Boston bomb suspect under heavy guard

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday — apparently in no shape to be interrogated — as investigators tried to establish the motive for the deadly attack and the scope of the plot.
Associated Press
Apr 21, 2013


People across the Boston area breathed easier the morning after Tsarnaev, 19, was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense day that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.

There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.

The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.

President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers — ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived in the Boston area — had help from others. The president urged people not to rush judgment about their motivations.

U.S. officials said an elite interrogation team would question the Massachusetts college student without reading him his Miranda rights, something that is allowed on a limited basis when the public may be in immediate danger, such as instances in which bombs are planted and ready to go off.

The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about that possibility. Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

The federal public defender's office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday afternoon that Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition and was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.

"I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives," the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. "We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered."

The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.

The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.

Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of "USA! USA!" Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.

Michael Spellman said he bought tickets to Saturday's Red Sox game at Fenway Park to help send a message to the bombers.

"They're not going to stop us from doing things we love to do," he said, sitting a few rows behind home plate. "We're not going to live in fear."

During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the Tsarnaev brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious shootout and car chase in which they hurled explosives at police from a large homemade arsenal, authorities said.

"We're in a gunfight, a serious gunfight. Rounds are going and then all of the sudden they see something being thrown at them and there's a huge explosion," Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said Saturday of the melee.

The chief said one of the explosives was the same type used during the Boston Marathon attack, and authorities later recovered a pressure cooker lid that had embedded in a car down the street. He said the suspects also tossed two grenades before Tamerlan ran out of ammunition and police tackled him.

But while handcuffing him, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove the carjacked Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The sport utility vehicle dragged Tamerlan's body down the block, he said. Police initially tracked the escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a house after abandoning the Mercedes, negotiating his surrender hours later after an area resident saw blood and found the suspect huddled in his boat.

Chechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

Investigators have not offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with officials and those who knew the Tsarnaevs, a picture has emerged of the older one as someone embittered toward the U.S., increasingly vehement in his Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.

The Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two law enforcement officials said Saturday.

According to an FBI news release, a foreign government said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups.

The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two officials said it was Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter publicly.

The FBI said that in response, it interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity. The bureau said it looked into such things as his telephone and online activity, his travels and his associations with others.

An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man's increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew basically ended after that call.

As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "he's been absolutely wasted by his older brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he's done," Tsarni said.

Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Cambridge, said in an interview that the older brother had strong political views about the United States. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as "an excuse for invading other countries."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said. He was married with a young daughter. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As of Saturday, more than 50 victims of the bombing remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.




CNN) -- The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings suffered an injury to his throat and may not be able to talk

how convenient..


he can communicate thru yes and no questions or written word. ...if he survives.

The Big Dog's back

American citizen. He has the right to remain silent.


I am sorry ANY one, that INCLUDING American citizens, that kill/bomb/terrorize this country have NO "rights". Would you still have that comment if/when other bombs are found or detonate in the city? There could be MORE explosives. But thankfully, you support this person's rights. His rights are more important than others who want to live and protect themselves/families?


It was a joke.


sounds like you and the president have already tried and convicted this guy....without even looking at the we can now throw out ones "rights" for any reason..then why even have due process? Lets just hang this guy trial...give this guy a lawyer?... that's unheard of in this country....sorry but i have followed this start to finish and till now...I've see way to much to not give this guy the same due process as anyone else...if for no other reason than to quiet the conspiracies...


So, the shootout, the hand grenades/IED's out the window, the carjacking, the killing of the MIT officer? that is all just make believe? What more evidence do you need? I am not even talking about the bombings, there is enough OTHER things to "hang him high".

2cents's picture

BD, I was thinking of contacting my congressperson and see if they can introduce a bill that would grant new immigrants full citizenship like this jerk had just received, but with a catch. A five year holding period for any felony, one felony and you just lost it, no longer a citizen, zero options!

The Big Dog's back

I know you righties hate the Constitution except for the 2nd Amendment.


Oh , how some like to pick and choose those God given rights ,eh . What if they would have used guns to mow down the spectators instead ? Would the NRA have backed them up and perhaps supplied lawyers ? Hell , maybe even get ole sweaty Teddy to bark profanities and whoop up a show for them .

thinkagain's picture

Ground Control to Bluto
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Bluto?

Plug your oxygen line back in, your words are disjointed.

Once you regain your senses, please enlighten us with your definition of a “God given right”.


@ Think , It's called sarcasm . It's the excuse the gun worshippers use to defend their reasons for not closing the loopholes that allow criminals and wackos to get guns to kill babies in schools and in strollers as their mothers are walking home . Now I suppose you want to make a statement about abortion or homosexuality now . That is your bread and butter topic ; ) My main point though is that everyone is supposed to get their day in court . Even when it is pretty obvious they are guilty . That is a constitutional right . Some on here like to pick and choose their favs when it comes to the constitution .

2cents's picture

Where did guns come from in my comment about holding people to their pledge?

thinkagain's picture

Except for free will the Bible is silent on rights of any kind. Making the phrase "God-given rights" meaningless.

Yes, I would like to make a statement against the stain of abortion and homosexuality, but didn’t know how to work it into the conversation. Thanks!!!


I agree . The phrase " God given right " is meaningless in regard to our rights as American citizens , but I have heard it used in the gun control debate a lot , like the 2nd amendment came straight out of the bible . Some of those same people come on here and call for this kids head without a trial . Kinda goes against both their Christian beliefs and our Constitution to prejudge people doesn't it . By the way . If the bible is silent on rights of any kind , as you say . Does that include the right to life ? There , now you have a segue into abortion . Enjoy ; )))

thinkagain's picture

I am a Christian first and foremost, a Republican secondly. I have no problem with increased background checks.

Thanks for the segue, but there’ll be another place and time. Besides, deep down, everyone already knows that murdering innocent human beings is wrong.

2cents's picture

If this guy along with his brother weren't the bombers....then who was it? Because if it was not these two, they sure do have a lot of explaining on why they placed bombs in backpacks at the marathon, hijacked a car, traded gun fire with officers, threw explosives out the window of a stolen car at the police and KILLED an MIT officer.

Yup, just a normal day for your avg. college student.


Well if he survives perhaps he can become a professor like Ayers and Dohrn; eventually becoming heroes to the liberal leftists.?

The Big Dog's back

Kinda like Eric Rudolph is to you?
Eric Rudolph Homepage - Army of God


It took about 4 minutes for the first Ayers fan to pop out of the woodwork.

No, unlike your view on the second amendment, I support liberals and their right to kill their own fetus; hey keep doing your part to thin the population.

The Big Dog's back

Remind me once again what Ayers was CONVICTED of.

Mime Bloggling

As a naturalized citizen you take an oath to obey and uphold the country's laws. Treasonous acts of violence against the United States will result in revocation of citizenship.


lets start with the white house....
April 21, 2013
As Syria’s opposition forces and their main international allies meet in Istanbul, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has announced that the US will double its non-lethal military aid to Syria’s rebels. The US$123 million defense aid package was announced by Kerry...
Apr. 9, 2013 7:59pm

hummmm....we fund the same group we call the it just me or is this not treason??

2cents's picture

I had coffee last night with eight Syrian born friends in Cleveland. Some have family in the army there; they still all back their president knowing he is the better choice at this time. If he loose then we may see the same as Egypt. If he loses then the entire country will go Muslim, possibly radical, they are Christian, all the women will then be covered again and the Christians will be driven out or eliminated.