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New Hampshire State Representative says Boston bombing was a government black-op

New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) believes that Alex Jones' website Infowars has revealed the truth behind the Boston Marathon bombings.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party on Tuesday highlighted a Facebook message Tremblay left on Glenn Beck's fan page last Friday.

The message claimed the U.S. government secretly carried out the Boston attack and that the suspect who was arrested was merely a patsy. The post linked to an Alex Jones video.
War Whore

Boston bombing lessons: Martial law doesn't work

Only after the curfew in Watertown, Massachusetts, was lifted and alert resident David Hanberry went outside his home to get a smoke, according to news reports, did the case of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev crack open. That was when Hanberry saw blood on the tarp of his dry-docked boat and called the police.

Up until that time, a wide assortment of local, state, and federal officials were engaged in a dragnet that essentially shut down the city of Boston, and included house-to-house searches in the neighborhoods of Watertown, Mass. and New Bedford, Mass., the latter being near where 19-year-old Russian immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had enrolled in college. Tsarnaev, a Muslim from the Dagestan area of Russia that abuts Chechnya, became a U.S. citizen on September 11 of last year.

In essence, the lessons from the Boston Marathon mean that the following procedures employed in the week-long manhunt proved to be completely ineffective in apprehending Tsarnaev:
- House-to-house searches in a dragnet-style;

- Use of military-style helicopters across the state;

- Use of tanks and armored vehicles on the streets of Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and New Bedford;

- Shutting down the city, except for limited coffee shops;

- Stopping all public transportation;

- Banning taxi service across the city of Boston; and

- Abandoning the federal Posse Comitatus law banning the use of soldiers in law enforcement.

Orwell does America

Welcome to the sweet abyss of an Orwellian vortex. 2013 increasingly looks like 1984.

In two previous articles, for RT and for Asia Times Online I have looked into the superimposed levels of blowback implied by the Boston bombing.

With still so many unanswered questions regarding what took place on the ground in Boston after the bombing, it's time to look at an extra, possible Top Ten list of lingering absurdities.

And this without sidestepping other unanswered crucial questions, such as why a bomb drill - organized by Craft - was going on during the marathon at which the bombing took place; and why it was vehemently denied that a bomb drill was going on.

For this current set of questions, I'm grateful for the help of Asia Times Online's Bostonian readers.
Eye 2

Psychopath Ann Coulter: Boston suspect's widow 'ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab'

Ann Coulter
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Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show "Hannity" Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she's sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation's immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber's widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for "wearing a hijab."

"I don't care if she knew about this," Coulter said. "She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn't really working. They're assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?"

Hannity seemed momentarily puzzled at the sudden citation of female genital mutilation, stammering his reply. "I, uh, I don't know the answer to that," he said before confidently adding: "But your point is well taken."

Comment: Ann Coulter ought to be exorcised and/or entombed for being a demon.

War Whore

Police State: Weapons of war have no place on our streets

Boston Lockdown
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Boston Lockdown
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Comment: Say hello to the new normal - For the authoritarians and their followers it's a dream come true.


The FBI Boston-Chechnya charade

The Boston bombing was major blowback. That much is certain. The question is, what level of blowback?

It could have been a covert op gone real bad. It could have been blowback from former ''freedom fighters'' - in this case ethnic Chechens - reconverted into terra-rists. It could have been straight blowback for United States foreign policy targeting Muslims, whether dispatching them to Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib or Bagram, extraordinarily renditioning them, or target assassinating them.

The FBI, predictably, is not admitting any of these three options. It sticks to a convoluted screenplay worthy of those cocaine-fueled Hollywood nights in the 1980s; a couple of bad guys who ''hate our freedoms'' because... they do.

As I've written elsewhere in a sort of preamble for this article, there are inter-galactic holes in the story of the Tsarnaev brothers. Now we also know - via their mother - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was monitoring elder brother Tamerlan for at least five years. In a subsequent interview to CNN's Piers Morgan, the mother actually talked, significantly, about ''counseling''.
Arrow Down

Residents mistakenly told of radiation leak

A programming error led to 194 residents being notified by telephone that a ship was leaking radioactive material near Port Penn this morning. It took nearly an hour until they were told there was no such disaster.

The message, part of a training exercise and not intended for public distribution, was sent out about 11:30 a.m. by First Call, the company that operates the state's reverse-911 system, said Kevin Wilson, of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

It instructed the recipients who live within a half mile of 5 South Congress St. in Port Penn to shelter in place and tune radios to the Emergency Alert System for details.

The message led the recipients to believe that an actual event had taken place, Wilson said.

Then at 12:25 p.m., First Call issued another message to the homes affected saying the first one was sent in error.

Matthew Teague, president of First Call, apologized to residents for any inconvenience.

Second Chinese official dies in mysterious circumstances

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Jia's death is the second case in two weeks of an official dying while being held in Communist party’s secret detention system.
Jia Jiuxiang dies after being taken in for questioning by Communist party's anti-corruption investigators.

A senior official at a city court in central China has died under mysterious circumstances, his body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-corruption investigators of the ruling Communist party, according to his family.

The case of Jia Jiuxiang, who was vice-president of the Sanmenxia City intermediate people's court in Henan province, is the second in two weeks to surface of an official dying while being held in the party's secret detention system, which is not regulated by law.

Jia's relatives say they suspect he was tortured in detention. His brother-in-law, Zhou Qiang, said Jia was detained on 12 April by the local party's discipline inspection committee, turned up in a local hospital on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning after attempts to save him failed.

Jia's wife, who was allowed to see the body, said his face had turned blue and his body was covered in bruises, Zhou said.

"We think that in handling the case, the discipline inspection committee used cruel tactics against him," Zhou said. He said that Jia, 49, had previously been in good health.

Another relative, Ma Weihua, who identified himself as Jia's nephew, confirmed details of Zhou's account and said local officials told the relatives they would conduct an investigation into Jia's death.
Bad Guys

Shin Bet can continue to access tourists' emails upon arrival at Ben-Gurion, Israeli Attorney General says

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A security inspector searches a traveler's bag at Ben Gurion Airport. Recently, several tourists thought to be pro-Palestinian activists were asked by security agents to open their Gmail accounts.
Shin Bet Security Service personnel can proceed to access emails of tourists landing at Ben-Gurion Airport, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said Wednesday, choosing not to interfere with the procedure. He noted that such searches "are performed only in exceptional instances, after other relevant incriminating indications are found."

Responding to a complaint filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Weinstein, in a response issued by his assistant, Nadeem Abboud, said, "given the limitations of intelligence coverage and the difficulty of obtaining relevant information about foreign citizens, the questioning conducted at the border crossings by the representative of the Shin Bet carries weight in bolstering or refuting the suspicions against a foreign national wanting to enter."

Charges dropped against framed Miss. man in ricin case as FBI searches second home

Ricin search
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Charges against Mississippi man who was accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the President and others have been dropped. Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody, while the home of a second man was searched.
Authorities dropped charges Tuesday against the man they had accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the White House, a U.S. senator and a county judge as the FBI appeared to turn its attention toward his longtime antagonist in a small-town Mississippi feud.

A federal magistrate judge directed that charges against Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, be dismissed because "the ongoing investigation has revealed new information," according to his written order. The charges were dropped without prejudice, meaning that they could be reinstated.

But Tuesday afternoon, the FBI was searching the Tupelo, Miss., home of James Everette Dutschke in connection with the ricin case. Dutschke said he is innocent and does not know anything about the ingredients for ricin.