Warning: Graphic images below.
Woody Box's coverage of surveillance video from the Forum restaurant, the location of the second bomb (the second bomb blew up directly in front of the restaurant; it had been placed near the corner of the patio's railing), proves that Dzhokhar's backpack was not the second bomb (as does the FBI's statement that the backpacks were black).
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The government released the video (see below), which was supposed to show Dzhokhar dropping and leaving his bag on the sidewalk in front of the Forum restaurant. A version of the video was played to the jury (the actual Forum video clip starts at 3:35 and ends with the explosion).
Video of Tsarnaev Brother Around Boylston Street on Day of Boston Marathon Bombings
The video clip doesn't match FBI agent Daniel Genck's report in the criminal complaint:
So what does the video show?
1. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not standing "near the metal barriers." He's standing directly behind the tree, and it is beyond comprehension how anyone watching the video, let alone a trained FBI specialist, would take the metal barriers, which are not visible in the video, as a reference point — instead of the tree — to pinpoint Dzhokhar's location [note that the FBI removed the tree even though it was not submitted as evidence at trial].
The diagram illustrates the situation:
2. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can not be seen slipping his knapsack onto the ground. At 3:45 in the video (corresponding to 14:45:47) he seems to make something with his left hand. But to slip the knapsack to the ground, he didn't need his left hand, all the more because he had still his cellphone in it. Additionally, he's still walking and has not reached his final position at this point — this is two seconds later. But according to Genck, he slips the bag to the ground after he can be seen standing among numerous spectators. Afterwards, no "apparent slipping" can be observed either. Genck's narrative fundamentally differs from the video.
3. A photograph taken from the opposite side of the street would not show his feet and the knapsack beside them on the ground. The view would have been blocked by the people in front of him, the barriers and the tree. The photos inserted in the video clip (which are of dubious origin and authenticity, by the way) show that it's impossible to catch a view of the knapsack — given that it is placed behind the tree.
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The three men in the image below — the large black man and the two men in black (one white, one black, wearing identical clothing, most likely FBI agents) — are standing on the patio where the backpack would have been placed. This image was captured shortly before the bombs exploded. Surveillance video from Lord & Taylor showed a dark-skinned male planting a black backpack on the patio of the Forum restaurant, but this video "disappeared" and was not presented at trial. Dzhokhar can been seen talking on his cell phone, then standing behind the tree, and then walking away from the area.
The first image below was photoshopped by the government. They removed the white FBI agent and put the large black man in his place. Based on the video compiled by the FBI and entered into evidence at the trial, the large black man, who never left the patio, stood behind the two FBI agents dressed in matching black jackets the entire time Dzhokhar was at the Forum restaurant. The government left the black agent in the image. In the second image below from the government's compiled video, the large black man is on the patio and the black agent is on the sidewalk; the white agent has been removed from the image by the government.
The image below also was photoshopped by the government. Both FBI agents standing by the large black man were removed from the image.
The video made by the FBI for Tsarnaev's trial shows that the white agent and black agent had been standing with the large black man on the patio when Dzhokhar first arrived at the Forum; they later moved to the sidewalk area in front of the large planter separating the Forum from the Atlantic Fish Co. The video shows the agents chatting with the large black man, who may be the Forum's bouncer, when Tamerlan passes by and when Dzhokhar arrives a few minutes later, and it shows the agents clearly watching Dzhokhar during the four minutes he stands in front of the restaurant's patio. The agents did not leave the area before Dzhokhar left, which means they did not know that the scheduled bomb drill was a lure to entrap and frame the Tsarnaevs for real bombs about to be detonated.
A month after the Boston Marathon bombings, two agents died in a training accident. The image of the white FBI agent standing in front of the Forum restaurant looks similar to one of the agents who died (there are more details on the accident near the end of this blog post).
When the video was played for the jury on March 9, 2015, Anthony Imel, a digital evidence analyst for the FBI, testified that the video is a "condensed compilation of video and still images of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he spotted in 70 of 655 video and still photo submissions he spent months reviewing." The press called it "stunningly vivid surveillance footage, much of it seen by the public for the first time today."
The government should have submitted into evidence the "70 videos and still photos" UNALTERED rather than compiling what they wanted the jury to see into a nine minute presentation, which contained edited surveillance footage and photoshopped images.
The following are screen shots from the video, "Tsarnaev Brothers Around Boylston Street On Day Of Boston Marathon Bombing," a government exhibit shown to the jury [based on trial testimony, the video shown to the jury was of greater clarity than the video released to the public, which means the government doesn't want the public to see the footage in great detail].
The following is a screen shot from the video of Tamerlan passing Forum before Dzhokhar arrives and stops near the tree.
This video compilation entered as evidence by the government at Dzhokhar's trial was the first time since the marathon two years earlier that any surveillance surfaced of Tamerlan AFTER the bombings. The images below from the video compilation show Tamerlan without his backpack running from Boylston onto Exeter Street after the first bomb exploded. The video compilation includes an image of Tamerlan BEFORE the bombs exploded, perhaps captured by the surveillance camera at the corner of Boylston and Exeter, but it's cropped like it's a cell phone photo.
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It is incomprehensible how FBI agent Daniel Genck arrived at his description. He must have seen a different video. The defense should have summoned him as a witness.
Suspiciously, there are no photos or videos from the crime scene immediately before the explosion available to the public.
There are three videos about the Forum blast which help determine the exact time of the photo shootings. It is possible to synchronize them:
The Fred Land video begins at 1:00 minutes prior to the blast.
The David Green video with Matt Patterson is unfortunately available in redacted form only. However, by matching it with the Fred Land video it can be determined that it begins 1:08 after the blast (2:08 in the Fred Land video) and ends 1:38 after the blast.
The Daniel Robert video begins at 2:39 minutes after the blast (3:39 in the Fred Land video). At 0:56, you hear a fire truck honking; the same honk can be heard at 4:35 in the Fred Land video, thus enabling a synchronization of the two videos.
Mike Chase and his friend Dan Marshall were standing at a high-top table in front of the Atlantic Fish Co. on Boylston Street, the restaurant next door to the Forum restaurant where the second bomb exploded. Chase described the blast from the first bomb as taking place about 75 yards to their left. Seconds later came the second blast, a white flash, then a bang, which Chase described as a loud, high-pitched scream followed by silence. He was blown back. He said he was lucky to be standing next to a 2 1/2-foot-tall planter that separated the two restaurants. “That’s the only reason my legs didn’t get blown off,” Chase said. Chase later helped an off-duty firefighter carry severely-injured Jane Richard, whose left leg was blown off below the knee, to an ambulance. Chase took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet on the her leg. Chase headed back to where the second blast had occurred. That’s where he found Marshall, who had removed his shirt and was working with others on an injured boy, who Chase later found out was 8-year-old Martin Richard. Marshall tended to Martin. Chase moved some metal barricades so the injured could be brought to the ambulances, and he passed some backboards forward. When it became clear there were enough “professionals” there, they moved away. Chase later learned he had a ruptured eardrum and a concussion but otherwise he and Marshall were okay.
The day of the bombings, Heather Abbott and a half-dozen friends took in the traditional Patriots' Day Red Sox game at Fenway Park. They left early and headed to Forum at 755 Boylston Street, where a friend tends bar and where former New England Patriots were gathered to raise money for offensive guard Joe Andruzzi's cancer foundation. She was waiting at the back of a line with friends as bouncers checked ID's when the first bomb down the street went off [she was standing near the patio's corner railing where the bomb had been placed]. She scrambled to get off the patio when the force of a second bomb blew her through the restaurant doorway and shattered the restaurant's glass doors and windows. On the floor of the restaurant she "felt like her foot was on fire." She said, "I knew I couldn't stand up." Her "mangled" foot might have never fully healed so she decided to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
On the day of the marathon, Roseann Sdoia attended a Red Sox game with several friends and then walked from Fenway Park to the Forum restaurant, waiting to see one of their friends cross the finish line. While waiting for her friend, who had just run past Kenmore Square, Sdoia went inside Forum to get a drink. Upon receiving an alert that her friend was coming soon, she left her drink with the hostess and told her she'd be back in a few minutes. Sdoia was outside for about 10 minutes [she had been leaning on the railing near the mailbox to the left of the Richard family], she said, when the first bomb went off. A guy to Sdoia's left began yelling for people to get in the street, but she knew she was too short to make it over the barricade, so she decided instead to move to her right [which put her in the direct path of the explosion since the bomb was at the corner of the patio's railing]. "I ran to my right, and I saw two flashes of white light explode at my feet," she said. "I remember, and I think it's probably before I hit the ground, but in my head, it registered that I lost my leg." When Sdoia came to, she said, there was blood pouring out of the place where her knee was supposed to be.
It is possible to determine that the epicenter was on the patio (click here to read the hypothesis):
To stress it again, the locations of D and E prior to the blast are hypothetical, because I'm not in the possession of photos or videos from immediately before the blast. But the FBI is, and they have certainly footage from the immediate aftermath of the blast, too. The FBI and the prosecution don't need to "believe" (DesLauriers) that Tsarnaev's bag was the epicenter of the bomb — they could have found out by simply matching the pre-blast footage with the post-blast footage. And they should have done it before accusing an apparently innocent young man of planting a cruel and deadly nail bomb.
So why didn't the FBI check the footage to determine the epicenter?
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"He said it emphatically," he said, "No one deserves to suffer like they did," Tsarnaev said of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. - Sister Helen Prejean in her testimony before the jury at Dzhokhar's trial.Tsarnaev was arrested on April 19, 2013 but not read his Miranda rights until April 22, 2013, at his hospital bedside, after the Justice Department invoked Miranda's public safety exception. A federal magistrate judge read the rights to Tsarnaev, an American citizen of Chechen descent, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was hospitalized in serious condition. Tsarnaev nodded his head to answer the judge's questions, and answered "no" when asked if he could afford a lawyer. The Justice Department said on April 20, 2013, that Tsarnaev would not immediately be read his Miranda rights and would be questioned by the department's High-Value Interrogation Group. ABC News and NBC News reported that Tsarnaev answered questions in writing on the night of April 21, 2013. Boston Police declined to comment on those reports. [Source]
Dzhokhar was severely injured. He was in critical condition after being shot by law enforcement, while unarmed in the boat, with 16 bullet wounds, intubated, jaw wired shut, left eye sutured closed, a basal skull fracture involving his C1 and C3 vertebrae, medicated, having multiple surgeries, traumatized, and sleep deprived. In this condition, and shackled to his bed, he was interrogated for 2 days by the FBI and a Guantanamo high value detainee interrogation team. The alleged hospital interrogation-confession made by Dzhokhar — and threat of further destruction and call to jihad — was never recorded by audio or video, and no reports were shown in court or admitted as evidence, so his jihad ideas are nothing but hearsay.In May 2014, prosecutors submitted a 29-page response to fight a move by Tsarnaev’s defense team to throw out everything he said when he was recuperating at Beth Isreal hospital. Read: Court Filing.pdf
We saw only a small section of notes allegedly written by Dzhokhar. These were pleading to please let him sleep, and asking for a lawyer. [Source]
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A defense filing detailed Tsarnaev's injuries:
[He suffered] gunshot wounds to his head, face, throat, jaw, left hand and both legs. Within minutes of arrival, Tsarnaev's "mental status suddenly declined," and doctors had to perform an emergency tracheotomy to keep him alive. One of the shots had fractured the base of Tsarnaev's skull, and his attorneys, citing hospital records, said another gunshot "likely caused traumatic brain injury… Damage to the cranial nerves required his left eye be sutured shut; his jaw was wired closed and injures to his left ear left him unable to hear on that side."
Two months after the bombings, on July 10, 2013, Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all 30 counts against him. He was brought into a Boston federal courthouse in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. The seven-minute hearing was the first the public has seen of Tsarnaev since his arrest after he was shot by police and badly injured. In court Tsarnaev's face was swollen on one side and his left hand was bandaged. He leaned into a microphone to say "not guilty" seven times in response to his charges and repeatedly turned to smile at his two sisters in the court audience, who were heard crying throughout the hearing. Later, Tsarnaev blew his weeping sisters a kiss as marshals led him out.
Since Tsarnaev’s imprisonment beginning on April 19, 2013, SAMS ("special administrative measures") have been imposed on him (the government wants no one in the world to question their official narrative). Special Administration Measures were basically invented for Muslim “terrorists,” supposedly to protect others. They want people to think it is to protect citizens, but it is obvious it is to protect the FBI and CIA and other law enforcement agencies, and make sure the so-called “terrorists” never get to tell their story.
Yahoo News detailed the SAMS, and Gumshoe News wrote an open letter to the US. Attorney General condemning the SAMS ("incarcerating someone for a crime is one thing, but then silencing them forever, in a small cement room, never to be seen or heard from again until you kill them, is very cruel and unusual"). On his conditions and SAMS, TalkLeft reported:
Tsarnaev is allowed to write one letter — three pages, double sided — and to make one phone call per calendar week to his immediate family. His letters are read, and the calls are recorded by federal officials.His attorneys repeatedly sought to reduce the restrictions, which they said were unnecessarily burdensome and might allow the prosecution to eavesdrop on their case preparation.
His family is prohibited from discussing the telephone calls or recording them.
He is not allowed to speak to the media. The rules allow him to have a TV or radio, but he has neither. Newspapers are edited to cut out ads and letters to the editor to prevent the chance they include coded messages.
If his sisters visit, an FBI agent must sit in on the visit. He is not permitted to have any contact with other inmates. The only human contact he has at the prison is with jail staff, who pass his meals through a slot in in his cell door. He is in his cell 24 hours a day, except for an hour on weekdays, when he is allowed to go to a small outdoor enclosure for exercise, "weather permitting."
The original SAMs are here, and the defense argument against them is here and here.
Heading up Tsarnaev's defense was Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Joining her was prominent San Diego attorney Judy Clarke. "It was him," Clarke told jurors during opening statements at Tsarnaev's trial. Clarke was also Ted Kaczynski's attorney, and she spent months convincing the "Unabomber" to accept the plea deal that would ultimately save his life.
Uncut: Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Caught on Camera
Tsarnaev has not been photographed since his arrest on April 19, 2013. Above is a grainy and blurry video of him from a distance on the day of his pretrial hearing on December 18, 2014, but his face is obscured. And below is leaked footage from the pre-trial hearing. The only other images of him are courtroom sketches from various artists, none of which look much like him (see below). He has grown taller since his arrest, now standing at least six feet tall; he was 5' 9" when arrested in April 2013.
Leaked - Dzhokhar Jahar Tsarnaev Courtroom Footage
On April 22, 2015, the media published images of Tsarnaev from a July 10, 2013 video. A few seconds of the video were presented to the jury during the penalty phase of the trial, showing him giving the prison camera the middle finger (images below; the full video also is below).
A courtroom observer commented that Tsarnaev looked years younger in the prison video compared to his appearance in court during his trial.
Surveillance Video: Tsarnaev in Holding Cell in July 2013
Glenn Greenwald reported on the the images captured of the then-teenager extending his middle finger up — flipping the proverbial bird — to the surveillance camera in his cell. The following is an excerpt from his report.
The graininess of the photo, and the proximity of his face to the lens, created an image at once menacing and dehumanizing: this encaged, orange jumpsuit-clad monster was in your face, full of unbridled rage and hatred directed right at you. The photo was used to show that, even three months after committing such an atrocity, he lacked any remorse or other redemptive human emotions.Why did Tsarnaev plead not guilty and then go to trial with defense attorneys saying in opening statements that he did it? Why not settle for a plea bargain? The defense is not working for Tsarnaev, but for the U.S. government. This charade of justice was played out for the government to exhibit fabricated evidence to the public and media. Its witnesses committed perjury with impunity. All prosecutors needed to do was reach a plea agreement with Tsarnaev. In a plea deal he could have pleaded guilty to the bombings to avoid the death penalty. That's what Atlanta-Olympics bomber Eric Robert Rudolph did. Rudolph was sentenced to four life terms. He is currently incarcerated in the supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado, which also houses Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber, who also accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty), Terry Nichols (of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing), Ramzi Yousef (of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), and Zacarias Moussaoui (professed al-Qaeda member convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon).
CNN’s melodramatic “news” description was typical: “He glares into the camera defiantly, his middle finger raised in a profane salute.” Glares defiantly, a profane salute.
The New York Post, asked: “Could a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger ensure his death penalty?” The reporter for Fox’s Boston station, Catherine Parrotta, observed that “a collective gasp was heard in the overflow courtroom as the photo of Tsarnaev giving the camera the middle finger was shown.”
It was, explicitly, the prosecutors’ intent to provoke exactly this reaction: this one photo, standing alone, was designed to produce a visceral, bottomless contempt for Tsarnaev which even disgust at his actual crime could not achieve. The expectation was that it would irreversibly establish the jury and public’s view of him as not just evil but sub-human, deserving of state-imposed death.” This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged,” said the federal prosecutor as she touted the photo. “Without remorse, he remains untouched by the grief and the loss that he caused.”
It worked. All over the TV airways and the Internet, all sorts of people cited the photo to argue that he should be killed. The Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay’s reaction was common:
Like most things that happen in a U.S. criminal court, and like most dominant narratives propagated by the American media, the message created by exploiting this photograph was completely misleading. All anyone has to do in order to see that is watch the 37-second video from which the screen shot was grabbed:
Rather than some sort of calculated, sustained display of evil scorn for America and his victims — CNN’s “defiant salute” — the actual video shows a 19-year-old prisoner bored from sitting alone for hours in a jail. The middle finger was preceded by other gestures that he maintained longer. He was using the camera as some sort of mirror and appears to be occupying and mildly amusing himself. The still photo was shown by prosecutors rather than the video because the former is menacing and the latter is not. Long-time criminal attorney Jeralyn Merritt noted how banal the actual behavior was:
"I don’t see any anger, just boredom. Who wouldn’t be bored sitting alone in a holding cell all day?"
What a big to-do about nothing. The reporter who said his face showed huge anger should cover something other than criminal trials.
Beyond that, it seems clear that to the extent this was an expression of hostility, it was directed to his captors and not to “America” or his victims: hardly evidence of some sociopathic lack of remorse but rather a predictable and very common sentiment on the part of those who are imprisoned. And then there’s the fact that someone’s emotional posture two years ago does not prove they hold the same one today.
The jury was allowed to see the full video only yesterday, a full day after having the photo paraded around in front of their faces. While the prosecutor used the photo to make all sorts of claims about Tsarnaev’s death-deserving character, “the judge did not allow [his lawyer] to characterize the fleeting gestures.” It will be left to the jury to use their rational faculties to process the potent emotions that have been purposely stoked in them with the manipulative use of the photo — something most human beings are not very good at doing.
Any decent and moral defense attorney would have objected to fabricated evidence submitted by the government [one of Tsarnaev's attorneys, Miriam Conrad, is a fat cat bureaucrat, so that would explain why she wouldn't object to lies told by the prosecution]. The prosecution also submitted into evidence a video of the shooting death of MIT police officer Sean Collier: the two subjects in the video are unidentifiable yet the government claims they are the Tsarnaev brothers [click here for video of the "ambush" presented at trial].
Did Tsarnaev allow his attorneys to say he did it because his family is being threatened?
Both of the Tsarnaev sisters, Bella Tsarnaeva and Ailina Tsarnaeva, in the least, could be sent to prison on trumped up charges or, at the worst, be killed by government employees.
Bella Tsarnaeva was arrested on marijuana charges in December 2012 — on September 16, 2013, five months after the Boston Marathon bombings, she appeared in Superior Court in Hackensack. The New York Daily News reported that "it’s likely her criminal record will be wiped clean." Bergen County prosecutors said she would be admitted into a pretrial intervention program.
Ailina, who lived in North Bergen, NJ, at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings, had been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since prosecutors said she failed to cooperate with a 2010 counterfeiting investigation. Prosecutors said Ailina picked up someone who passed a counterfeit bill at a restaurant at a Boston mall and "lied about certain salient facts during the investigation." Six months after the bombings, at a October 2013 hearing for the 2010 counterfeit charges, prosecutors released her pending a court date, saying that since she was pregnant with her second child she was unlikely to flee.
On August 27, 2014, Ailina again was arrested on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. Police said she made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via telephone on August 25th. She turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct, and police charged her with aggravated harassment. Several media outlets reported Ailina told the Harlem woman she had "people who can go over there and put a bomb on you."
Other than an alleged visit by one of his sisters and visits by his legal team, apparently Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has had no other visitors in prison. His parents, native Chechens, live in Makhachkala, Dagestan. In June 2013, his mother recorded a phone conversation she had with her son, the only conversation she had with him since his arrest.
The parents have been adamant the brothers were set up and continue to proclaim their innocence. Similar sentiment is evident in Dagestan and Chechnya, where mistrust of the authorities runs deep and graffiti shouts Dzhokhar is innocent, reported the New York Daily News.
When Tsarnaev took the stand and pleaded not guilty during the first pretrial hearing on July 10, 2013, watching the trial were about 30 people representing the victims’ families, as well as a row of family members and supporters of Tsarnaev. His family began to cry as soon as he walked in; and when he later waved at his sisters, one of them burst into tears.
Karin Friedemann reported on the events at the first pretrial hearing:
According to witnesses, Tsarnaev, who wore an orange jumpsuit, kept turning around to look at his family and friends in a row behind him. At one point he waved at his sisters, whereupon one of them burst into tears.
He appeared to be heavily medicated and not entirely aware of the seriousness of the proceedings.
Friends say he was not acting like himself.
According to his wrestling teammates, Tsarnaev, who went to high school in the U.S. and was thoroughly Americanized, spoke in court with an uncharacteristically heavy Russian accent that his friends called “weird.”
A former schoolmate and wrestling teammate said Tsarnaev looked tired and “beat up.”
“His face was swollen on one side. He looked exhausted.”
Brittany Gillis, who went to UMass Dartmouth at the same time as Tsarnaev, was inside the courtroom. “It was very nerve wracking,” she said. “His family was crying as soon as he walked in. And the victims’ families were very upset. You could just tell they were upset just by seeing him. His family was crying and he kept looking back at his family. It seemed like he was very nervous.”
A small rally in support of Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev and suspicious of the government gathered outside the courthouse. At least one protester wore an “Anonymous” mask.
There is certainly reason to doubt the veracity of government accusations – and if Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev really did use homemade bombs to kill and injure hundreds of Boston marathon spectators, there is good reason to suspect FBI and CIA involvement.
The FBI is trying to destroy the life of the Tsarnaevs' friends. Attorney Bernie Grossberg, who represents one of the Tsarnaevs’ friends, said: “What’s happened is everybody who has spoken [in] the Chechen community in Boston has wound up having legal problems or potential legal problems. They all knew each other and now they are all deathly afraid of doing anything. And these are all law-abiding citizens.”
For example, Khairullozhon Matanov, a 24-year-old cab driver from Kyrgyzstan, had been living in Quincy, Massachusetts, before he was apprehended by federal agents in May 2014. Since then, he’s been behind bars. Before his trial he was oftentimes held in a cell by himself. In March 2015, Matanov deliberated with his lawyers three times before hesitantly pleading guilty to all four counts of obstructing the 2013 investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. The Daily Beast reported on the story:
This was not an easy decision for him to make.According to Lara Turner, almost completely ignored by traditional media outlets was the relentless persecution, deportation and even killing of many of the Tsarnaev circle:
“The whole case is mystery,” he wrote to The Daily Beast last fall. “FBI is trying to destroy my life.”
If Judge William Young agrees to the deal, Manatov will get 30 months in prison, including the 10 months he’s already served. If he goes to trial and is found guilty, he could spend the next 20 years behind bars.
Even in pleading guilty, Matanov asserted his innocence.
“You’re afraid if you go to trial you could be found guilty of all four of these charges and the sentence might be longer than the 30 months?” Judge Young asked. “Is that it? That you think you are not a guilty person but given the circumstances you’d rather [not] go to trial?”
Matanov’s dark bowl cut bobbed slightly.
“I signed a deal and I found guilt most fitting for my situation.”
For months after the bombing, FBI agents trailed him constantly. In Matanov’s bail hearing, an agent testified that Matanov once got out of the car to talk to an agent he knew was following him.
At one point agents called his lawyer, Paul Glickman, to tell Matanov to stop speeding. He complied.
Federal agents monitored Matanov even as he slept. At night, an aircraft would circle his West Quincy home.
The unexplained night flights became a point of local mystery and outcry. At the time, spokespeople for the Federal Aviation Administration refused to say who was piloting the plane and why.
And then, more than a year after the attack—and more than a year after the crimes for which Matanov is charged are alleged to have taken place—he was arrested.
When he wrote to The Daily Beast last November, Matanov said he was innocent, and perplexed at the position he found himself in.
“I don’t understand what on earth I have done to be treated this awful way and prisoned [sic] for such a long time? Now on top of that media made me already guilty even before my trial happen,” he wrote.
Michael German, a former FBI agent and terrorism specialist now with the Brennan Center for Justice, says cases like the one against Matanov are antithetical to the Department of Homeland Security’s See Something, Say Something effort, he explains.
“It creates a potential for blowback—an atmosphere where no one talks to the FBI at any time about anybody because any crime someone does report opens themselves up to liability.”
Tamerlan was an out-of-work boxer [with a toddler daughter], married to a nurse’s aide who worked 60 hours a week to make ends meet. How he could come up with $900 cash to send to his mother in Russia two days before the bombings — and afford to buy several backpacks, ammunition, BBs and other supposed bomb-making material — was never answered during the trial. Whether he participated in something illegal or earned the cash in some other manner was not explored. [He had only $19 in his wallet when he was apprehended and murdered by the government on April 19, 2013.]
Also noteworthy was the fact that of all the receipts the average person sticks into his or her wallet while shopping, the only receipts found in Tamerlan’s wallet were those that showed specifically his purchases of materials related to the bombings [the receipts were all cash purchases].
An important potentially-related situation, almost completely ignored by traditional media outlets, was the relentless persecution, deportation and even killing of many of the Tsarnaev circle. Did this astonishing federal campaign result in any useful intelligence? If so, we haven’t learned of any. Or, was it for some other purpose? Some have charged that the harassment was explicitly accompanied by warnings that friends of the Tsarnaevs not talk to the press.
Three of Dzhokhar’s friends — Robel Phillipos, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Azamat Tazhayakov — were charged with a variety of federal offenses, including making false statements and obstruction of justice. His high school buddy, Stephen Silva, pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges, and then testified, in hopes of a reduced sentence, that he gave the brothers the gun used to kill MIT Officer Sean Collier.
Another of Tamerlan’s friends, Khairullozhon Matanov, pleaded guilty in federal court to misleading investigators. Yet another, Mustafa Ozseferoglu, is being threatened with deportation.
But the most high-profile of the brothers’ friends to meet with federal officers is Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed on May 22, 2013, in his Orlando apartment by FBI officers after allegedly admitting that he and Tamerlan killed three of Tamerlan’s friends in what appeared to be drug deal gone wrong in 2011. [Ibragim's girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva, was deported for talking to the press: her interview with Boston Magazine is a must read.]
Todashev’s alleged confession did not match evidence found at the crime scene, and the events surrounding his death are the subject of a $30 million suit filed by his family last month.
That the federal government has so doggedly made sure that so many of the Tsarnaevs’ friends would be unable to speak out about the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing only raises more questions about what these young men knew about the Tsarnaevs’ involvement.
On May 17, 2013, almost one month after Tamerlan was murdered (photo above; click here to read the real story about his death), two FBI agents died in a training accident. They fell out of a helicopter, the press service of the FBI said:
Two officers of the counter-terrorism department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation died on Friday, May 17. The incident occurred during training exercises conducted by the FBI at a distance of 12 nautical miles from the coast of the U.S. state of Virginia.
An official statement from the FBI says that special agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw fell out of a helicopter while training a complex exercise. The agents were supposed to be lowered by rope from a helicopter to a ship. For yet unknown reasons, the two agents fell out of the helicopter and were killed by the fall into the ocean.
"Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply. And they will always be part of the FBI Family," FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said in a statement.
After Tamerlan was murdered, "authorities" in Boston suspended all mass transit and warned close to one million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for his brother went on. Businesses were asked not to open. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home. From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents with armored vehicles surrounded various buildings as police helicopters buzzed overhead. [Source]
Police Dressed Like Soldiers with Assault Rifles Locked Down and Militarized Watertown, Massachusetts
Boston Bombing: What You Aren't Being Told
Side by Side of Real & Fake Boston Bombing Photo - What These People Are Capable Of
One logical suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is pictured in the photos below; he is carrying what looks like a Fox backpack (see the image above of a Fox backpack), which was one of the backpacks containing a bomb (the second blast site at Forum restaurant). However, the FBI wants us to ignore this because they have setup and framed two Muslim patsies, the Tsarnaev brothers, for this staged terror event. After the arrests, the FBI eventually admitted to interviewing Tamerlan in 2011 and tracking and following him ever since. So the FBI is either grossly inept or directly involved in the marathon bombings.
The Boston Marathon bombings, like the 9-11 attacks, are a "false flag" operation. False flag terrorism occurs when elements within a government stage a secret operation whereby government forces pretend to be a targeted enemy while attacking their own forces or people. The attack is then falsely blamed on the enemy in order to justify going to war against that enemy.
The term "false flag" comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own Navy. Because the enemy's flag was hung instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, it was called a "false flag" attack. Or as Wikipedia defines it:
False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy's strategy of tension.TruthAndShadows reported on the marathon false flag and the FBI's direct connection to Tamerlan. The following is an excerpt.
An early clue that Boston was a false flag operation was the bomb “exercise” that was going on at the exact same location and time as the actual bombing. This has become a tell-tale sign of false flags, particularly since 9/11, when numerous exercises were taking place that simulated the very thing that actually happened at the very time it was happening.Breaking! FBI Admits Link to Boston Terror Suspect
Loudspeakers announced to the crowd near the finish line of the Marathon that they needn’t worry about the bomb squad and their bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling the area during the race because it was just an exercise.
Incredibly, two hours before the blasts the Boston Globe tweeted at 12:53 p.m. that there would be a “controlled explosion opposite from the library within one minute as part of bomb squad activities.” Boston Public Library is right across the street from where the first blast went off just before 3 p.m. Quite a coincidence.
Another tweet came later specifying the JFK Library (which is some distance away). It said: “Third incident: Explosion earlier today at the JFK Library.” Later still, the story changed again: “Fire earlier today likely unrelated to Marathon bombings.”
No more talk of bomb squad activities.
The most absurd example of an exercise being synchronized with an actual false flag event is the 7/7 London bombings of July 2005 when a simulation of the bombing of three underground stations was going on as those same stations were actually being bombed (not to mention a real bus bomb that was also reflected in the exercise). The pattern was repeated with the mass shooting in Norway in 2011, the Aurora movie theater shooting in July 2012, and the Sandy Hook school “shooting” in December 2012.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (who maintained after Dzhokhar’s guilty verdict that he is innocent), says the FBI had been watching their family for years and had even been in their home, telling her that her eldest son, Tamerlan, was a dangerous extremist. She was quoted in minds.com as saying:
“He was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years,” she said. “They knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions and what sites on the Internet he was going [to], they used to come…and talk to me…they were telling me that he was really a serious leader and they were afraid of him.”Peter Dale Scott goes further, suggesting that Tamerlan may have been an FBI informant:
“If Tsarnaev was a double agent, he would be just one of thousands of young people coerced by the FBI as the price for settling a minor legal problem into a dangerous career as an informant,” Dale Scott writes.Both of the brothers’ parents claim their sons are being set up. In an article in Global Research, Bill Van Auken makes this telling statement:
“While much remains murky about these and other issues, one thing is clear: the Boston bombing, like virtually every other major terrorist incident, real or invented, since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, was carried out by someone who was known to and under surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.”And perhaps most significant are the connections between the brothers, their uncle Ruslan Tsarni (who called them “losers” on TV even though he claimed hadn’t seen either of them in several years), and the CIA. Tsarni, it turns out, was married to the daughter of senior CIA official Graham Fuller. He even lived at Fuller’s home for a time, as reported by researcher William Engdahl.
“This uncle was married to the daughter of Graham Fuller, one of the most important CIA architects of using Islamic Jihadists/terrorists against the USSR during the Cold War and after, throughout Central Asia, including Chechnya and Kazakhstan,” writes Engdahl.In fact, Fuller was the CIA station chief in Kabul at one time and author of The Future of Political Islam. Tsarni and Fuller also worked together to set up a support group for Chechen nationalist guerrillas, as Nick Barrickman reports in Global Research.
But there are more links than that between Tamerlan and the CIA. Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen wrote in a May 2013 article that according to documents obtained from the Georgian Interior Ministry, Tamerlan attended training sessions in Tblisi, Georgia, sponsored by the CIA-linked Jamestown Foundation, which was founded in the 1980s by former CIA director William Casey to serve an anti-Soviet agenda.
“Jamestown has two major missions on behalf of the CIA: (1) to ensure the flow of energy, including oil and natural gas, from the Caspian through pipelines in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey,” Madsen writes, “and (2) to prop up or topple governments in the region to ensure U.S. predominance. The latter is accomplished through organizing the political opposition, setting up conferences, and gaining influence in universities through non-governmental organizations established to veil the CIA’s financing of the operations.”And on the connection to the Boston bombing, he concludes:
“The interests who are linked to the Boston Marathon and terrorism in Russia run the gamut from NGOs, to CIA front companies and non-official cover (NOC) agents, foreign intelligence services, and Western energy companies.”Engdahl asks:
“Is it mere 'coincidence' that the uncle of the two young men accused of the Boston bombings was related in marriage to the CIA figure who advocated using the networks which were later named “Al Qaeda” across Central Asia, including Chechnya where the Tsarnaev brothers had roots?”
In the photos below, the bald man holding yellow and blue items in his left hand has a black strap over his right shoulder that matches the FBI photo of the backpack which held one of the bombs. This man is later photographed a short distance below the first bomb site without his backpack, but he still has the yellow and blue items draped over his left forearm and something in his left hand that he is manipulating with his right. He appears to be alone in both photos. He isn't in any of the photos after the bombs exploded.
The logical suspect is just outside of camera range in the image above, but he comes into range in the following image. The man wearing the red shirt and blue jacket (circled in red) is carrying a bag similar to the one that the logical suspect had been carrying, but no longer has in the image below (circled in yellow). Did he just hand off his backpack to the man wearing the red shirt and blue jacket? The backpack this man is carrying has the same gray straps as the one carried by the bald man, which is identical to the straps on the black backpack which contained the bomb detonated at the second location. The man in the red shirt and blue jacket is walking away from the finish line (the location of the first blast) and up the street toward the patio of the Forum restaurant (the location of the second blast).
On April 10, 2015, Yahoo News reported that the Tsarnaev's mother condemned the guilty verdict delivered by the jury in his federal death penalty trial, calling Americans “terrorists” and proclaiming her sons’ innocence. The following is the report.
In an interview with the website Vocativ conducted over the WhatsApp messaging application, the Tsarnaev's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, insisted on the innocence of her Chechen sons, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. She went on to say that the United States will ultimately pay for “framing” them.On April 19, 2013, just prior to the FBI releasing their official statement, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva went live on RT (see video below) and told the world that the FBI had investigated her sons and found nothing. But she also stated that the investigation continued and that the agent actually made contact with her several times, once even saying her sons were being “radicalized,” to which she flatly denied that accusation.
According to the website, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wrote:
“MY SONS ARE INNOCENT, AS INNOCENT AS ALL THOSE WHO ARE BEING KILLED BY YOUR COUNTRY. TODAY THEY ARE KILLING MUSLIMS, AND TOMORROW WILL COME YOUR TURN AND HE WHO DOUBTS THIS IS DEEPLY MISTAKEN!!!!!”Tsarnaeva, who is of Avar origin and lives in Dagestan, wrote the text messages in both Russian and English, according to Vocativ, which obtained her phone number and verified her identity through dated selfies she provided. She wrote:“HOW CAN A MOTHER FEEL WHOSE SON IS IN THE CLAWS OF A PREDATOR PREPARING TO TEAR HIM TO PIECES LIKE MEAT??? THEY WILL PAY FOR MY SONS AND THE SONS OF ISLAM, PERMANENTLY!!! THE TEARS OF THEIR MOTHERS WILL BE FUEL FOR THEM IN HELL, AND ALSO THEIR BLOOD, I AM DOUBTLESS AND ETERNALLY GLAD THAT I KNOW THIS FROM THE WORDS OF THE CREATOR, NOT JUST ANYONE’S WORDS!!!!!!”In a separate note posted to a Russian social media site, Tsarnaeva thanked a family friend for her support of “my precious boy.”“The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it,” she wrote. “My son is the best of the best.”
Tsarnaev Brothers' Mother: My Sons Are Innocent, This is a Setup
In Scott Creighton's 2013 report, he pointed out the following.
The mother's revelation forced the FBI to post their press release about their extended contact with her sons, and it opened up a rather stunning debate, all for the wrong reasons. People were writing that the FBI should have been more invasive and thus they could have stopped all of this, but what they didn’t acknowledge is the simple fact that the contact may very well have been ongoing… all the way up to the bombing."My take is that during the five or more years the feds followed Tamerlan and his whole family, he didn't comply with their wishes. I also think the uncle was involved in the same manor but, unlike Tamerlan, he complied and did as they asked, dropping the ball on Tamerlan and his family. And Ibragim Todachev had that information, so the FBI tried to coerce Ibragim into a confession. He started writing it and waited for the right time to make a break for the door of his home (so maybe the public will see and hear his pleas for help), where he was shot both in the front of his body and in the back of his head, just like an assassination...... to make sure he didn't talk." [Source]
Also on April 19, 2013, Tamerlan and Dzohkar's father was interviewed, and he said flat out that his sons had been set up by the “secret services,” meaning the CIA or FBI or NSA:
The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who said earlier that his nephews did not deserve to live and called them “losers,” may have inadvertently provided the strongest eyewitness evidence to date that the Tsarnaev brothers were under the influence of “mentors” who brought them to that location at that time as part of a bigger plan [also read more about the uncle at Who are the Real Boston Marathon Bombers? Part 1].‘‘In my opinion, my children were set up by the secret services because they are practising Muslims,’’ Anzor Tsarnaev told the Interfax news agency from the North Caucasus Russian city of Makhachkala.” [Source]
The uncle can hardly be considered a family member making things up to help the brothers out of this jam. He has been nothing but hostile toward them since it all began. But what he says in this interview, though he may think he is helping the official story, when you take all the rest of it into consideration, it completely exposes something entirely different.
The uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects told TODAY Saturday that he believes Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were pawns in a deadly scheme.
“I strongly believe they were just puppets and executors of something of bigger scale,” Ruslan Tsarni told Savannah Guthrie.
He said Dzhokar, the younger of the brothers, was “used by his older brother. He’s just another victim of his older brother. He victimized others, but he’s been used by his older brother.”
Tsarni, a Maryland resident who is the brother of the suspects’ father, believes Tamerlan, 26, who died in a confrontation with police early Friday morning, was radicalized by others. He noted that the suspects were in his house as children, and recalled a surprising transformation the last time he saw Tamerlan in 2009.
“There certainly were mentors,’’ Tsarni said. “I was shocked when I heard his words, his phrases, when every other word he starts sticking in words of God. I question what he’s doing for work, (and) he claimed he would just put everything in the will of God. It was a big concern to me. He called me ‘confused’ when I started explaining to him, make yourself useful to yourself and to your family and maybe you’ll have extra to share with everybody else.
“It wasn’t devotion, it was something, as it’s called, being radicalized. Not understanding what he is talking (about). He is just using words for the sake of the words and not understanding the meaning of it.’’
The suspects’ parents told NBC News they believe their sons were framed. Tsarni said a family acquaintance told him there was an outside influence on Tamerlan.
“He said there is someone who brainwashed him, some new convert to Islam,’’ Tsarni said. “I would like to stress (the acquaintance was) of Armenian descent.’’ Scott Stump, TODAY
Josée Lépine said December 12, 2015 at 10:07 pm at Gumshoe News:
Photos from the First Bomb Site Near the Finish Line
Who are the Real Boston Marathon Bombers? Part 1
- Ibragim Todashev’s Father Writes Open Letter to Obama, Releases Photos Surrounding Son’s Death [Warning: Graphic]
- Boston bombs were detonated by remote used for toy cars
- Bombshell: Prosecution Exhibit Shows Backpack Different Color Than One Tsarnaev Carried
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Back-Pack was photo-shopped out?
- Inside Job! Was Suspect 2 Carrying His Backpack After Bombing? Photoshop'd Out?
- Police perform house-to-house raids in Watertown MA ripping innocent
- FBI Casting Set Stage for Boston Marathon Bombing, Shootout, Charade
- CBS News: FBI Interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011
- Boston Attack Renews Fears About Homegrown Terrorism
- Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist "sleeper cell" linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
- FBI Claims Unreleased Video Surveillance Shows Brother Placing Backpack on Ground
- Two FBI Agents Who Were Part of the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation Killed During Training Exercise
- Remembering Our Fallen Agents: Special Agents Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen P. Shaw died May 17, 2013
- FBI - Fallen Agents Remembered for Their True Valor
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox) Used to Charge Tsarnaev's Friends with Crimes
- Boston Mayor: Bombing Suspects Acted Alone
- Boston bomb suspect cannot speak as doctors treat throat wounds
- UNITED STATES v. DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV Trial Exhibits
- Boston Marathon bombing trial: witnesses and exhibits
- Photos Of 17 Amputees Shown At Boston Marathon Bombing Trial
- Tsarnaev Trial Breakdown by Day
- The Boston Marathon bombing trial - tweeted live by Boston Globe
- Goal of Boston Marathon Bombing False Flag: To Condition Americans into Accepting Martial-Law Style Governance
- FBI Entrapment Schemes & Slander Campaigns Have Reached an All Time High in Post 9/11-Patriot Act America, Where the FBI is in the Business of Creating Terrorists Through the Use of Entrapment Schemes, While Fomenting Propaganda Campaigns Against These People, and Completely Circumventing the Constitutional Rule of Law, in Order to Get Away With These Outrageous Violations of Our Civil Rights
- The FBI's History Of Fabricating Evidence -- A Good Article On What To Expect When The FBI Attempts To Fabricate Evidence Against A Targeted Person