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NYC Bombing Plan Is Now Called ‘Spontaneous’

From CNN:

Boston bombing suspects planned Times Square attack, Bloomberg says

By Greg Botelho and Josh Levs | Thu April 25, 2013

(CNN) — Days after allegedly causing death and devastation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two brothers "spontaneously" decided to head to a new place to unleash terror — New York City — that city’s mayor said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, told investigators that he and his brother decided to bomb Times Square as they talked the night of April 18 in a Mercedes SUV they’d just carjacked, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The 19-year-old initially told investigators from a Boston hospital bed that he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had talked about going to New York to "party." Then he offered a new account during a second round of questioning Sunday evening into Monday, during which Kelly said Dzhokhar was "a lot more lucid" than the first time he was interviewed.

Would it be too cynical to wonder if Bloomberg is stressing that this was a spontaneous idea after the ‘they were going to New York to party’ version didn’t work out? New York City’s tourist trade brings in a lot of tax revenue.

After all, as this article goes on to note, Jokar visited New York City twice last year. And he went to Times Square at least once. Might he not have been scouting out locations for their attack?

The brothers had five pipe bombs and a "pressure-cooker bomb" — the latter similar to the bombs used in the Boston blasts — with them in the SUV that they could have used in New York, Kelly said.

Instead, their plan "fell apart" when the SUV ran low on fuel in the Boston area and the Tsarnaevs ordered the driver to pull into a gas station, Kelly said. The driver escaped during the refueling, he said, and police subsequently caught up with the Tsarnaevs…

So, once again, ‘the system worked.’ Not.

The only thing that kept the brothers from blowing up Times Square was their anti-Americanism. They didn’t kill the driver because they wanted to show how much they hate Americans, compared to the Chinese. (Who, by the way, have been waging a war on their Muslim nationals for years.)

"We don’t know that we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "We’re just thankful that we didn’t have to find out that answer."

We know. They wouldn’t have been stopped, unless maybe they had ordered a ‘Big Gulp’ or tried to smoke in a park.

Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said investigators believe the Boston bombing suspects were planning another attack "likely in the Boston area." "The notion they decided to go to New York was a rushed event after this thing unraveled on them," the Michigan Republican said.

Why believe that New York City only popped into their heads at the last minute? Especially, when it seems Jokar had made two trips to Manhattan to possibly scout out targets:

There is no evidence that New York City is currently a target of a terror attack stemming from the Boston bombings, Kelly added. Still, he said authorities are investigating two visits that the surviving suspect made to New York City last year.

In one of those trips, in April 2012, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is photographed in Times Square.

One person pictured in that picture was in federal custody Thursday, as he’s been for the last six days, on alleged visa violations. This man, whom a federal law enforcement source said Dzhokhar shared a cell phone with, was originally detained last Friday with another person when federal agents swarmed a residence thinking Dzhokhar might be inside, a federal law enforcement source said.
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Neither of these two detained men — both foreign exchange students from Kazakhstan at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar also was enrolled — has been linked to the Boston Marathon attack. Yet investigators hope they can better piece together the suspected bombers’ movements before and after the marathon.

"These guys are not being cut loose immediately, and there’s a reason why," the federal law enforcement source said…

But they aren’t linked to the attack. No way.

But speaking of Times Square, the ‘Times Square bomber’ also wanted to use a pressure cooker, like the Boston bombers. The Times Square bomber bought fireworks, and from the same fireworks store (though at a different location) where the Boston bombers bought theirs.

And, of course, the Time Square bomber wanted to blow up Times Square, just like the Boston Bombers wanted to.

Anybody else notice a pattern? Might they not have used him as a model? How come nobody else has mentioned this?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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