UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur Richard Falk suggested the Boston Marathon bombings were “blowback” from “the American global domination project.” In the world of covert operations, “blowback” generally describes losing control of former assets. Osama bin Laden had been a CIA asset fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. But CIA lost control of bin Laden and there was “blowback.” (Background: “‘Blowback’ Responsible for Boston Bombings?”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of May 4, 2013)
In the 2002 movie “The Bourne Identity”, Jason Bourne is a CIA asset who suffers a crisis of conscience while on an assassination assignment. A secret group within CIA fears they have lost control of their asset Bourne, and orders he be terminated. Bourne initially had not turned against his handlers, but it becomes so as he discovers more of what had been going on. Jason Bourne becomes “blowback.”
Scene: At a Paris apartment building, a lady concierge opens the door for Jason Bourne and a young lady who accompanies him. Bourne and the lady are in his apartment when a killer sent by CIA attempts to terminate Bourne. After an intense fight, the killer is subdued. But he commits suicide by jumping out the window rather than tell Jason Bourne what he knows. Bourne and the young lady evacuate the apartment. On their way out of the building they see that the lady concierge has been murdered.
Eyewitness News: Paris police have been scrutinizing surveillance video following an extremely violent episode at an apartment building. A lady concierge has been brutally murdered. Another man either leaped out a window or was mercilessly thrown to his death. Secret sources within the Paris police, speaking on condition of anonymity, have disclosed the man had been severely beaten prior to either jumping or being thrown from the window. Surveillance video identifies two persons of interest: a white male, late 20s or early 30s, and a white female in her twenties. The two are seen to be furtively hurrying away from the apartment building only moments after the man had either jumped or been thrown from the window. Be on the lookout for the two suspicious persons identified by video surveillance. Do you know who these people are? If so, please contact the Paris police.
From the inside, we have seen the movie and know what had really gone down. But from the outside, via perspective of the “Eyewitness News”, it seems like a dangerous random killer and his lady friend are on the loose.
Boston, week of April 15-19, 2013: Law enforcement has been scrutinizing surveillance video following bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Two suspicious persons (later identified as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) are seen carrying backpacks. Later in the footage, the two no longer have their backpacks. Then, the bombs explode. Aha! First they had the backpacks, then they didn’t have the backpacks, then the bombs exploded. “Case closed.”
One thing must be admitted: Following the explosions, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev does not seem at all startled or alarmed. He just keeps walking. Perhaps Dzhokhar had some reason for this anomalous reaction. But as Ricky Ricardo might say, “Dzhokhar! You got some ‘splaining to do!”
As in the Bourne Identity, things look differently depending upon if you view them from the inside, or from the outside. What might Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tell us if he eventually gets his say during a trial? Beware of Jack Ruby, Dzhokhar. Beware of choking on fish bones, Dzhokhar. Beware of random lightning bolts, Dzhokhar.