Boston Bomber friend who disposed of evidence convicted of obstruction

via Tsarnaev friend convicted of obstructing bombings probe – CNN.com.

A federal jury on Monday found a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of obstructing the investigation into the 2013 attack.

The jury found Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of obstructing justice and conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with the removal of a backpack with potential evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the bombings.

Jurors indicated in a verdict questionnaire that they didn’t believe a separate allegation — involving the removal of a laptop computer from the same dorm room — amounted to obstruction or conspiracy.

Sentencing for Tazhayakov, who could get up to 25 years in prison, is scheduled for October. The verdict came in the first trial related to the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others.

Tazhayakov’s mother wept loudly in court when the verdict was read. Tazhayakov spoke briefly to his parents before he was escorted out of the courtroom.

Prosecutors accused Tazhayakov and his roommate, fellow Kazakh national Dias Kadyrbayev, of trying to protect Tsarnaev three days after the bombings by removing a backpack and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which Tazhayakov also attended.

Prosecutors alleged that Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov took the laptop to their apartment, and that Kadyrbayev, with Tazhayakov’s knowledge, tossed the backpack in a trash bin. Authorities eventually found the backpack — containing Vaseline, a thumb drive and fireworks — in a landfill.

Kadyrbayev is awaiting trial on the same charges and has pleaded not guilty. Another friend, Robel Phillipos, pleaded not guilty to making false statements. None of Tsarnaev’s friends is accused in the bomb plot itself.

Prosecutors told jurors Tazhayakov knew the identity of the suspected bombers — Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — before the public found out, allegedly texting Kadyrbayev, “i think they got his brother,” hours before the public knew their names or their relationship to one another. [PS: The FBI knew the Boston bombing suspect too]

The friends recognized the Tsarnaev brothers after authorities released video and still photos asking for the public’s helping finding the two men, prosecutors said.

Kadyrbayev told his friends that he believed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “used the Vaseline ‘to make bombs,’ or words to that effect,” an indictment against him reads.

The government said Tsarnaev texted Kadyrbayev after the bombings and told him he could go to his dorm room and take what he wanted. Kadyrbayev showed that text to Tazhayakov, the government alleged.

Authorities alleged that the friends picked up the backpack and the laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room on April 18, 2013, shortly before Tsarnaev was taken into custody.

The FBI interviewed the friends as part of the bombing investigation, and lawyers for Tazhayakov said he did everything he could to help the probe when he spoke with investigators. Based on that information, authorities found Tsarnaev’s backpack in the landfill, his attorneys said.

Daniel Antonino, one of the jurors in Tazhayakov’s case, said the panel found him guilty of obstruction because “the backpack was simply taken and discarded like they were getting rid of evidence.”

Boston: Somali Muslim immigrant livery driver arrested for rape

via Seaport rape suspect held | Boston Herald. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

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A second reported rape in the Seaport District by a livery driver in less than a year has the city’s taxi union and a South Boston state representative demanding a crackdown before another young woman is attacked in the trendy nightspot.

“This is a real public safety issue, particularly for women in my district,” said Southie state Rep. Nick Collins. “It’s something that we have to resolve and I’ll be looking to work with the city to come up with some new legislation.”

Said Said, 40, of 97 Doane­ St., Quincy, was ordered held on $35,000 cash bail yesterday at his arraignment in South Boston District Court after pleading innocent to charges of 
aggravated rape, unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property.

Police allege that at midnight Sunday, Said, who is of Somali descent, picked up a woman in a livery mini­van outside Legal Harborside restaurant on Northern Avenue and took her to a deserted South Boston location, where he raped her and stole her cellphone, cash and credit cards before dropping her off on State Street.

“This is sad, regrettable and unfortunate for this young woman but it would have been prevented if the city of Boston paid attention to our calls for the regis­tration of limos and the vetting of livery drivers,”­ said Donna Blythe-Shaw, a representative for the Boston Taxi Drivers 
Asso­ciation. “People deserve to know that when they’re getting into a taxi in Boston that it’s a safe taxi.”

Collins said he has set up a meeting with Boston police­ Commissioner William Evans to “lay out a plan for clarifying taxi regulations and concurrent jurisdiction on the waterfront.”

Collins recently co-signed a bill that would give joint jurisdiction to state and Boston police in the Seaport, over which the police departments have bickered about jurisdiction for years.

Police said they were able to track down Said after he was reportedly caught on surveillance camera using the alleged victim’s credit card to make a purchase at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Quincy.

The victim identified Said in a photo array set up by Boston police,­ according to court documents.

Sunday’s alleged assault 
was eerily similar to an attack that occurred Aug. 6, 2013, when a woman told police she flagged down a livery sedan in South Boston thinking it was a taxi and was instead driven to a secluded area in Newton, where she was raped and assaulted by the driver.

Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, said investigators have not yet found evidence linking the two assaults, but “haven’t ruled anything out.”

 

FBI Report: Boston Bomber Posed With Black Flag of Jihad at Local Mosque

“Behind every Islamic terrorist there is an Imam…” ~ the late Oriana Fallaci

And you can find them in the local mosque. via Before Boston Attack, Alleged Bomber Posed With Black Flag of Jihad at Local Mosque – ABC News.

Months before the 2013 terror attack on the Boston Marathon, accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed in front of a black flag often associated with jihad with a fellow worshiper at a Boston-area mosque, according to an FBI report obtained by ABC News.

The FBI report, which did not include the photo, describes Tsarnaev and his friend Khairullozhon Matanov as “seated in front of a black flag with a sword and a shadada phrase,” referring to the Muslim statement of faith, and adds that the photo was taken “at the mosque.” Similar flags have become symbols of jihad, used by al Qaeda and al Qaeda-linked extremist groups.Flag_of_Jihad

The FBI had been warned by Russian intelligence in 2011 that Tsarnaev may have become radicalized, but the bureau dropped its inquiry months before the photo was taken because it said it “did not find any terrorism activity.”

The FBI report says the alarming photograph was taken on Eid-Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, the highest of Muslim holidays, but does not say exactly when. A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News it was taken during the August 2012 celebration. The FBI report does not identify the mosque where the photograph was taken.

Tsarnaev and Matanov prayed at a mosque in Cambridge, Mass., the FBI report says, but Yusufi Vali, the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston that opened the mosque told ABC News there were no reports of the black flag of jihad being at the 2012 Eid holiday, or at any other time.

Related:

Massachusetts: Governor and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked mega mosque (video)

Boston Bombings And Mayor “Menino’s Mosque”

 

Massachusetts mayor demands State Dept stop sending Somali Muslim refugees to Springfield

via Massachusetts mayor demands State Department stop sending refugees to Springfield | Mail Online.

A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line.

Mayor Domenic Sarno is the latest mayor to decry refugee resettlement, joining counterparts in New Hampshire and Maine in largely rare tensions with the State Department, which helps resettle refugees in communities across America.

The mayor is drawing criticism from those who say this country has a moral obligation to help the outcast and refugees who say they’re being scapegoated for problems the city faced long before their arrival.

Sarno, leader of the state’s third-largest city, first demanded last summer that the U.S. government stop sending refugees. But after recent inspections found Somali families living in overcrowded, pest-infested apartments without electricity and sometimes heat, he stepped up complaints, saying resettlement agencies are bringing in ‘warm-weather’ refugees and dumping them into cold climates only to leave them dependent on the city.

‘I have enough urban issues to deal with. Enough is enough,’ Sarno said in an interview. ‘You can’t keep concentrating poverty on top of poverty.’

The refugee population in Springfield of about 1,500 – around 380 of them Somali – represents about 1 percent of the city’s total of 153,000. And a 2014 report by the U.S. government found that Massachusetts ranked third in the nation for refugee employment, with 73 percent of refugees enrolled in state programs finding work.

Madino Idoor, a 35-year-old Somali with seven children, spent 12 years in a refugee camp before coming to the U.S. in 2004. She works two jobs — one at Goodwill at Springfield and another as a dishwasher at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in nearby Westfield.

‘I can work hard and provide for my family,’ Idoor said. ‘I do not need for the mayor to worry about me.’

Federal funding of about $1,800 per person helps resettlement agencies assist refugees for as long as eight months, but Springfield argues that is not enough time for some refugees to adjust.

Great, let her repay the $1,800 for her and each of her seven children. ASAP.

New Video Defending Hirsi Ali, Exposing Brandeis Hypocrisy

via Brandeis Unbecoming: A New Video Defending Hirsi Ali, by Chloe Valdary. h/t Jawa

Student activist Chloe Valdary expresses her outrage at Brandeis President Lawrence’s hypocritical decision in a short video produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

Who will defend the others? It won’t be liberals or feminists.

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Dem Senator & Ambassador Claim Muslims Killing for Sharia State are Not Islamic

Or as Pat Dollard so eloquently titled it: Brain-Dead Dem Sen On Boko Haram: ‘Don’t Confuse It With Islam’.

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

The other dhimmi, Robert P. Jackson, is the United States Ambassador to Cameroon.

Nothing to do with Islam? Over 2,596 Nigerians killed in three months

Boko Haram, which means ‘No to western education,’ has shunned several moves by the government to broker peace with it. The group had demanded for, among other things, the enforcement of Sharia law in the Northern part of the country and the Islamisation of Northern Nigeria.

More refutation: Boko Haram and the Dynamics of Denial.

Adult-Onset Islam

Over at New English Review they have a new series of posts on Adult-Onset Islam.

via Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam, Academic Division: Sheik Abdal Hakim Murad

You can watch the Cambridge lecturer Abdal Hamid Murad– who was formerly Tim Winter, and still is when he writes reviews in the TLS on Islamic themes and wishes to hide or de-emphasize his parti pris – here.

He’s very pleased with his new identity. It gives his life meaning.

And see if you detect, in his eyes, in his gestures, in his mien,in  his delivery, in his words — that something-not-quite-rightness, that quality of teeter-tottering on or over the abyss of the unhinged that some may agree are exhibited by many, by most,by  practically all of those who suffer from adult-onset Islam (Academic Division).

And the second reported case,  From The Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam (Academic Division): Joseph E. B. Lumbard > New English Review.

Head of the Islamic studies program at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor Joseph E. B. Lumbard helped gather faculty support, especially in his own department and in the Judaic Studies Department (some complacently rallying happily to the cause of their besieged, afffronted, hurt “Muslim brothers” which could be cured only by preventing Ayaan Hirsi Ali from being given a degree ex grege eundem, but extra-grex she is and always willl be). You can find out more about him here.

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