You probably noticed a lunatic shouting questions about a "false flag operation" at Governor Patrick at yesterday's press conference at the Westin. Various outlets are identifying the man as part of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' website Infowars. It's inevitable that there will be more people claiming that yesterday's bombings were the work of some evil government conspiracy to take away our civil liberties or some other such nonsense. The mechanical fire at the JFK Library and a handful of misstatements from the local authorities just add fuel to the conspiratorial fire. Of course nonsensical conspiracy theories about government agents secretly plotting to bomb the Boston Marathon are the last thing angry Boston residents and victims want to hear right now.
For what it's worth I've never been able to jive how people like Jones and those who follow him can think the government can't run a nationalized health care system but can somehow successfully orchestrate secretive actions that kill and maim innocent civilians without any of us catching on.
Anyway, a gentleman in California named Jaimie Muehlhausen purchased the domain "BostonMarathonConspiracy.com/" and place the following statement on the site:
I BOUGHT THIS DOMAIN TO KEEP SOME CONSPIRACY THEORY KOOK FROM OWNING IT.
PLEASE KEEP THE VICTIMS OF THIS EVENT
AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR THOUGHTS.
Reached via email, Muehlhausen declined an interview but did say the following:
Buying the domain name was an impulsive action in anticipation of the inevitable reaction from a certain group of people. Nothing more. This story isnâ€™t about me. I did not do this for any sort of media attention. I did this out of respect for the victims and the families of those affected by this horrible tragedy. I think it would be best to keep the emphasis there. I did this as a private citizen and have no ulterior motives or business angles to it. Just trying to do the right thing.
I have decided not to do any further interviews about it. I think we should focus more on helping the families and victims and not so much the guy who bought a domain name.
Dave Weigel spoke with Muehlhausen earlier.
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