CNN’s Peter Bergen: Sec Analyst Speculates ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ Could Be Behind Marathon Bombing

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Boy is Peter Bergen getting bombarded on his Facebook page for saying this may have been a “right wing extremist”, when they know a Arab is being held for questions now… check it out @ Peter Bergen Facebook page.

PETER BERGEN, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: I’m reminded of Oklahoma City, which was a bombing, but first treated as a gas explosion. First reports are often erroneous. The fact there were two explosions, two bombings — One of the things I would be looking at is, once the devices, if it is a device, is found, what kind of explosives were used? For instance, if it was hydrogen peroxide, this is a hallmark of Al Qaeda. If it was more conventional explosives, which are much harder to get a hold of now, that might be some other kind of right-wing extremists. We’ve seen a number of failed bombing attempts by Al Qaeda using bombs … We’ve also seen other extremist groups attacking, right-wing groups, for instance trying to attack the Martin Luther King parade in Oregon in 2010.



FBI, IRS Raid Pilot Flying J Headquarters Owned by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his brother

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FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents on Monday locked down the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the truck stop business owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

FBI spokesman Marshall Stone told The Associated Press that the move was part of an ongoing investigation, but he would not provide additional details. FBI and IRS agents were expected to remain in the building into the evening, he said.

The FBI was keeping all traffic away from the company property, and Knoxville police patrol cars and officers could be seen outside the headquarters.

“Any details that would be released to the public would not be available for some time,” Stone said.

The company doesn’t know why FBI officials closed the headquarters but is cooperating with authorities, spokeswoman Lauren Christ said in a statement. Pilot Flying J retail operations remain open, she said.

Jimmy Haslam stepped down as company CEO after buying the Browns from previous owner Randy Lerner in a $1 billion deal in August. He was previously a minority owner of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers but sold that.

Pilot then brought in John Compton, who had been with PepsiCo Inc. for 30 years and its president for less than a year, to replace Haslam as CEO.

In February, Pilot announced Jimmy Haslam was returning as Pilot CEO and Compton would become a consultant.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league was aware of the investigation but had no other information or comment.

Bill Haslam has no position with the company but still has an unspecified holding in it, according to his limited financial disclosures.

David Smith, a spokesman for the governor, said Haslam was “aware of the situation in Knoxville today” but declined to comment further. He referred further questions to Pilot.

During the 2010 governor’s race, Bill Haslam refused to divulge how much money he earned from Pilot, the family-founded chain with annual revenues of $20 billion.

He argued that releasing his Pilot earnings would reveal personal information about the income of family members not running for office, and proprietary information about the privately held company.

Since being elected governor, Haslam has also kept his Pilot holdings outside of a blind trust he has created for other investments.

The Haslam brothers are supporters of the University of Tennessee, where their father, Jim Haslam, played tackle on the 1951 national championship football team under Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who built the Volunteers into a football powerhouse.

The elder Haslam founded the Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Va. He credits his sons with expanding the chain from mostly gas stations and convenience stores to a “travel center” concept featuring branded fast food service.

Bill Haslam was president of the company until he was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003.

The company bought Flying J for $1.8 billion, closing the deal in 2010, and says it now has more than 600 interstate travel centers and 25,000 employees.

In 2009, Pilot settled a price gouging lawsuit brought by the Tennessee attorney general and paid fines in Georgia and Kentucky.

Haslam said during the 2010 campaign that the pricing problems were quickly addressed and new software was created to avoid a repeat of what occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

“I promise you that for a company that’s based on 52 years of community service and low prices we would never do anything intentionally to put that at risk,” Haslam said in an October 2010 debate.

Note: For followup and details, see the News Sentinel website,

20 YEAR OLD ARAB TERRORIST ARRESTED After Boston Marathon Bombing

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Folks as bad as this is, it sadly is probably only the beginning since we have so many Arabs/Muslims in this country today. Each time this is done, it will be used to take away more of our freedoms. Can you imagine how it will be if Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Progressive Republicans like John Boehner and others have their way and pass a bill to take away our 2nd amendment rights? At a time when we need our 2nd amendment for defending our selfs from terrorists and criminals, they are doing their best to take our guns away. I must also say that just passing a bill to ban the 2nd amendment is unconstitutional, you MUST admend the Constitution with 2/3 Congress and 3/4 of the States ratifying it, but most people aren’t aware of this. They think if Congress passes a bill and the President signs it, then the 2nd is gone, FOLKS, it doesn’t work that way.

Anyway back to the topic of the bombing in Boston today. Besides what you’ve already heard, here’s a couple of things to know as well.


The New York Post is reporting that a Saudi national has been placed under guard at a New York hospital under suspicion that he planted the bomb that, at last count, killed 12 and injured 50 people running in and observing the Boston Marathon:
Law enforcement sources said the 20-year-old suspect was under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital.

The man was caught less than two hours after the 2:45 p.m. bombing on the finish line of the Boston race. Assuming the Saudi man did indeed place the bombs as part of a terrorist operation, here are the latest FACTS:

One more important thing and when reading this, remember 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia:

U.S. Grants Saudis ‘Trusted Traveler’ Privileges to Help Them Through Airport Security

The Obama Administration is making it easier for Saudis to get through security at airports. In fact, now they will be allowed to bypass custom authorities due to an agreement quietly signed between U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Saudi Arabia acknowledged 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.

On January 16, 2013, Janet Napolitano met with Mohammed bin Nayef and announced the plan. Napolitano stated, “I am proud of the bond between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and today’s meeting marks another major step forward in our partnership. By enhancing collaboration with the Government of Saudi Arabia, we reaffirm our commitment to more effectively secure our two countries against evolving threats while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”

During the meeting, the two signed an agreement to begin implementation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) trusted traveler program, Global Entry. Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports, allowing customs to bypass “trusted travelers” and focus on those they know less about. Those in the program can skip normal Customs and Border protection lines starting next year. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports, according to the Global Entry website. They must present passports and fingerprints at kiosks, and make a customs declaration.

“Details about how the plan will work with the Saudis have not been released. Nayef’s ministry, however, will be responsible for screening which applicants will be considered when the pilot program begins next year. It’s not known whether the Saudi ministry will share its raw intelligence about applicants with its American counterparts,” writes The Investigative Project on Terrorism. “What is known, based on information provided by a Homeland Security source, is that each individual who makes it into the program will have been vetted by both the CBP and by the Saudi Interior Ministry against various databases.”

Judicial Watch adds, “It’s downright outrageous that the Obama administration is now making it easier for Saudis to enter the United States. Consider that just three years ago the U.S. government actually placed Saudi Arabia on a list of 14 countries whose travelers would face enhanced security when entering the country. Why? Because a Saudi national named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. commercial airliner on Christmas Day in 2009.”

Only a select few are currently a part of the Global Entry program including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and the Netherlands.

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And last but not least, just as on 9/11 and 7/7 in London drills were being run that were the exact thing as what actually happened.

Bomb squad was running “controlled explosion” on the same day
What’s not yet being reported by the mainstream media is that a “controlled explosion” was under way on the same day as the marathon explosion.

As the Boston Globe tweeted today, “Officials: There will be a controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute as part of bomb squad activities.”