Suspected Boston Marathon Bombers Plotted NYC Attack, Officials Said

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI he and his brother planned to set off explosives in Times Square, New York City officials said Thursday. Photo Credit: FBI

YONKERS, N.Y. – The suspected Boston Marathon bombers had plans to detonate additional explosives in Times Square, according to New York City officials.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly detailed the plan at a press briefing Thursday afternoon in New York City.

Bloomberg said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told federal investigators that he and his brother, Tamerlan, had chosen Times Square after spontaneously deciding to set off the remaining explosives in New York City. 

According to Kelly, the pair had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs.

New York City officials said they learned of the plan from FBI agents Wednesday night.

“The surviving attacker revealed New York City was next on their list of targets,” Bloomberg said.

Federal authorities Monday charged Tsarnaev with using a “weapon of mass destruction,” three days after he was found alive in parked boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass., home.

Bloomberg said Thursday that New York City police take any threats seriously and will continue to do everything they can to keep residents and visitors safe.

“It’s a dangerous world but you’re probably safer here than you are anywhere else in the world,” he said.

“We have never let our guard down,” he added.

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Mr Norwalk CT:

Despite the atrocity perpetrated at the Newtown, greedy firms like colt continue to sell weapons of mass destruction, which are unregistered--to anyone who walks in off the street. Despite the protestations of pro-pressure anti gun groups, who claim that many of these evil devices are actually "tracked on bridal registries", the reality is that most of these devices, which no right wing wacko really needs to own, can be bought by potential terrorists--no questions asked--despite the red-flag swarthiness of their countenance, or their transparent use of the internet sham to make straw purchases for their own evil purposes; or for those of other potential terrorists in their cells. This must stop, and the eyes of the world are, once again, on Connecticut, to act, once again, decisively, as it did against gun owners.

Mr Norwalk CT:

Blabbermouth68
Have you ever considered not posting lies and propaganda--- awkwardly--

Blabbermouth68:

Despite the atrocity perpetrated at the Boston Marathon, greedy firms like Williams Sonoma continue to sell pressure cookers, which are unregistered--to anyone who walks in off the street. Despite the protestations of pro-pressure cooker groups, who claim that many of these evil devices are actually "tracked on bridal registries", the reality is that most of these devices, which no housewife really needs to own, can be bought by potential terrorists--no questions asked--despite the red-flag swarthiness of their countenance, or their transparent use of the bridal registry sham to make straw purchases for their own evil purposes; or for those of other potential terrorists in their cells. This must stop, and the eyes of the world are, once again, on Connecticut, to act, once again, decisively, as it did against gun owners.

Jim J:

MORE DEATHS BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN BUSH
2 WARS STARTED ON LIES

Boston Bombing Suspects Motivated By Afghanistan, Iraq Wars: Report
The two suspects in the Boston bombing that killed three and injured more than 260 were motivated by the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials told the Washington Post.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack," the Post writes, citing "U.S. officials familiar with the interviews."

Activist Bill:

Sorry to burst your fantasy bubble, Jim, but the deaths by terrorists in Boston was on Obama's watch. He's supposed to have stopped all attacks on Americans on American soil but he's failed at it.

Mr Norwalk CT:

Sorry to burst your fantasy bubble, Billy, but the deaths by terrorists in Boston was because of the wars Republican Bush started on lies .

Activist Bill:

Continuing to burst your lying fantasy bubble, Mr Norwalk, but the terrorists attacked and killed people in Boston because of Obama's failure to protect Americans from these radical Muslims. And it's Obama's FBI and CIA that failed to do their jobs even though they were warned.

john.real.965:

They were state sponsored terrorists. For years the US, state and local governments had been providing those two terrorists with welfare money, and the older brother managed to live without job and travel abroad learn how to kill Americans. Yes, US government has been sponsoring terrorists inside the country, ..... with our money.

Jim J:

John
I think you may be mistaken when you say "For years the US, state and local governments had been providing those two terrorists with welfare money" as last I checked these 2 were not a CEO of an oil company/Drug company getting corporate welfare from the right wing Republicans.

Activist Bill:

The left wing Democrats are also responsible for the corporate welfare, started many years ago by the Democrats themselves.

Mr Norwalk CT:

Activist Bill: States
The Right wing Republicans are responsible for the corporate welfare, started many years ago by the Republicans themselves.

I agree Billy

Activist Bill:

Mr Norwalk continues to show his ignorance by turning around words of others and perpetuating lies.

cjmesq:

We have been played for suckers by the world. We take in other country's losers...the criminals and castoffs from third-world nations that bring their third-world mentalities, sensibilities, unmarried women w/ high birth rates, welfare cheats, domestic violence, etc. Thank you, Ted Kennedy, for chain migration in 1965, and thank you to all pols and corporatists who want open borders. Thank you for destroying America.

Vuiture:

Cjmesq
This is due to the Republican Bush who open the boarders to supply cheap labor to his buddies

norwalkspends4:

gov of mass has halted the Boston herald's investigation into welfare payment history to the terrorists....citing "privacy" concerns.

1. Pretty sure the patriot act steamrolls that concern and,
2. The gov had absolutely no concern for violating privacy and 4th Amendment rights of 100s of innocent households....by armed search and swat teams.

Whose side are you on, governor?

Benedict D:

I hope they did not have to scare or threaten the poor helpless young boy with any interogation, in order to get the info. Poor thing.
I wonder if the possibility exists of any other threats. And, I wonder if maybe this kid has other friends like him here or abroad, and can share information about bomb types or popular targets that these extremists may be intersted in destroying. This and any info is helpful in preparing for threats and improving security and saving American lives. Unfortunately, some people claim 'let's not interogate him - we cannot stoop to there level....'
Smarten up

Irish Girl:

Only an Anti American idiot would suggest stooping to there level

carol mascolino:

"We have never let our guard down"! ...not so sure that's accurate!! Can't forget 9/11.

cjmesq:

I love that the elitist jerk of a NYC Mayor wants us to give up our Con Rights...in order to save us from terrorists. What a facist statist this guy is.

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