Posted by: Chuck | April 17, 2013

Black Hawk Down and Boston Bombing – Terrible News All Around Report


 

 

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US Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Near North Korea Border  – 16 Apr 2013 A US military Black Hawk helicopter has crashed near the border with North Korea, according to a South Korean defense official. The helicopter, identified by the Yonhap news agency as a UH-60 Black Hawk, came down in Cheolwon county, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP. The precise cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but the incident occurred during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises.

 

Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Boston Explosions – UM Coach  – 15 Apr 2013; University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15. Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before. “Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

 

‘Marathon as Dry-Run Disaster’  – 21 Apr 2008; Today thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators are unwittingly taking part in a planned disaster. Yet, they are not just safe from harm (except for the variety brought on by running 26.2 miles); they also are participants in an event that will make the citizens of Greater Boston safer in case of a natural catastrophe or terrorist attack. Primary responsibility for the health and well-being of both runners and spectators in Boston rests with Boston Emergency Medical Service (BEMS), along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Agency. According to BEMS chief Richard Serino, his department considers events like the marathon and the Fourth of July celebration as “planned disasters” – safe, controlled environments that present “an opportunity to test some things you would never want to test in a real disaster.”  Massachusetts is better prepared for a real disaster because every Patriot’s Day and Fourth of July is treated as a “disaster.”

 

Boston runners were warned: Squeamish man  – 15 Apr 2013 /British Columbia. Runners getting set to take part in the Boston Marathon were warned beforehand that they were going to die, said a squeamish resident who took part in the race. Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the famed 42.2-kilometre running event on Monday (April 15). Mike Heiliger, 59, said a woman holding several bags was telling runners who were picking up their pre-race packages in downtown Boston on Saturday (April 13) that they were going to die if they participated in the event.

 

As Boston reels, New York City put on high alert  – 16 Apr 2013 In New York City, the New York Police Department immediately beefed up security at major attractions, hotels and high-traffic spots yesterday. “We’re stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. After cops were briefed by NYPD counterterror officials about “what the concerns were in Boston, what to look for here,” Browne said, critical response vehicles swarmed Times Square, the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall. Up to 100 cop cars rallied at one point in Times Square.

 

Tight security will be the rule in Boston today  — ‘That area is pretty much going to be locked down’ — Governor Deval Patrick. 16 Apr 2013; Boston will be largely open for business on Tuesday, but so much will be different, as a wounded city awakens to higher security and heightened vigilance following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. Heavily armed police will be out in force. Bags will be searched on the ­MBTA. And the area around Copley Square will remain a crime scene, closed to the public. Not since the Sept. 11 attacks has Boston witnessed such a show of martial power coupled with a sense of vulnerability and grief. The scores of rifle-wielding state troopers, National Guard members in fatigues, and municipal SWAT teams who descended on the city Monday will continue to patrol on Tuesday, particularly around the finish line of the marathon in the Back Bay.

 

Navy bomb unit sent to Boston –State National Guard troops at scene1- 5 Apr 2013; The US Navy has sent one of its bomb-disposal units to Boston to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the two explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The blasts killed two and injured more than 100. The three-member explosive ordnance disposal team based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., was sent to Massachusetts after state officials asked for help. Authorities are investigating the bombings and also are checking other bags and packages that may have been left unattended as terrified crowds races away from the chaos Monday.

 

FBI takes charge in law enforcement probe of Boston Marathon explosions  – 15 Apr 2013; The FBI is taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The announcement came Monday night at a news conference in Boston whose participants included Richard DesLauriers, the agent in charge of the FBI in Boston. The FBI said it is seeking information, visual images or details regarding the explosions along the marathon route and elsewhere.

 

Lawmakers call Boston bombing an ‘act of terror’  – 15 Apr 2013; The bombs that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday are considered a terrorist attack by several Capitol Hill lawmakers, even as President Obama refrained using that description earlier in the day. “I think it has all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism,” House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said. “Multiple bombings simultaneously. A mass casualty event – spectacular event – that’s what they always try to focus and target. So, to me, it’s got all the hallmarks of that and I believe that it is and the only remaining issue is who are the perpetrators and what’s the motivation behind it.”  

 

3 killed, at least 144 injured in Boston Marathon blasts  – 15 Apr 2013; Three people were killed and 144 others were injured this afternoon as two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston’s Back Bay section, transforming a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos. When the smoke cleared from what officials said may have been a terrorist attack, dozens of victims lay in the street, some unconscious, some grievously injured, including some whose limbs had been torn off by the blast. Blood and broken glass covered sidewalks in the area after the blasts occurred at about 2:50 p.m.

 

 

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