By Pepe Escobar
Clearing House" -"Asia
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.
Pick your Mercedes
1. Will the FBI come clean and admit they knew everything there
is to know about Tamerlan Tsarnaev - after five years of
monitoring/controlling him - and still lied to public opinion by
swearing they knew nothing about his and his brother's identity,
posting their photos and asking for the public to act ''as eyes
and ears'' to identify those ''suspects''?
2. Since 9/11, the preferred FBI modus operandi is to use
informants to lure ''potential'' terra-rists to act. See for
example the Fast and Furious<-style Iran cum Mexican
plot. There's a strong possibility the Tsarnaev brothers
were set up. In this case, is there anyone anywhere among the
vast US intel apparatus investigating the FBI investigators?
3. Will the FBI explain a tsunami of false reports by the usual,
anonymous ''US officials'' of explosions or ''unexploded bombs''
- at two Boston hotels, a court house, and at the JFK library?
4. A Saudi student, injured at the bombing, who was in the US
via a legal student visa, is suddenly deported on ''national
security grounds'', even as investigators found ''unusual
burns'' on his hand inconsistent with the injuries of other
victims. He may have been a member of a Saudi clan notorious for
its al-Qaeda connections. The FBI ''investigation'' is suddenly
dropped shortly after the Saudi ambassador in the US held an
unscheduled meeting with President Barack Obama. Add to it that
even before the smoke had cleared, the Israel Lobby and the
notorious disinformation website DEBKA were pointing their
fingers at ''domestic terrorists with Middle East connections''.
5. The description of the car hijacked by the brothers, a
Mercedes E350 SUV, matches the description of their car left at
a service station in Cambridge for two weeks prior to the
bombing. A mechanic in Cambridge said Dzhokhar, Tamerlan's
brother, picked up his "black Mercedes SUV" on Tuesday, the day
after the marathon. The two cars may be one and the same; that
blows up the whole official ''carjacking'' narrative.
6. Additionally, there's a media blackout on the owner of the
allegedly hijacked Mercedes, who in theory managed to escape and
call the police, who maintains that the brothers went to three
ATMs and withdrew US$800 from his account - not before telling
him they were the ''marathon bombers and had killed an MIT
police''. The driver said he was let off at a gas station on
Memorial Drive in Cambridge. But some witnesses saw Dzhokhar at
the station's convenience store - without any driver. Then the
narrative of the brothers robbing a convenience store was
revealed to be false. Police scanners referred to a "black top"
person. Still, the official narrative is that the Tsarnaev
brothers were at the same place and the same time of the
7. The slain MIT police. The initial police scanner report
mentions the suspect in singular as ''a Hispanic with a hat
on''. This happened on the MIT campus, at a side street, after
the officer had responded to the report of ''a disturbance''.
Now the whole US law enforcement apparatus takes for granted
that the MIT cop was killed by the brothers - with no
8. There's a whole murky story about a ''stolen police SUV with
long guns and explosive'' - without any details. It is assumed
by everyone the brothers stole it, but nobody can tell when,
where and how. The official narrative sustains it to justify the
guns that the brothers allegedly used in a firefight with the
police in Watertown. Moreover, the chief of Watertown police
maintains that the brothers drove into town in ''two separate
cars''. The FBI and the Boston District Attorney say the
brothers were in the hijacked Mercedes.
9. The whole law enforcement apparatus insisted that there was a
heavy exchange of gunfire with Dzokhar while he was hiding in a
boat, before his arrest. That is false. He was unarmed, barely
moving and the hail of bullets towards the boat came from the
10. How come legions of police and mega-weaponized SWAT teams
searching a ''20 block'' crime scene perimeter in Watertown
simply could not locate Dzhokhar hiding in a street less than
two blocks from where he had abandoned his car? Even a simple
Google Maps search contradicts the claim that police did not
find him for a whole day because the street he was hiding -
Franklin - ''was slightly beyond the perimeter''. A number of
residents in Franklin street even complained that they were not
searched until after the lifting of the curfew and the discovery
of Dzhokhar by the boat's owner, who is now a national hero.
Do the martial dance
What the day-long delay in Dzhokhar's arrest indeed made
possible was to turn Watertown into a monster dry run for urban
martial law - euphemized as ''lockdown'' - in a very near
As total militarization of civilian life goes - featuring, for
instance, Homeland Security running amok with hundreds of
armored vehicles - this was a major success. Meanwhile, on the
''legal'' front, the White House and the Justice Department are
firmly on track to finally suppress the Miranda warning; that
went into effect already two years ago, when an Obama secret
executive order ruled the Miranda warning would not apply to
Dzhokhar is a ''suspected'' terrorist - now charged with using
and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, yet already
convicted by corporate media. Welcome to Police State USA -
where at least everyone still has the right to go out shopping.
Pepe Escobar is the author of
Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid
War (Nimble Books, 2007),
Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge
(Nimble Books, 2007), and
Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be
reached at email@example.com.
Copyright 2013 Asia Times Online (Holdings) Ltd
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