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Political  double standards  ? 

24-year-old New York anarchist Jerry Koch is jailed for invoking his 5th Amendment rights after  being  recalled  4 years later to  be questioned once  again in a case where  he  initially  testified that  he knew nothing of what had transpired in the  bicycle bombing being investigated. 

Lois  Lerner of the IRS  is called to testify she  invokes her  5th  Amendment right and goes on  to  claim that  she did nothing wrong or illegal.  However, she  is  still  free.

I  suppose  it   was helpful that  she  defied Legislators and not  a Judge , huh ?

Not exactly what  I  would call Justice for all……..

~Desert Rose~

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Published on May 22, 2013

24-year-old New York anarchist Jerry Koch gets jailed for up to 18 months for refusing to testify as a witness in the Times Square bicycle bombing case of 2008 at a federal grand jury hearing. RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports from the federal court house in the Big Apple.


Azamat Tazhayakov (left), Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) in a photo taken in Times Square. The picture, which appeared on Tsarnaev’s page on VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, is believed to be from November 2012.

Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were accused Wednesday of removing evidence from his dorm room as new details about the case emerged in court papers.

Criminal complaints against the trio revealed that Tsarnaev cut his long hair after the April 15 attack but before the FBI released his photo and that he allegedly told friends a month earlier that he knew “how to make a bomb.”

The court papers also suggest that the 19-year-old suspect was practically blasé when one of the friends texted to say he looked like the man in the FBI photos of the bomb suspect.

Among his replies: ‘lol,” according to the complaints.


Attorneys for the three suspects that were arrested for allegedly assisting in the Boston Marathon bombing maintain their clients’ innocence and say that they were shocked by the attack.


The complaints were filed against Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, who were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice, and Robel Phillipos, who was charged with making false statements.

The three friends, who are all 19-years-old, allegedly went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the FBI photos came out April 18 and left with a backpack that contained fireworks tubes that had been emptied of their explosive powder, according to the documents.

The backpack was later tossed in the garbage, though the suspects’ gave conflicting statement about whether that happened before or after Tsarnaev had been publicly named as the bombing suspect following a night of bloody mayhem.

As the allegations against them were unveiled, Tsarnaev’s three friends appeared in Boston Federal Court Wednesday afternoon. None of the charges suggested they had prior knowledge of the dual bombings that killed three and wounded more than 200 near the finish line of the race.


This May 1, 2013 FBI handout image released in a criminal complaint, shows fireworks tubes found in a backpack that was disposed of by friends of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev — who are from Kazakhstan and were detained more than a week ago on immigration charges — did not seek bail and were ordered held until a May 14 hearing.

Phillipos is being held until a detention hearing Monday. As he was read his rights, Federal Judge Marianne Bowler admonished him, saying, “I suggest you pay attention to me rather than looking down.”

Outside the courthouse, Harlan Protass, a lawyer for Tazhayakov, said his client “has cooperated fully with the authorities and looks forward to the truth coming out in this case.”


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Tsarnaev friends had money and ‘Terrorista #1’ license plate, classmate says


From left: Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A photograph from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s page on VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, appears to show him in Times Square. It is believed to be from November 2012. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said authorities knew of two trips by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to New York in 2012 but said he did not know whether those visits were related to any plot against Times Square.

Two of the three people newly arrested in the Boston Marathon investigation are Kazakh friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and one drove a BMW with a novelty license plate that said “Terrorista #1,” according to people who knew them.

The two were pictured in a 2012 photo with Tsarnaev in Times Square that was posted to VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother, suspected in the marathon attack, discussed driving to New York and setting off more of their explosives there.

The Kazakh men, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, were charged Wednesday with conspiring to destroy or hide a laptop belonging to Tsarnaev and a backpack of his containing fireworks.


Another man, Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., was charged with lying to investigators. All three appeared in federal court in Boston Wednesday afternoon.

Both Kazakh men are 19 and were in the United States on student visas, the Justice Department said.

Stephen Troio, who said he lived on the same dorm floor as the two men during his freshman year in 2011, said that they showed “lack of emotion” and “lack of personality” and that nothing stood out about them but the BMW.

“They did have a lot of money,” Troio told NBC News. “He wrecked like three Beamers and then bought another one.”


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From ‘lol’ to bomb-making boasts, new details in Boston Marathon court papers

A photo attached to the criminal complaint shows fireworks recovered from a backpack.

Criminal complaints against three college friends of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev contain new details about the case:

  •  A month before the April 15 attack on the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college friends Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev over a meal that he “knew how to make a bomb,” Tazhayakov said.
  •  When Kadyrbaev texted Tsarnaev on April 18 to say that he looked like one of the suspects in video just released by the FBI, the 19-year-old responded with messages including: “lol,” “you better not text me” and “come to my room and take whatever you want.”
  •  Among the items Tazhayakov, Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos say they found in Tsarnaev’s dorm room was Vaseline, which Kadyrbayev said he believed was used to “make bombs.”
  •  At a New Bedford, Mass., landfill, the FBI recovered the backpack containing the fireworks, the Vaseline and an assignment sheet from a University of Massachusetts class Tsarnaev was taking.



Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

BOSTON Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was moved from a hospital to a federal prison medical center, while FBI agents searched for evidence Friday in a landfill near the college he was attending.

Tsarnaev, 19, was taken from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was recovering from a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during a getaway attempt, and transferred to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles from Boston, the U.S. Marshals Service said. The facility at a former Army base treats federal prisoners.

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller told CBS Radio News that transferring Tsarnaev gets the hospital out of a delicate situation.

“There was some tension there,” said Miller. “There were many victims of the Boston bombing in Beth Israel hospital who didn’t want to be in the same hospital with one of the people allegedly responsible.”

Miller reports Tsarnaev’s transfer was done in early morning hours in the dark of night to avoid any security issues.

“A hospital is a place where the United States Marshals Service can keep a prisoner under guard, but it’s not the ideal situation they would have in a prison hospital environment,” Miller said.

The facility, on the decommissioned Fort Devens U.S. Army base, treats federal prisoners and detainees who require specialized long-term medical or mental health care.

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On Thursday, New York officials said Tsarnaev and his older brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev planned to attack Times Square.

“The surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “He told the FBI, apparently, that he and his brother had intended to drive to New York and designate additional explosives in Times Square.”

Also, FBI agents picked through a landfill near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev was a sophomore. FBI spokesman Jim Martin would not say what investigators were looking for. An aerial photo in Friday’s Boston Globe showed a line of more than 20 investigators, all dressed in white overalls and yellow boots, picking over the garbage with shovels or rakes.

“They’re searching for a laptop,” Miller said on “CBS This Morning” Friday, “but they’re also searching for anything else that would have gone out in that same trash, and that could be bomb-making components and other things. The laptop, though, if they find it, would be what they’re hoping to have as a treasure trove because it would show online places, email contacts and so on. Now, they can still get some of that off the servers from the providers.”

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New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that he and his brother had decided spontaneously to drive to New York April 18, three days after the deadly attack at the marathon’s finish line. There, Kelly said, the brothers wanted to launch an attack with their five pipe bombs and a pressure-cooker bomb like the ones that blew up at the marathon.

Kelly said that the city was notified by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Wednesday night about the brothers’ intentions.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev traveled to New York at least once last fall. There is a photo of the suspect in Times Square.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is seen with friends in Times Square in this undated photo, posted to Russian social media site VKontakte./ Rex USA

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The plan fell apart after the Tsarnaev brothers were intercepted by police in a stolen car and got into a fierce gun battle that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, Kelly said.

“We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston,” Bloomberg said. “We’re just thankful that we didn’t have to find out that answer.”

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My  thanks to  scorp3j  who was kind  enough to point  out that  The  Rep Cotton  had indeed  stated that  he was referring to  after  9/11, my  mistake.

I  stand by the rest  of my  statement  however. I  am not  happy  nor should anyone be  with the   way  Obama is handling it.  However, it is clear  that  the policies he is  continuing for the most  part   are the  same as  with the  Bush  Administration.  Therefore  a modicum of  blame for  the inception of this terrorist  entity  falls with both. As one was part of the  Administration that  helped create  it  and the other  has assisted in it’s  funding  and it’s  spread.

Ummm, I think he forgot September 11th, 2001

So excuse me that  would  be  Obama 5  – Bush  1

Unless of course you  count the creation,  support  and  protection  of Al Qaeda and   then the numbers  would be off the  chart  for both of them. Considering the  amount  of terrorist  attacks that  have  been  blamed on   Al Qaeda  all over  the  world. Obama  of course  being the one with the  highest  score  in the end since he  is continuing  these policies  and   GW is  no longer President.

~Desert Rose~


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Published on Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013:
“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs. Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five Jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state—the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask “why is the Obama administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States.”