Tuesday, 16 April 2013


It is too soon to speculate; even at this late stage there is still more that we don't know, than what we do know. Prayers to the victims, their families, & to the wounded survivors - S.L.

The news broke quickly at about 14:50hrs this afternoon and right away the pol-scientists and the journo-analysts were picking our brains - by 'our' I mean the two Snake Eaters in the room; myself and my runnin' partner. I posted the photo to the left there because this is what we were initially working off because right away the Suits were pouring into the Security bubble and asking questions.

In the aftermath of a surprise attack, there is a thirst for information. It was incredible how the senior execs quizzed us; as if we could know any more than what they could see with their own eyes on TV. But we could see more because we know what it is we are looking at . . . or perhaps it is because we know what it is not . . .

White smoke suggests it is not C-4; no huge fireball suggests it is not a gasoline cover. In fact that much smoke and dust suggests AMFO; Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil, with a 1lb TNT kicker. Crude but effective enough in a packed crowd, especially with the ball bearings.

Then there were the conflicting casualty counts - it went from 2 to 12 then settled back down to 3. I was coming back from the latrine and the Suits were all piling out of a conference room and it was like an impromptu press conference right there in the hallway.

"How many killed?"

"What is it? Any more bombs found?"

I told them it is too soon to say, the media was full of conflicting reports, that the casualty count was anywhere between 2 and 12 killed, as many as 110 wounded, possibly more, possibly much more.

Then Theo emailed me asking the same thing and this is what I told Theo:

So far this thing has the earmarks of an AQ-recruited homegrown amatuer. They got lucky this time, actually got a couple to detonate. There were more apparently - from what I've seen so far in open-source intell, they look like amfo (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil) with ball bearing apparently. Crude but effective.

Time will tell. They should waterboard the hell out of the perp for 48 hours, then give him to me. All I'll have to do is make friends with the rat bastard, and then coax info out of him by saying, "If you don't want to talk to me, I'll give you back to the waterboard team and you can talk to them . . . " . . . he'll talk. They always do . . .

I can't say shit like that at work. Scares the shit out of the Suits.



John said...

I couldn't possibly improve on this...
T. B. Bechtel, a part-time City Councilman from Midland, TX , was asked
on a local live radio talk show, just what he thought of the allegations of
torture of the Iraqi prisoners. His reply prompted his ejection from the
studio, but to thunderous applause from the audience.

"If hooking up an Iraqi prisoner's balls to a car's battery cables will
save one Texas GI's life, then I have just three things to say,

"Red is positive"
"Black is negative"
"Make sure his balls are wet.

Toejam said...

I'm wondering how the bombs were disguised.

They had to be in plain sight before they were detonated, and no one raised an alarm so they must have blended in very well with their surroundings. Like they were part of the street scene.

They also must have been too large to be carried by suicide bombers.

I haven't been to Boston in well over 30 years, but does anyone know if they, like many other cities use those cement planters with saplings in them. They're about 2 feet high and 2 feet across at the top and 1 foot at the base. They're not only decorative but they act as "bollards" to keep cars from entering a pedestrian area.

The terrorists could have planted their deadly packages in them the night before or even weeks before under the guise of city workers. Pop the sapling out, place the prepared device at the bottom and replace the sapling. A Cell-phone wired to a blasting cap as the detonator.

I'm just speculating, but

LifeoftheMind said...

Pre-locating weapons and explosives in planters fits the pattern established by the Chechens. The simpler solution is more likely though. Given this was a special crowd event there would be temporary trash receptacles along the route. A big blue or green wastebasket, with the device covered by a layer of trash, would have gone unnoticed. If off to the side I would have suspected a Porta-potty. We need to wait for more information.