America's response to Marathon terror: Compassionate and unafraid

President Obama addresses America Photo: Martin Richards

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013  ― President Obama addressed the press and people of America this morning, saying that yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing was an act of terror. He cautioned that we do not know if it was the act of a terrorist organization ― foreign or domestic ― or was the act of a single “malevolent individual.”

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The attack was apparently a surprise. Intelligence and law enforcement do not appear to have had any hint about the attacks before they happened.

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

“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. … What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization - foreign or domestic - or was the act of a malevolent individual.” He added, “We will find them, though, and they will face justice.”

The President pointed out that runners, exhausted from competing, responded immediately, hurrying to give blood, shredding clothing to create tourniquets. First responders quickly moved people to some of the finest hospitals in America.

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The FBI is investigating this act as an act of terror.

Martin Richards

Martin Richards

According to officials, 176 persons were injured in the blast and three persons, including eight-year-old Martin Richards, were killed. Doctors report that they are removing large pieces of metal, bigger than ball bearings and including carpenters nails, from those hit by the bomb debris.

The image of Martin, above, shows a young man who has just received the confirmation rites from his church. It has been reported that Martin’s sister has lost a limb and his mother is being treated for  brain injuries.

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Tom Fuentes, former FBI,  points out that carpenter nails being recovered, along with other shrapnel, will help identify who is behind the bombings.  Like the roofing nails used in the Atlanta Olympic bombing which authorities traced to the point of sale, these will offer authorities clues. 

One of the bombs was packed inside a metal pressure cooker that could have added to the shrapnel that caused so much damange. 


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Jacquie Kubin is an award winning journalist that began writing in 1993 following a successful career in marketing and advertising in Chicago.  She started Communities Digital News in 2009 as a way to adapt to the changing online journalism marketing place.  Jacquie is President and Managing Editor of Communities Digital News, LLC and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times Communities as well as a member of the National Association of Professional Woman, New American Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalist.  Email Jacquie here

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