Boston bomb investigation extends to Russia

Dead suspect was on terrorist watchlist.
Associated Press
Apr 25, 2013

New information emerged Wednesday from U.S. officials that the name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been added to a U.S. government terrorist database long before the explosions. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more than 4,000 mourners paid tribute to a campus police officer who authorities say was gunned down by the suspects.

Among the speakers at the memorial service in Cambridge, just outside Boston, was Vice President Joe Biden, who condemned the bombing suspects as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis."

In a striking new development, U.S. officials said the name of the dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was added by the CIA to a terrorist database 18 months ago. The officials spoke to The Associated press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing case.

The disclosure was significant because officials have been saying the U.S. intelligence community had no relevant information leading up to the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Inclusion of one of the bomb suspects' name in a database for 18 months before the attack could prompt congressional inquiries about whether the U.S. government adequately investigated tips from Russia that Tsarnaev posed a security threat.

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Tsarnaev's younger brother, surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was listed in fair condition as he recovered from wounds suffered during a getaway attempt. He could get the death penalty if convicted of plotting with his older brother to set off the pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's father has called him a "true angel," and an aunt has insisted he's not guilty. His public defender didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The bombs were triggered by a remote detonator of the kind used in remote-control toys, U.S. officials said Wednesday. They said investigators found pieces of the remote-control equipment among the debris and were analyzing them.

Both U.S. officials are close to the ongoing investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. One official described the detonator as "close-controlled," meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs.

The criminal complaint filed against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said he was using a cellphone moments before the blasts.

U.S. officials also said he has told interrogators he and his brother were angry about the U.S. wars in Muslim Afghanistan and Iraq.

After closed-door briefings on Capitol Hill with the FBI and other law enforcement officials, lawmakers said earlier this week that it appeared so far that the brothers were radicalized via the Internet instead of by direct contact with any terrorist groups and that the older brother was the driving force in the bomb plot.

In Russia, U.S. investigators traveled to the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan and were in contact with the brothers' parents, hoping to gain more information.

The parents, Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, plan to fly to the U.S. on Thursday, the father was quoted as telling the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. The family has said it wants to bring Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body back to Russia.

Investigators are looking into whether Tamerlan, who spent six months in Russia's turbulent Caucasus region in 2012, was influenced by the religious extremists who have waged an insurgency against Russian forces in the area for years. The brothers have roots in Dagestan and neighboring Chechnya but had lived in the U.S. for about a decade.

There was a new twist in the accounts of how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured last week.

Two U.S. officials say he was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat covered by a tarp in a neighborhood backyard. Authorities originally said they had exchanged gunfire with him for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.

The U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, said investigators recovered a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used by Tamerlan from the site of a Thursday night gunbattle that injured a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer. Dzhokhar was believed to have been shot before he escaped.

The officials told the AP that no gun was found in the boat. Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said earlier that shots were fired from inside the boat.

Asked whether the suspect had a gun in the boat, Davis said, "I'm not going to talk about that."

Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, did respond to the report.

"Within half a mile of where this person was captured, a police officer was shot. And I know who shot him." Schwartz said. "And there were three bombs that went off, and I know where those bombs came from. ... To me, it does not change anything. This guy was captured alive and will survive. True or not true, it doesn't change anything for me."

At MIT, bagpipes wailed as students, faculty and staff members and throngs of law enforcement officials paid their respects to MIT police Officer Sean Collier, who was ambushed in his cruiser three days after the bombing.

The line of mourners stretched for a half-mile. They had to make their way through tight security, including metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.

Boston native James Taylor sang "The Water is Wide" and led a sing-along of "Shower the People."

Biden told the Collier family that no child should die before his or her parents, but that, in time, the grief will lose some of its sting.

"The moment will come when the memory of Sean is triggered and you know it's going to be OK," Biden said. "When the first instinct is to get a smile on your lips before a tear to your eye."

The vice president also sounded a defiant note.

"The purpose of terror is to instill fear," he said. "You saw none of it here in Boston. Boston, you sent a powerful message to the world."

In another milestone in Boston's recovery, the area around the marathon finish line was reopened to the public, with fresh cement still drying on the repaired sidewalk. Delivery trucks made their way down Boylston Street under a heavy police presence, though some damaged stores were still closed.

"I don't think there's going to be a sense of normalcy for a while," Tom Champoux, who works nearby, said as he pointed to the boarded-up windows. "There are scars here that will be with us for a long time."

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Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy and Bob Salsberg in Boston, Lynn Berry in Moscow, and Kimberly Dozier, Adam Goldman, Eric Tucker, Matt Apuzzo, and Eileen Sullivan in Washington contributed to this report.

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Off topic.

Contango

"They Live" - the ULTIMATE conspiracy movie. Ever seen it SFB?

4shizzle

Looks like a conspiracy theorist convention going on around here.
Shucks....and my tin foil hat is at the cleaners.

thinkagain

Good one! My favorite paranoid is Big Dog. He believes aliens flew millions of light-years, just to build stone pyramids.

Contango

FYI: BD is an admitted 9.11 truther.

Also, from when his ID was brutus smith:

“I am a Federal Agent working out of Langley Virginia, assigned to watch right wingnuts posing as Libertarians. Also I Fact check far right wingnut bloggers. “

(brutus smith, Oct. 30, 2010)

'nuff said.

The Big Dog's back

And you know they didn't how?

Contango

The 9/11 Commission Report and the FACT that even Pres. Clinton said that the "truthers" were nutz "Double-Naught" spy. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/1...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1...

Contango

The Big Dog's back
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:42pm

"Everyone knows it was a right winger."

GOOD CALL Double-Naught! LOL

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhhh, it was a right winger.

Contango

Nope! They were lefties like you and your ilk:

"Investigators have said it appears the brothers were angry about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

The Big Dog's back

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Off-topic comments.

Contango

DERP!

Centauri

54W

The Big Dog's back

The question wasn't for you con.

Contango

Regardless, my response fits.

thinkagain

TBDb - And you know Christ wasn’t resurrected how?

The Big Dog's back

I don't. But neither do you.

Contango

From when BD was brutus smith:

"Actually a bunch (of) Stone Age right wingnuts wrote the Old Testament." (brutus smith, Sept. 10, 2010)

Feel the same way about the NT Double-Naught?

thinkagain

To deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you have to close your eyes to the overwhelming facts of history. Yet when it comes to little green men...you have faith.

The Big Dog's back

Tell me what HISTORY book contains those "facts".

Contango

BD aka brutus smith wrote:

“Those of us born and raised Catholic,” (brutus smith, Nov. 25, 2010)

What happened to you Double-Naught?

Centauri

Mossad?

sash

Show us the evidence! We want to see it all now! Really? I understand wanting to know everything that happened, when, where and how but they also have to put together a criminal case. No prosecutor is going to lay out all of his evidence for the defense attorney to get a jump on it. The media in general is filled with talking heads who report the newest rumor, with no regard to veracity, just so they can say they had it first. If you read it or hear it, triple check sources. Now that the mad dash to break the news is slowing down, reports should be a bit more accurate.

arnmcrmn

They did it. Bottom line.

luvblues2

Prove it.

arnmcrmn

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/...

Hijacked victim tells tale of his ride with the bombers.

The 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur had just pulled his new Mercedes to the curb on Brighton Avenue to answer a text when an old sedan swerved behind him, slamming on the brakes. A man in dark clothes got out and approached the passenger window. It was nearly 11 p.m. last Thursday.

The man rapped on the glass, speaking quickly. Danny, unable to hear him, lowered the window -- and the man reached an arm through, unlocked the door, and climbed in, brandishing a silver handgun.

“Don’t be stupid,” he told Danny. He asked if he had followed the news about Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. Danny had, down to the release of the grainy suspect photos less than six hours earlier.

“I did that,” said the man, who would later be identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. “And I just killed a policeman in Cambridge.”

arnmcrmn

http://www.washingtonpost.com/po...

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that he and his older brother decided on the spot last Thursday night to drive to New York and launch an attack. In their stolen SUV they had five pipe bombs and a pressure-cooker explosive like the ones that blew up at the marathon, Kelly said.

But when the Tsarnaev brothers stopped at a gas station on the outskirts of Boston, the carjacking victim they were holding hostage escaped and called police, Kelly said. Later that night, police intercepted the brothers in a blazing gunbattle that left 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead.

If that isn't proof enough? He admitted to heading to NYC after Boston to blow up Times Square.

Silly conspiracy people. LOL.

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