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Boston Bomber Tsarnaev’s Conspiracy Theory Subscriptions

Issue 4 AFP 2011 Main BodyThe Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Cullison managed to obtain access to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s former apartment where he discovered an array of so-called conspiracy theory publications:

…The papers included The First Freedom, an Alabama-based newspaper that espouses “equal rights for whites” and whose websites features a Confederate flag. Another was The Sovereign, a New York-based publication that alleges the U.S. is under the sway of Israeli lobbyists, and that Israel and the Department of Homeland Security were “deeply involved” in the Boston bombings. Neither paper returned requests for comment.

Mr. Tsarnaev got his own subscription to American Free Press, a paper that the Southern Law Poverty Center said promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. A spokeswoman for the paper denied it had such an agenda, saying the paper publishes “news that the established media won’t.” She confirmed that someone bought Mr. Tsarnaev a “get acquainted” 16-week subscription in December. It expired in April, at about the time of the Boston Marathon attack.

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Tsarnaev Brothers had a CIA Connection

tamerlan_tsarnaev--525x415Dave Lindorff is a veteran investigative reporter, a columnist for CounterPunch, and a contributor to Businessweek, The Nation, Extra! and Salon.com. Here he writes for his This Can’t Be Happening! blog:

Let’s do a little exercise. Forget nationalities and identities for a moment.

Imagine you are a police detective investigating a horrific bombing in your city — one in which several people were killed and hundreds were injured. You have a captured suspect whom you are sure was one of the bombers, and another was killed in a shootout, but both are young and not very sophisticated.

They might have acted alone, of course, but knowing how these things work, you are also looking for leads to try to determine who else might have been involved, and especially who might have been behind the incident.

As it happens, your two suspects are immigrants. They were brought to your country at a young age by parents who were refugees seeking asylum from a region of the world riven by civil war, brutal repression by a larger power, and that was a breeding ground for terrorists who had been known to have launched terrible attacks against civilians, including schools and full movie theaters in that larger power.

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Debating The Global Media—in Kazakhstan

Sun and EagleAstana, Kazakhstan: Most people wouldn’t bother going half way around the world for their fifteen seconds of fame.  Ok, so maybe there was little fame to be found but, it was still worthwhile to spend two days flying back and forth to attend the two-day annual Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan, a Central Asian nation that is actually the 9th largest country in the world, with ultra wealthy oil and gas fields.

It was also one of the few countries in the world that gave up its nuclear weapons. South Africa is another one.

Kazakhstan flickered briefly in our popular culture when the film Borat made fun of the place—it was shot in Romania, not there—and more recently, figured in the investigation into the terrifying actions of the Tsarnaev ‘Bomb Brothers’ in Boston responsible for doing so much vicious damage at the Marathon. It was reported that they had also lived here although local media disputes it.  (Two Kazakh kids are said to be in jail now in the US for visa violations although it’s not clear how or if they are linked.)

The forum here deals with political and media issues and attracts top journalists and policymakers to hold forth on panels.  I was on one with none other than Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor.… Read the rest

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The Exorcist Who Radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Jinn_from_Ali_manuscriptThis story from New York Magazine's Intelligencer is giving exorcists a bad name, just when the Catholic Church is opening the curtain on their exorcism rites...
While Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claims that his older brother Tamerlan was the inspiration for the attack on the Bosotn Marathon, who was the inspiration for Tamerlan? According to reports by the AP and Daily Mail, family members point the finger at a man identified only as Misha, a friend whom Tamerlan knew through a local mosque. Misha is described as a bald, red-bearded, 30-year-old Armenian convert to Islam who "claimed to be an exorcist who is fighting with demons." Tamerlan's uncle, the famously pissed off Ruslan Tsarni, as well as...
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Does it Really Matter That Tamerlan Tsarnaev Liked InfoWars?

Some online sources are reporting that accused (and very much deceased) Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev liked Alex Jones’ InfoWars website. Does that really matter? I’m not the biggest fan of InfoWars, personally, but painting Alex Jones as some kind of guilty party just because some accused murderer liked his work doesn’t seem fair to me. It reminds me of the Satanic Panic of the eighties: Cops, educators, preachers and parents tried to blame Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music every time a fan of either committed a crime.

For all we know, Tsarnev was a disinfo.com reader. Or a cracked.com fan. Or a Redditor. Maybe he liked banana pudding, or enjoyed playing Extreme Frisbee.

It doesn’t matter. Alex Jones isn’t accused of setting off bombs in Boston, and InfoWars sure didn’t direct Tsarnaev – or anyone else – to go out and murder and maim innocent people. It no more fair to blame Jones than it would be to blame Tsarnaev’s religious faith (incidentally, his local mosque won’t give him an Islamic funeral) or choice in toothpaste.… Read the rest

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