In what may be just an eerie coincidence, the Defense Department posted a contract award notice today to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for research into "Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff." Of particular concern are Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that have become a favorite among terrorists and gained widespread attention during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
After multiple media outlets (especially CNN) wrongly reported that an arrest had been made in Boston, the FBI is urging media to "exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting."
In a statement to the press, the Department of Homeland Security says that it doesn't believe the Boston bombings are part of a "broader plot" and it "continues to keep in place enhanced security measures at transportation hubs."
In explaining why President Obama didn't call the Boston bombings a "terrorist attack," former adviser David Axelrod said, "I'm sure what was going through the president's mind is -- we really don't know who did this -- it was tax day":
"The word has taken on a different meaning since 9/11," Axelrod said of the phrase "terrorist attack."
CNN now reports that an 8-year-old child was killed in today's Boston marathon bombings:
"We're now being told, as bad as the situation is, according to ... one of the local stations in Boston, one of the two people killed was an 8-year-old child," said CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "We don't know if it was a boy or girl, but an 8-year-old child killed in this terror attack near the finish line in Boston, at the Boston marathon."