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Helicopter Video Reveals Assault on Boston Bomber: VIDEO


Video shot from the state police airwing helicopter show the Boston bomber hiding in a boat in a Watertown, Massachusetts backyard as assault teams move in for his capture on Friday night. Stun grenades can be seen exploding as they are tossed into parts of the boat.



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  1. Enough with this "terrorist porn"! Continued stories like this is what helps glamorize violence to vulnerable people with deep psychological problems. It legitimizes violence as a way of getting attention for them.

    Posted by: Claes Lilja | Apr 21, 2013 11:40:29 AM

  2. Tsk tsk tsk, he forgot his movie training. Roll around in mud to mask your heat signature. #Predator101

    Posted by: Zac Morris | Apr 21, 2013 11:44:44 AM

  3. "Terrorist Porn"? That is the most ridiculous phrase I have ever heard. I think it is great to show how we caught these guys. In 5 days, the FBI identified, killed and captured the persons responsible. Stuff like this shows the resources we will use and the extent that we will go to (shutting down an entire US city) to find terrorists on our soil. It should be a pretty effective deterrent to anyone else thinking about doing the same.

    Posted by: Chadd | Apr 21, 2013 11:53:44 AM

  4. So all the dollars we spend on counter-terrorism and they don't teach them to look in a boat in a backyard. I think this story shows how incredibly bone-headed our security team is. They shut down a city, stopped trains, entered citizen's homes and didn't look in one of the most obvious hiding places? Heck of a job!

    Posted by: Joey | Apr 21, 2013 12:06:30 PM

  5. I agree that it is important to show how the FBI 'utilizes' resources. But for crowd-sourcing, there's no telling how long it would've taken the FBI to identify the suspects--that, despite having been warned that the older brother was a potential terrorist, and having interviewed him. And how many hundreds (thousands?) of officers were used to (not) find a wounded 19 year-old kid for 20 hours? Everytime I saw footage of the operation, I saw a lot of overweight cops standing around yukking it up, a box of donuts no doubt hidden just outside the frame.

    On the other hand, I think it is ill-advised to give away any information whatsoever regarding investigative techniques and capture tactics. You make it easier to avoid detection and evade arrest.

    More than anything else, this week reminded me that we live in a police state, and that too many of our citizens are inclined to drunken bouts of animalistic brutishness, standing around waiting to cheer as 1000 police soldiers chase a 19-year old kid through a city, like hounds chasing a fox.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 21, 2013 12:07:01 PM

  6. terrorists won this one

    Posted by: crg dls | Apr 21, 2013 12:10:53 PM

  7. "So all the dollars we spend on counter-terrorism and they don't teach them to look in a boat in a of the most obvious hiding places?"

    You mean like every boat in Boston? Every garage? Every cellar? Every attic? Under every parked car? Under every porch? In every Dumpster? Those most obvious places?

    Do you know how long it would take to search every obvious place?


    Posted by: Tatts | Apr 21, 2013 12:24:27 PM

  8. "It should be a pretty effective deterrent to anyone else thinking about doing the same."

    Yeah, because a suicide bomber is really concerned about getting caught.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 21, 2013 12:25:32 PM

  9. "Do you know how long it would take to search every obvious place?"

    About 20 hours, apparently.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 21, 2013 12:26:34 PM

  10. I think that Rat has a thing for Suspect #2. Seemed quite taken the other day with his abs and boyish sneer.

    Posted by: mateoM | Apr 21, 2013 12:29:05 PM

  11. Apparently gay people have a comment about everything.

    Posted by: Gayheart | Apr 21, 2013 12:32:33 PM

  12. lots of people have a thing for suspect 2. twitter posts to this effect have been compiled all over the net. and why not? he's human, after all.

    Posted by: tcw | Apr 21, 2013 12:39:39 PM

  13. @Rick, I was thinking the same thing, adding up the hours after identifying.

    @Gayheart, you would know. lol.

    Posted by: Jersey | Apr 21, 2013 12:46:30 PM

  14. some of you people are insufferable. Get a grip on your lives and stop attacking our security system. You come across as pathetic, and that's sad.

    Posted by: Reality | Apr 21, 2013 12:46:46 PM

  15. lol—how 90s

    Posted by: Gayheart | Apr 21, 2013 1:02:51 PM

  16. what joey said, exactly ..... and now the ~experts~ are showing-off all of their techie gear-n-stuffs -- after the boat owner found the guy in the first place.

    Posted by: unokhan | Apr 21, 2013 1:22:26 PM

  17. There's another MateoM. Damn, I thought I was original.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 21, 2013 1:24:10 PM

  18. Threads like these make me wish Andy would disable the comments.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Apr 21, 2013 1:44:35 PM

  19. This is Towleroad. They could post a picture of a kitten eating a pink frosted donut and people would complain about it with an overwrought, histrionic screed.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 21, 2013 2:00:13 PM

  20. Ok... I agree that the fact they figured out who they were was pretty amazing. But the boat was within the search area. It should have been one of the first targets to look into. My comment was that we are so enamored of the hi-tech that we lose focus on what a search for a wounded suspect looks like. Where would he hide?

    I applaud the people of Boston and Obama for not turning this into another reason to go to war or end our civil rights.

    Posted by: Joey | Apr 21, 2013 2:03:51 PM

  21. "I applaud the people of Boston and Obama for not turning this into another reason to go to war or end our civil rights."

    Yeah, because declaring martial law for 24 hours only TEMPORARILY ended civil rights!!!!

    We don't need no stinkin' civil rights!!!!

    Posted by: HirsuiteHeuristics | Apr 21, 2013 2:26:43 PM

  22. @ joey

    hindsight is 20/20 so till Ur declared GOD by the masses, please don't try to claim you knew he would be in such a hiding place. The FBI etc will now update their tactics and always consider such for future searches

    loved the big armored truck with the arm poking at the boat. $ well spent. Though will be cooler in the future when they have large robots to do such to make the situation even safer for authorities

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 21, 2013 2:33:17 PM

  23. ^^^Not me. Just one of the Towleroad crazies and par for the course around here.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 21, 2013 2:34:05 PM

  24. Does anyone realize after being branded a cop killer; cops are bringing an ass kicking with them? Jesus!

    Posted by: EnterTheGecko | Apr 21, 2013 2:46:00 PM

  25. This past week has been unbelieveable. It's incredible that, in spite of all the technology the authorities had, that a homeowner found the suspect. How could the authorities not think of looking in the boat?

    Posted by: | Apr 21, 2013 3:21:04 PM

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