(BOSTON, Mass.) MSP Report: MANHUNT: Suspect that shot a trooper on Friday night around 22:30hrs during a Hyannis traffic stop is being sought according to CBSlocal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: A suspect is on the loose after shooting a Massachusetts State Police trooper during a Hyannis traffic stop late Friday night: Sources told the WBZ-TV I-Team the trooper was shot in the hand: The suspect’s car has been recovered: It happened on Camp Street just after 11:30 p.m:

Massachusetts State Police investigate after a trooper was shot during a Hyannis traffic stop: (WBZ-TV) CBS Boston https://ift.tt/2UMsZKx

Another trooper rushed his injured colleague to Cape Cod Hospital. He was then taken to a Boston hospital by ambulance: The trooper’s injuries are considered life-threatening.

As of Saturday morning, police were still in the area searching for the suspect.

No further details are currently available………

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.21: 2020:

#ans2020, #boston, #crime, #manhunt, #police


#AceNewsServices – Editors Post:BOSTON:March.04: His life on the line, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing, with prosecutors saying he used a backpack to plant a bomb designed to “tear people apart and create a bloody spectacle.”

A shaggy-haired Tsarnaev, 21, stared straight ahead and did not look at either the jury or Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb as the prosecutor launched into his opening statement in the nation’s most closely watched terrorism trial since the Oklahoma City bombing more than 20 years ago.

Timeline of Events & FBI Press Releases:   

Updates on Investigation Into Multiple Explosions in Boston

October 21, 2013, 11:45 a.m. EDT
Joint Release from Massachusetts Law Enforcement Agencies

There has been recent reporting relating to whether or not the FBI, Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, or other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force knew the identities of the bombers before the shootout with the alleged marathon bombing suspects and were conducting physical surveillance of them on April 18, 2013. These claims have been repeatedly refuted by the FBI, Boston Police, and Massachusetts State Police. The law enforcement agencies have released a statement in response to the media inquiries and recent news reports. Press release

August 29, 2013, 1:50 p.m. EDT
Cambridge Man Indicted for Making False Statements in the Boston Marathon Bombing Terrorism Investigation

Robel Phillipos, 19, was indicted on two counts of making false statements in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The indictment alleges that during interviews with Joint Terrorism Task Force law enforcement officials, Phillipos concealed the fact that he and others had gone into suspect Dzhokhar Tsaraev’s dormitory room to remove several items, including a laptop and a backpack. Phillipos was originally charged on May 1, 2013 via criminal complaint. Press release

August 8, 2013, 1:40 p.m. EDT
Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Obstruction of Justice in the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, nationals of Kazakhstan who were residing in New Bedford on student visas, were charged today with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were originally charged on May 1, 2013 via criminal complaint. Press release

June 27, 2013, 2:55 p.m. EDT
Federal Grand Jury Returns 30-Count Indictment Related to Boston Marathon Explosions and Murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

The indictment charges Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a U.S. citizen and resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his alleged role in using weapons of mass destruction at the Boston Marathon to kill three individuals and seriously injure many others, as well as for using a firearm to intentionally kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer Sean Collier.

Tsarnaev was specifically charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and conspiracy; bombing of a place of public use resulting in death and conspiracy; malicious destruction of property resulting in death and conspiracy; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death; carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; interference with commerce by threats of violence; and aiding and abetting. Seventeen of the charges authorize a penalty of up to life in prison or the death penalty. Tsarnaev is scheduled to be arraigned on July 10, 2013. Press release | Indictment

May 29, 2013, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Statement Regarding Shooting Incident in Orlando, Florida

The FBI is conducting a review of the May 22, 2013 shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, which occurred at Todashev’s residence, at 6022 Peregrine Avenue, Orlando, Florida. The FBI’s shooting incident review team interviews witnesses and gathers information regarding the shooting incident for presentation to a Shooting Incident Review Group (SIRG), which consists of members from the FBI and the Department of Justice. The SIRG examines all of the information and determines the reasonableness of the application of deadly force in accordance with the Department of Justice’s deadly force policy and the law. While this internal review process is occurring, we cannot comment regarding investigative details.

The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such, we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally. The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as immediately as possible under the circumstances. Press release

May 22, 2013, 10:45 a.m. EDT
FBI Boston Division’s Response to Shooting Incident in Orlando, Florida

The FBI is currently reviewing a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. Based on preliminary information, the incident occurred in Orlando, Florida during the early morning hours of May 22, 2013. The agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers, and other law enforcement personnel were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual. During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries. As this incident is under review, we have no further details at this time. Press release

May 10, 2013, 9:15 p.m. EDT
Joint Statement from Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis

In light of recent media reports, the FBI and BPD want to ensure the public and our community members that our agencies have long had—and continue to have—a close, strong and effective partnership. More

May 9, 2013, 3:45 p.m. EDT
Statement by Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers Regarding Information Sharing

Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTFs) members, including the state and local members, are responsible for maintaining awareness of possible threats to their respective jurisdictions. To manage and provide accessibility to the significant number of assessments conducted by the JTTF, each task force member has access to Guardian, a web-based counter terrorism incident management application that was launched in July 2004. In Guardian, threat and suspicious activity incidents are entered, assigned, and managed in a paperless environment and allows terrorist threats and suspicious activities to be viewed instantaneously by all system users. The primary purpose of Guardian is to make ready to avail threat and suspicious activity information to all system users and to provide all users with the capability to search all incidents for threat trend analysis. More

May 1, 2013, 1:15 p.m. EDT
Three Men Arrested in Connection with Marathon Bombing Investigation

Opened and Emptied Fireworks
Opened and emptied fireworks found in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room; Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with conspiring to destroy the evidence, among other offenses. | Higher resolution

Three men were arrested and charged today in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, both of New Bedford, were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal, and cover up tangible objects belonging to suspected marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. A third man, Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, was charged with wilfully making materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. More | Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov complaint (pdf) | Phillipos complaint (pdf)

April 24, 2013, 11:45 a.m. EDT
Update on Condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in fair condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital. Press release

April 23, 2013, 12:50 p.m. EDT
Update on Condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in fair condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital. Press release

April 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Crime Scene Handed Back to City of Boston

Crime Scene Turnover
During an informal ceremony, the FBI’s Evidence Response Team handed the crime scene area on Boylston Street back over to the city of Boston. Above, FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers thanks personnel from several federal, state, and local agencies for their tireless work in the case. | Higher resolution

April 22, 2013, 1:35 p.m. EDT
Suspect in Boston Marathon Attack Charged with Using a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a U.S. citizen and resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, resulting in the death of three people and injuries to more than 200 people.

In a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev is specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device, or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years. Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room. Full press release | Criminal complaint (pdf)

April 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EDT
Update on Condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital. Press release

April 21, 2013, 9:55 a.m. EDT
Update on Condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital. Press release

April 19, 2013, 10:10 p.m. EDT
Message from FBI Director Mueller on the Arrest of the Boston Bombing Suspect

During this long week, we have seen an extraordinary effort by law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety agencies. These collaborative efforts, with the help and cooperation of the public, resulted in the successful outcome we have seen tonight. The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice. Press release

April 19, 2013, 9:53 p.m. EDT
Remarks of Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers at Press Conference on Capture of Bombing Suspect

It seems like many months since Monday, April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. Yet, it has merely been five days since the tragic explosions that took three lives, critically injured over 180 spectators, and instilled terror and fear among the citizens of the city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and elsewhere.

Today, the city of Boston, the city of Cambridge, and the city of Watertown—and many other communities—can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that two perpetrators who caused so much pain and anguish are no longer a threat to our personal safety and our communities. More

April 19, 2013, 9:15 p.m. EDT
2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government

In early 2011, a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.

In response to this 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family members. The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government. More

April 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in bombing investigation, is now in custody.

April 19, 2013, 8:20 a.m. EDT
Updated Photo of Suspect 2 Released

Suspect 2
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19 | Higher resolution

April 19, 2013, 3:00 a.m. EDT
Law Enforcement Activity in Greater Boston Area

We are aware of the law enforcement activity in the greater Boston area. The situation is ongoing. We are working with local authorities to determine what happened. Press release

April 19, 2013, 2:00 a.m. EDT
Additional Photos Released in Bombings Case

Suspect 2 Behind Lady 1
April 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Video and Photos Released in Bombings Case

April 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Remarks of Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers at Press Conference on Bombing Investigation

Our collective law enforcement team has pursued thousands leads and tips. As I said two days ago, we are working methodically and with a sense of urgency to identify those responsible for the bombings. Within the last day or so, through that careful process, we initially developed a single person of interest. Not knowing if the individual was acting alone or in concert with others, we obviously worked with extreme purpose to make that determination…

More importantly, it was done to ensure the future safety of the city, the commonwealth and the country. Indeed, through that process, the FBI developed a second suspect.

Today, we are enlisting the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

After a very detailed analysis of photo, video, and other evidence, we are releasing photos of the two suspects. They are identified as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. They appear to be associated. More

April 18, 2013, 2:45 p.m. EDT
Media Advisory: Press Briefing

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office Richard DesLauriers, United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, and FBI JTTF law enforcement partners will hold a press briefing today, April 18, regarding the Boston Marathon investigation, at 5:00 p.m. at The Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Third Floor, Commonwealth Ballroom, Boston. Valid media credentials are required for admittance. Press release

April 17, 2013, 2:50 p.m. EDT
No Arrest Made in Bombing Investigation

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting. Press release

April 16, 2013, 5:15 p.m. EDT
Remarks of Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers at Press Conference on Bombing Investigation

Let me recap our efforts in this investigation.

Yesterday at this time, our collaborative efforts were focused on saving lives and treating the injured. At the same time, resources were directed to ensure the safety of our community.

As soon as those important tasks were completed, first responders focused on establishing a criminal investigation. The FBI Boston’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, composed of more than 30 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, and ATF, HSI, United States Secret Service, and others responded to the scene. Many of them were already there as part of the general security for the marathon already in place.

The first step law enforcement took was to secure the physical area around the blast for the purpose of preserving evidence in the area related to the devices itself. This morning the FBI, along with Boston PD, Massachusetts State Police, and ATF officially began its forensic evidence recovery effort at the site. Their goal was to recover physical items related to the blast. Those items have been recovered and sent to the FBI’s Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. There, specialized examiners will reconstruct the device and determine its makeup and components. Among items partially recovered are pieces of black nylon—which could be from a backpack—and what appear to be fragments of BBs and nails possibly contained in a pressure cooker device. We are expediting this blast evidence to our Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia for a complete and thorough analysis. More

April 16, 2013
Director Mueller Briefs President on Bombing Investigation

Director Mueller briefs President Obama

FBI Director Mueller updates President Obama on the explosions that occurred in Boston. Seated, from left, are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Tony Blinken, deputy national security advisor; Jake Sullivan, national security advisor to the Vice President; Attorney General Eric Holder; Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

April 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m. EDT
Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers Speaks at Press Conference Regarding Boston Marathon Explosions

I would like to start this morning by thanking the first responders from Boston EMS and Boston Fire Department and the volunteer physicians, nurses, and medical staff from the community who volunteered at the marathon. Their services and heroic actions saved lives yesterday afternoon.

Boston SAC DesLauriers at 4/16 press conference
Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office, addresses the media.

We continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] partners and the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police, as well as all of the other JTTF agencies.

Our mission is clear—to bring to justice those responsible for the marathon bombing.

The American public wants answers. The citizens of the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want and deserve answers. This group of dedicated men and women standing before you today pledge to do everything possible to get those answers. More

April 15, 2013, 8:45 p.m. EDT
FBI Assists Boston Police Department Regarding Explosions Along Marathon Route and Elsewhere

Disclaimer: This article is not written by ACE NEWS GROUP. Contributions from AP – FBI – Terrorism Task Forces & Many more. With a special tribute to all those who eventually brought these people to trial. 
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#boston, #boston-marathon, #boston-police, #dzhokhar-tsarnaev, #massachusetts, #massachusetts-state-police


#AceNewsServices – October 28 – Following an eight-day trial, the jury convicted a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for making false statements to investigators assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The jury found Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, guilty of making false statements during the terrorism investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 20, 2013, and April 25, 2013.  U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Jan. 29, 2015. 

 “In the wake of one of the most significant events in this City’s modern history – an event which left two young women and a child dead, and many more injured – thousands of ordinary citizens assisted law enforcement in identifying and locating the perpetrators,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for the District of Massachusetts. 

“Today, a federal jury concluded that Robel Phillipos did just the opposite. 

He lied to agents when he could have helped. 

He concealed when he could have assisted.  It is a crime to lie to law enforcement agents, and that is why Robel Phillipos was charged and why the jury found him guilty today. 

But this case also reminds us that our public safety network relies on every citizen in the Commonwealth. 

We look to all of our citizens – our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, even strangers whom we have never met before – to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and solving crimes. 

Mr. Phillipos made a choice: a choice to lie instead of tell the truth.  With its verdict today, the jury got it exactly right.” 

Press Release: 

National Security Division. 

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#AceNewsServices – BOSTON – October 27 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cyber-security flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

' U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws '

‘ U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws ‘

The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential.

These people said they do not know of any instances of hackers attacking patients through these devices, so the cyber threat should not be overstated.

Still, the agency is concerned that malicious actors may try to gain control of the devices remotely and create problems, such as instructing an infusion pump to overdose a patient with drugs, or forcing a heart implant to deliver a deadly jolt of electricity, the sources said.

The senior DHS official said the agency is working with manufacturers to identify and repair software coding bugs and other vulnerabilities that hackers can potentially use to expose confidential data or attack hospital equipment. He declined to name the companies.

“These are the things that shows like ‘Homeland’ are built from,” said the official, referring to the U.S. television spy drama in which the fictional vice president of the United States is killed by a cyber attack on his pacemaker.



#boston, #department-of-homeland-secuity-dhs, #dhs

‘ Boston Bombing Trial Will Not Be Moved to Washington DC ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 25 – Judge George O’Toole ruled Wednesday that the trial for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin January 5 instead of November 3, the Associated Press reported.

However, the federal judge denied the defence team’s request to move the trial 500 miles south of Massachusetts to Washington, DC. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that extensive media coverage, backed up by evaluations of public sentiment by their experts, meant that their client would not be able to receive a fair trial in the Bay State.

“Although media coverage in this case has been extensive, at this stage the defendant has failed to show that it has so inflamed and pervasively prejudiced the pool that a fair and impartial jury cannot be empaneled in this District,” O’Toole wrote. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.


#boston, #united-states

UNITED STATES: ‘ Private Facility Treating Autism Applies Electrical Shock Treatments ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – UNITED STATES (Boston) – September 14 – Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks – so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke AP reported. 

' Stock the Shocks to Children '

‘ Stock the Shocks to Children ‘

Another pulled out all his teeth.

Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviours associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and a private facility outside Boston that takes on some of the hardest-to-treat cases is embroiled in a major debate:

Should it use electrical skin shocks to try to keep patients from harming themselves or others?

Some believe this has and still believe this can change behaviour patterns, as the past show’s:  

The original behaviourist, Skinner was an American psychologist most famous for his work with operant conditioning — getting the desired behaviour from a person or child through reinforcement, punishment and extinction.

 But like Freud, Skinner’s time was in the 1950’s and the 1960’s, a time when behaviourism was a fresh and new approach to tackling problems with human behaviour and emotions — a direct reaction to the psychoanalytic school of thought that  was prevalent throughout much of international psychology.

Cognitive behaviourism, a reaction itself to Skinner’s strict behavioural paradigm, acknowledged the importance of other factors in human psychology — you can’t treat people  like mice in a maze.

Well, you can, but you get  far more effective results if you treat them more like humans instead of behaviourally-driven animals.

So it’s not surprising that Matthew Israel was a student of Skinner’s, and his theories on child care and development were moulded at Harvard in the 1950’s, according to this insightful article into how shock treatment became an acceptable form of treatment for children in a facility in Massachusetts. 


#autism, #behaviourism, #boston, #freud, #intellecutual-disabilities, #self-harm, #united-states

UNITED STATES: ' Dias Kadyrbayev Friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Guilty to Impeding Boston Bombing Investigation '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Boston) – August 21 – Dias Kadyrbayev, friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has pleaded guilty to impeding the Boston Marathon bombing investigation USA Today reported.

​Tsarnaev is accused in the attack in 2013 that left three people dead and more than 250 injured.

Prosecutors said that after Kadyrbayev and another friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, determined that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombings, they removed items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, both from Kazakhstan, were accused of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly helping bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover up the bombings that left three people dead and more than 250 injured..

At the plea hearing on Thursday, the prosecutor read the government’s facts in the case, WCVB reports. Asked by the judge if that is what happened, Kadyrbayev replied, "Yes."

Under the terms of the deal, Kadyrbayev — who faced up to 25 years in prison — would be sentenced to no more than 7 years. He would also be deported to Kazakhstan to serve out his sentence.

The judge in the case did not immediately rule on the plea agreement and set sentencing for November.


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' Jury Selection has begun in the Trial of the Friend of the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev

AceWorldNews – BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv).

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ’-maht tuh-ZAY’-uh-kahv) is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after last year’s attack.

Jury selection began Monday with 225 potential jurors brought into the federal courthouse and asked to fill out questionnaires.

Another large group will be brought in Tuesday.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line.

Prosecutors say Tazhayakov and another friend took Tsarnaev’s backpack containing fireworks after seeing Tsarnaev’s photograph on the news and realizing he was a suspect.

The items were later recovered in a landfill.

Tazhayakov is not charged with having anything to do with the bombings.


#aceworldnews, #boston

Florida Hospital Workers Who Treated MERS Patient Also Ill

Several local hospitals have set up same area

This bad boy has W.H.O worried

Two of the health care workers who treated a MERS patient in Florida have come down with respiratory symptoms, and are being tested to see if they may have caught the mysterious virus from him, hospital officials say.

In at least one of the cases it’s almost certain not to be MERS — the staffer started showing symptoms just a day after treating the patient, who’s the second person to be diagnosed with MERS in the United States. The incubation period for MERS — meaning the time it takes from contacting someone who’s infected to showing the first symptoms — is usually about five days. “We want to be extra cautious,” said Dr. Antonio Crespo, infectious disease specialist and chief quality officer for the P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. “These two people were in contact with the patient without a mask.”

Video via: Mary Greeley

One of the staffers was treated and sent home, and the other is in a special isolation room at the hospital, like the MERS patient is. Health care workers who treat patients with the virus are the most likely to become infected themselves, probably because of the close contact. Crespo said 20 health care workers at two hospitals who may have been exposed to the virus are keeping themselves isolated at home and being regularly tested for MERS.

MERS up close and personal

The MERS patient, a 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia, was visiting family in Orlando when he became ill enough to visit the emergency room on May 8. He’s been in the hospital since May 9 and has been kept isolated under special conditions ever since doctors suspected he might have MERS.

Middle East respiratory syndrome virus (MERS) is on the rise, especially in Saudi Arabia. It’s infected more than 500 people since it was first identified in 2012, spread to 16 countries, and killed about a quarter of its victims. The World Health Organization has been holding a special meeting about the outbreaks and was expected to issue a new report on Wednesday.

The first U.S. patient with MERS, also a health care worker who had been working in Saudi Arabia, has gone home after treatment in an Indiana hospital. Doctors say the risk to the general public is very low. MERS is not terribly infectious. Studies of those who have become infected show they were usually in close and prolonged contact with a victim. But it’s a new virus, and very deadly compared to something like the flu, so doctors want to err on the side of caution.

Health detectives are tracking down everyone who flew on four flights with the MERS patient, from Saudi Arabia to London, then to Boston, Atlanta and Orlando. The trouble with treating any respiratory virus is they all have similar symptoms — fever, cough, body aches. And people get these viruses all the time. it takes about two days to test for something specific like MERS. If MERS is suspected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises hospitals to just act as if it were MERS. So patients are being kept in special isolation rooms, with strict hygiene procedures. “When we go and visit the patient — I went this morning — I have to wear a special mask called an N-95 (respirator). I have to wear a gown and gloves. Once we get out of the room we dispose of everything,” Crespo told reporters.

White House press secretary Jay Carney

The MERS patient also visited a second hospital, the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Officials at the P. Phillips Hospital are not precisely sure why — he didn’t go to seek treatment, they say — but to be extra sure, they’ve asked five hospital staff who were in contact with him to stay home for 14 days, get tested for MERS and stay away from other people. But because he did not feel well, the patient didn’t travel around the region and mostly stayed home, doctors said. He did not go visit any tourist attractions in Orlando.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama had been briefed on the two cases.

Dr. Ken Michaels of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County says hospitals should prepare for cases like this. “I don’t think we have seen the last of this,” he told reporters. “We are going to see more travel from this part of the world.” With a surge of cases in Saudi Arabia, people are sure to carry the virus on trips with them, Michaels said — something that CDC and World Health Organization officials have also said. Both of the men who carried MERS to the U.S. worked in hospitals where MERS patients were treated — one in Jeddah, one in Riyadh. There’s no specific treatment for MERS. Patients get what’s called supportive care — intravenous fluids, oxygen or a breathing tube if needed, and pain medications.

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` US Department of Homeland Security Advises Users of Microsoft’s Explorer Browser to Use Alternatives ‘

#AceSecurityNews – BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks.

The bug is the first high-profile security flaw to emerge since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month.
That means PCs running the 13-year old operating system could remain unprotected against hackers seeking to exploit the newly uncovered flaw, even after Microsoft figures out how to defend against it.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to “the complete compromise” of an affected system.

“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute warned in a separate advisory, that US-CERT linked to in its warning.

FireEye, whose Mandiant division helps companies respond to cyber attacks, declined to name specific victims or identify the group of hackers, saying that an investigation into the matter is still active.

“It’s a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors,” said FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza on Sunday. “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are, at this point.

It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

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  1. April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/m4re4p2


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` Boston One Year-On and the People Start the ` Marathon ' Again with Hope in their Hearts '

#AceWorldNews – BOSTON – April 21 – (SkyNews) – The Boston Marathon has begun under heavy security a year after twin bombings at the finish line killed three people and shocked the city.

A moment of silence was observed before the race began, as America The Beautiful was played over a loudspeaker.

In a show of support for the event, 36,000 of runners have registered – the second-largest field in the history of the race, which is the world’s oldest annual marathon.

“I think I’m going to start crying at the starting line and I’m not sure I’ll stop until I cross the finish line,” said Katie O’Donnell, who was running the marathon last year and was stopped less than a mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded.

One million people are expected to line the route.

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1. http://news.sky.com/story/1246421/boston-marathon-returns-one-year-after-blasts
2. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/boston-marathon-returns-one-blasts-104339371.html#59sms4F


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` Russia Reportedly Declined Providing FBI with Information of one Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects '

#AceNewsServices – BOSTON – April 16 – (RFRL) – Russia has reportedly declined to provide the FBI with information about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects two years before the 2013 attack.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a native of Russia’s Chechnya region, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 others when he and his brother planted two homemade bombs along the course of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev’s brother Tamerlan was killed by police after the attack.

Citing an unpublished U.S. government review, “The New York Times” quoted on April 9 a senior U.S. official as saying, “They found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on [Dzhokhar] back then, and based on everything that was available, the FBI did all that it could.”

The paper said U.S. lawmakers are to be briefed on April 10 on the report, authored by the inspector-general of the Office of the Intelligence Community.

Based on reporting by: The New York Times.

WASHINGTON – April 09 – (NYT) – The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report.

Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that Mr. Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/russia-failed-to-share-details-on-boston-marathon-bombing-suspect.html


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` Suspicious Backpacks left by a Man on the Anniversary of `Boston Marathon ‘ at Events Finishing Line ‘

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.


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` Boston Marathon Victims Remembered Twelve Months ago `Today’ when `Two Explosions ‘ Wrecked Peoples Lives ‘

#AceWorldNews – BOSTON – April 15 2013 – Two explosions occurred in the centre of Boston during the annual marathon.

As a result of the Boston Marathon bombing, three people were killed and over 260 were injured. The main suspects in the attack are two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan (26) was killed in a shoot-out with the police. Dzokhar (20) is facing death penalty.

The trial is set for November 3.

Three more people are involved in the case. Two of them are Kazakhstan citizens, Dias Kadyrbaev and Azamat Tazhayakov; the third is a US citizen, Robel Fillipos.

All three were were Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room mates in the Boston University dorm. Kadyrbaev and Tazhayakov were charged with helping to cover Tsarnaev’s tracks, Fillipos is accused of false testimony.

Their trial is set for June 23, 2014

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` Tamerlan Tsarnaev one of the suspected ` Boston Bombers ' behind the `Boston Bombing ' was Approached by FBI to Work as an Informant '

#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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“Trial Date for `Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’ `Accused of Boston Bombings’ November 3rd 2014”

#AceWorldNews says a federal judge in Boston today set a November trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon bombings.

US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole slated the trial for Nov. 3, much sooner than the earliest date suggested by defense attorneys in the high-profile death penalty case, September 2015.

Boston Bombing Memorial

Boston Bombing Memorial (Photo credit: hbp_pix)

Those attending the hearing today included bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, who is on crutches.

The hearing came just days after prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a status report that revealed major differences in the timeline they envisioned for the case. The date set by the judge came closer to what prosecutors had requested. Prosecutors had previously requested the trial begin sometime this fall, the US attorney’s office said.

Tsarnaev, 20, is facing numerous charges in the April 15 terror bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, also allegedly killed an MIT police officer in Cambridge a few days later as they sought to flee the area. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a confrontation with police in Watertown several hours later.

Later the same day, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, hiding in a boat in Watertown. Authorities say he had been inspired by Al Qaeda publications and had allegedly scrawled in a note on the boat that he had acted because the US government was killing “our innocent civilians.”

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev seeks 2015 trial

Prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are headed to court to discuss a trial date and a pretrial schedule. A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday in US District Court. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015. Prosecutors have said they hope to have the trial this fall.

The 20-year-old Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out a terrorist attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Prosecutors allege that he and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two homemade pressure cooker bombs near the marathon’s finish line last April.

Police Converge Mass

Police Converge Mass (Photo credit: A Name Like Shields Can Make You Defensive)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police.

Prosecutors announced last month they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts.

US to seek death penalty for accused Boston bomber Tsarnaev

The Justice Department said Thursday that it plans to seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on charges that he and his brother built and planted two pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people and injured at least 260 others at the marathon last April. The federal government has carried out only three executives since the US Supreme Court forced a change in sentencing laws in the 1970s. One of them was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, put to death in 2001.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement: “After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”

A trial date has not been set for Tsarnaev. His next hearing is Feb. 12.

Twenty federal defendants are on trial on capital charges, or are about to be, while 56 others are pursuing appeals of their death sentences, many that last for years.

The federal execution system has been put on hold by a court battle over the combination of drugs used to administer a lethal injection. One of the drugs is no longer available, forcing the Bureau of Prisons to consider alternatives.

Legal experts have said that seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev would give him an incentive to plead guilty to avoid being put to death.

June trial set for Boston Marathon suspect’s pals

A federal judge has set a June trial for three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on charges of hindering the investigation into the attack.

Attorneys for Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos had asked that the trial not be held until January 2015. But a lawyer for a third friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, asked for an earlier trial.

The judge agreed and scheduled the trial for June 23, several weeks earlier than Tazhayakov requested.

Authorities say Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov removed a laptop and backpack from Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth three days after the bombing.

Phillipos is accused of lying to authorities. All three men have pleaded not guilty.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, AFP, AP, Boston.com

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#Sochi : “Russia admits it cannot `Guarantee the Safety of People’ at the Games”

#AceWorldNews says Russia can guarantee Sochi Olympics safety – deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday that the Russian government can guarantee safety at the Winter Olympics.

He stressed that the level of danger in Sochi is no greater than in many other cities and is “like in Boston, in London,” RIA Novosti reported.

The Russian security services are working with colleagues from Europe and North America, Kozak told reporters in Sochi on the eve of the Games’ start. Russia can guarantee the safety of people during any mass event “as well as any other government,” he said.

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#US: `File Sharing Site Developed for P2P of Academic Paper’s’

#AceNewsServices says `Academics Launch New Torrent Site for P2P Research’

English: File Sharing on JoopeA

English: File Sharing on JoopeA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Academic Torrents is a new file-sharing site developed by researchers for other researchers seeking an avenue to share academic papers and datasets. Joseph Cohen and Henry Lo, two PhD students at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, launched the site so they and other academics could communicate with each other in a free-flowing, decentralized environment. “Sharing data is hard. Emails have size limits, and setting up servers is too much work. We’ve designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets – for researchers, by researchers. The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds,” the pair told TorrentFreak. Already indexed on the site are over 1.5 petabytes of data, including NASA’s map of Mars.


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