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The Bombings, Part II: De Blasio, Obama, And Cuomo: A Study In Contrasts

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The reactions of New York mayor Bill de Blasio, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and President Obama are also revealing. The president and the mayor, as true progressives, strove mightily to avoid using the “terror“ word – no doubt fearing that someone might, Heaven forbid, make a Muslim connection.

The identity and background of the arrested suspect show just how off the mark their approach was. To his credit, Gov. Cuomo told it like it was right out of the box.

“A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism,” the governor said soon after the news broke of the Manhattan attack.

And while Mr. Cuomo initially hesitated to speculate on a foreign connection, once the identity of the suspect was made known, he was quick to say that “today’s information suggests it may be foreign related.”

(In retrospect, how could it have been otherwise? After all, it was immediately known that explosives were placed in a pressure cooker with shrapnel and that there had been an earlier bombing in New Jersey.)

But Mayor de Blasio was not having any of that, and instead refused to acknowledge what everyone knew to be the case: that terrorism was in play. He said:


Here is what we know: it was intentional, it was a violent act, it was certainly a criminal act, it was a bombing – that’s what we know…. To understand there were any specific motivations, political motivations, and connection to an organization – that’s what we don’t know.


But nobody asked him to ascribe specific motivations. Surely he had a duty to assure New Yorkers that he had some handle on the scope of the dangers they faced. And to what would he ascribe the explosions – run of the mill vandalism? Yet it wasn’t until Monday, after the identity of a prime suspect went viral, that the mayor first broached the notion that the bombings may indeed have been terrorist acts.

As for the progressive-in-chief, 72 hours after the Saturday bombings President Obama had yet to utter the word “terrorist” in reference to them – despite the Islamist allegiance of the alleged perpetrator.

Indeed, as if to underscore his refusal to accept, even now, any overarching Muslim connection, the president, who arrived in New York on Sunday for the annual UN General Assembly, declined to accord any special significance to the bombings by passing without stopping at the site of the Chelsea bombing.

At least we can say kudos to Gov. Cuomo.

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NY/NJ Bomber Captured in Shootout With NJ Police, FBI

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with New Jersey Police and FBI agents.

He’s believed to be responsible for a collection of terrorist bombings in Manhattan — including the Chelsea pressure cooker explosion that left 29 people injured over the weekend — and several bombings in New Jersey. Rahami was identified on surveillance video filmed as he planted the bombs in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, only one of which actually detonated. He was spotted by a local resident who called police after seeing him sleeping in a doorway of a local business.

The Afghani native was arrested after being wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, near a restaurant allegedly owned by his family.

The 28-year-old suspect was shot in the exchange along with two police officers, one with non life-threatening injuries and the second hit by glass shrapnel. All were taken to a local hospital.

Rahami is described as a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan living with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where there is also a large Jewish community.

It’s still not clear whether there are other suspects being investigated in connection with the bombings, officials have said. But New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN on Monday morning, “I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Authorities Identify Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombings

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

A suspect has been identified in the bombings that took place on Monday, April 15, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The suspect was seen on surveillance footage which showed a young man carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene. The camera at Lord & Taylor, located directly across the street from where the bomb went off, provided investigators with a clear video of the area, according to an unnamed official as cited by Fox News.

The circuit board suspected of being used to detonate at least one of the bombs has been recovered, and FBI investigators continue to scan and analyze the cell phone tower records to identify positive hits for signs of calls that may have triggered both explosions from remote locations.

There are continuing reports that the type of bomb used in the deadly blast was a “pressure cooker.”  Such bombs have been used in the past in major bombings in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Descriptions of the efficacy of such bombs and even explanations for how to build them can be found in Al Qaeda’s online magazine, Inspire. There are conflicting reports about whether an arrest has already been made, but all agree a suspect has been identified.

The third fatality of the bombings was identified today as a Boston University graduate student, Lingzu Lu. Lu is a Chinese national who had been studying mathematics and statistics.

UPDATE 3:23 pm ET: Boston federal courthouse has been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/authorities-identif-suspect-in-boston-marathon-bombings/2013/04/17/

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