Obama: FBI Investigating Boston Bombings As An ‘Act Of Terrorism’

Obama confirms that the Boston marathon bombing was an "act of terrorism."

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering the Boston marathon bombing as an “act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama confirmed Tuesday morning in his second statement to the press since the attack Monday afternoon.

“Given what we now know about the attacks, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” Obama said, using the emotionally-charged word “terrorism” for the first time himself.

Delivering what he said was the latest intelligence on the bombing, Obama said he did not yet know who was responsible for killing at least three and wounding more than 100 with explosive devices placed near the finish line yesterday.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act,” Obama said.  “We don’t yet know is who carried this out or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”

“We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice,” he added.

Obama recounted reports of heroism following the race — runners who donated blood after the marathon  first responders who instinctively ran to the blast scene, doctors who rushed to hospitals to care for the wounded.

“If you want to know who we are, who America is, how we respond to evil — that’s it,” Obama said. “Selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”

Obama pledged to keep the public informed on the investigation, pledging that administration officials will brief reporters and the public as more information becomes available.

“When we have more details they will be disclosed,” he said. “We will make sure to keep you and the American people posted.”

92 comments
HisNameIsMark
HisNameIsMark

@KimD_Trinh I don't know. We'll see what comes of this. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. It's too soon to know for sure. They don't even know...

HisNameIsMark
HisNameIsMark

@KimD_Trinh they're TREATING it as an "act of terrorism. That doesn't make it a "terrorist attack."

brad3688
brad3688

@Bradisaninja The last terrorist attack on US soil, 9/11, was from Al Qaeda btw. Of course they are going to be suspects.

brad3688
brad3688

@Bradisaninja Ok, he hasn't labeled it a 'foreign terrorist attack' in which some terrorist organization may be involved. He said he simply

Zubair Ahmed
Zubair Ahmed

1000 died in Afghanistan , 1000 died in Iraq , 10000 died in palestian , 3 died in Boston & see how every one is soo sad .. What about those who are not nationals of America . One day will come when justice will prevail and USA will pay the price for so many killings

glennra3
glennra3

For some there is no event, no tragedy that can't be used in some way as an excuse to vent hatred for the president.

paulejb
paulejb

"In Arabic, senior Brotherhood leader and the vice chairman of the group's political party Essam el-Erian took a different tack. In a post on his Facebook page, he condemned the Boston attack -- but also linked it to the French war in Mali, the destruction in Syria and Iraq, and faltering rapprochement between the Turkish government and Kurdish rebels."

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Harrison Thomas LaTour
Harrison Thomas LaTour

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Guy Taylor
Guy Taylor

No need to consider it an act of terrorism, it WAS an act of terrorism, plain and simple. Its an act of naked aggression, whether domestic or foriegn this is an enemy and must be treated as such. I hope they catch whoever it was!

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

All the signs point to a case of domestic terrorism. The far right Americans are very deliberate in WHEN and WHERE it happens. Rebelling on tax day in a city that is birth to the American revolution? Not only that, we're days away from the anniversary of Waco and OKC. Plus Al Quaida typically plots an attack on a much grander scale where the body counts would be in the hundreds and thousands. This attack doesn't fit their modus operandi.

Kelly Leanne
Kelly Leanne

I thought it was a drill by the police department

Suny Ajero Maloles
Suny Ajero Maloles

Very clear,it was a terrorist attack! So scary to any country! I think people should be more alert now

paulejb
paulejb

“We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice,” Barack Obama

This might have been reassuring but for the fact that he said the same thing regarding the attack in Benghazi.

Sergio Narea
Sergio Narea

This was an act of terrorism from the second the first explosive device went off

Gaurav Rai
Gaurav Rai

they are not a terrorists but act of psycho mentality persons !

Roger Layton
Roger Layton

So, it took Obama this long to figure that out? He really is an idiot.

KimD_Trinh
KimD_Trinh

@HisNameIsMark And when the commander-in-chief makes a statement, it should be the most absolute a statement can get as an American.

KimD_Trinh
KimD_Trinh

@HisNameIsMark How does treating it as an act of terrorism not make it an act of terrorism? What were you expecting, a press release?

glennra3
glennra3

@Ayodele Joshua 


Yeah, because that has always worked in the past.

KevinGroenhagen
KevinGroenhagen

@glennra3 You got that right. I remember how the left attacked President Bush after 9/11. Hillary Clinton even went on the floor of the Senate and had her "Truther" moment.

glennra3
glennra3

@paulejb 

In 1983 241 American servicemen were killed by two truck bombs in Lebanon, the deadliest single-day death toll for the marines since the battle of Iwo Jima.  


President Reagan withdrew U.S. troops from Lebanon and for most Americans that was the end of the story.  No one was brought to justice.  No one got fired for security lapses and failures of the chain of command (both criticism leveled by a fact finding commission).


So, how do we see that event?  A tremendous failure on the part of the Reagan administration?  It is difficult to imagine the folks who are so willing to tear into President Obama applying that same standard to President Reagan.  


Or perhaps we should look at the Beirut attacks, like the Benghazi attacks, as evidence that we live in a dangerous world where, sometimes, things go wrong and good people pay the ultimate price.  Maybe, just maybe, we can give our presidents the benefit of the doubt and begin with the assumption that they are good people trying to do the most difficult job in the world?


Wouldn't that make a nice change in our national dialogue?

jsfox
jsfox

 Do ever smack your chin with these knee jerks of yours? Did you even bother to research what might or might not be happening with the Benghazi investigation. Did you stop and think why this one one might be a tad easier to solve than Benghazi? Of course not because that would take away from your constant and your never ending stream of ignorance and vitriol.

paulejb
paulejb

@jsfox 

Benghazi - No one arrested, no one indicted, no one even being questioned. It's as if it never happened.

paulejb
paulejb

@jsfox @paulejb

Did you read your own link, Fox?

"WASHINGTON — Nearly six months after President Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the militants who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the joint CIA and FBI effort to catch the ringleaders has made little apparent progress.

Officials say U.S. authorities do not yet have a full understanding of who planned and carried out the two brief but intense assaults, nearly eight hours apart, on a lightly guarded diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA base late on Sept. 11 and early the next day."

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@jsfox @paulejb

They say the ad hoc nature of the Benghazi attacks, a combination of terrorist action and mob violence, has proved more difficult to unravel than a tightly orchestrated plot, such as an Al Qaeda bombing.

In addition, U.S. investigators cannot operate openly to gather evidence or find witnesses in Benghazi, where competing militias outgun the weak central government and security remains unstable.

Also, newly installed governments in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are less capable and less willing to cooperate than U.S. officials had hoped.

But these facts contradict pre-conceived narratives!  Curse you facts!