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FBI To Hold Press Briefing At 5:00 PM - Release Photos Of Bombing Suspects

April 18, 2013

Suspect 1 and Suspect 2

MIM: For more photos and video see:

Media Advisory: Press Briefing

FBI Boston April 18, 2013
  • Special Agent Greg Comcowich (617) 223-6110

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston Field Office Richard DesLauriers, United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, and FBI JTTF law enforcement partners will hold a press briefing today, April 18, regarding the Boston Marathon investigation, at 5:00 p.m. at The Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Third Floor, Commonwealth Ballroom, Boston.

Valid media credentials are required for admittance.

MIM: Note that Carmen Ortiz was the prosecutor in the Tarek Mehanna case.


Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers Speaks at Press Conference Regarding Boston Marathon Explosions

FBI Boston April 16, 2013

  • Special Agent Greg Comcowich (617) 223-6110

Remarks given by Special Agent in Charged Richard DesLauriers at press conference.

I would like to start this morning by thanking the first responders from Boston EMS and Boston Fire Department and the volunteer physicians, nurses, and medical staff from the community who volunteered at the marathon. Their services and heroic actions saved lives yesterday afternoon.

We continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] partners and the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police, as well as all of the other JTTF agencies.

Our mission is clear—to bring to justice those responsible for the marathon bombing.

The American public wants answers. The citizens of the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want and deserve answers. This group of dedicated men and women standing before you today pledge to do everything possible to get those answers.

This remains a very active investigation. Our ongoing investigation in various locations throughout the area goes on. However, there are no known additional threats. We continue to interview various witnesses and process the crime scene, which could take some time. The citizens of Massachusetts and the city of Boston should expect to see the FBI and its JTTF partners conducting investigative activity in the greater Eastern Massachusetts and Boston areas.

Assistance from the public remains critical in establishing a timeline of events, which leads to swift conclusion through due diligence and strong investigative activity.

We commend the public. We commend the citizens of Boston and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the information that has been provided to law enforcement so far. And we strongly encourage that assistance to continue.

It is paramount to explain the FBI and our JTTF role to a greater extent—the volume of tips we have received and reiterating the resources we provide. We have received voluminous tips over the last 18 hours since the incidents.

We have staffed our 1-800-CALL-FBI tip line and we continue to encourage individuals to contact that line with any additional tips.

We are bringing additional victim assistance and Evidence Response Team resources from our Headquarters components and the field offices to Boston. And they are on site working as we speak, processing evidence at the crime scene.

To the extent the crime scene still plays in Copley perimeter—it continues to be a crime scene and may be that for days.

The FBI JTTF is logically following up on a variety of leads. You will see us and our law enforcement partners interviewing, maybe, your neighbor or co-worker or even yourself in coming days. We encourage you to please cooperate with law enforcement authorities.

The resources of the FBI and the JTTF allow for swift action, which we hope will yield quick results. But that does not diminish our diligence and persistence in combing through the high volume of evidence and leads that we are processing right now. We are just beginning upon that path.

Thank you very much.

Informed Speculation - Was The Boston Marathon Bombing Carried Out By Jihadists?


April 15th 2013 - San Francisco, CA - - 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,].


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."

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