The Boston Marathon bombing occurred on April 15, 2013. That day, two bombs exploded near the historic event’s finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 200 others. By the time the FBI took over the investigation, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been identified as prime suspects, despite significant questions about inconsistencies in official accounts of what had happened. Nearly a year later, with most of the people that could shed light on the event killed (Tamerlan Tsarnaev and later, his friend, Ibragim Todashev), deported (Todashev’s girlfriend) or silenced, Russ Baker reports that the FBI might have been involved with the Tsarnaev family prior to the incident.
On January 30, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the government will seek the death penalty in its case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Is it a coincidence, Baker asks, that the federal government has put the one person who might be able to reveal the truth about this tragedy on death row? “The bottom line,” Baker writes, “is that the official story put out through leaks to friendly media during the early hours and days after the bombing has become the unquestioned account, with no apparent serious and open-minded investigation having followed, as best as we can tell.”
Source: Russ Baker, “Does US ‘Death sentence’ in Boston Case Equal Silence?”, Who What Why, February 3,2014, http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/02/03/does-us-death-sentence-in-boston-case-equal-silence/
Student Researcher: Carmen Perez (Indian River State College)
Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)