The Internet has already come alive with conspiracy theories regarding the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon today.
Here's what you need to know...
1. The False Flag Angle
During an official press conference, a reporter with conspiracy website Infowars.com, Dan Bidondi, managed to ask Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick if the attack today was a "false flag operation." Similar to the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 and the Patriot Act and Iraq War, this concept would suggest the Boston bombing is a ruse to allow the government to further restrict privacy and freedom of citizens and/or wage a new foreign war.
Patrick rebuffed the reporter and dismissively told him: "No."
Heckler at Boston blast press conference questions why police allegedly asked people to "be calm" before blast took place.
— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 16, 2013
2. It's Patriots Day and Tax Day
As reported by Wolf Blitzer on CNN, today is a state holiday, Patriots Day in Massachusetts, and it's also Tax Day. So this lends itself to the theory that this atrocity was carried out by a far-right, anti-Government group. Something to the far right of the Tea Party. The setting of Boston adds further credit being that it was the setting of the most famous demonstration against taxation in American history.
3. Bomb Squad Drills Earlier in the Day
Ali Stevenson, a coach from the University of Mobile, who was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, told NBC Local 15 about bomb personnel who were in the area:
They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise. Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise, I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.
4. The Mysterious Facebook Page
This was posted on DavidIcke.com. A Facebook page that Icke claims was two days old but has since been removed. You can see some of the comments on the page — one says: "Did the bombers make this?"
5. The Man on the Roof
Speculation regarding this spooky photo has been active online all day. The mysterious image of the man at the top of the roof seconds before the bomb exploded. Was this man involved?