First, we heard about the seemingly unnecessary shooting of Tamerlan’s friend:
Russian-born Todashev, 27, was fatally shot on May 22nd in Florida while being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts troopers.
His father, Abdul-Baki Todashev, told The Associated Press today that he had flown with the body to Moscow and was planning on flying it to their home region of Chechnya on Thursday.
Now we hear that on May 1st, two friends of the younger brother were charged with obstructing justice:
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, were college friends of surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
They are charged with removing a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the FBI released pictures of Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan…
The pair were first charged on May 1 with conspiracy and remain in federal custody. They could face up to 20 years in prison on obstruction of justice charges, in addition to five years if convicted on conspiracy charges.
One of these young friends received a text message from Dzhokhar:
Kadyrbayev received a text message from Tsarnaev on April 18 suggesting he go to Tsarnaev’s room and “take what’s there,” according to prosecutors.
Were the brothers surprised when media began reporting that they were suspects in the “bombing”? Did they discover they’d been set up and was this Dzhokhar’s way of telling his friends he probably wouldn’t be back? Had the brothers told a few friends that they were going to have roles in an “event”? Is that why they’re now either dead, in custody, or at least threatened?
Another friend, Robel Phillipos, was also charged on May 1st but released on $100,000 bond, placed on home confinement, and must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. According to one news outlet:
Phillipos is accused of lying to investigators about visiting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college dorm room on April 18, three days after the bombings.
It seems this young man attended high school with Dzhokhar. He is an American citizen, was a daycare worker, and he dropped out of school to care for his sick mother. Was he a sweet kid who was easy to intimidate into silence? Did he have inside knowledge of the event through Dzhokhar or through his contacts with local government officials?
According to the Atlantic Wire:
“According to a former classmate and friend who worked with Phillipos at a daycare center, Phillipos was attending classes remotely at the time of his arrest because he was staying home to care for his mother, who is ill”… Though the daycare center where Phillipos worked at isn’t specified, we know he was also active in the Cambridge Kids Council—a program chaired by the mayor of Cambridge and is, according to its website, “dedicated to developing policy recommendations and programs aimed at improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in the City of Cambridge.”
Was/is the government trying to prevent exposure of its lie? Is it possible that these young men knew of the plot but, for whatever reasons, couldn’t refrain from talking about it? Is it possible that they, including the brothers, were all good guys who believed the drill would produce something good? Or, at least, that it was exciting to be part of, or have knowledge of, a secretive government drill?
However, was a government coverup in fact exposed in an interview with Dzhokhar’s former wrestling teammate?
The problem is that a former wrestling teammate interviewed by the Boston Globe said the guy in the courtroom “didn’t look like him”, didn’t act like him and had a different body language”.
Moreover, the man who was ordered by the judge to personally plead “Not Guilty” to each group of charges had a heavy foreign accent, which his former teammate affirms Dzhokhar did not have.
Here is a video of the interview, which took place outside the court building:
I bring all this up as I wonder why is there so little news coverage about these men, including Dzhokhar. Every once in awhile there is a story about them, and sometimes about the alleged victims. However, they do not get the coverage we’d expect if the bombing had been a real terrorist event. It’s the nature of media vampires to harass people for news stories. That hasn’t happened here or in the Sandy Hook event. Again, I stand by my assessment that Sandy Hook and the happenings at the Boston Marathon were merely government training exercises.