Unequivocal, verifiable evidence is absent. Reports are largely hearsay. Some later contradict earlier ones. Dzhokkar Tsarnaev faces unsubstantiated charges. America operates that way.
Authorities claim both brothers used pressure cookers packed with metal and ball bearings rigged to explode. How they fit in their backpacks wasn’t explained. Ones they wore weren’t large enough.
Other disturbing questions remain unanswered. What possible motive did they have? What could they gain? What evidence suggests they had bomb-making expertise? Why didn’t authorities intervene before marathon day?
FBI operatives monitored older brother Tamerlan for years. Suspicions alone should have warranted intervention. Most likely, there was no reason to do so.
On April 22, a Department of Justice press release headlined “Suspect in Boston Marathon Attack Charged with Using a Weapon of Mass Destruction,” saying:
Attorney General Eric Holder announced it. An unsealed US District Court for the District of Massachusetts criminal complaint charged Tsarnaev with:
one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and
one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
If convicted, potentially he faces “death,” “imprisonment for life or any term of years.” He “had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room.”
Holder said “our investigation is ongoing….(T)oday’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country.”
He praised state and local police, as well as federal law enforcement and intelligence officials.
“(O)nce again,” he said, “those who target innocent Americans and attempt to terrorize our cities will not escape from justice. We will hold those who are responsible for these heinous acts accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Media misreporting called Tsarnaev an ethnic Chechen. Doing so suggests Islamic extremism. He’s a 19-year old college student. He’s a naturalized US citizen.
He was a young boy on arrival. No evidence suggests links to terrorist groups. A throat injury prevents him from speaking.
An unnamed US official said his wound “had the appearance of a close-range, self-inflicted style.” He claimed he tried to kill himself. Unanswered was why by shooting himself in the throat?
Reports suggest he’s communicating silently. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis doesn’t dispute it. He added that he has no “specific information.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney said he’ll be prosecuted in civilian court. US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz will be chief prosecutor.
Months earlier, she was admonished for aggressively targeting Internet activist Aaron Swartz. She did so before his death. She’s a potential Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate.
She let Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann aggressively pursue Internet fraud. He did so unjustly. Swartz advocated online freedom. He had every right to do so. He sought a better open world. He believed information should be freely available.
A 2004 court decision also showed then assistant prosecutor Ortiz used overly aggressive tactics. Expect the worst employed against Dzhokkar Tsarnaev. His trial will get national coverage. It’s too early to know when it’s likely.
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