Manhunt Underway for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Friday, April 19, 2013

Four days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon… we are still getting details about the nature of the attacks. 
While much is yet to be know… the effects—especially the psychological toll-- of the bombing are widespread.
Many of you—our listeners-- have expressed discomfort around gathering in large groups in the aftermath of the attack.
While that may be a natural response to such a horrific event… there are others who say that acting on our fears this way is to capitulate to the perpetrators. Listen to President Obama at a press conference on Tuesday:
Pres. Obama at press conference 4/16/13
"The American people refuse to be terrorized... because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism, and kindness, and generosity, and love."
Another such voice is Bruce Schneier. He is a security expert… and wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic… arguing we should “empathize… but refuse to be terrorized.”
Also with us for an update on the latest in Boston is Phillip Martin. He is Senior Investigative Reporter for our partner WGBH… and will be with us the rest of the hour. 

A manhunt is underway for the surviving Boston Marathon shooting suspect, who has been identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The other suspect, Tsarnaev's brother, was killed in a shootout with police after an extended chase that resulted in the death of an MIT police officer.

Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost, describes the scene in Boston-- and his feelings on covering a story like this in his home. Anne Speckhard, author of “Talking to Terrorists” and a professor of psychiatry who has studied Chechens intensively describes how their early years in that region may have influenced them.


Charlie Sennott and Anne Speckhard

Comments [2]

GibsonGirl99 from Austin, TX

One aspect of the media coverage of this event that strikes me very forcibly is the fact that the terms "suspect" and "alleged" are being dropped -- in far to many cases -- from the description(s) of these young men. You, Mr. Hockenberry, have been more scrupulous about this than many.

I bring this up because what if -- and this is, I admit, a big if -- the robbery & all that followed were prompted by a reaction (on the part of the alleged suspects) to pop culture depictions of what happens to persons suspected of acts that they did not commit? How many movies have these young men seen where someone is accused, pursued, and somehow succeeds in eluding capture? Who's to say they aren't trapped in a scenario influenced not by reality, but by fiction? What if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and are reacting with what they think may be a viable strategy?

Is anyone, anywhere, considering this as a possibility?

Apr. 19 2013 12:17 PM
Jf from Truthland

How can you believe anything the police state tells you. They passed cispa while the media was "distracted" by these bombs and explosions. The suspects will not be allowed a trial because they are the mercinaries sacrificial lambs.

Apr. 19 2013 09:42 AM

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