Boston Marathon bombing: third bomber suspected?

Posted by: Phineas on April 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge breaks the story:

Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports that the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack did not rely on cell phone detonators, using a “line of sight” speed controller from a remote control toy car as the trigger. It is not known what the range is on the specific controller that was used, but it is typically 250 yards or less.

The national security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is believed one or both of the brothers used the controllers to detonate the bombs, but the involvement of a third person to trigger the devices still has not been ruled out.

An important fact mentioned is that the type of controller used is not described in al Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine, which has articles educating terrorists on how to make bombs.

What’s even more interesting to me is the passing mention in the video that the Tsarnaev brothers had apparently made their bombs without experiencing failure or a “workplace accident.” I’d wondered before where they (or, at least, the older brother) had tested their devices without anyone noticing. This would suggest strongly that Tamerlan, the older brother, got his “education” outside the country, probably during his six-month trip to Dagestan.

It’s possible, perhaps probable that one of the Tsarnaevs worked the controller, then ditched it in the days before they were killed or caught. But the information in Herridge’s report about the possibility of a third party shows that we don’t yet know nearly enough about what happened.

RELATED: Speaking of “who else may have been involved or known,” Jester has a hunch. It also bears directly on the “where did they test the bombs” question. Worth reading. Also, at Hot Air, the bombs showed “training or expertise.”

via Pat Dollard by way of Melissa Clouthier

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Boston Marathon bombing: third bomber suspected?”


  1. It is still early in this investigation but some of the more obvious items will be good starting points. Questions primarily will revolve around money management, ordnance expertise, family connections, social contacts, and Tamerlan’s activities on his six month trek to Dagestan. It is the old ripple effect; start at the center and progressively radiate out.

    Do not put too much stock in what info the Russians may have had to pass along. When was the last time they ever did us any real favors out of the kindness of their hearts?

  2. Carlos says:

    Gosh, 330,000,000 people in the United States, and the only ones who don’t suspect at least one more being seriously involved in the bombing and/or its preparation happen to work for the DoJ!

    This is what ya get when elitists run everything. They’re the only ones too concerned with screwing up others’ lives to pay attention to reality.

    Sho’ wish we po’ folk that don’t look like Mr. My People had an Attorney General, especially one who paid attention. Loving the United States would be a great bonus, too.

  3. sniperpitbull says:

    First time poster. The rule of thumb is that the construction and effectiveness of an IED is limited only by the creativity of its maker.

    There’s a long way to go before we’ve got all the “i’s dotted , t’s crossed” and one can honestly say, “It’s a wrap.”

    Of course, our esteemed AG was busily representing terrorist and terrorist organizations from an office in NYC before he became the AG. He was feckless when he served as the US(less) Attorney in Washington, DC and has continued in the same vein as AG. Hopefully his fecklessness continues when he was representing the terrorists as a private attorney.

  4. Carlos says:

    Heads are gonna roll now at the FBI. They’ve got three more in custody (two already arraigned) for “obstruction” for disposing of materials after the bombing.

    Yep, Lone Wolves alright. Any bets on no one being found that at least aided and abetted before the bombings?

    It doesn’t take a genius to construct a bomb, but face it, folks, neither of these guys was the brightest bulb in the pack, the sharpest tool in the box. I can’t believe they were able to take clear step-by-step instructions off the ‘net and construct those bombs, supposedly not even test them, and succeed as they did without some help in the process BEFORE committing their cowardly, ungodly religious murder.