Where there’s smoke….

Many people have been in an uproar over the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has supporters. Mainstream media paints these supporters as mindless fangirls driven by hormones and a lack of good judgement in their support of this ‘monster’.  However, this is not an accurate portrait of the people who support this 19 year old who has been accused of a horrendous crime. Note I say accused. The presumption of innocence seems to go out the window the minute a bomb is dropped into the mix, especially a bomb that kills an eight year old boy. People have reacted with fear and outrage, with mainstream media fuelling the furor with its persistent portrayal of the accused as a ‘bomber’, a ‘monster’ and someone who has ’caused so much hurt’.

Why, then, would anyone support this monster? Yes, there are fan girls, but they are few amongst supporters. The main body of  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s supporters are motivated by something more substantial than volatile teen hormones.  The fact is, throughout the bombing aftermath and subsequent investigation (if it can be called that), many questions were raised through the inconsistencies in the official narrative.  In fact, the official story has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and it’s these lingering questions that fuel supporters in their push for truth and justice.  Let’s take a look at some of these inconsistencies:

*  The bag that the accused is carrying in CCTV images is a light grey backpack with black trim on the straps. According to the indictment, the bombs were concealed and planted in black backpacks.

* There is no indication that Dzohkhar Tsarnaev ever displayed any behavior or attitudes normally associated with ‘radical terrorists’.  On the contrary, his tweets reveal a normal, thoughtful, compassionate and intelligent teen.

* The FBI state that the accused placed a bag containing the bomb behind a tree, just near Martin Richard. Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJn6kz-nDhA  and photos of the second blast site seem to indicate that the blast in fact originated in or near the mail box  situated in front of the Forum restaurant. Smoke can be seen coming from the mail box, the front of which was blown off onto fencing around the restaurant.



*  Tsarnaev was in possession of fireworks and had published pictures of himself and friends letting off fireworks.  The powder used in the bombings was black according to the FBI.  The powder in Dhjokhar Tsarnaev’s fireworks was red.  The amount of fireworks he and his brother are alleged to have bought would not be enough to detonate two bombs, much less make any more. In a statement regarding the use of fireworks, the Executive Director of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), Julie Heckman,  states ” The total amount of pyrotechnic composition in two such unopened kits would be considerably less than the amount of explosive material believed to have been used in Boston”  as well as pointing out that “it would be extremely time consuming and dangerous to disassemble the shells to collect the minute amount of pyrotechnic composition in each shell.”  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-pyrotechnics-association-offers-information-regarding-fireworks-devices-implicated-in-boston-bombing-investigation-204782871.html

*  Early witness reports recounted ‘drill announcements’ at the marathon. This, in conjunction with the presence of special ops, bomb squad and FEMA representatives, has caused many people to ask if a drill was in progress or was to be carried out at the Marathon.  Officials denied any drill and questions about a drill at a subsequent press conference were ignored. It has since been revealed that a drill was planned that closely resembles events at the marathon. http://truthstreammedia.com/homeland-security-admits-boston-drill-eerily-similar-to-marathon-bombing/

* The FBI initially asked for help in identifying the Tsarnaev brothers. Later, the FBI  was forced to admit that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was known to them. According to Zubiedat Tsarnaeva, the FBI were monitoring her eldest son for 3-5 years.  The FBI currently refuse to answer any questions in the inquiry into their handling of the bombing and their failure to recognise the suspect.  After their pictures were released, the public was told to focus only on the pictures of those particular suspects and to disregard any other possible suspects, including a woman photographed at the second blast placing a brown bag on top of a white bag that could very well have contained a pressure cooker.  It appears this same woman can also be seen in front of the mail box at the same time that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was photographed behind the tree near Martin Richard.

Brown bag woman in street context

brown bag woman comparison

* After the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to his dorm room and behaved no differently to usual.  At around 5pm he tweeted “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city. Stay safe people.” Neither he or his brother made any attempt to leave Boston or go into hiding in the days immediately after the bombing and before the release of their photos to the media as suspects.

* According to his parents, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was contacted by the FBI on around the 18th April, just before the pictures of them as suspects were released. http://www.channel4.com/news/boston-bombings-questions-raised-by-telephone-call-claim

* Carjacking witness ‘Danny’ was first described by Tarek Ahmed, the Mobil gas station attendant to whom Danny fled for help, as a white guy. Later of course, this description was changed to Asian.  ‘Danny’s account of events varies according to which interview you listen to. After driving around for 90 minutes, Danny claimed in one interview to have been ‘set free’ by the brothers. In another, he claimed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev got out to pump gas and he made his escape. In yet another version, Danny flees his captors when Tamerlan puts his gun in the door holder and starts playing with the GPS.  CCTV footage shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaving the Shell gas station with Tamerlan just outside the door. Also outside and behind the door is a mystery man with his back to the brothers. It’s highly likely that this man witnessed events surrounding Danny’s ‘escape’ but we’ve heard nothing in that regard.

witness at servo

*  Footage shot at the Watertown shoot out seems to indicate that the Tsarnaev brothers attempted to give themselves up, shouting “We give up, chill out, we didn’t do it”.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3J3HhfiQB4  Other footage shows a man, possibly Tamerlan Tsarnaev, being cuffed on the pavement. He shouts out “podstavili, ja prisol y padstavili” (it is set up, I came and I was set up) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKh7CQwk1wI

* There are ties between the Tsarnaev brothers and the CIA. Uncle Ruslan, who was so vocal in his condemnation of his nephews, was married to the daughter of high ranking CIA operative Graham Fuller. Predictably, Fuller claims any link between himself and Ruslan Tsarnaev is ‘absurd’.  http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/2013/04/5090/former-cia-officer-absurd-to-link-uncle-of-boston-suspects-agency-over-daughters-brief-marriage/Graham Fuller is not the only CIA connection to the brothers. Dzhokhar’s english teacher, Scott Matteo, gave his student a project and a contact for information. The contact was one Brian Glyn Williams, who is by his own account a leading expert on the Caucasus region. Williams is a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Massachusetts and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.  William’s course focuses on Muslims in the Caucasus and is entitled “Fire and Sword in the Caucasus” http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1N0OIKAgLkYJ:www.brianglynwilliams.com/pdfs/Chechen%2520syllabus%2520MWF%2http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1N0OIKAgLkYJ:www.brianglynwilliams.com/pdfs/Chechen%2520syllabus%2520MWF%25202009.pdf+Brian+Glyn+Williams+syllabus+online&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us5202009.pdf+Brian+Glyn+Williams+syllabus+online&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us.

According to the blurb on one of his books, Williams “traveled extensively in the Pashtun tribal areas while working for the U.S. military and the CIA”. Brian Glyn Williams says he only contacted Dzohkhar Tsarnaev by email a couple of times. Of course, this means he could have sent Tsarnaev material which the teen downloaded onto his computer. http://tracesofreality.com/2013/05/10/the-tsarnaevs-and-the-cia-part-2-who-is-brian-glyn-williams/

* The boat shootout was broadcast by police and media as a fire fight between police and the suspect. It seems the police were intent on killing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev until an FBI order was given to hold fire. It turns out the 19 year old was completely unarmed and injured and did not take part in any exchange of fire with the police. The boat note was a dubious addition to the FBI ‘evidence’ after their early attempt at interrogation was stopped by Judge Marion Bowler, who literally interrupted questioning to read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights and to appoint him a lawyer, which he’d requested several times during questioning.

These are just some of the questions and concerns that motivate supporters of this young man who stands accused of a terrible atrocity.  The mainstream media has already found him guilty, resulting in a public that also accepts his guilt without question. Supporters of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev believe there is more to the story. Certainly, the FBI has a history of recruitment and entrapment. http://www.globalresearch.ca/was-tamerlan-tsarnaev-a-double-agent-recruited-by-the-fbi/5340214  Did they try to recruit the Tsarnaev brothers?  Was this a govt set up? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s supporters say podstava! They may be right, or they may be wrong, but with all the discrepancies and holes in this narrative, they most certainly have the right to question the official line and express their support for  a teenage boy who, by law, should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


24 thoughts on “Where there’s smoke….

  1. The crowd at the time of blast 2 was all federal agents. The photo released to the public by the FBI that had Jahar’s head photoshopped in and was an in whole photoshopped crowd. The FBI played victim, rescue and moulage artist for what would be future propaganda pictures of which all contain photoshopping; Mr. Richard is not seen anywhere in the raw video but appears in later pictures of the carnage for propaganda purposes. No one in the crowd released by the FBI is seen in the raw video of blast site two. https://twitter.com/RalphHornsby/status/358974974331088896/photo/1

    RAW VIDEO DOES NOT LIE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJn6kz-nDhA

    The crowd the FBI led the public to believe present at the time of the blast is fabricated evidence

  2. Thank you for your post.So many thing about the brothers and the bombing make no sense to me.With all the haters out there its good to know im not alone in how I feel about it.I hope all these things will be used in the kids defense.

    • You’re welcome Felicia and no, you’re most definitely not alone. Sometimes people prefer a comfortable lie to the confronting truth, and those who question the official line are usually on the receiving end of some defensive, angry reactions.

      • Dare I say it’s rather oftentimes, than some… Courageous truth seekers throughout human history have always been in a minority within a wider populace – it’s the human condition, I guess…

      • You may dare say it! In fact, truth seekers always dare to say what others may think….and those who ridicule ‘conspiracy theorists ( a popular tactic recently) should keep in mind that many ‘conspiracy’ theories have turned out to be true or contain a large degree of truth…

  3. Hi Kitty,

    great article, well written and informative. I agree with you 95%.

    The 5% disagreement is about the *real* second bomb. Like you I’m sure that Dzhokhar’s backpack didn’t have a pressure ccoker inside. But the woman’s brown bag at the metal barrier did neither. It was not the bomb.

    I am able to say that because I’ve researched the Forum crime scene most thoroughly, and there is ample evidence (witnesses and photos) that the *real* bomb didn’t explode at the mailbox, but at the patio of the Forum, a few feet away. Have a look here:


    It was probably contained in a black nylon backpack (source: FBI press conference on April 16th).

    This being said, thanks again for the article and your engagement.

    • Thank you for your input Woody 🙂 It’s good to get different perspectives on what actually occurred, which of course we wouldn’t have to do if the official narrative added up!

  4. Dru, excellent research & analysis – just the way it should be: no emotional sentiments, but cold facts. Brava and thank you!

  5. I don’t know where to start to discredit this entire piece of work. I should start by saying you use media reports to write this report, the same outlet that you and these fans use to say “You are conditioned by the Media.” Example, Judge Bowler didn’t barge into Ms.Tsareav room and say stop the interrogation! This was very well planned ahead of time, and organized. Each party was present for the defense and persecutor side. They would have to informed the FBI to let them know they were coming due to security at the hospital and his room. This place was on was heavily secured and anyone could try anything to get in, so they knew. Most court hearings are planned considering it is a court law and both sides should and need to be represented. Additionally, Even the hospital had their lawyer there, so this was no spur of the moment like CSI episode.
    He was given his 48 hours, starting after his came out of surgery. Most defendants get questioned, that was not a issue.
    I could go through each and everyone of these assumptions you make, but I really don’t have the time. So I will say this, again, you are basing all of this on media reports, and not all media reports are correct, and listen to me carefully, they are conclusive to all the evidence that is clearly under review by his legal team. I don’t suggest that media stories are lies, on the contrary many are straight from the source. Even you concede that many reports are correct, yes of course you do or you would not have put this whole thing together.
    I would also say that you skip around, from they have the wrong guy, to it was Boston who had a drill and blew up those people and hurt all the others, either intentionally and or unintentional. Then if you listen to Zub and I think you do, it was fake, fake and fake. Fake blood, those were actors, etc. Ah, let us not forget that they are charging him because he is Muslim.
    Why not say they are charging him because they have evidence to do so, and even 16-24 Boston citizens on the Grand Jury agreed they have probable cause to do so.
    My goal is not to convince you, my goal is to let you know, that you haven’t even touched on entirety of evidence, why, because you don’t have it – but I pretty sure his lawyer does by now. I am pretty sure there are some heartfelt conversations going on between him and those lawyers. They understand what they are up against, while they might not have him waving at Tamerlan while he makes a bomb in his apartment while they take a photo (or they just might, time will tell) – they have a barrage of things that closes in on these brothers, but first let me say something about the professor that communicated with Jahar. First you don’t know if he was sending him radical Islamist material or not. And if you are trying to imply that this professor from a University using an University email account would send Inspire Magazine and other stuff showing how to make a bombs, then you might be wrong. This was history professor of Chechnya, not a Muslim. And his tie or whatever you have pieced together about the CIA, well IF that is true does not make him someone that would send him radical material. And I believe what you are trying to say if he did have these files on bomb making and radical Islamist materials, it could have come from the Chechnya professor. Shall I call and tell you are questioning him! And you go after Uncle Ruslan and now this guy. It shows desperate attempts to point fingers at others who have nothing to do with this case.
    What you don’t know, nor I at this point but I know enough to see how this is going to play out: They will leave nothing unturned. They are going to figure out where the cookers were bought, from who or where, the receipts, the people that helped them, etc. They are going to piece this all together, and now we are in the electronic age, people have records. We are already know from the media that Tamerlan ordered the electronic parts from Amazon…so you see how this going? Not to mention that Asmat and Dias both testify that he told them he knew how to make bomb. Then you have Baudy stating very clearly that Jahar gave them permission or maybe not, to tell him that running over Tamerlan was accident. Now before you go nuts over that like his other fans, I am sure that is where that conversation ended. His lawyers probably know that there is no way to prove he was not there or driving the Stolen SUV. After all, many police saw him, and several people on Laurel street watched from their windows as they was playing out. His lawyers think they have bigger problems, like shooting a police officer that was just sitting there several times for no reason. Even if Jahar didn’t pull the trigger, it’s a capital crime and he went along with him. They didn’t care that those cruisers have video cameras on them, front and back.
    So my point here is not to say haha, he is f-in loser of killer. No, it’s to state that while you have this big so important movement going high hog on these things you point out, well there is much more to this story – and how can you really know he innocent when you don’t have all the information. This is a very important case and I there will be no mistakes made – no rights violated, etc. But the media can say what they want. I read the complaints and the indictment. You don’t have to believe in the government that is your choice. But this far from a cover up or witch hung, there is just no way anyone could keep this secret and let this guy go to jail if he was innocent. Lastly, be careful, parents and siblings will say all kinds of things – just at supposedly Tamerlan told his father a few days prior that the FBI wanted him to come in and talk about the Boston Bombing, that they were saying his was involved. I believe he probably said that, but out of fear of being caught, and guilt. The FBI is not going to call you up and ask that you come down to the station.
    My last concern is for Jahar. He may be innocent or he may be guilty. But people say he had a good heart and nice guy, etc. Don’t you think if he knew he was guilty that all this “innocent support” might make his situation if harder on him. You have all these people writing and sending books, and who knows what else, for what – on the basis that he is being unfairly accused. I am sure there are few stragglers that don’t care, but most are supporting him because they believe him innocent. Guilt and shame has a way of effecting a person. Most prisoners I have seen said they think about people they have killed each day. Now you have all these people cheering him on for believing him innocent when he may not be. This can not be easy for someone with a heart and emotions – someone that is NOT a psychopath to deal with. Support is one thing but you guys have rallied around a vision of his innocence. This could turn out to be wrong and a mistake.
    I do wonder why his lawyers would want letters showing why they like this guy, and excluding fan girls….that make me think they are working on his character, his image, that his is not cold hearted or calculating. Especially because these people don’t know him, so they are trying show how the American people feel about him. They do this for a few reasons, but one is that are wanting to show a jury or the prosecutors that this guy is not evil, and that so many care for him. It’s like the prosecutors have sent out surveys to the family of the deceased and those hurt to answer questions about the bombing and to get a feel of what they would like to see in terms of punishment. We both shall see how this really turns out. I leave it in the hands of Judicial System.

    • Thank your for taking the time to comment Emerald. You’ve raised a number of points and I will attempt to address them in order. Firstly, I would like to point out the context of this article. It was written in reply to the many articles that conveniently labelled supporters of Jahar Tsarnaev as hormone driven, empty headed bimbos. In that context, I have highlighted the issues that have influenced supporters in their stance on the bombing and subsequent investigations. The information I’ve provided here is factual. At no point did I say that Marianne Bowler ‘barged’ into the room. Of course arrangements were made prior to reading him his Miranda Rights. However, that hearing did literally interrupt the FBI interrogation of their suspect. Bowler has since been subjected to widespread criticism for her ‘early intervention’ and has even been queried as to her ‘Middle East’ connections and sympathies. The issue was not whether or not Tsarnaev was questioned, but a) whether he was fit to be questioned and b) whether his rights were denied to him during that questioning.
      As to my media sources for this article, I can assure you that I have used both mainstream and alternative media. At no point have I categorically stated whether or not I believe the suspect’s innocence or guilt. Again, this is an article about the reasons people support Jahar Tsarnaev. I have deliberately tried not to put in my own conclusions. Instead, I have attempted to pose questions based upon information freely available at the time. There are CIA connections within the family and Williams is also connected with the CIA. Whether or not this will be significant remains to be seen, but at this point these connections have raised questions among supporters. Whether he is guilty, or a willing participant in an drill gone wrong, or an innocent patsy, or influenced by a reportedly radicalized brother, the questions will remain until the official evidence that you cite is presented. The FBI’s known history of entrapment (ref Tarek Mehanna for example) adds fuel to the fire of speculation. So yes, the FBI might ring and tell you you’re the suspect if you’ve been used as a patsy and they want you to run like a guilty man.
      Regarding Brian Williams, at no point did I say he was a Muslim. I said he was closely connected with the CIA and that he could have sent material to Tsarnaev. If, and I say, if, he is an operative, it’s a small matter to hack into someone’s email and download stuff onto their computer. At this point, this is conjecture and I nowhere state that he actually put the files on the computer. I said it’s a possibility. By all means, let Mr Williams know my thoughts. I believe I may have already commented on one of his articles and his Twitter acct, but I’d be more than happy for him to know that there are ppl who question his story and his take on the bombings and the suspects. Frankly though, I don’t think he’ll care.
      At this point, without further information and in the absence of a guilty plea, neither you or I have the corner on the truth. You are, however, incorrect in regard to two things. Firstly, I do not ‘listen to Zubi’ as you state, nor do I get my information from one or two biased sources. Secondly, I do not categorize myself as a ‘fan’. Do I think Jahar Tsarnaev seems like a nice kid (putting aside terrorism accusations)? Yes, I do. That doesn’t make me a fan. It makes me a person who has trained in and still takes an interest in psychology and what makes people tick. It makes me a person who questions the official narrative because it’s been proven to be false before. It makes me a person who believes in the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial and due process of the law. .It makes me a person who is horrified at the thought that a 19yo may not be accorded a fair trial. It does not make me a ‘fan’.
      Regarding the shooting of Sean Collier, the last I heard was that the evidence video did not provide clear images of the shooters. Further, Collier’s cruiser has since been destroyed, along with any evidence it contained. I could elaborate with other events that have raised questions since I wrote this article, such as the arrest of Boston police officer Kirk Merrick and ex MIT technician Daniel Morely on charges of illegal possession of explosives. We’re talking significant explosives in both cases, not just fireworks! I could mention the fact that Morely has made statements about his new ‘best friend’ he said had boxed with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. This friend wanted Daniel to do ‘bad things’ so Morely broke off the ‘friendship’. Daniel doesn’t seem like a well man. Possibly this friend is a figment of his imagination but if not, it’s quite reasonable to ask who he is.
      But hey, nothing to see here folks! Move along!!
      Allegedly, Jahar said he knew how to make a bomb. Maybe he did. I know a few teenage boys who know how to make bombs. Or who have at least looked it up. You’d be surprised (and possibly horrified) as to what teenage boys do for kicks. If you doubt me, I refer you to the Jackass movies. Do they have actual footage of Jahar building the bomb? Are his prints on bomb making equipment? Did he show his friends how he made bombs, or take them along to a park to set off a homemade explosive? The only evidence I’ve seen of Jahar letting off explosives is a few fireworks in a park. Obviously both sides need to present evidence. Until they do, we are in the dark as to the true nature of events or the presence or absence of guilt. All we are left with is to gather what facts we can and base our questions and conjectures on those facts. Sadly, facts directly relating to the FBI case against Tsarnaev are thin on the ground at this point.
      If Jahar is guilty, then it’s possible this support of his ‘innocence’ would make things harder for him. Then again, for him to maintain such a benign demeanor as a cover for murderous intent would indicate at least a small degree of psychopathy. In that case, it would probably have little impact on him at all.
      If he is innocent, or has in some way been drawn into a situation beyond his control or knowledge, then the ‘innocent’ support is no doubt buoying his spirit.
      I agree with your point about clinging to innocence. This is a risky path for supporters. For myself, I’ve entered into this knowing that there is a possibility that the brothers are guilty. Of course there’s that possibility! That’s just commonsense. My motivation for looking further into this tragic case is the other possibilities. That he may be innocent. That this may be entrapment. That this may be a drill gone wrong and a cover up. These are all still possibilities, along with the possibility of guilt.
      I’m not sure why you’ve mentioned fake injuries, fake blood etc. Nowhere in the article have I addressed that subject. Nor have I mentioned letters requested by or for lawyers.
      I’ve had communication with a couple of Jahar’s friends and they have nothing but good things to say about him. Baudy in notoriously unreliable and it’s unlikely he’s spoken to Jahar at all.
      I don’t think Jahar Tsarnaev needs a PR campaign. He needs contact with his family, support from friends and a solid legal defense dedicated to his best interests. He needs truth, justice and the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.
      As you say, it’s in the hands of the judicial system. Let’s hope for truth and justice prevail.

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