Boston Marathon Explosions: 5 Conspiracy Theories For Boston Bombing
A street in Boston in the aftermath of Monday's attack at the Boston Marathon. Three people have died and over 170 have been injured in the bombing. (Photo: Reuters)
The bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday killed three people -- including an eight-year-old boy -- and injured more than 140 people.
With an event like this, people feel anger and despair in knowing that on a day where people run for loved ones or a cause, something like this could happen. The thought that even in this day and age, something like the Boston Marathon explosions could happen.
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In addition to those feelings of anger and despair, many others believe that there are reasons for events like this. It isn't as simple as a terrorist act, but something that is bigger than that.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, many have revealed conspiracy theories as to how and why the tragic events of April 15 happened. Take a look at the top five conspiracy theories surrounding the Boston Marathon explosions:
1. As previously reported on our sister site, idigitaltimes.com, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent out a tweet about the bombing, saying that it was suspect at best.
"Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed #Boston marathon - but this thing stinks to high heaven #falseflag"
The term "false flag" comes from a strategy during times of war. Ships would sometimes change the flag they flew in order to fool other ships that they wanted to attack or hide from. The term is used in regards to any scenario under which a military attack is done by a person or organization pretending to be something else. What Jones appears is asking is whether the U.S. government perpetuated the bombing for a reason.
2. On Monday, April 15, Boston celebrated Patriots Day, a holiday which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord. April 15 was also tax day in the U.S., a day that generally many people do not look forward to. CNN's Wolf Blitzer brought up a possibility of an attack with these two events occurring on the same day. The thinking is that a far-right, anti-government group carried out the attack at the Boston Marathon. Being in the same city as the famous Boston Tea Party, the setting of the attack makes sense for people who would want to protest big government and taxes.
3. Ali Stevenson, a track coach from the University of Mobile in Alabama, was near the finish line at the Boston Marathon and recalls seeing weird events during the race.
"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Stevenson said to Local 15 News. "Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise. I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."
The theory is that Boston police received some kind threat either prior or during the race and started their search for the devices before they went off. Instead of informing the public, they kept quiet and attempted to solve the problem before anyone knew about it. According to the website Secrets of the Fed, a controlled explosion near the JFK Library occured on Monday, April 15. Was the bombing an exercise gone wrong?
4. In liberal Massachusetts, many believe that this event was a "false flag" but a move that had a bigger purpose. With an upcoming vote on gun control coming up in the United State Senate, people see this bombing as a chance for the U.S. to begin taking away more liberties away from its citizens. A bombing such as this could make people lean on the government more and trust that they will do all they can to protect them ... which means that the government could ask these traumatized citizens to do what they say. The gun control debate was delayed before the bombing occurred but this will be a big topic going forward.
5. The person on the roof has been a hot topic since pictures of a mysterious person surfaced. Photos show a shadowy figure on the roof of a Boston building right before the bombing occurred. While it is not clear whether the person had anything to do with the attack, many speculate that the "person on the roof" could be connected with the bombings. Many Twitter users are asking about the person, but Boston police have yet to respond to the inquiries.