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Here is the Full Story of the Boston Marathon Bomber till his Death and his associate in custody.
Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the “black hat” bombing suspect, killed during the manhunt that followed. Readers have pointed out that Johannes Hirn madeTsarnaev the subject of a photo essay, “Will Box for Passport,” taken before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City. The captions give us a micro-profile of the suspect.
Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition.
Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”
If he wins enough fights … Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.
Tamerlan says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: “God said no alcohol.” A muslim, he says: “There are no values anymore,” and worries that “people can’t control themselves.”(Slate)
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the so-called Suspect No. 2 (white hat), remains alive and is the subject of a massive manhunt in an around Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan, Suspect No. 1 (black hat), was reportedly shot by cops during a fierce firefight in the streets of Watertown, during which the brothers set off explosives and gravely wounded another cop. Tamerlan later died after reportedly being run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped.
The Boston area is on lockdown, with residents forced to remain indoors while hundreds of agents hunt the terrorist suspect Dzhokhar. Schools are closed and transit is shut down. There is strong suspicion that the brothers had accomplices.
Here’s what you should know about this enemy of America.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, so-called Suspect No. 2, and his brother, Suspect No. 1, have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years. NBC’s Pete Williams, who has been in the know and debunked speculation that a missing Brown University student was the suspect, says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born July 22, 1993, in Kyrgyzstan. The older brother was born in Russia.
Records show Dzhokhar was registered to voter in Cambridge. And according to NBC News he had recently become a naturalized U.S. citizen — last year on 9/11.
His address is reportedly 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge.
TMZ has confirmed that a gruesome photo circulating through the internet depicts the violently mutilated body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was reportedly run over by his escaping brother after he was shot.
The picture shows the bullet-ridden lifeless corpse of 26-year-old Tamerlan..
1. Tamerlan Tsarnaev Traveled to Russia Through NYC Last Year
According to reports by CBS, the bombing suspect flew in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport last year and was out of the country for six months. Investigators want to know if he participated in terror training while he was overseas.
According to and Fox News interview with former CIA intelligence officer Michael Scheuer:
”Looking at the operations two people could have carried it out but there must have been some kind of training…the bombs looked professionally made…I could be completely wrong…this gentleman was in Russia for 6 months last year and could have received that training”
2. He was an Islamist Who May Have Been Radicalized
He considered himself a devout Muslim who did not drink alcohol or smoke. In interviews carried out for a photo essay, put together before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Tamerlan stated: “I’m very religious.” He also revealed that he felt there were “no values” in society anymore.
According to The Telegraph, Tamerlan is believed to have became more focused on his religion after dropping out of Bunker Hill Community College.
The bomb suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tasarni, said that if this was an attack fueled by religious extremism, the Tsarnaev brothers must have been indoctrinated outside of the family. In an interview with reporters outside his home in Maryland, Tasarni stated that, the boys’ extremism was “not taught my brother”. He also said his nephews “deserve to die” for what they did.
Tamerlan’s YouTube Channel (featured below) sheds light on his potential extremist inclinations.
3. He had a YouTube channel Dedicated to Terrorist-style Videos.
The videos on a YouTube Channel believed to belong to Tamerlan Tsarnaev suggest a man who was deeply pious, but held a stern view of his own faith.
Many of the videos on his channel have since been deleted. His playlists include one titled “Islam” and another one titled “Terrorists”. The video above is an example of what was linked to his page. This particular video features a Islamist group called “The Black Flags from Khorsasan”; a religious group that support key parts of jihadist mythology. According to The Weekly Standard, “Mentions of the Khorasan have begun to increase in al Qaeda’s propaganda.”
This does not make the brothers al Qaeda operatives but does increase the likelihood that Tamerlan Tasarnaev (if this is indeed his YouTube page) was at least sympathetic to the same underlying ideology.
Click te above source for more details on both the killers.
Invasion by pests is not new.
A swarm of locusts covered Detroit yesterday, raising fears that Chicago could be next.
The locust alert comes on the eve of the bankruptcy of Detroit. “First there was the collapse of the auto industry, then there was the financial collapse and the bankruptcy of the city and now… locusts,” said longtime resident, Jimmy Bellicort.
- Israel fights swarms of locusts from Egypt (reuters.com)
When it failed to appear broadly as we expected, we assumed Google might have pulled it because of yesterday’s news out of Russia.
“Out of respect for those injured in the extraordinary meteor shower in Russia earlier today, we have removed today’s doodle from the Google homepage,” a Google spokesperson told ABC News. “The doodle was created to mark Asteroid 2012 DA14 passing Earth.”
About Google Doodle.
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
A meteor shower has rained down on central Russia, reportedly injuring hundreds of people and causing widespread damage. The event is not related to the asteroid set to pass over the Earth late Friday.
The Russian Interior Ministry announced that about 1,000 people were injured early Friday when meteor fragments hit the sparsely populated Urals region of Chelyabinsk. Witnesses in the Ural region reported flashes and sharp explosions in the morning sky.
Most of those injured were treated for minor cuts and bruises from shattered glass broken by the explosions, the local police department told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. The impact reportedly blew out windows from a number of buildings, although the extent of the damage remains unclear.
“A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals [mountain range in central Russia], partially burning up in the lower atmosphere,” the local office of the national Emergencies Ministry announced in a statement.
A nuclear power plant in the region is thought to have been unaffected.
A six-meter wide (20 foot) hole was later found in a frozen lake outside of the town of Chebarkul in the same region, according to the local governor’s office.
ccp/mkg (AFP, AP, Reuters)
An US Senate Committee’s Report , now declassified reveals the extent of PRC’s (China) Nuclear, Thermonuclear Arsenal and the Space Arsenal has built and is building.
Here is the report.
|From Financial Times 26 May 1999
Important Note: This declassified report summarizes many important findings and judgments contained in the Select Committee’s classified Report, issued January 3, 1999. U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies within the Clinton administration have determined that other significant findings and judgments contained in the Select Committee’s classified Report cannot be publicly disclosed without affecting national security or ongoing criminal investigations.
|Overview of the Cox report1. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has stolen design information on the United States most advanced thermonuclear weapons.
A. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has stolen design information on the United States’ most advanced thermonuclear weapons.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has stolen classified design information on the United States’ most advanced thermonuclear weapons. These thefts of nuclear secrets from our national weapons laboratories enabled the PRC to design, develop, and successfully test modern strategic nuclear weapons sooner than would otherwise have been possible. The stolen U.S. nuclear secrets give the PRC design information on thermonuclear weapons on a par with our own.
The PRC thefts from our National Laboratories began at least as early as the late 1970s, and significant secrets are known to have been stolen as recently as the mid-1990s. Such thefts almost certainly continue to the present.
W-87 Peacekeeper ICBM Yes
W-78 Minuteman III (Mark 12A) ICBM Yes
W-76 Trident C-4 SLBM Yes
W-70 Lance SRBM No
W-62 Minuteman III ICBM Yes
W-56 Minuteman II ICBM No
In addition, in the mid-1990s the PRC stole, possibly from a U.S. national weapons laboratory, classified thermonuclear weapons information that cannot be identified in this unclassified Report. Because this recent espionage case is currently under investigation and involves sensitive intelligence sources and methods, the Clinton administration has determined that further information cannot be made public without affecting national security or ongoing criminal investigations.
The W-88, a miniaturized, tapered warhead, is the most sophisticated nuclear weapon the United States has ever built. In the U.S. arsenal, it is mated to the D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile carried aboard the Trident nuclear submarine. The United States learned about the theft of the W-88 Trident D-5 warhead information, as well as about the theft of information regarding several other nuclear weapons, in 1995.
The PRC has stolen U.S. design information and other classified information for neutron bomb warheads. The PRC stole classified U.S. information about the neutron bomb from a U.S. national weapons laboratory. The U.S. learned of the theft of this classified information on the neutron bomb in 1996.
In the late 1970s, the PRC stole design information on the U.S. W-70 warhead from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The U.S. government first learned of this theft several months after it took place. The W-70 warhead contains elements that may be used either as a strategic thermonuclear weapon, or as an enhanced radiation weapon (“neutron bomb”). The PRC tested the neutron bomb in 1988….
PRC Missile and Space Forces
Since its beginning, the PRC’s ballistic missile and space program has received considerable foreign expertise and technology. This support has helped the PRC become a major ballistic missile and space power. The PRC has received considerable assistance from Russia (and previously from the Soviet Union) and the United States, as well as from other nations such as France and Germany.
From 1956 to 1960, the Soviet Union was the major supplier of ballistic missile technology and knowledge to the PRC. The Sino-Soviet split in 1960 ended this cooperation. Today, however, Russia is a major supplier of space launch technology to the PRC. This assistance could be expanded to help the PRC in its efforts to develop road-mobile ICBMs, which would provide the PLA with more confidence in the survivability of its retaliatory nuclear force.
Technology and knowledge acquired from the United States has also assisted the PRC’s missile and space programs, although this assistance was never officially sanctioned. Qian Xuesen was a Chinese citizen who was trained in the United States and who worked on classified programs including the Titan ICBM program. After being accused of spying for the PRC in the 1950s, Qian was permitted to return to the PRC, where he became the “father” of the PRC’s ballistic missile and space programs. The illegal acquisition of U.S. technology for the PLA’s ballistic missiles and space programs has continued aggressively during the past two decades, up to the present day.
The PRC has stolen design information on the United States’ most advanced thermonuclear weapons, elements of which could be emulated by the PRC in its next generation ICBMs.
The PRC has stolen U.S. missile guidance technology that has direct applicability to the PLA’s ballistic missiles.
Assistance from U.S. companies has improved the reliability of the PRC’s military and civilian rockets, and the transfer of some of these improvements to its ballistic missiles is possible.
Western nations, including the United States, Germany, and France, have provided significant support to the PRC’s satellite programs. German companies provide the communications package for the PRC’s DFH-3 communications satellites. U.S.-manufactured radiation-hardened chips are also used on the PRC’s meteorological satellites, used for both military and civilian purposes, to increase the on-orbit life of the satellites.
The PRC is a major ballistic missile proliferator. While the PRC agreed in 1991 to abide by the Missile Technology Control Regime, the PRC transferred complete ballistic missile systems to Pakistan in 1992, and has provided other nations with ballistic missiles production-related technologies. The PRC has not agreed to the MTCR’s revised limits on transfers of ballistic missile components.
The PRC has transferred ballistic missile technology to Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and other countries.
PRC Missile and Space Forces
“By the next century, as high-tech space technology develops, the deployment of space-based weapons systems will be bound to make Ômastery of space’ and Ômastery of outer space’ prerequisites for naval victory.”
PLA Navy Senior Colonel
In 1956, advisors from the Soviet Union convinced the leadership of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to include ballistic missile development in the PRC’s Twelve Year Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (1956-1967). Having just fought a war against the United States in Korea and having come face-to-face with U.S. military supremacy, the PRC decided that combining long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons offered its best chance to build weapons capable of neutralizing the United States’ and the Soviet Union’s formidable advantage.
Since that time, the PRC has embarked on an extensive ballistic missile and space program.
From its beginning in the 1950s, the PRC has also adapted its ballistic missile program into a major international space program. Since its first space launch in 1971, the PRC has developed ten variations of rockets that have allowed it to place 44 satellites into orbit.
Today, the PRC is embarked on a modernization plan for its ballistic missile and space forces. This expansion includes the exploitation of space-based military reconnaissance and communications satellites and space-based weapons.1 In addition, the PRC has set for itself the goal of putting men in space this year.
This chapter provides an analysis of the PRC’s missile and space forces, and the impact that Western technology has had on those forces. It details the PRC’s ballistic missile forces; its space forces, including its rockets and satellites; and the interaction between the two groups.
This chapter also serves as an introduction to the capabilities of the PRC’s missile and space programs, and the degree to which foreign assistance and technology may affect the course of their future development.
This chapter is derived from an extensive chapter in the Select Committee’s classified Report, much of which, due to national security concerns, cannot be reproduced here.
The PLA’s Ballistic Missile Forces
Development of the PLA’s Ballistic Missile Forces
The early development of the PLA’s indigenous ballistic missile programs was marked by Soviet assistance, and by the guidance of a Chinese citizen who had returned to the PRC after working on the U.S. Titan intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program.2
The Soviet Union’s Contribution to the PLA’s Ballistic Missile Force
The PRC received its first ballistic missiles in 1956, with the acquisition of two Soviet R-1 missiles. These were copies of the German cryogenic liquid-propellant V-2 missiles used in World War II. The PRC quickly acquired more advanced missiles in the form of the R-2 in 1957. The R-2 had considerable technical improvements over the R-1, including a greater range and a larger payload, as well as the use of storable liquid propellants.
In addition to the ballistic missiles themselves, the Soviet Union provided the PRC with blueprints for the R-2 missiles, and with advisors to assist in the PRC’s development of a copy of the R-2. With this Soviet technical assistance, the PRC was able to produce and deploy these missiles.
During this period, PRC engineers and students received training at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). While at MAI, these students were trained in aeronautical engineering, and acquired experience with more advanced Soviet missiles such as the SS-3 and the SS-4. In many instances, the information gained about more advanced Soviet missiles came when the students made copies of restricted notes, and quizzed their professors about the Soviet missiles.
In 1960, the Sino-Soviet split ended all cooperation, including missile cooperation, between the PRC and the Soviet Union. This left the PRC to continue its missile programs on its own, using the know-how it had gained from the Soviet Union, and the expertise of its American-trained scientists.
The Role of Qian Xuesen in the Development Of the PRC’s Ballistic Missile and Space Programs
The PRC’s ballistic missile and space programs received substantial assistance during their early development from Qian Xuesen (also known as Tsien Hsue-Shen), a Chinese citizen who was trained in the United States and had worked on classified U.S. missile programs, including the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile program.