Once again, Americans have been targeted by a mad, evil person or group intent on creating mayhem and death — and on spreading terror. This time the scene was the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon.

Two bombs exploded in quick succession, bombs whose shrapnel innards were designed to injure, maim and kill the men, women and children who had gathered to compete in and watch one of the year’s great sporting events.

As this writing three had died, scores had been injured and upwards of 20 remained in critical condition.

Among the dead and injured were members of the Martin family, who gathered to see their father and husband finish the race. Richard, 8, was killed by the blast. His mother suffered a severe brain injury, and his 6-year-old sister lost a leg. A once-complete family was rendered asunder in an instant.

Immediately after the blast, many erroneous and irresponsible press reports, as well as false accounts spread via social media made a bad situation worse. Social media, which can be so helpful in so many ways, is a double-edged sword that can also make bad situations worse by ramping up fear, encouraging bad decisions and, ironically, contributing to the terror that the perpetrator(s) hoped to sow.

Such was the case in Boston following the 3 p.m. bombings. Rather than serving the public with reliable facts, some of those who sent tweets and posted on Facebook and other sites spread inaccuracies they had received from others, thus raising the level of fear and uncertainty. Much of this dubious chatter was picked up by the media.

Among the bad information that was reported by the press: More bombs had been discovered and a third had exploded at JFK Library; a hospital where some victims were taken was a target for attack; a Saudi Arabian national was in custody as a suspect. Reports of the dead and injured also varied wildly.

Every news organization wants to beat the competition when reporting breaking news, but some are willing to forego the evidence they need to verify that what they are saying or printing is true. The age of mobile communications seems to encourage this kind of irresponsible reporting.

Moreover, the casual, widespread use of mobile devices and social media seems to have eroded the need to be careful and accurate about what one says. Simply having heard something is justification enough to send it along to others.

In a terrifying and uncertain environment such as existed in Boston Monday, reliable information is essential to public safety and controlling fear. Unfortunately, just the opposite seems to have happened due to irresponsible news reporting and the careless use of mobile devices and social media.

There was, however, also responsible reporting on Monday by news outlets such as the New York Times and Boston Globe . We hope that what transpired during this traumatic incident will encourage others in the media to deliver a more accurate account of events — as opposed to taking social media posts as gospel in order to beat the competition.

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xroads1213

The "Tweeters" and other idiots who walk around clutching their phones as if they were some sort of life support system are as much to blame as the media. We are all in this together and we are collectively getting dumber and dumber every day.

rbutt

How's that gun control working out for you?

civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

What does gun control have to do with a bomb? #smh at people's stupidity![angry]

vmdigioia

Yet another crisis under this ill prepared administration -- already using Blarney Frank to blame budgets, cuts, and fellow Americans --- for --- what?

A terrorist attack?

Interesting note that after each crisis, the very same career legislators continue to beat their chests over the very same perceived weaknesses and gaps.

Best defense, self defense. A camera still doesn't replace the Second Amendment.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

From now on its your job to stand at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and shoot that bomb before it goes off.

vmdigioia

Smartarse

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

You have inspired me to reach my full potential.

civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

oh like the Katrina crises and the 911 crises under the previous ill prepared administration?[sneaky]

vmdigioia

Yes, quite frankly, the 'response' to most of these crises have shown us a lack of real preparedness for issues that impact national critical infrastructure -- and we have past budgets that show we paid for this service -- and our agencies could not meet the challenge --- Hurricane Sandy anyone? Please, tell my how lessons learned from Katrina show a total lack of responsiveness by the same bureaucrats

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

No need to waste any more money on crisis response in the future then because it's always been substandard. Don't wait on the roof of your house for a helicopter because it's not coming.

Wayo44Mag

I somehow knew it wouldn;t be long before someone blamed gun owners and the NRA! Lucy...Are you for real?? Stop watching all those youtube videos and wake up to reality!! In case you really don't know , todays smokeless powders we use for reloading IS tracable!! IF the NRA is against anything it would be the RESTRICTIONS to access of these powders. Any way, what makes you so sure it was gunpowder?? Are you going to try to convince us now that you are a bomb expert?? And you wonder WHY we don't give you libs what you want!!!

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Just as likely as any other group that has been named here. Does the NRA promote a them and use mentality? Is that good? Only libs will let you keep guns everyone else would take them.

OKLAHOMA CITY: AFTER THE BOMB : Lobbyists Stymie Effort to Trace Explosives : Bombs: Technology, such as use of tiny chips in material, to find blast origin has been around for years. But NRA, others have blocked its usage.

April 28, 1995

See http://articles.latimes.com/1995-04-28/news/mn-59942_1_oklahoma-bombing

president8444

Civil, We back wars in many countries now egypt ,Afgahn, and the never enning troops in Iraq and many countries ,not ours.MANY WARS WE FINANCE.ISRAEL NEXT.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Maybe it's a law abiding gun owner trying to prove guns are not the most dangerous weapon on the planet. Death toll only 3; so far. More may die because of infection or complications. Many will be left disabled and needing entitlements. Victims drafted to suffer for the cause. Soo sad.

vmdigioia

Your theory contradicts your repost of the Rules of Conduct -- such a stretch -- and it reveals your shallow thinking when it comes to controversial issues.

Could this terrorist attack be attributed to the criminal mind, hatred of traditional US values and exceptionalism, or even a page from Bill Ayers and his twisted mindset?

See how one can advance an agenda by associating a legitimate government function (the defense of the American people) -- and enough 'money' to protect us? Second Amendment.

Bystanders have stopped crime when something doesn't look right -- big government is not the answer. You will never be able to stop all violence/terror -- a dishonest misdirected utopian vision to advance a political agenda by -- namely Democrats and CNN on the news.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Without a gun...

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.

See http://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

"Bill Ayers and his twisted mindset" is referring to William Charles "Bill" Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the movement that opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War?

I am my own person. I am not the Democrats or CNN. No one owns my thoughts or opinions. I don't search the web looking for people hate.

vmdigioia

Oh, I must have mixed this poor man up with a convicted domestic terrorist -- how twisted you must think to reconcile this hater with 'good'.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Oh him. You should have told me there was an website where the names, pictures, and crimes of these private American citizens were kept. See http://www.conservapedia.com/William_Ayers#San_Francisco_Police_Department_bombing

William Charles "Bill" Ayers (born December 26, 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois) is currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago community organizer. He is best known as a founder of the internationally supported terrorist Weather Underground Organization (WUO), and as a good friend of U.S President Barack Obama. The WUO has often mistakenly been labeled as a Vietnam era protest organization, however many of the organizations activities continued well past the end of American involvement in Vietnam,[1] the fall of South Vietnam, and the victory of the Communist regime of North Vietnam, which was the groups oft stated goals.

Ayers is the husband of terrorist Bernardine Dohrn.

Bill Ayers, his wife Bernardine Dohrn and other WUO figures were not prosecuted because of alleged FBI misconduct while investigating the foreign influence in domestic terrorism. In fact, FBI officials W. Mark Felt[13] and Edward S. Miller were indicted and convicted in November 1980 of conspiring to violate the civil rights of relatives of the Weather Underground, including Jennifer Dohrn,[14] sister of Bernardine, whose homes had been burglarized.

However, on April 15, 1981, President Ronald Reagan in his first 100 days granted full and unconditional pardons


watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Perhaps if I study this website http://www.conservapedia.com, I can aspire to reach your greatness.

vmdigioia

Please, try toat least aspire first, and try not to associate with terrorists like Bill and his wife

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

However, on April 15, 1981, President Ronald Reagan in his first 100 days granted full and unconditional pardons...

They must not be terrorists. Usually the really iffy pardons are done on the way out, not on the way in. You know like when Ford pardoned Nixon.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Throwing around labels and accussations indicates a grasp of the issues how?

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

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joephrazer

I think we have just seen some irresponsible comments. Do you guys have anything on your feeble minds but but "foreign aid" and blaming things on liberals or atheists.
We are all human beings. Apparently there is not much intelligence or compassionate
in the Republican Libertarians Narcissists Party.

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

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chesapeakecountry
chesapeakecountry

And liberals and atheists are already claiming it's a "home grown skinhead". (See below post by crusty).

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civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

Troll, they are not. [ban]

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civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

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Crustybachelor

We have plenty of home grown nut cases that would do something like this. It's much more likely that it was some skin head militia member than it was an external faction. I'm sure that right wing radio will be spewing hateful misinformation for weeks over it though. I see that the comments here largely reflect that. Just wait and see. It'll turn out to be some white guy from North Dakota with a bunch of SS tattoos.

qoph

And has anyone considered that this week is the 20th anniversary of the Waco, Texas, massacre of 76 men, women and children by the FBI?

civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

also the Titanic sinking, also the VT shootings.....

qoph

LucyLucy-- You needto read how pressure cooker bombs are made. One can use match heads or firecrackers as the explosive. They are not trackable. Al Queda provides instructions.

civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

but you are mistaken, they are traceable [beam]

dbjanda1

Does this mean we're going to have to register pressue cookers now ???...Mayor Bloomberg forgot to ban them along with those killer large sodas...Me

watson4sherlock
watson4sherlock

Sure. We're going to develop a universal shopping card and everything you buy will go into a national database so law enforcement can search it for material used in crimes. You will be required to keep detailed records of anything given as a gift, donated, stolen, lost, or discarded so you can defend yourself in court.

LucyLucy
LucyLucy

Did you know that we have the technology to put taggants in explosives so they can be traced. We don't use this ability because the NRA has blocked EVERY attempt by the ATF to enact this policy.

OKLAHOMA CITY: AFTER THE BOMB : Lobbyists Stymie Effort to Trace Explosives : Bombs: Technology, such as use of tiny chips in material, to find blast origin has been around for years. But NRA, others have blocked its usage.

Technology to help investigators trace the origin of explosives after bombings such as the one in Oklahoma City was developed more than 15 years ago, but the National Rifle Assn. and others, citing safety concerns, have lobbied successfully over the years to block its implementation.

This week, President Clinton proposed using so-called "taggants" to trace bomb-making material as part of his broad package of counterterrorism proposals.

Once again, it appears the issue may not be settled without a difficult battle.

On one side stand federal law enforcement authorities who say that adequate technology has long been available to place indestructible microscopic chips into dynamite, gun powder and other explosives so they can be traced back to the manufacturer, wholesaler and even the customer who bought the product.

Opposing the measure are some manufacturing groups, including the Institute of Makers of Explosives. They question the safety, cost and effectiveness of taggants, particularly in bombs made with ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in the Oklahoma City blast.

An NRA spokesman declined to answer questions Thursday. In the past, the group has consistently opposed taggants in gun powder, contending they could affect the trajectory of bullets and also amount to a de facto form of federal weapons registration.

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-04-28/news/mn-59942_1_oklahoma-bombing

More info:http://www.laprogressive.com/does-the-nra-fight-bomb-tracing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+laprogressive+%28The+LA+Progressive%29

president8444

USA continues to fight these foreign wars and make many enemys giving money freely to favorite foreign countries.Are we promoting disaster??Lots of free money and war maerial i Israel ,how much to palestine?/ENEMY?

civilcommenter5
civilcommenter5

wars? there is more than 1? [huh] Did it ever occur to you that it might be domestic? [angry]

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