Boston Bombings

The Istanbul terror attack, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Chechen connection

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2016

There is ample evidence that the unholy alliance of US intelligence agencies with anti-Russian jihadist elements in the North Caucasus has produced at least one fatal terror attack within the borders of the United States.

Boston police, FBI shoot to death alleged terror suspect

By Tom Hall, 4 June 2015

Authorities declared that Usaama Rahim “lunged” at officers with a knife, a claim contested by his family.

Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015

The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial underway

By Tom Hall, 2 May 2015

None of the most essential questions, relating to the unexplained connections between the federal government and the Tsarnaev family, have been raised thus far in the proceedings, which began on April 21.

Majority of Boston residents oppose death penalty for marathon bomber Tsarnaev

By Nick Barrickman, 20 April 2015

Federal prosecutors are determined to secure Tsarnaev's execution in the face of broad opposition to capital punishment.

Closing arguments in Boston Marathon bombing case set for April 6

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2015

The strategy of the defense team is to concede Tsarnaev’s guilt but make the case that he should be spared the death penalty.

As federal trial opens

Judge limits evidence on role of main perpetrator of Boston Marathon bombings

By Barry Grey, 5 March 2015

The ruling indicates the government’s intention to exclude questions relating to contacts between the FBI and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Jury selection begins in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Nick Barrickman, 6 January 2015

In the US media, Tsarnaev’s guilt is being treated as an obvious and unquestionable fact.

Final pre-trial hearing held for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Nick Barrickman, 20 December 2014

Thursday’s hearing was the first time in a year and a half that Tsarnaev appeared in public, his trial is set to begin early next month.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense demands prosecutors turn over evidence on 2011 murders

By Nick Barrickman, 15 October 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense asserts information proving their client’s knowledge of a 2011 triple homicide would support their claims that the elder brother was the driving force in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect found guilty of obstructing justice

By Nick Barrickman, 23 July 2014

The trial of Tazhayakov was the first of a number of trials of acquaintances of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Trial begins for friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect accused of obstruction

By Nick Barrickman, 11 July 2014

Azamat Tazhayakov faces charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy and could face up to 25 years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines if found guilty.

FBI arrests acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2014

The hard line taken by the Obama Justice Department against individuals not directly involved in the bombings may be designed to increase pressure on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to plead guilty as part of a plea deal and avoid going to trial on capital charges.

FBI killer of Ibragim Todashev revealed as ex-Oakland cop accused of cover-up and abuse

By Gabriel Black, 16 May 2014

FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, who shot the unarmed Ibragim Todashev, has a history of alleged intimidation, falsification of evidence, and abuse.

Attorneys for accused Boston bomber move to suppress statements taken by FBI

By Ed Hightower, 12 May 2014

The Obama Justice Department refused to allow Tsarnaev to have a lawyer present during the questioning.

Massive police presence in place for Boston Marathon

By Kate Randall, 21 April 2014

An unprecedented security operation has been planned for this year’s Boston Marathon, involving more than 60 local, state and federal agencies commanded from a underground bunker.

Empty platitudes, jingoism mark Boston bombings anniversary

By Kate Randall, 16 April 2014

The official commemoration of the Marathon bombings provided little insight into the events of April 15, 2013 and their aftermath.

One year since the Boston Marathon bombing

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2014

The bombings on April 15, 2013 became the occasion for an unprecedented state operation, in which for the first time a major American city was placed under de facto martial law.

Police state measures intensified in run-up to 2014 Boston Marathon

By Mike Ingram, 14 April 2014

City officials have unveiled a plan for massive video surveillance and police checkpoints along the route of the April 21 Boston Marathon.

New York Times whitewashes FBI’s handling of Boston Marathon bomber

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2014

Reality is turned inside out, with the Russian government blamed for the failure of US authorities to intercept Tamerlan Tsarnaev before he carried out a bombing on American soil.

Harvard University report endorses police state measures in Boston Marathon lockdown

By Nick Barrickman, 7 April 2014

The report demonstrates that one year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the political establishment, including those sections aligned with the Democratic Party, continues to cover up the grave and reactionary implications of the Boston lockdown.

Congressional report whitewashes government’s role in Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014

The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.

New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.

Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev’s lawyers protest conditions of his detention

By Nick Barrickman, 15 November 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being kept in solitary confinement, without religious services, and his communications with his lawyers are being monitored.

Deadline set for death penalty recommendation against Boston marathon bombing suspect

By Nick Barrickman, 25 September 2013

Federal prosecutors said they would set an October 31 deadline for recommending whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty if convicted.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect sustained massive injuries during apprehension

By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2013

Medical transcripts released Monday reveal the extent of the injuries 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received the night of April 19.

Father of Boston bombing witness killed by FBI announces investigation

By Nick Barrickman, 17 August 2013

No one has been charged in the execution-style killing of Ibragim Todashev. The name of the FBI agent who shot the young Todashev has not even been released.

Florida law enforcement agencies refuse to probe killing of Boston Marathon bombing witness

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2013

Attempts made by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain an independent probe into the killing of Ibragim Todashev have been rebuffed by the state of Florida.

FBI blocks release of Ibragim Todashev autopsy report

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2013

Federal agencies have covered the state killing of Todashev in a “blanket of secrecy”

Questions surrounding 2011 triple murder point to government cover-up in Boston Marathon bombing

By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 12 July 2013

The New York Times published a front-page article Thursday that raises new questions about the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing and adds to the evidence of a government cover-up.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arraigned in federal court

By Thomas Gaist, 11 July 2013

The role of US intelligence in the bombings has been systematically covered up and suppressed.

US detains witness in FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Andrea Peters, 11 July 2013

US officials have extended the detention of Tatiana Gruzdeva, Ibragim Todashev’s roommate, as civil liberties groups warn of a “cover-up.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted on 45 counts in Boston Marathon bombing

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2013

The indictment maintains the official cover story that the Tsarnaev brothers acted alone.

Who is Ruslan Tsarni?

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2013

The uncle of Boston Marathon bombers is linked to a former top CIA official

Media silent on the state killing of Boston bombing witness

By Tom Carter, 11 June 2013

The ubiquitous silence from the political establishment and the media amounts to an acknowledgement that Todashev was terminated by the state.

Russian officials charge FBI failure to heed warnings led to Boston bombings

By Nick Barrickman, 8 June 2013

The media and both political parties evince no desire to get to the bottom of the US intelligence agencies’ evident role in facilitating the bomb plot.

Witness tied to Boston bombing suspect killed by FBI

By Barry Grey and Nick Barrickman, 23 May 2013

The FBI claims that Todashev had implicated both himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the grisly murder of three men in Waltham, Massachusetts.

FBI director continues cover-up of contacts with Boston bombing suspects

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2013

Knowing he had nothing to fear from the Senate committee, FBI Director Mueller defended the FBI’s handling of the Tsarnaevs and failure to alert state or local authorities.

Congressional hearing confirms

FBI, Homeland Security withheld information on Boston bombing suspects from local, state police

By Barry Grey, 11 May 2013

The Boston police commissioner and a top Massachusetts Homeland Security official told Congress Thursday that the local and state police were never informed by the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security of multiple warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Police buildup in Pittsburgh in lead-up to marathon

By our reporter, 4 May 2013

Pittsburgh officials are using the occasion of the marathon race this Sunday as a pretext for a massive police buildup.

California community put on police lockdown

By Julien Kiemle, 3 May 2013

Authorities locked down the small California town of Valley Springs after the murder of a young girl.

Obama hails police lockdown, covers up state role in Boston bombings

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2013

In his White House press conference, Obama sought to divert attention from the connections of the bombing suspects to US intelligence agencies.

Nation magazine, ISO silent on Boston lockdown

By Tom Mackaman and Barry Grey, 30 April 2013

One searches the TheNation.com and SocialistWorker.org in vain for an article seriously addressing—much less condemning—the police-military lockdown.

New questions on Boston bombing suspects’ ties to US intelligence

By Andrea Peters, 29 April 2013

Information continues to come to light raising questions about the relationship between US intelligence agencies and the Tsarnaev brothers.

Military conducts urban warfare exercises in Chicago area

By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 27 April 2013

The US Department of Defense conducted urban warfare training drills in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Parkon this week, including the use of explosives to train soldiers in the raiding of homes and other structures.

Questions mount about Boston bombers’ links to US intelligence agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2013

Both the CIA and FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was placed on at least two separate watch lists in the two years before the April 15 Boston bombings.

China uses Boston bombing to appeal to US for unity

By John Chan, 26 April 2013

The Chinese media has appealed for a joint “war on terror” with the US as means of convincing Obama to ease up on his “pivot to Asia.”

The Boston lockdown and the Bill of Rights

By Tom Carter, 25 April 2013

A simple comparison of the words of the Bill of Rights with the recent events in Boston underscores the advanced stage of the historical process that is shattering centuries-old democratic forms of rule.

The New York Times and the state of siege in Boston

By David Brown and Barry Grey, 25 April 2013

The New York Times published an editorial Monday that not only endorses last week’s police-military lockdown of Boston, but suggests that it was entirely consistent with democratic procedures.

The Boston bombings and the roots of terror

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2013

Of all the possible explanations for the bombings in Boston, the least plausible is the official claim that the main suspect in the case had fallen beneath the FBI’s radar.

After Boston bombing, Australian media escalates “war on terror”

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2013

All the legislative machinery is in place to impose virtual martial law in an Australian city, as was done in Boston.

Canadian government unveils “terror plot” as it adopts draconian new law

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2013

Canadian authorities announced Monday afternoon they had broken up a terrorist conspiracy, just as the country’s parliament was to debate new anti-terrorism legislation that would give the state draconian new powers.

European Union cites Boston attack to justify major anti-terrorist operation

By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2013

On April 17 and 18, anti-terrorist units of numerous European Union member states participated in an operation involving simulated terrorist attacks in nine different countries.

A tale of two cities

By Barry Grey, 23 April 2013

The Boston bombings continue to dominate the American media, while the Texas fertilizer plant explosion has virtually dropped out of the news.

Boston bombing suspect gets death penalty charge

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was formally charged Monday before a federal judge, who was brought to his hospital bed.

American democracy in shambles

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2013

With the imposition of a state of siege in Boston, a historical threshold has been crossed.

Unanswered questions in Boston bombings

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2013

One week after the Boston bombings, much remains unknown, including their motive, whether others were involved, and what connection the FBI and other agencies had to the suspects.

Federal authorities prepare charges against Boston bombings suspect

By Kate Randall, 22 April 2013

A week following the April 15 bombings in Boston, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at a Boston hospital.

Obama administration denies Miranda rights to marathon bombing suspect

By Eric London, 22 April 2013

The Obama administration is utilizing last week’s bombings as an opportunity to attack core democratic legal protections, which will set a new precedent for future cases.

Bombing suspect captured after military-police lockdown of Boston

By Alex Lantier and Kate Randall, 20 April 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, was captured yesterday after a massive manhunt by law enforcement agencies.

Obama comes to Boston

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013

In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.

Media hysteria grows over Boston bombing

By Barry Grey, 18 April 2013

While the nation, including the people of Boston, have remained calm, deeply saddened and shocked by the bombings as they are, the media and their leading personnel present a picture of disorientation and panic.

Obama proclaims Boston bombings an “act of terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2013

President Barack Obama used a briefing Tuesday to declare the bombings the day before at the Boston Marathon “an act of terror,” though the FBI and police still had neither suspects nor a motive for the attacks.

Media rush to judgment in Boston Marathon bombing

By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013

At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.