AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – BOSTON April 16 – Just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, on the one-year anniversary of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, police said two backpacks had been found in the area and immediately ordered people to evacuate.
Authorities said the backpacks were tied to a man who goes by Kayvon Edson. Edson was captured in several videos marching down Boylston Street in a black veil, wearing a backpack, and chanting “Boston strong.”Man who left Tuesday suspicious backpacks in down-town Boston was mentally ill, official the Police Department Mike McCarthy said http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/04/15/breaking-marathon-finish-line-evacuated-after-suspicious-packages-discovered/DTSiAn2NlNQe3honPF97uO/story.html
Two large black backpacks were found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where a year ago was a terrorist attack.
According to witnesses, the offender of the incident was a barefoot man dressed in black. He threw backpacks on the ground with a cry of “Boston is the power!” And then tried to escape, but was immediately detained by law enforcement officials.
The FBT has joined to investigate the incident. Bomb-disposal experts destroyed the suspicious items using a special robot.
The police evacuated people, blocked streets and closed a nearby subway station immediately after the discovery of backpacks.
Bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 took place April 15, 2013 in down–town Boston, near the finish line of a marathon.
More than 3500 policemen, twice as many as last year, will provide security this year for the marathon April 21. The Boston Marathon is held annually since 1897 and it is the oldest and one of the most prestigious races in the world of athletics.
#AceWorldNews – Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspected bombers behind the Boston Marathon bombing last year, was approached by the FBI because of his extremist views and asked to work as an informant, according to court records filed by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team.
Attorneys for the younger Tsarnaev are expected to claim that he was under the influence of the dominating Tamerlan, 26, who was killed during a shoot-out with police days after the bombing killed three people and injured over 260 others on April 15.
In a 23-page court filing Dzhokhar’s defense team asked the court to force the prosecution to hand over more evidence in the case that would be useful to their argument. Included in the document was the assertion that the FBI, aware of Tamerlan’s radical Islamist views, asked him to work as an informant on certain factions in the Boston region.
The court request said “the FBI made more than one visit to talk with Anzor, Zubeidat [Dzhokhar and Tamerlan’s parents and Tamerlan, question Tamerlan about his internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community,” as quoted by WBUR Boston http://www.wbur.org/2014/03/28/tamerlan-tsarnaev-fbi-informant
The defence speculated that Tamerlan may have misinterpreted the intention of the conversations, which may have acted as a “stressor that increased his paranoia and distress.” They specifically note that the interviews should not be interpreted as a motivation for the attack, only that they represent “an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline.”
“The underlying data concerning the brothers’ activities, state of mind, and respective trajectories is critical,” attorneys wrote, as quoted by the Boston Globe http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/28/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-attorneys-seek-government-evidence-tamerlan-say-may-help-defense/PJoDIO3Tdf3zIau7VM9m8L/story.html adding that evidence “shows Tamerlan to have had a substantially longer and deeper engagement than his younger brother with extremist and violent ideology is mitigating for the light that it sheds on their relative culpability.”
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#AceWorldNews says HuffPost and the Hill says FBI TO RELEASE REPORT ON KILLING OF BOSTON BOMBING PERSON OF INTEREST – Ryan Reilly: “The internal FBI probe into the deadly shooting of a Russian immigrant who was being interviewed in Florida in May about his links to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is “definitely” something the bureau will release down the line, FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday. Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed by an FBI agent while being questioned about his relationship with Tsarnaev. There were conflicting accounts about whether Todashev was armed when he allegedly attacked an agent. News reports quoted sources who said that Todashev was going to sign a statement confessing his involvement in a 2011 murder when he allegedly lunged at an agent, who was accompanied by other law enforcement officials. The Boston Globe’s editorial board recently called on Comey to release the report, saying the lack of information raises serious questions. “Was Todashev armed? Could not the trained law enforcement officials on the scene, including two Massachusetts state troopers, have subdued a potentially crucial witness in a non-lethal way?” the board asked.” [HuffPost]