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Eye 1

FBI's history of handing "terror suspects" live explosives

In late September 2011, AFP reported that a man was charged with "planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the Capitol in Washington." In its report, "US man charged with Pentagon bomb plot," AFP stated (emphasis added):
During the alleged plot, undercover FBI agents posed as accomplices who supplied Ferdaus with one remote-controlled plane, C4 explosives, and small arms that he allegedly envisioned using in a simultaneous ground assault in Washington.

However, ''the public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by undercover FBI employees,'' the FBI said.

Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, near Boston, immediately after putting the newly delivered weapons into a storage container, the FBI said.

Authorities described Ferdaus as a physics graduate from Northeastern University who followed al-Qaeda and was committed to ''violent jihad'' since early last year.


Reality Check: Did the FBI know about Boston bombing beforehand?

Tonight we are learning more about the Boston Marathon bombing tonight and yet there are still so many questions that have not been answered.

The biggest question of course, who is behind it?

Could it be that the FBI knows more about this attack than they are letting on? Could they have known about the attack before hand?

Ben is looking back at some recent history in order to look forward in a Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.

Comment: Given that the FBI practically has a hand in all U.S. 'terror plots', it is doubtful in the extreme that the Boston Bombings deviated from that rule:

FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots in the U.S.

Black Magic

Senator John Cornyn's Dallas-area office gets suspicious letter

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says authorities are investigating a suspicious letter sent to a district office.

Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie says authorities have been called to his office in Farmers Branch, just north of Dallas. He declined to provide more information.

War Whore

Senate committee: U.S. will aid Israel if it strikes Iran

© REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Resolution to provide diplomatic, economic, military support to Israel if it strikes Iran adopted by Senate Foreign Relations C'tee.

On Israel's 65th Independence Day, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted "Senate Resolution 65," stipulating that the US will assist Israel diplomatically, economically and militarily if the Jewish state is compelled to take military action against Iran "in its defense of its territory, people, and existence."

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sponsored Tuesday's resolution, which garnered a bipartisan group of 79 co-sponsors. The resolution also emphasizes that the US must be committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Eye 2

Brought to you by cops posing as terrorists: The big sleep


Why is there no trail of blood? Why is he conscious? And why is the knee so far away from his main body?
When are we going to wake up?

Will we ever be able to see how our government deliberately turns our joyous days into tragedies, and now has advanced its criminality into killing innocent people as part of a drill to show us why we have to be frisked, molested or irradiated at every public event we attend?

It's not exactly new stuff, this Boston Massacre Marathon Drill. For those who still haven't gotten the message, the Boston Police have admitted and numerous witnesses have observed that before the bombs that killed and maimed hundreds of happy observers of an innocent road race that the authorities were conducting an anti-terror drill during the race.

The bombs that went off on that sunny, happy spring afternoon prove beyond doubt - and once again, for the hundredth time - that it is our government that are the terrorists, and they're not out to protect us - they're out to kill us - and rob us and enslave us - while they demonstrate this demented need for security as they themselves create the terror.

How many recent examples do you need?


Phoenix police: 2 'suspicious' envelopes sent to Sen. Flake's office

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Police and fire departments respond to Sen. Jeff Flakes office after a suspicious letter has been found there.
Two suspicious envelopes were found Wednesday at the offices of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The first two floors of the offices near 22nd Street and Camelback Road were evacuated for almost two hours before occupants were allowed to return.

Inspection by the Postal Service revealed nothing harmful in the envelopes.

The envelopes contained an oily substance, according to Phoenix Fire. Two hazmat teams, FBI, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and firefighters responded to the incident.

Phoenix Police said they were told by office staff that the envelopes looked "suspicious." "That's all we know," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson. "(The envelopes) are secured."

This will be the fifth suspicious letter or package sent to U.S. politicians, including President Barack Obama, around the country in two days.

Cowboy Hat

Official: Suspect in custody in Boston bombings

Investigators comb through Boylston Street just beyond the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Wednesday in a breakthrough that came less than 48 hours after the deadly attack, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.

The official spoke shortly after several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The suspect was expected at a Boston courthouse under heavy security, the official said.

A news briefing was scheduled later Wednesday.


Initial tests show ricin in letter to Obama

© Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
Federal authorities are investigating a letter containing a "suspicious substance" that was addressed to President Obama, the agency confirmed Wednesday, and at least four U.S. senators also reported receiving suspicious mail.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said preliminary tests on the letter to Obama showed evidence of ricin, a powerful toxin that is generally considered to be ineffective as a weapon for mass terrorism.

The letter was sent to Obama on Tuesday, and was intercepted at the White House mail screening facility, according to Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary.

The screening facility is a remote facility, not located near the White House complex, Leary said.

Bad Guys

Boston, cowardice & America the blind

As I write this, we still don't know who was responsible for the horrific bombing attack in Boston. Perhaps it will turn out to be the work of home grown rightwing nuts; perhaps it's the act of foreign terrorists. But, whatever the source, what strikes me is the number of times the barbaric assault is being denounced as "cowardly".

As in Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis's warning that "This cowardly act will not be taken in stride."

Indeed, "Cowardly" is the epithet being used by political figures across the United States; it was used by an editorial writer in Kansas City Star and a spokesman for the United Maryland Muslim Council in Baltimore.

"Cowardly" is the term being used in messages of support from abroad, from the Prime Minister of India to the Prime Minister of Italy.

After all, what could be more cowardly than for some unknown, unseen, unannounced killer to blow apart and maim innocent men women and children, without any risk to himself.

But, if that be the definition of cowardice, what could be more cowardly, than the now cliché image of the button-down CIA officer agent driving to work in Las Vegas to assume his shift at the controls of a drone circling high over some dusty village on the other side of the world?

Bizarro Earth

Bombs from Boston to Baghdad: What is the value of a human life?


Boston bomb, 15 April 2013. At least three killed, bombers unknown.
The bombing in Boston is a tragedy, and everyone should condemn the actions of people who have destroyed the lives of people enjoying themselves watching the marathon.


Afghan bomb, 7 April 2013. Eleven children killed by US airstrike.
But last week in Afghanistan a US airstrike killed eleven children and several women. This Afghan bombing is only one of many that are killing civilians every week.

In Iraq bombs go off in crowded areas regularly. A wave of bombings across the country yesterday left at least 75 Iraqis dead.
And in Syria too, there is a daily repetition of carnage that is killing countless civilians.

Judged by the media coverage, it is hard not to conclude that western lives are valued much more highly than those of people in Afghanistan or the Middle East, and that bombs in the middle of major US cities are regarded as more newsworthy than those in the Afghan countryside or in Baghdad.