Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 are now, by virtue of the fact that they are being reported on, guilty. That isn't to say that they actually performed the acts, merely that very few people will actually ask any relevant questions about the case, merely accept that the police got their 'perp' and that justice has been done.(Just taking a gander around the Weekly Standard raises this little gem - "...Authorities still have to carefully piece together the details of how the brothers became terrorists,")
Yet any casual look into the history of law enforcement, let alone high-profile cases, reveals that police will admit that they could care less if justice is being done, merely that the guy(s) that they suspect of committing the act are bagged.
Now of course this doesn't mean the opposite, that they didn't perpetrate the acts, it merely illustrates that the act of being accused/suspected is insufficient evidence to convict.
The one big thing that is lacking here is the most critical as always - motive.
- "The brothers’ alleged motive in Monday’s bombings remains unclear..."
- "...two law enforcement officials said there is a “Chechen connection” to the bombings. "
- Other than the fact that the brothers were from a 'terrorist region' (Who isn't anymore?), what real links to terrorism are reported? I think the obvious implication is - Suspects are Chechen and Chechnya has terrorism, Therefore a 'link' has been established.
- "...in the last several months, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had posted videos to YouTube indicating his interest in radical Muslim ideologies."
- "On a YouTube channel, Tamerlan created a video file called “Terrorists,” where he posted footage that has since been removed from view. He also shared other videos of lectures from a radical Islamic cleric. In one video, Arab voices can be heard singing as bombs explode from high-rise buildings"
- How do we know that this is his account?
- "Radical" is a subjective term.
- Where are the manifestos, the proclamations of deadly intent? People who go ape like this generally leave behind some sort of proclamation before going off.
- Why would individuals that were effectively Americanized turn on a country that they had seemingly embraced?
- Kyrgyz officials said the family left the country about 12 years ago for Dagestan, and after a year there emigrated to the United States.
- The father worked as an auto mechanic. Jerry Siegel, owner of Webster’s Auto Body, in Somerville, Mass., said that the elder Tsarnaev worked for him for about 18 months and that he was an excellent mechanic who spoke very little English.
- “He was just a hard-working, strong, tough guy,” said Siegel. “He would get under a car in the middle of winter, did whatever I asked.”
- His wife is registered as a cosmetologist. She is facing a criminal trial in Natick, Mass., after police said they arrested her last year trying to steal up to nine women’s dresses from a Lord & Taylor store at a local mall.
- "Speaking to journalists in Dagestan Friday, the brothers’ father, Anzov Tsarnaev, said his sons never had any interest in weapons. “I believe my children were set up,” he said."
- The father would have a decent idea of the nature of his children.
- Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer who worked out at a martial arts facility in the Cambridge area.
- Tamerlan began boxing shortly after arriving in the United States. He registered with USA Boxing, the governing body for Olympic-style boxing, as early as 2003 and steadily rose through the ranks. By 2009, he reached the national Golden Gloves tournament in Salt Lake City, where he lost in a three-round decision bout with a boxer from Chicago.
- Colleagues all described him as athletic, and aggressive. “He was tall, taller than most of the guys, and tough,” said Paul Barry, vice president of the New England Boxing Association in Worcester, Mass., who once judged one of Tamerlan’s bouts.Tamerlan was arrested in 2009 for assault in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, according to Spotcrime.com, an online source of crime information.
- He was a 9/11 truther?
- Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name was placed on the National Counter Terrorism Center's database.
- Began gathering materials for the explosives at least two months ago, when he was spotted at a New Hampshire fireworks store. The store told the FBI that it sold $400-worth of fireworks in February to the accused Boston bomber.
- "He just wanted the biggest, loudest stuff we had in the store," said Megan Kearns, the assistant manager of Phantom Fireworks
- Bought two large reloadable mortar kits during a two-for-one sale. She said she remembered Tamerlan because of his Russian accent. The store has since confirmed his purchase with store records.
- The amount of gunpowder that could be harvested from the kits -- less than half a pound -- would not have been enough to detonate the Boston bombs, Phantom Fireworks VP William Weimer said.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev
- The younger brother, Dzhokhar, graduated in 2011 from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a public high school in Cambridge. He was a quiet young man who was on the school wrestling team, said Deana Beaulieu, 20, who attended schools with him since the seventh grade
- The city of Cambridge announced two years ago that it had awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who was listed as a senior at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, a highly regarded public school whose alumni include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and NBA star Patrick Ewing.
- Ty Barros, 21, a former high school classmate of Dzhokhar’s, told The Washington Post that Dzhokhar was widely known as Jahar and was “a normal regular American kid.”
- He liked sports and listened to rap music with other kids hanging out in the Cambridge neighborhood around Norfolk Street, Barros said. “He was a fairly popular kid; he was a fairly friendly, nice kid,” Barros said.
- In 2011, Dzhokhar graduated high school, where he was the captain of the wrestling team, and went on to study at the University of Massachusetts. He hoped to become a dentist.
- Dzhokhar was an avid skateboarder, and Sunday night before the Monday bombing he cruised down Norfolk Street toward the house where his family has lived, said Caprice Ruff, 18, a grocery store cashier who lives about five houses away, across the street, on the same block in Cambridge.
- FBI agents found "a large pyrotechnic" in his college dorm room
- Witnesses reported hearing explosions and gunfire as the police
apparently engaged the two men and local television footage showed one
man lying spread out on the ground, with his arms out, surrounded by
However, it is now thought that this man is not one of the suspects wanted by law enforcement.
Police officials would not discuss the incident with reporters.
When asked for information on the incident, Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley frantically told MailOnline, 'I don't know anything... I don't know anything at this point.'
- Police said they had conflicting reports on whether the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, near the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Thursday night.
- Why rob a 7/11?
- They don't kill an anonymous car jack victim because he's foreign. Who escaped.
- So kill anonymous runners including foreigners, but not a foreigner who can identify you?
- They then shot to death an MIT police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, while he was responding to a report of a disturbance, investigators said.
- Ambushed the officer and shot him five times in the head
- Why were they at MIT?
- Why kill a security guard?
- Shootout with police
- A shootout with police and then the older brother 'blows himself up'?
- Reportedly the younger brother "Ran over" the older brother. Or the police ran him over.
- Why would the younger brother run his older brother over?
- "Authorities gave no details on how his younger brother escaped."
- How did a nineteen year old, with little to no experience escape police when accomplished crooks can't get away to save their lives?
- According to FBI sources who have spoken to CNN, still unreleased footage reveals that the suspects stayed at the scene to watch the devastation the two blasts created.
'When the bombs blow up, when most people are running away and victims were lying on the ground, the two suspects walk away pretty casually,' said the official to CNN, who has seen the unreleased video.
They acted differently than everyone else,' he added.
- FBI agent in charge in Boston, said Suspect No. 2 in the white hat was seen setting down a bag at the site of the second of two deadly explosions.
- There is video of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev running away with his backpack.
- Video of suspect two planting his device exists, but the FBI has chosen not to release it because were the media to repeatedly show the suspects leaving the bomb, it might cause some people to overreact if they came into contact with them.
- Setting down "a" bag, is it "the" bag? Or is this circumstantial?
- Where did the 'expertise' and money to build the bombs come from?
- How were the devices detonated?
- Federal agents have analyzed the two pressure cooker bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack and confirmed early speculation that the other components were also built largely, if not entirely of commercially available items, including parts of a remote control toy car, BBs and small nails.
- Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is captured in a boat.
- Was unarmed.
- How can there be a 'standoff" with no guns?
- Throat injury
- Caused by a
gunshot wound, shrapnel from a suicide attempt, that will leave him unable to speak again
- Not read his Miranda rights. Stops "talking" after rights are read to him.
- A single gun, a Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, was recovered. (the serial number on the firearm was obliterated)
- How did the brothers stage a shootout with only one gun?
My initial impression? Mixed. The initial evidence seems to lend credence to the thought that these two were at least in the area and perhaps set the backpacks. The older brother seems somewhat compromised, but where is the dirt on the younger? But add to that the increased military presence in the area and the lack of motive and I struggle to connect why they would have done it.
And that is a crucial piece of info.