by Stephen Lendman
Boston's marathon is the modern world's oldest. It's the best known. It's an annual tradition. It's been held since 1897. It's one of six World Marathon Majors.
Thousands of runners participate. Professionals and amateurs compete. Hundreds of thousands of spectators watch it. They do so throughout its 26.2 mile route.
In 1996, a 62-year old Swedish participant died of a heart attack. In 2002, a young woman runner succumbed to hyponatremia.
On Monday, April 15, two explosions killed three. Over 100 others were injured. Some lost limbs. The incident occurred near the event's finish line. It's in the heart of downtown Boston's Copley Square.
Obama vowed to render "the full weight of justice" against those responsible. (M)ake no mistake," he said. "We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this."
"We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds, and I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened."
It's official. On Tuesday, Obama called what happened "terrorism."
An unnamed White House official called the incident "an act of terror."
White House security was increased. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said:
"Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded our security perimeter at the White House complex. It is not unusual to expand or contract these security perimeters."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tightened security. He said 1,000 NYPD employees have counterterrorism assignments.Full Article By Stephen Lendman At Mathaba:
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