Were The “Black and Tan” Men at the Boston Marathon National Guard Civil Support Teams?

What about the “Craft” Mercenary?

Preface: This post is not meant either to support of debunk the theory that the Boston terror attack was a false flag operation. There have been many false flag attacks throughout history, and we have no idea at this point whether or not the Boston bombings were real terror attacks, drills gone live, or false flags. We also don’t want to discourage investigators and researchers from doing their own research and turning over stones to find what is hidden. This post is simply sharing our views on information about one aspect of the photographic evidence.

This post will undoubtedly be attacked from both sides: some claiming that we are engaging in bunch of nutty conspiracies, and others claiming that we’re selling out and covering up to defend the official lie. We are doing neither … we’re simply trying to help move the discussion forward so as to focus on the most important facts.

There has been a lot of speculation on the internet that the men in “black and tan” may have had a hand in setting off the bombs.

For example, this photo – posted by 4ChanThinkTank – appears to show someone actually laying down a black backpack next to the Boston Marathon:


(It looks like the window to his right is already blown out by a bomb. But the fact that he is furtively handling the backpack looks extremely suspicious.)

His clothing looks very similar to the gentlemen on the left here (remember that the photo below was taken in broad sunlight, and thus the colors are lighter):



You can find more on this line of thinking here, here and here.

Does that prove that the Boston bombings were a false flag attack?

Well, some conspiracy claims are true and others are false, and each has to be judged on its own merits. So let’s dig in a little deeper into black and tan claim.

Foreign Policy reports:

Local National Guard units were on scene during the bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

In particular, the Massachusetts and New York National Guards had deployed their Civil Support Teams to the marathon. (It’s worth pointing out that the fact that so many well trained first responders were already on hand may have played a role in keeping the death toll relatively low.)

CSTs, as they are known, are National Guard units that are specially trained and equipped to detect and respond to chemical, biological, or radiological incidents. Basically, they’re the first people a governor would call in the event of a WMD attack. These teams were on hand before the marathon even started, according to New York Guard spokesman Eric Durr, who says that such teams are deployed before most major events where public officials worry about the threat of a WMD attack.

“If a bomb goes off, they can check out the scene and determine whether or not there’s any other contaminants besides the explosive,” said Durr. “They come with a full suite of detection gear, communications equipment, and we generally deploy them in teams of two or three vehicles. Of course they’re onsite anytime there’s a major public event” such as the opening of the UN General Assembly, the Masters Tournament, or NASCAR race.

“Any significant gathering of people, there’s usually a CST in the background prepared to assist law enforcement,” said Durr. He could not say how, or how soon after the attack, the CSTs were able to figure out that no WMD were involved in the incident.

The Air National Guard website notes:

The Massachusetts team was on duty during the running of the Boston marathon, augmented by similar civil support teams from the New York and Rhode Island National Guards.

As Justin Keogh writes:

They would not dress up like that to plant a bomb. They are carrying chem/bio/radiological detection gear.

This picture from the Guardian shows members of the CST “evacuating the scene” after the bombing:

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The pants and boots look like the guys above. But the vests don’t. Perhaps – after the bombing – they changed out of their “low-key” jackets and into more officially-labelled vests in order to take an active role in evacuation efforts? We’re not sure.

But as many have pointed out, one of the guys dressed like a CST seems to be wearing a military contractor/mercenary patch for Craft mercenary or Blackwater or another mercenary company, and backpacks like the bombers’ backpack:

Tony Cartalucci claims that the 2 CST-type men were standing a mere 50 feet from where a bomb blew.

Here’s a graphic showing where the 2 CST-types were allegedly standing before one of the bombs blew … and then after:

Others have claimed that the CST must have worked at Craft at some point, and wore the hat like someone might wear his college alma mater hat long after he graduated.

A reader comments:

I don’t think they would be wearing their logo in the middle of blowing up American civilians.

And as these photos show, after the bombs went off, the 2 seem to mix with the other CST-types and legitimate emergency personnel:

Does that prove that there were no rogue black and tans who were impersonating CSTs, or that the bombs didn’t go off as part of a drill that went live?

No … it does not put this matter to rest. There are still many unanswered questions.

After all, there was a drill at the start of the Boston marathon, many false flag attacks coincide with drills (as a cover story to get logistics in place, and in case someone gets caught), and the New York Times, CBS News and others reported that the FBI informant involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center begged the FBI to substitute fake bomb power for real explosives, but his FBI handler let real explosives be used.

And we still don’t know whether or not the Boston terror attack was a false flag or not. If so, the black and tans probably played no part.

H/t: Daily Paul and Jkeogh.

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20 Responses to Were The “Black and Tan” Men at the Boston Marathon National Guard Civil Support Teams?

  1. B T says:

    Question: In pic #1, if there was a bomb outside the store, shouldn’t the shattered glass particles be INSIDE the building? Or was there an explosion inside?

  2. Mikey Bravo says:

    Bomb goes off.

    Training kicks in.

    Guy takes cover.

    Takes off backpack to get his (take your pick):
    -first aid kit
    -NBC detection equipment
    -comm equipment

  3. Drills = Government staged terrorism.

  4. Yeah, suspect one had a greyish/blue backpack. suspect 2 had a whit and black sports-stripe type backback. The only people who had backpacks that looked like the one that held the bomb were….the Blackwater ops. Or, since the governor insists on taking the blame, national guardsmen.

  5. Somon says:

    Investigate CRAFT International, the REAL perpetrators of the Boston Marathon attack.

  6. treesntrees says:

    The forensic and circumstantial evidence for 9/11 being a false flag is overwhelming, and I think “false flag” is automatically the first assumption one should jump to…but this is not evidence, at all. Lots of people wear backpacks, and tan pants, and black shirts. People need to keep digging, but there is nothing here that can be read as false-flag.

  7. gozounlimited says:

    I believe in nothing in particular. I don’t have to believe every thought that comes into my head…..
    Eckhart Tolle

  8. falseflagera says:

    I think you misinterpret false flag methodology. No need for the entirety of the black and tans (Craft, Seal Team 3, who are they?) to have been involved. Using the drill as a cover, the cell of bad guys simply had to substitute real explosives for fake ones — very few people would need to have been in on this.

    Using a drill as a cover has numerous attractions for the perps: willing and naive patsies (a la the 7/7 London “bombers”), or committed patsy participants being allowed access, a stand down of law enforcement procedures (the Boston PD should have been all over those left backpacks), and last but not least, the inside high perps will already be in place to lead (mislead) the investigation.

  9. Washington76 says:

    Explosive Proof Boston Marathon Bombing a Staged Terror Attack! Part of channel(s): Explosions At Boston Marathon (current event) Navy SEALs Spotted at Boston Marathon Wearing Suspicious Backpacks? 4Chan posted dozens of photos showing Navy Seal or Private Security personnel carrying the same black back packs which are the same style backpacks showed in FBI photos. It’s becoming crystal clear.


    View the additional pic’s in this link!


  10. Where’s the HD video from the TV camera at the finish line?

  11. Washington76 says:

    Maret Tsarnaeva the aunt of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the suspected Boston marathon bombers has revealed to me that she can positively identify the oldest nephew Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the man who was stripped naked and placed into a police cruiser during the manhunt for the suspects.

    Breaking Info on Boston Bombings! Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the Naked Man


    • TrueBlue73 says:

      Only it wasn’t. Just one of a few unlucky residents that were out on the streets at the wrong time. The shootout happened blocks away from where naked guy was taken into custody and released.

  12. Xan says:

    Let’s just suppose for a moment that everything is pretty much like we have been told – these two brothers planted the bombs and there were Civilian Support Teams from the National Guard at the race. When photos are produced of this hypothetical situation, how would they look any different than the photos in this post? In fact, they would look exactly the same. There is nothing in these photos to show anything different than the story we have heard so far. Yes, there were two guys standing near where the bomb went off with black backpacks. The same two people are shown in the street after the bombs went off. They still both have their back packs. Yes, the logo on one of the hats is similar to the Craft logo. It is also used by Navy Seals. Is it unusual for former military to be in the National Guard? I think not. There are other photos of these men with devices that look to be radiation or chemical detectors. This is also consistent with the story as we have been told.

    I am not picking sides here. I am just saying that the photos seem to fit in with the story as told and they present no evidence of false flags conspiracies. That does not mean this was not a false flag operation, but the evidence for that claim is scant at best.

  13. There are some intelligence experts who are convinced that Craft International employees were involved.
    An individual or group with sufficient resources needs to do more research on this matter.

  14. Matt says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t there a drill taking place at the same time the events on 9/11 unfolded? The same goes with the bombs at the Boston Marathon. There was a drill that coincided with the two bombs that went off. Any comments?

    • Vic says:

      And let’s not forget the school shooting drill that was going on the same time as Sandy Hook, and only a 20 minute drive away

  15. NotImpressed says:

    As I am seeing on many websites talking about these “CST” members one thing is becoming very evident…None of them will show the tan guy “CST” member leaving the scene without his backpack. You show the two “CST” members holding their ear pieces, you mention that the one guy leaves with no backpack but you purposely leave the photo out. Why? Why are you and many others failing to show this picture?

  16. Awaiting moderation says:

    Still a mystery how blast debris, ball bearings and other shrapnel can sever a guys legs like butter but not take out both panes of glass twelve feet away.

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