Boston Marathon conspiracy theories have been discussed since two bombs exploded at the Patriots' Day event, and the rumors have reached a boiling point since Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's mother and father came forward claiming their sons were framed.
Conspiracy theorists are claiming that the Boston Marathon bombings were not an act of terror, but rather an intricately planned government operation to push forward various agendas. Conspiracy theorists have been quick to point out that both suspects are unable to talk to authorities, with Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wounded in the throat.
Adding to claims that the Boston Marathon explosions were a government plan are reports that individuals knew about the events that would unfold on Friday, days before the Tsarnaev brothers were named as suspects and Dzhokhar was caught hiding in a boat in Boston's Watertown district.
On Monday evening, following the deadly explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon, an anonymous source posted information relating to the bombings. The transcript, which was reposted by the Anonymous organization to Twitter revealed startlingly accurate information days before the subequent events happened.
"Warning: Laws being written to screw you. I work on a security commission and I've just received word to start campaigning on a campaign we've been working on for the last two months and now it all makes sense. I'll keep it as short [as] I can. They're going to pin this event on a male late teens to early 20s and say he did it because he's unstable. They are going to find firearms and a NRA book in his home. They are going to say he used reloading powder for the explosion and that reloading powder shouldn't be for sale to the public. They are then going to say that because the powder in ammunition can be used for explosions that the number of rounds you can buy should be limited and taxed to help pay for these events. I can't do anything or I'll lose my job and possibly face criminal charges. Please don't let them get away with it. They won't find the suspect till later this week and the raid is issued to occur on Friday. This was a staged event. The people hurt are real but the event was planned. Don't let them hurt our rights."
Dzhokhar, the surviving suspect of the Boston bombings, was 19-years-old and was caught by authorities on Friday evening after a manhunt and raid that resulted in a Boston lockdown and suspension of public transportation. In addition to the Internet rumors surrounding the manhunt coming to fruition, two days later, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg unveiled two new amendments to his "Explosive Materials Background Check Act" also known as "The Lautenberg Amendment".
Other conspiracy theorists call on the presence of Craft personnel at the Boston Marathon. On their website, the organization is described as, "a Tactical Training Provider, which offers a wide range of services, and training to its Federal Customers." Pictures from the Boston Marathon reveal several men wearing matching undercover outfits with the Craft emblem which is a skull insignia. Conspiracists have pointed out that the apparent Craft enforcement convened around a state-of-the-art and undercover vehicle equipped with a satellite and what is believed to be a microwave transmitter.
Conspiracy theorists argue that there would be no reason for a specialized task force to be at the Boston Marathon without knowledge of the bomb explosions, and also note that the backpacks worn by the Craft members shared an uncanny resemblance to the bags used by the alleged bombers.
Adding to speculation that the government knew of the imminent attacks that took place in Boston was the presence of bomb sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines. An NBC affiliate spoke with Ali Stevenson, University of Mobile's Cross Country Coach, who witnessed the dogs as he waited at the finish line.
"They kept making announcements to participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Stevenson said, but the marathon veteran found the huge presence of law enforcement authorities, bomb sniffing dogs and roof snipers to be odd. "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," he argued.
Conspiracy theories have also questioned how Tamerlan Tsarnaev was able to plan and execute the fatal Boston bombings while under FBI surveillance. Tamerlan's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that her son was followed by the FBI for years before he allegedly committed the Boston Marathon crimes. "He was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years. They knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions, and what sites on the Internet he was going to... They used to talk to me, they were telling me that he is a serious leader and they are afraid of him," Tamerlan's mother said. "They were controlling every step of him, and they are telling us today that this was a terrorist act."
Conspiracy theorists have said that the FBI's inconsistent responses concerning Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was subsequently killed in a police shootout, raise red flags. After identifying Tamerlan and Dzhokhar as suspects, federal authorities said they did not know who either of the men were. Once faced with countering claims from Russia, who informed the FBI about Tamerlan's suspicious behavior, the FBI produced a distinctively different statement.
"The FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history," the statement said. "The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family members. The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government."
Federal prosecutors charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious property resulting in a death, and if convicted the Boston bomb suspect could face the death sentence or life in prison. The FBI said that Tsarnaev, who was charged in the hospital, "remains in serious condition."