Front pages from across the globe and photos/stories of the victims.
As a huge billboard towers over the city of Boston reading just one word…COWARDS, the victims of Boston Marathon blast and the entire city tries to deal with the questions why and who after Monday’s tragedy. Not since 9/11, has there been such an attack on American soil by terrorists or alleged terrorists. Security questions, the who and the why, have always been in the back of American’s mind since 9/11 and now resurface as the volatile climate escalates around the world. As Americans, we are not immune nor removed from the problems around the world. My heart goes out to the city of Boston especially those present that fateful Monday, victims and families included, when lives were lost and changed forever. This country has always been resilient in the face of tragedy not because of government but because the strong will of everyday people who decide to with risk to themselves to help others. It is in those precious moments where we realize humanity has been restored.
As the world remains dumb founded by the tragedy, the FBI, local police department, and White House begin to piece together Monday’s events with no clear suspect as of yet. An Atlanta news stations obtained the first close up of one of the two bomb’s that went off in Monday’s blast which killed three and injured 180 people. Crime photos posted by Fox 5 Atlanta show the mangled pressure cooker used to make a homemade explosive device. This type of bomb is more commonly used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, however was used in a domestic terror attacks and attempted bombing in Time Square in 2010. Doctors are treating the wounded at local hospitals finding some victims had BB pellets and nails lodged in their bodies leading authorities to believe that these items were placed inside the pressure cooker with the bomb itself. The FBI would not comment on the picture according to Huff Post. Authorities have recovered a piece of a circuit board believe to be a part of the explosive device and found the lid of the pressure cooker on a roof of a nearby building officials reported Wednesday.
According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed the recovery of some parts of the explosive devices, but were not authorized to publicly discuss evidence in an ongoing investigation. The person close to the investigation told AP the bomb was made up explosives in a 1.6 gallon pressure cooker with shards of metal and ball bearings,while the second bomb had nails placed with the explosives. Investigators in white jumpsuits searched the streets, rooftops and awning around the blast site in hope of finding clues Wednesday. They combed debris , trash cans and sleeves of plastic cups at the marathon’s finish line. Doctors at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday said two patients are in critical condition and dozens are being released from hospitals around Boston. Law enforcement agencies on Tuesday asked publicly for people with photos, videos or any other information to come forward in order to help solve the twin bombing. Investigators spread information about the bomb and have yet to find information on who may be responsible. Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said in a news conference that,”Someone knows who did this. Importantly, the person who did this is someone’s friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative.” President Obama publicly called this an act of terror and will attend services on Thursday for the victims’ of the tragedy in Boston.
Meanwhile, conspiracy theories are floating around the web and some are receiving public backlash for insensitivity toward the victims. As with any major tragedy in this country, conspiracy theorist are not too far behind. One person however is trying to prevent another Sandy Hook conspiracy theory from happening to Monday’s bombing. According to the Huff Post, “theorists attempting to use the domain, BostonMarathonConspiracy.com, will find themselves too late. The URL has already been secured by a person concerned it could be used to host conspiracy theories.” The message that appears at the site is as follows “I BOUGHT THIS DOMAIN TO KEEP SOME CONSPIRACY THEORY KOOK FROM OWNING IT. PLEASE KEEP THE VICTIMS OF THIS EVENT AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR THOUGHTS. THANK YOU.” Of course this small act of kindness might be in vain as less than 24 hours after theories are circulating about a man photographed on a nearby roof and a memorial website set up before the bombing happened. Alex Jones’ infamous conspiracy site Info Wars has already suggested it was orchestrated by the American government as a way to infringe on civil liberties. According to Huff Post, “two similar domains, bostonmarathonconspiracies.com and bostonconspiracies.com, have now also been bought up by people attempting to keep them out of the hands of real conspiracy theorists.”