Craft International Services hired guns at the Boston Marathon:
Why Such Secrecy about Private Military Contractor’s Men Working the Event?
by Dave Lindorff
Speaking as an investigative reporter with almost 40 years’s experience, I can say that when government officials won’t talk, they’re generally hiding something embarrassing or worse.
I tried, and nobody will talk about those Craft International Services private security personnel who were widely observed and photographed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, wearing security ear-pieces, hats and T-shirts bearing the company’s skull logo, and all wearing the same dark coats, khaki pants and combat boots, some carrying what appear to have been radiation detectors. (I got no hard answers, though there were some inadvertent hints given.)
I first contacted a man identifying himself as Jack Fleming, a public affairs person with the Boston Athletic Assn., sponsor of the marathon. Fleming advised me that “If you want to ask about that you should contact the Commonwealth (of Massachusetts) Executive Office of Public Safety.”
Corporate media and sources of deception
By JOHN KIRBY
Everyone from John Stewart to President Obama has been taking pot shots at CNN for their precipitous reporting during the hunt for the Boston Marathon suspects.
On April 17, CNN’s John King was given word from what he said had been, up till then, reliable law-enforcement sources: a perpetrator had been identified and arrested. His now much-mocked report came two days after the terror at the finish line and a day before pictures of the government’s officially designated suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, were officially released.
At the White House Correspondent’s Dinner on April 28th, the president quipped, “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”
On “The Daily Show” the day of the gaffe, Jon Stewart ran through clips of CNN’s self-proclaimed “exclusive reporting” on the false arrest. Stewart got more and more faux-excited until finally dunking the ball: “Oh, it’s exclusive because it’s completely [expletive] wrong!”