MIM: The entire attack has the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism. Near simultaneous blasts and ball bearings and nails loaded into the container designed to inflict the maximum carnage by maiming and killing anyone in the vicinity.
"...Investigators found "shredded pieces of pressure cookers" in the bomb debris, Fox reported, adding that a source said it was hidden inside a black backpack placed in a garbage can. The FBI is hoping to identify the cellular telephone which may have been used to trigger the bomb.
If the reports prove to be true, they could tie the attack to Islamist terrorists. Pressure cooker bombs are among the suggestions for terrorist attacks offered by al-Qaida's Inspire magazine. An article entitled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" is strikingly similar to what is known about Monday's attack that killed three people and injured more than 130 others gathered near the marathon's finish line.
Pressure cooker bombs should be "placed in crowded areas and left to blow up. More than one of these could be planted to explode at the same time. However, keep in mind that the range of the shrapnel in this operation is short range so the pressurized cooker or pipe should be placed close to the intended targets and should not be concealed from them by barriers such as walls." http://www.investigativeproject.org/3972/boston-marathon-bomb-probe-focusing-on-pressure
Informed Speculation - Was The Boston Marathon Bombing Carried Out By Jihadists?
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 15th 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - At 2:50 today [EST] two bombs were detonated along the route near the end of the Boston Marathon. The explosions occurred several seconds apart.
As of this writing 3 people are dead and over 100 injured.
Unconfirmed reports stated that a "foreign national" is being guarded at an undisclosed Boston hospital.
Police have surveillance video of a man with a backpack placing bombs in trash cans.
Today is also a local holiday in Boston known as "Patriots Day.
(The Patriot Act was used to gather evidence in the Mehanna case).
On April 12th 2012 the Muslim pharmacist from Boston, Tarek Mehanna,was sentenced by a federal court in Boston to 17 and one half years in prison for conspiring to provide aid to al-Qaeda. Mehanna is thought to have conspired with Ahmad Abousamra who is believed to have received military training during several trips to Pakistan. He has since, gone to ground, and is among the FBI's Ten Most Wanted individuals [see, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/alert/ahmad-abousamra/view].
Perhaps not, as a huge campaign by Muslims and leftists demanding his release has been ongoing since his arrest. At this point in time it is pure speculation, but if the bombings turn out to be the result of Islamist terrorism there is a great likelihood that they are linked to the efforts to free Tarek Mehanna .
His supporters have set up websites and awarded him via his parents the Sacco-Vanzetti award for social justice calling him to a champion of free speech.
At his sentencing a defiant Mehanna stated that, "I mentioned Paul Revere – when he went on his midnight ride, it was for the purpose of warning the people that the British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons stored there by the Minuteman. By the time they got to Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There's an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that day. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was about."