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    #BostonMarathon suspects, or just guys in the crowd?

    #BostonMarathon suspects, or just guys in the crowd?

    Yesterday there was a wealth of speculation based on sleuthing at 4Chan and Reddit about possible suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

    I didn’t run the photos, because, well, these may just be guys in the crowd and the analysis did not impress me based on what was presented. Here’s part of it:

    Well, now an image is all over the internet already, supposedly of people the FBI wants to speak with, including the guy in the white hat:

    NY Post Two Men Boston Marathon

    Allahpundit notes that the people in the photos may not even be suspects, and the amateur photo analysis may be way off.  Reddit is backing off bigtime:

    UPDATE: 10 hours after these guys were identified, the NY Post has ran a front page story with pictures of them, apparently unaware that they have been identified and have come forward.

    This is what you call a witch hunt media, for god sake.

    The two males we’re talking about are the one in a black jumper/hoody with a white hat, and his friend in a blue track jacket. There are multiple news sites releasing their information and/or Facebook pages, this is disgusting and will not be tolerated here, no links to these stories are allowed.

    Please report any posts regarding personal information on these two, they will be removed and the user will be permanently banned. All previous links to these two are being removed.

    We are not waiting for them to be officially cleared, one of the men has contacted the police to try and clear his name. Please understand that the FBI now knows who they are, so our posts now have no purpose. If the situation changes then people can make new posts. It’s not our job to keep their information out there, people are innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around.

    So be cautious.

    So much has been so wrong about the facts reported by the media.

    Update:  Teen: I Am Not the Boston Marathon Bomber:

    The teenage boy authorities once investigated as possibly being connected to the Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News today he was shocked to see his face pop up on television and all over social media.

    Salah Barhoun, 17, said he went to the police yesterday to clear his name after he found himself tagged in pictures online. He had just gone to watch the race, he said, but soon after the explosions, he was singled out by internet sleuths as looking suspicious. Federal authorities passed around images of Barhoun, attempting to learn more information about him, sources told ABC News.

    Boston police officers keep a perimeter secure in Boston’s Copley Square, April 16, 2013 as an investigation continues into the bomb blasts at the finish area of the Boston Marathon.

    Today The New York Post ran a story featuring a picture of Barhoun circled in red, but said it was unclear if the two men were the same as two potential suspects spotted by law enforcement Wednesday.

    The NY Post updates:

    NY Post Two Men Boston Marathon Cleared


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    Ragspierre | April 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That “cleared” Saudi kid…???

    Maybe not so much. Maybe no connection to the bombing.

    But SOMETHING appears to be not quite right.

    Citizen participation in the defense of our country comes straight out for the very beginning when farmers armed with guns took to the fields to defend themselves and their communities. They weren’t always right, regrettably so, but they weren’t malicious or careless.

    While it may not be a good thing in this particular instance, this incident does show the power of social media for good or worse. People just need to be aware that until more information is forthcoming, that there will be a lot of red herrings and false starts in the course of the investigation.

    Thank you for this.

    I was wondering if the guy in blue loooked “Middle Eastern”…until reading to the end of the post.

    I disagree with you quite a bit, but it’s obvious that, within the limits of time and resources, you’re doing your best to get things right, let the chips fall where they may.

    janitor | April 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    What is this? Exclusive: Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ May Be Deported on ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed to Be Framed

      gs in reply to janitor. | April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      OT: Interesting that Yahoo! runs this and devotes so much space to it.

      To paraphrase something I read: Rupert Murdoch surveyed the American media scene and identified an unserved niche market: half the country.

      Yahoo! has been stagnant at best and recently hired a new CEO. Maybe she thought along the same lines that Murdoch once did. Too soon to tell, but worth noticing IMHO.

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