Boston Marathon bombing investigation turns to motive

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BruceBanner wrote:

“Monday’s bombing on the finish line of the world-famous Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured 176, was described by President Barack Obama as ‘an act of terrorism.’ It was the worst such attack on U.S. soil since the plane hijackings of September 11, 2001.”

Why is it “terrorism” – was there some political aim advanced that hasn’t been publicly released? Were these homegrown amateur bunglers part of an international group in some way ?

As a senseless massacre, I still think Adam Lanza’s blowing away of 20 elementary school kids, plus 6 teachers there, is worse than killing 3 at a marathon. Yes, a lot of people were injured at the marathon, but 26 dead innocents – including 20 six year olds – is a lot worse than 3 dead innocents.

Apr 19, 2013 9:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
simian wrote:

“Why is it “terrorism” – was there some political aim advanced that hasn’t been publicly released?”
ter·ror·ism
/ˈterəˌrizəm/
Noun
The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Apr 19, 2013 9:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KaosHiker wrote:

BruceBanner … The Answer to that is self evident.

Killing twenty six innocent people is not worse than Killing Three.
It is a equally Horrible crime either way.

As to Why it was referred to as a terrorist act.
Again Self Evident.

Figure it out

Apr 19, 2013 9:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:

Unfortunately for the taxpayers, #2 didn’t die in a hail of bullets. Now our joke of a justice system has him. Then on to the prison system where he can recruit others. BTW, he was a citizen (who obviously lied when taking the oath), a pothead (according to his friends), and an Obama supporter (and presumably voter) in the last election. Oh, and the City of Boston subsidized the radical mosque where he “worshiped” by selling them the land at half its value.

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DSTIEBS wrote:

Wow. You locked down a whole city for one person. There are people out there that are more dangerous then that killer. It became a police state costing millions of dollars, because of one person? With all that man power you would think the killer was walking around with a dirty bomb and not a couple of hand guns.

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tdlane wrote:

“…the Russian-installed leader of Chechnya, who criticized police in Boston for killing an ethnic Chechen…”

You’ve. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me!!

What say we kill the “Russian-installed leader of Chechnya”?

Apr 19, 2013 11:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
divinargant wrote:

Classified as terrorist is for his own benefit. That way he becomes eligible for the 2 day free pass at Gitmos Waterboard Fun Park.

Apr 19, 2013 12:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoFats wrote:

Police are saying “justice has been done”.

Excuse me? If we ever put justice in the hands of the police we, as a free nation, are in huge trouble.

Justice resides in the court system, not at the end of a police nightstick. I’m glad they got the kid, I hope we find out why he and the older brother did this, but he needs a trial before we can crow about justice being done.

Apr 19, 2013 12:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:

if hamericans don’t stop the “installation” of democracies around the world with primary goal of satisfying self-interests and corporations this will become more common event ( mean the throwing of couple of bombs here and there)…..

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Invictuss wrote:

tdlane… dude with the current state of the usa army you can’t even allow to fart against Russia :))))

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Bunker555 wrote:

Who won the Boston Marathon?

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TD912 wrote:

While “only” 3 people died at the marathon, dozens of people that were “only” injured in the explosions can never fully recover because they completely lost their arms and/or legs. While they’re not dead, their lives are ruined.

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btfbonzo wrote:

Do you want to know why this country is in the gutter? Select a random comment from above. These comments make me ashamed to be an American. I love this country and I want it to be the best it can be. Something that cannot be said of any of the commentators. If you don’t love this country then get out.

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“They were asked at a news conference on Friday night why authorities did not immediately read the suspect a warning usually given by police to criminal suspects in custody before they are interrogated so their statements can be admissible in court.”

Do the authors really need to dance around the phrase ‘Miranda rights’?

Good Lord.

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“They were asked at a news conference on Friday night why authorities did not immediately read the suspect a warning usually given by police to criminal suspects in custody before they are interrogated so their statements can be admissible in court.”

Do the authors really need to dance around the phrase ‘Miranda rights’?

Good Lord.

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paulmk wrote:

The Boston Police Department said in a message on Twitter: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”

Isn’t this statement a little premature ? It thought the US operated a criminal justice system that worked under the principle of innocent until proven guilty in a court of law? If due process isn’t followed in this case what will make the US any different from the many foreign countries it rightly criticises for ignoring human rights? Was the declaration, before the facts were known, that the bombing was an act of terrorism done as a cynical ploy to deflect such criticism?

Apr 20, 2013 1:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
E.S.K wrote:

God bless America

Apr 20, 2013 3:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
basil0707 wrote:

I wonder if these guys were mules for someone else or some terrorist group? The nature of the bombing and the kind of bombing materials seem like bombings from sophisticated fundamentalist Islamic groups like in Syria, Egypt and Iraq. This bombing in Boston was very carefully planned in terms of timing, location, materials used in the bombs. And they were designed to maim as many people as possible rather than just make a big loud statement like 9/11. That these two kids were smart and bold enough to plan and implement a bombing like this by themselves seems implausible at best.

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thinkspeakact wrote:

The FBI, upon request,investigated the older brother and went no further to eliminate him as a possible terrorist. And without qualm, admitted to doing this on Friday. AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT SEES SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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Foxdrake_360 wrote:

Thank you Police … state.

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Porche wrote:

My husband has lived in the US for 4 years now. He’s a hard working, tax paying resident who has been given a $150000 grant to study and is completing his degree this fall while volunteering at the local police station as a trauma councillor. He also submitted applications for myself and our daughter to join him over there and 18 months later we are still waiting “decision pending” HOW does it work that ” follower of radical Islam” gets allowed into the States??
I salute the Boston police department for their incredible dedication and perseverance in this. I can’t wait to join your beautiful country.

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TAZman1234 wrote:

just would like to say thank for a job well done to all departments.. koodos and great job fellas.

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sedlenke wrote:

If Israel locked down their cities every time someone did this, they would cease to exist within a year…

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PKFA wrote:

Muslim. Not surprising. Were their firearm registered?

@millcitymonitor: consider Reuter’s audience, and their “journalists”.

Good questions above, though, re terrorism. How does one classify motivations of misguided young people when they decide to do violent harm to a large number of people? When are they considered mentally ill and when are they terrorists? Can’t “radicalization” be considered a mental illness/ a form of brain-washing?

And thank God for the growing number of surveillance cameras that are able to capture so much of urban American life. Without them and the massive response of the Boston PD (a group NOT to be trifled with, especially when avenging one of their own) this suspect would never have been brought to justice. Sadly, justice is no recompense for the suffering of the victims. And strapping that miscreant to a gurney, injecting him with high-level pain stimulants through a feeding tube that keeps him alive indefinitely would probably be considered “cruel and unusual punishment”. It will be interesting to see what the defense will be and the ultimate form of meted punishment.

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XRayD wrote:

I am wondering why, after they knew who the suspect was, they did not, or could not use bloodhound type dogs to track down the bomber and find him under the tarp in a boat just a few blocks away from where he was last seen?

The man who alerted the police of the bombers whereabouts literally said there was blood on the outside of the boat.

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BuffaloGirl wrote:

Something seems amiss about this entire thing. These guys had an opportunity to get away and didn’t. Instead they drew attention to themselves by robbing and carjacking and confessing they were the bombers – to the owner of the Blk SUV. Why would they?

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michael10sley wrote:

The father is an idiot (per the article) and the living son is a twisted psychopath. If his brother wasn’t dead from police bullets in the shoot-out then he was when younger backed the car over him to get away. Then the cowardly thug hides all day long instead of just giving himself up. He’ll get the death penalty and its well deserved.
The people who were injured and maimed will suffer for the rest of their lives and the people who lost loved ones will _never get over it.

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JamVee wrote:

GREAT JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT –
I think both sides of US Politics can agree on one thing. Once convicted, I hope it doesn’t take 20 years to put this guy “six feet under”!

And, no I don’t care that he is only 19, and no I don’t care if he had a rough childhood, and no I don’t care what caused him to do this horrible thing. I do care that he never again be allowed to menace innocent people.

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sedlenke wrote:

I’m not sure what to make of this.

Everyone’s cheering and celebrating, waving flags and chanting USA.

Boston shut down for an entire day over a 19 year old kid, a dozen people are maimed and four are dead (yes, one of these is what the media is calling a “terrorist”).

Look in the mirror, and chant “USA.” Are you the son or daughter of an immigrant?

You can see two young Chechens in these “terrorists,” but I see two young men raised in America. They are a darkness in the very soul of this “USA.”

120,000 civilians died in Iraq since the beginning of our war there. “USA.” “USA.”

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ArtJoe wrote:

Gee, they just caught the suspected bomber, I think I’ll run down to the square, waving my American Flag, hoot and shout like my team just won the Superbowl. Rome 6, citizens 1.

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Carmi wrote:

TD912: Because people lost legs and/or arms in the Boston Marathon explosion, their lives are changed. They are not ruined as you say and they will have the support of many people who will help lift them up if need be.

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MajorBeatdown wrote:

His only statement to the police was “I regret only voting for Obama 100 times”.

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MetalHead8 wrote:

If he dies, the internet is gunna surge with conflicting conspiracy theroies.

Apr 20, 2013 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

And out come the mentally ill Obama haters with their irrational comments, as usual.

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veggiepower wrote:

I would like the press to interview the residents of the home searches. It looked like the soviet gestapo. I’ve heard some residents say they had their guns confiscated and more…

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Lemming wrote:

MetalHead8: The F.B.I allowed this to happen. The F.B.I contacted this individual in 2011 etc.! The F.B.I cultivates, grows and promotes “terrorism” in the U.S.A! Don’t believe me ask the schmucks that were duped by the F.B.I into doing above and beyond what their capabilities were. The F.B.I isn’t any different than the D.E.A which more often than not pressures individuals into large drug deals some would’ve never participated in. Oh well… the road to Hell is often paved by good intentions.

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paintcan wrote:

Would someone please explain why alleged Chechen nationalists would take it into their heads to bomb a Boston marathon? What does the US have to do with Chechnya? Don’t the Russian’s have marathons?

I’m convinced that everything that has happened about this bombing and the capture and murder of one of these boys was a cold (probably not so cold) blooded lie.

There is no reason to believe so far that police don’t lie or that most personnel on this operation may not have been misinformed and even manipulated?

The kid’s father sounded like he is telling the truth and not one of the photos that have been circulated have been anything more than a loose suggestion of guilt or even identity. Not one of them was proof of guilt because none of them actually show a recognizable face or feature connected to the actual alleged bombs or explosions.

It is so like the crap surrounding the face eating zombies story I am almost ashamed and frightened to be reading them in what is supposed to be a serious news organ.

BTW – There is nothing wrong in being skeptical about every minute or allegation concerning this event as possible. A defense attorney would have to do this too. A good one anyway!

One has nothing to really loose either by being totally wrong. The audience has nothing really to gain by a rush to judgment and the dead or injured aren’t likely going to receive compensation from the alleged perpetrators.

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Lemming wrote:

paintcan: The U.S. did in fact meddle in their business some years back. I believe the CIA and others from America were a foot in their over two decades civil unrest to gain independence. I Could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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CountryPride wrote:

Once again foreign mohammadans attack our country and our insane politicians want immigration reform to allow and reward millions of foreign criminals plus increase legal foreign immigration?

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nialet wrote:

Enough of negative news. We won’t play fear again anymore. You won’t have to go far to find positive and inspiring news. We are awake and alert! The goal of the media is not to inform, but to control. By controlling the information they control their audience and that is how the media maximizes their profits. The goal of the media is the same as that of all dictators – control the information and you control the minds of the people

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Lowell_Thinks wrote:

Welcome to the Islamization of America. Under Sharia law the liberals will have the toughest time.

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josetoyou wrote:

There should have been a “kill on sight” command rather than attempt to “capture alive”.

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sandbuggie wrote:

I am reminded that Islam is the “Religion of Peace” by the overwhelming number of statements from the Islamic world condemning this violent act.

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BruceBanner wrote:

“btfbonzo wrote:
Do you want to know why this country is in the gutter? Select a random comment from above. These comments make me ashamed to be an American. I love this country and I want it to be the best it can be. Something that cannot be said of any of the commentators. If you don’t love this country then get out.”

This is a WORLD WIDE Web – if you need to be surrounded by flag-waving fist-pumping Americans, then go to your local VFA Hall or wherever you people are most comfortable.

Reuters is a British company headquartered in London which was bought out by a Canadian company in 2008 – perhaps Fox News, a rah-rah American-propaganda company owned by an ex-Australian, is where you should be getting your indoctrination from.

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KyleDexter wrote:

You people just dont get it.
We need a public hanging. Let the world see what happens when you do such things!
This guy should be executed after a quick trial. Not the drawn out trials we have here.

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E.S.K wrote:

You get my full support WINTER 1145

Apr 20, 2013 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
damiantx wrote:

it’s hard to assume the innocence stance when you’re throwing explosives at officers…

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damiantx wrote:

public hangings would solve nothing. absolutely nothing.

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wilhelm wrote:

did the police hand out the flags or was that an example of someone else’s entrepreneurial effort to ideologically frame the event?

it is a telling composition of patriotic fervor over the exercise of domestic armed presence, even though the police did not actually find the suspect through their own detective work, he was apprehended due to the accidental discovery of his hiding. the police did, however, bravely effect his capture by hurling several hand grenades into the small boat in which he lay bleeding.

all this after first pronouncing him guilty in the mass media.

I’ve read Ray Bradbury, but it’s always eerie to watch it unfold again in real time.

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wilhelm wrote:

did the police hand out the flags or was that an example of someone else’s entrepreneurial effort to ideologically frame the event?

it is a telling composition of patriotic fervor over the exercise of domestic armed presence, even though the police did not actually find the suspect through their own detective work, he was apprehended due to the accidental discovery of his hiding. the police did, however, bravely effect his capture by hurling several hand grenades into the small boat in which he lay bleeding.

all this after first pronouncing him guilty in the mass media.

I’ve read Ray Bradbury, but it’s always eerie to watch it unfold again in real time.

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Gigimoderate wrote:

Americanguy
I know, those poor Obama haters can’t help themselves. When it rains outside, they blame Obama. When they are sick with the flu, they blame Obama.
Most are members of Militia or hate groups on watch lists!
Miserable people living their miserable little lives! Whiners just listen to them…….boo hoo

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jujutoo wrote:

Who wants to bet that Israel is the unidentified foreign country that first alerted the FBI in 2011.

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August818 wrote:

winter1145…your comments are right on point, something must be done about this. The government needs to go over the immigration laws with a fine tooth comb and re-write them. This allowing people from other countries into America so that they can do harm needs to be stopped. I hurt so much for those people that were hurt and killed. I hurt for them and their families. The government needs to set an example of him and his family. They should send his whole family back home…everyone, and lock him up for the rest of his life. This will send a message that this sort of violence will not be tolerated anymore. I’m all for people coming to America for a better life…I’m NOT for people coming to America to take lives. Re-write the immigration laws and do it now please before more innocent women men and children are hurt or worst killed.

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Fromkin wrote:

Something seems amiss about this entire thing. These guys had an opportunity to get away and didn’t. Instead they drew attention to themselves by robbing and carjacking and confessing they were the bombers – to the owner of the Blk SUV. Why would they?

And where is the owner of the SUV to tell us really what happened? And did the presumed bombers rob 7/11? where is the 7/11 clerk to tell us what happened?

I am sorry for the innocents who died especially the 8 years old and the Chinese student, and the wounded and emputees but I have questions and doubts about what happened.

Did we see the black SUV? Why didn’t we see the gun fight? The media were there 24/7. How did the kid escape the Boston police and the FBI on foot after a fight with them? Even Rambo won’t escape in that environment.

Where are the videos actally showing the bombers placing the bombs. In the case of the disgrunted police officer in California we saw a video of him actually dumping things in a dumpster

The images and the speculations that the Media circulated before have nothing to do with the presumed bombers

Why is that foreign(mostly muslims)terrorists who commit atrocities on US soil have somehow had contact with the CIA and the FBI(Al Qaida Sept 11, 2 bombers Boston), etc…And most of these terrorists come here on visa from American allied regimes(Saud arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Tchetchnia,etc…)

The whole thing seems surreal. The badly wounded kid/terrorist may have been put on that boat by somebody for reasons still unknown ..the FBI experts could not explained how he escaped…

I hope American officials won’t use this tragedy to start wars like Sept 11. It seems like every 10 years or so the US must fight a foreign war and since the Iraqi and Afghan invasions, it looks like a war is overdue and the public is being brainwashed for a war…

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August818 wrote:

The laws of allowing people from other countries to enter into America needs to be rewritten.

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americanguy wrote:

Motive?
Same as all the other mass killings.
The 18-25 year olds in America want everything and I mean EVERYTHING their way without working for it and if they don’t get it, they kill people. Money, girls, cars, etc.
Same as all the other mass killings in the past few years.
It’s the American spoiled crybaby syndrome of the tweet/text loser generation. Nothing is ever their fault, and no one else has a right to live their lives in peace.
The uncle was right on, he called them losers.
Now declare the guy insane, treat him for a few years in a nice resort style facility at taxpayer expense, and let him go back to Russia with a big movie and book deal and millions of dollars.
The usual American reward for evil killers.
So how’s “no capital punishment executions” working for ya?

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americanguy wrote:

@jujutoo

It was Russia that asked the FBI to check on the killers in 2011, not Israel.

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pvr wrote:

This wasn’t a smart move on the terrorist’s part. Now the United States will ally with Russia in this fight. Whereas the Chechen rebels had it bad before, now the collective weight of both countries will s**t on them.

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js2012 wrote:

@americanguy:
On the dot again. It’s pointless to look for a motive. We have gone beyond that and it’s best to deal with this bull straight on. Mark Stein gave some good reasons for why domestic terrorism is on the rise. Please do check in allvoices for my article under joycesingha. Thanks.

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paintcan wrote:

@lemming – You picked an appropriate screen name.
I tend to be one that believes truth is better protected with a degree of skepticism. It may not have much emotional payoff but could be more accurate. I also tend to believe, after ten years of infernal hell on earth, that there really isn’t anything like truth and it is far more fiction than fact most of the time. It can certainly be for sale to the highest bidder.

The lock down was idiotic. Why did it actually do anything to apprehend the alleged “whatever”? I am glad I don’t live in Boston anymore. It is almost an exercise in how dictatorial a police force can be and how docile the population can become for nothing more than hunches and suspicions.

Why are people so eager to act like a grove of aspen trees of some mushroom species?

This has got to be the largest group gropes (outside of North Korea) I ever heard of and it just “perfectly sick making”. That’s an expression I heard spoken by an affluent suburbanite in the Boston metro area.

Has Boston become the base of the attack of the pod people?
But aren’t people hunts entertaining? It reminds me of another movie – “The Running Man” I think?

Good point BruceBanner.

I think in future they should shut down the Marathon if this is going to be the stuff of future world USA? In fact, maybe it would be better to just shut the whole social and fiscal rattle trap called USA inc. down because it is well into it’s incontinent years.

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gacha wrote:

Really call it what you want. Terrorism, mass murder. It seems to me this case needs to be looked at as unique but perhaps it can be used to reappraise the rationale that leads to acts such as these.

The difference here is the ethnicity and ambiguous nationality of the perpetrators. But after having lived here so long, having become naturalized citizens, can we not call it domestic terrorism with an unknown or questionable political end?

Because, in the end, these young men committed sociopathic acts on their own neighbors. That is truly disturbing. In one of the photos released, they seem to be smiling at the camera.

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rigpa44 wrote:

Motve? Everything points to the Islamic terrorist radicalization of the brothers. Are they acting alone? No. Everyone who’s radicalized like they were – are connected with them in some way, either directly or indirectly. The telling factor in all of this is how complacent the rest of the Islamic community is, in firmly and loudly denouncing radical fundamendalist Islam, that goes against every intelligent tenant of what Islam is really all about.

Islam is being blatantly hi-jacked by extremists. It’s time for Islamic moderates, Sunni’s and Shia’s, to stand up and say – enough! It’s got to come from inside, not outside the Islamic religion, and not from a bunch of Christian’s trying to fight against extremist ideological delusions. Stand up those who know what Islam is really about – and stop the corruption of your own religion – now! Otherwise Islam will be destroyed from the inside out. It won’t be the fault of anyone but those who remain complacent in your own house.

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paintcan wrote:

@Lemming – As I recall the US condemned the Russian crackdown of Chechen nationalists. That’s a very odd reason to go after the USA don’t you think?

It is also very odd to have suspects and then to go after a motive. It was,in other words, pure profiling and nothing more?

This garbage isn’t even as good as movie “justice”.

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NeilWhiteley wrote:

Why the insistence on using the “ethnic Chechen” label?

They’re as American as American can be, or is that what you’re afraid of!

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Talleyrand02 wrote:

A scan through thewse comments suggests that about 50% of people are about as paranoid as those bros… false flags (oooo, the sexy name, Alex Jones has had too much single malt again), JFK, black helis…

Get off the pot folks. It was a plain old bit of quasi-domestic whacko trerrorism.

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americanguy wrote:

So now the ACLU is going to court to stop interrogations because the murderer terrorist was not read his rights, and the Law used does not apply. The Public defender’s office says the terrorist has the right to remain silent and cannot be asked any questions without an attorney present at which time they will tell him to answer nothing.
I told you this was going to happen right after they got the guy.
This is all part of the coverup.
This guy will be deported and will go free on a technicality just like the Saudi suspects that were quickly deported back to Saudi Arabia right after the Boston bombing.
Saudi Arabia and North Korea are involved (North Korea is known to work with Al Qaida as do Saudis) but America will not be allowed to know that.
I have not been wrong so far.
Wait and see.

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pvr wrote:

@americanguy – He’s a citizen as of 9/11/2012 (how ironic) and can’t be deported, so stop rattling your sabre about that. He is afforded the same rights as any United States citizen who happens to be a terrorist/mass murderer (presumed innocent, of course).

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Fran54 wrote:

It takes very little research and common sense to realize the mass media facts don’t add up.

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PiercePaul wrote:

Let’s remember that the three people killed by the terrorists were an innocent 8-year-old boy, and two women. Like the 9/11, a cowardly an attack on civilians.

Weaklings like this know what they get when they try to fight man-to-man…some SEAL or soldier or Marine puts a bullet in their heads. Just ask Bin Laden…well. guess not since he’s dead now.

As for motive? Islam-sanctioned hate, pure and simple. Only religion in the world that believes you get brownie points with God for killing children and women.

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PiercePaul wrote:

Let’s remember that the three people killed by the terrorists were an innocent 8-year-old boy, and two women. Like the 9/11, a cowardly an attack on civilians.

Weaklings like this know what they get when they try to fight man-to-man…some SEAL or soldier or Marine puts a bullet in their heads. Just ask Bin Laden…well. guess not since he’s dead now.

As for motive? Islam-sanctioned hate, pure and simple. Only religion in the world that believes you get brownie points with God for killing children and women.

Apr 20, 2013 4:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

“Republican lawmakers called on the Obama to try Tsarnaev as an “enemy combatant” under terms of war, without entitlement to Miranda rights or appointment of counsel.”

Good idea – convince all the rest… to never be taken alive.

Apr 20, 2013 4:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
phillip1 wrote:

and then the people they send to syria will be her too.

Apr 20, 2013 5:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
motorman wrote:

obama tried to throw israel under the bus to curry favor from the muslims to lay off of the USA but it did not work. what is his next move ??

Apr 20, 2013 5:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeAreno wrote:

What was the motive?…..Seriously?

The World has a problem, and its called Islam. Saying Moderate Muslim is like saying Moderate Nazi. Western Civilized nations need to man up and stop being so politically correct. Boston just showed every radical Crazy in the world that you can lock down an entire city for roughly the cost of 2 tickets to a Redskins game. This is just the beginning now

Apr 20, 2013 5:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ncpg wrote:

Obama has something in common with these terrorists; like Obama, they likely didn’t pass E-Verify, either.

Apr 20, 2013 5:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DennisDW wrote:

What was the motive? Are you kidding me? The motive is the advancement of Islam. Study a bit people!
Islam teaches that there are two, and only two, parts to the world; Dar al Islam, the world where Islam rules, and Dar al Harb. What most think and are told is that Dar al Harb is simply the rest of the world outside Islam. The truth is that Dar al Harb means the house or territory of war, where Jihad is required. Tafsir is the Arabic word for exegesis. Tafsir teaches that there are 3 kinds of Holy War; there is the war that takes place within the individual’s heart, there is the speech war or ideological subversion, and there is physical battle. Those three kinds of war are to be the ONLY interaction between Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb. Any supplication, any outreach besides those three is an act of blasphemy. Whenever Islam is moving against a people or a nation physical Jihad does not begin until that speech war (Dawah) has run its course. This is the primary reason why we have experienced so few (compared to the rest of the world) instances of Jihad here in the US, so far the Dawah is succeeding. The other reason, IMHO, is that it is understood that when Islam does begin Jihad on American shores, it better be ready to give a knockout blow because they will only get one chance. This is also why, when there have been attacks, like 9/11 and all the others, the Islamic apologists rush in and against all reason and logic insist that this has been the act of lone wolves, that it is not indicative of Islam itself. There are a couple books that I recommend for all to read if you truly wish to understand Islam and how Islam dictates interaction between Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb. Until you understand this you are open to delusion and will not understand the danger Islam presents to the world. The first is Reliance of the Traveler by Ahmad Ibn Naqib Al Misri, and the second is Milestones by Seyyid Qutb. Look into the terms Abrogation, and AL Taqiya. Both books are THE books taught from in 80% of the mosques world wide.

Apr 20, 2013 5:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bojak wrote:

The article struck me quite singular. What is the motive for the attack??? The motive for the attacks is the same motive that we’ve seen thousands of times before in a myriad of places (N.Y.C., Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and on and on. The motive is an interpreation of Islam which commands its adherents to murder infidels. The two young men’s computers showed clear indications of this.

Of course, the irony is that the surviving Islamist terrorist is being treated at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. The hospital was founded by Boston’s Jewish community in 1916.

Apr 20, 2013 5:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Norky51 wrote:

I support the police, the FBI, CIA, et al, but still, I like to see the 7-11 video, and interviews with the witnesses of the MIT police murder, and the owner of the stolen SUV. Just to keep things clear and to stop all the conspiracy theories that are running around.

The comments of a lot of people here are so scary that is hard for me to believe that they come out from American people minds.

Apr 20, 2013 5:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Frankly I’m surprised President Obomba didn’t use the drones like he does with suspects in the Middle East.

Apr 20, 2013 5:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The only people who are still wondering what the motivation was are the people who refuse to accept the obvious. Some people just won’t believe that when Islam and the Qur’an say to kill or convert nonbelievers — and the Qur’an is the literal word of God — that Muslims believe they are to kill or convert nonbelievers. Sadly, there’s probably some clueless apologist out there who will publish a story claiming the older brother was disgruntled about the judging in amateur boxing.

Apr 20, 2013 5:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4NoParty wrote:

I can believe that the radicalization happened in Cambridge. Some University towns espouse anti-government, left wing politics, and often, in some cases hire 60′s terrorist like Kathy Boudin and Bill Ayres. They give them positions as professors to teach and train malleable minds. Bombing, which was often the method of destruction for these 60′s radicals, may seem the way to make a statement to these jihad bent youth. If others in your “hero” column blow up busses filled with innocents, why would your choice to do the same at the finish line of a globally known marathon not make perfect sense?

Apr 20, 2013 5:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DocScience wrote:

Let’s see, recently over-devout Islamist extremist, US warned by Russians of his activities while back in Islamist-terrorist-land.

Nope, can’t think of a single potential motive.
Let’s not jump to conclusions and just say it must be the fault of Republicans and conservatives.

Apr 20, 2013 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wootendw wrote:

The Marathon bombing was a very successful act of terrorism that will encourage more acts of terrorism, thus bestowing great benefits to both terrorists and law enforcement authorities. The bombing turned the Boston police force into typical government martial law thugs who searched hundreds of homes without warrants, put the city in lock-down – yet FAILED to find the terrorist who was hidden in some poor guy’s boat. It was the boat owner who found the terrorist and who will be ‘rewarded’ for his help with NO compensation for the police bullet holes in the boat, nor insurance money which will be denied on the grounds of ‘war’ damage not covered. The rest of us must now get ready to cough up (tax) money for the new spectator sport – cops vs terrorists.

Apr 20, 2013 7:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Roofbeam wrote:

This article states, incorrectly, that the suspect is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was taken to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

Apr 20, 2013 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wattersgate wrote:

Honestly, what it’s being called is the least of all these issues. Grow up and be proud you’re not dead or hurt.

Apr 20, 2013 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

So when is the media going to ask Obama if he regrets not “connecting the dots”?
They sure as hell could not wait to ask Bush even though Bush was given a lot less to go on.
And when are we going to investigate the link between liberalism and these kind of attacks. I wonder how much anti american reassuarance these guys got from their liberal schools up there.

Why is it almost every single one of these kinds of monsters are lefties?
Unibomber was a leftie, Giffords shooter was described as a liberal pothead by his class mates, The theater shooter was a member of occupy wall street. You know that hate group union thugs were encouraging them to be come violent. The FT hood shooter was an Obama fan as well.
Is it any wonder most of these kind of things are cased by lefties in leftie areas?
And lets not forget the vast majority of gun murders in this country are committed by the people who support demcorats.

Apr 20, 2013 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aussieskeptic wrote:

So it is declared an act of terrorism because it was politically motivated?
But we have yet to hear either brother declare any motivation at all?
Your logic is flawed..

Viewing a video or 2 on youtube is not terrorism..
I’ve watched the videos. Am I a terrorist?

Apr 20, 2013 7:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cali4 wrote:

When they gave Obama the power of indefinite detention of American citizens he promised he wouldn’t use it. Let’s see if he keeps that one.

Apr 20, 2013 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wattersgate wrote:

why is this website preventing me from saying… “honestly… it being called terrorism is the least of the issues going on” 3rd time now trying to add this comment.

Apr 20, 2013 8:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gigimoderate wrote:

He will receive the same rights and respect as Timothy McVeigh. Who’s anti-government views killed 168 people and injured 800 on April 19th 1995. McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government.
In 1993, he drove to Waco, Texas during the Waco Siege to show his support. At the scene, he distributed pro-gun rights literature and bumper stickers, such as “When guns are outlawed, I will become an outlaw.” He told a student reporter:
The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control. He was sentenced to death June 11th 2001.

Apr 20, 2013 8:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
shvunderful wrote:

@BruceBanner

I don’t think anyone can compare the two attacks and say one is more terrifying than the other. They were both attacks on innocent people, and senseless massacres that no one could have seen coming. The media is perhaps sensationalizing the Boston Bombings a tad too much by saying they were “worse than 9/11″, but the fact remains that there was a loss of innocent lives, and in that, they are all the same: terrible, horrifying tragedies.

Boston, Baghdad, China and Texas are in my thoughts. The world has a lot of healing to do the next little while.

Apr 20, 2013 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
trajan2448 wrote:

Motive, seriously??????? Muslim terrorists folks. The press in the US are pathetic and despicable.

Apr 20, 2013 8:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChinaWildMan wrote:

Excuse me but put your hysteria aside and think for a minute!

The Government has NOTHING! No Motive, No captured weapons, No history linking these men to previous acts, No friends or family that describe abberant behavior. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing.

The real questions are these:

1. Why hasn’t the government produced definative evidence or witness’ linking these men / boys to the act of bombing the Boston Marathon?

2. Why hasn’t the government produced weapons or bombs taken from the suspects or their residences?

3. Why hasn’t the government produced anyone that knows these men / boys and can point to any actions that would link them to anyone or anything that indicates that there is a believable motive for them to have carried out this attack or that they would have had a motive for carrying out this attack.

4. The Government and that is all government from the city to the feds, doesn’t have anything that would convince a normal person of reasonable intelligence that these men did this horrible thing. There is no motive, no evidence, no history that links these men with these acts. The Government has NOTHING!

Apr 20, 2013 8:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
freddyshaw wrote:

Saddam Husein would kill all these kids family and some of their friends and cousins to just let everybody know this isn’t a nice thing to do.

Apr 20, 2013 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChinaWildMan wrote:

Excuse me but put your hysteria aside and think for a minute!

The Government has NOTHING! No Motive, No captured weapons, No history linking these men to previous acts, No friends or family that describe abberant behavior. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing.

The real questions are these:

1. Why hasn’t the government produced definative evidence or witness’ linking these men / boys to the act of bombing the Boston Marathon?

2. Why hasn’t the government produced weapons or bombs taken from the suspects or their residences?

3. Why hasn’t the government produced anyone that knows these men / boys and can point to any actions that would link them to anyone or anything that indicates that there is a believable motive for them to have carried out this attack or that they would have had a motive for carrying out this attack.

4. The Government and that is all government from the city to the feds, doesn’t have anything that would convince a normal person of reasonable intelligence that these men did this horrible thing. There is no motive, no evidence, no history that links these men with these acts. The Government has NOTHING!

Apr 20, 2013 8:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

My question is where are there pictures showing either of those men dropping off the bags or the pressure cookers? Or pictures showing them leaving without the cookers in their bags? They would look empty and look saggy if they were empty. We never saw those pictures? How can you say they did it without pictures or eyewitnesses to the dropping off of them. In the crowd I am sure others carried bags like those, were they suspects too? In court they will need proof not just what police say. Witnesses and Pictures. Innocent before proving guilty is the just law. Right?

Apr 20, 2013 9:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Where are the pictures of the men dropping off the pressure cookers? Don’t you think that that needs to be seen just as well as them walking with bags. There were others carrying bags, were all of them suspects that were there? Are there pictures of them leaving without the cookers? Their bags would be saggy if empty. You need proof before you prove someone guilty, don’t you? The court will have to come up with this as well as witnesses that saw them drop them. Justice first then they are guilty.

Apr 20, 2013 9:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeaide wrote:

Designating Tsarnaev as an “enemy combatant” and officially labeling these actions as an “act of terrorism” is an unfortunate slippery slope. When Jim David Adkisson shot members of a Unitarian Universalist church during a performance of Annie, he did so because of “its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.” When Eric Robert Rudolph placed a pipe bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, he did so with “the purpose of the attack on July 27 was to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.” Though Rudolph was labeled a terrorist by the FBI, both these people were tried and convicted under normal US law, had appropriate sentences handed down to them and were incarcerated accordingly without having their civil rights infringed upon.

Apr 20, 2013 9:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rossryan wrote:

ter·ror·ism
noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\
Definition of TERRORISM
: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
— ter·ror·ist adjective or noun
— ter·ror·is·tic adjective

Hmm, so any action that leads to at least one person feeling fear while in pursuant of one thing or another may be classified as ‘terrorism.’ That is an awfully broad definition they’re sporting there, and one hell of a power grab.

Apr 20, 2013 9:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

Here’s a thought. Having a city lock down is one way of ensuring there will be no witnesses to contradict the story. What has been said about these brothers and the events that took place require credible evidence, which law enforcement should be able to provide with no problem, especially since there was no one to get in their way or ruin the evidence – physical evidence – not just conclusions as a result of building a theory.

Apr 20, 2013 11:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
eitalia wrote:

I find it interesting that family and friends of the bombers stated that they were regular out-going guys until they fully embraced Islam. And just like that things flipped. What leads someone to pray 5 times a day and then place bombs without a second thought? Timothy McVeigh was not religious, but as you can see above ignorant folks still use that over-played false Christian terrorist equivalency.

Apr 20, 2013 12:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HaveAniceDay wrote:

What a lot of crap this is those 2 guys were known to the FBI back 2011 this is another stunt fabricated by the FBI to make people scared and obedient.

Apr 21, 2013 3:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
David_SD wrote:

Motive? The motive was Islam? What do you need to understand this? An engraved invitation?

Apr 21, 2013 5:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
David_SD wrote:

Motive? The motive was Islam? What do you need to understand this? An engraved invitation?

Apr 21, 2013 5:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RUKidding9 wrote:

Motive? If you don’t know by now please go back to the cave you’ve been living in. THEY HATE US. They want us dead. It’s that simple.

Apr 21, 2013 9:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
VidkunL wrote:

The rush in on to make sure these two aren’t connected to the religion of peace and to make them look like aberrations who acted alone. Lots of money, no jobs, and a displayed hatred for America, yet none of the intelligence community missed these guys completely. Looks like the Obama administration has a lot of explaining to do.

Apr 21, 2013 9:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IvanTerrible wrote:

Mickee wrote:
Republicans are really happy the terrorist was caught because they hate competition…
——

So, I take it that your are NOT a Republican, a Democrat then? And you are really unhappy that the terrorist was caught. I am not surprised

Apr 21, 2013 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grizzmann wrote:

The runners were celebrating a Greek victory over the Persians, at Marathon. The Persians were ancestors of the Muslims. There were men and women, scantily clothed, running together. That should be enough to send any Muslim on a quest for 72 virgins. Killing those whom refuse to convert a bonus. Makes sense to me.

Apr 21, 2013 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BruceBanner wrote:

Al-Qaeda publicly stated their terrorist aims, so their attacks on the USA were no mystery: US military forces must leave Saudi Arabia because their presence constituted an affront to the sanctity of the birthplace of Islam and a betrayal of the global Islamic community, the U.S. must end the international sanctions regime on Iraq which killed one million children, and the U.S. support for Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians must end. That was all. They said it over and over.

See how “terrorism” has specific political aims ?

Now compare to the two young Chechnyan guys. First, they were never in Chechnya. They were raised in remote Kyrgyzstan. They grew up in Cambridge, the last 12 years (and the remaining live brother is only 19). And Chechnyan terrorists target RUSSIA, who invaded and now rules Chechnya after they tried to gain independence after the fall of the USSR.

Did they get confused, and think they were attacking Russians ?
Terrorists have political aims – these two idiots just seem to be angry, wanting blood. Just like Adam Lanza. Where are all the armchair psychiatrists that proclaimed Adam Lanza a violent, pscychopathic Asperger’s syndrome mentally-ill killer ? Maybe these brothers have the same problem.

Apr 21, 2013 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
aweiss wrote:

Chechens were called rebels by western media when they were killing in Chechnya and Russia. When they have knocked on the US door, they are immediately terrorists – which they have always been.
Calling terrorists of Chechnya, Syria, Lybia and others nice names and not fighting them are an invitation and rest assured they will visit.

Apr 21, 2013 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J-Bone wrote:

So, I just ran into a truther. He swears there was never a bombing in Boston.

Apr 21, 2013 3:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FerretFrenzy wrote:

@paintcan and others questioning why Chechnya (large strict Islamic cells) would want to harm U.S. – please research our wars. In Iraq alone, Chechnyan’s fought ON THE side of the Iraqi’s against America and their allies.

As well, based on Big Bro’s family (the ones in U.S.) and few acquaintances – he changed radically after his trip back to Russia and embraced Radical Islam. – So radical Islam alone might be the answer you’re looking for. The range of areas and cells of radical Islamist/jihadist is overwhelming.

(And btw, doesn’t it say something that daddy and mommy was hell bent on revenge, killing, and hate if is youngest was killed – not the oldest!?)

Shoot, one of the top Al-Qaeda recruiters for terrorist came from the good old USA – and from the middle of the “sticks”…

Or, maybe in the end it was just good old fashion domestic terrorism who happened to be immigrants 10 years back – but I doubt it.
JMO
Either way, these boys did not take on the police, one wearing a faulty suicide vest, throwing grenades, fully armed, because they DID not take part in the Patriot Day attacks. (Now for the city possibly knowing there was a threat based on reports from participates that did overseas interviews (bomb dogs, high security, mass causality medical on stand by,calls for calm b4 attack, etc.,) that is something worth looking into
(sorry long post – Sunday, raining, and PMS…LMAO!)

***May peace and Gods’ Speed embrace you Boston survivors…victims families.***

Apr 21, 2013 5:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dcabb wrote:

It is unfortunate that it takes a tradegy to bring us together.

But, just like the School shootings which was suppose to pass a law for background checks – which failed due to cowardly politicians -

This tragedy will fail to invigorate the good within us – Perhaps it is due to all the religions in the world which have been a road block to human intelect.

Apr 21, 2013 7:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

Peter Bergen, who interviewed Osama BL, has some interesting points in a recent article about the Tsarnaev Brothers.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/opinion/bergen-questions-bombers/index.html

Apr 21, 2013 8:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlwaysReal wrote:

@Simian
Question is whether there were any politcal aims. I think at this point it is being viewed as terrorism solely because they are from another country. Someone mentioned the death penalty earlier here. MA abolished the DP in the eighties, however if you are charged by the fed or gov you can get the Dp.

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