Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley
The Media Left speculates that persons motivated by the Tea Party, anti-tax, Right-Wing committed the Boston Marathon Atrocity. Alex Jones throws up the "false flag." The Right speculates that this was a jihad attack. Who is right? Details from the US government, which would prefer to tell us nothing (openly, ayway), are sparse, pried out by reporters with good law enforcement sources. Only the Right also cautions against jumping to conclusions, which is correct; however, It is only proper to note that investigators are certainly taking the Saudi trail seriously. We've been down that way before.
Still throbbing with rage over the blast, I am not assuaged by President Obama's loathesome promise: "We will find out why they did this." Why? His words suggest there could be a legitimate reason behind this pain-inflicting, civilization-crushing terrorism. Is this is preemptive post-9/11 echo of "Why do they hate us?" I hope not.
From today's New York Post:
Police took a 20-year-old Saudi national into custody near the scene of yesterday’s horrific Boston Marathon bomb attack, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
UPDATE: Saudi Alharbi is a "witness not a suspect" say unnamed fed officials.
UPDATE: Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi described by roommate as devout Muslim.
UPDATE: MyFoxBoston has i.d.'d the Saudi person of interest as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, 20.
The potential suspect was questioned by the FBI and local police yesterday at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was under heavy guard while being treated for shrapnel injuries to his leg sustained in the blast.
In late afternoon, a large group of federal and state law enforcement agents raided an apartment in a building in the Saudi man’s hometown of Revere, Mass.
FBI agents could be seen through one window. It was not clear what, if anything, they found. But Revere fire officials said they were called out to support bomb-squad officers as part of an investigation of a “person of interest” in the marathon attack.
At the hospital, investigators seized the man’s clothes to examine whether they held any evidence that he was behind the attack. The law-enforcement sources also told The Post that the man was not free to leave the medical center.
He had suffered shrapnel wounds to the back of a leg but was not likely to die, a source said.
As of last night, investigators had not yet directly asked the man whether he had set off the bombs. But they had asked him general questions, such as what he was doing in the area.
The potential suspect told police he had dinner Sunday night near Boston’s Prudential Center, about half a mile from the blast site, the sources said.
He also said that he went to the Copley Square area yesterday to witness the finish of the race.
The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”
He also asked: “Did anyone die?”
Officials showed up at the Revere apartment at about 5:30 p.m. in unmarked vehicles, a resident of the building said. It’s on a street where the man had lived, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
About an hour later, more vehicles, carrying agents of the FBI, Homeland Security and ATF also descended on the site, along with firefighters and a bomb squad. They searched an apartment on the fifth floor.
By midnight, most of the authorities had left the complex, which sits on a piece of ocean-front property in the seaside city.
Investigators were looking for anything that might have been used set to off the devices, including a remote control.
According to a report by CBS News, the man was initially tackled by a bystander while running from the scene of the explosions.
The bystander told police he grabbed the Saudi because he thought he was acting suspiciously.
Meanwhile, a Boston writer named Eric Twardzik captured this photo (below) of police making an arrest yesterday afternoon on the Boston Common. It is not known if it is connected to the marathan attack.