Like Jim Kunstler, I am allergic to conspiracy theories. That said, I do believe there are conspiracies. We know this from history. In fact, my first (and only) published article was on the now-defunct (as far as I know) Online Journal, pointing out that the government must have had foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks (the anthrax letters are pretty damning evidence that everyone seems to conveniently forget).
Thanks to Naked Capitalism for reminding me of a story I read but didn't remember where. It was a Mother Jones story about the fact that all of the major "terrorist plots" since Sept. 11 have ultimately been set up by the FBI to "trap" potential terror suspects. In other words, they would not have happened without government prompting. The money quote:
“The problem with the cases we’re talking about is that defendants would not have done anything if not kicked in the ass by government agents,” says Martin Stolar, a lawyer who represented a man caught in a 2004 sting involving New York’s Herald Square subway station. “They’re creating crimes to solve crimes so they can claim a victory in the war on terror.”
I alluded to this in my comments. But it keeps looking more and more like this is the case, or that these guys really were patsies. There was an interview with the suspects' mother on the BBC (hardly a conspiracy site) claiming that her son was controlled by the FBI for the past five years. Their father in Russia also claimed that they were set up by the government. You could dismiss this as parents saying "my dear little precious could never do such an awful thing." Still, who knows these people better than their own parents?
And I'm wondering what these guys were even doing in the United States with their parents living in Russia and England. How did they support themselves? Dzokhar was only a high-school student, and Tamerlan seems to have been an amateur boxer, but that's not a job you can support yourself with. And he was even married apparently. WTF? What was his "real" job, I wonder? College isn't cheap, and these "poor immigrants" didn't seem to be hard up for money.
And the younger suspect seems to have had no idea he had even committed a crime at all. He continued to "tweet" normal 19-year-old papblum after the attack (and before the attack as well - not much of a radical). And he seems to not to have even known he was a suspect:
While Boston frantically searched for him, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently wasn’t very worried. The 19-year-old was on the campus of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where the suspect was a sophomore, and went to class every day after the attack until officials released his photograph late Thursday, reports CNN. On Wednesday, two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Tsarnaev went to the gym and, according to a witness, even attended a party at night with his soccer buddies, according to the Boston Globe.
“He was just relaxed,” the unnamed witness said. Tsarnaev led such a typical student life after the bombing that even after his photo was released as a suspect, some who knew him didn’t make the connection. “We made a joke like—that could be Dzhokhar,” said a 22-year-old resident assistant at the dorms where Tsarnaev lived. “But then we thought it just couldn’t be him. Dzhokhar? Never.”
Pretty icy behavior for a Muslim guy who just set off two bombs in police-state America. And this benign portrait of this "killer" has been confirmed by literally everyone who knew the kid. He seems more like your average 19 year old hip-hop-loving stoner rather than a budding radical Muslim terrorist. And note that Chechens are angry at Russia, not the U.S., so why bomb a random target, and not even a government one at that?
So what I wonder is, was Tamerlan's real job an undercover FBI agent trained to infiltrate Muslim radical groups in America and/or Russia? That seem to square with the "normal" domestic life he led, along with his athleticism and his lack of a "real job. Maybe the reason he started getting "more religious" was because he had to as part of his cover. He would have been an ideal recruit.
Then, one day, you are asked by your handlers to show up at the finish line of the Boston marathon. You bring your kid bother along. There seems to be evidence that there was some kind of drill and a significant security presence at the finish line. Maybe he was there as part of that, but working for the government. Some claim that "keep calm," and "don't panic" was broadcast over the loudspeakers before the explosions went off. And isn't it interesting how all these links between these "random" terror suspects and the FBI just keep coming out (much like the September 11 terrorists):
The FBI has confirmed that it interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers authorities say were behind last week's Boston Marathon bombings, in 2011 at the request of a foreign government, which officials have since identified as Russia. The FBI, however, says that its agents didn't find any evidence of suspicious activity and, as a result, closed the case.http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/22/tamerlan_tsarnaev_russia_trip_is_an_airline_to_blame_for_the_fbi_not_knowing.html
So even after the explosions you go about your daily life until you turn on the TV and see a picture of you and your kid brother identified as terror suspects. You know you were at the scene of the crime, because they told you to be. So what do you do? You run, that's what. Initially, I took their shootouts with police and possession of bombs as a sign of guilt, but now I'm not so sure. First we were told that Tamerlan died in a shootout, then that he was accidentally run over by his brother. And his death sure is convenient, isn't it? Where did these guys learn to shoot guns well enough to fight off trained policemen, I wonder?
The younger brother was taken into custody, barley alive, but is supposedly unable to speak. He is able to communicate through writing, though. I wonder what he'll say. And I wonder if we'll ever get to hear it.
And the reasons for all of this are pretty obvious. As one commenter on NC put it:
Well, the whole affair stinks with the relentless and lying speculations in the media. I think this was, if nothing else, a good opportunity to test a police-state takeover of an entire city. The authorities now know that there will be no objection to such a thing by the people who have proven time and time again that they want an authoritarian state and this recent incident guarantees that’s what were going to get.So they now know they can shut down a major American city and control it at will. It's not like they can use a "drill" to test that. And they might also know that people can be set up for crimes, declared a "terrorist," and be killed or vanished without skepticism or due process Scary stuff.
And note how, unlike the last time there was this much economic inequality, the acts of violence are all against average citizens instead of elites (no bombings of all those empty billionaire houses or yachts?). As I've said before, there is an easily documented revolving door between banks and national security services. During the Cold War, those security services developed finely-tuned ways to destabilize societies to prevent communism from emerging or to overthrow legitimately elected governments (Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Angola, etc.) - divide and conquer, control of media, funding opposition parties, random terrorist attacks to keep people on edge, assassinations, etc. Well, those same techniques that prevent communism "over there" work just as well domestically. I've heard many commenters openly wonder why there is so little opposition or reaction to our second Gilded Age. Could this be the reason?
I don't make claims one way or the other. It's too early to tell. I go where the evidence takes me, and we'll see what evidence comes out. But as it stands now, this story stinks.
BONUS: security theater, martial law, and a tale that trumps every cop-and-donut joke you've ever heard (popehat)