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April 22, 2013 - 7:26 am

Sometime shortly before he was arrested Friday night hiding in a stranger’s boat, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently tried to kill himself. Authorities say that he has a gunshot wound on his neck consistent with self-inflicted wounds. Today he is reportedly conscious and answering questions in writing. Hopefully he’s prepared to explain a few things.

The New York Times reports that the brothers told their carjacking victim that they were headed to New York. They evidently planned more attacks, which brings up an obvious question: Why did they tell the carjack victim where they were going, and why didn’t they just kill him? A possible answer: They didn’t kill him because they didn’t think he is an American. That didn’t stop them from using his ATM card though.

The brothers had amassed an arsenal of bombs and guns, including an M4 carbine rifle. Question: Where did the money for all that come from? Investigators don’t know yet, but that isn’t stopping Boston Mayor Tom “Mumbles” Menino from declaring that they acted alone. Even though the Russian government was worried enough about them to alert the FBI a couple of years ago. How visible did they have to be for the Russian government to notice them from the other side of the world? How bad is our immigration system, that they both still managed to obtain US citizenship? How craven are some of our politicians, that even after an attack that implicates the immigration system, they’re still pushing a sweeping “reform” that Congress hasn’t even read, and which would grant legal status to millions who have evaded the law for years? Those millions aren’t all terrorists, obviously, but we don’t know who they are. We didn’t know who the Tsarnaevs were, either, until last week.

How did they afford the weapons? How and where did they learn to build bombs and hand grenades, the latter they tossed out of the Mercedes they carjacked as police pursued them? Did they have some place outside Boston where they tested explosives, trained with their guns, and worked out their plan to bomb Boston and then other targets later? What role did their government-subsidized mosque play in all this? Are they a one-off, or the beginning of Chechen terrorism in the US? If the latter, why now? Is there any connection between this attack and, say, the ambiguous US position in the war in Syria — a war in which Chechens have surfaced working with al Qaeda to oust Assad? Authorities either don’t know or aren’t saying, probably some mix of both. If there really are other associates out there, keeping quiet may be best until they can be found, watched, and picked up.

The next few weeks are likely to be like last week in one respect: Conflicting information coming from unnamed sources about whether and how many other operatives may be out there. Were there just two, or up to fourteen in a sleeper cell, involved? So far, the answer is an ambiguous “yes.”

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It's weird - the overall coverage in the British press seemed better than what the American MSM were offering. More pictures, more diagrams, better (I thought) analysis, etc. Now we've got the Mail and, I believe, the Independent talking about the "sleeper cell." Have the American press looked into the sleeper cell thing and been unable to confirm it, and decided to practice responsible journalism by not reporting it? Or are they hiding something? I have no idea...

Weird thing about modern journalism. You can't just read a story and say "OK, now I know what happened today." You have to act like a journalist yourself, piecing together bits of assorted truth and BS and eventually deciding on your own version of "the truth." Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
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I think I’ll start publicly blaming that Benghazi video for radicalizing all Jihadists, wherever they may be.

The Lefties REALLY hate to bring that cover-up into any conversation.

The only problem is that it may be true…that it demonstrated to even the dimmest would-be terrorist that this Administration has no intention of fighting this war.
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They acted alone, it was caused by a reaction to the video...and to all you measly pukes who keep asking...it really doesn't matter any longer.

Nice attitude your government has toward you, its citizens.

How does it feel to be ruled instead of self-governed? Good thing the agenda media is there to keep the government honest.
1 year ago
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"Sometime shortly before he was arrested Friday night hiding in a stranger’s boat, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently tried to kill himself. Authorities say that he has a gunshot wound on his neck consistent with self-inflicted wounds."

What a bizarre way to kill yourself: shoot yourself in the BACK of the neck! Or is the theory that he was aiming at his head and missed, hitting the back of his neck instead?
1 year ago
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Shoot in back of neck is Chechnian way. Learn from Russians. Kill yourself, kill others - shoot in back of neck. Always works. Americans? Bah! They know nothing of suicide.
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