Skip to comments.Boston bomber 'is trapped by his phone': FBI 'use phone records to identify suspect
Posted on 04/17/2013 4:32:04 PM PDT by plain talk
The FBI said there has been 'substantial progress' in the Boston bombing investigation after they analyzed surveillance footage shot from a nearby department store which showed a man planting the second bomb. Investigators said the individual is seen at the site of the second explosion wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-color-white baseball cap backwards placing a back-pack on the ground while talking on his cellphone. The video obtained by the FBI captures this man using his cellphone at the moment the first explosion detonated 100 yards away on Boylston Street on Monday and 12 seconds before the second blast close to where he is standing. Federal agents then focused on the time-frame of that conversation to retrieve cell-phone records to identify potential callers according to CBS News. Call logs were then obtained through the cell phone masts surrounding the attack zone and using these, investigators matched up the users' identity with the time specific video and pictures to zero in on the individual.
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I just hope these aren’t Obama phones they were using
Of course the 19 were going to be martyrs anyways so who cares.
Thanks CBS/DailyMail for explaining this in public, so the next terrorist won’t make the same mistake.
British press, as always, gets it.
“The video obtained by the FBI captures this man using his cellphone at the moment the first explosion detonated 100 yards away on Boylston Street on Monday and 12 seconds before the second blast close to where he is standing.
Federal agents then focused on the time-frame of that conversation to retrieve cell-phone records to identify potential callers according to CBS News.
Call logs were then obtained through the cell phone masts surrounding the attack zone and using these, investigators matched up the users’ identity with the time specific video and pictures to zero in on the individual.”
Yeah, right. I’m sure the bomber used his own personal cell phone, instead of, say, an untraceable throwaway available for a few bucks in every Walmart in America.
everyone knows this anyway...unless you’re like me and i use disposable boost and virgin mobile phones.
The Daily Mail is our “Radio Free Europe”.
Where is his picture?
Everything in the Daily Mail is repackaged info from US media/television. This story appears to be entirely based on CBS news, for example.
My guess is that they were “cheap” and got on a family verizon plan....so they’re all connected. Just stupid...
IF the picture they highlight is of the suspect, he certainly appears to be white. This is the guy dressed in black no hat, who they think is reacting oddly to the blast.
Should have been using a track phone. Smash it and scatter the pieces in the harbor after you’re done.
Maybe they have the wrong guy?
They’re pretty stupid alright, that’s the definition of the kind of person who does this kind of stuff. But I think they’ve learned that there’s no percentage in suicide bombing. These guys won’t give up. We need to tighten up our immigration policies and not allow these people entry into the country. Am I profiling? You damn well better believe I am. It’s not the Amish making these terrorists attacks world-wide. And it’s not American citizens. Well, with a few notable exceptions like the nutcase Unabomber and leftist Bill Ayers’ Weathermen, et al.
Even if it was a throw away, they still got visual on him via a frames of video synced with the cell data.
I have to wonder if this guy was just cheap, like the first WTC bomber who went back to the rental center for the deposit, after claiming that the van had been stolen. Maybe he watched Homeland and thought investigators have no way of telling what phone number made a phone call to alert a terrorist chief about an impending assassination attempt. Heck, maybe he even thought cell phone signals aren't jammed inside the Pentagon building.
Who says it was a disposable Wal-Mart phone? Speculations based on nothing.
With some help from Canada.
Sure is comforting to know more people are noticing. Not just politics, but crime, specially by protected groups.
In all the photos being discussed on FR, did anybody recognize someone of this description:
“wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-color-white baseball cap backwards “
Well yes and no. Being both un-PC and cynical, I believe a large percentage of naturalized muslims from many counties are faudulent "American Citizens," and totally supportive, if not directly questionable US residents.
The guy with the white ball cap does not look white to me. More lighter skinned Middle Eastern than white.
Because he’s not a white guy, so they are trying to hide the pic.
Fairly common at a marathon. I would think whoever dropped off the bombs just kept on walking ... away
On the Oval Office desk?
Yep. A disposable go-phone would work. Or better yet ... why use a cell phone at all? just agree to drop off the packages at a certain time, haul ass (slowly) and the ring leaders watch what happens on live TV
The dude in the white hat is shown in a lot of previous images with a large backpack that he doesn’t have anymore in that photo. There are tons of clear photos of the area before the explosion they are just not being shown on the regular media sites. Yes it’s a marathon and tons of people have backpack and duffels so why not show the photos so someone in the public could say “that’s the dude who bought a pressure cooker here last week” or “that’s my quiet keeps to himself neighbor” Most likely those dudes or whoever they are describing in their “we are looking for...” are already in custody and the feds are trying to find the rest of their cell and connections without alerting them to the fact that they have those guys.
The Times Square bomber was a naturalized American citizen. Doesn’t that warm the cockles of your heart?
You mean the guy in the Kevlar vest.. Who lost his hat in the commotion?
These two fit all the puzzle pieces. Only problem is I don’t see either one on the phone in any of these pics. Might have just used phone during the bombing and that was it.
yep. some good points. The people themselves could help crack this case. I am sure they bought those pressure cookers over here and not as checked luggage ... although I could not tell from the photos if it indicates enough info about the product and where it is likely sold.
That guy had a black backpack... in this photo it’s gone or at his feet somewhere.
Notice most looking outward, he’s rather like “in the Zone”.
(Just to confuse things further) White hat/blue man are seen at bottom of photo in center, still walking together headed to other bomb area. There absolutely MUST be at LEAST two people involved in this attack. HAS to be.
They traced his cell phone - and he had Jim Thompson and Sarah Palin on speed dial.
Tell me another.
My first instinct is that he looks Moroccan.
Yes. It’s possible white hat (with blue man) handed off his backpack to ‘bending over man’/down jacket man’ then proceeded to bomb zone #2.
Yup. We are still waiting for the US media to report who shot Lincoln.
I’ll let my imagination run wild and say there were at LEAST four people involved; A cell. When none of this turns out to be true, oh well at least it was interesting.
Looks like Tiger Woods.....
They follow the cell # and the users whereabouts at different times before the bombing. They can find a photo of he guy in a different place and time and match the recorded signal and history of the phone.
I think they are....but the federales have pics of the bombers and why don’t the release them?.....they would be outed tonight!
Now that you mention it, I hope they were. Given this Administration and Government's penchant to emotionally knee-jerk react to every tragedy by passing new laws to restrict our rights, I hope they (a)ban pressure cookers and (b) ban Obama Free Cellphones after this.
NO, I'm not being sarcastic!
The Feds were provided with the authority to track suspected terrorists via cell phone records as part of the Patriot Act. Gee, the left isn't going to like that.
I have little faith in ALL federal law enforcement these days. Only saving grace would be that A) They got a close enough view to notice it was a smart phone, or B) Gotta follow EVERY lead. If A, it’s probably not the culprits and if B, CYA must be out in full force