored.   Further intel has come to light suggesting that the FSB had done really good work in monitoring this family and their associates.   Comparing them with Thames Valley Police is like comparing the US Marines with the Cub Scouts.

 

Since the FSB, unlike Thames Valley Police, know about the DVD, they will not have been too surprised that the attack was allowed to proceed.  Not the least shameful thing is that the families will be lied to repeatedly in the years ahead, like the 7/7 families were lied to in Britain.  That attack was of course sponsored by GO2, the German operation in London.  We are still lying to the families of the victims of IRA terrorism thirty years after we discovered that the Germans were sponsoring the IRA and that there was a covert German agency called the DVD.  I had a conversation with a minister in the Thatcher government, some years ago, who told me testily that we had known all about the DVD and the IRA in the 1980s.  I could have hit him – why didn’t we do anything about it?

 

Two comments about prevention of further attacks.  Firstly the usefulness of CCTV has once again been demonstrated.  But for store CCTV these terrorists would never have been identified.  The great thing about commercial CCTV is that retailers can just drop the tapes round to a local TV station.  Had they been official tapes they might have been suppressed on orders from a DVD asset high up in the Department of Justice.  I well recall how CCTV footage of Madeleine McCann in a transport café (truck stop) near Montpelier was suppressed by Paris, once facial recognition technology had confirmed that it was her.  Where the DVD are involved you get official corruption you wouldn’t believe.

 

I know there are privacy issues but it’s the old public safety/privacy balance.  CCTV makes streets safer.   Privacy comes at a cost.

 

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Americans troubled more by governmental abuse than terrorism

Published time: April 29, 2013 17:55
Edited time: April 30, 2013 17:12

RT

Police and private security personel monitor security cameras at the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (AFP Photo / John Moore)

Police and private security personel monitor security cameras at the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (AFP Photo / John Moore)

Even after a pair of bombings in Boston two weeks ago injured hundreds, more Americans say they are unwilling to sacrifice constitutional liberties for security than those who are.

A handful of polls conducted in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings show that US citizens are responding much differently than in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed roughly 3,000 people. Not only are Americans more opposed now to giving up personal freedoms for the sake of security than they were after 9/11, but other statistics show that distrust against the federal government continues to climb.

Just one day after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, pollsters with Fox News asked a sample of Americans, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” Forty-three percent of the respondents said they would, while 45 percent said no. Comparatively, 71 percent of Americans asked a similar question in October 2001 said they’d be willing to give up personal freedoms, while only 20 percent opposed at the time.

In the dozen years since 9/11, frequent polling conducted by Fox has suggests that the majority of Americans have all the while said they’d give up their freedoms for the sake of security. Only with the latest inquiry though are those answers reversed: the last time a majority of Americans opposed giving up privacy for security was May 2001.

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