Boston Bomb Job | Unfilter 46

Boston Bomb Job | Unfilter 46

We cover and analyze the Boston Bombings, take a critical look at the media’s horrendous coverage and breakdown a few of the common conspiracies.

Plus: Letters sent to a Mississippi senator and President Obama tested positive for Ricin, adding to state of national panic. But are these letters connected with the Boston Bombings? We’ve got the answers

And: CISPA is just hours from passing, a little bit of good news, your feedback, and much much more!

On this week’s episode of, Unfilter.

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Boston Bombing

A camera shot first moments after deadly explosions in Boston, Massachusetts. At least three people, including an eight-year-old, have been killed and more than a hundred injured after two explosions hit the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

There is conflicting information as to whether someone has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

A federal law enforcement source told CNN\’s Fran Townsend that someone was arrested. But two senior administration officials and another federal official then told Townsend that there had been a misunderstanding among officials and that no one has been arrested.

Two Justice Department officials also told CNN\’s Joe Johns that there has been no arrest, and that authorities were looking into where the earlier confusion came from.

Amid a frenzy of reporting on Wednesday that a suspect had been arrested in the Boston Marathon bombing case, NBC News stood out as the only network reporting that no arrest had been made. In the face of increasing evidence that they were incorrect, NBC News stuck to their guns and insisted that there had been no arrest. Within minutes, it became clear that NBC News was the only network to get the story right — no arrest had been made in the Boston bombing case.

\”Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images\’ content and context,\” according to the ethics code for the National Press Photographers Association, a professional society. \”Do not manipulate images … in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.\”

Poison Letters

Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the mailing of letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin.

The suspect was identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss., federal officials told NBC News. They said he may appear in court as early as Wednesday night.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said preliminary tests on the letter to Obama showed evidence of ricin, a powerful toxin that is generally considered to be ineffective as a weapon for mass terrorism.

A letter sent to a Mississippi senator tested positive for the poison ricin, federal authorities revealed Tuesday, adding to security concerns in the Capitol after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ricin comes from the castor bean plant, and is the most poisonous, naturally occurring substance, according to Cornell University Department of Animal Sciences. The part of the plant that is poisonous to people, animals, and insects, is the bean

US tortured detainees\’ after 9/11 attack

A two-year study by the Constitution Project determined that there was \”no
justification\” for the so-called \”enhanced interrogation techniques\”
deployed by the George W Bush administration, which it said violated both
international and American law.

\”It is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of
torture,\” said the 577-page report by Constitution Project, a high-powered
Washington watchdog.

The US military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is the symbol of everything the country has done wrong since the September 11 attacks, according to a bipartisan group of former officials and academics.

The group, which reviewed US detention and rendition practices, has concluded that US interrogators committed torture while questioning detainees, and there\’s no proof the torture gave authorities any information to prevent future attacks.

Seasoned interrogators have confirmed the report finding that harsh interrogation techniques were ineffective and there was no rationale for their use, whether practical or moral.

CISPA is Coming…

Yesterday, we reached two important milestones in the fight to stop CISPA! Just after surpassing 50,000 petition signatures, a formal statement from the White House announced President Obama\’s intention to veto CISPA if it passes Congress in its current form. But with several amendments to the bill pending that could make him rethink his veto threat (even if they do little to protect our privacy), we need to keep the pressure on.

One of the key things we\’ve seen in the pushback on CISPA is that its backers insist that people arguing against it don\’t really understand how the bill works, and that it does protect privacy. CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers himself took to Twitter this morning to tell the EFF that it\’s misreading his bill. But, of course, as we\’ve seen, it seems that Rogers himself is the one being misleading when it comes to privacy. If he truly believed in privacy protections, he would have supported a variety of straightforward amendments that made it clear how privacy could be protected. But he didn\’t. Instead, he clearly left it open for abuse.

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