Ibragim was a womanizer. He was kind to children. He had a sweet tooth, and a temper.
Who killed three men in Waltham, Massachusetts, on September 11 2011? And could solving that case have prevented the Boston Bombings? The answers may never be clear, because the chief surviving suspect, Ibragim Todashev, was shot by the FBI while allegedly on the brink of confessing. Journalist Susan Zalkind
's investigation turned up many more questions about the Bureau's handling of the case than it answered. It's also been featured on This American Life
the first link contains photos of Todashev's dead body.
What started as a report of a convenience store robbery near the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last night has sprawled into a chaotic manhunt for the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon
The deadly pursuit, involving a policeman's murder, a carjacking, a violent chase with thrown explosives, and the death of one suspect
, has resulted in Governor Deval Patrick
ordering an unprecedented lockdown of the entire Boston metropolitan area
as an army of law enforcement searches house by house for the remaining gunman.
The Associated Press has identified the duo as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev
, who remains at large. Both are immigrants
from wartorn Chechnya
in southwestern Russia.
The Guardian liveblog is good for quick updates, and Reddit's updating crowdsourced timeline of events
that has often outpaced mainstream media coverage of the situation. You can also get real-time reports straight from the (Java-based) local police scanner
A UK man who downloaded recipes on how to make explosive devices has been jailed
under the controversial Section 58
of the Terrorism Act 2000
which makes it a crime to be "in possession of records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism". [more inside]
Following a months-long investigation, the Department of Justice has announced
the existence of a well-funded plot "conceived, sponsored and directed" by "high-ranking members of the Iranian government" to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir
on U.S. soil in conjunction with informants in Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas
The "Hollywood" plot, revealed in an afternoon press conference
and described in a detailed 21-page complaint [PDF]
, is alleged to have involved an attack on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
One suspect, naturalized American citizen Arbab Arbabsiar, has been arrested, while co-conspirator and Quds Force
member Gholam Shakuri remains at large.
Iranian officials were quick to label the charges a "fabrication"
intended to distract from America's economic troubles.
The subject of this week's This American Life
, Schenectady, NY schools facilities director Steven Raucci was tried and convicted
last year on arson and weapons charges
after six years in which Raucci routinely exercised his power as union head
and close associate of the district heads
to sexually harass, threaten and intimidate coworkers
, including using explosives on enemies' cars and homes. Much of the district's investigative report
"The number of violent crimes
in the United States rose for a second straight year in 2006, marking the first sustained increase in homicides, robberies and other serious offenses since the early 1990s..."
While violent crimes did increase by 1.3 percent total in 2006 [with robbery making a shocking 11.6 percent rise
in the West and murder rising by 2.5 percent in the Northeast
], property crimes actually decreased by 2.9 percent overall.
The reason for this apparently strange state of affairs? Short answer: nobody knows for sure
It's been nearly 20 years since Air India Flight 182
crashed into the ocean off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard, after a bomb went off in the luggage compartment. Today, the two main suspects in the case were acquitted. Families of the victims are upset
. Of the 329 victims
, 82 of them were under the age of 12. Let's take a moment to remember them; victims of one of the worst terrorist acts prior to September 11th, 2001.
I hate people who say I told you so...
But.... Edgar Morales
shot a little girl
, does that make him a terrorist?
Other gang members
before this for terrorism, other groups who maybe should have
haven't - so what's the new law
Is this the first of many prosecutions under new laws which some said
would do one thing but are actually doing something else?
is eric rudolph a christian terrorist? via atrios
and who are these christian identity people?: "We declare and will wage total war on the ungodly communist regime in New York and your legaslative bureaucratic lackey's in Washington. It is you who are responsible and preside over the murder of children and issue the policy of ungodly preversion thats destroying our people," - sound familiar?
Do you fear a cyber-attack by Al Qaeda
? Seems that several businesses and governmental system infrastructures have had higher than normal traffic routed from the middleast snooping around protected systems. Is this more political rhetoric for stronger control over electronic transmissions?
Amid the ruins of Jenin, the grisly evidence of a war crime.
"A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed." Strong stuff from the Independent.