Napolitano Tacitly Admits Boston Bomb Probe Stalled


Napolitano Tacitly Admits Boston Bomb Probe Stalled 

by Fintan Dunne, 18 April 2013 @ 3:45pmET 

Further to our story earlier today, that the Boston Bombs Probe Is A Despairing FBI Fishing Exercise, consider the unspoken aspects of Janet Napolitano's testimony to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee. Napolitano said the investigation is continuing "apace." 

That's politician-speak for "plodding along in hope." Words which confirm our assessment that no significant progress has been made. 

Her tone was echoed by a federal law enforcement source, who told the New York Post: "It's not like we're going to have somebody in cuffs in five minutes but it is evolving.Evolution is a process which takes tens of thousands of years. 

Napolitano also said: "There is some video that has raised the question of those that the FBI would like to speak with." Translating politician-speak again, she means that the persons in the video are unknown to FBI or local law enforcement - otherwise they would be already in custody. 

Napolitano also said: "I wouldn’t characterize them as suspects under the technical term.

Which translates to: "What's in the video isn't any actual substantive evidence against these people, so this is a fishing exercise." 

Napolitano also said: "But we need the public’s help in locating these individuals." 

Translates to : "we are going to toss these people to the media lions." 

Finally, Napolitano also said: "There is no current indication to suggest that the attack was part of a larger plot.

This needs double translation. First, it means it's likely the attack was carried out by a solo individual - with neither domestic or foreign links. Secondly, by emphasizing that there is no "larger plot," she takes some of the heat off the FBI by portraying the bombing as a so-called "isolated incident" -- and thus not a clear and present threat to the USA by a large terrorist group. 


Two of the internet-identified "persons of interest" have now been cleared

The best remaining FBI hope from the photo and video evidence is of two other men - as reported by the fact-constrained NY Times. But the NYT story is not sourced from the investigation team. Rather, this account comes second-hand from a briefing to law enforcement. 

"Investigators have found clear video images of two potential suspects carrying black bags, one at the site of each explosion..... investigators recovered portions of a shredded black backpack.... and they were able to determine the brand and model of the bag. The backpack carried by at least one of the men seen in the videos appeared to be similar" 

It would be a great outcome for the FBI if the person can so simply be identified. But that hope relies on the bomber being smart enough to chose an attack time and method which succeeded - but too dumb to realize that CCTV or video might capture a facial image. 

A careful planner of such an attack would use disguise and/or would "case" the location carefully months ahead of time - and chart a route in and out of the area which minimized his proximity to store or street CCTV cameras. 

Perhaps it's now down to internet sleuths --whom law enforcement and media have been unfairly demonizing today-- to figure out the who, how and why of this gruesome mass murder. 

- Fintan Dunne


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