“(CBS News) Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack on the Boston Marathon, reports CBS News senior correspondent John Miller . . . It reads as part manifesto, part suicide note, and part justification for the killing and maiming of innocent civilians.
The note — scrawled with a marker on the interior wall of the cabin — said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev wrote.
Dzhokar said he didn’t mourn older brother Tamerlan, the other suspect in the bombings, writing that by that point, Tamerlan was a martyr in paradise — and that he expected to join him there soon.”
Washington Post Fact-checker gives Obama four pinocchios for his latest fabrication regarding Benghazi:
“During the campaign, the president could get away with claiming he said “act of terror,” since he did use those words — though not in the way he often claimed. It seemed like a bit of after-the-fact spin, but those were his actual words — to the surprise of Mitt Romney in the debate. But the president’s claim that he said “act of terrorism” is taking revisionist history too far, given that he repeatedly refused to commit to that phrase when asked directly by reporters in the weeks after the attack. He appears to have gone out of his way to avoid saying it was a terrorist attack, so he has little standing to make that claim now. Indeed, the initial unedited talking points did not call it an act of terrorism . . .”
“Secretary of State John Kerry said recent debate about last Sept. 11’s attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, hasn’t produced new information and shouldn’t be used for political purposes.
“I hate to see it turned into a pure, prolonged political process that really doesn’t tell us anything new about the facts,” Kerry said in an online chat on a Google Inc. website.”
From Rich Lowery of National Review:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws. You won’t find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn’t be in jail today if he hadn’t produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.
In the weeks after the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, the Obama administration claimed the terrorist assault had been the outgrowth of a demonstration against the Nakoula video. The administration ran public service announcements in Pakistan featuring President Barack Obama saying the U.S. had nothing to do with it. In a speech at the United Nations around this time, the president declared — no doubt with Nakoula in mind — “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
After Benghazi, the administration was evidently filled with a fierce resolve — to bring Nakoula Basseley Nakoula to justice. Charles Woods, the father of a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told him when his son’s body returned to Andrews Air Force Base: “We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
Lo and behold, Nakoula was brought in for questioning by five Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at midnight, eventually arrested and held without bond, and finally thrown into jail for a year. He sits in La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Texas right now, even as the deceptive spin that blamed his video for the Benghazi attack looks more egregious by the day . . .
The federal government gave cover to UMass Dartmouth officials who are refusing to release information on taxpayer subsidies given to the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect and three other former students charged with covering up his crime — in a move that one legislator called “outrageous.”
Officials at the U.S. Department of Education said yesterday that University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could only share “directory information” on alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his college buddies — Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos — who face conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges.
From Dr. Qanta Ahmed:
“Pundits continue to agonize over the Boston bombers’ motive, yet no pursuit could be more futile. For jihadists, it’s not the motive, it’s the narrative.
From Chechnya or Chattanooga, the forces driving Islamists toward violent infamy remain the same. The narrative that has seduced them the world over is the idea of reclaiminga mythic Golden Age of Islam, a “glory” that can be “restored” onlythrough violent jihad. Both their “Islam” and the narrative are utterly fictional, yet the consequences of their make-believe are diabolically real.
Jihadist ideology provides the Islamist recruit his sole raison d’etre, the pursuit of violence. Whether disaffected boys struggling to fit in (the Boston bombers), or wealthy men breaking loose (Osama bin Laden), it is the all-encompassing jihadist role that so captivates them.”
Hmmm. We thought it was the Administration’s position that the Boston Bomber’s trip to Russia/Chechnya was not a training trip? AP story indicates otherwise:
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after a meeting with his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, that `’we just had a young person who went to Russia and Chechnya who blew people up in Boston. So he didn’t stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people.”