How did a boxer and a college student with a major in nursing manage to make bombs that would detonate with sophisticated electronics circuitry?
April 30, 2013
Without special training, the Tsarnaev Brothers did not have the skills to make the detonators for the ‘pressure cooker bombs’ used in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old student at University of Massachusetts was majoring in nursing. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer. Neither one of the alleged bombers had an electronics background. Former CIA Operative Robert Baer told CNN yesterday that someone else out there must’ve made the bombs.
Recent reports by the so-called mainstream media suggest that the pressure cooker bombs were detonated by remote control using ‘toy car’ hand-held controllers. If that really was the case, then the bombs would’ve require an electronic device capable of receiving the same frequency and signal emitted by the hand-held remote control, and yet, capable of igniting the ‘fireworks powder’ or gun powder inside the pressure cookers. The making of such device requires experienced personnel or someone with an electronics background.
Baer told CNN:
My opinion is, it’s the circuitry of the bomb. There’s a certain signature they are going to find on this. And I have seen multiple reports, “Wall Street Journal,” ABC News, CNN and on, that there — that police are looking at this as a sophisticated device which does not precisely follow the Internet plans that are in “Inspire” magazine. If that’s the case, there’s a master bomber out there. If there is a master bomber, is he in Dagestan or is he in the United States? Because if he’s in the United States, there’s a chance he could strike again. I mean, if [the suspects] made [the bombs] off the Internet in their kitchens, they wouldn’t be carrying them to rural Massachusetts, outside of town. It just doesn’t make sense. And in an attack like this, the last thing you want is a bomb to be a dud, because the plot is uncovered, everybody goes to jail, nothing happens, it doesn’t serve their purposes, their ideological purposes. So you want these things to be foolproof. And in order to have them foolproof, you need a bomb maker to do it or someone with a lot of practice. Otherwise, these things just don’t go after with that consistency that they managed to make happen.
If the Tsarnaev Brothers really made those bombs, then they woud’ve required an instructor, and perhaps a lot of practice hours in the field. Otherwise, the bombs must’ve been made by somebody else. They did NOT make those bombs based on the so-called instructions published by the ‘Al-Qaeda Magazine.’
In order to make a remote-controlled electronic detonating device, one is required to be familiar with electronic components, soldering, measuring voltages, currents and impedances with multi-meters, and perhaps checking the signal received by the device with an oscilloscope. These are skills that one does not learn in a boxing ring or at nursing school.
During Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to Russia, he received ‘terrorist training’ from the Georgia Caucasus Fund -an organization created, funded and run by the Jamestown Foundation. The Caucasus Fund would train young Muslims to carry out terror attacks to destabilize Russia, says a counterintelligence report.
Translated by Mario Andrade
Documents obtained by the Russian press show a number of reports by Colonel Grigori Cianturia, head of the Georgian Interior Ministry’s counterintelligence office, who had observed the work of the organization known as ”the Caucasus Fund” (Caucasus Foundation).
This foundation was established in 2008, immediately after the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia, “to establish control of the processes taking place in the North Caucasus region,” notes the publication, and it’s funded with direct support from the U.S.-based Jamestown Foundation, whose board of directors included Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter.
In reports submitted to the Interior Minister Irakli Garibaşvili, by the Georgian Interior Ministry’s counterintelligence office, it was stated that “during the Jamestown Foundation Caucasus which took place in the summer of 2012, there were a series of workshops and conferences for young people in the Caucasus, including Russian Caucasus” .
The documents obtained and published by Russian media show that Tamerlane Ţsarnaev, the terrorist involved in the bombing in Boston, was present at several of the training sessions organized by the “Caucasus Fund” from the period of January to July of 2012, when Tamerlane left the U.S.. Here, young people received training on how to prepare and carry out terrorist acts.
Georgian secret services have reported that since 2008, the “Caucasus Fund” was responsible for recruiting young people from the Caucasus region to be used to destabilize Russia, including the use of terrorist acts and fostering extremism. During its recruitment campaign, the fund has spent more than $ 2.3 million that came from American donors.
In Dagestan, when questioned by U.S. Embassy personnel from Moscow, the parents of the two main suspects in the Boston bombing said that their son Tamerlane, killed by American police last week, never came into contact with radical Islam operatives, according to a Wednesday report by the AFP.
Also, the Dagestani Interior Minister, Abduraşid Magomedov said that “Tamerlane Ţsarnaev had no contact with the separatists in the North Caucasus. To try to prove that Tamerlane was influenced by the ideas of radical Islam in the Caucasus is a tactic to blame others.”
The same man, apparently a reporter, who asked the Boston Police Commissioner about the why they were having bomb disposal drills earlier, asked the governor if this was a ‘false flag attack’ orchestrated to take away more liberties.
The families of several victims of the Newtown school shooting were seated in the Boston Marathon’s VIP area Monday, right near the finish line where one of the explosions occurred. The families were attending the race as honorary guests.
All members of the Sandy Hook delegation are accounted for and none were injured, according to CNN.
The race’s 26th and final mile, on which both explosions occurred, was dedicated before the marathon to the Sandy Hook victims. There were 26 victims in the December tragedy.
There was a strong Newtown connection throughout the race, as 26 seconds of silence were observed before it began and a group of runners from Newtown participated in the marathon and assigned additional meaning to the event. “In the first 20 miles we’re honoring our 20 Sandy Hook first-graders, and when we crest Heartbreak Hill and we’re coming back towards Boston, we run the final six for our six fallen educators who gave everything of themselves, including their lives, to protect our children,” said Laura Nowacki, whose fourth-grade daughter attends Sandy Hook Elementary.
The 26th mile marker included a special logo to honor the Newtown victims. It flew at the finish line and is visible in many images of Monday’s tragedy, flying above the smoke and debris.
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The U.S. Navy has sent one of its ‘Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units’ (EOD) to Boston to ‘assist local authorities’ in conducting bomb sweeps after two explosions took place near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, according to startribune.com.
The EOD team, possibly from Mobile Unit 12, is stationed in Newport, RI., about 45 minutes south of Boston. This will be the first time that a Navy EOD team will be used in the new DHS initiative called ‘DSCA’ or ‘Defense Support of Civil Authorities’ – a new buzzword that Americans will often hear when they see military troops on the streets.
The navy EOD team will likely assist the Boston Police or Massachusetts State Police. Although the EOD team has probably plenty of experience with military explosives and IED disposal and neutralization procedures in Afghanistan and Iraq, it probably does not have civilian ‘Incident Command System’ training; therefore they will either be ‘extra bodies’ for the bomb squads or they will play an advisory role in the bomb sweeping efforts.
The deployment of the EOD team is more of a public relations effort by the navy, or perhaps a ‘trial balloon’ for future events.
The suspect announced he would carry out a ‘Virginia Tech-style’ shooting online just minutes before the event took place. He completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, a DHS-sponsored training curriculum in which average citizens learn how to ‘work with police,’ and receive ‘active shooter’ scenario training, or even how apprehend suspects at traffic checkpoints.
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — An 18-year-old community college student was charged with wounding two women with a shotgun at a mall branch of the school in southwestern Virginia Friday afternoon.
Just before the attack, writing from inside the school, he posted his intentions to an online message board, noting he was “10 minutes away from Virginia Tech.”
Police said Neil Allen MacInnis, of Christiansburg, was subdued by an off-duty mall security guard and two officers shortly about 2 p.m. at the New River Valley Mall. He is being held without bail at the Montgomery County Jail.
Last year, MacInnis, who is enrolled at New River Community College, completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, Police Chief Mark Sisson said at a Friday night news briefing.
“Today has been a very tough day,” he said.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive and MacInnis’ connections to the women who were shot. One was a part-time college employee.
Police said their identities would not be released “to protect their privacy.”
One victim was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but spokesman Eric Earnhart could not provide additional information on her identity or condition.
The other victim was taken by ambulance for treatment. She was in stable condition Friday afternoon but was transferred to another hospital to get specialized care, said Nancy May, a spokesman for Lewis Gale Hospital at Montgomery.
One of the women was shot through a window and suffered cuts to her face and was also hit in the hand.
Gawker.com reported earlier that the shooting was apparently announced on the 4chan message boards just three minutes before it was reported.
Sisson said police were investigating the post.
The poster identified himself as Neil MacInnis. He said he was a New River Community College student, was writing from the school inside the shopping center and would use a “Stevens 320 shotgun” with “Buck shots and slugs.”
“I’m gonna give y’all the details because the news never gets it right,” the post said. “Wish me luck.”
The poster included a photo of the mall and school entrances and linked to his college profile, which includes a photo and a portfolio of his work.
Gawker included a screen shot of the 4chan posting, which it said had been deleted, probably automatically, because of the site’s rapid turnover. Someone provided an archive and the screen shot.
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As the wacky and almost comical war rhetoric between North Korea and the United States escalates, the U.S. corporate media outlets have recently reported that Kim Jong Un is making preparations to ‘hit U.S. mainland targets.’ One of those alleged targets is Austin, Texas… out of all places. Setting aside the fact that North Korea has no capabilities to hit the U.S. mainland with missiles, or at least the lower 48 states, let’s examine why Kim Jong Un would choose Austin, Texas.
Let’s suppose that North Korea, after arduous research, testing, and scientific breakthroughs, finally develops a missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. Let’s suppose that Kim Jong Un, the ‘dear leader’ of North Korea has an option to hit a variety of targets in the U.S., like the San Diego Navy Base and Camp Pendleton on the west coast, or perhaps Fort Benning, Naval Station Norfolk, or any other military location that can really cripple the abilities of the United States to launch a counter-attack.
Why in the world would North Korea choose Austin, Texas? And if dear leader Kim Jong Un hates Texas so much, then why not choose other targets in Texas? Why not San Antonio, which has three huge air force and army bases? Why not Fort Hood, which on a daily basis prepares thousands of army troops for overseas deployments? Why not Fort Bliss, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi or NAS Kingsville?
Austin would be of very little military value to a foreign enemy that would be crazy enough to hit the U.S. mainland. The only military base there is Camp Mabry, home of the Texas Military Forces – the Texas National Guard and the Texas State Guard. If Texas were to secede from the U.S., this would be the central location for all military operations of a newly independent state.
Uh-oh! Did I just mention the forbidden word ‘secession’? Shhhhhh….!
Austin is also the capital of Texas, which wants back its $1 Billion worth of gold from the federal government. Texas is also one of the leading states opposing Obamacare and Obama’s gun control agenda. Therefore, wouldn’t you say that if Kim Jong Un’s alleged war plans were real, and they were not photoshopped by the New York Times as many allege, wouldn’t he be doing Obama a favor by attacking Austin?
Nonetheless, this is just a hypothetical scenario; a North Korean attack on Austin would probably never happen. But if it did, and North Korea doesn’t have the capabilities to carry it out, then who would really be behind it? And wouldn’t this be the perfect pretext to go to war against North Korea and eliminating domestic political opponents at the same time?
TURNER, Ore — Some parents and students in the small town of Turner, near Salem, were upset after a lockdown drill sent kids running for their classrooms in terror Wednesday.
“I was on the playground and I see everyone screaming, running into their classrooms,” said fifth-grader Carter Bourassa. “I turn around and there is this guy climbing over the fence with a stick.” Carter said the man was dressed in a hoodie.
“I thought someone was going to kidnap us or kill us,” said Carter. “I was scared and there was a lot of people crying.”
The kids raced inside to their classrooms. Carter said the man then started banging on the windows.
Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has claimed many victories in the war on terror.
Each time a domestic terror suspect is arrested, the public is told that another horrific plot has been averted.
But after combing through thousands of pages of court documents, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson came to a different conclusion — that most of the men arrested could never have done what they were accused of if the FBI hadn’t given them the tools to do so.
In his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism,” Aaronson argues that the U.S. government is responsible for “hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any other group.” He spoke to Heather Maher.
You began your research by asking whether the FBI is “busting terrorist plots — or leading them?” What did you find out?
Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for.
But what I found is that of these cases, we can point to a handful of real, dangerous terrorists, like Faisal Shahzad, who came close to bombing [New York's] Times Square, or Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing the New York City subway system. But so many more of them, more than 150 people, were these men who were caught in sting operations who never had the means and, in some cases, never had the idea for the terrorism plot, and it was the FBI that provided them with everything — the bomb, the transportation, everything they needed to move forward in a terrorism plot that on their own, they never would have been able to do. And certainly evidence suggests that in most of these cases, they never had any specific connections to terrorism. So it’s really hard to believe that they ever would have had or acquired the means to commit some sort of act of terrorism.
How do these FBI sting operations go down?
Aaronson: In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI informant or undercover agent poses as an Al-Qaeda operative or an operative of another terrorist group and says to the target, “You know, I have what you need if you want to move forward on a terrorist plot. I can provide the bomb, I can provide the transportation, everything you need I can give you.” And when they move forward in that plot, when they get the bomb together, and they put it in a car, and they drive it to a location and the target of the sting operation dials the cell phone that he believes is going to detonate the bomb and kill dozens of people, he’s then arrested. And so in sting operations, essentially the government becomes part of the plot and then ultimately prosecutes the target of the sting operation based on his involvement in that plot, the actions that he took as part of that plot.
You write that key to these sting operations are informants who find terror sympathizers and bring them to the FBI’s attention. Who are these informants and what’s in it for them? Aaronson: The FBI has an unprecedented number of informants — there’s a total of 15,000 informants. And they are paid — in some cases handsomely; $100,000 in some cases, $400,000 in a case in California – they are paid to find people who are interested in committing an act of terrorism, people who are espousing some sort of violence, who say they want to commit some sort of violent act, but may not have the means to do that, and it’s their job to target them and to get them involved in these sting operations.
But the problem I found in a lot of these cases is that there’s a real question of whether the informant is actually a worse criminal than the target of the sting operation could ever be. In these sting operations, the FBI has used drug dealers frequently as informants, they’ve used an accused murderer, in a Seattle case; they’ve used a child molester — people who are just odious in every way. And they also have a direct incentive to find terrorists and see them prosecuted because they can make so much money as informants.
So when they enter mosques and they look for people who are interested in committing acts of terrorism, they know there’s a lot of money riding on it for them to find that person. And as a result of that, what they’re ultimately finding in most of these cases are people on the fringes of society who are economically desperate, in some cases mentally ill, and these are people who are easily susceptible to a strong-willed informant.
OA US official posted at the consulate said that British security officers had stored 9mm handguns and possibly a pair of sub-machine guns at the diplomatic site before it was attacked on September 11 last year.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also disclosed new details of the assassination attempt on Britain’s ambassador to Libya, which prompted the Foreign Office to withdraw its team from Benghazi in June last year.
They said that Sir Dominic Asquith’s vehicle was spared a direct hit with a rocket only because one of the cars in his convoy suffered motor problems shortly before the ambush and changed positions.
“There were three cars in the motorcade and two of them were exactly alike,” the official said. “I think the gunner misidentified which vehicle the ambassador was supposed to be in and struck the security guys instead.”
The official said a squad of Americans responded to the British distress call and arrived to find two of Sir Dominic’s diplomatic protection officers wounded.
“We grabbed guns and gear and went the hell over there because we heard there was a man down. We felt we had to get there quick or we would lose him,” he said.
Republican critics of the State Department’s handling of the Benghazi attack have questioned why the US did not follow Britain’s lead and withdraw from eastern Libya in view of the deteriorating security situation.