In 1968, Jerry Angiulo, a Boston mafiosi, dodged a murder conviction.
The FBI would spend decades and untold man-hours trying to bring him in. In doing so, however, a whole slew of agents found themselves not just dealing with the devil, but in bed with him. The FBI provided information to, and covered up for their criminal informants in the hope of putting together a charge that would stick on Angiulo.Read more
In response to the death penalty granted to the Boston bomber, Martin O'Malley, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, has reiterated his opposition to the death penalty.
“I respect the verdict of the jury in this callous and brutal taking of innocent lives in Boston. All of our prayers should go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, for the cruel taking of innocent lives. I hope he never is able to enjoy a moment of freedom," O'Malley says in a statement.Read more
On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee released a report summarizing its investigation into the April 15, 2013, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. Among the report’s key findings: Nearly one year after twin backpack bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, U.S. officials are still unsure about the extent of the terrorists’ foreign ties.Read more
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is not slowing down the president. Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday for Democratic National Committee events, the White House announced today.
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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in April, isn't winning any fans among the victims of her sons' crimes. The Boston Herald reports that one of those victims, who was hospitalized for weeks after the bombings, says Tsarnaeva's pro-jihad comments are "vile." Here's the story from the Herald:Read more
The reaction of most Americans to the tragedy in Boston was typical: We came together as a nation, mourned our fallen, and applauded our newest heroes. The sight of first-responders running to the sound of danger within mere seconds of the explosions, not away from disaster as human instinct might dictate, was nothing short of exceptional—but also characteristically American. Indeed, for 237 years, Americans have risked all to help their fellow citizens, strangers, and foreigners equally.Read more
NBC reports that Russia is telling American authorities that it overheard a wiretapped conversation between the suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother about jihad:Read more
And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.
How many times in the last century have these concluding lines of C. P. Cavafy’s famous 1898 poem, “Waiting for the Barbarians,” been quoted? How many modern intellectuals have pondered the subversive implications of that sophisticated question?Read more
Jeff Bauman, a survivor from the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, tells a Boston radio show his killer is dead--and he's still alive. "He's dead and I'm still here," said Bauman, who helped identify the suspects to authorities from his hospital bed.
The survivor describes how he couldn't speak, but was able to write down tips that led to the suspects. When he woke up from surgery, the FBI and police were in his room anxious to speak with him. Based on his description, the authorities were able to sketch an image of the suspected bomber.Read more
Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the investigation. The intense scrutiny comes as a result of information provided by Dzokhar Tsarnaev in his on-again, off-again interrogation by FBI officials before he was read his rights by a federal magistrate.Read more
After being read Miranda rights, the Boston bombing suspect in custody, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has stopped talking to authorities, officials tell the Associated Press.
"The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings acknowledged to the FBI his role in the attacks but did so before he was advised of his constitutional right to keep quiet and seek a lawyer, U.S. officials said Wednesday," reports the Associated Press.Read more
Vice President Joe Biden made a joke today at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier:
"One of my favorite poets is Seamus Heaney," said Biden, who is of Irish descent. "I know the congressman thinks I always quote Irish poets because I'm Irish. That's not the reason I do it. I quote Irish poets because they're the best poets and that's the reason why," Biden deadpanned. "And the Collier family knows that, right?"Read more
Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in Brussels, Belgium that the Boston bomber was radicalized in Russia, Chechnya. "[H]e learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people," Kerry said in response to a question from the press.
The question from the reporter, according to a transcript provided by the State Department, was, "Sir, with the problem we have that young people go to Syria (inaudible), does that matter also to the U.S., do you have the same problem?"Read more
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on welfare, sponsored by tax payers. Tsarnaev, now dead, is suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon last week.
"Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned," reports the Boston Herald.Read more
Katherine Russell, the wife of the dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, claims to be shocked by the "reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law" in the Boston Marathon bombings last week.Read more
Senator Lindsey Graham made the case yesterday that the Boston bombing suspect should've been held as an enemy combatant:Read more
Supreme Court: ‘There Is No Bar to this Nation's Holding One of Its Own Citizens as an Enemy Combatant’
A lawyer writes in:Read more
The White House announced today that President Obama will be observing a moment of silence today for Boston bombings last week. The event is "closed press."
From the White House's schedule:Read more
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