The 19-year-old Tsarnaev, who is recovering in a Boston hospital from a gunshot wound, was questioned by police for 16 hours before he went silent after a magistrate judge and a representative from the US Attorney’s office read him his constitutional rights, AP reported, citing two anonymous officials. Prior to being advised of his rights, he admitted his role in the attacks to the FBI. Unable to talk because of the wound to his neck, Tsranaev began responding to investigators’ questions in writing and nods Sunday evening.He told authorities that he and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, were the perpetrators of the bombings that killed three people and injured over 200. He said his brother had only recently recruited him to be a part of the attack, and that they were motivated by the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there, according to US officials briefed on the initial interrogation. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was reportedly on the US government’s database of people it believes to be terrorists.As law enforcement attempts to piece together the circumstances, motives and details of the attack, none of what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI before being read his Miranda rights can be used against him in court. Dzhokhar’s public defender refused to comment on the matter on Wednesday. His parents, Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev, both maintained that their sons are innocent, with the father calling Dzhokhar a “true angel.”‘The US took my son’ Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev are expected to come to the United States to “find out the truth” behind their sons’ alleged involvement in a terror attack.On Wednesday, they met with diplomats from the US Embassy in Moscow in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala. Zubeidat claimed they both spoke to FBI representatives, though her statement has not been confirmed. After the meeting, Anzor said at a press conference in Makhachkala on Thursday he would travel from Russia to the US to bury Tamerlan. “I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one. I don’t have any bad intentions. I don’t plan to blow up anything,” he said, adding, “I am not angry at anyone. I want to go find out the truth.”Speaking at the press conference, Zubeidat blamed the US for killing her son. She said she wished her sons had never moved to the US, and if she goes there she will consider renouncing her US passport. Zubeidat Tsarnaev said she has not yet decided whether she will go to the US; she is reportedly facing arrest if she enters the country. The clerk of the Natick District Court earlier confirmed to ABC News that Zubeidat failed to appear at a court hearing last year to resolve charges that she stole $1,600 worth of merchandise from a Lord & Taylor department store.As the conference ended, she pleaded with journalists for privacy: “I am tired. I feel bad. We’ve just answered all your questions. We ask you to leave us alone.” …
With the perpetrators of the attack on the Boston marathon now apparently identified as brothers from Chechnya, and with one of those brothers still at large terrorizing Boston, it’s worth nothing that before the bizarre turn of events that led to this morning’s chaotic scene, Internet detectives made one last totally shameful false accusation that also in this case involved the harassment of a family currently desperately searching for their lost son and brother.Yesterday, a Reddit user posted a new, startlingly clear image of the aftermath of the explosion, that shows, on the far left, what looks very much like one of the FBI’s suspects fleeing the scene. After Philip Bump, an Atlantic Wire writer and Photoshop expert, explained why he believed the image was genuine the New York Times confirmed the photo’s authenticity.Continue Reading… …
Republicans lawmakers aren’t
ready to let go of the Obama Administration’s misleading
description of the deadly Benghazi, Libya, consulate attacks as a
spontaneous consequence of a stupid anti-Muslim YouTube video. This
is making Secretary of State John Kerry just a wee bit testy. Via
Secretary of State John Kerry had a message for lawmakers he
suggested were harping on the Obama administration’s response to
the September 11 raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi:
let’s move on.
“Let’s get this done with, folks,” Kerry told the House Foreign
Affairs Committee in his first appearance before Congress since
taking office. “”I do not want to spend the next year coming up
here talking about Benghazi.”
Seven months after the attack, which killed Ambassador Chris
Stevens and three other Americans, Kerry faced sharp questions from
Republican lawmakers over security at the Benghazi facility leading
up to the attack and in the immediate aftermath.
Not only are lawmakers wondering why there’s still little
explanation as to why the Administration took the embarrassing
initial positions it did over the attack, there’s still very little
news about bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The Washington Post notes:
The FBI, which is investigating the attack, has reported no
progress. But Kerry said without elaboration that investigators
“have identified people, and they’re building a case.” He said that
the State Department had taken action on all 24 recommendations by
a department-named board that independently reviewed the Benghazi
Fox News reported that Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa,
chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is
trying to get clearance to find a way for potential government
“whistleblowers” to share classified information with Congress to
help with the investigation. …
NEW DELHI, India — India has overhauled its rape laws to introduce new crimes, expand the definition of rape, and toughen up punishments for the perpetrators of sexual violence — instituting long awaited changes brought to the public eye by a series of brutal, highly public gang rapes.Indian President Pranab Mukherjee OK’d the new Anti-Rape Bill on April 3, which will include new punishments for stalking and voyeurism and introduce life sentences and even the death penalty for rape crimes.The definition of rape will be expanded, and an absence of physical struggle will no longer translate into consent, notes a BBC rundown of the changes.Perpetrators of acid attacks — sadly common crimes in India — will be hit with a mandatory 10-year sentence, and victims of sexual violence will be granted the right to self defense, according to the Times of India.Continue Reading… …
Two young boys tried to rob Brunswick, Ga. resident Sherry Westwhile she was pushing her baby son in a stroller Thursday morning.The teen, who was carrying a handgun, is thought to be between 13and 15 years old, and his accomplice is thought to be as young as10.“He said, ‘I am going to kill you if you don’t give me yourmoney,” West told CNN affiliate WAWS-TV, with tears streamingdown her face. “And I said, ‘I swear, I don’t haveany.’”The juveniles responded that because she doesn’t have any moneyfor them, they were going to shoot her baby. The woman attempted toshield her son Antonio, only to be shoved aside by the teen, whoproceeded to shoot the infant dead.“I put my arms over my baby and [the older boy] shoves me,and then he shot my baby right in the head,” West told WAWS-TV.The boy then shot the woman in the leg and ran off with hisaccomplice into a residential neighborhood.While injured herself, West desperately tried to save the childby administering CPR, but eventually realized there was nothing shecould do to bring back the lifeless body. Meanwhile, the father ofthe son is distraught over the fact that he wasn’t at the scene tohelp.“Why my little one?” asked Louis Santiago in an interviewwith WAWS. “You know, you should have just taken the pocketbookand go.”The shooting has enraged residents of Brunswick, who have cometogether to help find the murderous kids. Police had received morethan 30 leads as of Friday morning from citizens determined to helpbring the case to justice.Police have been checking school attendance records to determinewho was absent at the time of the shooting and have been going fromdoor to door to try to find kids matching West’s description,according to Todd Rhodes, spokesman for the Brunswick PoliceDepartment.“We’re not leaving any stone unturned,” Rhodes said in aFriday morning news conference, while also acknowledging that thehunt for the perpetrators has instigated a number of rumors aboutwho the children might be. Numerous Brunswick residents admitted hearing gunshots, but Westwas the only one to witness the shooting of her child.”This is obviously just a terrible day in the city ofBrunswick,” Mayor Bryan Thompson told reporters on Thursday,”and made even more terrible by the senseless killing of a youngchild. And it appears perpetrated by children themselves.” …
An editor at the state-owned Lana network said the attackerslocked the other workers inside one office, torched thesurroundings and fled with the six hostages in a jeep to anundisclosed location. They later released five people, but keptJoumaa al-Usta, the wealthy owner, captiveOne of the anchors at the Alassema station where the attack tookplace, Mohammed al-Sharkassi, told another news network that he hadalso been accosted outside his workplace by “individuals whoidentified themselves as former rebels.” He told Libya al-Ahrartelevision that he would be freed if he left Tripoli immediately.He added that the rebels were angered by the channel’s editorialpolicies, giving no further details.Libya al-Ahrar says the attack occurred in the afternoon. Theassailants stormed the channel, entering through the windows. TheLana network added that the gunmen smashed equipment. Securityforces arrived at the scene promptly after the attack.The precise origin of the perpetrators is unknown, although aLana editor views the attack as a response to Alassema’s persistentcriticism of the rebels’ and as revenge for the channel’s coverageof the attack on the National General Congress earlier in the week,when a siege lasted for hours. The lawmakers were at work on a billto prevent officials from the Gaddafi era from holding politicalposts in future.The Alassema station has ties to Libya’s National Forces Coalition,who bested the Muslim Brotherhood in the legislative elections inJuly of last year. The liberal coalition’s head, Mahmoud Jibril –the country’s western-inclined ex-prime minister, masterminded the2011 coup that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.Since Gaddafi’s overthrow, media has flourished. But during thebloody revolution that lasted from February to October, pittingGaddafi loyalists against rebels and NATO forces, tens of thousandslost their lives and the economy of the oil-rich country was dealta huge blow. …
Though she did not know it at the time, Pamela Anderson was an inadvertent participant in a massive stock scam that duped investors out of more than $30 million.
Federal authorities took action this week, arresting 14 people involved in the stock manipulation plan that resembled a typical “pump-and-dump” scheme, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to Courthouse News Service, perpetrators of the “two separate, large-scale fraud schemes,” which reportedly victimized more than 20,000 people worldwide, promoted worthless stock and then sold it at a much higher price