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Boston Bombings Prompt Extra Vigilance in San Diego Area

Aired 4/16/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Dipak Gupta, Ph.D.

Special Agent Darrell Foxworth is the FBI spokesman in San Diego.

Transcript

Law enforcement officials in the San Diego area were on heightened alert today while monitoring the aftermath of explosions that killed two people and injured dozens more at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

"We're working very closely with our local and federal law enforcement counterparts,'' said Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "These appear to be tragic, isolated events in Boston.

We have no indication there is any (local) threat ... . If that changes, we will immediately let the community know.''

Likewise, the San Diego Police Department's personnel were being extra vigilant due to the bombings, SDPD public information officer Gary Hassen said.

"We're aware of what happened in Boston ... and there is a heightened awareness (on the part of) our officers,'' Hassen said.

He declined to disclose whether the department had increased or shifted patrols, or instituted any other out-of-the-ordinary measures.

"We do not discuss security (publicly),'' he said.

Administrators at Lindbergh Field made no immediate changes, since the Transportation Security Administration had not directed them to do so, according to airport spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield.

"We'll take our cues from TSA,'' she said.

Twenty members of the San Diego Track Club took part in the marathon along with scores of other people from San Diego County, which has "a very large running community,'' said Kate Garcia, president of the organization.

"As far as I know, everyone (from this area) is OK,'' she said.

Among the track club's contingent, 18 had completed the race when the explosives detonated, and the other two had not gotten close enough to the finish line to have been in any danger, Garcia said.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2013 at 4:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

In the main article on this tragedy, it reads:

"California safety officials on Monday called for heightened vigilance and the activation of a statewide threat assessment system in response to explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Officials in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Sacramento were reviewing information from federal authorities involving possible local threats, said Kelly Huston, assistant Secretary of the California Emergency Management System."

Yet according tot his article full of quotes from "County Officials," everything is business as usual and there are no local potential threats.

I'm not sure if "county officials" are lying or clueless, as the "officials" in our county are known quite well for both.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

By the way, did KPBS ask any of these people about the quote from Ms. Hudson claiming San Diego County Officials are reviewing information on a possible local threat??

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Suzanne Marmion, KPBS Staff | April 16, 2013 at 8:36 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Hi Peking--
I want to help clarify here. What you heard this morning on KPBS-FM was Kelly Huston, with the California Emergency Management Agency saying there is NO known threat in California. The state is asking people to be vigilant, and if any connection emerges in California to the attacks in Boston, the state would increase security measures then.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 16, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks Suzanne, I musst have misunderstood what Ms. Huston was saying.

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HarryStreet | April 16, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

This bombing is probably more of a home-grown sect of Americans against our government. With all the talk about immigration reform, taxes due on April 15, gun control, hatred for Obama, I'm ashamed to say this hideous act does not surprise me. I am glad to see how it is bringing all of America together. Too bad it takes an act like this for us to show it, what with the GOP and Dems lashing out against each other.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 16, 2013 at noon ― 1 year, 7 months ago

HarryStreet I too am thinking thinking there is a good chance this was done by an American who thought he was being patriotic.

Unfortunately, the result of their actions will undoubtedly be even more of our constitutional rights being stripped away... the exact thing, I imagine, that a domestic terrorist psychopath would think he was fighting with his bombs.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | April 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I doubt this is domestic terrorism. If you look at all previous incidents, they all had a specific target that tied into their philosophy. The Boston Marathon has no political significance or ties to the government. I also doubt it was promoting gay rights or abortion.

If you look at foreign terrorism, specifically jihadist groups, they look to inflict the greatest amount of fear. That's the only goal of this otherwise senseless attack that I can see.

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Missionaccomplished | April 17, 2013 at 12:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

April 15, tax day, anniversary of the OK bomb, all this is meaningless.

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Missionaccomplished | April 17, 2013 at 1:32 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

That's a ? instead of a period. I meant it as a question.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 17, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I thought some guy stole his grammas pressure cooker and made a bomb, I didn't realize this was a known jihadist strategy. Now I am less confident that it is domestic. Now it is back to 50/50.

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CaliforniaDefender | April 19, 2013 at 10:12 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

All information is still very preliminary, but it looks like the suspects are foreigners from Chechnya. Their uncle did confirm they are Muslims, but did not indicate if they were part of the Chechen insurgency.

So, April 15, tax day, anniversary of OK bombing were all meaningless.

To attack innocent civilians, it takes a lot of propaganda and brainwashing, usually by a terrorist organization. It is unlikely someone angry about taxes would do such a horrific thing.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 19, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder what they were thinking when the bombs exploded.

"Oh hooray! We are really making great strides for Islam!"

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CaliforniaDefender | April 19, 2013 at 12:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I doubt they were thinking at all. That's the problem when you've been so indoctrinated into a particular ideology, especially when religion is involved.

They certainly aren't going to win any hearts and minds with this. Same problem with US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You don't win hearts and minds with bombs and bullets.

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JeanMarc | April 19, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't think we should invade countries to try to win the hearts and minds of the people. We should invade to kill, or not invade at all. War is not supposed to be friendly.

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mohammad ashori | April 19, 2013 at 1:22 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

CailiforniaDefender, do you think these 2 individuals were brainwashed back in Chechnya or you think it happened here? I know people can get brainwashed but I have to admit to being naive enough to not realize that they could be brainwashed to do something this tragic.

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CaliforniaDefender | April 19, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Across the Middle East, they deal with suicide bombers on a daily basis. These people don't wake up one morning and decide to blow themselves up. They are brainwashed probably from months or more likely years of propaganda and religious education.

But, I just saw an interview of the aunt (I think) of these two guys. She said there is absolutely no evidence that they committed this crime. True.

We should withhold judgement until there is evidence.

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JeanMarc | April 19, 2013 at 3:19 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, there is video of one of them setting down one of the bombs. I think that counts as evidence doesn't it?

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mohammad ashori | April 21, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I think CD is saying that even though there is "evidence" we probably should wait until the evidence legally is tied to the crime. It's a valid point but no doubt it's hard to think otherwise at this stage.

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JeanMarc | April 22, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

But that is not what he said. He said it is true that there is no evidence.

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Missionaccomplished | April 22, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

@Mashori, the younger Tsaraenev brother was brought here as a child.

@CA OFF, "indoctrinated" b y whom? The older brother? The local imam? I think this is another one of your guilt by association fallacies.

"Across the Middle East they deal with suicide bombers on a daily basis."

These guys were neither Middle Eastern, NOR suicide bombers. And I haven't heard of suicide bombers in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan "on a daily basis," or please post the Al Jazeera link.

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