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Today the Boston Globe published an article claiming that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made an incriminating statement within earshot of an FBI agent, during a visit with his sisters.

Then we have the odd situation, where a friend of the elder Tsarnev is killed by an FBI agent, when they went to Florida to question him about his complicity in a long unsolved murder in MA, that was linked to the elder Tsarnev (and maybe the younger).

I am not suggesting CT here, but the FBI had the elder Tsarnev on the radar, but they failed in the follow-up.

And the FBI failed in the follow-up to 9/11--not all of them, as FBI whistleblowers stood up.Colleen Rowley, etc.

I am not doubtful of the Tsarnev's complicity in the bombings. But it is strange that the younger Tsarnev is charged with (the phrase drilled in our heads) using "weapons of mass destruction" and the Aurora shooter, and Adam Lanza, are merely  mass murderers, though their killings were numerically greater.

This phenomena is not restricted to these terrible killings. It seems, at every step, there are people trying to speak the truth, and others think it wiser to preserve institutional respect.


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  •  The lust for power is not particular. It can (1+ / 0-)
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    infect anyone. And the culture of obedience considers fear it's handmaiden. So, those who induce fear in the general populace are an asset to power lust. Which is why the line between the cop and the crook is thin.
    The crook seeks to control another person (strip him of his rights) illegally; cops seek to do it legally. And lawmakers who pervert the legal system help them do it.
    The rule of law is pernicious when it aims to subjugate, rather than support. Using the law as a weapon is ideal because it is garbed in virtue and leaves no fingerprints.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:51:50 PM PST

  •  Too bad he wasn't a whistleblower or (3+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, boriskamite, NancyWH

    media critic of the NSA.

    They would have been watching him then...

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 10:21:13 PM PST

  •  I guess I can see the point that you are trying to (1+ / 0-)
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    make but this sob and his brother did construct weapons of mass destruction and then planted two of them in a crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. One of the most heavily attend sporting events that we have.  They calmly walked away from the scene with smirks on their face as their handiwork detonated moment later.

    The blasts killed 3 people, including an 8 year old boy and injured 264. At least 16 lost limbs either at the scene or later due to required amputations. Several required multiple amputations. The 6 year old sister of the eight year old who died lost a leg. Their mother had a  shrapnel wound to head. There was a 3 year old with the same w/bleeding from the brain.

    This term "weapons of mass destruction" fits perfectly in this case.  

    •  Point taken. (0+ / 0-)

      But the broader issue is about the behavior of the FBI in this case. It reeks of covering their failure to prevent.

      And most of their "terror cell" busts at this point have been due to entrapment. Libertyville
       Seven, etc.

  •  I think much of the difference is that we simply (0+ / 0-)

    don't classify guns as 'weapons of mass destruction', no matter how many people they're used to kill.

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