NEW YORK (PIX11) — In the days following the attacks, there was a saturation of information connected to the Boston Bomber.
Nearly all of it was wrong.
A week later there are new allegations surrounding the bombers. On Wednesday Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the Tsarnaev brothers were in fact coming to New York City to celebrate their deadly attacks saying, “The information that we received said something about partying or having a party.”
When I asked Mayor Bloomberg about the partying allegation hours later on Wednesday, the lame duck Mayor wanted nothing of it. He cantankerously kicked the can down the road, saying, “Talk to Ray Kelly. He’s the one who told you this. What are we going to be, happy? I don’t know whether they were going to come here but thank goodness they didn’t.”
Less than 24 hours later, a new day and new allegations. According to Commissioner Kelly, Times Square was indeed a target. The information was extracted during a second interrogation session on Sunday night into Monday.
The alleged bombers had no blueprints drawn-up. “Dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target,” Commissioner Kelly said.
Why the misinformation?
The Times Square target information was extracted days ago. Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly said they were informed Wednesday night.
Earlier in the week, former Boston and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton did an interview with PIX 11 News that shed some light on the importance of all the agencies working closely together in Boston — which in New York City has been challenging in the past.
“Good news up in Boston is that they all kinda like each other, that they’re not bumping heads, battling with each other,” he said.
Commissioner Kelly did mention today that the NYPD does have officers at the Joint Terrorism Task Force center established in Boston and they are examining these latest allegations.
Moving forward, there is one other pivotal point to keep in mind that hasn’t emerged yet.
What if Dzhokhar changed his stories to toy with investigators? And with death or life in prison being his only two options, in the eyes of many there is no downside to him lying.
It appears the search to identify the truth is as challenging as the manhunt for the suspects themselves.