Hot on the heels of the US Senate’s failure to pass any kind of gun-control measures, and President Obama’s comments on it, arrived, in the midst of what normally would be a joyous event – the conclusion of the famed Boston Marathon – a percussive note which has riveted the nation’s attentions a whole week: the bombing in Boston. In this event, for some days the “suspects” remained unknown and hence, “on the loose,” though at one point the forces of the law announced they had a suspect, and promptly withdrew it, raising for some certain suspicions. At a later point the FBI named its suspects, two Chechen brothers, and Boston and surrounding areas were then put in lock-down, with residents told to stay locked in their homes as an invading force of highly militarized police – city, State, Federal – fanned out in search of their quarry. Here is the FBI announcement, which interestingly insists that only its photographs are to be accepted as accurate and real. The mainstream press largely accommodated this request, and parroted the official line. On the internet another story was unfolding, in the exchanges of Reddit, 4chan, or Infowars, and replicated across the political spectrum from far right to far left. In the case of the former, the Boston bombing was another false-flag set-up, staged to lay the ground-work for a governmental confiscation of guns which had been, at least for the moment, politically defeated. In the latter, it was something similar, but to lay the groundwork for the imposition of martial law at some future point. The mainstream press, with Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post providing the exception, hewed to the official governmental line. And as usual, their pundits cranked out the appropriate levels of outrage and “reasonableness,” sticking to the comfortable and safe “middle-of-the-road.” Amidst all this tumult, naturally, many truths were swept under the rug, disappeared, ridiculed, or otherwise dismissed.
Ignored by press and television news were many things, among them the presence of a number of militarized persons from a private security agency, TheCraft, whose members sported black backpacks much like that which the FBI said had contained a bomb, and who had clustered around the finish-line area where the bombs exploded. Immediately following the bombing, these people gathered around a very high-tech vehicle close to where the attack had occurred. To my knowledge the Boston Marathon organization has not said it had hired TheCraft for security, nor has anyone else explained their presence. Sure a “story” will be forthcoming. The motto of TheCraft, as seen on their “skull” patch, is “Despite what your Mama told you, violence does solve problems.” I don’t know who these guys are, or why they were there, but they look and sound and seem to act like some form of American fascists. I await the explanation for their being there, or more likely, their erasure from the “story.”
While the nation was totally focused, with the assistance of the mass media, on events in Boston, the Congress passed by unanimous consent a new little law, which rescinded previously passed law, which forbade members of Congress from using their information for “insider trading.” President Obama promptly signed the measure into law. Likewise the House passed on Thursday, April 18, a law (CISPA) designed to clamp down on the internet and give the government access to all internet communications.
Meantime the citizens of Boston, and at a distance the entire Nation, were treated to a full-scale example of a state-of-siege, while highly militarized forces in helicopters, tanks, and large groups of highly armed soldiers and police combed the city, looking for two suspects, one a 19 year old boy. While asserting these were heavily armed and dangerous, the forces deployed were in all cases incredibly disproportionate to the reality. But, perhaps, the point was not really to capture these two suspects, but to impress upon the populace the extent of the forces which could be brought into play, perhaps for some other rather probable and likely future event, such as the failure of the economy to generate jobs, or the collapse of the dollar. Perhaps…
Frightened into a supine compliance, Boston became a deserted place. Of course one could say having heavily armed uniformed persons outside your window, and having been ordered to accept a 24 hour a day curfew, it was only common sense to obey. I think this is a refrain we have heard in 1930-40’s Germany, in the USSR, and many other places. What struck me was the seeming absence of complaint, and the utter lack of a sense of proportion to the supposed danger. Two young men did not close down the city of Boston; rather the “authorities” – Federal, State, and city, working in collusion – closed down the city, and in a manner absolutely out of keeping with the purported threat. Clearly something else was at work here.
The FBI in short order “got their man.” Though this perhaps has another meaning. They have admitted to having, in 2011, interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev supposedly at the request of an unnamed “foreign power,” (later revealed to be Putin’s Russia), and was supposedly found to be harmless. Though his mother seems to see it otherwise, and says the FBI had been in contact with him over 5 years. Naturally these little discrepancies have lit up the internet, though the mainstream press seems disinterested. As they were in 9/11. So, rather than question the very dubious official version – with one man dead, and the other now allegedly severely wounded but unable to talk – we are instead treated to that ever so American celebration of our togetherness, grit, and other wonderful traits that make us so exceptional. And our heavily militarized police are being placed on pedestals for “protecting us.”
I am not a conspiracy theorist – the worst epithet tossed at anyone who does not go along with the “official” story promulgated by our government or other supposed “authorities,” though “nut-case” and others work just as well. I am though willing to look at facts and figures and images directly, and to sift through them to see what appears to be valid. I am also willing to listen to the rhetorical talk of ideologues, and to try to figure out the what and why of their behaviors.
In the case in Boston I think the story is far from over, though I am equally sure that both the government, and its compliant corporately owned mass media system will not be too interested in pursuing the matter much further, aside from in patting us all on the back for being so cooperative as a major American city, the veritable birthplace of the American revolution, was placed under martial law on the flimsiest of pretexts, and very likely, once and if the entire story is exposed, an utterly false pretext. One that should recall other now infamous phrases: The Gulf of Tonkin, WMD, and the myriad other fraudulent claims made by our supposedly democratically elected officials, in order to prompt the nation to do what they wish us to do.
Addendum: (I will be adding URLs to interesting looks at the whole Boston bombing etc. as time goes along.)