By Andrew Whooley*
The Boston Marathon bombings have a lot of features that can only be reconciled as being a mock training exercise, and the recent history of using the Boston Marathon for bomb training exercises makes that comparison even more compelling. The Boston Herald reports that emergency drills were conducted at the 2012 Boston Marathon in which maneuvers included training for “bombs at the finish line”(1). Further, an experienced athlete and eyewitnesses at this year’s Boston Marathon, Alastair Stevenson, also testifies “there were dogs with their handlers going around sniffing for explosives and, and, we were told on a loud announcement that we shouldn’t be concerned, it was just a drill”(2).
Also worth noting is that the use of existing amputees to play the role of bomb victims is an established practice in military training(3). Therefore, the horrendous injuries seen at the Boston bombing are not a deterrent to establishing that the bombing was a training exercise and that the victims, and their rescuers, are mere actors.
THE SHRAPNEL LACED BOMB
If the bombing were a hoax the bomb would have to be benign rather than shrapnel-laced. The above photo shows no shrapnel tearing at the banner or flags, nobody on the road was hit by shrapnel, the smoke does not show any signs of being pierced by, or trailing, high speed projectiles. There also appears to be a dearth of spectators in the immediate area of the blast.
THE VICTIMS AND THEIR RESCUERS
In a real bombing common EMT protocols dictate that victims, by and large, get treated according to their needs. A person with life threatening injuries would be attended to with more urgency and receive more attention than those with lesser injuries. The same approaches may not hold for a mock bombing where roles may be assigned to rescuers, and a rescuer who was assigned to one victim would not depart from that role for fear of upsetting the entire role playing exercise.
The above photo shows Jeff Bauman lying on the ground, conscious, missing both legs, yet unattended even while others around him with lesser injuries get attended to. There was even one female victim who was beside Jeff who has been removed on a gurney while his life threatening injuries are ignored. It takes at least 2.23 minutes for Carlos the cowboy hat hero to arrive at Jeff’s side, belying media reports he jumped the fence and rushed to Jeff Bauman’s aid.(4) It would appear as though the script calls for Jeff to be rescued by Carlos the cowboy hat hero and nobody else. (See photo essay  for evidence of timing.)
The above photo shows a blonde EMT taking Krystle Campbell’s pulse (in blue), Krystle is reported to have died and in this photo Krystle’s legs appear to be either severed or badly mangled beneath her. This EMT also took at least 2.23 minutes to make it to Krystle’s side. As if that is not bad enough the photographic evidence also shows that the EMT stays with Krystle for less than 48 seconds before walking away (See photo essay ).
A trained EMT staying with a dying patient for less than 48 seconds before she is photographed departing with her back to all of the injured is very difficult to reconcile with a real EMT in a real life and death situation, but could be reconciled with a mock drill where she need not be a real EMT and her sole role may be just to pose for a quick photo shoot.
Above the two rescuers are seen standing over their respective wards, neither are focused on the injured in spite of the supposedly serious nature of their injuries. The blonde EMT takes time to have an intercourse with some man on the sidelines (which is most likely the man hidden in front of the policeman), and Carlos has taken his card off from around his neck and is seen here reading it.
The focus away from the victims while standing over them could be more indicative of poor actors stumbling with their roles, rather than genuine rescuers in a serious life and death situation. (See photo essay  for Carlos Arredondo’s card reading, and video  for the EMT’s actions.)
THE WAR-LIKE RESCUES
The rescues of the victims that occurred at the Boston Marathon bombing were not what would be expected in a civilian setting, but much more fitting for a war zone, or a military bomb training drill. In a civilian setting normal procedure would necessitate treating the injured where they lay until ambulances arrive, whereas in a war setting responders get the injured out of the immediate danger zone by whatever means necessary.
What was seen at Boston closely resembled a military training exercise; one where people were picked up and run down the road–sometimes carried, sometimes in a wheelchair. While a medical tent in fact lay some distance up the road, why were victims sped away with such makeshift transport and why didn’t ambulances attend the bombing scene for at least 6 minutes? Was this rushing-of-victims to the medical tent and ambulances, as opposed to taking ambulances to the victims, deliberately staged for dramatic, war-like effect?
Note that police vehicles, as seen in the picture above, come and go from the scene during this crucial 6 minute period where ambulances do not attend. The man in the above photo is a uniformed officer. Why in the world does he pick up a victim and run down the road against all protocol?
Here is the now-famous mad rush to the ambulance for the two worst injured at his bomb site. At least 5 minutes has passed since the bombing and Jeff Bauman’s life is still in the hands of Carlos the cowboy. Bauman is sitting upright, which is inappropriate for his injuries, and he has been seated in a wheelchair, which is also entirely inappropriate for his injuries as apparently loose skin or something synthetic is seen getting caught in the chair’s mechanisms. Underscoring how ridiculous a wheelchair is for his injuries, Jeff has to hold his own leg up.
The photo of Krystle has a number of anomalies also. For example, her legs have a marked structural soundness in contrast to earlier photos where they appeared to be either severed or severely distorted beneath her, and in this photo the EMTs are supposed to be doing CPR while running her to an ambulance(8).
Anyone who has ever participated in a rudimentary CPR course knows that one is supposed to use two hands to do CPR, be directly over the patient, and both elbows should be locked straight to ensure transmission of the maximum force to the victim’s chest. It takes considerable pressure to perform CPR yet with Krystle we see them attempting to conduct CPR while running, standing off to one side, and with a bent elbow. Is this just a sham CPR for the cameras? If Krystle genuinely needed CPR why would EMTs have not properly administered CPR where she lay and proceed to bring the ambulance to her?
These and other Boston bombing anomalies cannot be dismissed as myriad results of “chaos” following the blast. For instance, any immediate chaos can not explain how a double amputee, in an area swarming with uniformed personnel, is left rolling around on the ground unattended for well over 2 minutes. Chaos can not explain why an EMT would leave a dying patient after spending less than 48 seconds with her for a quick photo shoot, and chaos can not explain why victims were rushed out of the area as though they were under fire in a war zone, against all normal civilian procedures.
Chaos can not explain how the media portrayal of Carlos the “cowboy hat hero” rushing to the aid of Jeff Bauman is both demonstrably false, yet also furnished with dramatic photos of Carlos running Bauman down the road supposedly proving the story true. Every story needs a hero, especially scripted ones.
The medical response to this event demonstrates both the injured and the respondents were mere actors in an elaborate stage show, manufactured to suit political agendas both domestic and foreign, a day of false victims and fake heroes to usher in a new chapter in the so-called “war on terror.”
(8) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O79M-Ej8CjA (Blonde EMT seen at approx 30s, and CPR on Krystle at approx 1:14)
*Andrew Whooley is an independent researcher originally from New Zealand who resides in Perth, WA, Australia.