Letters - The Boston Globe
IN HIS Dec. 2 letter “Police responded admirably to chaos of Marathon manhunt,” John Lundborn wrote that responders “had two purposes — protect the innocent and catch a terrorist. This they did.”
I disagree. The innocent were not protected on April 19. Transit officer Richard Donohue Jr., 33, lost nearly all his blood when a bullet from the massive barrage of friendly fire severed three major vessels in his right thigh.
Also, contrary to Lundborn’s claim, in my view, the Marathon manhunt did not “catch a terrorist,” even though half a million people were kept in their homes for more than 12 hours, closing transit, schools, and businesses. The terrorist suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was caught only after the lockdown was lifted. To this day, it’s not clear why responders failed to search the boat where he was hiding.
Thomas Gagen’s Nov. 22 op-ed, to which Lundborn responded, was correct in calling for a serious investigation of this manhunt.
TIMELINE - Lives of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 2006-2013
April 22 (Reuters) - Fall 2006
Tamerlan Tsarnaev enrolled as a part-time accounting student
at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He took classes for
only three semesters - fall 2006, spring 2007 and fall 2008. “He
wasn’t even close” to getting a degree, said Patricia Brady, a
spokeswoman for the college.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enrolled in Cambridge Rindge & Latin
School, a public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that counts
actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, poet e.e. cummings and
basketball star Patrick Ewing among its alumni.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev competed in the Golden Gloves National
Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost his
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was arrested after a woman identified as
his girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse, a charge that was
dismissed at a jury trial in 2010.
Sometime in 2009
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the brothers, told CNN he first
noticed a change in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s religious views in this
time period. He said the radicalization of his nephew happened
"in the streets of Cambridge."
2009 or 2010
Tamerlan married Katherine Russell, whose family lives in an
upper middle-class neighborhood in North Kingstown, Rhode
Island. Her father is licensed as an emergency room physician.
The couple have a child named Zahara.
The Comment, the graduate student magazine of Boston
University’s College of Communications, ran a photo spread of
Tamerlan Tsarnaev training at a boxing gym. He told the magazine
"I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand
them.” He also said that he abstains from drinking and smoking:
"God said no alcohol."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev won the Rocky Marciano Trophy, an honor
awarded to the heavyweight champion of New England.
Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, asked the FBI to
investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev out of concern that he has
embraced radical Islam and was going to travel to Russia to join
unspecified radical groups. The FBI interviewed Tsarnaev and his
family members and examined his travel and Internet records.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin
School. He was an all-star member of the wrestling team and won
a $2,500 scholarship from the City of Cambridge. Friends and
acquaintances remembered him as cheerful and wanting to fit in,
"all-American kid in every measurable sense of the word."
The FBI informed the FSB that it “did not find any terrorism
activity, domestic or foreign” in its investigation into
Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A subsequent FBI request for more cooperation
and clarifying information from the FSB went unanswered. Each of
Tsarnaev’s parents told Russian television networks that the
suspected bomber believed he was under continued FBI
Three men, including one who was a close friend of Tamerlan
Tsarnaev, were fatally stabbed in the neck in an apartment in
Waltham, Massachusetts. Authorities are investigating whether
Tsarnaev had any connection to the unsolved triple homicide. At
the time of the stabbings, the local district attorney’s office
said it appeared that the victims knew their assailants and that
the attacks were not random.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev transferred to the University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth from the University of Massachusetts
Boston. His classmates remembered him as a friendly, pot-smoking
student who took easy classes and got middling grades. He
brushed off invitations to join the Muslim Student Association
Tamerlan Tsarnaev departed the United States for Russia for
a six-month visit. For at least a month in the summer, Tsarnaev
helped his father renovate his first-floor apartment next door
to a dental office in Makhachkala, a city in the Dagestan region
on the Caspian Sea. It was unclear what else he did while he was
in Russia, whether he traveled elsewhere and whether he met with
any members of radical groups. “They say he was a fanatic. I
didn’t see that,” a neighbor of Tsarnaev’s father told Reuters.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sworn in as a naturalized U.S.
citizen. Tamerlan Tsarnaev applies for U.S. citizenship. Because
of the previous FBI inquiry into his activities and the prior
domestic abuse complaint against him, Tsarnaev’s application
prompted “additional investigation.” He was still under
consideration for citizenship at the time of the April 15
Tamerlan Tsarnaev interrupted a sermon at the mosque of the
Islamic Society of Boston to object to a preacher’s call for
Muslims to celebrate holidays like July 4th and Thanksgiving
just like the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
January 18, 2013
Tamerlan Tsarnaev again interrupted a sermon at the same
mosque to object to a preacher who called civil rights leader
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a great person.
April 15, 2013
Two bombs go off at the crowded finish line of Boston’s
famous marathon race, killing three people and wounding at least
200. Ten of the injured lost limbs.
Forbidden View Behind the Flags Boston Bombing
A rare and forbidden view behind the flags at the Boston “bombing.” This is close-in video by a camerawoman not corrupted or paid to decieve, as others there…
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Reblogging for those who may find it interesting.
What were doing those men? That’s the only thing I find interesting about this video.
The sisters-in-law of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev testified on Thursday afternoon before a federal grand jury looking into the attack, their lawyer told The Associated Press.
Amato DeLuca, who represents Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, and her family, said Anna and Rebecca Russell testified at the federal courthouse in Boston. Their parents, Judith and Warren Russell, testified before the grand jury in September, but Katherine hasn’t been called.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office would not confirm that the Russell sisters had testified. She did not respond to questions about why they were called or whether Katherine Russell is being investigated for anything having to do with the April 15 bombing.
Three people were killed and 260 people were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev was later killed in a shootout with police. His brother, Dzhokhar, was indicted on 30 counts in June and faces the possibility of the death penalty. Three of his friends were also indicted for allegedly lying to investigators or trying to cover up his role after the bombings.
DeLuca told the AP that the sisters had visited Katherine on occasion in Cambridge and knew the Tsarnaevs but had no suspicions about them. He said he believed prosecutors are calling everyone who has any possible connection to the brothers.
"I think what they are doing is what you expect them to do. Look at everyone and talk to everyone who has any possible information, and see what comes of it," he said. "Because of the nature of it, they’re bringing in everyone."
Russell hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing and has been questioned several times by federal investigators.
She, her husband and their 3-year-old daughter had been sharing a cramped apartment in Cambridge before and after the bombings. She and the girl moved to her parents’ home in North Kingstown, R.I., after her husband was killed.
DeLuca said she was doing well.
"This is unnerving because they’re your sisters," he said. "They’re kids. They’re scared stiff."
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I sent you an email but I guess you didn’t get it. I’m going to send it again, hopefully this time I do it right.
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Q:Is there somewhere to read the blue runner essay? I couldn't find it in the tag!
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Episcopal peace fellowship sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter to not seek the death penalty on Jahar.
December 2, 2013
Dear Mr. Attorney General:
Media reports indicate that within a few days the United States Attorney for Massachusetts will forward a recommendation to you on whether the death penalty should be sought for alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The Gospels repeatedly show that love of God and our fellowman are the central themes of Jesus’ message. Nowhere in the Epistles or Letters is the idea of capital punishment remotely endorsed. In fact, most Christians abhor the practice since Jesus was illegally and brutally crucified under Roman capital punishment laws.
Over a half-century ago, the Episcopal church declared its position regarding capital punishment, which is still effective today: “the General Convention of the Episcopal Church opposed capital punishment on a theological basis that the life of an individual is of infinite worth in the sight of Almighty God, and the taking of such a human life falls within the providence of Almighty God and not within the right of Man.” [Emphasis Added]
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship, therefore, requests that New Testament theology and the position of the Episcopal Church on capital punishment be your guides when making the decision whether to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
In no way should it be construed that the EPF condones or supports the heinous acts that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. Yet vengeance, rather than atonement, will be the only outcome of another death resulting from the bombing. This is neither an acceptable rationale in this country nor in the Kingdom of God.
There will be a cacophony of death calling for Tsarnaev to receive the death penalty. We encourage you to follow the example of the prophet Elijah’s when he sought God. He did not find God in the loud wind, the shattering earthquake, or consuming fire—but in a still small voice. Listen to that same voice as you make your decision on the fate of Tsarnaev.
We are praying for you as you deal with this complex issue.
Rev. Will Wauters,
Chair, Episcopal Peace Fellowship
The Blue Runner is Covering Something Big
I would like to submit an essay to you about the photo showing the blue runner by the mailbox in the same photo as the inserted backpack and inserted face of Dzhokhar. The essay is 5 pages with photos from the bombing to illustrate the points I make.
I’ve been researching the bombings for a number of months and am convinced the Tsarnaev brothers were set up to take the blame. This essay is about quite extraordinary evidence I’ve pulled together that begins to open up the crucial issue of the real blast site outside the fence by the mailbox and evidence about the bag with the bomb there. I think you’ll find it very enlightening. A series of articles about my research into a Shakespeare portrait was published by an organization that publishes Shakespeare Matters.
Please let me know if you’re interested in seeing or using this essay.
PS I put the article in the name of Nicky B.
This is the first time ever someone submit to me something so I don’t even know how to answer to this, hopefully I am doing it right.
Yes of course I am interested in reading your essay. Should I send an email to the address on your message? Please, let me know.
2013’S BIGGEST CONSPIRACY THEORY
The Boston Bombings
The April 15th bombing of the Boston Marathon sparked numerous conspiracy theories. Most suspicions circled around a constantly changing story, which included the wrong suspects being pictured on the front page of the New York Post. Rumors of a third bomb at a nearby library and rumors of an antiterrorism “drill” planned during the race led to even more distrust for the official narrative.
Libertarian politician Ron Paul was incensed by the police response, including a citywide shutdown and armored vehicles on the streets of Boston, which he likened to a “military coup”. Some conspiracy theorists believe such events are a dry run for a real, upcoming military takeover of the U.S.