It doesn't speculate who helped them. Some details, though. Like their claim that they used directions from the Al Queda Inspire magazine. Some details on parts like Christmas lights and RC car parts, etc.
My father-in-law met the Tsarnaev brothers. They were out shopping for electric switches. My father-in-law worked in an electric supply store that didn't stock the right type of switch, so he directed them to a store that would have the needed part. He later recognized them, leading to the store video being seized as evidence and helping to track them down.
Feeling of guilt over helping the Tsarnaev brothers gnawed at him, worsening the bad lifestyle choices that led to his death before he could testify.
I don't think they'd go shopping for a switch if they didn't intend to build the device. There might have been a local co-conspirator such as Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife. Wikipedia says: Her web history included searches for "If your husband becomes a shahid, what are the rewards for you?" and "the rewards for the wife of Mujahedeen."
> The FBI declined to answer
It's a sad state of affairs when authorities see no reason to even bother with any kind of justification for what is obviously a much deeper issue. This is one of the very things that set democracies apart - accountability towards the people.
> metallic BBs, electrical wires, batteries, cellphone parts, circuit boards
> hobby fuse and wires, batteries, dismantled cellphones, fire starters
> Thermite ... recipe for chlorine gas
> plastic zip ties like the ones used by police when they are making large-scale arrests
> knives, decorative swords, a loaded 9 mm pistol and a large, fully loaded Russian bolt action rifle, along with several hundred rounds of high-caliber ammunition.
> machete, steel wool, a Duraflame log, coffee grinders and shards of metal shavings
Who doesn't have most of these "ominous materials", for basic every day civil purposes? And if someone needs a written recipe for chlorine gas, I doubt their ability to make bread without burning down the kitchen.
Sure, the article also contains details that do indicate the making of bombs (although once again, playing with explosives can be just good clean fun), and more importantly actual connection to the crimes. It's just not good that the majority of their narrative is built on innuendo and further marginalizing their audience with ominous fear.
I do agree there are other pertinent details that are the actual cause for concern, especially regarding the FBI. But why not stick to those rather than illustrating some scary sounding but ultimately innocuous motif around the suspect?
I'm thinking the dynamic is that the journalist has no idea what the real world is actually like (eg associating "wires" with movie bombs, rather than realizing they're in literally every electric device), but has been trained to embellish their writing with descriptive words, and so they've resorted to crafting a narrative of fear of general odds and ends. Perhaps they should have visited the witchcraft victims' memorial one town south to remind themselves what such fearmongering leads to.
Also, LOL at the bag of perlite. It's almost as if someone told him to go to the hardware store to buy fertilizer for a "fertilizer bomb", and this guy gets a bag of chemically inert soil amendment instead.
Thanks for mentioning the perlite, I missed had that. I love how it's presented uncritically - sounds like thermite! I wonder if he had some deadly diatomaceous earth as well? Maybe I'm just taking it too seriously and the whole article is actually meant to be a comic.
Gotta wonder about those guys with 'Decorative Swords' tho... /s
Be careful what you wish for...
You even have merchandise!
You're likely referring to the ATF gunwalking scandal, the best known piece of which was "Operation Fast and Furious":
You are thinking of Operation Fast and Furious I believe.
Entrapment _generally_ requires more than that law enforcement facilitated the crime: it (broadly) requires that they somehow induced someone to commit a crime they would otherwise be unwilling to.
Given the facts in the article that Morley is the likely bombmaker, knew the brothers, and the feds particularly the FBI are protecting him, it now appears that the Marathon bombing was yet another terror plot thought up by the FBI, Morley was working under their direction and was their handler, and the FBI lost control of the situation in this case and failed to execute the arrest before the bomb was actually deployed.
“Ruslan Tsarnaev, the outspoken uncle of the brothers was married to Samantha A. Fuller until 2004. Samantha’s father is Graham Fuller, the senior CIA person who was the architect the Afghan Islamic fundamentalist Mujahideen war against the Soviets.”
The FBI put out a version of Inspire which had the 'How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom' which had some sort of malware or corruption when it came out.
From memory when viewing it became corrupt specifically during the 'How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom'. I assumed in a unpatched system it'd overflow or something.
Never seen the sandy hook crew try and link this, but there could be a fair argument the FBI supplied the instructions of 'How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom' to a lot of people, and perhaps even the bombers doing this honey pot.
The main source of the lead was the supply lines between the water mains and the homes.
see also https://www.wired.com/2013/04/boston-marathon-conspiracies/
The uncle, then still Tsarnaev, lived by his father in law in Maryland and while living there incorporated there "the Congress of Chechen International Organizations".
See my other post here.
> It's basically "blowback" from the covert operations to use Islamic extremism against the USSR and Russia.
That's how one part of the whole story can be interpreted.
One of the most interesting titles from The Washington Post I've read was: "The Taliban indoctrinates kids with jihadist textbooks paid for by the U.S." (2014)
"As The Washington Post reported in 2002, the United States had spent millions of dollars beginning in the 1980s to produce and disseminate anti-Soviet textbooks for Afghan schoolchildren. The books encouraged a jihadist outlook, which was useful propaganda at the time for a Washington driven by the imperatives of the Cold War."
There are, however, still other ways to read about the same "uncle connection", especially about the uncle's father in law, searching a little more. E.g. Wikipedia article, the current state:
"After the Boston Marathon bombing, it was revealed that Fuller's daughter Samantha Ankara Fuller (married name Tsarnaev) was married in the 1990s to Ruslan Tsarni (born Tsarnaev), the uncle of the perpetrators Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They divorced on 26 April 1999, in Orange County, North Carolina. Ruslan Tsarni worked for companies connected to Halliburton. He was also a consultant for a company contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan."
Fuller is somehow still relevant internationally (as of 2018)(!), enough that he's a topic for "BBC in Turkish" news:
Translated by Google Translate:
"BBC in Turkish
Former CIA official Graham Fuller on the arrest warrant
As part of the investigation into the July 15 coup attempt, former CIA National Intelligence Council Vice President Graham Fuller was issued with a warrant for the arrest"
It's about arrest warrant in Turkey if I understand correctly. Here's an English version:
and Newsweek 2017:
Anyway, back to Tsarnaev case, there is a proof that while living in Fuller's Maryland house, the uncle of the brothers, at that time also still with the family name Tsarnaev (he changed it later to Tsarni) in 1995 incorporated there in that very house "the Congress of Chechen International Organizations":
Fuller didn't deny these facts, even if he claimed in 2013 that it was somehow accidental:
"“Samantha was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev (Tsarni) for 3-4 years, and they lived in Bishkek for one year where Samantha was working for Price Waterhouse on privatization projects,” Fulller, a former CIA officer in Turkey and vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, told Al-Monitor by email Saturday. “They also lived in our house in [Maryland] for a year or so and they were divorced in 1999, I believe.”"
He also commented on Turkish story here:
"Fuller added that “Not content with absurd accusations of coup plotting by myself and a few Americans, the Erdoğan government has also stoked the fires with ‘fake facts’ and crude propaganda fabrications about my own views and writings."
So yes, not everything that is written somewhere is true.
Still, an interesting person. A lot can be found using a search machine.