FBI’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Video of Boston Marathon Bombing Doesn’t Exist

Tsarnaev Brothers on the day of the marathon bombing. FBI handout.
Tsarnaev Brothers on the day of the marathon bombing. FBI handout.

Tsarnaev Brothers on the day of the marathon bombing. FBI handout.

What do former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an appeals court justice, several potential members of the Boston Marathon bombing jury and thousands of regular Americans have in common?

They all believe that they’ve seen a video of accused bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropping a deadly backpack behind victims at the marathon on April 15, 2013—a video his defense said “does NOT actually exist.”

In a pre-trial hearing yesterday, Tsarnaev defense attorney David Bruck argued that the April 18, 2013, press conference in which former Boston FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers identified the brothers should be excluded from evidence. That, he argued, is because the FBI agent described the video footage that doesn’t really exist, which subsequently was used to convict Tsarnaev in the media.

U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole ordered the defense and prosecution to edit the recording of DesLauriers’ press conference in a manner satisfactory to both sides. He reserved the right to rule on the defense’s motion to suppress the entire recording if the two sides can’t agree.

Video? What Video?

Still, how is it that so many people believe they’ve seen a video that doesn’t exist? And, why, if it doesn’t exist, was this farce allowed to continue for nearly two years?

As WhoWhatWhy pointed out last month, verbal intimations by government officials, video of Tsarnaev and his brother walking down Boylston carrying backpacks like thousands of other marathon-goers and a TV re-enactment are all that’s ever been “seen” by the public.

The only time a video of this nature has been seen is in a National Geographic docu-drama entitled, “Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers.” The video, however, was not actual footage of Tsarnaev, but a re-enactment of video the FBI said it saw. The grainy footage wasn’t even shot in Boston—actors created the scene on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

The issue of the video was even considered a reason to move the case out of Boston, with one 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge comparing it to a televised confession in a landmark Supreme Court case involving prejudicial pre-trial publicity.

At a Feb. 19 hearing, appellate Judge Juan Torruella asked whether a “video of Tsarnaev placing a backpack at the site of the bombing” was “the same thing” as Wilber Rideau’s TV confession. In Rideau, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his 1961 murder conviction because his confession was broadcast widely in the parish from which his jury was drawn. Tsarnaev’s attorneys cited the Rideau case in their attempts—so far futile—to argue that such publicity has hurt their client’s right to a fair trial in Boston.

And now, as the opening of the trial draws near, inferences and Hollywood re-enactments may be all that’s left of the so-called video evidence of Tsarnaev dropping a backpack.

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0 responses to “FBI’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Video of Boston Marathon Bombing Doesn’t Exist”

  1. MarkTenneyNewMathDoneRight says:

    Defense attorney is making a mistake. Video should be entered and then make the feds admit the FBI lied and that they had a reason to lie. They already knew who the Tsarnaevs were and had formed a conspiracy to eventually commit perjury before a jury to cover that up and that they had extensive NSA wiretaps of them.

    The defense should ask that the DOJ admit there is a conspiracy to conceal evidence from the jury and to lie to them and that this is still ongoing.

    You never cover up the government lied when defending a client and you can prove they lied.

    How can a defense lawyer make such a big mistake?

    • Crime Reporter says:

      It’s already on the evidence list because it was quoted in the indictment.

    • Patriarch says:

      This trial is a farce. None of it is honest. Defense attorneys do not convict in opening statements.

      We have lost Truth. The courts are like a Las Vegas CASINO. ONLY THE HOUSE WINS.
      TELL: no support by ANY- NOT ONE extended Family member for Tsarnaev.
      Tsarnaev is 5’7″ not 6′.
      That ethnic defendant is NOT HIM.

      THINK!

      Agenda with public is a fait accompli.

      George Orwell was fortuitous.

    • Which is prosecutable as prosecutory malfeasance.

    • Again, the defense attorney is busy trying to keep him from being executed, not convicted.

  2. MarkTenneyNewMathDoneRight says:

    FBI lied to conceal they had extensive recent information on the Tsarnaevs. They also intended to induce them to run because of lack of evidence. Thus the FBI caused the death of the MIT cop is one interpretation.

  3. Mike Ex says:

    funny how the FBI only foils plots they set up to look like saviors. then when an actual attack takes place they pretend for a long time they don’t know who done it, then it turns out they had extensive contact with the perps. seems legit.

    • Fred762 says:

      My favorite is the FBI spox saying on TV the “FBI did not fire one round into that compound”..[speaking of Waco]..yet the FLIR videos from the choppers clearly showed the stuttering flashes of automatic gunfire.. towards the house, from several points BEHIND the farmhouse..and several ‘guys’ dropping off Bradleys to institute said automatic fire..there’s not much wh looks like Full Auto gunfire on infrared except..gunfire. Glints off mirrors don’t generate heat to be seen on infrared btw.. Actually the FBI spox was technically correct..they did not fire ONE round..they fired hundreds of rounds. Still have not figgered out the “why” of Waco tho.

    • archer says:

      I saw the same flir video on tv myself, I think they took them down because they wanted to be left alone, they trumped up charges on Koresh who could have been taken anytime without loss of life. Then came along the OKC bombing where no federals were killed, although they were supposed to be the intended target.
      I’ve been leery of the bombing, is anyone asking who those clowns were dressed the same and carrying identical backpacks, and what they were doing there.

    • Those were special ops commandos raking the escaping Branch Davidians with full auto fire. Plausible deniability…
      The why is very easy. The BATFE was up for budgetary reapproval in Congress, as they were at the time of Ruby Ridge.

    • Patriarch says:

      Follow the money:
      Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes:
      “If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘We won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.”

      https://privacysos.org/node/1660

    • The money is used to buy power and control, their actual goals.

    • In the meantime, NPR runs a story about the Gitmo War Court on the anniversary of the day of the attack on World Trade Center tower #1, using a bomb that was provided by the FBI. Maybe FBI means Federal Bomb Integrators.

    • Patriarch says:

      Federal bureau of imbeciles.

  4. Cloudchopper says:

    This American never saw the video of the two brothers putting down a bomb or pressure cooker either, despite the fact that I watched all three cable news channels from beginning to end. I kept waiting and waiting but it never materialized. But then I do not easily fall for all the propaganda by the government or businesses trying to sell me wash powder either.

    What happened in Boston was a horrible spectacle which many Americans swallowed hook, line and sinker.

    This site went through all of it step by step quite some time back. Unfortunately most people still believe the mainstream media version.

  5. tionico says:

    I saw the video of the alledged two brothers with their backpacks, walking down some street just like the rest of the crowd.
    I never saw either of the supposed brothers stop, or drop anything, or place anything. I did see in one clip the first explosion, or, rather, a significant puff of smoke that COULD have been a small explosive. It was well behind the two targeted figures, but it came from an area where it did not easily seem to have been from these two figures.

    I did, however, see another video, apparently taken from a courtyard or garden area, apparently for patrons of a food shop of some sort to dine in the open air. It showed a rather powerful blast coming from INSIDE where the food is served, blew out part of the wall between inside the establishment and the courtyard. The direction of the blast was easily seen, and it did NOT happen out on the street, as the officials claim. This thing has SO MANY earmarks of a government initiated false flag operation. I’m certain this kid will get railroaded. If nothing else, the jury is certain to be tampered with, and/or instructions given them will steer the case the “right” way.

  6. jane24 says:

    So how much more of their “overwhelming evidence” actually isn’t “evidence” at all? Smoke and mirrors!

  7. gordo53 says:

    If this is prosecutorial misconduct, then one or more individuals need to be held accountable. If perjury was committed, then the offending individuals should be arrested and charged and the associated evidence thrown out. Of course, this hardly ever happens and it is largely why justice in this country is an illusion. If the apparent false evidence and testimony is allowed to stand, let’s hope that at least one member of the jury understands his/her responsibility to nullify a potential conviction.

    • This is what happens almost very time that federal prosecutors are allowed to prosecute local cases. The best we can hope for is that it starts to snow in Boston and keeps on doing so until the trial is moved, as it should have been, long ago.

    • Patriarch says:

      Moving the trial was a delay tactic.

      Clarke’s opening statement implicating her client would be uttered exactly the same in any city. I do not believe that defendant is JAHAR. He is gone.

  8. GlomOnToMe says:

    This whole thing is a textbook false flag. From the nonexistent video to the death of their pal Todshev who, unfortunately had learned too much from the brothers about their “work” with the govt.

  9. Individual says:

    There were cameras everywhere, not only the police state cameras but we all saw countless videos and pictures taken by people in attendance… and despite having pictures/video of seemingly everything from that day… there is no video or picture of the guy dropping the bag?

    • The Interrogator says:

      Surely there were “home” videos turned into the authorities who refused to make them “public”. Surely that happened, BUT, I think those people must now be suspicious of the FEDS, since they never saw their videos made public, ya think?

    • Fal Phil says:

      No.

    • At best, the former owner of the video has placed themselves on one or more lists of could-be terrorists.

    • Peter says:

      Note as well how all the video camera recordings around the Pentagon were rounded up by the FBI and never seen again except for one– which really showed nothing i.e. the nose of something….

    • Without a corroborating human witness, the video is, properly, at best, hearsay.

  10. feodore says:

    look at how they carry their schoolbags. the older brother is carrying with both straps on his shoulders. the younger brother is carrying with one strap on his right shoulder which is why the bag is jutting out to the side and not laying flat across his back. how much did one of those bombs weigh? would the burden of the weight of the bag cause discomfort on the young mans shoulder? if he’s not carrying a heavy bomb, then what is he carrying? also, why did the older brother take the care to disguise himself with ball cap and glasses, but the younger brother takes no care at all. there may be simple explanations for this but its worth looking into.

  11. The Interrogator says:

    If this had been “real”, the FEDS would have released the “video” IMMEDIATELY.

    I think we all know who is lying here, and it isn’t Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Heck, he doesn’t even have attorneys “defending” him when he pleaded “Not Guilty”!! That is crazy. He needs to throw those attorneys out to the dogs.

    Hire someone like—–BRUCE FEIN.

    • I don’t see that as an improvement, after reading his CV.

    • oh_look says:

      I agree, he should hire someone else, but these are “public defenders” since he is destitute. Someone with money should help the kid. If I had bucks I would fund a proper lawyer….but then, if someone brings up the facts, it implicates gov’t sources and agencies…..very big dilemma, catch 22.

  12. The Interrogator says:

    That’s crazy. The FEDS just don’t want the EXPERTS watching to refute that the video was authentic, because we know it will be a FAKE whatever is presented, no thanks to Hollywood producers.

  13. Maybe they should move the trial to Phoenix to complete the lie.

  14. It is pretty simple. Real defense attorneys are more Perry Mason and less Paul Drake. Besides, his attorney has been busy trying to keep him from being executed rather than being convicted.

  15. 1) Woman says she saw suspect hit by police SUV and then shot:
    http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/government-terror/woman-says-she-saw-suspect-hit-byby-police-suv-and-then-shot-by-police.html#.UXwkpVs_yNo.facebook

    2)”House Homeland Security Committee Mike McCaul, who has been briefed on the bombing investigation, told FOX News the new information is further confirmation the two bombs were not made by amateurs ‘This transmitter that was used out of a toy car, that’s a very sophisticated pressure cooker bomb that you don’t see every day,’ McCaul said. ‘My judgment is that they had training performed by either an individual or individuals who are still at large.'”:
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/24/toy-car-parts-likely-used-to-detonate-marathon-bombs-investigators-conclude

    3) “The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller. The discovery that uncle Ruslan Tsarni had spy connections that go far deeper than had been previously known is ironic, especially since the mainstream media’s focus yesterday was on a feverish search to find who might have recruited the Tsarnaev brothers.”
    http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/04/26/boston-bombers-uncle-married-daughter-of-top-cia-official/

    4) Boston bombers “Uncle Ruslan” was a Halliburton contractor:
    http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/04/24/boston-bombers-uncle-ruslan-was-halliburton-contractor/

    Lots more …..

  16. Crime reporters used to have to have some background in legal matters. Now all they need is good hair and large breasts.

  17. tytl says:

    After reading the comments here I now understand how Obama got elected. You people are dillusional.

  18. musings2 says:

    But all evidence is irrelevant as of today Mar 4, 2015. The defense attorney in opening remarks stated that her client did the crime he is accused, but the trial is to determine why he did it so he won’t get punished as much. Saving a lot of covering up bad and false evidence, because it simply won’t get its day in court to be struck down.

    • Richard Eastman says:

      Dzhokhar pleaded not guilty. Public Defender Judy Clarke was appointed because in other cases of accused terrorists she has convinced them to change their plea from not guilty to guilty with the threat that the death penalty would be certain unless the plea was changed. Dzhokhar did not change his plea, and so Judy Clarke made the guilty verdict certain. Her career is made in Boston.

    • Terry Conspiracy says:

      This is the same Public Defender that has represented both Tim McVeigh and the Uni-bomber!

      That kid did not stand a chance.
      The trial is a sham.

  19. Patriarch says:

    The game is for the house to win. From day one, it is about public support for budgets & donations.
    Has zero to do with Truth Justice or Superman.
    Our country is decaying rapidly.

  20. MarkTenneyNewMathDoneRight says:

    Thanks and good points.

  21. oh_look says:

    They seem to be quietly having this bit of evidence discarded. It served it’s purpose, to sway public perception and opinion that the young man did this crime.

  22. greg says:

    If he was well off and had a real lawyer, ans not a PD who won’t rock the boat, he would get off – if only with the photos of the exploded backpack with a white patch on top, and the photos of all those semi-uniformed guys running around with a white patch on top – but not on Tsarnev’s.
    Poor kid

  23. Lou says:

    Does not matter if he dropped his backpack or not.

    The backpack is CLEARLY and OBVIOUSLY EMPTY.

  24. geo1671 says:

    ” National Geographic docu-drama entitled, “Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers.” The video, however, was not actual footage of Tsarnaev, but a re-enactment of video the FBI said it saw. The grainy footage wasn’t even shot in Boston—actors created the scene on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.” WHY WHY Why! Did NG make it grainy and who paid them to did it. Defence should have sued the scambag operation long time ago.

    Just like mags that liad about 9/11 Muslim attacks :^(

  25. Richard Eastman says:

    Yet Governor Daval Patrick in a news conference before the manhunt spoke as if he had seen the video and said that it completely convinced him. However after Tamerlan Tsarnaev as dead and Dzhokhar, who escaped as many as a thousand bullets shot at him, was in the Hospital with throat wound that it was said would prevent him from talking agin and being cared for by Israeli doctors, Duval Patrick then stated on Meet the Press that he had not really seen the video after all, but that it was only described to him in his briefing. Here are his exact words:

    Gov. Deval Patrick: Well the video tape is not something I have seen. It’;s been described to me in my briefing. Uh, but it does, uh, seem to, uh, to be pretty clear that – that, us, that uh – uh, this supect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and, uh, moved away from the backpack in time for the second, uh, explolosion,, so pretty, uh, pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling frankly, uh, as it was described to me.”

    And let’s to back to DesLauriers two press conferences before the wanted dead-or-dead manhunt.

    Richard DesLauriers — the day after the “bombing” event, in which he tells us both bombs were in black nylon containers:

    “Among items partially recovered were pieces of black nylon which could be from a backpack and what appear to be fragments of bee-bees and nails possibly contained in a pressure cooker device. … In addition, this morning it was determined that both of the explosives were placed in dark colored nylon bag or backpack, the backpack would have been heavy because of the components believed to be in it.” (Transcribed from Associated Press recording of Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers and the Joint Task Force news conference of April 16, 2013.)

    Later he shows us pictures of suspects #1 (Tamerlan) and #2 (Dzhokhar) walking with their backpacks — without mentioning that the picture shows Tamerlan carrying a medium gray backpack and Dzhokhar with a bright white backpack. Here are his words — about the video that now no longer exists. THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT JUDGE O’TOOLE, THE PROSECUTION AND THE (APPOINTED DEFENSE) ARE ABLE TO EDIT OUT SO THE JURORS WILL NEVER HEAR THEM:

    Richard DesLauriers: “After a very detailed analysis of photo, video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as Suspect One and Suspect Two. They appear to be associated. Suspect one is wearing a dark hat. Suspect Two is wearing a white hat. Subject Two set down a backpack at the site of the second explosion just in front of the Forum Restaurant.” (April 18, 2013)

    But regardless of whether the video exists or not — if it doesn’t then who was the man that briefed Governor Duval on what it showed — where are all the experts who combed all photos and videos to finger “Suspect #2”? And why has no one but the little people who have no voice, noticed the discrepancy between Dzhokhar’s white backpack and the black bomb-containing backpack he is accused of placing?

    There have been many deaths of people who could have been witnesses for the defense. Now the video has been rendered non-existing — because they dare not show it. The Lord and Taylor security camera was postioned to see the crime — why does the video not exist? It doesn’t matter — Dzhokhar is innocent because his backpack was white, because he did not have a black backpack at the marathon.

  26. U3O8 says:

    It’s pretty obvious that they were patsy’s setup to be there for any number of reason’s. The number of Black Backpacks is beyond coincidenal & obvious. Whether or not different entities had different controllers / handlers to meet or probe target as training exercise will most likely not make the publics’ perview. Like “other” Black Swan events the similarities, coincidences & anomalies & aberrations ARE what makes it all too obvious. The still frames pics under close scrutiny & CGI morphing / editing don’t past the muster & tell me all I need to know. Things don’t just happen, they are made to happen.

  27. Judge Dr3dd says:

    I don’t think either of the accused were meant to face trial. The plan seems to have been to make sure they died evading arrest. I’ll be fascinated to hear from the injured parties, the Doctors that treated their dreadful injuries and the forensic teams that cleaned up! What video? might turn into What Evidence?

    On the other hand maybe he’s a willing Patsy who gets a new i.d. a couple of years down the line and a huge payout? Nothing surprises me these days.

  28. 0ivae says:

    To say the video doesn’t exit is false. To say it is a “smoking gun” is also false. We do have a composite of videos and images that suggest (but prove beyond a reasonable doubt?) Tsarnaev setting a backpack down… http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/03/06/video-captured-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-moments-before-a-blast-at-the-boston-marathon/ -a commenter notes the problem with identifying Tsarnaev’s bag with the bomb.

  29. Richard Eastman says:

    Here is conclusive evidence of Dzhokhar
    Tsarnaev’s innocence, evidence the public defenders so far has neither
    acknowledged nor shown a willingness to investigate. They contradicted their
    own client’s innocent plea in their opening statement.

    1. Dzhokhar’s white
    backack not the black backpack that contianed the second Boston Marathon
    bomb.
    http://youtu.be/F3aeQT8SYL0

    2. The
    FBI photo does show the black bomb backpack next to the victims and next to the
    white backpack Dzhokar set down.
    http://youtu.be/Pusc3v_XcfY

    3. Dzhokar Tsarnaev is shown by the newly released
    Forum Restaurant security camera video not to have acted in the ways he was
    described as acting by the FBI and by Governor Duval Patrick.

    https://youtu.be/FI64SisEMfc

    4. The real suspects of this mass-murder of innocents
    and frame-up are a criminal organization operating within government and law
    enforcement
    http://youtu.be/Ns-E-oGEKDg

  30. onetree says:

    This admission should be enough to get a mistrial, and even more so with all of the other hype and lies designed to turn a large portion of the Boston population into vengeance-filled blood-thirsty zombies, and then of course not allowing the trial to be moved. We have seen not even a semblance or pretense of fairness in this trial. And this is what makes this one of the most bizarre trials in recent history.

  31. 6thsense says:

    The current defense attorney is without doubt playing to a FBI script.

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