PSU prof: Boston bombing points to domestic terrorist

Images of a pressure cooker bomb and duffel bag found at blast site of Boston Marathon. (April 16, 2013 | AP Photo/FBI)
Images of a pressure cooker bomb and duffel bag found at blast site of Boston Marathon. (April 16, 2013 | AP Photo/FBI)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dr. Randy Blazak’s Monday was spent glued to his television, watching the horror unfolding in Boston. But he wasn’t watching the same way most of us were.

“In my field you start to look at some of the immediate clues,” he said.

Blazak is a Portland State University professor, a researcher on hate crimes and instructor of a university course on criminology. He told KOIN 6 News the Boston bomber left clues that point to an act of domestic terror.

Bazak says in the domestic-terror world there is a strong hatred of U.S. involvement in international events. Placing a bomb near the Boston Marathon flags, he said, may be related to this.

“That placement wasn’t right at the finish line, but was behind the flags,” Blazak said. “I saw that as potential evidence it might be domestic in nature.”

He also points to the fact no international terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

And then there is the date: America’s tax day.

“Tax day [represents] a sort of hatred of the federal government — and the money they take from taxpayers,” Blazak told KOIN 6 News. “[This] could be used as evidence of a domestic attack.”

If this is a domestic attack, Blazak said there may be reason to worry about others trying to copycat or piggyback on the Boston bombing.

He says that was Timothy McVeigh‘s hope when he bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City— this same week in 1995. His claim is that the fantasy of an attacker is often that others will see what they did and join in, in an effort to throw the country into chaos.

“This one in Boston did a good job of getting the nation’s attention,” Blazak said.

Blazak does say it’s way too early to jump to any conclusions, pointing out this is just where the clues he’s seen are leading him.

At a news conference covered by CBS News in Boston, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers said the range of suspects and motives remains “wide open,” and the investigation is still in its “infancy.” He also mentioned that the FBI had received about 2,000 tips as of noon as agents looked for any photographic or video evidence from witnesses, CBSNews.com reports.

A law enforcement official told CBS News the two bombs that exploded were made to look like discarded property. Images of the bombs and their packing material were released Tuesday by the FBI.


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