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Biden Tells Boston Bombing Survivors, 'It Was Worth It' (Video)

Apr 15, 2014 4:52 PM PT

Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." 

After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those 'quote survivors,'  my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."

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Federal Prosecutors: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Linked to 2011 Triple Homicide

Oct 23, 2013 2:20 AM PT

According to papers filed by federal prosecutors, Tamerlan Tsarnaev took part in a 2011 triple homicide in Massachusetts.  Tamerlan, deceased, and his brother Dzokhar are alleged to have detonated homemade pressure cooker bombs at the 2012 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264. 

Newly filed papers reveal that Ibrahim Todashev, a Chechnen immigrant and acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, informed investigators that Tamerlan participated in three stabbing murders in Waltham, Massachusetts. Todashev was killed earlier this year when he "suddenly turned violent" during an FBI interrogation. Authorities believe the Waltham murders were drug related.

Lawyers for the younger Tsarnaev have argued that information about the investigation of his older brother's possible role in the Waltham murders might be a mitigating factor in the government's case against Dzhokhar. But prosecutors said disclosure of the materials sought by his defense could jeopardize the continuing investigation into the triple homicide.

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Boston Marathon bomber's friend, Robel Phillipos, indicted

Aug 29, 2013 4:47 PM PT

Prosecutors claim Robel Phillipos, a friend and classmate of 20-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is "a liar who misled terrorism investigators."

Phillipos' lawyers claim evidence will show he should have never been charged.

Authorities said Robel Phillipos faces up to 16 years in prison in connection with two federal counts of lying to authorities investigating the deadly April attack. Defense lawyers Derege Demissie and Susan Church said the 19-year-old will continue to fight the allegations against him after efforts to get authorities to dismiss the charges failed.

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The Other Rock Star: The Last of the Boston Bombing Victims Leaves Hospital

Jul 25, 2013 1:29 PM PT

You may or may not have heard but the last of the Boston bombing victims was discharged from the hospital yesterday, exactly 100 days after the blast took his right leg. 

You may or may not have heard that the 34-year-old roofer, not only lost his right leg, but broke his other one, suffered severe burns and still has shrapnel lodged near his heart. 

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Dzohkhar Tsarnaev Getting Donations

Jun 5, 2013 4:41 AM PT

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his mother that people are sending him money.  In a recording of their first call placed from prison, Tsarnaev informed his mother someone opened an account for him and deposited money. 

He received "at least" a thousand dollars in the account. "The mother says the family has also received $8,000 from individuals pledging their support, according to Channel 4 News."

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Source: Suspected Boston Bomber Participated in 2011 Triple Homicide

May 23, 2013 4:14 AM PT

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect, participated in a 2011 triple homicide, according to sources.  Ibragim Todashev, who was killed in a shoot out with authorities yesterday, confessed to his role in the burtal murders and identified Tsarnaev in the deaths.

The triple homicide crime report described: "the heads of the three victims were pulled back and their throats slit ear to ear with great force. Marijuana was spread over the bodies in a 'symbolic gesture,' and several thousand dollars in cash was found at the scene."

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Why are the Brothers Tsarnaev described as 'self-radicalized' but Loughner, Lanza, Holmes associated with the 'Right'?

May 2, 2013 9:24 AM PT

As soon as the images and identities of the Boston Bombers were revealed to the public, media reports began describing the Brothers Tsarnaev as 'self-radicalized.' Here is the Washington Post, The New York Times (describing President Obama), CNN, CBS,  and the Boston Globe all using the term with little question.

On the other hand, Jared Loughner, who shot Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, was connected to the Tea Party by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  ABC News’ Brian Ross claimed that James Holmes, the Aurora Batman movie shooter, might be a member of the Tea Party.  It was pointed out that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook murderer, had an NRA certificate.  These were all constued as relevent connections and associations. 

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Why the FBI Arrested 3 Men in Marathon Bombing Case Today

May 1, 2013 5:21 PM PT

Three of Dzhokar Tsarnaev's friends from college were arrested and charged by the FBI today. The three men are Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are foreign nationals who shared an apartment on Carriage Drive in New Bedford, MA. Phillipos is a US citizen. All three of the 19 year old men started attending Dartmouth in 2011 around the same time as Dzhokar Tsarnaev and apparently became good friends.

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Anti-Death Penalty Attorney Joins Team Tsarnaev

Apr 30, 2013 4:01 AM PT

San Diego Attorney Judy Clarke, who is a "renowned death penalty lawyer" has joined the defense team of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Clarke has gained notoriety from defending such criminals as the " 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski, Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner and Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph." All received a life sentence rather than the death penalty.

While cautioning it’s far too early to tell whether prosecutors will even seek the death penalty, Clarke’s appointment strengthens the possibility an agreement could be struck guaranteeing Tsarnaev a life sentence without parole.

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New Yorker: What if the Bombers Had Used Guns?

Apr 29, 2013 2:17 PM PT

Writing at the New Yorker, John Cassidy wonders aloud if the reaction to the Boston bombing would have been much different if the Tsarnaev brothers had used rifles instead of bombs. He writes, "Imagine, for a moment, that the Tsarnaev brothers, instead of packing a couple of pressure cookers loaded with nails and explosives into their backpacks a week ago Monday, had stuffed inside their coats two assault rifles—Bushmaster AR-15s, say, of the type that Adam Lanza used in Newtown. What would have been different?"

Cassidy then attempts to argue that the victims of the Newtown shooting got short shrift in comparison to the Boston bombing because of the weapons used. Here's the comparison he sets up [Emphasis added]:

Set off in a public space a couple of crude, homemade bombs that you appear to have made using a recipe on the Web, and the state will make you Public Enemy Number One. To insure that you are caught and punished, there are virtually no lengths to which the authorities won’t go. They’ll assemble a multi-agency task force overnight, calling on some of the enormous investments in hardware, intelligence, and manpower that have been made since 9/11. They’ll haul in anybody who might be remotely connected to the crime scene, and, if necessary, shut down an entire city. Once you’re caught, they’ll interview you in your hospital bed without reading you your legal rights and then charge you with using W.M.D.s. If you weren’t born in this country, there will even be talk about changing the immigration laws.

If you systematically shoot a classroom full of defenseless six-year-olds and blow off your own head, things proceed rather differently. To be sure, you, or your memory, will be hated and vilified. But the political system, in hock to the N.R.A., will classify you as a nut whose deadly actions have few or no policy implications. (With the demise of the gun-control legislation, that’s what it did with Adam Lanza.) Life and politics will go on as normal. The President will probably visit the scene of your outrage and say consoling things to the families of your victims. He’ll mean what he says, but he won’t be able to do much about it, and nobody will ask why the F.B.I. or the C.I.A. didn’t realize you were such a menace to society and lock you up preëmptively. Crazed shooters, after all, are something we’ve grown used to.

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More on the 'Eric Holder Crowd' and Dzhokar's Sudden Silence

Apr 26, 2013 6:29 AM PT

Yesterday I noted Senator Lindsey Graham's musing that the "Eric Holder crowd" was responsible for a federal judge suddenly barging into Dzhokar Tsarnaev's hospital room and Mirandizing him, leaving FBI interrogators reeling in shock, as the previously cooperative terrorist suddenly fell silent.  I wondered if Graham was insinuating that the decision was personally made by our shockingly incompetent Attorney General, Eric Holder.

Drawing on his own experience working in the Attorney General's office, radio host Mark Levin says he's certain Holder made the call:

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Lindsey Graham blames the "Eric Holder crowd" for shutting down Tsarnaev interrogation

Apr 25, 2013 12:35 PM PT

There is much confusion about why a judge suddenly appeared in Dzhokar Tsarnaev's hospital room and read him the Miranda warning, reportedly leaving FBI interrogators "stunned."  They weren't finished interviewing him yet, but as soon as District Court Judge Marianne Bowler finished talking to him, the surviving bomber shut up tighter than a clam.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who was once an FBI agent, was gobsmacked: "Well I certainly never saw this in my law enforcement career, and I understand for officers who have been in, agents who have been in over 25 years, say they’ve never seen anything like this.  That the court proactively calls up as early as over the weekend and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to come down and do the arraignment and Mirandize.  Because we see on television he may be getting what’s called the public safety exception to the Mirandizing rule.'"

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We're Always the Last to Know

Apr 25, 2013 11:50 AM PT

In response to Tamerlan Mom Texts in 2011: Son Is Willing to Die for Islam:

Given all the information we're now getting about these brothers I'm sure I'm not the only one wishing something could have been done with these guys beforehand (other than not allowing them to come here in the first place, see Ann Coulter's latest).  I haven't heard anything about them breaking the law prior to the bombings.  And yet the question lingers. 

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"Knock-Off Jihadists?" Say It Ain't So, Joe?!

Apr 24, 2013 4:05 PM PT

In response to Biden: 'Two Twisted, Perverted, Cowardly Knock-Off Jihadists':

I'm not sure what a knock-off jihadist is, as opposed to say an authentic jihadist. The Tsarnaevs (allegedly) went on a killing spee that was rather successful ... nothing "knock-off" about it. I'm sure the "knock-off" element brings great comfort to the victim's families. 

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Biden: 'Two Twisted, Perverted, Cowardly Knock-Off Jihadists'

Apr 24, 2013 1:21 PM PT

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at slain officer Sean Collier's memorial service held at MIT today. While giving his speech, Biden described the suspected bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers as  "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists here in Boston..." 

Biden's inquiring mind went on to wander: 

"I’ve thought about it a lot, because I deal with it a lot, and I’ve come to the conclusion, it is not unique to me, but they do it to instill fear, to have us, in the name of our safety and security, jettison what we value the most, and what the world most values about us, our open society, our system of justice that guarantees freedom, the access of all Americans to opportunity, the free flow of information and people across this country, our transparency."

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Boston Bomber Had Two Outbursts at Cambridge Mosque

Apr 24, 2013 12:49 PM PT

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother accused in the Boston terror bombing, had angry outbursts in the middle of sermons at his local mosque on two occasions in the months prior to the attack.

A press release issued by the Islamic Society of Boston, a mosque located in Cambridge which both Tsarneav brothers attended, outlines interactions the mosque's staff had with the brothers. The document says that Tamerlan began attending services and prayer gatherings about a year prior to the bombings. His younger brother came to the mosque only occasionally.

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Spreading fear and changing the way we live

Apr 24, 2013 11:31 AM PT

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the funeral service for slain campus police officer Sean Collier today, a gesture of respect for which I enthusiastically commend him.  Much of what Biden said was moving and appropriate, but he said a few strange things, too.

At one point, the Vice President referred to Collier's murderers, the Tsarnaev brothers, as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis."  What's a "knock-off jihadi?"  They sure seem like energetic and committed Islamic jihadists.  We still don't have a full picture of the process by which the older brother was radicalized.  But it seems no effort will be spared to burnish his credentials as a freelance lone wolf, even at the service held to honor one of his victims.

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Senator: Russia Warned FBI Multiple Times

Apr 24, 2013 5:55 AM PT

According to Senator Richard Burr, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee learned that Russia had contacted the United States multiple times about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. 

In a closed briefing on Tuesday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee learned that Russia alerted the United States about Tsarnaev in ``multiple contacts’’ -- including ``at least once since October 2011,’’ said Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina, speaking with reporters afterward.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was on Terrorist Watch List

Apr 24, 2013 4:58 AM PT

Reuters is reporting that sources close to the Boston Marathon bombing say Tamerlan Tsarnaev was listed on the government's "highly classified" database of potential terrorists. "But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him." 

The sources said Tamerlan Tsarnaev's details were entered into TIDE, a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, because the FBI spoke to him in 2011 while investigating a Russian tip-off that he had become a follower of radical Islamists.

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Pressure Cooker Control

Apr 23, 2013 12:27 PM PT

Last week several people joked about banning pressure cookers.  It seems the jokes have becoming reality.  From Reason.com:

In what can only be described as a posthumous victory for raging a--hole Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Williams-Sonoma, the (absolutely amazing) kitchen-stuff company, has pulled pressure cookers--which the Tsarnaevs built into bombs--from shelves in Massachusetts. Patch reports

Following the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday in which pressure cookers were used for the explosion, the cookware giant has decided to temporarily stop selling the items in their Massachusetts stores.

"It's a temporary thing out of respect," said Kent, who is the Store Manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall. He referred Patch to corporate for further questions. Williams-Sonomaalso has a local branch at Legacy Place in Dedham.

Pressure cookers will still be available on the Williams-Sonoma website.

The social media nation

Apr 23, 2013 10:53 AM PT

In response to The Social Media President:

Obama, to his credit as a political technician, understands the value of these manufactured social media moments.  A heroic, sad photo his adoring followers can pass around will do a lot for their flagging morale.  Maybe they'll even be able to forget how their rock-star President is forcing them to sit in airport terminals for hours as part of his Sequester Terror comedy act.

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Bolton Dismisses Boston Bombing Investigation Claims

Apr 23, 2013 9:49 AM PT

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton appeared on Fox News, and dismissed the Boston bombing investigators claim that the Tsarnaev brothers did not have ties to any terrorist groups. Bolton question how, after only three days of interrogating one of the suspects, could they come to that conclusion.

This isn't FBI investigators, this is Superman-Fmr. U.N. Ambassador John Bolton

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Vice President Biden to Attend MIT Memorial for Officer Sean Collier

Apr 23, 2013 9:22 AM PT

As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend a memorial service for Sean Collier, the young MIT police officer killed last Thursday evening. Though it has not been confirmed, police believe Collier was shot by one or both of the Boston Marathon bombers as he sat in his cruiser.

The memorial service will be held on MIT's campus Wednesday and is only open to MIT students and law enforcement officers from around the country. Several dignitaries will be on hand including Vice President Biden and his wife Jill, Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Amazing Eyewitness Photos of Boston Shootout

Apr 23, 2013 5:39 AM PT

Yesterday, eyewitness Andrew Kitzenberg posted these amazing photographs of the shootout in Watertown with the brothers Tsarnaev. They were taken from an upper floor of his building with an iPhone 5. Follow the link to get the full effect--and to see just how bloodthirsty, and how crazy, these two young jihadists were.

It's striking to see them taking aim at police officers and unloading their arsenal with clear intent to kill. It's equally striking to note how reckless they were. They neglected to turn off the headlights of their vehicle, for example, making them easier to hit. And the final SUV charge of the barricade is captured in its full insanity.

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Do You Think...?

Apr 22, 2013 10:06 PM PT

In response to News Alert: Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Motivated by Religion not Ben Affleck Movies:

...that as Melissa Harris-Perry (or whatever her name is) is claiming that we are "Otherizing" the terrorists to reduce our feeling of responsibility for them, she perhaps pauses for one moment to consider that she is Otherizing us, and furthermore, that she is attempting to associate the terrorists us (we being her personal "Other") in order to reduce her responsibility for the terrorists?

After all, it's not the right that's promoting every mad-bomber in sight to high positions in the academy.  We're not the ones wearing Che Guevera shirts.  We're not the ones always finding ways to excuse the mass-murder of human beings.

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The Curious Case of The Saudi National's Altered Deportation File

Apr 22, 2013 11:56 AM PT

Although the MSM has dropped the story, several conservative news outlets continue to report news about the Saudi national who was briefly considered a "person of interest" and was later cleared after the Boston bombing, last week.

Here, at Breitbart, Elizabeth Sheld reported that the night before DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano had vehemently denied the existence of any deportation order, the Saudi, identified as Abdulrahman Ali Al-Harbi, had indeed had his records altered, rescinding his deportation order. 

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Uncle Sam's grasping, slippery fingers

Apr 21, 2013 6:33 AM PT

Perhaps inevitably, stories about missed opportunities to detect and either deport the Tsarnaev brothers, or at least keep closer tabs on them, are emerging.  Judicial Watch has been saying for days that the elder scumbag, Tamerlan, could have been deported after a 2009 domestic violence bust.  

Now the New York Times reports that a foreign government actually warned the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan might be worth keeping an eye on.  Despite that warning, the six months he spent overseas in 2012 to the terrorist hotbeds of Chechnya and Dagestan apparently didn't raise any red flags.  No one from our titanic super-government even noticed that Tamerlan was running a YouTube channel stuffed with terrorist videos.

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The Terrorists Didn't Fail

Apr 20, 2013 6:15 PM PT

In response to Obama's rush to judgment:

These words from Obama's weak and uninspired statement following the capture of the second terrorist, rang  hollow to my ears.

"One thing we do know is that whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous acts will not — cannot — prevail. Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they’ve already failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because, as Americans, we refused to be terrorized."

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Chris Swecker, FBI Assistant Director (Retired) on the Boston Terror Arrest (Audio)

Apr 19, 2013 11:18 PM PT

David Webb and Chris Swecker, FBI Assistant Director (Retired) speak about the arrest of the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.

'Police moved in on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday evening after a tip led them to the home on Franklin Street, where he apparently had been hiding in the back yard. Neighbors said they heard more than 30 shots one likened to "a roll of firecrackers shooting off." Police swarmed the scene, and several explosions, possibly police concussion grenades, were heard after a robot moved in on the boat. Less than two hours later, at about 9 p.m., the suspect, believed to have been injured in a wild shootout that spanned Thursday night to Friday morning,  was being taken to Beth Israel Hospital.'  Read more at Fox News

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Message from the Restaurant That Was the Scene of Bomb #2

Apr 18, 2013 4:14 PM PT

Forum is the restaurant which was the scene of the 2nd bombing in Boston this week. Their front entrance has now become famous for images of blood spattered sidewalks or white-jumpsuited crime scene investigators going over the scene for evidence. Tuesday morning, the owners of Forum posted a message on Facebook describing their business as "ground zero" but promising they will return after extensive renovation:

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the kind words, prayers and thoughts. Forum was ground zero as the second bomb exploded right on our patio, injuring several guests, runners and some of our staff. The images of horror and pain that some of us witnessed will be hard to forget.

We'd like to thank the Boston Police, Fire Department and EMS workers who helped us piece together our collective confusion and tend to those injured. We'd also like to thank the members of our own staff and guests who went above and beyond, helping those injured.

Forum will be closed until further notice, as we are now a crime scene. Our beautiful restaurant sustained heavy damage and will need to be rebuilt after the site is cleared.

Thank you all for the patronage during this first year of business. Boston Nightlife Ventures is proud to operate restaurants and bars in this beautiful city. We will prevail.

We love you Boston.

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