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May 7, 2013

The Boston Twitter-run

Filed under: Psychological War — jenniferlake @ 7:02 pm
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“Twitter Broke the Story on the Marathon Bombing”
…”Twitter users quickly started disseminating details including number of injuries and even raw video… The tragedy also helped demonstrate the value of the Twitter hashtag. One of these, #BostonMarathon, was the highest trending topic on Twitter much of the day. It started as a hashtag simply used to follow the day’s race news.  Later, it became the main channel for breaking news of the disaster as it happened… Twitter, while sometimes enabling the spread of rumors that inevitably occur immediately after a tragedy, also helped dispel rumors.  For instance, one report held that cell phone networks in Boston had been shut down supposedly to prevent remote detonation of additional bombs.  That report appeared later to be false…  It all serves as a reminder:  in a breaking situation or public tragedy, turn to Twitter and other social media for on-the-scene reports”

………BMB, 556am, BigDay 5:56 am……… Racers Start times [Eastern Daylight]: Mobility Impaired: 9 a.m…   Elite Men & Wave One: 10 a.m…  Wave Two: 10:20 a.m…  Wave Three: 10:40 a.m…

………Marathon Winners announced                               MarathonWinnersAnnounced,746to921

…………………………………………..Boston1039amRunnersAtFinish,SteveSilva10:39 am

. 1151am, BMBreportOfTwoHugeExplosions  11:51 am   BMB,1155amWhatHappened2explosions 11:55

*BMB, 1159am,PolicePouringIn 11:59 am, “Police pouring into Boylston finish line area”

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BMB,1200pm,OhGodGiantExplosion 12:00, “Oh my God… A giant explosion just blew the glass out of my building. Someone tell me what is going on!”

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BMB,1157to1201,WBZ-TVBoston 11:57 to 12:01     BMB, 1202pm, reportsOfExplosions “Folks in the explosion are being told to stay off their phones as they could trigger more bombs”

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…………… BMB, 1203,SawAndFeltExplosion 12:03…”just saw and felt a huge explosion, multiple deaths, legs blown off.”

……………………BMB,1204pm,MediaLockdownHotel 12:04, “We’re apparently on lockdown at the marathon media hotel. No one is allowed to leave”

.BMB, 1212pm,BrunoSaysHorrific 12:12, “I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific…”

…………………………….BMB,1214,OnTVLooksHorrific 12:14, “Marathon official tells us we’re still in lockdown, no official information…. scene looks pretty horrific on TV”

…………………..BMB,216pmNoNewsReportsAnywhere  12:16, “keep sharing. no news reports anywhere.”

……………………………………………BMB, 1225, ShirtsBlownOff,ToldToRun 12:25, “Spectator..”I saw people with bloody heads, people with their shirts blown off.”

BMB,1238pm,CannotAccessBostonNews 12:38, “Cannot access any Boston News website right now. This is insane….”

“Twitter’s the only thing that works….”

…………………………………………………………..BMB,1241,LenoxHotelEvacuating 12:41, “Lenox Hotel is being evacuated”

*BMB, 1249pm,GlobeWebsitesDown 12:49, “The Globe’s websites are down…”

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………………………………………….BMB, 1250pm,ObamaNotifedOfExplosion 12:50.pm, “…Obama has been notified…”

…………………………..BMB, 1251,TriageSettingUpOnBoylston,thousandsOfPolice 12:51, “Boston EMS is setting up triage on Boylston, thousands of police and emergency personnel on scene”

BMB, 1254,ControlledExplosion600BlockBoylston 12:54, “Breaking News: Police will have controlled explosion on 600 block on Boylston Street”

…………………………………BMB,1259pm,PhotoFromOurJohn,SecondSite 12:59, “Photo from our John Tlumacki of Explosion on #Boylston”

***** BMB, 102pm150FeetAwaySawInjuries  1:02, “I was 150 feet away when the..#explosion went off. I saw a young girl laying on the ground with multiple injurys.”

……………………BMB,106pm SmallHomemadeBombSaysNBC 1:06, “Small homemade bomb is preliminary cause of explosion…law enforcement officials tell NBC”

…………………………………………..BMB, 109pmFlightRestrictionsTemporary 1:09, “FAA is issuing a temporary flight restriction over Copley Square.”

………………………………BMB, 114pm,RunnersDiverted,ShockedAndBewildered 1:14, “Runners are walking down Comm. Ave…looking shocked and bewildered.”

BMB, 115pm,2dead,22injured  1:15, “..Police reporting 2 dead 22 injured”

BMB, 137pm, PoliceAskingForVideo  1:37, “Boston Police asking for everyone who has taken video of finish line to let them know, could have clues of activity.”

……………………………….. BMB, 145pm,BostonGlobeTollRises 1:45, “…64  wounded…”

………………………..BMB, 157pmNBCsaysRunnersRunToHospitalGiveBlood 1:57, “..Runners that crossed finish line..continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims.”

BMB, 202to206,AuthoritiesSaySaudiSuspect  2:02, “Authorities ID suspect as Saudi national…”

…………………………..BMB.203pmJFLLibraryBlastInjury 2:03, “..adult male w/injuries seen running from JFK library area after blast in trash barrel..”

………………………………………………………….BMB, 205pmCellServiceCancelled 2:05, “..cellphone service has been shut down…”

BMB, 215pm,GovTweetsCopleySecure  2:15, MA Governor, “Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the responders do their jobs.”

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“The first explosion occurred at 2:50 PM ET, according to

the Boston Police, when an unidentified device detonated on the north

side of Boylston Street…”

***********************************BMB,Shockwave Puffs Base Of Banner1st explosion in full flash; blue fence banner puffs and people start reacting –watch:  https://vine.co/v/bFdt5uwg6JZ       Observe a near simultaneous flash next to the scaffolding where the smoke is rising by the streetlight.

*BMB, 250pm,ExplosionVideoCirculating 2:50 pm, “Explosions caught on video by Boston Globe. Amazing.”

Mile26, Boston

BMB, 26 acts of kindness

………………………………BMB,Apr16,WitnessBlastFromStorefront “witness: I initially thought it came from the storefront but a police officer told me it came from a trash can”

…………….BMB, WitnessSaysRunningInOppositeDirection………….BMB,BeforeRace,IncreasedSecurity

“Witness: ‘All of a Sudden Everyone Turned Around and Was Running in the Opposite Direction'”

“Veteran marathon runner noticed increased security before race started”

…………….Apr16,ForceBlewHumansAndBabyCarriagesAcrossStreet “Witness: The force of the bombs ‘blew human beings and baby carriages across the street’ “

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…..Boston,IPAWSEffective  “…..IPAWS alerts used effectively in Boston during Manhunt”

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JUNE Update: Boston Globe reports that an “eerily similar” Operation Urban Shield exercise was in the planning:

“The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits. Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed “Operation Urban Shield,” meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat. The hypothetical terrorist group was even given a name: Free America Citizens, a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression, according to a copy of the plans obtained by the Boston Globe…  The planned exercise has eerie similarities to the police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers…   Officials from a dozen agencies had been meeting for months to plan the scenario. They behaved much like movie producers, recruiting students from Northeastern University and the Boston Police Academy to play the parts of terrorists and witnesses… The basic plot was this: Half a dozen members of Free America Citizens..would plant hoax devices, then stay on the scene to watch and record the bomb squad and detectives as they responded, as a dry run to a larger attack…

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/07/before-police-could-plan-for-terrorist-attack-real-thing-happened/ufxjb9O0RXyzVZNPFyGkiI/story.html

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Sandy Hook, Boston, where is it leading….

AUDIO podcast, recorded May 1, 2013: thanks to Sofia Smallstorm and Jim Fetzer for letting me sit in

http://nwopodcast.com/fetz/media/jim%20fetzer%20real%20deal-smallstorm%20lake%20sandy%20hook.mp3

5 Comments »

  1. And the significance of this is….?

    Comment by Wally D. — May 8, 2013 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

    • …a “real” attack manufactured out of thin air. Put this together with pictures, video, audio and a confused cast of thousands– then lockdown a city, send in the troops and show them who’s boss. How do you like martial law?
      It goes like this:
      “Students at the temporary Sandy Hook School facility and two other neighboring Monroe schools were put on a “controlled lockdown,” Monday, May 5 after Harrison, New Jersey Police notified the local officers that a carjacked vehicle was suspected to possibly be in the vicinity.” http://www.newtownbee.com/news/news/2013/05/06/monroe-pd-orders-extra-security-precautions-chalk/134287

      Comment by jenniferlake — May 9, 2013 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

      • Thanks for your clarification. I, too, suspect the Boston lockdown was a trial run for much more ambitious things to come.

        Comment by Wally D. — May 9, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

      • Wally, I’m still adding screen-captured tweets and text for more clarification– if you read about the IPAWS Capstone drills in the previous post on Sandy Hook, it’ll give a context, or a “dimension”, to the nature of the info on Boston.

        Comment by jenniferlake — May 10, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

      • Thanks.

        Comment by Wally D. — May 11, 2013 @ 3:44 pm


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