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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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    Henry Hawkins | April 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    See the black guy with the black and orange reversed Bosox cap just southwest of the suspect in blue? JAYWALKER. and the guy in the upper right with the tricolor sleeves? LITTERER.

    I recall the story of Richard Jewell and the Olympic Bombing in Atlanta:

    It seems the lessons of that event have been lost.

    Anchovy | April 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hey…. equal protection. Ordinary citizens have just as much right to be wrong as classically trained professional journalists with the highest ethical standards.

    Estragon | April 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    The Saudi student who is about to be deported “voluntarily” after the late-night, unscheduled White House visit from the Saudi Ambassador may not be involved, but something stinks about it.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | April 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      That was my reaction when I heard the guy on Hannity last night report this, that the Saudi student would be deported as a national security risk. He was apparently questioned and cleared in the Boston bombing. OK, fine. But it turns out he’s enough of a security risk on other matters that he’s being deported? That’s got to be the coincidence of the century – or an indictment/impeachment worthy cover-up in process.

      I also wonder why so few media outlets, particularly conservative ones, are following up on this. A few pols have voiced ‘concern’ in rather subdued tones. Makes me wonder if something big is going on off-stage.

        Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | April 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        But Nappy “Our Borders Are As Secure As They’ve Ever Been” Napolitno tells us this is aaaaalllll a rumor.

        So, I am TOTALLY assured there is nothing to this story.

      Unfortunately, a lot of what this administration does smells quite rancid.

    Phillep Harding | April 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Zoom in on the pack; It certainly could contain a pressure cooker, handle up and bottom out, except the regulator vent would be drilling a hole in the guy’s back. This is not a comfortable thing.

    The guy in blue was not wearing a pack in the first photo, but was in the second photo, if he was in both photos. Looks like a dead end, even without either of them coming in.

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