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    Misha the Radicalizer Story Hits a Speed Bump

    Kurt Nimmo
    April 30, 2013

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    The emerging narrative on the Boston bombings and the role allegedly played by the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev hinges on a shadowy figured the government calls “Misha.” It is said the red-bearded Armenian Muslim lives in the Boston area, but could not be located by the authorities or the corporate media.

    Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers who is allegedly a CIA operative, told the media Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brainwashed by Misha. “It seemed to me that Misha had influence on Tamerlan,” Uncle Ruslan said. “This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.”

    On Saturday, the FBI claimed it had tracked down the mysterious Armenian. “Two U.S. officials close to the investigation say the FBI has identified an individual believed to be Misha. The officials would not say whether the FBI has spoken to him but say they’ve found no ties to the attack or terrorism in general,” the Associated Press reported.

    The FBI statement was followed by an article appearing in the New York Review of Books. “Today I was able to meet ‘Misha,’ whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov,” writes Christian Caryl.

    Having been referred by a family in Boston that was close to the Tsarnaevs, I found Allakhverdov at his home in Rhode Island, in a lower middle class neighborhood, where he lives in modest, tidy apartment with his elderly parents. He confirmed he was a convert to Islam and that he had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but he flatly denied any part in the bombings. “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov said.

    Misha, aka Allakhverdov, said he never met the Tsarnaev family who accuse him of radicalizing Tamerlan. Allakhverdov said he is “cooperating entirely with the FBI. I gave them my computer and my phone and everything I wanted to show I haven’t done anything. And they said they are about to return them to me. And the agents who talked told me they are about to close my case.”

    The FBI declined to comment.

    It looks like the Tsarnaev radicalization meme will now need a major rewrite if the government is going to convince us that the Boston bombing was the result of Islamic radicalization and hatred of the United States. As it now stands, there is no evidence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized by Misha or that his visits to a mosque in the city of Makhachkala in southern Russia radicalized him.

    “There is no politics here,” the imam of the mosque on Kotrova Street, Khasan-Khadzhi Gasanaliev, told Time last week. “Our law is Shari‘a. You come here to pray and you leave. Anyone can come here. Nobody will ask you who you are. That is part of Shari‘a…. They are making elephants from flies.”

    Gasanaliev told the magazine it is virtually impossible for the mosque to be involved in radical Salafist activities since it is “watched by the security services with a magnifying glass,” according to Time.

    The Russian version of the FBI, the FSB, told Time that associating with the Salafi movement is enough to get a Muslim on a counterterrorism watch list in Russia. That’s why Tsarnaev’s visit to the mosque resulted in getting him pegged as a radical Muslim.

    With Misha and the Kotrova Street mosque out of the equation, officialdom now insists the Tsarnaev brothers were “self-radicalized,” according to Time. Their “views were shaped by what they saw online and knew of U.S. actions in the Muslim world.”

    Tsarnaev’s connection to the Caucasus Fund and the Jamestown Foundation – a documented CIA front (see Tamerlan Tsarnaev Attended CIA-sponsored Workshop) – needs to be examined. The claim made by the Russian newspaper Izvestia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Georgia to participate in a workshop will of course be studiously ignored as the establishment plods on its way and clumsily works to portray the brothers as Islamic radicals instead of what they obviously are – patsies like any number of patsies churned out the CIA and set-up for theatrical propaganda value by the FBI.

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    George W. Bush Suggests Boston Bombings Were a Conspiracy

    Former President tells ABC News attack could have been wider plot

    Paul Joseph Watson
    April 29, 2013

    George W. Bush has suggested that the Boston bombing could have been a wider organized plot, suggesting that the attacks were a conspiracy during an interview with ABC News.

    Asked by ABC’s Dianne Sawyer if the Boston bombing reminded him of 9/11, Bush responded, “At first I was deeply concerned that there might have been an organized plot,” before adding that he thought the attack may have been “another consp” (Bush appeared to be saying the word ‘conspiracy before he stopped himself, before continuing, “Another highly organized attack on the country and it still may be.”

    While Bush almost described the bombings as a conspiracy, his wife glared at him.

    Bush has made numerous statements in the past that have raised the eyebrows of those who are skeptical of the official narrative behind terrorist attacks, including a speech before the UN shortly after 9/11 during which he remarked, “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.”

    The YouTube community responded to Bush’s statement by noting how his wife Laura reacted.

    “Look at Laura’s eyes at the exact moment he utters “another consp”. She gets extremely wide eyed for a slightest moment. Pretty revealing,” wrote one.

    “Notice how at about 0:40, when the word “consp..” came out of his mouth, his wife’s eyes got bigger for a second. She definitely reacted to what he had said, as she looked directly at him, cuing him to cut it short and choose anther word,” added another.


    Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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    Mother of Bomb Suspects: “It’s All Lies”

    Authorities identify Zubeidat Tsarnaeva as terrorist suspect

    Paul Joseph Watson
    April 29, 2013

    The mother of the Boston bombing suspects continues to insist that her sons are innocent, while the media responds by portraying Zubeidat Tsarnaeva as a terrorist herself after reports that Russian authorities intercepted phone calls during which she “vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son.”

    “It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” Tsarnaeva told The Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”

    The AP report notes that in recent years Tsarnaeva, “began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims,” implying that wearing an item of clothing and being skeptical of the official narrative behind 9/11 is itself a likely indication of terrorism.

    It has also emerged that Tsarnaeva herself was put on a terrorist watch list after the Russian government suspected her of militancy in 2011.

    Several members of the alleged bombers’ family have claimed that the two brothers are just patsies, including the aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who claims that the footage which emerged of police arresting a naked uninjured man was her nephew, contradicting the official narrative that Tsarnaev was critically injured in a shootout.


    Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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      Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is a an ex-KGB agent and a current Russian FSB agent who has been employed by the US Department for Homeland Security.

      -= The Unhived Mind

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    Americans troubled more by governmental abuse than terrorism

    Published time: April 29, 2013 17:55

    New polling numbers suggest that United States citizens are on average more afraid of their own government then the threat of another terrorist attack.

    Even after a pair of bombings in Boston two weeks ago injured hundreds, more Americans say they are unwilling to sacrifice constitutional liberties for security than those who are.

    A handful of polls conducted in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings show that US citizens are responding much differently than in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed roughly 3,000 people. Not only are Americans more opposed now to giving up personal freedoms for the sake of security than they were after 9/11, but other statistics show that distrust against the federal government continues to climb.

    Just one day after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, pollsters with Fox News asked a sample of Americans, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” Forty-three percent of the respondents said they would, while 45 percent said no. Comparatively, 71 percent of Americans asked a similar question in October 2001 said they’d be willing to give up personal freedoms, while only 20 percent opposed at the time.

    In the dozen years since 9/11, frequent polling conducted by Fox has suggests that the majority of Americans have all the while said they’d give up their freedoms for the sake of security. Only with the latest inquiry though are those answers reversed: the last time a majority of Americans opposed giving up privacy for security was May 2001.

    “Whether or not the government overreacted in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 (and, given the information available at the time, reasonable people can disagree), Americans then broadly supported a vigorous domestic counterterrorism policy,” Alan Rozenshtein writes for Lawfare Blog. “This time around, a rights-restrictive approach might not garner the same public support — if indeed that’s the road the government intends to go down.”

    Indeed, a number of cities across the country have already asked for more surveillance cameras and other tactics that could be used to allegedly prevent acts of terror in the wake of the Boston bombing, but lawmakers in Washington have yet to impose the sort of restrictions on constitutional liberties that came in the aftermath of 9/11 — named the PATROIT Act and the establishment of the US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration.

    A separate poll conducted by the Washington Post just three days after the Boston Marathon bombing reveals that nearly half of those surveyed say that the government will go too far in trying to prevent future acts of terrorism. The Post asked a random national sample of 588 adults, “Which worries you more: that the government (will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights), or that it (will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism)?” Days after the Boston bombing, 41 percent of respondents said the government will not go far enough, compared to 48 percent saying they’ll go too far. When similar questions were asked in 2006 and 2010, 44 percent and 27 percent said the government will go too far, respectively, signaling that for the first time in years Americans are overly concerned about a misuse of power on the part of Washington.

    That isn’t to say that the Boston attack is necessarily inspiring Americans to question authority, though. Two months before Tsarnaev brothers allegedly detonated a pair of explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, 53 percent of Americans polled by the Pew Research Center said the federal government is threatening their personal rights and freedoms. In November 2011, that statistic was only 30 percent.

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    Canadian boxer may have inspired Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    Published time: April 29, 2013 21:01

    Yet another name has surfaced as investigators attempt to determine what motivated the suspected Boston Marathon bombers to wage a terrorist attack two weeks ago.

    Authorities are still searching for answers in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Boston that claimed three lives earlier this month, and the only surviving suspect — 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — has reportedly stopped speaking to investigators. As questions continue to go unanswered, though, independent researchers may have stumbled upon the name of another person whose background may prove helpful in piecing together what happened to inspire the April 15 bombing.

    The extent that Dzhokhar’s 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev played in the bombing may never be known since he was killed in a gun battle with authorities amid a massive manhunt that brought most of the Boston, Massachusetts region into lockdown mode. Now investigators are digging for dirt on another man who may have had a role in influencing the late Tsarnaev brother’s actions: a slain 23-year-old Canadian boxer named William Plotnikov.

    Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper has called into question Plotnikov, a Muslim convert who fled Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2012 to fight against Russian security forces. According to the paper, Plotnikov and the elder Tsarnaev brother connected over the Internet during the years before and may have motivated one another to use violence in getting their points across.

    Details on Plotnikov’s life are presently scarce, but investigators do believe that he spoke to Tamerlan Tsarnaev using an online social networking site. Novaya Gazeta reveals that Plotnikov briefly left the Toronto region in 2010 so he could study Islam in the Dagestan region of Russia. While overseas, a red flag was raised before Russian authorities who in turn ordered an investigation into Plotnikov and a subsequent interrogation. During that questioning, Plotnikov allegedly identified Tamerlan as someone whom he communicated with on the Web.

    Two years later Plotnikov joined a group of insurgents in the Dagestan region, but an attempt to engage Russian security forces proved unsuccessful and he died in battle with six other militants that summer. Now a number of connections between the two slain young Muslims are making investigators ask new questions.

    For one, the timing of Plotnikov’s passing raises concerns among investigators. Plotnikov died in battle on July 14, 2012, and two days later Tamerlan Tsarnaev quickly fled Russia for the United States. Simon Shuster of TIME notes that Tsarnaev was in Dagestan at the time of the killing, but fled two days later to Moscow, then to the US.

    Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Boxing Pictures. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Glenn DePriest)
    Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Boxing Pictures. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Glenn DePriest)

    “He did not even wait to pick up his new Russian passport, which his parents claim to be the reason he came to Russia in the first place,” writes Shuster.

    One source speaking to Novaya Gazeta says Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have had to abort other plans after the untimely passing of an insurgent who admitted to knowing him.

    “It seems that Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to Dagestan with the aim of joining the insurgents,” a security source told the paper. “It didn’t work out. First you need to contact an intermediary, then there is a period of ‘quarantine’ – before they take someone, the insurgents check him out over several months.”

    TIME’s Shuster explains more of the similarities between the suspect and his Canadian colleague:

    “Both their families have roots in predominantly Muslim regions of Russia — Plotnikov’s mother is Tatar; Tsarnaev’s parents are from the North Caucasus. Both of them became avid amateur boxers in North America after their families emigrated there. Both of them embraced radical Islam while grasping around for an identity in their adopted homes. Both of them came to Dagestan to explore their faith. And both of them were in Dagestan between January and July last year, when Plotnikov had already joined an Islamist militant group and Tsarnaev was attending services at a radical mosque.”

    And while the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers insist their sons are innocent, the father of Plotnikov has been perturbed by his own offspring’s actions. Speaking to Canada’s National post last year, Vitaly Plotnikov said his son converted to Islam in 2009 only to die during an insurgency battle just three years later.

    “How can the mind of a person be changed in such a short period of time?” the father asked.

    Tamerlan’s brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and has been transferred to Federal Medical Center, Devens outside of Boston, Mass.

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    ‘Persons of interest’ home and abroad: US claims more suspects in Boston bombing

    Published time: April 29, 2013 10:27

    The list of possible co-conspirators in the Boston bombing keeps growing as investigators examine Tsarnaev family connections both in the US and abroad. US legislators are not convinced such an attack could have been carried out without special training.

    On Sunday, US lawmakers indicated that they were pursuing “persons of interest” in the April 15 blasts at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

    After reviewing the phone records of the suspects Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Chief of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul said he believed that the accused could not have carried out the crime alone and that the brothers had special training, considering the “level of sophistication” of a pressure-cooker bomb used in Boston attack.

    McCaul argues that a “cooker is a signature device” that “goes back to Pakistan or Afghanistan.” Considering the way “they handled these devices and the trade craft” McCaul is convinced that “there was a trainer,” he said on Fox News Sunday.

    “And the question is, where is that trainer or trainers? Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?”

    Allegations of a foreign terrorist connection however run thin, as the blueprints for making such an explosive device can easily be found online without any special training or involvement of a “trainer.”

    For instance, the Department of Homeland Security has an internal memo available on the internet which provides a detailed description of such an unsophisticated bomb. Designed as a checklist for first responders, it falls one step short of a detailed how-to-make instruction.

    “These bombs are made by placing TNT or other explosives in a pressure cooker and attaching a blasting cap at the top of the pressure cooker. The size of the blast depends on the size of the pressure cooker and the amount of explosive placed inside. These types of devices can be initiated using simple electronic components including, but not limited to, digital watches, garage door openers, cell phones or pagers,” the memo reads.

    Mother – still a suspect

    Sunday’s revelations comes a day after it was reported that Russian authorities have handed over two secretly recorded phone conversations of the suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.

    US investigators have claimed that in one of the conversations that took place in 2011, it is alleged that she has indirectly discussed jihad with her elder son Tamerlan, and another one where Tsarnaeva conversed with an unnamed man in the Russian Caucasus, who at the time was under FBI investigation in an unrelated case.

    These conversations as well as other intelligence compiled by the Russian services, which Moscow has turned over this week, allegedly served as a basis for Russia to notify the FBI and CIA of Tsarnaev’s possible link to extremism, a link which US authorities brushed aside after a quick investigation in 2011.

    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was eventually added to a US terror watch list along with her older son, but the US seems to be pointing a finger at Russia for failure of its own intelligence service.

    Mike Rogers, Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC’s This Week that “there is a cultural problem there between where the Russians are and our folks,” he said. “I believe that they have information and had more information.”

    “There are still persons of interest in the United States that the FBI would like to have conversations with,” Rogers added without providing any further details.

    Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee meanwhile told CNN’s State of the Union that the Russians were not disclosing everything they know, especially in regards to Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.

    “There’s got to be a basis for why they went up on her electronically or why they went up on one of her affiliates or associates,” Schiff said adding “we don’t know that. We haven’t received that information from the Russians” concluding “I think they do know more than they’re telling us.”

    So far, Russian officials have not officially commented on accusations by US Representatives Rogers and Schiff that the Russian secret service failed to disclose everything it knew about the Tsarnaev brothers.

    Last Thursday, during his annual Q&A session, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he believed some US politicians are exploiting the Boston Marathon bombings for political gain.

    He also criticized what he labeled double standards in Western media for portraying Chechens engaged in deadly acts of terror against Russia as insurgents, not terrorists.

    “Common folk in the US” do not fully understand the situation, Putin said. “Here I am addressing them and our citizens to say that Russia is a victim of international terrorism too.”

    Earlier this week Zubeidat Tsarnaeva did admit to ABC News that she was the one who supported Tamerlan to accept Islam in 2008 but only because of her concern about the eldest son’s drinking, smoking and womanizing.

    The mother meanwhile denied all reports that she or her sons had anything to do with radicalism. She maintained that her sons have been framed by the US government and accused the American authorities of deliberately assassinating her son during the arrest.

    “It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she told the Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”

    The suspects’ mother stated that in the days after the Boston bombing, she had seen video footage on the internet appearing to show Tamerlan alive and being put into a police car naked. The next day, she said she saw pictures of his dead body.

    “I wanted to scream, to scream to the whole world: ‘What did you do? What have you done with my son? …Why did they have to kill him? They got him alive. He was in their hands,” she said.
    A missing link?

    Meanwhile, one indirect link the American intelligence community fails to acknowledge is Tsarnaev family’s possible connection to the CIA.

    Former CIA officer and vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Graham Fuller on Saturday confirmed to Al-Monitor that his daughter was married to an uncle of the suspects.

    The publication revealed that Fuller’s daughter, Samantha A. Fuller, was legally married to Ruslan Tsarnaev in the mid-1990s, and divorced in 1999, according to North Carolina public records.

    Fuller however has refuted speculation about Tsarnaevs’ connection to US intelligence as “absurd.”

    “Samantha was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev (Tsarni) for 3-4 years, and they lived in Bishkek for one year where Samantha was working for Price Waterhouse on privatization projects,” Fulller said. “I, of course, retired from CIA in 1987 and had moved on to working as a senior political scientist for RAND.”

    Fuller said that “Tsarni” was homesick and moved back to Central Asia after the divorce. “His English was shaky, we always spoke Russian together,” Fuller added. “Like all Chechens, Ruslan was very concerned about his native land, but I saw no particular involvement in politics, [although] he did try to contact other Chechens around.”

    Fuller also believes he met the suspects’ father, Aznor Tsarnaev, once in Kazakhstan during his research visit. He said his daughter knew the family better, but only when Tamerlan was just a child, and Dzhokhar not yet born.

    In his long intelligence career spanning over two decades, Fuller spent time all over the Middle East in places such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan. Under Ronald Reagan, he became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

    Being a political analyst specializing in Islamic extremism, Graham Fuller, skeptics argue, would have spotted if Tsarnaev family had anything to do with extremists.

    In his turn, Ruslan Tsarni, the infamous uncle who was the first relative of the brothers to talk to the press condemning the Boston bombings and the alleged involvement of his nephews, has repeated that his family was not in contact with his brother Aznor’s family. He also pointed at what he called the growing fanaticism of Zubeidat Tsarnaev.

    However, Tsarni’s background reveals that he was formerly employed as a “consultant” for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which has recently been accused by the Russian government of possible ties to the CIA and other US intelligence services and banned from operating in Russia.

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    Ron Paul slams Boston bombing response

    Published time: April 29, 2013 20:43

    Ron Paul compared the manhunt for the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon attack to “scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic”. He says the response to the attack was more frightening than the bombing itself.

    The deadly blasts killed three people, injured more than 200 and caused 16 victims to undergo limb amputations. Paul says the Boston Marathon bombing was tragic, but that law enforcement’s response was even more terrifying and unprecedented.

    In an op-ed published on the website of libertarian editor Lew Rockwell, Paul describes the police response as a “military-style takeover of parts of Boston” – a procedure that resembled martial law.

    “Forced lockdown of a city,” he writes. “Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.”

    The former congressman believes that the Boston bombing should have resulted in a police investigation, not a military-style occupation that infringed upon the civil liberties of those living in or near Boston. Residents in Watertown, Mass. – the site where the surviving suspect was found – were told to stay indoors for most of April 19 while authorities pursued Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. After the elder brother was killed and Dzhokhar escaped, residents were ordered to remain inside as the manhunt progressed.

    While the media hails the capture of the remaining suspect as an American victory, the police tactics have become largely ignored, Paul says. The libertarian believes that because of the media’s depiction of surveillance methods as a reason for the capture, Congress will be able to justify installing “more government cameras pointed at the rest of us.”

    But in the end, the capture was largely due to the help of private citizens who contributed their photographs to the FBI and one man who discovered the injured suspect hiding in a boat. The surveillance videos posted online by the FBI came from private businesses – not the government.

    By believing the government’s job is to keep Americans safe rather than to protect their liberties, US citizens are allowing police investigations to proceed as they did in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week defended the response to the bombings, telling reporters that authorities “did what we should have done and were supposed to do with the always-imperfect information that you have at that time.”

    But by locking down a city, conducting unwarranted searches, forcing Americans to stay in their homes and hailing surveillance as a reason for the capture, the government is overstepping its boundaries, Paul says.

    “This is unprecedented and is very dangerous,” he writes. “We must educate ourselves and others about our precious civil liberties to ensure that we never accept demands that we give up our Constitution so that the government can pretend to protect us.”

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    Slain Boston suspect Tsarnaev may have attended terrorism seminars in Georgia – reports

    Published time: April 29, 2013 15:11

    Georgia is embroiled in scandal amid an investigation into suspicions the country’s previous government may have been involved in training extremists. Media reports suggest the key suspect in the Boston bombings participated in such training.

    “It is possible that terrorists had been trained in Georgia, but the investigation is underway. Let’s wait for its results. We will get a lot of new information, maybe even some shocking findings. There are suspicions that the authorities worked with terrorists and militants. If this information is confirmed, this will be shocking,” Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said on April 28.

    The comment came in response to allegations in Russian media that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the main suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, may have attended seminars allegedly sponsored by Georgian security officials and a US-based foundation. Some of the classes reportedly encouraged attendees to commit terrorist acts.

    Russian daily Izvestia and TV station Russia 1 recently revealed that they obtained a report by Colonel Grigory Chanturia of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ main security service. According to the document, in summer 2012 the Kavkazsky Fund and the Washington, DC-based Jamestown Foundation held events for young residents of the North Caucasus. Tsarnaev, who stayed in Russia from January to June 2012, allegedly attended some of these events.

    The Kavkazsky Fund has recruited North Caucasus residents for work serving the interests of the US and Georgia, Russian media reported. The Fund was set up in November 2008, shortly after the Georgia-Ossetia conflict, to “control processes taking place in the North Caucasus region,” according to Chanturia’s report.

    The main aim of the Fund was allegedly to recruit young people in the North Caucasus to heighten instability and extremism in Russia’s southern region. Up to $2.5 million was allegedly allocated to finance the Fund as of January 2013. “

    To finance the organization a monthly sum of about $20,000 was set up, ” Chanturia said.

    The Russian media also reported that the Kavkazsky Fund has had close ties with the US Jamestown Foundation, an “independent, nonpartisan organization” whose mission is to inform and educate policymakers about events and trends of strategic importance to the US. Its board of directors once included former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    Today, the Fund features Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, who retired in 2006 after 30 years at the CIA. Riedel was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to four Presidents in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House, as well as a negotiator at several Arab-Israeli peace summits including Camp David and Wye River.

    In 2007, the Jamestown Foundation reportedly held a seminar attended by militants loyal to Aslan Maskhadov, the leader of a Chechen separatist movement and president of the self-proclaimed ‘Republic of Ichkeria.’ During the Second Chechen War in 1999, he led a guerrilla resistance against the Russian army. He was killed in a special operation by security services in 2005.

    In an interview with Voice of America, Jamestown denied that it had trained Tsarnaev.

    Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said it had no knowledge of whether Tsarnaev had attended the seminars. “We don’t have such information, we haven’t heard anything of the kind, we don’t know,” Nino Giorgobiani, head of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ press service told RIA Novosti.

    Georgian President Mikhail Saakashavili said the previous Georgian government never recruited or trained groups of Chechens with the aim of infiltrating them into the Russian Federation. He learned of Ivanishvili’s comments on the issue while on a working visit to the US. Saakashvili said he was sure “America will not take Ivanishvili’s words seriously,” Izvestiya daily quoted him as saying.

    In 2011, Russian authorities asked the FBI to question Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who had legal permanent resident status in the US, over concerns he was linked to Islamic extremists. The FBI confirmed that agents had interviewed him and other family members that year following Russia’s request, but “did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign.”

    It was revealed that a misspelling of Tsarnaev’s name kept the FBI in the dark about his early 2012 trip to Russia: “He went over to Russia, but apparently, when he got on the Aeroflot plane, they misspelled his name,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said while speaking with Fox earlier this week. “So it never went into the system that he actually went to Russia.”

    Last week, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving younger brother implicated in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, was charged with using weapons of mass destruction to kill people, a federal crime punishable by death, the Justice Department said. The twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last Monday killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded up to 264 people.

    The 19-year-old Dzhokhar reportedly gave written testimony in a hospital last Tuesday; his elder brother Tamerlan, 26, died on April 19 after a fierce gun battle with police. The suspect told interrogators that the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan spurred him and his brother to carry out the deadly bombings, US officials told the media.

    Dzhokhar, a naturalized US citizen of Chechen origin, further took responsibility for his role in planting explosives near the marathon finish line last week; he had previously maintained that his brother Tamerlan was the mastermind of the terror plot.

    Several friends of Tamerlan’s 24-year-old widow, Katherine Russell, who he persuaded to convert from Christianity to Islam, told National Public Radio that Tsarnaev often bullied and verbally abused his wife, calling her a “slut” and throwing pieces of furniture.

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      I told you that these brothers and others are connected to the American-Turkish Council funded terrorism groups in Georgia for the Central Intelligence Agency.

      -= The Unhived Mind

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    30 April 2013 Last updated at 16:07

    Ken Livingstone defends Boston bombing remarks

    Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has defended comments he made over the Boston Marathon bombings.

    He told the Iranian satellite channel Press TV that “squalid intervention” by Western governments fuelled anger such as that seen in the recent attack.

    The Conservatives called the remarks “insensitive and thoughtless” and asked him to apologise.

    But Labour’s Mr Livingstone said his remarks were not a “specific” commentary on the Boston bombings.

    Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the explosions near the finishing line of the marathon on 15 April.

    Ethnic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are suspected of carrying out the attack. Tamerlan later died during a police chase and Dzhokhar is in custody.

    Speaking on Press TV, funded by the Iranian government, Mr Livingstone said: “Very often, people get incredibly angry about injustices that they see.

    “They would have been reading about the torture at Guantanamo Bay, at the Bagram airbase [in Afghanistan]. They would have read stuff about how, I think, it is 54 different countries secretly collaborated with America for this rendition – people being snatched off streets, taken to be tortured, because the Bush regime believed that they were all potential terrorists.”

    Mr Livingstone, mayor from 2000 to 2008, added: “There was such ignorance in the Bush White House about Islam and about the history of so many disputes that exist in the Middle East. People get angry. They lash out.

    “It’s the whole squalid intervention that has disfigured the record of the Western democracies. I think this fuels the anger of the young men, who, as we saw in Boston, went out, and, out of anger and demand for revenge, claimed lives in the West.”

    Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said: “These are irresponsible, insensitive and thoughtless comments which show why Ken Livingstone is not fit to hold public office. He should unreservedly apologise for the distress he has caused.”

    But Mr Livingstone, who is a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, told the BBC his remarks – made on 26 April – had not been a specific commentary on the events in Boston, as much was yet to be discovered about the background and motivations of the alleged bombers.

    He added that they had been a broader explanation of what has motivated terrorists over several decades to carry out attacks on the West and have a particular dislike for America

    Mr Livingstone also said what had been learned about the motivations of the terrorists who carried out the 2005 London bombings had informed his answer.

  • theunhivedmind

    ‘Boston manhunt scarier than bombing’

    Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:44:31 GMT

    Former US presidential candidate Ron Paul said the police manhunt of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers should “frighten us as much or more than the attack itself”.

    “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” said Paul on Monday.

    The two-time presidential candidate further criticized the police in its aggressive manhunt of 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and killing of his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, saying it reflected tactics used by a “military coup in a far off banana republic.”

    ““Forced lockdown of a city…Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down,” the former Congressional representative said of the search.”
    Residents of Watertown, Massachusetts and other communities – including the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Belmont, Newton and Waltham – were all ordered to remain in their homes during a police search for suspects.

    Eventually, the crackdown failed as Dzhokhar was “not discovered by the paramilitary troops [who were] terrorizing the public…not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police”, said the American physician.

    On April 19, police killed suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan during a shootout and engaged in a chaotic door-to-door manhunt for his brother Dzhokhar in the Boston area.

    Dzhokhar, the surviving suspect in the bombings, was wounded and later captured, having been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.

    This came as Dzhokhar admitted to his role in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded 260 others, before he was read his Miranda rights.

    “Once the government decides that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, they can only do so by taking away our liberties. That is what happened in Boston,” Paul concluded.


  • theunhivedmind

    Unabomber lawyer to defend suspected Boston terrorist Tsarnaev

    Published time: April 30, 2013 16:50

    The defense team representing accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has recruited a noted anti-death penalty attorney to assist with fighting federal terrorism charges.

    United States Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler approved on Monday a request made by public defender Miriam Conrad to add a high-profile name to the roster of attorneys representing the 19-year-old accused bomber. Judy Clarke will now join the legal counsel that will defend the surviving suspect of the Boston bombing when Tsarnaev is put on trial for using a weapon of mass destruction, a felony terrorism count that comes with a possible death sentence if convicted.

    Clarke, a San Diego, California-based attorney with decades of federal experience under her belt, previously represented “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, convicted Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and the Arizona man who shot former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. In those three cases as well as others, Clarke succeeded in having her clients receive only life imprisonment sentences in lieu of the death penalty.

    Authorities say Tsarnaev killed three people and injured more than 200 others when he and his brother Tamerlan, 26, detonated a pair of homemade bombs during the Boston Marathon two weeks ago. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died days later after a gunfight with police, but his brother survived and is now accused of crimes not dissimilar to those of clients Clarke worked with in the past: Kaczynski was convicted of killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen others with a series of homemade explosives and is considered a domestic terrorist by the FBI; Rudolph earned that distinction as well after being convicted of killing two and injuring 150 others in the 1996 Olympic blast.
    Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (Reuters/BRIC)
    Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (Reuters/BRIC)

    In approving the defense’s request to enlist Clarke as a representative for Tsarnaev, Judge Bowler said the accused bomber required an attorney with experience in a case where prosecutors will likely seek the death penalty.

    “In light of the circumstances in this case, the defendant requires an attorney with more background, knowledge and experience in federal death penalty cases than that possessed by current counsel,” Bowler said. The appointment will “provide the defendant with adequate and proper representation.”

    Northampton, Massachusetts lawyer David Hoose has gone toe-to-toe with Clarke in court, and speaking to Fox News he described her as “simply the best.”

    “She has an ability to relate to people who are charged with these horrific, horrific crimes and to humanize them, to portray them as human beings to the government and to a jury,” Hoose said.

    Just last week, Clarke told attendees at a legal conference in Los Angeles about being “sucked into the black hole, the vortex” of death penalty cases nearly two decades ago when she represented Susan Smith, a South Carolina woman convicted in in 1995 of drowning her two young children.

    “I got a dose of understanding human behavior, and I learned what the death penalty does to us,” she said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t think it’s a secret that I oppose the death penalty.”

    Conrad also asked the court to appoint a second death penalty lawyer, Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor David Bruck, but that request was rejected for the time being.

  • theunhivedmind

    Three new suspects taken into custody in Boston Marathon bombing case

    Published time: May 01, 2013 15:24

    Three new suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case have been taken into custody, the city’s police department announced Wednesday.

    Nineteen-year-old University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth college students Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos have been accused of interfering with a federal probe into the April 15, 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.

    Authorities unsealed a criminal complaint against the men Wednesday afternoon and they were arraigned during 3:30 p.m. hearing in a Massachusetts courthouse. The Boston Globe reported that attorneys for the men waived bail and will remain in detention until arguments begin later this month.

    Investigators say the three students were classmates of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also 19, and attempted to hinder an investigation by destroying evidence they uncovered from his UMass-Dartmouth dormitory room three days after the marathon bombing.

    “All three have admitted on that on the evening of April 18, 2013, they removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room,” reads the complaint. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, both Kazakhstan nationals, “have admitted that they agreed to get rid of it after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the Boston Marathon bombers,” it continues.

    The two Kazakhstan citizens were in the US on student visas and were apprehended by authorities over a week ago for alleged immigration violations; they have been accused of hiding evidence. Authorities have identified Phillipos as a US citizen who was also enrolled at Dartmouth and he is accused of making false statements to the FBI.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint unsealed this week, the three students first considered their classmate as a possible suspect in the bombing after the FBI released images on April 18 of two men sought in connection to the blasts. Authorities later identified the two men as ethnic Chechens: Dzhokhar and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Approximately four hours after photos of the Tsarnaev brothers first began to be widely circulated on the afternoon of April 18, the FBI says Phillipos told Kadyrbayev to put on the news when he got home “because one of the suspects in the Marathon bombing suspect looked familiar. Once he turned on the TV, Kadyrbayev texted Tazhayakov’s cell phone to ask, “Have you seen the news?”

    Shortly after, the complaint continues, Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov and Phillipos went to Tsarnaev’s Dartmouth dorm room and were let in by a roommate. There they stayed for a considerable amount of time watching a movie and eventually made contact with the 19-year-old suspect.

    Investigators say that Tsarnaev and Kadyrbayev exchanged text messages that evening during which the suspected bomber said things like “lol” and “you better not text me” that were interpreted by his classmate as jokes. Just before 9 p.m., Tsarnaev wrote “come to my room and take whatever you want.”

    “They noticed a backpack containing fireworks ,” reads the complaint. “

    The fireworks had been opened and emptied of powder. Kadyrbayev knew when he saw the empty fireworks that Tsarnaev was involved in the marathon bombing. Kadyrbayev decided to remove the backpack from the room in order to help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble. He decided to take Tsarnaev’s laptop as well because he did not want Tsarnaev’s roommate to think he was stealing or behaving suspiciously by just taking the backpack.” The three suspects then moved to an apartment shared by Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov and “started to freak out” because it became clear from a news report they were watching that Tsarnaev was likely one of the bombers.

    “According to Kadyrbayev, they then collectively decided to throw the backpack and fireworks into the trash because they did not want Tsarnaev to get into trouble,” the complaint continues.

    The FBI says that that Tazhayakov and Phillipos declined to participate in taking the trash to the dumpster, but knew their colleague did so nonetheless. The next morning the three men learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed the night before and the FBI began the first of several interviews with the classmates. On April 19, Phillipos spoke with investigators but concealed the fact that he was at Tsarnaev’s dorm room the night before, writes the FBI. Authorities say he changed his story during the second of four conversations that occurred during that week, but on April 26 he confessed to lying to FBI agents during the previous interviews. During that discussion, Phillipos admitted to finding “seven red tubular fireworks” in Tsarnaev’s backpack.

    On April 26, authorities uncovered the backpack and contents from a landfill in nearby New Bedford, Massachusetts. The two Kazakhstan nationals have been accused of hiding a laptop computer and backpack belonging to one of the suspected bombers, and Phillipos faces charges of making false statements to investigators.

    “Azamat Tazhayakov absolutely denies the charges,” his attorney Harlan Protass told reporters outside of court on Wednesday. “Azamat feels horrible and was shocked to hear that someone he knew at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing.”

    Robert Stahl, an attorney representing Kadyrbayev, said his client “cooperated with all law enforcement when they came to him without the benefit of counsel” and disputed claims that he conspired with Tsarnaev to dispose of evidence.

    Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fine, reports Reuters, and will next be in court on May 14. Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine; he’ll be back in a Massachusetts courthouse on Monday, May 6.

    Three people died after a pair of improvised explosive devices were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and more than 260 others are still recuperating from injuries incurred at the event. Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted of using a weapon of mass destruction.

    • theunhivedmind

      Do not believe the lies about these three patsies, they are being sacrificed in order to cover-up Katherine Russell’s wrong doings and her connection to the Nazi DVD run Department of Homeland Security fronted by Janet Napolitano. Russell was the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev the so-called Boston bomber (ignoring the Craft mercenaries and Turkish operatives assassinated in Vaduz, Lichenstein). The evidence is a laptop which contains sensitive data on the double agents in the Russian FSB and Israeli Mossad working for the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. State Department. These agents are tied to the Republic of Georgia and Chechnya terrorist cells. This all ties to the false-flag attack on Boston and attacks on the Russian homeland against Vladimir Putin and sovereign Russia. Study the connection of these agents to the American-Turkish Council run by Richard Armitage. The same council who tried to plant weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but failed.

      -= The Unhived Mind

      • theunhivedmind

        Tsarnaev’s widow under new scrutiny as investigators find radical Islamist material on her computer

        Published time: May 04, 2013 04:00

        Investigators are ramping up their focus on Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect and alleged planner Tamerlan Tsarnaev after an inspection of her computer turned up radical Islamist material, law enforcement sources said.

        With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, alive and in custody, police are trying to determine what involvement, if any, Russell had in the plot to plant bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Russell’s attorney, Amato DeLuca, released a statement earlier this week saying his client was willing to provide “as much assistance to the investigation as she can.”

        The younger Tsarnaev brother told law enforcement that he and his brother were partly influenced to carry out the attack by the online sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Al-Qaeda speaker who was killed by a US drone strike two years ago. Dzhokhar also said that the brothers learned to make explosives by reading Inspire magazine, an English-language periodical published by Al-Qaeda.

        Police sources speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said that at least a portion of the radical Islamist material was found on Russell’s computer, although they are trying to determine who exactly accessed the information.

        DeLuca has maintained that Russell, 24, had no involvement in the plot. She previously provided a DNA sample after law enforcement officials found female DNA on a component of one of the exploded bombs found in downtown Boston. However, Russell’s DNA was not found on the explosive device.

        Federal investigators told The New York Times that they doubt Russell’s innocence, whether in planning the attack or evading police in the aftermath. Russell allegedly called her husband when the FBI released his photograph to the public but did not contact the police. She has reportedly stopped cooperating with authorities.

        Russell is known to have worked as many as 80 hours every week as a nurse’s aide while Tamerlan, who was unemployed but sometimes worked as a mechanic, cared for the couple’s child. When he was not taking care of the child, it’s been speculated, Tsarnaev experimented with making bombs using household materials. The police “increasingly believe” the brothers assembled the bombs in their home just five miles from where they detonated them, Reuters reported.

        FBI agents spent about 90 minutes Monday looking for evidence at Russell’s parents’ home, where she’s been staying since the attack. The FBI refused to comment on whether they found evidence there. However, it is known that they came up empty-handed Friday after searching four locations near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where the brothers were thought to have practiced detonations.

        Russell was raised in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where her parents still reside, and met Tamerlan Tsarnaev at Suffolk University. She converted to Islam and married him in 2010. DeLuca claimed Russell does not speak Russian so, often, she could not understand what he was saying when speaking with friends.

        The widow has not spoken to the press, but her attorney said earlier this week that Russell had refused to claim Tamerlan’s body, instead opting to let his relatives take the corpse. Rusland Tsarni, Tsarnaev’s uncle, the same who called the brothers “losers” during a media scrum, said Tuesday that he would claim the remains.

        “Of course, family members will take possession of the body,” he told the Associated Press. “We will do it. A family is a family.”

  • theunhivedmind

    Did Saudis warn the US about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s terror links?

    Published time: May 01, 2013 17:41

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned the United States government about suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as recently as 2012, Saudi officials now say.

    According to an exclusive report published by Britain’s Daily Mail on Tuesday, the Saudis sent the US Department of Homeland Security a “government-to-government” letter last year that specifically identified the older Tsarnaev brother and cautioned that he could be plotting an attack on American soil.

    It “did name Tamerlan specifically,” the source — an unnamed Saudi official speaking on condition of anonymity — told Daily Mail. “It was very specific” and warned that “something was going to happen in a major US city.”

    But only hours later, the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC released a statement condemning the Daily Mail report as inaccurate, denying they warned US authorities about either Tsarnaev brother.

    “The Saudi government had no prior information about the Boston bombers. Therefore, it is not true that any information, written or otherwise, was passed to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any other US agency in this regard,” the statement claimed.

    “The Saudi government also does not have any record of any application by Tamerlan Tsarnaev for any visa to Saudi Arabia.”

    Russian intelligence previously confirmed that American law enforcement was alerted about both Tsarnaev and his mother in 2011 after red flags were raised in the Kremlin, but a subsequent Federal Bureau of Investigation probe concluded without US authorities convinced of a clear threat. On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama told reporters, “Based on what I can see so far, the FBI performed its duties. The Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing,” Obama said. “But this is hard stuff.”

    The DHS were aware of the 2012 bulletin, a Homeland Security official confirmed Tuesday night to the Daily Mail, although the agency declined to say they ever received such a warning from Saudi Arabia.

    The intelligence relayed to the US in 2012 had nothing to do with the Russian reports from one year earlier, the source told Daily Mail, but was instead developed independently by officials working in Yemen.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed after a gun fight with police two weeks ago outside of Boston, Massachusetts that followed a days’ long manhunt across the region. His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is currently in federal custody and has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in conjunction with his alleged role in detonating explosives during the April 15 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 260. He could face death penalty if convicted.

    Saudi interest in the slain suspect dates back to as early as December 2011, the source told Daily Mail, when he was denied an entry visa while attempting to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Authorities know Tamerlan Tsarnaev was in the Russian republic of Dagestan seven months later and fled to Moscow spontaneously on July 16 only to return to the US one day later. Investigators are now questioning whether the suspect’s travels that year had anything to do with an Islamic convert from Canada, William Plotnikov, who fought against Russian security forces in Dagestan and died in battle just three days before Tsarnaev left the country on a moment’s notice.

    “It seems that Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to Dagestan with the aim of joining the insurgents,” a Russian security source told Novaya Gazeta this week.

    On Wednesday, the Boston Police Department announced that three new suspects in their investigation have been taken into custody and they are expected to be arraigned later in the afternoon. Preliminary reports identified two of the suspects as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev —Kazakhstan nationals who were colleagues of the younger Tsarnaev brother at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev were reportedly taken into custody more than one week ago by US authorities for alleged immigration violations, but only now have been accused of a role in helping the alleged marathon bomber. Media sources reporting from Boston say the three suspects are likely to be charged with obstruction of justice because they allegedly helped Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dispose of backpacks containing fireworks. Police say the brothers bought fireworks for a US wholesaler that may have been used in the improvised explosive devices used during the Boston Marathon, or the others intended to be used days later in New York City.

  • theunhivedmind

    Boston Bombings Show Future Use For Police Drones

    By Maggie Clark Posted: 05/01/2013 9:50 am EDT

    This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

    By Maggie Clark, Staff Writer

    Police and federal officers drive through a neighborhood while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Police, lawmakers and advocates are questioning whether police drones could have found the suspects faster. (AP)
    Even if police drones weren’t used in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon suspects, drones have become central to the post-bombing discussion of surveillance techniques. Boston Police Chief Edward F. Davis said he wants to use drones at next year’s Boston Marathon, calling them “a good idea.”

    Using a drone to pursue fleeing suspects like the Tsarnaev brothers would be legal under both state and federal law. But pre-emptively hovering drones over an event still makes many uncomfortable. Lawmakers in Florida, Virginia and Idaho already prohibit that kind of drone surveillance at events, and more are debating it.

    “Every state bill would allow a drone in a manhunt or chase,” said Ben Wizner, director of the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, “and there’s no question that law enforcement would have had probable cause to use drones in pursuit (of the Boston suspects). But states have decided that they don’t want that kind of constant-surveillance-use of drones at events, where everything is recorded.”

    Despite the call for more surveillance cameras after the successful identification of the Boston suspects using video footage, opposition to police use of drones in Massachusetts is moving ahead. Republican Sen. Robert Hedlund, who is sponsoring a bill to regulate law enforcement use of drones in Massachusetts, wants to require warrants before police can use drones and place restrictions on how video footage collected from drones can be retained.

    “My opinions about drone use haven’t changed since the bombings,” said Hedlund, who remains skeptical of any drone surveillance.

    Florida lawmakers also balked at the idea of using drones for crowd control earlier this year. After an Orlando-area sheriff suggested at a state Senate committee hearing that drones could be useful in crowd surveillance at big events, like college football games or parades, lawmakers recoiled with references to Big Brother.

    Still, use of an unmanned aircraft could have helped first-responders even more effectively assess the immediate threats following the explosions on April 15, said Mario Mairena, government relations manager for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which represents the industry. Hedlund’s bill, like the 30-plus other state bills making their way through the legislative process, would not prohibit drone use in emergencies like the one at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    The response to the bombings is an important test case in the discussion surrounding domestic surveillance, said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington.

    “I don’t think (the Boston bombing) will reframe the surveillance debate, and people will persist in their skepticism (of drones) even after this event,” Calo said. “If attitudes about drones change, it will be over time, probably because of non-surveillance uses of drones that people get accustomed to, like in agriculture, or by hobbyists. That’s the way people are going to get acclimated to drones, not from police use.”

    State Drone Limits
    For all the discussion in statehouses, few police departments actually have drones that they can deploy, even in a crisis. As Stateline has previously reported, nine law enforcement agencies in six states use drones, and nine other agencies have applied to the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones in the future. According to the ACLU, at least 37 states have debated drone-related legislation this year.

    In Massachusetts, Hedlund and eight other state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would limit how law enforcement could use drones, in preparation for a time when police agencies in the state actually have them. According to FAA records, no Massachusetts police agencies have applied to the FAA for permission to use a drone or been approved to use one.

    The Massachusetts bill, like legislation nationwide, would require police to obtain a search warrant for any surveillance. Police could use drones to respond to an attack or a national security emergency, which likely would have included searching for the suspects in the Boston bombings.

    In addition to state laws, police are bound by strict guidelines for drone use set by the FAA, which requires police agencies to get permission from the FAA before sending a drone into the sky to avoid hitting any other aircraft that might be in the same airspace. Police can only fly the drone within the line of sight of the operator, which essentially turns the drone into a remote-control plane with a camera on board. Additionally, the drone can only go as high as 400 feet and must weigh less than 25 pounds, which means that it can only stay in the air between 30 and 90 minutes.

    For practical purposes, this means driving the drone to the scene, using it, taking it down and driving it away. Under these guidelines, said Stephen Ingley, executive director of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, “You’re not going to be able follow someone for 10 miles. The (drone) would be able to do short surveillance before an event, maybe survey the crowd, and once an exigent event happened, the system would be up in the air…providing a different vantage point.”

    Despite those limits from the FAA, state lawmakers in Florida and Idaho have enacted laws requiring a warrant before police can use drones, and Virginia enacted a two-year moratorium on any law enforcement use of drones. In all three states, however, lawmakers carved out exceptions for circumstances such as threats to national security or imminent danger.

    Surveillance Expansion Unlikely
    Privacy advocates acknowledge that in situations like the Boston Marathon bombings, drones can be even more useful than fixed surveillance cameras to quickly scan the entire area for evidence. Concerns pop up, however, when it comes to how the video collected from these cameras is organized and stored.

    For instance, said Wizner of the ACLU, there are very graphic images of crime victims in the security-camera-collected footage, which under current federal policies will probably be retained indefinitely. Should the Massachusetts bill become law, any video footage collected from police drones that was not within the scope of a warrant would have to be deleted 24 hours after the collection of the video.

    “Being a victim should not land you in a government database forever,” said Wizner.

    In the near term, despite the calls for drones from Boston’s police chief, big investments in more surveillance do not seem likely for Massachusetts. “I don’t think there is a clamor for new or more extensive surveillance,” said Gavi Wolfe, legislative counsel for the ACLU of Massachusetts. “People are talking about standing up for freedom in the face of terror, and a rush to increase surveillance would run counter to that.”

    Federal grants to states for emergency preparedness and homeland security are also at an all-time low. In Massachusetts, funding from the state homeland security grant program is down 76 percent over the last five years, as Stateline has previously reported.

  • theunhivedmind

    Infowars Nightly News Interviews Man Who Attacked Dan Bidondi

    May 1, 2013

    Self-described “gonzo” journalist Roger Nicholson made an appearance on Infowars Nightly News Tuesday and defended the establishment and the heavy-handed paramilitary response to an unarmed teenager by the police in Boston.

    Mr. Nicholson had earlier berated Infowars journalist Dan Bidondi for daring to pose questions not on the script during Boston bombing news conferences. Nicholson posted a video of the “encounter” – a one-sided expletive laced tirade – on Youtube. MSNBC and the corporate media have used the video as part of a concerted attack on Alex Jones.

    During his appearance on MSNBC yesterday, Nicholson characterized Bidondi’s questions as a “hijacking.” He said it angered him that Infowars dared send a reporter to cover the events. “I just felt very angry that Infowars came to my town to start making show material,” he told Martin Bashir.

    Nicholson apparently does not disagree with MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the establishment media also making “show material” of a national news story. The presence of the alternative media angered him.

    Nicholson told anchor Rob Dew that he supports the First Amendment. However, he contradicted this during his video attack on Bidondi. “What you say is dangerous and people like you shouldn’t be able to drive a car much less espouse your opinions in public,” he said, not allowing Bidondi to respond.

    Mr. Nicholson did not say who he thinks should enforce politically correct speech. His defense of the government and the establishment, however, would lead us to believe he would enthusiastically support authoritarian measures to curtail free speech he considers politically incorrect or dangerous. Other liberals have also argued for government censorship of their opponents and have characterized criticism of Obama and his policies as racist.

    Nicholson went on to claim British citizen Piers Morgan, who has consistently attacked the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment from his bully pulpit on CNN, is more patriotic than Alex Jones and Infowars.

    “He is a better American than you,” Nicholson argued, apparently unaware that Morgan is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He said the government should decide who will be allowed to exercise the Second Amendment and stated “rednecks” should be barred from owning firearms.

    He refused to talk about other issues, including the FBI’s well-documented effort to create fake terror plots for propaganda purposes. “I don’t believe your version of what you’re saying,” he argued after admitting he is ignorant of the FBI story, which appeared in the New York Times.

    The Roger Nicholson interview demonstrates the mindset of the average Obama supporting liberal. It reveals that such people are woefully ignorant of the facts. Sadly, they only believe what they are fed through establishment media channels like MSNBC and CNN and dismiss information contrary to the script prepared by the establishment.

    The establishment media has managed to create individuals who not only have closed minds and are no longer capable of processing information contrary to official propaganda, but who will defend – with expletives and ad hominem attacks – the establishment’s misinformation, distortions, and lies.

    “History is Kryptonite to this man,” Alex Jones said after the interview. In other words, history and historical fact are the ultimate weakness of individuals like Roger Nicholson and will prove to be their downfall.

  • theunhivedmind

    ‘Uncle Ruslan’ aided terrorists from CIA official’s home

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker

    The uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers incorporated, in 1995, a company called the “Congress of Chechen International Organizations.”

    Even as the company was sending aid to Islamic terrorists in Chechnya, its listed address was in the home of former top CIA official Graham Fuller.

    Ruslan Tsarni was listed as the company’s resident agent. The company’s address was 11114 Whisperwood Ln in Rockville MD., the home of Graham Fuller, the one-time Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA under President Reagan.

    Over this past weekend, Fuller reluctantly confirmed the report published here last Thursday, “Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official.”

    He admitted that Ruslan Tsarni had once been married to his daughter.

    But then, with the same breath, he derided what he called “rumors” of links between Tsarni and the Agency as “absurd.”

    But documents surfaced over the weekend that cast a long shadow of doubt on Graham Fuller’s assertion, which amounts to a beat cop waving his baton, and saying, “There’s nothing to see here folks. Move along.”

    “Financiers of terrorism”

    The documents include a letter written by the President of the Congress of Chechen Organizations International that, at least on the surface, could not have seemed more ordinary.

    It was all about shoes.

    In the letter, Congress of Chechen Organizations International President Mohammed Shoshani is interceding with the Board of Directors of Benevolence International, a “charity” that would later he designated “financiers of terrorism” by the Treasury Department, and shut down by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald after the 9/11 attack.

    Shoshani was interceding with Benevolence on behalf of a new military commander in Chechnya named Sheikh Fathi, who had just arrived from spending 10 years fighting in Afghanistan.

    Sheikh Fathi was a “military commander in the violent jihadist movement in Chechnya,” noted U.S.. Atty Patrick Fitzgerald in a later indictment,(pdf.) ”as well as an influential “preacher of violent jihad.”

    In the Benevolent International indictment, Fitzgerald said “Sheikh Fathi was a major conduit for providing material support to the Chechen rebels.”

    The uncle of the alleged Boston bombers was part of that conduit.

    Just how connected are these people?

    Fathi would gain a measure of infamy several years later when he introduced the top Al-Qaeda operative in Afghanistan, Al Khattab, into the Chechen conflict. The move had disastrous results, turning what had been a civil war into a jihad.
    Shoes for industry, shoes for the dead

    Later Al-Khattab became the so-called 20th hijacker Zaccarias Moussaoui’s commander in Chechnya, according to French intelligence, and had close links with Osama bin Laden, according to former New York Times journalist Phil Shenon’s book “The Commission.”

    But back to the letter. And the shoes.

    On behalf of Sheikh Fathi, Mohammed Shoshani is thanking Benevolence International for the receipt of 2000 pairs of what Fitzgerald—in an indictment charging the leaders of Benevolence International, called “Anti-Mine Boots for the Chechen Mujahideen.”

    The Saudi-based charity operated for years in Russia and Chechnya, pumping $50 million into mujahideen coffers, estimated Russian intelligence.

    Sheikh Fathi’s eagerness to procure 5000 more pairs of American protective shoes, US Attorney Fitzgerald explained, had been to minimize the damage caused by small Russian-made camouflage mines, called Frog mines, which were wreaking havoc in the ranks of his Chechen fighters.
    Were the Boston bombings “blow-back” from US Caucasus ops?

    What does this have to do with the Boston Marathon bombing?

    One clue: The President of “Uncle Ruslan’s” Congress of Chechen Organizations International, an expatriate Penn State engineering professor Mohammed Sishani, conducted almost all of his business through another organization he led, called the Chechen-Ingush Society of America.

    All of his aboveboard business, that is. Ruslan’s outfit surfaced for the dirty bits, the covert side of the Chechen’s cause.

    Was Ruslan Tsarni’s organization acting as a free agent? Or was it a “cut-out” for the CIA, a convenient way to establish plausible deniability while executing decisions made by U.S. intelligence agencies, who were apparently interceding on the side of people we were calling “rebels” instead of “terrorists” for no reason other than it suited American objectives for Russian forces to get bogged down in a series of bitter civil wars?

    Were such actions US policy at the time? Some say the answer is “yes.” Wikileaks cables seem to agree.

    America’s fostering of a jihadist mercenary force in Afghanistan led directly to the blowback that became the 9/11 attack.

    The creation of a “second Afghanistan” in the Caucasus may also have led to blowback: the unintended consequences of a covert operation. The result was in bombs going off in Boston.

    Were two young jihadis from the North Caucasus region of Russia recruited to become Islamist terrorists and attack the United States at the Boston Marathon?

    Questions remain. No, questions don’t “remain.” They “abound.”

    The elder Fuller had retired from the agency almost a decade before the brief marriage,” wrote the reporter he selected to give him a sympathetic hearing.

    If he’d retired, and taken up horticulture, or origami, or golfing in Florida wearing lime-green sweater-slack combinations, rumors that his ex-son-in-law had connections with the CIA might indeed be absurd.

    Was that how Mr. Fuller was spending his well-deserved retirement? Nope… He was working for RAND Corporation.

    It was a busman’s holiday. But there was also something else… Uncle Ruslan Tsarni’s company, back in 1996, was actively aiding Islamic terrorists in Chechnya.

    And there’s no telling what he’s up to now, because a story last week revealed that he was working for the US Government, again. And again, it was USAID. This time, since 2008.

    Using the home address of a top CIA official under President Ronald Reagan, who had also, and perhaps not coincidentally, been the author of a famous memo that eventually led Oliver North to step off a plane in Iran with TOW missiles in one hand and a cake for the Ayatollah in the other, Ruslan Tsarni’s Congress of Chechens put into practice the CIA’s unacknowledged policy in the former Soviet Republics.

    He’s been stirring up shit on Russia’s southern border.

  • theunhivedmind

    Tsarnaev Brothers had a CIA Connection

    Dave Lindorff
    May 2, 2013

    Let’s do a little exercise. Forget nationalities and identities for a moment.

    Imagine you are a police detective investigating a horrific bombing in your city — one in which several people were killed and hundreds were injured. You have a captured suspect whom you are sure was one of the bombers, and another was killed in a shootout, but both are young and not very sophisticated.

    They might have acted alone, of course, but knowing how these things work, you are also looking for leads to try to determine who else might have been involved, and especially who might have been behind the incident.

    As it happens, your two suspects are immigrants. They were brought to your country at a young age by parents who were refugees seeking asylum from from a region of the world riven by civil war, brutal repression by a larger power, and that was a breeding ground for terrorists who had been known to have launched terrible attacks against civilians, including schools and full movie theaters in that larger power.

    Now supposing you discovered that the national intelligence agency of a rival nation to that larger power had actually provided support to the terrorists that were attacking it, and that, moreover, the two young men who were your suspects were related to an uncle who had for three years been married to the daughter of a top member of that intelligence agency — the latter a man who had had a long history of active involvement in that agency’s major covert operations.

    Wouldn’t you be deeply suspicious about the nature of the connections between the two young men and this intelligence agency? Of course you would!

    Well, let’s put some names to this scenario.

    Two Degrees of Separation? (From left: ex-CIA spook Graham Fuller, his daugter Samantha, his former son-in-law Ruslan Tsarni, anTwo Degrees of Separation? (From left: ex-CIA spook Graham Fuller, his daugter Samantha, his former son-in-law Ruslan Tsarni, and Tsarni nephew Tamerlan Tsarnaev (deceased)

    The troubled region in question is Chechnya, a region of the former Soviet Union which sought independence from Russia after the collapse of the USSR. The Russian state crushed that secession effort with incredible violence, but found itself still fighting a long and vicious guerrilla conflict against Chechen fighters who didn’t hesitate to take their battle to the Russian heartland in the form of terror strikes. The Chechen guerrillas were supported by the CIA as the US adopted a covert policy of backing efforts by former regions of the old USSR to break free of Russia.

    Just as the US long covertly supported terrorist actions by right-wing Cuban groups inside Cuba, and as it currently supports terrorist activities inside another rival state, Iran, by a terrorist organization called MEK (for People’s Mujahedin of Iran or the Mojahedin-e-Khalq), it has also supported the guerrillas in Chechnya. This explains why former federal prosecutor and arch neocon Republican Rudy Guiliani found himself sputtering in disbelief in a CBS interview a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing as it became evident that the suspected Boston bombers were two young Chechens.

    As former FBI official Coleen Rowley observes, “I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s never seen any indication that Chechen extremists harbored animosity toward the U.S.; Guiliani thought they were only focused on Russia.”

    She said, “Giuliani knows full well how the Chechen ‘terrorists’ proved useful to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s ‘friends,’ including former CIA Director James Woolsey.”

    Now it turns out that the two young men suspected of having placed the exploding pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the marathon, the slain Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his imprisoned younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, have an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni (he changed his name from Tsarnaev after immigrating to the US), who was until 1999 married to Samantha Ankara Fuller, daughter of a high-ranking CIA operations officer named Graham Fuller. (Fuller, who has called any suggestion of links between his former son-in-law and the CIA “absurd” retired from the Agency and went to work with the Rand Corp., where he focused on the Middle East.).

    Fuller, reportedly at one time a CIA station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, also worked over the years as an operations officer in such intelligence hotspots as Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, as well as Hong Kong.

    Uncle Ruslan at one point during his marriage to Fuller’s daughter, was running a curious organization called the Congress of Chechen International Organizations which listed as its address Fuller’s home in Rockville, MD, a Washington DC suburb. (The CCIO ostensibly provided charity aid to Chechnya, though the true nature of that “aid” was probably something else.) Tsarni, in the organization’s Maryland registration document, listed its activity very generically (and uninformatively) as “ordinary business.” It appears that Ruslan Tsarni also, during the 1990s, reportedly worked as a consultant in Kazakhstan, another former Soviet republic, for US AID, an organization that has often served to provide cover for CIA operatives.

    Maryland company registration for Ruslan Tsarni ‘company’ located at CIA honcho Graham Fuller’s homeMaryland company registration for Ruslan Tsarni ‘company’ located at CIA honcho Graham Fuller’s home

    Now I know that the world is full of coincidences, but then this is no matter of six degrees of separation. This “coincidence” puts the two Tsarnaev brothers at just two degrees of separation from the CIA household of Graham Fuller.

    Going back to our imaginary police detective, I should think this would have to raise suspicions about links between the Tsarnaev brothers and the CIA.

    The most charitable theory, to me, would be that this Boston bombing may have been a particularly nasty example of blowback. Certainly there is reason to look carefully at the possibility of some US effort having been made to recruit at least Tamerlan, the older Tsarnaev brother, to work against Russia — an effort that might then have backfired if he later turned against his American “handlers” for some reason, such as, perhaps, the ant-immigrant policy of the Golden Gloves organization which suddenly changed its rules about allowing legal immigrants to participate in the boxing contest, preventing him from having a second shot at the national title, or the INS, which blocked his efforts to obtain citizenship over an arrest (no conviction) for once allegedly slapping his girlfriend.

    There are, of course, also darker possibilities, which an honest and thorough investigator would want to follow. A key would be knowing what if any contacts there were between either of the Tsarnaev brothers and the CIA.

    As I have written earlier, there remains the bizarre presence at the marathon finish line, before and after the bombing, of men who appear to have been working for the Texas-based private mercenary firm Craft International.

    US mercenary firms like Xe (formerly Blackwater) and Craft International have a close and incestuous relationship to the CIA. Such organizations tend to recruit their personnel from the ranks of US and foreign special forces units, which both tend to have close links to the CIA. Craft International, in particular, which was founded n 2009 by the late US Navy SEAL unit member Chris Kyle, reportedly has a number of SEAL veterans in its ranks. The CIA has increasingly relied on Navy SEALs for its covert special operations actions, most notably the assault in Pakistan on the hideout of Osama Bin Laden.

    While the CIA is not supposed to engage in covert activities within the United States, its tight relationship with a para-military organization like Craft International means that the Agency could do the same thing indirectly by relying on a private contractor like Craft, which would not face the same legal restrictions. Indeed, for all we know, Craft could be simply a dummy CIA front, like Air America was during the Vietnam War era. In that regard, it is interesting that the address listed for Craft International in a Business Week listing (2101 Cedar Springs Rd., Suite 1400, Dallas, TX), is the same address given for at least four other businesses, including Hayman Capital Management, LLC, a hedgefund firm headed by a J. Kyle Bass, Japan Macro Opportunities Off-Shore Partners, a Cayman Islands-incorporated firm, a Bruce Davis, listed as “registered agent” for a firm called Solidus Bancshares, Inc., and HW GP, LLC, business unclear — suggesting that the location may be more of a “drop-box” kind of office than a functional business operation address. That would point to the possibility of a dummy corporation or front company.

    I don’t have any specific information that would allow me to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the Boston bombing. I cannot say the same thing about Craft International, however. Certainly there is some very troubling evidence in photos, visible on our site, showing some disturbing similarities between the markings on an exploded backpack which the FBI says contained one of the two pressure-cooker bombs and the backpacks being worn by the Craft International personnel photographed at the marathon finish line.

    Our hypothetical police investigator would certainly want to look into these potential connections, as well as the suggestion of a possible link between the Tsarnaev brothers and their CIA-linked Uncle Ruslan. A good start would be to check into Uncle Ruslan’s actual historical relationship with his two nephews. Ruslan Tsarni was quick to go to the media to denounce his young kinsmen as “losers” who had “brought shame” on all Chechens, and to try and separate himself from them. But he was not always so deprecating of the children of his own brother, Anzar Tsarnaev (who is in Dagestan, where he vigorously denies his children’s guilt). In fact, Tsarni himself says it was Tamerlan’s relatively recent reported turn to Islam which led him to cut himself off from his nephew. What their relationship was prior to that is not clear and certainly bears scrutiny.

    Not that I’m expecting some detective to look into all this.

    The FBI, for its part, cannot be trusted here. It’s quite possible, after all, that at least Tamerlan Tsarnaev was set up by a Bureau provocateur in a plot that was meant, like many before it, to be “disrupted” by the FBI but that spiraled out of control (or got taken in a new direction by another agency?). And the Boston Police, meanwhile, have been so wrapped up in their exciting manhunt, and their “lockdown” of an entire city, that they are unlikely to want to ask probing questions about why this bombing happened. They’re too busy basking in uncritical applause from local Bostonians.

    As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he has already endured an unconstitutional 16-hour interrogation by the FBI’s crack interrogation team, the so-called High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, all of it conducted while he was hospitalized in serious condition, sedated and chained to his bed, and despite having his repeated requests for an attorney blatantly denied. He has now furthermore been arraigned for the capital crime of terrorism with a “weapon of mass destruction” for his alleged role in the bombing. Given all this, he is unlikely to tell his real story, at least for public consumption. More likely, he and his legal team will prefer to try and cut some kind of a deal, saying in open court whatever is demanded by prosecutors, in order to have the death penalty taken off the table.

    So we’re left to wonder: why would two intelligent and talented young men with no particular grievances against the United States or the Americans among whom they lived much or most of their lives, have decided to blow up and kill and maim a bunch of mostly young people like themselves in an event that had no political significance?

    There are leaked reports that Dzhokhar, during his FBI interrogation, said he and his brother had been “angry with the US about the Iraq and Afghan wars,” but even if he really did say what the FBI is leaking that he said, there has been nothing reported about their prior histories suggesting that either brother had been particularly exercised about those two actions — no reports for example that Dzhokhar or Tamerlan had ever participated in even one of the anti-war demonstrations which have been commonplace in liberal Boston, or attended the Occupy actions in that city. In fact, if anything, Tamerlan, allegedly the dominant figure of the pair, to the extent that he had been political at all, had seemingly been more focused on the suffering of his native Chechens and fellow Muslims in Russia, which would make an attack on the US a peculiar turn indeed.

    Look, I said before I’m not a conspiracy theory fan, and maybe this bombing in Boston was just a case of two angry young brothers who flipped out, egged each other on, and decided to go out with a bang. But it would be naive and irresponsible not to make note of these bizarre links, through their Uncle Ruslan Tsarni, of the Tsarnaev brothers to the CIA, and of the apparent presence of the Craft International personnel at the marathon finish line, not to mention the uncanny similarity in attire between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the Craft mercenaries at the marathon bombing scene. (Besides, my late father, a retired electrical engineer and a Jungian analyst, used to say that many seeming coincidences are actually synchronicities, and can have much more meaning than simply being a highly improbable accident.) Also begging an answer is the question of where the two brothers, neither of whom had obvious access to wealth, got the money to spend on fancy clothes or, in the case of Tamerlan (who with his wife and small daughter, on the basis of his publicly available information, qualified until this year for welfare assistance), owned a late model Mercedes-Benz sedan.

    These issues demand our attention because our increasingly national security obsessed government has been using each tragedy like this to further curtail our freedoms. We have to pay attention all the more because none of this is being investigated or even reported on at all by the corporate media, which seem content to just report on official statements and leaks and call it a day’s work well done.

  • theunhivedmind

    Tsarnaevs planned Independence Day attack, Dzhokhar tells investigators

    Published time: May 02, 2013 23:27

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, has told FBI interrogators that he and his brother had considered suicide attacks for the Fourth of July, the United States’ Independence Day, before settling on April 15.

    The younger Tsarnaev brother told investigators on April 21, only two days after being captured by police, that the pair’s plans were accelerated after they finished building explosive devices at their Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment faster than they anticipated.

    Law enforcement officials questioned Tsarnaev immediately after he woke up in recovery after suffering gunshot wounds during his capture, according to The New York Times. Investigators then invoked a “public safety exception” to the Miranda Rule, which allowed them to interrogate him without notifying the suspect of his right to remain silent. He was later notified of his Miranda rights by a judge.

    According to Dzhokhar’s account of his plans to investigators, he and his brother chose the finish line of the Boston Marathon as the attack site after looking around Boston for other possible locations.

    The younger Tsarnaev also told investigators that he had watched videos by American jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki with his brother. However, there was no evidence that the Tsarnaevs ever communicated with al-Awlaki, who was killed in September 2011 in a drone strike in Yemen, according to The New York Times.

    The news coincides with the long-awaited release of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body to his family. The body was released by Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday, where it lay since the fatal April 19 shootout with the police, following the events of the attack in Boston.

    A spokesman for the office said the body was claimed by a funeral services company that had been hired by Tsarnaev’s relatives.

    Earlier, three new suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case were taken into custody.

    Nineteen-year-old University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth college students Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos have been accused of interfering with a federal probe into the April 15, 2013, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.

    Investigators say the three students were classmates of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and attempted to hinder an investigation by destroying evidence they uncovered from his UMass-Dartmouth dormitory room three days after the marathon bombing.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar allegedly detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout that followed accompanied by a massive manhunt that put the whole city on lockdown. Dzhokhar was later discovered hiding in boat parked in the backyard of a Franklin Street home.

    Dzhokhar has been formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and has been transferred to Federal Medical Center, Devens outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

  • theunhivedmind

    Explosives residue found in Tsarnaev’s home


    Police investigators have found residue of explosives in the Cambridge, Massachusetts home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, a source told CNN. The residue was located on the kitchen table, the kitchen sink and the bathtub of the home Tsarnaev shared with his wife. Police are following up reports that the Tsarnaev brothers tested the explosives in the home before the terrorist act last month.

  • theunhivedmind

    Elder Tsarnaev’s cause of death: ‘Gunshot wounds and head-torso trauma’

    Published time: May 04, 2013 03:08

    Massachusetts examiners continue to inspect the corpse of Tamerlan Tsarneav, the elder of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, before his body is buried, which could happen as soon as this weekend.

    Tsarnaev’s death certificate lists the cause of death as “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities” as well as “blunt trauma to the head and torso,” according to the Boston Herald. The file has not been submitted to city of Boston but Peter Stefan, the owner of Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worcester, showed the document to media.

    Tsarnaev, 26, was killed after a gunfight with police in the early morning hours of April 19, nearly four days after he and younger brother Dzhokhar are thought to have detonated explosives near the marathon’s finish line. The attack killed three people and injured 264 others.

    It is widely believed that Dzhokar drove over his injured brother in a rush to escape from law enforcement. Tamerlan was pronounced dead at 1:35am on April 19 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    Stefan told reporters that protesters were demonstrating outside the building chanting “USA” and holding signs implying the funeral director, who friends described as a “man of integrity,” was betraying his country by preparing Tsarneav for burial.

    “If somebody dies, I can’t pick and choose,” he said. “I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘What are you doing?’ Somebody murdered their mother. Somebody murdered their child. I don’t bury murderers. I don’t bury terrorists. I bury bodies.”

    Tsarnaev is to undergo a second ‘independent’ autopsy demanded by his relatives as the defense team prepares for trial. a family spokeswoman, Heda Saratova, said.

    Despite suffering a gunshot wound to the neck the younger Tsarneav is now able to speak and has been interacting with staff at Federal Medical Center Devens, a prison spokesman said earlier this week.

    “A second autopsy doesn’t take long,” Stefan said. “It’s fairly common. You see it a lot with car crashes…My main thing is looking for a cemetery. I’ve been making calls. I’ve been turned down by every one of them. All these people are petrified.”

    Tamerlan lived roughly 40 miles away from the funeral home where his body was prepared for burial this week, in a house on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, with his wife and child.

  • theunhivedmind

    Family struggles to find place to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    Published time: May 06, 2013 16:33

    US cemeteries are rejecting the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, citing protests and the prospect of unwanted media attention as the cause.

    Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, traveled north from his home in Maryland in order to lay the body of his deceased nephew to rest. Tsarni and three of his friends washed and shrouded Tsarnaev’s body in line with Muslim tradition, and planned to bury it in Massachusetts.

    But “no one wants to associate their names with such evil events”, Tsarni told AP, while describing his struggle in finding a burial plot for his nephew.

    “Rest in hell! Get that trash out of the city!” passer-byes yelled Monday morning, as they walked past the funeral home where Tsarnaev’s body is held.

    Peter Stefan, the owner of the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors, is holding onto the body and is trying to help the family, but says he has been unable to find any cemeteries that would sell a plot to them. He said he will now ask cemeteries with areas designated for Muslims, as well as the city of Cambridge.

    But at this point, Tsarni “just wants a burial. It doesn’t have to be a Muslim grave. That’s how far along we are,” he told the Boston Herald.

    Stefan’s involvement has triggered protests outside of his Worcester funeral home. People have called him “un-American” for handling the burial, which the funeral director says he has a professional obligation to do.

    “We take an oath to do this. Can I pick and choose? No. Can I separate the sins from the sinners? No,” he told reporters. “We are burying a dead body. That’s what we do.”

    Protesters held American flags and signs and chanted “USA!” outside of the funeral home this past weekend.

    “Bury this terrorist on US soil and we will unbury him,” read a sign held by one of the protesters that gathered in Worcestor on Sunday.

    “Throw him off a boat like Osama bin Laden!” a man yelled while protesting on Saturday.

    “Do not bury him on US soil,” read another sign.

    Although Stefan said he would talk to Cambridge city officials about burying Tsarnaev in a city-owned cemetery, he is unlikely to strike a deal. Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy on Sunday warned Tsarnaev’s family not to request a burial permit in the city, since Cambridge would be “adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests and widespread media presence at such an Interment.”

    “The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment,” Healy said. He explained that the families of those who are buried in the cemetery deserve peace and quiet. If Tsarnaev were to be buried in Cambridge, it would attract media attention and protests that would rob the cemetery of its tranquility.

    Appearing on “Good Morning America” on Saturday, Stefan said he looked for plots as far as New Jersey and Connecticut, but had no luck out-of-state.

    Tsarni told reporters that he understands why cemeteries refuse to accept his nephew’s body, but that he is “dealing with logistics” in trying to put Tsarnaev’s body to rest.

    “A dead person must be buried,” he said.

    Tsarni has publicly denounced the actions of his nephews and said they brought shame to the family and the Chechen people. He stepped up to bury the young man’s body since no one else would do it. On Sunday, he emerged wearily from the funeral home after washing and wrapping Tsarnaev’s body, as called for by Muslim tradition.

    But with no luck finding a plot for Tsarnaev in the US, the body might be sent to Russia. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the bombing suspects, on Sunday called Stefan “in tears”, asking for the body to be sent “home” to Chechnya, the Boston Herald reports.

    “I have refrigeration. I can hold him for a long time,” Stefan said. “It’d be a great idea if we could send him to Russia, but I would have to have [permission] from the State Department. This is a national security situation. We can’t just send a body over like we’re dumping it.”

    Stefan said he would even pay for the body’s transportation himself, since “it’s only a couple thousand dollars” and that it needs to be buried. Tsarnaev’s body has been cleansed per Muslim tradition by Tsarnaev’s uncle, and is wrapped in shrouds and ready to be shipped or interred.

    “My question is, is someone going to do something once I get him there?” he said. “No [going] back and forth and [holding] him there because he’s a terrorist or whatever. That day, have a service, a burial and end it. This is becoming an international political football.”

    Massachussetts governor Deval Patrick said on Monday morning the state does not plan to intervene in the matter

    “This isn’t a state or a federal issue; it’s the family’s issue,” the governor told reporters in New Bedford. “And the family has some options. I assume they will make a decision soon. I hope they do. I think everybody is feeling upset about what happened. But we showed the world in the immediate aftermath of the attacks what a civilization looks like, and I’m proud of what we showed and I think we continue to do that by stepping back and let the family make their decisions,” he added.

  • theunhivedmind

    Tsarnaev classmate Robel Phillipos released on bail

    Published time: May 06, 2013 18:34

    One of the three men charged last week with crimes connected to the Boston Marathon has been released from federal custody.

    Robel Phillipos, 19, was released Monday on $100,000 bond and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet while under house arrest awaiting trial, WCVB News’ Kelley Tuthill reported from Boston, Massachusetts.

    Phillipos was charged last week with making false statements to investigators and faces up to eight years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

    Authorities say Phillipos misled investigators during the probe that was launched in the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 bombings that killed three and injured more than 200 others. Phillipos was an acquaintance of accused bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, also 19, and according to investigators he and two other classmates visited the suspect’s University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room mere hours after the police published images of two men thought to be responsible for the terrorist attack.

    After the Federal Bureau of Investigation released surveillance cameras photos on April 18 of two suspects, Phillipos reportedly called classmate Dias Kadyrbayev and told him to turn on the news “because one of the suspects in the Marathon bombing suspect looked familiar.” Shortly after, the two men and colleague Azamat Tazhayakov went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Tsarnaev never returned to campus that night and the following morning the students learned that his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed following a firefight with police.

    Phillipos spoke with FBI investigators four times in the aftermath of Tsarnaev’s death, starting with a first meeting on April 19. It wasn’t until one week later on April 26, however, did he admit to stopping by the surviving brother’s dorm room and seeing what he described as “seven red tubular fireworks” in Tsarnaev’s backpack.

    According to investigators, Kadyrbayev disposed of the backpack, the firework remnants and a laptop in a nearby dumpster on the night of April 18. Police recovered the evidence from a Boston-area dump more than one week later.

    In court papers filed over the weekend by Phillipos’ attorneys, they asked the court to release him on bond because he had nothing to do with the attack itself and had been “frightened and confused” under questioning from investigators.

    “This case is about a frightened and confused 19-year-old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel, and in the context of one of the worst attacks against the nation,” the lawyers wrote.

    Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov remain in federal custody after being charged last week with conspiracy to obstruct a police investigation. Dzokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty if convicted.

  • theunhivedmind

    Alleged Boston Bomber’s classmate, accused of ‘lying’ to police, asks for release

    Published time: May 05, 2013 17:37

    The 19 year-old student accused of repeatedly misleading the police about visiting the dorm room of suspected Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has asked to be released from jail, claiming he has nothing to do with last month’s terrorist attack.

    Robel Phillipos will go before a judge in the U.S. District Court next week, over police allegations that he visited the younger Tsarnaev brother’s lodgings at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (where he was also a student) three days after the Boston Marathon Bombing, and later denied this on three separate occasions when questioned by the police.

    The defense is not disputing that Phillipos was present in Tsarnaev’s room, but says the visit and his subsequent statements have to be viewed against the background of mitigating conditions.

    “This case is about a frightened and confused 19 year old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel, and in the context of one of the worst attacks against the nation,” wrote lawyers Derege Demissie and Susan Church.

    “The weight of the federal government under such circumstances can have a devastatingly crushing effect on the ability of an adolescent to withstand the enormous pressure and respond rationally.”

    If convicted of obstruction of justice, Phillipos, a naturalized Ethiopian immigrant, could face up to eight years in jail, as well as a fine of $250,000.

    Two other classmates of the Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who is currently recuperating in a prison hospital, Kazakhs Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, were also arrested last week for a conspiracy to obstruct the police investigation. Detectives say that in the aftermath of the bombing the two removed Tsarnaev’s laptop and a backpack containing fireworks from his room, and destroyed them. Phillipos was also present, but it is not clear whether he played an important role in hatching the disposal plan (Phillipos previously said that the two were communicating in Russian, which he does not understand).

    His lawyers say he did not.

    “Phillipos is not charged with having any knowledge whatsoever of the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013, or with helping the surviving suspect after the incident. Nor is there any allegation that Mr. Phillipos removed, tampered with, or destroyed any potential evidence after the bombing,” say his lawyers.

    In fact, Phillipos had taken academic leave as of September last year to care of his ill mother, and his team insists that he only came to campus “by coincidence” for a one-off seminar, before encountering Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov.

    Phillipos’ lawyers have asked the judge to place him under house arrest with a GPS tag and a third-party monitor, as he fights any further charges related to the homemade explosives attack which killed three and injured over 260 people.

    “We mourned for those who lost their lives and prayed for the injured,” Genet Bekele, Phillipos’ mother, stated in the court filing.

    “My son wants nothing more than the opportunity to clear his name.”

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    Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body buried – police

    Published time: May 09, 2013 15:42

    Worcester police have announced that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body was “entombed,” ending confusion about how to lay Tsarnaev to rest, as his body remained unburied for three weeks amid mixed public reaction.

    Through help from a “courageous and compassionate individual,” it was possible to properly bury Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with officers on April 19, local police said in a statement. Authorities connected the unnamed individual to their “public appeal for help,” they said.

    “His body is no longer in the city of Worcester and is now entombed,” the statement said, without specifying where Tsarnaev had been buried.

    Many US cemeteries had refused to accept the bombing suspect’s remains over fears of bad publicity.

    While some reacted by bashing Tsarnaev – some went as far as holding a protest against burying “this terrorist on American soil” – others questioned the morality of the vitriolic outbursts. The public resistance to Tsarnaev’s burial was unprecedented in recent US history, with criminals such as Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza buried without protest.

    Tsarnaev’s body was released by the state medical examiner on May 1, with his death certificate listing the cause of death as “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities,” as well as “blunt trauma to the head and torso.” Tsarnaev was killed four days after he and his younger brother Dzhokhar allegedly detonated explosives near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The attack killed three people and injured 264 others.

    Meanwhile, the surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that his sister-in-law, Katherine Russell, “played no role in the April 15 blasts,” NBC said quoting a federal law enforcement official.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Russell is still under scrutiny of federal authorities, who are pushing for “as much information as possible regarding whether the bombing suspects had ties to a terrorism network or accomplices working domestically or abroad,” according to legal experts quoted by AP.

    Russell’s attorney Amato DeLuca on Wednesday said she hired a criminal lawyer Joshua Dratel, who previously has previously defended terrorism suspects. His “unique, specialized experience” will help ensure that Russell “can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible,” DeLuca added in a statement, stressing that her client will continue to meet with investigators.

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    ‘Our homeland defense system failed’ – Congress holds first hearing on Boston bombing

    Published time: May 09, 2013 16:41

    Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis entertained questions from the United States House Committee on Homeland Security Thursday morning as lawmakers learn if last month’s terrorist attack could have been prevented.

    Authorities attribute three casualties and more than 260 injuries to a pair of ethnic Chechens brothers accused of detonating explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month in the state of Massachusetts. But as investigators learn that the Tsarnaev family raised international red flags in the years before the April 15 tragedy, congressional leaders are looking to see what could have been done to thwart the attack.

    Investigators say 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar plotted the attack and intended to detonate more explosives in New York City if they could ever made it out of Massachusetts. During the Thursday morning hearing, Commissioner Davis was grilled over what the city of Boston — as well as state and national law enforcement — could have done to curb plots to terrorize the citizens of both cities.

    Davis said the Boston Marathon bombing created “the most complex crime scene we ever processed in the city.”

    In a statement published before the testimony began, the commissioner advocated for having more resources that might be able to give law enforcement the upper-hand in instances where future plots are being hatched. Ultimately it was footage of the Tsarnaev brothers caught on surveillance cameras that led authorities to identify them as suspects in the bombing, and many have made a push in the weeks since to increase the number of cameras across the city. Speaking to the committee on Thursday, Davis suggested he stands in line with this take but does have reservations about what it could lead to.

    “I strongly support the enhanced ability to monitor public places,” Davis said. “This monitoring . . . violates no constitutionally protected rights but gives police the ability to investigate and effectively prosecute. Images from cameras do not lie. They do not forget.”

    But in the wake of what unfolded in his city last month, civil liberty proponents have condemned the response in Boston and elsewhere. Davis’ city was placed on lock-down after the bombings during a manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, and heavily armed police conducted warrantless searches of homes across the region. Coupled with calls for increased surveillance, critics have blasted Boston’s response and have warned of what could come next.

    “I do not endorse actions that move Boston and our nation into a police-state mentality, with surveillance cameras attached to every light pole in the city,” Davis added with his statement.

    Elsewhere in the hearing, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security Kurt N. Schwartz said Boston’s transit and traffic cameras are already linked to “a quite complex, sophisticated system,” but that admission didn’t deter members of the House from inquiring about other means of foiling future plots.

    Joe Lieberman, a former Independent senator from Connecticut and co-architect of the US Department of Homeland Security, opined at the hearing that the DHS was designed after the September 11 terrorist attacks essentially to prevent events like Boston from ever unfolding.

    “Though it would not have been easy, it was possible to prevent the terrorist attacks in Boston,” Lieberman said.

    The former senator took several opportunities throughout the hearing to offer criticism aimed at the DHS. “To put it bluntly, our homeland defense system failed in Boston,” he said in a statement offered before he took the microphone.

    Of particular concern, he would later explain, was how information sharing between agencies didn’t occur to a degree that ended with Tamerlan Tsarnaev being detained, or even deported, after Russian intelligence notified the US Federal Bureau of Investigation about him years before the attack.

    “Why didn’t the [Department of Homeland Security] notify the FBI and the Boston JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] when its system ‘pinged’ that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had left America for Russia on his way to Dagestan?” Lieberman asked.

    But while Lieberman suggested that US agencies didn’t do their job properly, he had powerful words for Moscow too. “It could be that the most consequential failure to share information was the failure of the Russian intelligence to explain in more detail to us why they were interested in Tamerlan Tsarnaev,” he said.

    “I’m agitated by,” he said, “why nobody was particularly looking for the name Tamerlan Tsarnaev by the time he came back.”

    “Someone should have been on him,” he said.

    Commissioner Davis admitted during the hearing that the FBI failed to inform the Boston Police Department about the Tsarnaev family despite Russian intelligence issuing a warning to the US.

    When Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) asked, “Were you aware of Russian intelligence warning?” the police chief responded that he was “not in fact informed of that particular development.”

    “[W]e would have liked to know,” Davis said.

    “The whole point of the fusion centers and the Joint Terrorism Task Forces is to share information,” McCaul said. “The whole idea of information not shared defies why we even have a Homeland Security Department in the first place.”

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    ‘Mounting evidence’ links Tsarnaev brothers to earlier triple homicide

    Published time: May 10, 2013 19:06

    There is “mounting evidence” which suggests that Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were involved in an unsolved triple homicide in 2011, according to Massachusetts investigators.

    Forensic evidence from the crime scene matched the brothers’ DNA, and cell phone records put them in the area of the murders on the date they occurred, officials told ABC News.

    In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, authorities in Middlesex County began to investigate the link between Tamerlan and Brendan Mess – one of the three men killed in the triple homicide.

    Mess and two other men were found in a Waltham, Massachusetts residence with their throats slit and their bodies covered with marijuana on September 11, 2011. Tamerlan and Mess were once roommates and practiced boxing and martial arts together.

    The officials stressed that until more definitive DNA testing is complete, it is still too early to bring an indictment against the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar.

    The cold case was made active again once the victims’ family and friends saw the Tsarnaev brothers’ photos in the media. It was then that they were reminded of Tamerlan’s behavior after the murders. He did not attend Mess’ funeral and disappeared from the martial arts gym where the men had sparred together.

    A spokesperson for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan declined to comment on the brothers’ possible involvement. Miriam Conrad, one of the attorneys representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also declined to comment through her legal assistant.

    Tamerlan, the deceased suspect, was buried in a Virginia cemetery, according to a death certificate released Friday. The document says that he was shot by police before being run over and dragged by a motor vehicle.

    The cause of death was gunshot wounds of the torso and extremities and blunt trauma to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at 1:35am on April 19.

    The news comes after a week of protests outside the funeral home which was keeping his body. The funeral home struggled to find a cemetery to accept the suspect’s body.

    He has been buried at Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, imam of the Virginia Islamic Center, Ammar Amonette, told Reuters. He added that he disapproved of the decision to bury Tamerlan at the Muslim cemetery.

    “It was done by individuals without our knowledge or consent…we are quite upset. It’s affected thousands of Muslims and we were not consulted. It has nothing to do with us,” he said.

    Tamerlan’s younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, is being held in a prison west of Boston after being charged with crimes which carry the death penalty. The bombings killed three people and injured 264 others on April 18.

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    Boston police spied on Occupy protesters instead of investigating Tsarnaevs

    Published time: May 10, 2013 21:04

    Authorities in Massachusetts were never told the Russian government warned the United States of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but investigators were largely preoccupied with another problem at the time: protesters.

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a probe into Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago on the recommendation of Moscow, but closed their case without concluding he posed any threat — and without warning officials local to Boston that a suspected radical extremist was residing in their town. On the other hand, evidence has proved that a Boston police counterterror intelligence unit spent a significant amount of time and money in 2011 using a US Department of Homeland Security-funded fusion center to spy on and monitor protest groups, including Occupy Wall Street offshoots and anti-war demonstrators.

    On Thursday, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis admitted to a congressional panel that federal agents failed to warn his department of Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who died last month during a firefight with police. Investigators believe he orchestrated a terror plot during the April 15 race with the help of his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has since been apprehended, charged and confined to a federal facility.

    Hours after Davis told lawmakers “we would have liked to know” about the Russian tip-off, NBC News national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff accused the FBI and DHS for failing to do their job, all the while concentrating their resources on a campaign to investigate peaceful demonstrators.

    Last October, the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts published a trove of documents confirming that the Boston Police Department spied on protesters and even relied on their local federally-funded fusion centers to further their probe.

    “[O]fficers assigned to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center [BRIC] at the Boston Police Department are collecting and keeping information about constitutionally protected speech and political activity,” the ACLU announced at the time.

    “What’s happening in this city is really disturbing, and if you talk to activists who have been out on the streets protesting war for 10 years, protesting on behalf of immigrants’ rights or workers’ rights, they will tell you that this is not a surprise,” Kade Crockford of the ACLU told RT then. “The Boston Police Department has clearly been monitoring political speech for some time in this city.”

    This week, Isikoff calls into question why that conduct was approved of but an investigation into Tsarnaev was not.

    “The police monitoring of the activities of Occupy Boston — an off-shoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests that swept the country in 2011 — came during a period after the U.S. government received the second of two warnings from the Russian government about the radical Islamic ties of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev,” he wrote.

    In fact, Isikoff goes on to note that Boston police actually investigated protesters — not potential terrorists — hours after US intelligence was warned of Tsarnaev for a second time.

    “The internal police documents about the activities of the BRIC show that on Sept. 30, 2011 — just two days after the second Russian warning about Tsarnaev was sent to the CIA — the Boston police unit was focused on an upcoming ‘Take Back Boston Rally’ planned for the city’s Dewey Square,” he wrote.

    In the wake of last month’s tragedy, lawmakers across the country have requested more counterterrorism resources, particularly surveillance cameras, in hopes of deterring future attacks. Those tools were already plentiful and available to law enforcement, though, and have been since the DHS began erecting fusion centers during the George W. Bush presidency.

    Days after the marathon, the president of the National Fusion Center Association Mike Pena began a statement to the media writing, “I want to tell the nation about the hard work that our fusion centers do every day to protect citizens across the United States.”

    The BRIC facility in Massachusetts, Pena said, was “doing everything possible to support the analysis and processing of information related to the investigation.” If they had acted earlier on Russia’s warning, though — and not targeted protesters — the bombing might not have even happened. Instead, wrote Isikoff, US homeland security grants were being used to monitor protesters, “including tracking the Facebook pages and websites of the protesters and writing reports on the potential impact on ‘commercial and financial sector assets’ in downtown areas.”

    Previously, Massachusetts State Police spokesperson David Procopio told the Boston Globe that his agency — which oversees the BRIC — was left in the dark when Russia warned of Tsarnaev.

    “We were not privy to the tip,’’ he admitted. “They didn’t share that information with us.”

    “Without that information, the Fusion Center was never in a position to help federal authorities connect the dots on a potentially dangerous person,” explained the Globe.

    Days before the ACLU published their filings last October, a Senate subcommittee published a 141-page report on fusion centers that made a case for shutting down the facilities and saving an estimated $1.4 billion.

    “The Subcommittee’s investigation could not verify that the statutory basis for DHS’ involvement in fusion centers – to strengthen federal counterterrorism efforts – was reflected in the department’s efforts. Congress should require DHS to conform its efforts to match its counterterrorism statutory purpose, or redefine DHS’ fusion center mission,” the committee wrote. Elsewhere, lawmakers said the only thing fusion centers seemed to do right as collect “a bunch of crap.”

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    On the April 29,2013 broadcast of The Infowars Nightly News, David Knight speaks with Sibel Edmonds of boilingfrogspost.com about the CIA Gladio connections to the Boston Bombing. News Covered: Multiple Polls: Americans Are More Afraid of the GOVERNMENT than TERRORISTS. Police State Euphemism: “Shelter In Place”. Misha the Radicalizer Story Hits a Speed Bump. The More Illegal Immigrants That Go On Food Stamps The More Money JP Morgan Makes. Bilderberg Sleuth Jim Tucker Dead at 78. A look back at the Day of The Boston Bombing with Dan Bidondi.

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    CNN Calls for Real-time Police State Surveillance

    Kurt Nimmo
    May 13, 2013

    The establishment media is calling for the implementation of Big Brother technology following the Boston bombing last month.

    In order to prevent terrorist attacks, CNN argues, there must be real-time surveillance cameras planted everywhere. Panopticon technology is required if we are to expect government to protect us from terrorists and other miscreants, the corporate media network says.

    In April, CNN dismissed privacy and civil liberty concerns and argued that “facial-recognition software and other technologies are making security-camera images more valuable to law enforcement. Now, software can automatically mine surveillance footage for information, such as a specific person’s face, and create a giant searchable database.”

    CNN says video surveillance is “less intrusive” and “much more pleasant” than pat-downs and other in-your-face Gestapo tactics. “When combined with competent law enforcement, surveillance cameras are more effective, less intrusive, less psychologically draining, and much more pleasant than these alternatives,” writes Heather Kelly.

    CNN insists the Tsarnaev brothers became suspects after they were identified on surveillance camera footage.

    The government, however, has yet to convulsively prove that the brothers were anything but average spectators at a sporting event. Not one image of the brothers placing a backpack supposedly containing a pressure cooker bomb has been produced by the government. We are simply expected to believe the brothers placed the bomb despite a complete lack of evidence.

    Before demanding we surrender what remains of our privacy to the state and its intrusive surveillance technology, CNN – itself a tool of military intelligence – should insist the FBI and the government provide conclusive evidence that the Tsarnaev brothers actually placed the bombs in Boston.

    The government has not released video evidence because none actually exists. Teenager Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is an obvious patsy who will be used like Timothy McVeigh for government propaganda designed to further diminish the Bill of Rights and provide an excuse to build the sort of pervasive Big Brother panopticon CNN eagerly argues for.

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    Wig-wearing ‘CIA spy’ in Russia ‘was investigating Boston bombings’

    The alleged CIA spy caught red-handed by Russia was likely interested in obtaining information about the Boston bombing suspects, whose origins were in the Russian Caucasus, it has been reported.

    10:02AM BST 15 May 2013

    The Kommersant daily said it was probable that the suspected agent Ryan Fogle – officially a diplomat – was looking for information on the Tsarnaev brothers, who are alleged to have carried out the Marathon bombings.

    It linked the Mr Fogle’s capture, which threatens to further stress ties between Washington and Moscow, to a trip that a US delegation made to Dagestan in April in coordination with the Russian authorities to investigate the blasts.

    Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev travelled to the region of Dagestan in 2012 and US authorities are eager to see if he built up contacts there with the local Islamist underground.

    “It is likely that during the trip in April the US side obtained the phone numbers of (Russian) Federal Security Service (FSB) agents,” said Kommersant, which is known for its contacts in the security service and foreign ministry.

    “Clearly, they then decided to use it to have personal contacts with anti-terror agents, given that the exchange of information in the form of question and answers between special services is not always quick and smooth,” it said.

    The April 15 bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during the search for the bombers but his younger brother Dzhokhar has now been charged over the bombings.

    Last night, Russia ordered the expulsion of Mr Fogle following a high-profile sting operation in which the diplomat was apparently caught red-handed trying to recruit a Russian source with a million-dollar-a-year reward.

    In an operation that bore all the hallmarks of a Cold War spy thriller, Russian state television showed the moment that Mr Fogle – whose official role is as a third secretary from the political section of the US embassy in Moscow – was jumped by agents from the Federal Security Service (FSB).

    Wigs and spying gadgets carried by a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle (AFP)

    After the FSB showed off a ‘spy kit’ including wigs, sunglasses, cash, a compass and an incriminating letter offering a fortune for further information, the Russian Foreign ministry called the US actions as a “provocation in the spirit of the Cold War”.

    In a move apparently designed to maximise embarrassment, Russia released photographs of Mr Fogle sitting disconsolately in FSB custody along with his official US embassy ID card, before he was released and ordered to leave Moscow immediately.

    The episode comes as US-Russian relations – long strained by Moscow’s anti-American posturing – appeared to be warming slightly, leading to speculation that the highly publicised arrest was a move by Kremlin hawks to stop even a partial rapprochement.

    Today, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman described the incident as an impediment to relations. In the first Kremlin comment on the detention and expulsion of the diplomat, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass news agency that the incident was regretful. But he did not threaten any further action over the incident.

    Last month both countries’ intelligence agencies co-operated over the Boston bombings, while last week John Kerry, the US secretary of state, secured an agreement to cooperate in organising a peace conference over the civil war in Syria.

    The ID of a man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle (AP)

    Nonetheless, Russia’s foreign ministry said Mr Fogle was a CIA operative who been detained with a “classic spy arsenal” and his actions “raised serious questions for the American side”.

    “At a time when our presidents have confirmed their readiness to widen bilateral cooperation, including between special services in the struggle against international terrorism, such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War don’t help to strengthen mutual trust,” the ministry said.

    The unveiling of their ‘catch’ appeared to be timed for maximum impact, breaking simultaneously across all arms of state media just as Michael McFaul, the US ambassador to Moscow, was beginning a question and answer session on Twitter.

    Mr McFaul declined to comment on the arrest and has been summoned to a meeting at the foreign ministry on Wednesday over the incident. The White House and the CIA referred questions to the State Department where a spokesman confirmed only that “an officer at our US Embassy in Moscow was briefly detained and was released.”

    A man claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle sits in the FSB offices in Moscow Photo: AP

    The FSB alleged that Mr Fogle was trying to recruit a member of the Russian special services, as he was detained carrying a wad of 500-euro notes and a letter that offered $100,000 (£65,000) for an initial meeting and “up to $1m per year for long-term cooperation, with extra bonuses for information that will help us”.

    Kommersant noted that the payment allegedly promised was unusually high. “The CIA needed the (Russian) anti-terror agent after the terror attack in the Boston Marathon,” it said.

    The FSB claimed at first it “didn’t believe” that Mr Fogle had tried to recruit a Russian officer – an experienced anti-terrorism official working on the violence-stricken North Caucasus – because of current collaboration between the FBI and the FSB over the Boston bombings.

    However security experts and a former CIA official with long experience in counter-terrorism both said that parts of the FSB’s claims did not ring true.

    Aki Peritz, a former CIA official and counter-terrorism analyst, said: “Just the amounts of money here suggest there is something a bit fishy going on. You have to ask if this was all a set up?

    “Moscow is the toughest, most saturated counter-intelligence environment in the world. It doesn’t feel right that he’s carrying wigs, a bundle of money, a compass, two pairs of sunglasses – at night – and a letter that all screams ‘I’m a spy’.

    “Maybe he [Fogle] was a young case officer who’s been under surveillance for some time, but you do get the feeling perhaps that the Russians are trying a bit too hard with this.”

    Mark Galeotti, a security and espionage expert at New York University, also said it was possible the FSB had caught a low-level CIA operative and then decided to “ice the cake” by furnishing him with a “1970s spy kit and a $1m letter”.

    “I’m sure the way Russia is handling this was a political decision made at or near the top,” he said in a telephone interview. “Part of this is a message to the United States saying, ‘don’t take us for granted’. But mostly, this is a message for the internal constituency.

    “It feeds into a Russian narrative that says, ‘yes, of course, we will deal with the West because it’s pragmatic to do so, but you have to understand the extent to which we are constantly under siege in a hidden campaign against us by the West, and that’s why we need a strong hand in the Kremlin.”

    Once headed by Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin, the FSB is well known for using spy stings or smears of foreign diplomats to fit the agenda of political masters.

    A British diplomat in Yekaterinburg, James Hudson, was forced to resign in 2009 after he was secretly filmed – probably by the Russian security services – visiting a brothel.

    The same year, footage of Kyle Hatcher, a US diplomat in Moscow, was released on the internet which allegedly showed him with a prostitute. That came shortly after Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev had met and agreed to “reset” the relationship between the Kremlin and the White House.

    A “spy rock” used by MI6 to contact agents in Moscow was uncovered in 2006, in a scandal used by the Kremlin to discredit British support for human rights groups.

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    Bloody confession: Tsarnaev ‘wrote note’ inside boat prior to arrest

    Published time: May 16, 2013 14:02

    Battered and bloody, Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly scrawled a confession inside the hull of a boat police found him in after a day-long manhunt. The note says the April marathon bombing was revenge for US actions against Muslims.

    The confession specifically named US military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq as motives for the attack, and called the Boston Marathon bombing victims ‘collateral damage’ in the same vein that Muslim civilians had been killed in American led wars, CBS news reports.

    “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” the note allegedly added.

    Dzhokhar reportedly declared he did not mourn the death of his older brother Tamerlan – the other suspect in the bombings, who died from injured received during a shootout with police – saying he was already a martyr in paradise. Dzhokhar added that he expected to join his brother in the afterlife.

    Law enforcement sources told the network the wall the note had been scribbled on was riddled with bullet holes. Police unloaded a volley of shots after Dzhokhar lifted up the tarpaulin, claiming they feared he had another bomb.

    He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was severely bleeding from injuries to his left ear, neck and thigh. Initial reports said his neck wound was possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a botched suicide attempt, though it was later revealed that Dzhokhar was unarmed when captured in Suburban Watertown Massachusetts on April 19.

    His arrest followed a massive manhunt which brought the greater Boston area to a standstill.

    Police say the contents of the confession mirror many of the things he communicated to investigators while recovering from his injuries at a hospital several days later. The confession will be admissible in court.

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is currently convalescing in a federal prison hospital in Massachusetts and has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the deadly attack which killed three people and injured 264 near the marathon finish line on April 15.

    If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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    Boston Fire Chief accused of incompetence in wake of marathon bombing

    Published time: May 15, 2013 19:29

    Boston Fire Chief Steve Abraira has been condemned by 13 out of 14 of his deputies, who are calling for his immediate termination for his “indefensible” leadership during the Boston Marathon bombings.

    In a letter of “no confidence” sent to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the 13 deputies accuse their chief of failing to take command of the Boyston Street bombing site, leaving the task fully to his inferiors while he stood idly by.

    The deputies also allege that in another instance where they were responding to a six-alarm fire, they witnessed their boss standing on a rooftop and watching. Instead of directing the response to the fire, the chief was allegedly taking photos of himself with flames in the background for “his scrapbook”.

    “His justification for failing to take action is indefensible,” the deputies wrote in the April 26 letter, which the Boston Globe obtained. “…You can unequivocally consider this letter a vote of no confidence in Chief Abraira.”

    The deputy chiefs argue that after the Boston Marathon attack, Abraira uselessly stood by as a spectator while the rest of the fire crew was “heavily involved” in the scene, searching the area for suspicious packages, additional explosives, and checking buildings for structural damage.

    The deputies claim that Abraira frequently “shields himself from immediate accountability while setting the stage for undermining the confidence and authority of his command staff. While acknowledging his ultimate accountability for department operations, he avoids on-the-scene responsibility.”

    In an interview with the Globe, Abraira denied the allegations, claiming he responded appropriately at the bombing sites. He said that chiefs are not required to take command of a scene, according to information he obtained from other big city fire departments.

    “When I got there I was comfortable with what was going on,” he said. “…The nationally accepted practice is that you only take command [as chief] if there’s something going wrong or if you can strengthen the command position or if it’s overwhelming for the incident commander, and none of those things were in fact happening.”

    Abraira also denied having ever taken pictures of himself while neglecting his duties, calling the accusation “just crazy”. He contended that his deputies are protesting his leadership because he came from outside the department. Abraira previously led the Dallas fire department and served as an assistant fire chief in Miami.

    A spokeswoman for the mayor said she has “full confidence in [Fire] Commissioner [Roderick] Fraser to do what’s best for the department.” Neither Fraser nor the mayor’s office publicly commented on the letter sent by the 13 fire chief deputies.

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    22 May 2013 Last updated at 17:59

    Boston bomb investigators kill Florida man

    A Florida man was shot and killed when he became violent while being questioned by Boston bombing investigators, FBI officials say.

    The shooting took place early on Wednesday in Orlando as officials quizzed 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev.

    The FBI initially said their agent had killed Todashev, but an updated statement left unclear the question of who had fired the deadly shot.

    Two Massachusetts State Police officers were also in the room, the FBI said.

    The FBI agent was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and an agency team has been dispatched to review the shooting, standard procedure in such cases.

    Police have blocked off the apartment complex where the Chechen immigrant was shot.
    ‘Martial arts fighter’

    In a statement, the FBI said the agent, as well as “two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel”, were interviewing Todashev when “a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual”.
    Police mugshot of Ibragim Todashev after his arrest on suspicion of assault on 4 May 2013 Ibragim Todashev was arrested this month after a row over a parking spot

    “During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries.”

    In an earlier statement, an FBI spokesman had said “the [FBI] Special Agent, acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual, responded with deadly force”.

    US media reported that Todashev had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen Boston bombings suspect killed in a shootout with police days after last month’s deadly marathon blasts.

    Public records also show Todashev – who was reportedly a mixed-martial arts fighter – lived in Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, last year.

    A friend of the dead man, Khusen Taramov, told Florida News 13 that the FBI had begun questioning and following Todashev soon after the Boston bombings.

    Mr Taramov was quoted as saying: “One day they started questioning us, next day after the bombing, not the bombing, after they found out the bombers were Chechnyans, and they started following us, watching us.”

    He told the news station that the FBI had pressured Todashev into cancelling a plane ticket to Chechnya that he bought before the Boston bombings.

    The Associated Press news agency meanwhile reports that Todashev was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of assault, after a dispute over a parking spot at an Orlando shopping centre.

    Todashev put a man in hospital with facial injuries during the fracas, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Boston Marathon blasts killed three people and injured 264 others on 15 April.

    Tsarnaev’s brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is being held in a prison hospital after being shot before capture. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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    ‘Never in his life would he attack anyone unprovoked’ – Todashev’s father

    Published time: May 22, 2013 21:02

    An FBI agent shot Tamerlan Tsarnaev-linked triple murder suspect Ibragim Todashev in Florida, allegedly after the suspect attacked him with a knife. But Todashev’s father Abdulbaki told RT he strongly doubted his son could attack the agent first.

    Following reports that a Chechen man Ibragim Todashev, suspected in a 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts alongside the elder Tsarnaev and questioned about the Boston bombings previously, was shot by an FBI agent during interrogation in Orlando, Florida, RT had a phone conversation with the suspect’s father.

    The elder Todashev described his son as “a very calm” man, who wouldn’t become aggressive for no reason.

    “Never in his life would he attack anyone unprovoked,” Abdulbaki Todashev stressed.

    Abdulbaki, who lives in Grozny, Chechnya, said he was not contacted by anyone from the US, and his only sources about Ibragim’s fate were neighbors citing media agencies.

    Having heard the reports that Ibragim was questioned by a group of people, including several policemen, Abdulbaki also said he does not believe he would rush to engage in a one-sided fight.

    He explained that his 27-year-old son studied in the Russian city of Saratov, and later in Grozny, but decided to give up his education and move to the US after going on a student internship there.

    Ibragim decided to leave for Florida because he “liked America,” Abdulbaki explained, adding he never got to know what occupation, if any, his son had in the US, other than practicing sports.

    Abdulbaki said they were not acquainted with the Tsarnaev family at home in Chechnya. Ibragim knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev only because they went to the same gym when he stayed in Boston, he added.

    Ibragim “couldn’t take part” in the Boston Marathon bombings as he was undergoing a surgical operation on his tendons in Florida days before the bombings and “had to learn how to walk again,” the father said.

    Todashev’s friend Kushen Taramov said he and Ibragim had been interrogated about the bombings earlier this week.

    But reports said that on Wednesday the investigators were questioning Todashev over his alleged role in an unsolved 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts, which the bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been implicated in, and that he was ready to sign a confession.

    Todashev allegedly took out a knife and attacked the FBI agent questioning him, but was shot to death.

    Taramov said Ibragim was going to fly back home to Chechnya, but the FBI insisted that he postpone his trip for “one last” interview. Abdulbaki also knew that his son was flying to Grozny on May 24.

  • theunhivedmind

    Boston and the CIA ‘Snafu’: The grey eminence behind Turkey’s Erdogan and AKP

    F. William Engdahl
    May 25, 2013

    Graham Fuller (foreground) and Turkish Muslim guru Fetullah Gülen who has dark ties to CIA and fanatical Jihadist groups worldwide.

    The open press statement of denial by senior reportedly former CIA official Graham Fuller in April of a link between the Boston Bombings and the CIA, labeling the reports “absurd,” may go down in history as one of the worst intelligence blunders [1] in the past century. The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

    The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers [2] opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

    A deeper look into Fuller’s role reveals him to be a key figure in what FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds terms American Deep State rogues. Edmonds worked as an FBI translator from Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi languages during and after September 11, 2001 when she uncovered damning email and other evidence of criminal networks linking the actors of 9/11, drug networks out of Turkey and terrorists in and around Al Qaeda together with senior Pentagon and other US Government officials. [3]
    Fuller, A Deep State Rogue

    Whistleblower Sibel Edwards has revealed extraordinary information on the U.S. government’s support for international terrorist networks and organised crime. She was described as “the most gagged person in the history of the United States” by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    As later identified, among the people uncovered by Edmonds’ translation efforts at FBI were notorious neoconservative Richard Perle, Iraq war architect who headed Bush’s Defense Policy Board advisory committee in 2001; Douglas Feith, neocon Under-Secretary of Defense under Bush-Cheney; Anwar Yusuf Turani [4], key figure in the anti-Beijing Uygur separatist operations under the name East Turkistan National Freedom Center in Washington DC. East Turkistan is their name for China’s Xinjiang Province where Uygur riots took place several years ago. Turani modestly calls himself President-in-exile, East Turkistan (Xinjiang), though it’s by no means clear who if anyone elected him.

    In her classified translations Edmonds discovered that a criminal network had penetrated the highest levels of the US Government including Pentagon and FBI, and were engaged in illegal sales of weapons, including nuclear, of drugs and more. Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. Repeated attempts to call attention inside the FBI to what she was convinced was a conspiracy against the United States from within came to no avail. Her gripping account to bring attention to an alarming rogue network inside Washington is the subject of her autobiography, Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story. [5]

    Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used Doctrine of State Secrets. Edmonds, suffering under an unprecedented Bush Administration gag order, was banned from revealing the complicity of high-ranking US and Turkish figures uncovered by her and duly reported at FBI before she was fired in 2002 for “blowing the whistle.” She partly got around the Government gag by posting photos with no comment on her website. Others filled in the names. [6]

    Graham Fuller was one of the 21 American Deep State rogues Edmonds posted.

    In 1995, according to investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker, the uncle of the alleged Boston bombers, Ruslan Tsarnaev, “incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Lane, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.” [7] Father-in-law was Graham Fuller whose daughter was married to Uncle Ruslan.

    Chechnya, an autonomous province of Russia deeply involved in oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea, has been the scene of Islamic jihad terrorists since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 1995 when Uncle Ruslan founded the Congress of Chechen International Organizations from Graham Fuller’s home, the Islamist Jihad terror war against Moscow was raging full-force in Chechnya. Putin and Russian intelligence have repeatedly claimed the terrorism was being fed from outside.

    As more is coming out on the role of Fuller, the evidence points to the conclusion that the Chechnya terrorists were also a project bearing the footprints of the “former” CIA political Islam expert, Graham Fuller. By 1988 Fuller had formally moved from a very senior post at CIA to the neo-conservative think tank, RAND Corporation, where he officially worked on the “Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and problems of ethnicity and religion.” [8]

    While at RAND Fuller played a key role gaining asylum for a Turkish national in the USA. Fetullah Gülen, a Turkish national who was forced to flee in 1999 and seek asylum, won his US residence permit due to the intervention of two senior CIA or former men. One was Graham E. Fuller. [9]

    Foreign Policy Journal describes the role of Fuller and the CIA in getting indicted Turkish fugitive Gülen asylum in the USA: “Fethullah Gülen became a green card holder despite serious opposition from FBI and from Homeland Security Department. Former CIA officers (formally and informally) such as Graham Fuller and Morton Abromovitz were some of the prominent references in Gülen’s green card application.” [10]
    Jihad Spreads to Central Asia

    From his new luxurious heavily-guarded estate in Saylorsburg, a remote part of eastern Pennsylvania, Gülen launched a series of fundamentalist Salafist mosques and madrasses, not only in his native Turkey where he was the alleged power behind Turkey’s AKP regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, himself a product of Gülen’s schools, but across the Islamic regions of Central Asia as they separated from the Soviet Union in the chaos after 1991. [11]

    According to Edmonds, an authority on the subject, “US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gülen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to …Graham Fuller.” [12]

    Fethullah Gulen, lives in Pennsylvania. From there he runs a $25 billion international network. He is tied to hundreds of Gulen charter schools in the United States itself, 36 of which are located in Texas alone.

    A memoir by former head of Turkish intelligence, Osman Nuri Gundes, claims that Fethullah Gülen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone. [13]

    Gülen schools in Russian Chechnya and Dagestan regions, both locations of fanatical Jihadists since 1991, were ultimately banned by Putin. The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Gülen-linked Nurcu sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gülen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004. In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gülen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gülen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization. In Turkmenistan, government authorities placed Gülen’s schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums. [14]

    Responsible Turkish journalists I’ve met with relate that Gülen-loyal police tied to Edrogan’s AKP have infiltrated the Turkish police, intelligence services and other key state institution and are systematically arresting, purging or silencing all nationalist military, trade union and other secular figues opposed to creation of an Islamic Sharia state in Turkey, uprooting ninety or more years of Kemalist legal foundations. More than one hundred Turkish journalists have been arrested for writing critically about the actions of Gülen’s AKP.

    Gülen’s public profile is as a humble, deeply spiritual Imam of love and brotherhood. His record in practice is anything but. Gülen once stated, “You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centers, until the conditions are ripe.” Sounds a bit like Lenin in the old days. Certain networks in Washington including people in and around Fuller obviously have no problem with that.

    Why would the CIA and US agencies want Central Asia? As Obama adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, notes in his now-famous book, The Grand Chessboard, “For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia…America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained…It follows that America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.”

    Washington has used Turkey and the AKP fundamentalist networks of Gülen to wreak havoc across the post-communist oil and mineral-rich regions of Central Asia. Graham Fuller’s foot prints are all over those covert operations as are Fetullah Gülen’s. In 2008 Fuller published a book titled, “The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World.” As Sibel Edmonds describes, the process involved using Turkey with assistance from ’actors from Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia’ as a proxy, which in turn used Bin Laden and the Taliban and others as a proxy terrorist army before 9/11. [15]

    Edmonds notes regarding US operations in Central Asia, “This started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam.” [16]

    What did Uncle Ruslan Tsarnaev, uncle of the Boston alleged bombers do when he was married to Graham Fuller’s daughter? Ruslan worked for companies connected to Halliburton, doing oil deals in the Caucasus and as “consultant” for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan. Russia barred USAID from its soil in late 2012, alleging USAID together with CIA was attempting to influence the internal political processes in the country. [17]

    Some are beginning to ask whether the Boston bombing might have been a deception operation carried out by the Rogues associated with Graham Fuller and the network within the CIA and Pentagon, to make it appear Putin was behind the ghastly events. In any case, when Graham Fuller went to the press to publicly denounce CIA links to the Tsarnaevs he made what is likely to go down as one of the greatest snafus in US intelligence history. He lost his cool, and with it, has put the spotlight on the entire CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fetullah Gülen across Turkey into Central Asia and Russia and China.

    [1] Laura Rozen, “Former CIA officer: ‘Absurd’ to link uncle of Boston suspects,” Agency, Back-Channel Al-Monitor, April 27, 2013.

    [2] Laura Rozen, “Former CIA officer: ‘Absurd’ to link uncle of Boston suspects, Agency,” Back-Channel Al-Monitor, April 27, 2013.

    [3] Daniel Hopsicker, “Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official,” April 26, 2013.

    [4] See “The Government-in-Exile of East Turkistan Republic”

    [5] Sibel Edmonds, Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story, First Edition, 2012.

    [6] Sibel Edmonds, “Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery.”

    [7] Daniel Hopsicker, Op. Cit.

    [8] 2006 Campagna-Kerven Lecture Series, Speaker Bio – GRAHAM E. FULLER.

    [9] Emine Dilek, “The Tale of Uncle Tsarnaev CIA Chief Graham Fuller and a Turkish Islamist Who Lives in USA,” progressivepress.net, April 27, 2013.

    [10] Sibel Edmonds, “Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia,” boilingfrogspost.com, January 6, 2011.

    [11] Pelin Turgut, The Turkish Imam and His Global Educational Mission, Time, April 26, 2010.

    [12] Sibel Edmonds, Op Cit.

    [13] Ibid.

    [14] Ibid.

    [15] Sibel Edmonds, cited in “The Turkish Lobby, the Neocons, and the Crusade to Free the Ergenekon Terrorists,” rastibini.blogspot.de, December 15, 2008.

    [16] Luke Ryland, “Court Documents Shed Light on CIA Illegal Operations in Central Asia Using Islam and Madrassas,” lukery.blogspot.de, July 10, 2008.

    [17] Emine Dilek, Op. Cit.

    • theunhivedmind

      Leo Zagami and myself highlighted Fethullah Gulen a long time ago and the fact that he is handled by Jesuit soldier, Thomas Michel SJ. No different that how Jesuit soldier, Pierre-Jean de Smet SJ handled Albert Pike and Brigham Young to name a few. Are we seeing a connection? The Pallavicini family plays a large role in the control of Islam in the Middle East using the likes of Felice and Yayha Pallavicini.

      -= The Unhived Mind

  • theunhivedmind

    FBI used Photoshop in Boston bombings evidence: Investigative journalist

    Wed May 29, 2013 6:34PM

    An investigative reporter has revealed that the image released by the FBI as evidence on one of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings was doctored with a computer software such as Photoshop.

    The FBI image was put forth as evidence that 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who the police took into custody on April 19 after a day of intense searching that shut down major parts of Boston, arrived at the scene of the bombing with a backpack but left without it.

    Comparing pictures he took of the scene with the photo released by the FBI, reporter Ralph Lopez of The Digital Journal suggests the FBI photo shows clear evidence of being made with Photoshop.

    In the April 15 Boston bombings, three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded.

    Initial investigations into the bombings showed that the explosive devices used in the bombings were pressure cookers filled with nails, pellets and gunpowder left in a backpack.

    In a shootout on April 19, police killed Dzhokhar’s elder brother, Tamerlan, and later that day arrested Dzhokhar who was hidden on a boat in Watertown.

    There have been conflicting statements by American officials as to what happened during and after the bombings.

    Initially, authorities claimed they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar during his arrest and that he had shot himself in the throat in a bungled suicide attempt.

    However, later authorities admitted that Dzhokhar was not armed when police took him into custody.

    In the image below, Lopez has shown where one brickwork ends and the other begins in a close-up of the scene enlarged by the FBI:

    Here, Lopez has highlighted some irregular brick patterns:

    Using a pattern of two darker bricks spaced two rows apart, Lopez has compared a photo of the scene taken last week with the FBI’s initial photo:

    Differences between brick texture and irregularities in brick patterns suggest that the whole head and face area may have been pasted in.

  • theunhivedmind

    ‘FBI agent killed unarmed Todashev’

    Thu, 30 May 2013 02:18:51 GMT

    The man shot and killed by an FBI agent during interrogations connected with the Boston Marathon bombings was unarmed, an unnamed FBI source has said.

    Ibragim Todashev, 27, was interrogated by an FBI agent for hours on May 22 at a condominium in Orlando, Florida, regarding his connection with Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    The FBI said Todashev was killed after he turned violent and brandished a knife and stabbed the FBI agent.

    The unnamed source contradicted that account, however, telling the Washington Post on Wednesday that Todashev had neither a gun nor a knife.

    Todashev’s father Abdulbaki Todashev has also questioned the FBI’s account of the incident, insisting his son was not a violent person.

    Todashev was reported to be a friend of the Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar are alleged to have carried out the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police. His brother was captured after an exhaustive manhunt and is in custody

  • theunhivedmind

    Bishop Richard Williamson: “Boston Bombing Was Another False Flag, Only The People Waking Up Could Possibly Save America.”

    By Martin Hill – LibertyFight.com

    In an extremely rare and exclusive radio interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Roman Catholic Traditionalist Bishop has opened up about the controversy surrounding his holocaust comments and other issues.

    Bishop Richard Williamson, formerly of the Society of St. Pius X, was on the Truth Jihad radio show along with Dr. Nick Kollerstrom on April 22. In the show description, Barrett notes “Dr. Nick Kollerstrom was expelled from his teaching post at University College of London simply for publishing a scholarly article evaluating the chemical evidence for the existence of homicidal gas chambers during World War II… He is also the author of Terror on the Tube, the best book on the 7/7 London bombings.”

    The interview [show announcement here] begins with Barrett, Kollerstrom and Williamson discussing the trials that resulted from his ‘controversial’ comments regarding the alleged six-million Jews gassed in the holocaust. “Emotional truth is quite a different than historical truth,” Williamson explains. “They are not coming at it from the starting point of evidence. The starting point is quite different. Their starting point is precisely emoton. If you’re not on that emotional wavelength, if you’re not seeking emotion, if you’re not fueling on emotion – if you’re looking for evidence you’re not going to find it with the emotional people, and if they’re looking for emotion they’re not going to find it with the evidence people. We’re in two different ballgames so to speak.” [6:14]

    Kollerstrom speaks on the evolving public perception and knowledge about the events of the holocaust. “Just read the comments and the majority people are skeptical. There’s a terriffic sea changing taking place, and the good Bishops remarks are part of it.” He reads a quote from an interview with Der Spiegal, in which Williamson said “Throughout my life I’ve always sought the truth. That is why I converted to Catholicism and became a priest.” Kollerstrom points out that Williamson refused to recant his views, and that the topic is “becoming a discussable issue now.”

    Barrett asks Williamson if he agrees with some Muslim scholars who contend that The Zionists are the forces of antichrist. “The antichrist is on his way,” Williamson replies, “and I believe that if the Vicar of Christ on Earth, who is the Pope, if the Pope does not stick to truth but follows emotion – which I think is the case here on the basis of the evidence that I’ve seen, a Pope who follows emotion is liable to become an instrument of the antichrist because the media and the enemies of Christ- through the media the enemies of Christ dominate the emotions.” [11:36].

    When examining an historical event, Williamson explains, “feelings must subordinate themselves to reason.” Kollerstrom adds “I think we need calm debate” on the matter. Williamson notes “The holocaust has shaped a whole post war world – and a post war religion has been built on it.”
    Barrett asks if the holocaust religion, instead of embodying traditional religious characteristics such as humility and submission to God, is conversely characterized by “egocentric qualities and personal aggrandizement.”

    Williamson replies similarly to the account he wrote which was published in the Barnes Review The fourth German showtrial against Bishop Richard Williamson (2/13/13), in which he explained “Now not only does what is known as the “Holocaust” serve as the secular religion of the New World Order (Auschwitz replaces Calvary, the gas-chambers replace the Cross of Our Lord, and the Six Million play the part of the Redeemer), but also it seems to me that the post-World War II Germans have difficulty in respecting themselves unless they are beating their breast for the alleged crimes of the Third Reich.”

    “Holocaustianity is being almost designed to replace Christianity,” Williamson explains to Barrett, “and it’s been very cleverly done.”

    Asked if wars and domination is the ultimate goal of the new world order, Williamson explains “the bottom line is deeper, establishing a total world view altering peoples minds; shaping peoples minds, I think is the bottom line; shaping peoples minds in view of a new world order… And one of the fruits is the possibility of attacking whichever nation one wants to attack…”
    “…I think it’s religious, make no mistake, religion is deeper than politics, religion governs politics … What we’re seeing is the end of Christianity. Vatican II was like the end of the Catholic church. Now the Catholic Church will last until the end of the world. Our lord said so, so there’s no doubt about that, but the Catholic Church took a real heavy blow with Vatican II. And the result is the almost complete paralysis of the Catholic Church – and the great vacuum all ready to be filled by Communism, by Globalism, by Holocaustianity – all of these substitutes come in and the substitutes are coordinated and lined up together, to bring on the antichrist – and the total elimination of every last trace of Christ and of Christianity on earth. And the purpose of that is to send every single – immortal soul without exception down to hell… So the dimension is truly religious. And you can’t understand, you can’t understand in-depth today’s politics or today’s political scene. You can never understand it in depth politics, unless you grasp the religious dimension.”

    Kollerstrom says that the untruths of 9/11 and the holocaust project the emotions of hate and fear in the people. Barrett asks Williamson “how quickly did you realize that the official story (of 9/11) wasn’t true?” Williamson replies “I remember writing about 9/11 in October 2001,” and says he mentioned other false flags such as the Maine, Pearl Harbor, etc. Dr. Nick points out a passage Williamson wrote at the time: “Politically, behind the Arab terrorists are most likely the would be architects of the new world order,” particularly Judeo-Masonic elements. Bishop Williamson notes that he first swallowed the lie about it being Arab terrorists, but that “now I absolutely don’t think it was Arab terrorists. I think it was purely agents of the inside job.”

    Williamson continues, “Yes, well I’ve been on the track of the – for religious reasons, purely religious reasons I’ve been on the track of these agents of the antichrist for quite a long time. And because by the grace of God I love the truth. That’s really what it is. And I don’t like being fed lies. I don’t like lies, it’s – there it is. I may have to suffer the consequences, but there it is.”

    Barrett notes “It’s striking to me,” that traditional Catholics such as Williamson and Michael Hoffman “who actually seem to be more closely attuned to reality, empirical and historical reality. That’s quite shocking to me. Any comment on that?”

    Williamson responds “Look- Our Divine Lord is the way the truth and the life, He says. So His servants should darn well be servants of the way, servants of the truth, and servants of the life. Our lord never remotely told a lie, nor did He like liars obviously. And His servants should be the same. And there’s an awful lot of liars flying around today and we are drowning – we are swimming and drowning in a world of lies. And the latest lies are flying around about the Boston killing- you know the Boston explosions. It really seems that that’s another false flag attack. Another inside job. It bears all the hallmarks. Or it bears a number of the hallmarks of an insider job.”

    Barrett asks “Do you think these people are actually intentionally letting us know that they’re inside jobs? Because it seems as if they’re not even trying to cover their tracks very hard.”
    Williamson responds, “Well, I was looking at Alex Jones briefly, I came across it today, somebody sent a reference by email; and he says that they’ve sort of blundered. He’s sort of saying that this time they’ve failed to cover their tracks in the way they usually do. So, I don’t remember all the exact details but he’s really astonished at just what a blunder they’ve made this time. So, and he says they’re now in chaos, they don’t know what to do now to cover up, they’ve had to change their story and so on, and so on, and so on. I don’t know the details but it really bears all the hallmarks of another great lie. And I’m afraid that thanks to the media, the mass of people are gonna swallow it. Actually, God bless the people, they’re getting wise to these false flag attacks, and they’re not liking being lied to! But the people need to wake up. The American people have got to wake up. Otherwise, America is gone. Only the people waking up could possibly save America.”

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    Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, Whittier Daily News, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, Educate-Yourself.org, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, Jonathan Turley blog, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, Dr. Kevin Barret’s Truth Jihad radio show, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, Strike-The-Root, David Icke, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.

    Truth Jihad Radio with Bishop Richard Williamson, Dr. Nick Kollerstrom


    First hour: Conservative Catholic icon Bishop Richard Williamson, who spoke out for 9/11 truth before I did (2002) will join me – along with Ph.D. History of Science chemistry specialist, Dr. Nick Kollerstrom, author of the new article Bishop Williamson Vindicated, then Ousted. Both Bishop Williamson and Dr. Kollerstrom have been viciously and mindlessly persecuted by fanatical adherents of Holocaustianity – the religion that has replaced both Christianity and Judaism and now reigns supreme over the Western world, and has launched a murderous crusade aimed at destroying the last vestiges of monotheism in the Middle East. Holocaustianity even has its own Ten Commandments! (As Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” And to learn what a society holds sacred, simply find out what people are not allowed to question; that is the sacred dogma of their real religion.)
    Bishop Richard Williamson was expelled from the United States in 2002 (by his own Catholic order) for publicly stating that 9/11 was an inside job. Later that year, he was entrapped by a German interviewer into admitting: “I believe up to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber.” Those remarks led to expulsion, reinstatement, re-expulsion, criminal prosecution, acquittal, more prosecution…all for the crime of expressing a considered scholarly opinion about a historical event! Today, you can call yourself a “Christian” and believe any damn thing you want – the local Unitarian minister here in Madison, Wisconsin is an avowed atheist – but if you question Holocaustian-fundamentalist dogma, “expect the Spanish Inquisition.”

    Dr. Nick Kollerstrom was expelled from his teaching post at University College of London simply for publishing a scholarly article evaluating the chemical evidence for the existence of homicidal gas chambers during World War II. Those who expelled him threw in gratuitous insults, but refused to make even the slightest effort to dispute the facts as laid out in the offending article. Dr. Kollerstrom is also the author of Terror on the Tube, the best book on the 7/7 London bombings.

  • theunhivedmind

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with multiple murders, WMD use

    Edited time: June 27, 2013 22:18

    Boston Bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with killing four people and using weapons of mass destruction, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Tsarnaev, 19, faces a potential death sentence over the alleged crimes.

    According to the United States Attorneys’ Office, 17 of the 30 charges levied against the teenager carry a penalty of life in prison or execution.

    “The defendant’s alleged conduct forever changed lives,” prosecutors said in a statement.

    Officials believe the former UMass Dartmouth student and his older brother Tamerlan planted homemade explosives near the finish line ahead of the April 15 race. The double explosion that went off as runners crossed the line en masse caused three deaths and 264 injuries.

    The indictment says the Tsarnaev brothers used pressure cookers stuffed with low-explosive powder, ball bearings, nails, adhesive, electronic components, and other substances to manufacture their devices.

    Jahar Tsarni, as prosecutors referred to him, is also charged with carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury. While fleeing the police, the brothers stopped a vehicle and ordered the driver to turn over the car and $800, according to officers.

    “I thought it was just a robbery…He took out his gun, pointed it to me,” the carjacking victim told CBS. “He told that, ‘You know I am serious. Don’t be stupid.’”

    Four days later, the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly killed a police officer during a firefight. Tamerlan also died in the incident.

    Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. (Reuters / Dan Lampariello)Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. (Reuters / Dan Lampariello)

    A wounded Dzokhar later hid inside a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts residence. He was arrested after a massive manhunt and placed in a medical prison facility where he has stayed ever since.

    Prosecutors say Tsarnaev scribbled an anti-government message as he bled from a throat and leg wound, waiting for the police to find him.

    “The US Government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all,” it read, the indictment claims. “Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop.”

    One of the passages, the FBI claimed, quoted Anwar al-Awlaki, the American propagandist killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. Previous reports indicated that Tamerlan Tsarnaev watched Awlaki’s speeches on YouTube.

    “Today’s indictment is the result of the dedicated and collective efforts of law enforcement and intelligence partners, working with a sense of urgency and purpose to find those responsible for those deadly attacks,” said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. “These continuing efforts reflect the pursuit of justice for those who lost their lives and the scores of individuals who were injured.”

    While the indictment did not speculate on any larger conspiracy behind the attacks, prosecutors did say they found an issue of Inspire magazine – an English language Al-Qaeda publication – downloaded by Dzokhar. The literature, which was dated summer of 2010, contained “detailed instructions for constructing IEDs using pressure cookers, explosive powder from fireworks, shrapnel, adhesive and other materials,” the indictment read.

    “IEDs constructed in this manner are designed to shred flesh, shatter bone, and cause extreme pain and suffering, as well as death.”

    Dzokhar was initially unable to talk, but said in a phone call released by his mother earlier this month that he is well-fed and recovering physically.

    The Tsarnaev brothers are ethnic Chechens and have roots in Russia’s North Caucasus – a region that has witnessed a massive Islamist insurgency in the past and partly remains a hotbed of extremism.

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    Mother of ‘Boston bomber’ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not attend US court hearing

    The mother of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has said she will not attend her son’s first court appearance in the United States.

    By Tom Parfitt, Moscow6:03PM BST 09 Jul 2013CommentsComments

    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, who lives in the Dagestan region of southern Russia, told The Daily Telegraph by telephone: “No, I will not be going.” She declined to answer further questions.

    Mr Tsarnaev, 19, is to be seen for the first time in public since the attack when he appears for a preliminary hearing at the US District Court in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday on a 30-count indictment, including use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of the charges carry a potential death penalty.

    He and his brother Tamerlan – who died in a gunfight with police in the wake of the bombing – allegedly caused the deaths of four people and injured 260 by planting homemade explosives inside pressure cookers at the finish line of the Boston marathon on April 15. The pair were influenced by Islamist texts accessed online.

    Mrs Tsarnaeva could have been a combative presence at the court hearing. She insists that her sons were framed and that Tamerlan, 26, was captured and killed in custody by the FBI.
    The Boston Herald quoted a court official on Tuesday saying the accused bomber’s relatives had been notified of the hearing, but she was unable to divulge how many would attend. The official added: “We are giving a lot of space to the victims.”

    Tsarnaev’s parents, Zubeidat and Anzor, a Dagestani Avar and a Chechen from southern Russia who formerly lived in the US with their children, said in April they would go to the US to visit their son, who was injured during his capture, but then did not travel.

    Since his capture four days after the bombing, Dzhkohar Tsarnaev has spoken by telephone to his mother from the military hospital where he is being treated. He has other relatives in the United States who may attend the hearing before judge Marianne Bowler.
    The young man was wounded as he tried to escape police after the bombing, who discovered him hiding inside a boat parked in a residential garden. He had allegedly written what appeared to be a confession on the inside of the boat. It read: “The US government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished … we Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.

    “Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but ( … ) stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”

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    FBI withholds autopsy of Tsarnaev associate ‘shot in head’ during questioning

    Get short URL Published time: July 17, 2013 09:50

    The FBI has ordered a Florida medical examiner’s office not to release the autopsy report of a Chechen man who was killed during an FBI interview in May over his ties to one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.

    The autopsy report for Ibragim Todashev, 27, killed by an FBI agent during an interrogation which took place in his apartment on May 22 was ready for release on July 8. However, the FBI barred its publication, saying an internal probe into his death is ongoing.

    “The FBI has informed this office that the case is still under active investigation and thus not to release the document,” according to statement by Tony Miranda, forensic records coordinator for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando.

    The forensic report was expected to clarify the circumstances of Todashev’s death.The Bureau’s statement issued on the day of the incident provided no details of what transpired, saying only that the person being interviewed was killed when a “violent confrontation was initiated by the individual.”

    Back in May Ibragim Todashev’s father showed pictures of his dead son’s body at a press conference in Moscow, revealing he had been shot six times.

    “I only saw things like that in movies: shooting a person, and then the kill shot. Six shots in the body, one of them in the head,” Abdulbaki Todashev said .

    The medical examiner’s office promised to check on a monthly basis whether the FBI is ready to grant permission for release of the autopsy report.

    Todashev was interrogated by the FBI several times following the Boston Marathon bombings, with the final interview resulting in a fatal altercation. He was supposedly questioned over his alleged role in an unsolved 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts, which bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been implicated in. Todashev was reportedly about to sign a written statement which would have tied him to the murders when he allegedly attacked an FBI agent.

    Investigators, most of them speaking anonymously, would later offer conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev’s final minutes, with some claiming the man brandished a knife and others insisting he was unarmed.

    Despite the FBI’s promise to look into the case, civil rights activists have called for an independent investigation.

    The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced on Monday it was overseeing a federal inquiry into the shooting incident.

    “Federal prosecutors will review the evidence and make an independent determination whether a federal criminal investigation is warranted,” the Boston Herald cites a letter by US Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin as saying.

    Todashev’s widow, Reniya Manukyan, welcomed news of the federal inquiry.

    “We are glad that DOJ started. Hopefully it will bring more attention of the public and everybody will question the FBI and why they are not releasing anything,” she said.

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    Rolling Stone’s Boston bomb suspect cover sparks outrage

    A Rolling Stone magazine cover featuring Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has caused outrage online.

    Thousands of people posted on social media networks calling it “tasteless” and “disgusting”.

    The 19-year-old, who pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection to the bombings in April, is profiled in the forthcoming issue.

    The image, which the accused posted online himself, has also featured on the front page of the New York Times.

    But the magazine editors said in a statement that the article falls within the traditions of journalism and reflects the publication’s commitment to serious, thoughtful coverage.

    Rolling Stone added that many of its readers are in the same age group as the bombing suspect, and it was important for the magazine to explore the issue.

    ‘Classless, stupid’
    On Wednesday, two retail chains based in the New England region around Boston, said they would refuse to stock the magazine.

    “What a disgrace, trying to make [Mr Tsarnaev] look like a rock star. Horrible,” one commenter, Steve Simon, posted on Rolling Stone’s Facebook page, where more than 5,400 people have commented in the 12 hours since the cover was revealed online.

    On Twitter people said the picture of the suspect looked similar to an old cover featuring singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.

    Singer Pink retweeted a message by radio presenter Ted Stryker who wrote: “Horrible, classless, stupid choice Rolling Stone. It’s not smart or edgy. Very disappointed.”

    Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys, who recently donated $300,000 (£197,000) to victims of the bombings, also expressed their anger.

    “Rolling Stone you should be ashamed,” the band tweeted. “How about one of the courageous victims on your cover instead of this loser scum bag!”

    Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone’s contributing editor, spent two months interviewing Mr Tsarnaev’s friends and family as the basis of the article.

    Mr Tsarnaev, faces 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction in the two 15 April blasts that killed three, including an eight-year-old boy.

    More than 260 people were injured at the Boston Marathon when two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel were detonated at the finish line.

    It was the worst mass-casualty attack on US soil since 9/11.

    Prosecutors could press for the death penalty for 17 counts.

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    ‘Face of terror’: Boston sgt suspended over leak of Tsarnaev’s arrest photos

    Get short URL Published time: July 19, 2013 02:48

    After Boston Magazine published previously unseen photographs of the night of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s capture, in response to a now controversial Rolling Stone cover, the man who released the pictures has had his badge revoked.

    The new images, which were provided by Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police, were accompanied by a statement written by Murphy, who was angered by the magazine cover of Tsarnaev, arguing that it promoted an unfair image of the suspected terrorist.

    “The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine,” wrote Murphy.

    Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. Post coming shortly.
    — John Wolfson (@johnwolfson) July 19, 2013

    On Thursday evening Murphy told CNN that he had been placed on leave from his job pending a review next week. Earlier in the day, a police spokesman had told reports that the agency had not authorized publication of the photos Murphy had taken.

    “Today’s dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police. The department will not release the photographs to media outlets. The State Police will have no further comment on this matter tonight.”

    Unlike the Rolling Stone cover, which takes what critics describe as a glamorous, stylized portrait of the youngest Tsarnaev brother – the eldest having been killed during a confrontation with police – Murphy’s photographs depict Tsarnaev at the moment of his capture, bloodied and emerging from a boat in the residential backyard where police converged on him in Watertown, Massachusetts just prior to his surrender.

    Most striking to what has become that key image is a sniper’s clearly visible red laser target on Tsarnaev’s forehead as he surrenders to authorities.

    Another pic of #Tsarnaev with a red laser sight dot on his forehead via http://t.co/KIKqEH1uBQ pic.twitter.com/X4dSdBaEfx
    — Egor Sheremet (@Sheremet_RT) July 18, 2013

    Additional images taken on April 19 show Tsarnaev lying on the ground and receiving emergency medical care, as well as photos of police and emergency response workers during the manhunt through the Boston suburbs.

    “This guy is evil,” Murphy tells Boston magazine. “This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”

    — Mindia Gavasheli (@snakeeate) July 18, 2013

    Though Rolling Stone is known for producing controversial images, these are generally of individuals remarkable for their musical or cultural impact. The choice to depict the bombing accomplice on its cover has been interpreted by many as offensive to his victims.

    According to Murphy, who is also responsible for photographing the funeral ceremonies of police officers, the August magazine cover is a sad reminder for victims of the bombings.

    “It’s irritated the wounds that will never heal—again. There is nothing glamorous in bringing more pain to a grieving family.”

    A number of Boston-area and US retail chains said on Wednesday that they would not stock the Rolling Stone edition out of concern from the developing controversy.

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    Boston police sergeant who leaked bomber photographers placed on desk duty

    A police photographer who leaked pictures of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston bombing suspect, has been placed on desk duty.

    By Associated Press8:16PM BST 23 Jul 2013

    Sean Murphy said he released the photos of what he called “the face of terror” to Boston Magazine last week to counter a glamorised image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the August edition of Rolling Stone

    Three of Murphy’s 14 pictures show a bloodied Tsarnaev emerging from a boat in a backyard, with the red dot of a sniper’s laser sight trained on his head.

    Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the April 15 bombing that killed three and injured or maimed 260. He is also accused of killing a police officer while on the run three days later. His brother died of injuries suffered during a police confrontation.

    Murphy was not authorised to release the photos, and he has already served a one-day, unpaid suspension. He has been placed on desk duty, where he will not have contact with the public, until a further investigation is completed, according to state police spokesman David Procopio.

    The US attorney’s office called the release of the photos “completely unacceptable,” and some attorneys said the images and Sgt Murphy’s comments could be used to argue government bias against Tsarnaev.

    Images taken by Massachusetts State Police photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy of Boston Bomber manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston

    Others said it was important to show the real Tsarnaev after the cover photo, which showed a brooding Tsarnaev in a pose that recalled the magazine’s treatment of Jim Morrison.

    Sgt Murphy declined to comment on Tuesday.

    He had said in a statement to Boston Magazine that the cover was an insult to police, military members and the families of anyone killed in the line of duty.

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    Killed Chechen’s father arrives in US to sue the FBI

    Published time: August 06, 2013 17:25 Get short URL

    The father of a Chechen man who was fatally shot by a Boston FBI agent has arrived in the United States, where he intends to file a lawsuit against the agency and investigate the mysterious death of his son.

    Abdulbaki Todashev is the father of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter who was fatally shot seven times by the FBI during an extensive interview about his connection to alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as any knowledge about a triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts. Todashev, who lived in Orlando, Florida at the time of the interrogation, had been friends with the suspected bomber when they both lived in Massachusetts.

    After several hours of questioning, Todashev was shot dead by the FBI in a case that continues to be shrouded in mystery. The man’s father, who lives in Chechnya, described the incident as an execution-style murder.

    “He was shot seven times,” Mr. Todashev told TIME. “In the heart and in the head. What is that if not murder?”

    Conflicting reports surfaced after the man’s death, with some suggesting that the young Todashev attacked an FBI agent with a knife, metal pole, or broomstick. Other reports claimed the Chechen-American was unarmed.

    “The FBI has offered completely incompatible explanations, they have failed to explain how these inconsistent stories found their way into newspaper accounts of the shootings, and have not offered any clarifying comment about what really happened,” Howard Simon, the Florida executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told TIME.

    The victim’s grieving father does not believe that his son posed any serious danger to the officers who were interrogating him, especially since he was injured. A photograph of his son’s dead body shows a row of stitches over the right knee.

    “He had just had surgery on his knee and was still walking with crutches,” Todashev said.

    The FBI has opened an internal investigation into the killing, but refuses to comment on the case and blocked the release of the victim’s autopsy report.

    The distressed father says he is determined to independently discover the truth behind his son’s death, and plans to travel to the US, where he will employ the help of human rights organizations to get answers. Todashev speaks little English, cannot afford a lawyer, and has nothing more than a tourist visa to the US, but the ACLU has vowed to help him.

    He says he wants to sue the FBI – not for compensation, but for answers about his son’s death. However, uncovering the truth is likely to come with numerous hurdles: state investigators in Florida last week rejected an ACLU request for an independent investigation into the shooting, claiming it would be “inappropriate” for the human rights organization to intervene.

    “Secrecy fosters suspicion and the people of Florida deserve better than to be left without an explanation from their government about what led to a person being shot to death,” Simon said in a statement last Wednesday. “This means it is more likely that the family of Ibragim Todashev will have to file a lawsuit in order to get answers about how their son died.”

    An ACLU request to investigate the death was also rejected by the Massachusetts attorney general.

    Todashev announced his plans to sue the agency just a few days after the ACLU’s requests were denied, and told TIME that he would file a wrongful death suit – which would force the FBI to reveal all the facts of his son’s death and accept responsibility for any wrongdoing.

    “At least once they must be made to admit they were wrong,” he said. “What, is the FBI infallible?”

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