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Boston Marathon bombs triggered by remote-controlled detonator

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To build a remote-controlled detonator like that from reading the internet, the guy must have been a genius. No, somehow, somewhere he must have learnt it hands-on from other people.

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Let's look at what has already been proven: 1) Family emigrated from Russia and brothers had ties to Chechnya and Dagestan (Muslim areas). 2.) Sunni Islam was practiced in the household. 3.) Older brother spent six month in Causasus which is a hotbed of radical Islam. 4.) Upon returning one or both of the brothers began posting pro-jihad videos on YouTube. 5.) Older brother meets the mysterious "Mishia" and begins attending a Boston area mosque.

Does anyone else notice the reoccuring theme?

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As long as it was mainstream Islam, not a problem. Once it turned political and radical and filled with hatred and prejudice, there's your theme.

How long will the official story hold up now, I wonder?

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@nandakandamanda,

" How long will the official story hold up now, I wonder?"

That's a good question. Maybe as long as people just accept whatever they are told to be fact, without actually doing any critical thinking.

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samwaters, the parents said the older brother never left their sight during the trip unless he was with cousins. I find that and that the family isn't bent on extremism extremely hard to believe.

The uncle seems reasonable enough, but the aunt, father and mother have been defending the brothers to no end. They are probably the only three people not convinced they were radicalized and committed the crimes.

nandakandamanda, the batteries were reported to be for radio controlled cars, so there is a good chance the bombers used an RC car remote control. It is extremely easy to set up a remote trigger from common devices like a cell phone, pager, garage door opener, RC car controller, etc. The hard part is not getting yourself blown up in the process as random frequencies can cause the device to go off.

People in the deserts of Afghanistan are making remote detonators out of cell phones and garage door openers without the benefit of the internet. I wouldn't call them geniuses.

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nandakandamanda, How long will the official story hold up now, I wonder?

I've been wondering this myself.

I expect the current official story will change once the authorities check into who the older brother was talking to on his trip last year. Something spooked the Russians, and the Russians probably have information on who the brother was talking to.

The Misha thing sounds like a red-herring, but there is probably someone else out there that helped or encouraged them to act. Hopefully, the NSA retained some records from the time period that will help to identify who he was contacting.

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Something spooked the Russians, and the Russians probably have information on who the brother was talking to.

Just conjecture but since the Russians don't play like we do with the Jihadis and still use pretty much a Soviet police state model on their citizens even today. I'd think they were more interested in alerting the U.S not so much as some friendly warning to the U.S, but more in putting him on our radar screen to stop him from being some sort of conduit to move U.S money and hard currency funds back to the Chechen Jihadis so they can buy their black market RPG's and such to continue fighting the Russians.

I think if this was the case when the FBI interviewed him he would have known that he was on the radar and wouldn't have done anything along those lines after all. To the Russians this would have been mission accomplished. I think one has to not forget that one of the most important weapons in our arsenal to stop Global terrorism is to kill their financial support bases. Again just conjecture but the Islamist radicals in the Russian region where they are from are doing everything they can to deny these two so as not to rankle the U.S. Usually theJihadi's would crow about something like this to no end. Or they would issue a denial but would put out how they understood why they did what they did in the name of Islam to rally others to their cause. Nothing like that here at all.

I think if there were ties that it wasn't along the lines of an attack plot on the U.S but more on how to use him to launder cash back to Russia instead and that would surely be more than enough for the Russians to flag him back to U.S as a person to be on the watch for.

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"samwaters, the parents said the older brother never left their sight during the trip unless he was with cousins. I find that and that the family isn't bent on extremism extremely hard to believe." @Viking68. Me, too!

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

Everytime I see, or hear that, I think someone should be shot.

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viking68, quote: People in the deserts of Afghanistan are making remote detonators out of cell phones and garage door openers without the benefit of the internet. I wouldn't call them geniuses.

Yes, that is what I imagine Tamurlan did, get taught by his brothers, hands-on experience with all the warnings about what to look out for. I do not think he was a genius.

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I really don't think people live in a country for a while, become adjusted and outgoing, then suddenly wake up and say, "Wow, I'm offended by this thing that happened years ago. I think I'll plant a bomb at a marathon." Seems like a classic case of radical Islamic brainwashing.

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" Tamerlan was influenced by Misha.

After befriending Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing, stopped studying music and began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to family members, who said he turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind 9/11."

So, who is this Misha character? Has he been identified by FBI or CIA and questioned? At the very least he should be a "person of interest" if his influence was so powerfully subversive.

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I thought there was no gun found when the SOB was hiding in the boat. Makes me wonder why the whole side of the boat is sprayed with bullet holes.

and....

Close controlled means 'within a couple of blocks?!' Thatseems pretty far to me.

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@TheDevilsAssistant, the story has changed so many times it's hard to keep track. One said he had an M-4, another it was a handgun, another said no weapon. Who knows? But we do know the boat was riddled with bullets. There's also the still video-image of him stepping out of the boat seemingly uninjured. But, who knows?

He was seen holding a celphone. Maybe some others did, too.

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