Prominent Death Penalty Lawyer Appointed to Defend Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

BOSTON – A prominent anti-death penalty lawyer who has managed to get life sentences for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber, has joined the defence team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon.

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FBI agents visit home of Boston bombing suspect’s widow

Todd Wallack and Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe
Special to In Homeland Security

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings have visited the Rhode Island home of dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s (TAM’-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE’-ehvz) in-laws and carried away several bags.

CNN says at least one bag was labelled DNA samples.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack confirms agents went to the North Kingstown home of Katherine Russell’s parents Monday.

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5 Weapons of Mass Destruction the U.S. Military Uses Every Day

Michael Peck, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

When most of us think of weapons of mass destruction, we think of nuclear bombs, or nerve gas, or biological agents. So it was surprising to see accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using a weapon of mass destruction after he and his brother allegedly detonated a bomb made from a pressure cooker.

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After Boston Bombing, Seeking Answers in Russia’s Terror-Weary Dagestan

Kathy Lally, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The people of Dagestan are puzzled, and disturbed. Why do the Americans come here for answers?

The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings — Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — and their family have roots here, and last year Tamerlan returned for six months.

Did he find someone or something in this southern Russia region that might have made him turn to terrorism?

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Source: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Mother Talked about Jihad in Russian Wiretap

Kevin Deutsch and Matthew Chayes, Newsday
Special to In Homeland Security

BOSTON — Russian state security secretly recorded a phone call in 2011 between Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects, and his mother in which they vaguely discussed jihad, a law enforcement source said Saturday.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva — the mother of suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a shootout with police during the manhunt following the bombings, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — also was recorded by the Russian wiretaps in another call chatting with someone in southern Russia who was under investigation by the FBI in an unrelated terrorism case, the source said.

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Canada Thwarts Terrorist Plot

By William Tucker

Canadian authorities announced the arrest of two men charged with trying to execute a terrorist attack that aimed to derail a train. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stated the men were under surveillance for a year and were backed by al-Qaeda elements in Iran. The extent of the actual relationship to al-Qaeda is unknown at this time, but we will likely learn more about this connection as time goes on.

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