…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Whenever something major happens the public is subjected to misreporting and outright fabrications by the mass media. Those fabrications are then endlessly repeated and embellished, only to be abandoned when some more outrageous lie is created. The Muslim’s bombing of Boston marathon is yet another example how badly we are treated by those overpaid purveyors of falsehoods. Though the truth or something close to it may be somewhere in the depths of internet, most people have neither time nor inclination to search. Thus we have guessing and second guessing by those members of the public still curious enough.
I stress that I do not advance any theory. It is far too easy to criticise the police and even easier to criticise the FBI, now apparently solidly politicised from the Quantico training farm to the top floor of its Washington DC headquarters.
Yet. When a suspect flees on foot, especially a wounded suspect, and is not found within minutes, one imagines that a dog would be called for. One would imagine that there are dogs in Boston, perhaps even police dogs. Perusal of the timeline below (assuming it is correct), shows that eighteen (18) hours elapsed from the time the younger terrorist abandoned a hijacked Mercedes, and the time he was found, injured, a relatively short distance away, in a motor boat.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seemingly a few suras short of a Koran, managed to hide from the combined might of US law enforcement agencies for an incredibly long time. Perhaps dogs could not have been used because of possible infringement of Islamic sensibilities. Perhaps politically correct policemen no longer hunt and are thus incapable of following a blood trail of a quarry. Or is there something more sinister? Anybody can guess, but if you want to know how it really did not happen wait for a Michael Moore movie.
Monday 15 April
Two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon kill three and injure hundreds. Police rush to identify and locate those responsible by scrutinising CCTV footage and the crime scene, while heavily armed police patrol the city streets fearing more bombs may be planted or more people killed.
Thursday 18 April
5.20pm ET The FBI releases images of suspects in the bombings. Suspect One is wearing a black hat and sunglasses, Suspect Two is wearing a white baseball cap.
10.20pm ET Reports of a robbery at a 7-11 grocery shop near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge.
10.45pm ET Sean Collier, a campus police officer, is found shot in his car. Police say the suspects car-jack a black Mercedes four-wheel drive and release the owner unharmed at a filling station. The Mercedes is tracked to the Watertown suburb eight miles west of central Boston.
Friday 19 April
1am ET Gunfire and explosions are heard in Watertown. The suspects throw explosives and exchange gunfire with police. One suspect is wounded, and a policeman is seriously injured. The other suspect escapes capture. The wounded suspect is taken to Beth Israel Deaconess medical centre where he dies from “multiple traumatic injuries” . Public transport is shut down and residents of several neighbourhoods are told to stay inside and not open their doors.
8.20am ET Police suspend the city’s taxi service and warn all residents of Boston to stay at home.
8.30am ET Police formally identify the suspects as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 (Suspect One), who died in hospital, and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, 19 (Suspect Two), who remains at large.
8.45am ET Police arrive at a house in Watertown where police use loudspeakers to urge someone inside to come out. It appears to be a false alarm.
11.04am ET @FBIBoston tweets: “Bombing suspect may be driving 4-door, ’99, green Honda Civic w/ Mass. plates reading: 116GC7.”
12.17pmET @FBIBoston says it is no longer seeking the Honda Civic.
6.15pmET The Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, announces the resumption of public transport and says residents may leave their homes. Police say the bombing suspects do not appear to have been involved in the armed robbery at the grocery shopon Thursday night.
7.05pm ETGunshots are heard in Watertown. Police again ask residents to stay inside.
8.45pm ET The manhunt is brought to an end when Boston police announce they have caught Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He is located after a resident notices a trail of blood leading to his boat parked by his house.
9.45pm ET The Watertown police chief, Edward Deveau, says a call from a Watertown resident led to the tracking down of Tsarnaev, who has been taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in a serious condition.