[Editor's Note: Below is an account of proceedings in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 24.] Proceedings began on March 24 with a continuation of testimony by Mathew Levitt, a witness for the prosecution who is claimed to be an “expert on terrorism.” I am given to understand that during an adequate cross examination [...]
|By: Masoninblue Monday March 16, 2015 3:00 pm|
I do not believe he will testify in the guilt/innocence phase or the penalty phase of his trial because that would open him up to cross examination, which he dares not risk. This does not mean, however, that he cannot speak to the jury. He has the right to allocution, which means he has the right to speak before sentence is pronounced. All defendants have this right.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 4:10 pm|
For months, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been pushing a federal district court in Massachusetts to hold a hearing and address the issue of law enforcement officials leaking details related to the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyers renewed their objection to leaks as they continue to occur, despite the objections of the court.
Tsarnaev faces terrorism charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, for his alleged role in the bombing.
|By: DSWright Thursday May 16, 2013 9:35 am|
In what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev likely thought would be the last thing he ever wrote, the Boston Bombing suspect disclosed his motivation for the bombing.
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 am|
The FBI has long been searching for a way to bypass the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which they have claimed makes their job difficult, increasingly so in the information age. Previously the FBI just broke the law and hoped it would not get caught. Now the agency wants a patina of legality to cover its transgressions against liberty.
|By: DSWright Friday May 3, 2013 12:30 pm|
According to Shakespeare suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. Is it any wonder the American imperial government can’t stop itself from adding names to its enemies list? Torturing people at Gitmo, killing children in Afghanistan, drone strikes throughout the world – the suspicion piles up along with the bodies of innocents. And so Reuters reports the terrorism suspect database now stands at 875,000 names.
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 1, 2013 6:40 am|
Update: The government has officially denied the report is true for whatever that is worth.
More evidence is accumulating that the Boston Bombing was entirely preventable. Despite spending more money since 9/11 on Homeland Security than was spent on the New Deal, the same problems that helped caused 9/11 still exist, namely, intelligence agencies dropping the ball after being given explicit actionable intelligence. And now we find out that not only had the Russian government warned U.S. intelligence services about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, so had the Saudis.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 29, 2013 2:55 pm|
In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, US media organizations have been providing a platform to a former New York Police Department head of intelligence analyst and co-author of a heavily critiqued and rejected report on the radicalization of Muslims in the West. He has been on CNN and Fox News sharing his views and was also quoted by Judith Miller, former New York Times journalist who had a story celebrating the NYPD published by the Wall Street Journal.
Cable news appearances by Mitchell Silber, now a managing director for K2 Intelligence, have focused on what he thinks the attack by Dhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two ethnic Chechen Muslims who immigrated to America, shows about “homegrown terrorism.”
|By: DSWright Friday April 26, 2013 2:15 pm|
The government’s potential terrorist list includes a stunning 450,000 people. More than the security services can keep track off apparently as it seems one of the Boston Bombing suspects had been included prior to the Boston Marathon Bombing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 26, 2013 1:10 pm|
It has been more than ten days since the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon took place. Since the bombing, there has been a spike in reported “suspicious packages.”