This is widely known...
I'm silent for a while after something like this as I try to let the dust settle and get some sort of handle on what actually happened because news coverage usually sucks as these events unfold. Some things have become clear, and I'll try to be nice as I write this but I'm going to be honest because... well, because somebody's got to be honest with you about this. I know many sources on the Web are in fact telling the entire truth and they're all to be applauded. I'm just being direct and honest based on my wiring, who I am. This is a long post so I hope you'll stick with me all the way to the end. Here we go...
First thing that gripes me is the act depicted above, story here. Actually, it's not the officer who frosts my cookies because I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was just doing what he was told by his "leaders" and would much rather have been out there sluggin' and shootin' it out with the Brothers Tsarnaev instead of delivering moo-juice to the mother of some crumb-crunchers who could have lived off water for a couple days without croaking. See the Boston Police Twitter caption in the picture above? That can only mean they're proud of their milk-delivery-instead-of-catching-murderers service, and that's part of their problem. Big time.
And there were probably even more about one block back, in a security perimeter around the entire area. I count about twenty-five, including probable plain-clothes officers and obvious bodyguards. In one freakin' intersection. And now tell me why they needed to be there. Of course, they were there to protect the governor Duval Patrick, and the mayors of Boston and Watertown and MA State Police Superintendent, Colonel Timothy Alben. And not one of them needed to be there. They couldn't have this dog and pony show in a conference room in downtown Boston or Watertown or the State Police Academy? How 'bout a medieval fair where they would have been surrounded by chubby guys with swords and hairy backs and chins?
What the politicians should have done is stride confidently out onto the steps of their various administration buildings ~ you, know, where their limos drop them off every morning ~ and said bravely to their people, far and wide: Fear not. Forsooth: I know many of you brave people are equipped with the skill, the spirit, and the weaponry to be able to handle these two dirtbags who blew up our cool one-event track meet today, and I will speak to you in a moment. The rest of you, the sheep, just stay inside til we grab or kill these two knuckleheads. And don't ask my guys to bring you food and stuff. They're busy. You can live off coffee and popcorn like my troopers will be doing until we catch or kill every single bad-guy involved in this attack. All you others, you sheepdogs who are not my cops ~ and you know who you are ~ go about your business. If you see these two suspects, pictures of whom are about to be plastered from here to Mars, get on the phone and call 911 and we'll get there RFN. If they start to shoot at you, you have my permission to shoot back and my promise that you will not be prosecuted for it nor for any damage you cause in doing so, including causing the accidental death of innocents caught up in the battle. If the suspects move away from you, follow from a safe distance as discussed by Undaunted at his blog, which you can find... here.
But there is no way the politicians could give those directives in Massachusetts because in that state some of the most corrupt leaders in the world have enacted some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, the results of which can be seen here even though the poll here clearly shows that the majority of Americans want a gun when in Boston-like situations ~ and I don't mean being down two games to the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final ~ in order to protect themselves. I'm just drop-dead sure there are lots and lots of Americans, too, who'd not mind not being in lock-down but being allowed, as the fictional brave mayor said, go about their business, to take their chances... and any shots at the bad-guys they can make and take.
This attack would not have happened in Houston or Dallas or Beaumont or some other place where there are lots of people walking the streets with legally concealed handguns, some of those weapons being carried openly, within the law... like where I live.
Another reason these "leaders" are dirty...
Seems like Patrick and Menino are more interested in maintaining and adding to their constituent base ~ job security for them and their families and cronies ~ than they are with properly protecting the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the fine folk of Boston, even though they foolishly refer to their city as Hockeytown. By appeasing the Muslims, as seen in the video there, they stay in power and are able to continue taking bribes and accepting favors in exchange for making appointments to government jobs, including positions on the MA bench, of which the recipients are seemingly always unworthy. See here for an introduction to Michelle Freadman who was appointed Deputy Director of Aviation Security at MassPort with no qualifications, based on her CV and work history. What? Again?
Mayor Menino is here pissed off that the FBI had the bombers in their federal sights and let them walk. Why? I mean, why would Menino be mad? Would BPD have dropped the hammer on the brothers? That appears unlikely based on the pose Menino took in the video above. And the mayor's hissy-fitting because some local security "experts" didn't tell them that the marathon Start/Finish line was an "area of increased vulnerability" and warn BPD that bad-guys could bomb spectators and runners at the event, and the best spot to do that was at the Start/Finish line? Are you kidding me? His guys didn't know that already? WTF good, then, is BPD if they can't do that math? Here's the deal, dumb-ass Menino: Your Chief and all of BPD should have known that the S/F line was a high-risk area and that there were certain types of people they needed to be looking for that day, especially during the start and finish of the race. While the entire race course could not have been protected from terrorist danger, the S/F line indeed could have been cordoned off and a search conducted of everyone seeking access to that area. I mean, look at the picture above of all those cops surrounding all those courageous politicians: they know how to do it; they just lacked the will to do it when and where it really mattered. Another "expert" wrote after the attack, here, that security at the race was "almost impossible." Oh, bullshit. It's not even difficult if you properly assess your risks and focus your available assets on the most likely attack point which is obviously ~ say it with me ~ the Start/Finish line.
I count eight cops in this shot. Why?
This did not catch BPD's attention? Was it checked and cleared? Was it actually one of the bombs, the second one detonated? That's not something I could determine based on what information is available right now, but if it was one of the bombs, then not one BPD cop wanted to know what was in that bag? Not one officer on BPD saw it being put there and went after the guy who did it? If so, why not? Because BPD didn't take the threat seriously since, as Colonel Alben said, it was a marathon like all the others and nothing had happened at all the others therefore nothing would happen at this one. So, they stood around as shown above and let this attack occur because too many of them, including their "leaders", were negligent, and lazy and stupid. Oh, by the way, the mail box shouldn't have been there either.
Looking at these pictures and assuming they depict BPD training, they appear to have been trained to:
- Stand around in groups near the finish line and wonder how long it will take Marchand to recover from his concussion.
- Permit suspicious items to be left at the curb in the most likely attack area.
- Shuffle in place while asking some tough old-timer if he needs help.
- Get in the way of doctors and EMTs because your leaders don't really know what you actually should be doing in this situation.
I think it's a reasonable conclusion to draw: these police officers, though some of them somewhere were certainly alert and ready to deal with danger, were inadequately trained and poorly led. The only other conclusion might be that they were not trained at all. The ones milling around the scene after the blast were not there to secure the crime scene for processing. Having processed many crime scenes, I can tell you this one was so fully contaminated that there was no reason for it to be "secured" ~ as though BPD knows how to secure anything at all. For all those uniformed cops to be on the actual race route, the street, not the sidewalks where the fans were, shows me that the cops in the pictures above were there to control the crowd; you know, all those rowdy marathon watchers. I mean, dang; we all know what a bunch of desperadoes they are, right? So, then, I want to know how many undercover guys and girls they had working the sidewalks by the S/F line. And, then, I want to know how all those UC guys and girls missed the two brothers doing what they did: walk around in a crowded area with backpacks and then put the backpacks down and then leave the area.
Back to what should have been said at the presser shown at top; Boston Mayor Menino should have said: Chief Fast Eddie Davis offered me his resignation and I have accepted it and he will be replaced immediately by LTC Matthew Dooley, or I just fired Chief Davis and he will be replaced immediately by, you guessed it: LTC Matthew Dooley. And, I resign effective at this moment because I should have put a warrior in the job instead of Davis and so I bear part of the responsibility for letting the attack take place. Instead, we hear Menino whining because some other agency didn't spoon-feed his guys the exact intel needed to stop the two brothers. And rather than falling on his sword, Davis hopes he can dodge a bullet by having the outcome of another dog and pony show exonerate him and his staff dipshits so he can slither into retirement and write books by the shore. The story linked to just two lines above says he's expecting answers within a year as to why-oh-why the Tsarnaev brothers were able to pull off this caper. Hey, I can tell you right now. I know this instant how you fucked up, jefe.
You want to know what cops need to be doing when the shit hits the fan? Look here. There's not one word about delivering milk. There's not one word about helping runners to their feet or escorting doctors from their beige Volvos to the bloody mess permitted by police ineptitude and carelessness. BPD goes from utter stupidity by literally standing around and permitting the attack to unnecessarily stacking their way through Boston and Watertown bravely warning their helpless charges: Don't worry, we got it handled, miss. Just call 911 if you need some milk, or you know... poptarts or anything. And they want to be taken seriously? Really?
What they should have done at the beginning is this:
- Establish a secure perimeter at least one block in every direction from the S/F line. Every street and alley is blocked off to force access into the area through only one or two access point on each side of the AO... area of operation, that's eight max. These can be manned by reputable, armed security officers with K9 provided by local LEA. Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Access to the streets from the sewers is cut off by spot-welding manhole covers down, just like the Secret Service does over Presidential routes sometimes.
- Prior to the race, every building is checked by explosive detection dogs, especially the sides of the buildings facing the raceway.
- Every vehicle parked on the streets within the AO is identified by owner ~ which means the cops ID the owner and have that owner come to their vehicle and show ID so the PD knows this lady belongs to this car and that truck belongs to this guy right... here. All unidentifiable vehicles and all rental vehicles are towed from the scene immediately.
- Every single person entering through the several access points are submitted to the same search procedures as they would be if they were getting on an airplane.
- USPS, FedEx, UPS boxes are removed from sidewalks, along with newspaper vending contraptions.
- Solid-side trash cans are replaced with open-sided receptacles and lined only with clear plastic liners. See here for details. Security and cops in the AO keep constant watch on those trash cans to see if someone puts into one something deadly. And so do you.
- Before the start of the race and until the last runner crosses the finish line, snipers are deployed giving coverage to the entire S/F area and the avenues of approach to it from the eight access points. Spotters look for threats but also for people who may be in position to be doing counter-surveillance: looking for cops so they can let their brothers know what and who to expect, and maybe who to target.
- Four hours prior to the starter's pistol going Pop, undercover guys and girls begin to gradually move into the AP. Each of them must pass through the access points and appear to be inspected because bad-guys may be doing counter-surveillance to spot the cops.
- QRF/SWAT is fully visible on-scene and ready to respond with overwhelming force of violence to stop any threat identified by spotters, the UC crew, access point security. And you.
Hey, you think that's a little much? Look again at that picture of the eight cops deciding who's the pivot man in their circle-jerk. But all I've read is politicians and police "leaders" blowing sunshine up my skirt with congratulations and back-slaps on what a great job everyone did from the time someone asked the question: Hey, when are we going to start planning security for the 2013 marathon? until the BPD twitter guy sent: Captured. But we live in a society where there are no losers, everybody has to win. It's considered insensitive and mean nowadays to think that when something goes wrong there are actually fingers of blame that should and must be pointed so the same idiot who fucked it up the first time doesn't get another shot at it.
There were certainly men and women in the Boston bombing situation who did the right thing at the right time but there is no evidence to support the notion that enough of them were doing the right thing before the bombs were detonated.
That provides a nice nexus to what Superintendent Alben should have said at that presser depicted in the top picture: nothing. He shouldn't have been anywhere near the politicians. Once the bombs went off what Alben should have done was to be out there as close to the action as possible, with the biggest gun and the most bullets and the coolest gear in the AO, and in direct contact ~ so he could whisper to them if he wanted to ~ with the operators on the scene, wherever that scene may have been and for the duration of whatever was made to happen by said operators. Instead, Alben stayed cozy in a ring of uniforms and suits and, and along with the politicians, told us all exactly no-o-o-o-o-thing... except that he's not a leader. The MA State Police is too much of a PC, corrupt organization as shown here. And see here how Alben basically admits in the first paragraph to fucking up by being complacent: this marathon was j-j-j-just like all the others. He talks about "lessons learned" as the AAR goes forward. Really? Hey, Massachusetts; when are you gonna learn to stop voting for corrupt people who appoint incompetent bozos to leadership jobs? WTF? I could ask much of this country the same question, eh?
Update 10 July 2013: Looks like they're still not getting it in Boston... some other agency is to blame for their stupidity... here.
As for the spectators at the scene, evidently none of them looked for and so didn't notice a couple guys who left backpacks among the crowd and then shuffled away from them. Why? Because they've been made to not care, convinced that to be alert means to be paranoid about terrorists which is to be racist which means people won't like them on their social media page and so they'll be sad. And we can't have that, can we?So, what about you? What should you do if you're heading for a track meet or a concert at the local vineyard on the hill? If you're just going to try to survive if an attack takes place, here are some thoughts on what to bring at least one of for each person in your group:
- Bottled water, for drinking of course, but you also want one bottle designated for washing junk out of your eyes.
- Military surplus bandage, usually sealed in a dark green plastic pack; or for the best, get these... and learn how to use them.
- At least one dark-colored hand towel for wiping away body fluids ~ yours and that of others perhaps ~ out of your face. Towels should be dark because some of what's wiped might be your own blood and lots of weak people freak out when they see that.
- Sun-glasses or other good eye protection, something more than the readers you squint through while perusing your recipe books and Sunday funnies.
- High-protein food ~ you don't want to be standing in lines waiting for corndogs and such, which is to set yourself up for failure. I mean you're already in a crowded area; why stand in a line and make an even better target of yourself and your kin? If you absolutely must stand in a line for something, everyone in your family a/o group should not go into that line at the same time ~ at least disperse your group throughout the length of the line ~ for the same reason the POTUS and VPOTUS never fly together on the same plane.
- Wound-sealer that stops lots of bleeding fast such as one of the products here. You can buy them at Walgreens and such.
- This gear needs to be in sturdy backpacks, not plastic bags you got from the grocery store.
If you plan on being proactive after an attack, take a good, long look here.
After a bombing, whether you're in the blast area or 'round the corner when it goes boom, remember to look for these things, take notes and pass the info along immediately to cops if you want to help them identify and grab the bombers:
- Running scared. Someone moving quickly from a bomb blast because he or she is relieved at not being turned into pink mist will probably pause once they feel they are out of danger. They may lean up against a wall or sit down on a step or bench or curb or bend over with their hands on their knees or wipe sweat and blood off their forehead. Someone with guilty knowledge of what just occurred will be moving in a different manner. He a/o she will most likely be moving fast as though being chased by someone, and may look over his or her shoulder to see if they're being pursued.
- Someone fleeing an attack scene may be changing clothes as he a/o she moves along, turning a reversible jacket inside-out to show a different color than what they were wearing around the corner, removing a cap, pulling off sweat-pants to expose blue jeans, pulling off a fake beard.
- Shoving stuff such as the disguise accoutrements discussed above or cell phones or remote controls which were used as detonators or weapons into a trash can or dumpster or a mail box or open car window... getting rid of evidence.
- Signaling with hands or head movements to people you may see down the street or parked by the side of the road who may be the...
- Get-away driver/handler.
Want to know what it looks like when bad-guys and girls are doing more than just recon? Look here. Want to see if terrorists are going to try this kind of attack again? Take a good look here and check out the links I put in there as well. There were other security agencies represented at the scene as well ~ see here ~ and they dropped the ball, too. If you're anyplace on the planet that a terrorist can get to and you see someone leave a gym bag next to a race course and then walk away, you may think, Hey, there are lots and lots of people around here with gym bags on their shoulders or by their feet. But the fact that the person is walking away from it is what makes it and him suspicious. Should that be "he"? Too, "regular" people who leave "suspicious" items out in public because they're lazy or just plain stupid need to knock it off. What happens when you ride your bike to the bus station, put the kickstand down and walk fifty yards from it to bullshit with the station agent is that you get the people who see you do this begin to look at this as "normal" behavior, as though it's something that's not suspicious so when somebody actually does leave a bike-bomb or a backpack about to go BOOM, they'll just stand there and absorb nails and ball-bearings and little tiny rocks flying suddenly into their craniums at a couple hundred miles an hour.
Back to what the PD did and did not do: the car chase/moving shoot-out/bomb-throwing joyride ended well insofar as they were finally stopped and a shoot-out commenced, with one brother killed but the question rises in my mind, as seen here, did the cops decide the spot where the stop was to take place or was that decided by the brothers? If it was decided by the brothers ~ and I guess it was ~ then that needs to change. Pronto. I think it was really great that some of the cops who'd run out of ammo ~ remember what's discussed here ~ attacked the brothers with their patrol cars but I still have questions:
- Why did they wait til they ran out of bullets?
- Why were the police cars that were left to block the escape of the brothers parked too far apart, making it easy for Dzhokhar to breach that barricade?
- Then, once Dz ran the blockade, the cops who'd just been outwitted, out-gunned, and out-run fucked up again and went to the aid of a wounded officer, Richard H. Donohue Jr., rather than pursue the clear and present danger. It was more important for them to make sure their buddy was okay ~ a selfish, emotional motivator: I don't want that officer to die because it will make me feel bad ~ than it is for them to selflessly, courageously continue pursuit of a kid with guns and bombs who's shown his ability, desire and intention to kill innocent people. Donohue knew the risks involved in his job and decided to take them. The innocents that Dz killed with bombs at the race and may have killed with more bombs and bullets between the time he blew through those "blocking" cop cars until he was dragged from that boat days later would have had no choice. They had by law been disarmed, forced to rely on corrupt, craven liars for their safety and that of those they love. The question: why.
The answer to all the above: training and commitment.
It appears that too much money was spent training cops to be social workers rather than warriors. The people of Massachusetts and Boston voted for men who haven't the sense or the courage to stand against the march of murderous Muslims into their areas of responsibility. These corrupt, selfish, cowardly men appointed to positions of police authority other men and women who were unqualified to hold those honored positions, putting in place academics and pussies who never knew or had forgotten how the street really is and who our real enemies are and evidently don't know or care how to defeat that enemy. And that is why the Brothers Tsarnaev decided to live in Massachusetts and to bomb the Boston Marathon: because cowards and fools made it easy for them to carry out their jihad.
I'm reading a white paper written by some police consulting wizard who, among other pearls, advises law enforcement executives that they should not trust nor therefore seek the help of the local populace because we're all just too stupid and unreliable: only cops can be trusted to be smart enough to make observations having to do with suspicious persons, situations, and items. The training this moron suggests be given to all law enforcement officers includes not one single course on proper security of potential attack sites nor how to effectively respond to any type of attack. It's all just basic secretarial training, accumulating and sorting data community policing crap, which is not enough.
Almost done with this: read here how slain MIT Campus Police officer Sean Collier was, according to many, "born to be a cop." Sorry, I mean no disrespect to his memory but he was not born to be a cop if five hours after pictures of the two bombers were posted all over the planet he's shot dead sitting in his car by those two savages who'd entered his AO. He should have been alert, not a sitting duck. If he'd been born to be cop, he'd still be alive today... after having confronted the two brothers as they approached him and blowing their shit away. Sickening update 31 May 13: see here how our slain "born-to-be-cop" is now a "true hero". For what? Why? He sat on his plump little ass in his patrol car while murderers were about and got his brains blown out by them because he was too stupid to do anything else. Okay, now I'm fucking mad.
Boston Bruin goalie Tim Thomas set the example during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals when he knocked the shit out of Canuck captain Henrik Sedin. Sure, some thought he deserved a penalty, but none was called by the refs. But this is the attitude the people of Boston and all of Massachusetts and the entire free world need to have and display: you're in my area trying to score on me. I'm willing to take the chance that me hitting you will get me a penalty but it's the only way to keep you from scoring on me and my team losing the game. So, guess what: you're going down hard.
Item last: take a look here to see one more instance of how Massachusetts politics is so corrupt that there is no assurance whatsoever things will change as far as political and police "leaders" having either the intellect or the will, the training and the experience ~ or all the above ~ necessary to provide for the safety of the people of the Commonwealth. The motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Latin goes like this: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem. It is translated literally as: she seeks with the sword a quiet peace under liberty. But that line is just an excerpt from this full quote:
Manus haec inimica tyrannis ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem, or,
This hand, hostile to tyrants, seeks with the sword a quiet peace under liberty.
Really, Massachusetts? Really? Maybe it's time you put out those who have taken your swords from you and told you to hide inside while they save you... or deliver you milk.
And, just in case you think I'm pickin' on BPD, get a load of this west-coast idiot, here.