A thorough and responsible investigation and analysis of alternative theories regarding the Boston Marathon Bombing and aftermath
By Jeremy Rys
Last Update March 12, 2015 – (Original April 25, 2013)
Boston Marathon Bombing
A map showing the exact bombing locations
The bombings happened about 10 seconds apart at 2:49pm on April 15, 2015
Reports of Drills, Secondary Devices, and other tell-tale signs of a false flag
The JFK Library Fire
There were early reports of a possible 3rd bomb or explosion related to the Marathon Bombings, but it turned out to be an electrical fire in a utility room at the JFK Library which happened about the same time, thus confusing some of the people listening to events unfold via Fire and Police radio communications. Due to the events of the Marathon and the atmosphere of paranoia, a bomb squad unit was dispatched to the Library to investigate but soon left.
Boston Police Investigating Reports Of More Bombs After Marathon Explosions
A fire broke out inside a mechanical room at the JFK Library on Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. The fire was quickly knocked down. Photo by Bill Forry
The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum says that a 3 p.m. fire inside the building’s mechanical room was not caused by a device and is apparently not related to the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Additional sources and information related to JFK Library Fire:
Also, The Carlyle Group interestingly acquired the JFK Library in 2014:
Reports of Bomb Squad conducting Controlled Detonations, Drills
Officials said that a suspicious package was found and destroyed by police at the Madarin Hotel about an hour after the two bombs went off near the marathon finish line. After the bombings many people dropped their belongings and ran for safety, thus leading Boston Bomb Squad units to collect up these suspicious packages into a bomb disposal unit (such as the one pictured above) designed to contain bomb blasts and detonate any active explosives the packages may contain.
In order to do this, the bomb squad uses a “controlled explosion” inside one of these bomb disposal units to set off any left over explosives or incendiary materials. On the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing the Boston bomb squad also sent out an alert via Boston Police Radio approximately an hour after the attacks to announce that there would be a “controlled explosion on 600 block on Boylston Street” “Across from the Library” and for people not to be alarmed when they heard it.
Since this controlled explosive event took place nearly an hour after the bombings, there is no logical reason to assume it in any way assisted the event other than the possibility that other bomb evidence was destroyed in that event, but this hypothesis can easily be proved with sound evidence and bomb squad records. Those guys would know if they blew off another pressure cooker bomb inside that thing. Or any bomb for that matter…
In a variety of cases of false flag terrorist we have seen a recurring theme of drills suddendly turning live. One of the most basic advantages of conducting false flag operations this way is that things can be easily managed from a top down level, whereby all the emergency service personnel participating in the drill can be easily persuaded based on employment status, benefits, crediblity, etc. and the fact that most of the people involved in these sorts of careers, are generally responsive to authority in addition to the risk that authority figures can pose to their career.
A day after the bombings Anthony Gucciardi intereviewed Marathon runner Alastair Stevenson who claimed there were bomb squad drills being run at the Marathon Starting line in Newton including snipers on the roofs of nearby buildings.
Since the entire purpose of running drills simultaneous to false flag events is to ASSIST the false flag in being successfully carried out, then we should be able to see a clear benefit that these bomb dogs, National Guard CTS, and rooftop snipers served in assisting the actual events. As a comparison we can look at the simultaneous war game exercises being conducted on 9/11 which served the purpose of confusing and disabling NORAD, the FAA, and the military preventing them from defending US air space and allowing Flight 77 to fly around for over an hour and a half in sensitive air space before ultimately crashing into the US Military Command Center (aka The Pentagon)…
So in viewing the drills as described by Alastair and others, ask yourself what purpose they would have served in the overall events? How did they assist in getting those bombs to go off at those locations at those times, and why does it look so much like tsarnaev brothers were the ones who did it?
So in order to entertain the plausibility that someone other that the Tsarnaev brothers could have placed those explosives there, I have compiled some research for you below into various suspected individuals and there whereabouts just before and after the bombings:
Exact Location of Alleged Craft Operatives at time of Bombing
Video of Bombing from Dartmouth and Boylston Street showing location of National Guard CST
From this video evidence we can place these guys at the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Street during the exact time of the bombing.
Note the Westin Hotel Beyond the Boston Public Library building on the right side of the frame.
Here is a map showing the location of the camera that shot this video. If you’d like to look this up on Google Maps and confirm, be my guest. Just search for “Westin Hotel Copley Plaza”
Internet meme’s have successfully circulated disinformation regarding the exact location of these alleged “Craft International Employees”. Through more careful investigation their exact locations and movements before, during, and after the bombing can be traced. There is no hard evidence that I am aware of, placing these men directly at the crime scene shortly before the bombing.
The picture showing him without a backpack, running away, was taken much much later, as can be seen from the Marathon Bombing Finish Line video timelapse:
Radiation Detector Backpacks worn by National Guard CST units:
The Backpack has been an issue of doubt for a lot of people, and from the lack of high quality photos of the backpack, I can see why… Here is the best quality photo I could find of the backpack:
Evidence showing Dzhokar at the scene of the bombing, and running from the scene of the bombing
Image from Boston Bomb Video 30 Yards Left of Second Bomb (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq_nJl56LSg)
Posted by Fred Land on YouTube. Shows Dzhokar running from the bomb site with no backpack on.
Image of Dzhokar running from the bombing with no backpack on the corner of Fairfield and Boylston Street. (Click to Enlarge and un-crop)
Image showing Dzokhar Tsarnaev standing directly next to the victims who were most severely affected by the bomb. This is possible a picture of him in the act of planting the backpack, though some have argued this is not the right backpack.
Video Of Tsarnaev Brothers Around Boylston Street On Day Of Boston Marathon Bombing
This video was recently shown to a jury in the trial of Dzokhar Tsarnaev and contains edited surveillance camera footage of the Brothers and their movements around Boylston Street the day of the bombing. While unedited copies of the surveillance videos have yet to be analyzed for further evidence of foul play, handlers, etc. the evidence against the two brothers seems pretty incontrovertable.
Watch the above video compilation, and tell me who else planted those bombs?
My Original Video Responses to Boston Marathon Bombing Conspiracy Fever
Part 2: With video placing these men on Dartmouth Street with their radiation detector backpacks still on:
(Special Thanks to Mike Paczesny of BigPZone for finding the video from Suffolk U News)
Craft Internation Suspects Identified
Members of the 1st Civil Support Team Hanscom AFB
Through my investigation I have concluded that these were in fact members of the National Guard’s 1st Civil Support Team outof Hanscom AFB.
Since we have still recieved no public statement on who these men were, I decided to contact the Public Affairs Office with inquiries about why these men were wearing Craft International hats at the Boston Marathon and whether or not this was a violation of Uniform Code. Lt. Col James Sahady said he would get back to me in a week, and that was back in May… I have recently sent him a follow-up inquiry about a week ago. I have still not received a reply.
I encourage anyone out there who still has questions to do some inquiries of their own. They will not respond to mine any more…
Here is the last correspondence I recieved from the Hanscom Public Affairs Office:
Here are some useful links to help with your own investigation.
Pictures of the CST on scene:
Who these Government Security People are:
The Radiation Detector he was holding:
Image showing CST standing away from the bombing shortly thereafter:
Possible Family Links to CIA:
Kevin Ryan’s article on the Boston Bombings:
Why is the 1st Civil Support Team of the National Guard wearing Craft International hats and other apparel?
Still a valid question, that I have not heard an answer back on from the Hanscom AFB Public Affairs Office…
Documenting the crime scene evidence (Raw Footage collected 4/24/2013):
Me holding a shell casing marker while standing on the blood stain in the road where Tamalan was run over, dragged, and killed. Please watch the videos below for raw footage of the crime scene that I took myself. I don’t think whoever made that blood stain in the road survived… do you?
Footage of 1st Blast Site (Tamalan’s):
Footage of second bomb blast site (Dzhokar’s)
Touring the Watertown, MA Shootout and apprehension sites:
Laurel Street near the intersection of Dexter, where older brother Tsarnaev was run over:
Identity of Man Arrested on Nicholson Street?
This man’s identity is unfortunately, still a mystery
I am still in the process of getting the arrest records for Watertown MA to find the identity of this man who was arrested near Nichols and Dexter Street shortly before the shootout (Here is a video of one such arrest). Lot’s of people with close resemblance to the suspects were arrested that night (over 300 I’ve heard) and strip searches (and other flagrant Constitutional Rights violations) were common. Watertown also has a large Armenian community with the Armenian-American Center directly down the street… I have not had any leads on who this man in the picture is, but I am pretty sure it was NOT Tamalan.
The following article was written by Joe Quinn of Sott.net, and does a nice job debunking the case for “Crisis Actors” having staged the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 22:40 CEST
The idea that many ‘terrorist’ attacks are in fact carried out by government intelligence agencies is not a new concept (we here at Sott.net have spent the last ten years attempting to highlight the evidence for government complicity in ‘Islamic terrorism’ for one example). What is new is the idea that these government-inspired or perpetrated terrorist attacks are somehow doubly “fake” in the sense that some or all of the details of the attack didn’t actually happen in any real sense. The idea is that, not only was the attack fake in the sense that government, not ‘Muslim terrorists’ or ‘homegrown terrorists’, were responsible, but that the apparent victims were fake also, their roles, where necessary, being portrayed by ‘actors’, presumably working for the government. The claim that ‘crisis actors’ were used in place of real victims has been made about the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings, the more recent Boston marathon bombings and even the May 22nd knife attack on a British soldier in London.
To clarify, the idea of ‘actors’ as it is being used in this context is not the same as ‘media plants’. Media plants are people placed at the scene of a government false-flag terror attack who pose as ‘eyewitnesses’ to establish an official narrative for the media and public. ‘Actors’, on the other hand, are people who are supposedly part of the false-flag attack itself and who pose as victims of the attack but who are not really injured at all.
The Sandy Hook massacre last December seems to have been the first major event where the ‘actors’ idea gained traction. Within a month of the massacre, there were literally hundreds of Youtube videos and articles supposedly providing proof that the parents and neighbors of the victims were actually crisis actors and, therefore, the entire event was probably staged and no one was killed. The ‘hoax’ was, it is claimed, a crass and obvious attempt by the government to impose ‘gun control’ on America.
Many of the Sandy Hook hoax videos have received tens, and sometimes hundreds of thousands of views. I wrote about the implausibility of that particular ‘actors’ theory here and tried to compile the best evidence for Sandy Hook being a US intel ‘black’ operation here and here. Despite my efforts, (not that I ever expect them to make much difference) the ‘terror attack actors’ idea continued to gain pace and made a serious reappearance at the Boston Marathon bombings.
The main ‘evidence’ for ‘actors’ at the Boston marathon bombings centered around one of the victims, Jeff Bauman. Bauman is the guy whose picture was sensationally splashed across media newspapers and websites as he was taken from the scene of the bombing in a wheelchair with the bone of one of his severed legs protruding.
I’m pretty sure half the planet saw that particular image.
Proponents of the ‘actors’ theory seized on this image as hard evidence that ‘fakery’ was afoot. After all, where was all the blood that surely should have been spurting from his leg? Even in the immediate aftermath of the bomb, it is claimed, pictures of the scene are devoid of any significant amounts of blood and certainly no spurting from Bauman’s leg(s).
Disbelievers also pointed to the color of what blood there was on the ground, citing it as evidence that obviously fake or ‘stage’ blood because it was just too bright to be real. Some pundits even pointed out that there were different colors of blood from one image to the next!
And what about those people around Bauman? One guy seems to be putting on his sunglasses just seconds after the bombing!
Surely all of these details constitute ‘slam dunk’ evidence that the Boston bombings were faked in the sense that ‘crisis actors’ were used, at least as part of the operation?
The problem with this theory is that it has no legs, so to speak. It seems that not one of the advocates of the ‘actors’ theory bothered to think about the implications of their claims. If they had, they would have been quickly confronted with some rather implausible conclusions.
For example, if Jeff Bauman was, as is claimed, an ‘actor’ who was already an amputee and was fitted with the bony prosthetics immediately after the bombing, how do we explain that none of his family or friends have spoken up and pointed out that Jeff couldn’t have lost his legs in the bombing because he lost them several months or years ago?
Jeff has been widely feted in the media in the months since the bombing, and made a surprise appearance before the Boston Bruins ice hockey game in early May. A few days ago Jeff threw the first pitch at Red Sox game.
Surely someone who knew him as a prior double amputee would have said something? Then again, maybe his entire family and friends are intelligence operatives too and in on the plot? Maybe Jeff was a ‘deep cover’ intelligence operative with no public history before the bombings and all of the google images of him (many with legs I would add) that appear to go back several years were planted on google in the run up to his prime time exposure in Boston? Or maybe all of his family and friends were somehow silenced or ‘paid off’?
Bauman seems to have been associated with ‘Team Stork‘ which appears to be a marathon running team made up of members of the Brigham and Women’s hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School that is located in Boston. Here’s an image of him with some Team Stork members. (This picture was taken along the Boston Marathon Route in Newton, MA The Church steeple in the Background belongs to Saint Bernard’s and they are standing at approximately 1578 MA-16 Washington Street Newton, MA looking NNE)
From what I can gather, Bauman’s girlfriend may have been running in the race as part of ‘Team Stork’, and she may have been a student nurse at the aforementioned hospital. Alternatively, she and Bauman may simply have been friends with Team Stork runners. In the image below of the scene immediately following the first explosion, the woman in the foreground is wearing a shirt with the blue ‘Team Stork’ logo on it. She may have been with Bauman as they waiting were for team members to cross the finish line.
The above image shows quite a lot of blood on the ground. As noted, many ‘actors’ theorists have claimed that this blood is “too red” to be real, despite the fact that there are at least two shades of red blood on the ground. A little research into blood color would quickly have informed such theorists that oxygenated blood is bright red, while deoxygenated blood is a dark (or darker) red color. I would have thought that most people would have at some point in their lives had experience with the color of blood, if only their own, in terms of a small cut. Doesn’t everyone know that fresh blood from your finger can be a bright red color and dried coagulated blood is dark red, almost black? In fact, depending on where and when you cut yourself, your blood can be a brighter or a darker shade of red (see the aforementioned oxygenated or deoxygenated blood comment).
Severed Arteries, Spurting and Instant Death
Then there is the image of Bauman himself and his protruding femur. ‘Actors’ theorists were quick to point to the ‘evidence’ that there is very little blood on Jeff’s leg, either in the images immediately after the bomb went off and also when he was being wheeled away from the scene in a wheelchair. I’ve spoken to several practicing doctors, all of whom have experience of serious trauma victims. Not one of them were surprised that there was not a large amount of blood squirting from Bauman’s wounds. What most of them did say was that they had been surprised at the lack of blood when they first encountered trauma victims early in their careers, but that they were quickly able to understand it based on their prior knowledge of human anatomy, and that since then, they’re never surprised at a lack of blood loss in trauma patients.
In Bauman’s case, the ‘actors’ theorists claim was that, since his femoral artery was “severed”, there should have been massive blood loss and he should not have survived. The problem here is again one of a lack of cursory research by those promoting the theory.
The femoral artery runs inside the thigh from the pelvis down to above the knee. The now infamous picture of Bauman in the wheelchair shows pretty clearly that both of his knees are intact and that his major injuries are below the knee. Therefore, it is not true to say that his femoral artery was severed.
Even in the case that his femoral artery had been severed, arteries are sphincteral, that is to say, they spasm and contract when severed. This appears to be a natural life-preserving function of the body to prevent blood loss. When arteries are compromised, coagulation factors are also released that facilitate the formation of thrombi which minimize blood loss. Just like the formation of a scab over a wound. It is such an effective system that blood thinner drugs are often given to prevent the formation of these thrombi during surgery on an artery.
There are other arteries in the lower leg (the anterior and posterior tibial arteries) but these are not major arteries and if severed, as in Bauman’s case, would very likely have spasmed resulting in a fairly quick reduction in blood loss. In addition, the man in the cowboy hat (Carlos Arredondo) had tied a tourniquet to his mid-thigh area, further restricting blood loss. (By the way, the reason Bauman was evacuated in a wheelchair was because there are usually many wheelchairs at the finish line of races for people who really shouldn’t be running marathons to sit down in, before they collapse).
The Implausibility of Crisis Actors at a Real Bombing
The following images were taken by a person in an office on the first floor of a building directly behind where the first bomb went off. Two photos appear to have been taken every second (the person probably just held down the shutter release button). You can see the full sequence here. These photos, along with a video of the bomb exploding (see below), provide fairly conclusive proof that Jeff Bauman was at more or less ‘ground zero’ of the explosion, and that a bomb really did go off.
The first image below shows the scene immediately after the bomb went off. Bauman and a few other people are in the center surrounded by a cloud of smoke. As the smoke clears in the subsequent images, you can see Bauman lying on the ground with his back to the camera. There is a man with a black and grey hooded top (the hood is grey) right in front of Bauman. This is ‘sunglasses man’.
Take note of the man running on the road in the top right of each photograph. He is wearing a black or dark blue running outfit with white short sleeves. He is also wearing pink socks (we’ll call him ‘pink socks’). He can be seen in the video below reacting to the bomb.
Here’s a still of the man I’m talking about.
My point here is that, the appearance of ‘pink socks’ in the video above, and his appearance in the images taken from behind where the bomb went off looking towards the finish line and down at the explosion site establishes that:
a) the bomb was real
b) that Bauman and others were at the site of the explosion.
For the actors theory to be believable therefore, we have to assume that Bauman, as ‘actor’, was undeterred by the violent explosion and carried on with his assigned job of fitting prostheses to his stumps (or having sunglasses man do it for him) ready for his big photo-op. Or to put it another way, that, in the middle of a bomb blast that clearly did happen, and was clearly strong enough to cause serious injury, a few government hired “crisis actors” were either:
a) manipulated into situating themselves at the site of the bomb (of which they had no knowledge) and then, when it did explode, causing them injuries, they proceeded to carry on with their role of “actors”
b) part of the bomb plot and agreed to place themselves at the site of the bomb, and their lives in danger, so that at least one of them could produce a prosthetic leg with protruding bone for later public viewing.
Bizarrely, this scenario is preferred by many over the scenario that the real bombers would have more likely opted for just detonating the bombs and creating real casualties for public exposure. Clearly the real bombers have no consideration for human life, because three people were killed, one of them an eight year old boy at the site of the second bombing that went off 10 seconds after the first and 100 yards away. Unless, of course, we are to believe that those three were also “actors” and did not die at all and were part of the “staged event”, their families and friends either in on the plot or ‘silenced’.
The Real Evidence Vs COINTELPRO
There seems to be a thread of “fakery” claims that run from 9/11 (the ‘blue screen planes’ theory) through Sandy Hook (another ‘staged event’) and Boston which, when looked at from a broad perspective, seems to have been deliberately invented and disseminated in order to discredit the serious evidence for government complicity in these specific ‘terror’ attacks.
The problem here is that, as concerns the Boston bombings, there is hard evidence that:
- There was a drill on the day of the marathon
- There were spotters on roofs and dog sniffing teams
- There were announcements made about the drills
- There were two tweets from the Boston Globe on their marathon update page that “authorities have announced that a controlled explosion will take opposite the library in 1 minute” (this was two hours before a bomb went off at that exact location)
- The FBI have admitted that they had been in contact with the two brothers for about 5 years
- The NY Times ran an article stating that virtually all previous “terror plots” that were “foiled” by the FBI were actually created by the FBI.
Officer Sean Collier, was approached by an unknown person(s) as he sat in his car and shot multiple times. The only evidence linking the Tsarnaev brothers to this killing is the claim made by the unnamed man who was allegedly taken hostage by the brothers after they allegedly killed officer Collier. The story goes that after he was taken hostage in his own car by the brothers, the older brother asked him if he had heard about the Boston bombing. The unnamed hostage replied that he had, and the older Tsarnaev brother then allegedly said;
“I did that, and I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.”
Coincidentally, the traffic cop who was the first on the scene of Colliers murder (officer Richard Donohue) was a close friend of Collier. Even more coincidentally, officer Donohue was involved later that evening in the alleged shoot out with the brothers in the Watertown area of Boston, where he was, coincidentally, the only officer to be shot by “friendly fire”. And to round off the coincidence-fest:
“Officer Donohue of the MBTA Transit Police remembers almost nothing of the night he was shot during chaotic gunfire on a normally quiet Watertown street, or of the murder of his close friend, MIT police Officer Sean Collier, hours before in Cambridge.”
What are the odds, eh?
Further Evidence against the “Crisis Actors” Hypothesis
On July 30, 2014 this was posted on the Jeff Bauman — Boston Strong Facebook Page:
Here are the names of the doctors from Boston Medical Center who treated Jeff Bauman for his injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
They are: Alik Farber, MD, Tracey Dechert, MD, Peter Burke,MD, Jeffrey Bauman, Patty Harrison,NP, Joe Blansfield,NP
Nick Vogt look-alike mis-ID
He “doesn’t look to be in pain” whatsoever, if you don’t look at his face.
The actual Nick Vogt. Note the location of the injury.
“”It takes both a special kind of paranoia and a complete lack of shame to call a bombing victim a paid government shill for somehow not looking enough like a bombing victim.
—Mike Rothschild, Skeptoid
The crisis actor meme resurfaced in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, with some cranks (including James Tracy once again) claiming that the publicised footage of explosions and injured victims was unrealistic, and that the whole thing had been staged as a false flag operation.
In particular, a Before It’s News blogger claimed that images of a man who lost both legs in the bombing were unconvincing and that he was actually an amputee actor dressed up in fake gore.
This idea is bullshit. As Mike Rothschild notes:
Of course, there is absolutely no evidence that Baumann and Vogt are the same people, and a huge amount of evidence that they aren’t. For one thing, they had different injuries, with Vogt losing his legs above the knee, and Baumann below the knee. Also, a cursory visual comparison of the two men confirms they look almost nothing like each other, other than both being Caucasian and dark-haired. But to crisis actor believers, those facts do nothing other than lend confirmation to the conspiracy. To them, Vogt was pretending to be Baumann, taking on a lead role in the government’s latest false flag – a pernicious fake designed to take away our rights and heap the abuse of restrictive laws upon us.
The Boston Bombing proved a perfect opportunity to discredit and deamonize “truthers” by spreading misinformation and disinformation about nonsense conspiracies involving Crisis Actors and Craft International Operatives. These false theories successfully captivated the attention of would-be conspiracy investigators or believers and instead of gathering legitimate evidence, properly investigating leads, and building a solid legal case… they poisoned the well with patently false information which only served to discredit anyone else who asks legitimate questions in the future.
Thanks to gullible idiots who spread these lies and disinformation like wildfire across the internet, the word “Truther” is now synonymous with “Conspiracy Theorist” and people who believe the Government hired over 300 actors to stage this event… In my opinion it would have been much more simple for the FBI (having known the Tsarnaev brothers) to have consciously allowed the attacks to happen, in order to benefite from them later. In addition to the pretext for gun confiscation and Martial Law, the attacks could also be used effectively to discredit “Truthers” by feeding them massive amounts of disinformation early one while creating a vacuum of legitimate evidence and information elsewhere thereby allowing disinformation and conspiracy theories to rise out of the vacuum due to the absense of complete information.