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April 19, 2013 - 2:16 am

In the early hours of Friday morning, the fatal shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology culminated in a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass., that brought law enforcement face-to-face with the pair of bombing suspects sought by the FBI in the Boston Marathon attack.

According to a press conference with police officials, two men committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge at 10:20 p.m. Thursday night. After reports of shots fired, at 10:30 p.m. an officer was found shot multiple times in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Another armed carjacking later took place in which two males kept the victim with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station. Police caught up with the SUV and pursued it to Watertown, Mass. During the chase, “several explosive devices” were thrown from the car by the suspects and one officer was seriously injured.

The suspects engaged in a gunfight with police. Suspect No. 1, as labeled in the FBI surveillance photos released earlier in the day, was mortally wounded and taken into custody.

Hospital officials said he died from a combination of a “blast injury to the trunk” from an explosive device and multiple gunshot wounds.

At one point police made a man strip down before taking him into custody and questioning him in a police car before releasing him — but not before his naked arrest was splashed across the news.

Suspect No. 2, who was wearing the white backward baseball cap in the FBI photos, was captured on surveillance cameras earlier while robbing a 7-Eleven in Cambridge.

“He should be considered armed and dangerous and is a threat to anyone who approaches him,” a police official said. “We believe this is a terrorist. We believe this is a man who’s come here to kill people.”

Police wouldn’t release names of the suspects.

They cordoned off a 20-block perimeter and warned residents with a robocall to stay in their homes , lock doors and windows, and not open the door to anyone but a police officer. As the sun rose, all buses and subways came to a standstill and businesses in suspect neighborhoods were asked not to open their doors. Undetonated explosives are said to be littering the route between Cambridge and Watertown.

NBC News reported the two men have international ties, with “overseas military backgrounds” and had been in the U.S. legally for at least a year — “not American born.” NBC’s Pete Williams also reported the suspects told the carjacking victim that they were the marathon bombers.

UPDATE: Williams, whose had the most solid sources in the mainstream media through the week’s ordeal, reports that the bombers are possibly from Turkey or Chechnya.

UPDATE: The bombers are brothers from Chechnya who had lived in Turkey at one point. The suspect still at large is Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. His brother, killed in the early-morning confrontation with police, is 20 years old. They reportedly were “not unfamiliar to the FBI.”

UPDATE: Tsarnaev was a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge in 2011, the city he wreaked havoc on overnight. “City officials gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution of the many citizens of Cambridge who make this special opportunity possible,” said the announcement.

UPDATE (8 a.m.): Tamerlan Tzarnaev, the suspect killed, was reportedly 26 and born in Russia and has been a legal permanent resident since 2007. The younger brother was born in Kyrgyzstan, according to NBC, or Chechnya, according to Russian media. A Russian journalist reported both attended school in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya and also has an Islamist extremist insurgency, before coming to the U.S. CNN reported that the brothers stopped in Kazakhstan, not Turkey, before coming to the U.S.

UPDATE (9 a.m.): According to a high school friend who called into CNN, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attends University of Massachusetts Amherst and works as a lifeguard at Harvard University.

UPDATE (9:20 a.m.): The uncle of the suspects, who said they grew up in Kyrgyzstan, said his nephew called to ask for forgiveness. “It’s crazy, it’s not possible, I can’t believe it,” he said. The father calls his on-the-lam son “a true angel” and told Russia’s Interfax news agency he believes his sons were “framed.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Since I live in Jerusalem I thinks it's fairly safe to say that I have more experience living with Muslims than most of the folks that post here. So i am going to post the following simple truth no matter how uncomfortable it might make you-

Q: Is there really a difference between a radical Muslim and a Moderate
Muslim?

A: Yes. The radical Muslim wants to kill us and the moderate Muslim want
the radical Muslims to kill us.
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Final Jeopardy Question: What are three words you will never hear reported in this story that start with the letters MIT?

...And your final Jeopardy answer is...

Muslim... Islam... Terrorists.
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Exactly. Perhaps they claimed to be part American Indian, that appears to be a ticket to success in MA.
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For those of you talking about being radicalized by Islam or overseas, you are missing the point. In America today, you need neither to be politicized by hate speech. The Dem Party today talks less and less about specific names and issues and more and more about demonizing half the country basically based on what they looked like the day they were born. It has gotten out of hand.

Though they may not be violent, today's American democratic jihadist can be found mainstreaming the most outrageous views about white privilege, chickens coming home to roost and the New Jim Crow every day from the Daily Kos to the Science Fiction Writers of America.

In short, the Dem Party has adopted the most radical anti-American political views of a Saudi Wahhabi or Al Sharpton. Anyone thinking children are not listening is insane. How can children not listen? This is being mainstreamed right into their heads by the very people who make their video games and write their cartoons. This is not 1990. Because of the internet, kids know who these people are, look up to them and admire them.

When they Tweet that Frank Miller, the man whose work the film "300" was based on is a "racist moron" because he's angry about 9/11, what they really mean is that we're all racist morons. Melissa Harris-Perry came straight out and said our response to 9/11 was "horrific racial violence."

These are individuals who constitute a movement that is in general agreement on these issues. There is a fine line between politics and naked defamatory hate speech and we have long since crossed it. The Dem Party provides the basis for all the political reasoning one needs to blow up stuff in America, so forget mosques, cuz liberals are the new imams.
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The uncle says the boys are not Chechnyan nationals and that they attended college in Boston for years.

If they weren't immersed in anti-Americanism in a foreign country, where were they subjected to constant messages that made them think America was a place they want to attack?
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Right here, that's where.

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/01/is_game_of_thrones_too_white/

That was written by this year's Nebula awards nominee for best science fiction novel and it was cheered on in the science fiction community. They are selling your children books.

The author, Saladin Ahmed, who describes himself in the article as "an Arab-American writing fantasy fiction" also writes that America is "a culture rich in racist stereotypes and xenophobic fear-mongering."

Would your 8 yr. old like some anti-Freedom Fries to go with their Dr. Who?
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Maybe they watched a lot of MSNBC?
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Well Salon's Sirota got his wish: the bombers are crazy white guys, caucasian. They're also Muslims on sudden jihad syndrome. Oops.
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NOW THAT WE KNOW THE BOMBERS ARE MOSLEM

Obama will call their deed by its proper name: Tax Day Sports Event Shopping Place Violence.
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An aunt (who lives in Canada, outside Toronto) is also expressing utter disbelief. She thinks they have been framed (100 percent denial -- sounds just like CNN reporters).
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I'm wondering where their money was coming from. Good schools, a Mercedes, etc.
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DON'T LET THE RELIGION OF THESE TWO KILLERS FOOL YOU

They're anti-tax tea party skin heads with hair.
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That one dude looks just like my cousin Bubba from Alabama! This is obviously a false flag attack launched by the John Birch Society!
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That explains the connection with Patriots' and Tax Day: the unpatriotic progressive tax was a Marxist idea.
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Per the _Cambridge Chronicle_ of 6 Aug 2009, Tamerlan was arrested on a domestic violence charge:

"The following is a log of police activity on file at the Cambridge Police Department and available to the public. The Chronicle logs arrests, assaults and car thefts when adequate information is available. Compiled by Erin Smith.

Arrests

July 28, 1:50 p.m.: Tamerlan Tsarnaev , 22, of 410 Norfolk St., was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery."
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CNN is reporting now that it was dwarf Eskimo sled-doggers, although they have apologized for using the term dwarf. They've been masterful so far.

All those fact checkers and editors involved in crack reporting, sometimes appear to be smoking it.

In other news, Noam Chomsky has said about the shootout and bombings, "you never know who started it, MIT is giving him another award for his linguistic mastery".

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn aren't sure which side to take on this, they love the nail bombs in the pressure cooker idea, but can't make up their minds whether hating Russia can be given a pass when you also hate America.

Obama has said if he had a son, he would have a funny name and he's pretty sure he could spell Kyrgyzstan.

Obviously Robert Redford will not be playing the second suspect in the upcoming Hollywood homage, because he looks mysteriously like Pauly Shore.



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