[Update, 11:05 a.m. ET Tuesday] This post is no longer being updated. For Tuesday's coverage, please read this story.
[Update, 11:41 p.m. ET] Stephen Segatore, a nurse who was at the medical tent near the finish line for the Boston Marathon, said emergency responders immediately went into mass-casualty mode.
"We had full trauma response at the scene," he told CNN. "We had physicians, nurses who are experienced in trauma care. We had EMTs and it was a full Level 1 trauma experience."
Segatore said he treated at least 25 people as those experienced in trauma care stepped forward while others treated people with minor injuries.
[Update, 11:35 p.m. ET] Saudi ambassador to the United StatesĀ Adel Al-JubeirĀ condemned the bombings in Boston and offered his condolences to victims' families.
āWhat occurred today in Boston is a heinous crime which contradicts the values of humanity.āĀ he said.
[Update, 10:52 p.m. ET] The total of injured has risen to 144 people, officials at Boston area hospitals said. That includes three additional patients at Brigham and Womenās Hospital.
[Update, 10:41 p.m. ET] A law enforcement source in Boston tells CNN that investigators have a "number of active leads, and some good early progress in the forensics analysis."
[Update, 10:07 p.m. ET] Dr. Peter Fagenholz told reporters that there were 29 wounded people at Massachusetts General Hospital, eight of whom were in critical condition. Many of the people had shrapnel injuries to their lower extremites, he said.
"We have performed several amputations," he said.
There were no pediatric patients among the wounded, he said.
[Update, 9:38 p.m. ET] Dr. Allan Panter, who was near the finish line waiting for his wife who was running the race, told CNN he was standing about 20 to 25 feet from the first blast. He said he treated victims on the street after the explosion.
"I saw at least six to seven people down next to me," he said. "They protected me from the blast. One lady expired. One gentleman lost both his (lower) limbs. Most of the injuries were lower extremities. I could not figure out why the young lady had expired. I could not find any injury on her thorax."
[Update, 9:28 p.m. ET] Bill Iffrig, seen in video wearing an orange tank top and being blown over as he approached the finish line, told CNN's Piers Morgan that he was feeling OK after the blast.
"I got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and heard just tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," he said. "I knew i was going down and so i ended up down on the blacktop."
Iffrig, 78, said he was assisted by one of the event volunteers, who helped him up so he could finish the race. After that, the worker looked for aid for Iffrig, who had just a scratch from his fall.
"He insisted on getting a wheelchair over there so we started to do that, but then before that was rounded up, i said my hotel's about six blocks away so I think I can make it okay. So they let me get out of there and I went on home to my wife."
[Update, 8:55 p.m. ET] A Saudi national with a leg wound was under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but investigators cannot say he is involved at this time and he is not in custody, a law enforcement official said Monday evening.
[Update, 8:54 p.m. ET] Three people were killed in the bombings, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters Monday night, raising the toll by one.
[Update, 8:52 p.m. ET] The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation, Rick DesLauriers, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office, told reporters.
[Update, 8:44 p.m.ET ] The Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled, the NBA announced. With the regular season almost at its end, the contest will not be made up.
[Update, 8:36 p.m. ET] Investigators have warned law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN.
The man was seen with a black backpack and sweatshirt and was trying to get into a restricted area about five minutes before the first explosion, the lookout notice states.
[Update, 8:35 p.m.] Hospital workers have treated 141 people after the Boston Marathon bombings, officials at those facilities said Monday night. Two people died in the terror attack, including an 8-year-old boy, a state law enforcement source said.
[Update, 8:32 p.m.]Ā A statement has been issued by the race organizers: "The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by todays events.
"Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy ...and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.
"We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area.
"At this time, runners bags in Boston which remain unclaimed may be picked up by runners presenting their bib number or proof of race participation at the Castle, at 101 Arlington Street, in Boston.
"At this time, we are cooperating with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all federal law enforcement officials.
"We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today."
[Update, 7:57 p.m. ET] Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.
The same source said the blasts resulted in at least 10 lost limbs.
[Update, 7:43 p.m. ET] An 8-year-old boy was among those killed, a state law enforcement source said, according to CNN's John King.
[Update, 7:38 p.m. ET] At least 132 people - including eight children - have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals. Boston police earlier said that two people were killed.
At least 17 of the injured are in critical condition, and at least 25 are in serious condition, area hospitals said.
[Update, 7:08 p.m. ET] A witness, Marilyn Miller, told CNN that she was about 30 feet away from the first bomb when it went off. The second bomb came about 12 seconds after and about 50 to 100 yards away from the first, according to authorities and an analysis of video from the site.
Miller was waiting for a runner who, it turns out, was probably about 10 minutes away from the finish line.
"We saw injuries all around us," Miller said. Someone was putting pressure on a woman's neck. "A little boy, his leg was torn up. A woman, (people) were (shouting), 'Critical, critical, get out of out way!'"
[Update, 6:51 p.m. ET] At least 110 people have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals.
[Update, 6:49 p.m. ET] Boston cell phone services were overloaded in the wake of the blast, slowing the city's network dramatically and hampering the investigation in the early going, federal law enforcement officials told CNN.
Unconfirmed rumors began circulating on social media and elsewhere that law enforcement had shut down cell service to prevent more explosives from being detonated remotely. But mobile companies were saying that was never the case, CNN's Doug Gross reports.
"Verizon Wireless has not been asked by any government agency to turn down its wireless service," a spokesman for that company told CNN. "Any reports to that effect are inaccurate."
In other media reports, Sprint similarly denied being asked to shut down service.
Online, Bostonians were being encouraged to stay off of their mobile phones except for emergencies and even open up their wireless connections to help take the load off of the cellular data network.
"If you live or run a business in #Boston near bombsite (please) open your wifi for people to use," tweeted Disaster Tech Lab, an Irish nonprofit dedicated to providing technology to assist in emergency situations.
[Update, 6:47 p.m. ET] Initial tests indicate that the two bombs were small and possibly crude, with the tests not indicating any high-grade explosive material was used, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN national security contributor and former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend.
The source said the FBI considers the incident a terrorist attack, "but they've made clear to me they do not know at this time whether those responsible for the attack were a foreign or domestic group," Townsend said.
[Update, 6:35 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, said an unexploded device was found at a hotel on Boylston Street, and another unexploded device was found at an undisclosed location.
Keating, who is a member of the House Homeland Security committee and has spoken to law enforcement sources, tells CNN's Dierdre Walsh that the incidents were a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."
[Update, 6:14 p.m. ET] More from President Obama, who just wrapped up his brief statement at the White House: "We still do not know who did this or why ... but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. ... Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."
[Update, 6:11 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking about the bombings now: āThe American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight, and Michelle and I send out deepest thoughts and prayers to the victims," Obama said at the White House.
[Update, 5:59 p.m. ET] John Manis, an eyewitness in his 50s, was about 200 feet away from the finish line near the Prudential building when the bombings occurred. He felt the blast to the point that it made him and others around him jump in the air, and some others around him fell down on the ground, he said, according to CNN's Eden Pontz.
Manis said he heard two blasts about five seconds apart. He said there was confusion all around him, and he was hustled into the nearby Mandarin Hotel. Officials wouldnāt let them leave the hotel for a bit, and he says all who were there were all frisked by police. He said that when he left, he saw broken storefronts and lots of blood.
[Update, 5:51 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement at about 6:10 p.m. ET from the White House.
[Update, 5:35 p.m. ET] Google has established a person-finder related to the Boston bombings. People who are looking for someone or have information about someone can make reports there.
[Update, 5:31 p.m. ET] Boston police now appear to be backing away from their commissioner's earlier statement that a third incident - at the JFK Library 5 miles from the finish line - might have been related to the Boston Marathon blasts.
On Twitter, Boston police say: "Update JFK incident appears to be fire related."
[Update, 5:21 p.m. ET] Precautions are being taken at the White House because of the Boston explosions, CNNās Jessica Yellin reports. See that in the video below, as well as Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the incident:
[Update, 5:17 p.m. ET] In the video below, a man describes the initial blast, saying the impact was so strong it āalmost blew my head off.ā He was not injured, but saw many people sustain horrific injuries.
[Update, 5:15 p.m. ET] The Boston Globe is reporting a much higher injury count. They report that more than 100 people are being treated for injuries, citing local hospitals.
[Update, 5:10 p.m. ET] Hospitals now say they are treating as many as 51 wounded after the bombings. Two people have been killed, according to Boston police.
[Update, 5:09 p.m. ET] It will take a long time to clear the area, because lots of people dropped bags and whatever else they had when the finish-line blasts happened. Authorities have to check all of those bags, and bomb squads "may be blowing things up over the next few hours" out of precaution, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.
In the words of Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham, on Twitter:
Thousands of runners still had yet to finish the race when the bombs exploded in a spectator area along Boylston Street near the finish line, CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.
[Update, 4:58 p.m. ET] New details from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis:
- A third explosion happened at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library "about a half-hour ago." The library is about 5 miles southeast of the Boston Marathon finish line.
- Police don't immediately know whether that explosion is related to the two near the Boston Marathon finish line.
- The two blasts near the finish line - along Boylston Street near Copley Square - "happened 50 to 100 yards apart."
- "We're recommending to people that they stay home ... and that they don't go anyplace and congregate in large crowds."
- Relatives of people who may be missing in the area can call the mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500.
- Anyone who has information about the bombings or saw anything suspicious can call 1-800-494-TIPS.
[Update, 4:46 p.m. ET] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says āthis is a horrific day in Boston."
"My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured," Patrick said in a statement released this afternoon. "I have been in touch with the president, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.ā
[Update, 4:45 p.m. ET] It appears that so many people are using cell phones in the center of Boston, consistent service is hard to get - and the overload is hampering the investigation, two federal law enforcement sources tell CNN.
[Update, 4:40 p.m. ET] Another journalist says she saw victims who lost limbs. This account is from Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham:
"Outside MGH: Head of emergency medicine says 19 have been brought to MGH, six critically injured, some with amputations," she posted to Twitter.
Earlier, we noted that Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva reported that he "saw dismemberment" and "blood everywhere."
[Update, 4:37 p.m. ET] Organizers with the London Marathon, scheduled for this coming Sunday, have taken notice.
"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston," London Marathon officials said Monday. "Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running. Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news."
[Update, 4:30 p.m. ET] Boston firefighters have found what they believe is an unexploded device after the blasts, a government official said, according to CNN's Joe Johns.
[Update, 4:27 p.m. ET] "I saw blood everywhere," Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva told Boston.com.
Silva told the news outlet that he was near the finish line when the explosions happened. He said he saw a number of injuries in the area where spectators were. He saw "someone lost their leg," and he said "people are crying, people are confused."
"It was just an explosion, it came out of nowhere," he said. "There are multiple injuries. I saw dismemberment, I saw blood everywhere. People are badly injured."
[Update, 4:19 p.m. ET] We have a new injury count: According to hospital officials, at least 28 people are being treated for injuries connected to this afternoon's blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Nineteen were being treated at Massachusetts General and nine at Tufts Medical Center, officials at those facilities said. Boston police earlier put the number of victims at two dead and 22 hurt.
[Update, 4:16 p.m. ET] "People started scrambling, pushing, shoving" when the explosions happened in a sidewalk area along Boylston Street, near the finish line in the Copley Square area, says CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.
Frucci said he heard the blasts.
"After the dust settled, (I saw) six or seven people strewn about the area where the second (explosion) was.
[Update, 4:11 p.m. ET] A Red Cross website has been established to help people find loved ones in the area.
"Individuals can register themselves as safe or search for loved ones," Massachusetts' emergency management agency says.
[Update, 4:08 p.m. ET] At least two people have been killed and 22 are injured in the apparent bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston police say.
[Update, 4:02 p.m. ET]Ā A Massachusetts General Hospital spokeswoman tells CNN 19 victimsĀ have been brought in.
[Update,3:57 p.m. ET] On their Twitter page, Boston marathon officials made this announcement: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."
[Update, 3:53 p.m. ET] New York is taking precautions as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
In a written statement, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said: "We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.
[Update, 3:45 p.m. ET] Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area. Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.
Onlooker Josh Matthews said he heard the blast, then saw police running toward the scene.
"We just heard a lot of sirens, and people were kind of frantic, and it was a bad situation, so we got out of there," he said.
[Update, 3:37 p.m.] Four victims of explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line are at the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN. She had no information about the victims' conditions.
[Posted at 3:25 p.m. ET] A pair of explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, injuring at least a half-dozen people, a CNN producer at the scene said.
The blasts occurred a few seconds apart, shrouding downtown Boston's Copley Square in smoke. Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
The explosions occurred about 2:45 p.m., about an hour after the first runners had crossed the finish line, Frucci said.
This is insane!
Smith so hypocritical and dumb .insensitive of u .. making fun of death carnage of Americans ..
stop all immigration now seal the borders deport all illegals forcefully now
To ronald reagan -
...says the scared anonymous white guy, fearful of losing his status in society.
But it's already too late, you know.
uhm, Ronald Reagan is dead
Find those responsible and end their existance
Maybe it's time to reconsider PUBLIC HANGINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need to do something to deter these sickos!
I'm sure the police and the justice system appreciate your advice.
And this is why it was done by your government just like 911 and every time before it that they needed you people to feel fear. Wake up.
I have a gut feeling a couple of steam pipes blew, like what happened in NYC in 2007 and blew a crater in the street
I really hope that's the case. Not some lunatic. :-/
Steam does not leave powder burns.
I hope you are right.
Two potholes exploding at very close timing? I don't think so.
During the busiest, most street-crowded day in Boston?
NOT! boy, are you a dummy
More like the Times Square bombing that failed. But this bombing didn't.
They found BALL BEARINGs in victims. This proved that the explosions were man-made, ith the intention to injure and kill.
Find those responsible and send them to my cell. I will take care of them.
you gonna bang them?
Obama is a great and wonderful president. This has nothing to do with radical Islam. Remain calm. The right wing detractors and military industrial complex will say this is a bad time to sequester and downsize the military. This was probably some deranged domestic terrorist.
DHS people, not Obama.
Really???? Thanks Obama???? How on earth can you possibly blame this on the President? Do you know who did this? Do you know why? Were you involved somehow? Should the police be questioning you?
Or are you just a pathetic blowhard using this tragedy for your tired talking point?
It's a shame you weren't standing next to the first one when it went off. Losing you would actually benefit society as a whole.
What an absolutely vile, disgusting piece of trash you are.
You my friend are a complete idiot Obama is not a real president every.time someone has proof he's not a citizen they dissappear have fun defending YOUR president you terrorist wishing harm on someone else.
I agree!!! The government is useless!
I haven't seen such a repulsive, callous reaction to death and tragedy since the far right's reaction to Newtown.
Yeah... Where was that comment when the towers were leveled. There was some top notch security on that watch- #fail
Remember when over 3,000 people died when G.W. was president?
There is no place for this sort of crap. Period. Lets mourn, gather facts, and then have an intelligent discussion about what happened and why and how we should respond. If you aren't down for that program, spew hate at your house into your mirror and save us from having to read it here. Even better, just post the things you would actually say to someone's face.
For what? What do you want that is soooo different than the bush/cheney years? They ignored years of intelligence that should have prevented 9/11 if they weren't no arrogant (or wanting an excuse to go to war?). There have been these style attacks under all late 20th and early 21st century Presidents. Atlanta, Okla City, NYC....so stop being an ignorant extremist, by choice, and start being a patriot by ending the stupid comments and standing WITH every other citizen. The bad guys win when people like you continue your hateful, divisive rhetoric. Shame on you.
Indeed be grateful to your president. If he didn't succeed in weeding out Bin laden, there would be more and bigger attacks.
great and wonderful. lol.....
what is? you think this is funny? I think you need to be investigated.
I am thinking the occupy movement is behind this as well. Good call bebe
but this happened on his watch...what is he going to do now...who is he going to blame...Mass is a big democratic state so is this going to be bush's fault or will he finally take some responsiblity and act presidential...doubt it
How do you suppose you can blame any president for a random act at least while nothing is known yet it's a been a few hours.
Baffles me that you choose to make this a political rant.
How about showing some class and some respect for the victims before politicizing such a tragedy???
nonsense, should he be viewing every corner of America via satellite in order to guard our country? You're hysterically unintelligent.
I know without a doubt that he won't be blaming Iraq..
He will blame the people that planted the bombs. You should try it.
Yes Steve, you are right that Obama will make sure that we are looking for the right people and just anybody to blame. That is very responsible of the president, Obama. He will make sure that justice is served. He led in the capturing of bin laden. So, I trust that Obama will make sure that there is a full investigation to lead to capture of those responsible.
Ridiculous – He's going to go after the terrorists like ANY president would. And of course it wasn't Bush's fault that 911 was on his watch – evil is everywhere and no president can stop it completely. Quit blaming Obama as he hasn't blamed or apologized or any of the crap you guys keep saying he does.
You all look so stupid blaming the president for this. I'm praying for all of you. Ignorance is bliss
It is as if u r happy that this has happened.. The country has been attacked, people has lost lives and loved ones, and the first that comes to your mind its"its obama's fault", its been couple hrs since the tragedy has happened and u have already got to such heartless conclusion
I think you hate americans more than u love america. U are a sick man
Steve, you make no sense at all.
this country has been ripping other countries off for years you reap what you so get real prayer do not work.
Really? now's not the time.
How could any reasonably intelligent person blame Obama for this. How is something like this even REMOTELY in his control? You people will blame Obama if you stubbed your toe. Perhaps in the future we can critique how he handles this situation, but to blame him for the occurrence shows you have nothing between your ears and your opinion is worth less than nothing to me.
I love your point. I'm just waiting for some liberal or democrat to say Bush is at fault. What will this "amazing" president do now? Stop playing golf? What makes a "tea bagger" any worse then your liberal? Just because you're the one saying it? Pretty sure the "tea baggers" are just as mad at this situation as everyone else. Leave your unwitty poor excuse for words to yourself.
You put it perfectly, "Leave your unworthy poor excuse for words to yourself." The problem is that your "liberals" assuming you mean crazy lefties, correct? And their "tea baggers" aka crazy righties, are all horrible. Any radical in any direction is as crazy and stupid as a two party system is to begin with.
Well, how much of responsibility should he take? The wars the previous administration started pretty much created majority of new terrorists. Obama's responsibility lies in the fact that he didn't undo a lot of previous administration's policies and failed to throw criminals such as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to jail.
Steve, we need time to investigate and get to the bottom of this tragedy...Do not jump into any conclusions and start blaming anyone and much less the president ....and who ever did it let justice to be served .....patience Please...I have a question for you ...how the president is responsible for this act? Think before you write?
Maybe we shouldn't point fingers so fast considering how Bush got it wrong, blaming bin Laden and Iraq for 9-11, when it turned out later to be the Egyptian and Saudi Muslim Brotherhoods.
As you are so clever and know so much, why don't you tell us what the President should do?
I hope you know that Obama has taken responsibility for several stuff. One of them were the attacks on the U.S Embassies in the Middle East last year. Did you know about that? Probably not since you have your head so far up your ass you probably have not even paid attention to what really is happening. Just got to blame Obama about everything Right? And listen to what Fox has to say. And this is not something we should blame Obama for the same way we shouldn't blame 9/11 on Bush.
We need prayer not criticism of our President.
Sorry my friend, but you can't blame it on politics, this is a tragedy and a crime. These things happen in spite of whoever is running the country, there is no way to oversee something like this. This is an act of terror, and the only ones to blame are the perpetrators. I think you have a misguided perspective of the situation.
Really, you can honestly go to sleep tonight with a clear
Conscious and blame the President. The same man that has keep our country safe from harm entering our back yards. Get real. Wake up and smell the roses. If you must blame someone blame people like yourself that are trying to destroy our freedom in our own country by posting blame on an innocent person. Yes I am an OBAMA supporter.. And VERY PROUD OF IT.
The Boston police chief should resign.... but he won't throw aaway the cushy pension he deserves.
You sir.... are an idiot for blaming Obama. Something random like this should not be a case for political attacks. This is the reason why republicans are getting taken less and less seriously every generation.
You don't know who did this, so stop blaming people Charles.
Beast u are telling the truth. YOU ARE ONE OF THE MORE INTELLIGENT ONES ON THIE SITE.
Thank you for your statement, I pray all will read and comply.
SO sad how people are so damn quick to point the finger. When a white person kills more than 20 people that person isn;t even labeled a Terrorist when indeed he is. Go learn to stop being racist maybe it would be a better place to live in. Ungrateful people.
>Obama is a great and wonderful president.
stopped reading there.
I was surprised you were able to read that far. Congratulations.
Most people do the same.
hahaha, same here.... Survey says: (((((( errrrrrrr )))))) FAIL!
He might be, when the comparisons are between Obama, Hitler, Stalin, or that little boy leading North Korea right now.
Who cares about how great or bad the president is ? people are hurt and dead. Put aside the left and right pony show for one day.
What difference does it make?...... Right?
i think when there is terrorism it really matters what kind of leader the country or state has. I think a city by itself cannot respond handle such incidents.
Well said Allen. to anyone trying to use this incident as a soap box please don't out of simple respect
Never let a tragedy go to waste
Thank you, it's nice to be a little original in the usual crowd of a.)Blame the government b) blame the foreigners c.) conspiracy lemmings that populate the internet now
I agree! Come on Republican, Democrats, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc. It doesn't matter. We are ALL Americans. We are all human. It is time to stop blaming fello Americans and right wing this, left wing that, whites are prejudice, blacks are too, this and that. STOP. Stop being prejudice. Stop pointing the finger. Stop talking. If you can come up with some words of encouragement for those who have lost their family member or friend. Type away. If you have answers to all of our countries problems...type away on another blog. Right now you need to reach out. You need to pray...really pray even if you have never before...and start that relationship with God. Because in the end, in the beginning and right NOW He IS the only ONE that will be waiting for you should you find yourself in the situation like some of those who ran the marathon. Each day is a gift...Our country is a gift. If you don't like something that bad then move. Yes, move. One less complainer. It stinks to hear about what everyone in our country can and should do...I've been on that band wagon too. But, quit writing and bickering about it...anddo something about it. You can rally to make changes or maybe keep it simple and move.
Very well said. The only person to blame is the person who planted the bombs. Everyone needs to stop bringing politics into this horrific tragedy and think about all of the innocent people who were killed. This is now an opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and how lucky we are to be reading this article and not being a part of it. This was truly a wrong place at the wrong time event and shows us how precious life is. Instead of getting all riled up about the president, be thankful that you were not at the wrong place at the wrong time today. I have such a high respect for Boston marathon runners, or any runners for that matter, and they did not deserve this. They are all strong role models and this day will never be forgotten. I know that this tragedy has made me realize how grateful I should be for my life and I hope it has made others realize the same thing.
Because you think one deranged domestic terrorist could make bombs, put them that 3 remote locations fairly quickly to go unnoticed, then set them off? This is obviously a terrorist organization that knows what they are doing. It's obviously multiple people, organized, with the necessary resources, that hate this country and the world.
Actually they could Richy. Easily. And they have before, too.
I guess Allah is doing the Harlem Shuffle...
It is totally possible for someone on the domestic front to be able to pull off a tragic act like this. It doesn't take an organization to do something like this. Just look back at domestic bombings in the past, especially the Oklahoma City Bombing. Done by 2 derranged people right here at home, and what was the outcome? 168 dead, and over 500 more injured. Not to mention, the extensive damage that the city itself sustained. I'm not going to say that it was definitely someone here at home, or an organization. I'm just saying that pointing fingers and making assumptions before we have really any details (that are onfirmed as true I might add) only makes the chaos worse.
It could also be a right wing militia.
Yes more likely some home based disgruntled individual(s).
As usual, the US is going to blame this to the North Koreans. Now or anytime soon, America has all the justifications to attack NoKor!!!!
Deranged domestic Islamic terrorist you mean.
Well we know what the newest distraction will be for obamas mind numbed robots- "bomb control laws"!
I hope this doesnt effect his golfing and partys at the whitehouse with his 1%ers from hollywood.
Yes, president Obama is smart not to speculate. Good job Obama.
Grow up. This is a tragic event, not something to use against your political opponents.
As much as I disagree with Obama, right now is not the time for your rhetoric. United we stand, divided we fall...where do you stand?
This has nothing to do with Islam? How the hell would you know ? This is what they do. Where've you been for the last 100 years?
Your right, Obama did a great job not to speculate.
come on man, we are all sad and angry about this event, but what you said is more than inappropriate. Claming every Islam is killer and bomber, you got to be kidding me.
This has nothing to do with Islam? How the hell would you know? I'm waiting for obama to apologize to the muslims like he always does.
Could you perhaps provide a link to a video showing Obama apologizing to Muslims for me? I'm really confused because I don't remember that ever happening.
Hate to break the bad news to you but there are defensive weapon systems currently being developed to counter domestic terrorism. When it hit's home, all the anti-defense bumper stickers tend to get peeled off the car bumpers in a hurry and the liberals cancel their sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya.
Western bombers usually focus on the targets of their anger... the IRA focuses on British government targets, Timothy McVeigh had a beef with the Feds...hit the federal building directly.
This is a ME style attack... no particular target...just anyone -everyone...
I agree with you Charles. The people that did this are real cowards. So sad that some people are sick with this kind of hatred.
I'm still trying to figure out if this is satire or not. It is exactly what our big gov would love everyone to believe.
Why are you posting the same thing over and over? Knock it off, it wasn't even clever to begin with.
You have that totally backwards unless that was an attempt at sarcasm.
There has been absolutely zero evidence that in any way incriminates Islamic extremists. All of you claiming that this is Obama's fault, you do understand that he is one man and not a superhero right? He can't be everywhere at once and in no way is he to blame for this travesty. It would be up to Boston PD or maybe even Homeland Security to sweep the area for explosives. A horrible event occurred today let's not worry about pointing fingers but instead mourn our losses and try to find out who's responsible.
If you think any figure in our political system is great and wonderful, then you are the one who is deranged.
Exactly similar to Andrew Joseph Stack III.
Obama just supports islam and that it.
There is no radical islam , all islam is radical, no un radical
obama did it so he could use it for his anti gun campaign. but he will blame it on the white man.
With a 3d bomb and tapes, they already have a good idea if this is alQaida or home-grown nuts.
Actually, a 20 year old Saudi male national is being held as a suspect. Funny how CNN doesn't mention it. If it was a white male, it would be in the headline.
Dude its domestic. Foreign terrorists have way bigger bombs than these amateur bombs. Trust me. Look at it. The bombs were jus like a pipe bomb. There so small.
I didn't see those right wingers stop this. In fact, what have they stopped except some gay marriages?
Obama is a great president – stopped right there...
So sorry to burst your lib bubble Charles, but the NY Post is reporting that a Saudi national is the suspect.
"Obama is a great and wonderful president."
Sorry – based on what again?
Too bad you played your hand with the 'right wing' comment, thus nothing you say carries any weight nor merit.
yep, another loser-male like Timothy McVey
They are now looking for a dark skinned or black, middle eastern descent most likely. You libs always love to blame the DOMESTIC don't you? Outrageous.
Will you apologize if you are wrong and it does turn out to be Islam-related? I have my doubts that you will.
The facts say a Saudi here on a student visa is the prime suspect, has nothing to do with your politics
Exactly, why on earth would radicals fly half way across the world for a marathon?
regardless of who did it, Obama is a charlatan
Obama is worthless just like homeland security
A domestic terrorist with dark skin and a foreign accent? Ah....OK
Great and wonderful? Added 7 trillion in debt on a stimulus with zero sustainability.. Made a healthcare bill that just a month ago said is going to actually cost another 250-300 billion and every insurance provider is telling people to expect a 20-30% increase in rates.. He has no clue about spending reduction and isn't even getting along with his own party.. Yeah great president.. What a joke
This was a terror attack. Tell Obama, he thinks it was a tragedy. A Muslim newspaper has called for doing this at sporting events on holidays. Hello, the radical left is enabling those who want to kill us with their excuses.
Thank you for the common sense. People need to stop jumping to conclusions that it was terrorism from outside the US immediately after something like this happens. I can't see this as any more than yet another benefit for the government and other authoritarian government bodies to tighten the leash they have around their nations. There is more of a chance that it was a bomber from the inside of the nation rather than some outside terrorist group. It could always happen but why are we jumping the gun and calling it some radical Muslim terrorist group before we actually know. But for all we know they could be lying about the source of the bombing anyway.
What an intelligent statement.... Clueless idiot.
Obama is not a great president. But we can have our own opinions. if he was a good president why has too many bad things happen to good people.
Catch em. Try em, then cage em!
Don't even cage them.
BS! As Egypt & China build their Military WE should squash ours? Ever pay attention to a little Country called North Korea? Dumb butts born & speak everyday!
How about catch them, try them, remove them from life?
Please find who ever is responsible and hang them in Copley square
my payers go out to boston hope ever one is ok my god be with tham
my payers too
perhaps we need to be patrolling our own shores with more vigilance? Prayers are with the people hurt.
We do. But a free society will always have to deal with such horrors. You can't stop every extremist or lunatic.
Sure you can, take away all guns, explosives, knifes, sharp sticks, pencils, hammers and everyone will be safe. You know, kinda like CA!!
if you do take out said items, jason, people will just Import Them... Duh...
This is terrible, prayers going out to all affected by this š
Prayer &Blessings In Jesus Name Blood & Luv Always!!
jesus needs your cash
Oh my, how awful the world is getting more dangerous everyday.
if obama did not support muslims we would not live this way
bet its some tea party Bubba who is scared that Obama is gonna take his gun collection. It is Tax Day afterall.
I bet your right about this. We were speculating at my office that it's probably domestic terrorism.
You are probably right! We have so many home grown terrorist around us and no body has a clue who they are. I think we need to stop blaming every other country for our own issues and take a stand to protect ourselfs for once. Lets keep some of this money we keep sending overseas in the USA. Look around folks, we are not such a safe nation anymore!
agreed. now people will beg our leaders to protect us by taking away our freedoms. very dangerous times we live in.
any you can thank me (Army vet) for fighting for your freedom with those tax dollars...
We only have a little of the information yet and already the unthinking Alex Jones ditto-heads have the "real story"!
Thats very insensitive
Don't make assumtions about who did this untile you know the facts - could be domestic nuts for all we know
Looks very much like Islamic terrorists of Al_Qaida coordinated attack, same to thousand similar explosions happen frequently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Yes over 90% of all the terrorism in the world, is committed by extremist belonging one religion, but it is politically incorrect to assume that it was radicals from that one religion. Note: I didn't mention the religion because I am politically correct.
Ill bet it was ISLAM.
If Al-Qaida had anything to do with this, one, they would've taken credit by now, and two, A LOT more people would've been killed.
Yes, your right that president Obama did a great job to not speculate.
Jose, wake up to reality only one religion does this kind acts, no other religion does. Political correctness has not helped anyone... think about it
Boston globe reporting their twitter feed "Police will have controlled explosion on 600 block on Bolyston Street" Sounds like there are more bomb meant to be detonated
I hope nobody is badly injured.
2 people died
Does death qualify as 'badly'?
People are. At least one person has died an it was a 8 year old Boy.