After Yesterday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, many Americans and those in the Intelligence community are searching for answers. Primarily among those questions is who carried out the attack and how they managed to get the devices into an area that was full of people and heavily occupied by law enforcement and security without having anyone notice? In an effort to update Americans on what is being done in the search for those responsible, Idaho Senator Jim Risch appeared on Fox News today. Risch, who sits on the senate intelligence committee, provided insight into the current efforts.
Senator Risch noted that,” Today almost all of the information is what we call open source, things that you have access to. What we have done is talked about as you said who did this, why they did that and what didn’t happen and what we don’t know is that is as important as some of the facts that we do know. “
The alleged weapon used is a so-called pressure cooker; it’s simply a metal pot with a lid that seals tightly. This design in part so that parts of the pot will explode and impact others. This type of explosive device has been seen in recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The devices used in Boston reportedly used timers to go off at a preconceived point. According to Senator Risch one of the methods used to try to decipher who is responsible for this type of bombing is to see if and when anyone takes credit.
In describing what to look for in a terror group he said, “generally if it is a foreign organization who committed a terrorist act here they are generally very quick to step forward and take responsibility for it. For a lot of different reasons, number one it gets their message out, number two they use it for recruiting and that sort of thing…that did not happen here.”
We will certainly know in the coming days, weeks and months ahead, what exactly happened at the Boston Marathon and who is responsible for the bombing. Until then, we wait upon on the investigative work of groups such as like the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI as they begin work on this mystery. In Pocatello, Dave Martinson KPVI.