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#BostonMarathon suspects, or just guys in the crowd?

#BostonMarathon suspects, or just guys in the crowd?

Yesterday there was a wealth of speculation based on sleuthing at 4Chan and Reddit about possible suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

I didn’t run the photos, because, well, these may just be guys in the crowd and the analysis did not impress me based on what was presented. Here’s part of it:

Well, now an image is all over the internet already, supposedly of people the FBI wants to speak with, including the guy in the white hat:

NY Post Two Men Boston Marathon

Allahpundit notes that the people in the photos may not even be suspects, and the amateur photo analysis may be way off.  Reddit is backing off bigtime:

UPDATE: 10 hours after these guys were identified, the NY Post has ran a front page story with pictures of them, apparently unaware that they have been identified and have come forward.

This is what you call a witch hunt media, for god sake.

The two males we’re talking about are the one in a black jumper/hoody with a white hat, and his friend in a blue track jacket. There are multiple news sites releasing their information and/or Facebook pages, this is disgusting and will not be tolerated here, no links to these stories are allowed.

Please report any posts regarding personal information on these two, they will be removed and the user will be permanently banned. All previous links to these two are being removed.

We are not waiting for them to be officially cleared, one of the men has contacted the police to try and clear his name. Please understand that the FBI now knows who they are, so our posts now have no purpose. If the situation changes then people can make new posts. It’s not our job to keep their information out there, people are innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around.

So be cautious.

So much has been so wrong about the facts reported by the media.

Update:  Teen: I Am Not the Boston Marathon Bomber:

The teenage boy authorities once investigated as possibly being connected to the Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News today he was shocked to see his face pop up on television and all over social media.

Salah Barhoun, 17, said he went to the police yesterday to clear his name after he found himself tagged in pictures online. He had just gone to watch the race, he said, but soon after the explosions, he was singled out by internet sleuths as looking suspicious. Federal authorities passed around images of Barhoun, attempting to learn more information about him, sources told ABC News.

Boston police officers keep a perimeter secure in Boston’s Copley Square, April 16, 2013 as an investigation continues into the bomb blasts at the finish area of the Boston Marathon.

Today The New York Post ran a story featuring a picture of Barhoun circled in red, but said it was unclear if the two men were the same as two potential suspects spotted by law enforcement Wednesday.

The NY Post updates:

NY Post Two Men Boston Marathon Cleared


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That “cleared” Saudi kid…???

Maybe not so much. Maybe no connection to the bombing.

But SOMETHING appears to be not quite right.

Citizen participation in the defense of our country comes straight out for the very beginning when farmers armed with guns took to the fields to defend themselves and their communities. They weren’t always right, regrettably so, but they weren’t malicious or careless.

While it may not be a good thing in this particular instance, this incident does show the power of social media for good or worse. People just need to be aware that until more information is forthcoming, that there will be a lot of red herrings and false starts in the course of the investigation.

Thank you for this.

I was wondering if the guy in blue loooked “Middle Eastern”…until reading to the end of the post.

I disagree with you quite a bit, but it’s obvious that, within the limits of time and resources, you’re doing your best to get things right, let the chips fall where they may.

What is this? Exclusive: Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ May Be Deported on ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed to Be Framed

    OT: Interesting that Yahoo! runs this and devotes so much space to it.

    To paraphrase something I read: Rupert Murdoch surveyed the American media scene and identified an unserved niche market: half the country.

    Yahoo! has been stagnant at best and recently hired a new CEO. Maybe she thought along the same lines that Murdoch once did. Too soon to tell, but worth noticing IMHO.

Going to the court rightnow!! Shit is real. But u will see guys I’m did not do anything

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | April 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Witch Hunt by the Media?


Wicked Witch Media?????

Didn’t some Pakistani/Indian Terrorist Group already lay claim to this? Or was that just reports that identical bombs had been used by that group?

“…people are innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around.”

Of course, Dear Leader has let it be known that this does not apply to Cambridge policemen.

why I never put too much stock in that photo is you cannot see if the bag is in his hands.

Normally I would be opposed to publishing this info but with this administration and their proven record of apology before resolution I would be wary of anything coming out of DC.

This act of terror must be solved and if roots are found having foreign connections, retaliation must be swift and overwhelming.

But my confidence is not very high at this point…

Henry Hawkins | April 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

See the black guy with the black and orange reversed Bosox cap just southwest of the suspect in blue? JAYWALKER. and the guy in the upper right with the tricolor sleeves? LITTERER.

I recall the story of Richard Jewell and the Olympic Bombing in Atlanta:

It seems the lessons of that event have been lost.

Hey…. equal protection. Ordinary citizens have just as much right to be wrong as classically trained professional journalists with the highest ethical standards.

The Saudi student who is about to be deported “voluntarily” after the late-night, unscheduled White House visit from the Saudi Ambassador may not be involved, but something stinks about it.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | April 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    That was my reaction when I heard the guy on Hannity last night report this, that the Saudi student would be deported as a national security risk. He was apparently questioned and cleared in the Boston bombing. OK, fine. But it turns out he’s enough of a security risk on other matters that he’s being deported? That’s got to be the coincidence of the century – or an indictment/impeachment worthy cover-up in process.

    I also wonder why so few media outlets, particularly conservative ones, are following up on this. A few pols have voiced ‘concern’ in rather subdued tones. Makes me wonder if something big is going on off-stage.

      Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | April 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      But Nappy “Our Borders Are As Secure As They’ve Ever Been” Napolitno tells us this is aaaaalllll a rumor.

      So, I am TOTALLY assured there is nothing to this story.

    Unfortunately, a lot of what this administration does smells quite rancid.

Phillep Harding | April 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Zoom in on the pack; It certainly could contain a pressure cooker, handle up and bottom out, except the regulator vent would be drilling a hole in the guy’s back. This is not a comfortable thing.

The guy in blue was not wearing a pack in the first photo, but was in the second photo, if he was in both photos. Looks like a dead end, even without either of them coming in.

Baruk Hashem Israel is forever!
The top emergency medicine doctor at a Boston hospital where many of the wounded from Monday’s bombing attack were being treated credited Israel with training the hospital’s first-response team and readying it to deal with mass-casualty incidents.

While briefing media hours after the devastating attack that killed three people and wounded over 100 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Dr. Alasdair Conn said that the scene of the carnage and the horrific injuries sustained by the victims were reminiscent of “a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad or Israel, or some other tragic place in the world.”

Afterward he added, “About two years ago, in actual fact, we asked the Israelis to come across, and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner.”

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to beloved2. | April 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Only 2 years ago ?

    They might have taken a cheap trip to London to study the impact of backpacker sized bombs & triage systems. They did an excellent job also.

    I think it is an ongoing exercise .

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to beloved2. | April 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    It is a sad truth but disaster & medical prep is huge business. A city once affected can sell its hard earnt knowledge . Not a bad thing at all .

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