Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty For Boston Bombings

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the 19 year old surviving suspect in the Boston Bombings case pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges on Wednesday, in his first court appearance since being captured almost 3 months ago.

Though the wider public view this as an open and shut case, the plea is an important development, as it will force scrutiny on to the prosecution’s key evidence, which up until now has been held back from public consumption. Presumably the alleged CCTV footage of Dzhokhar and his deceased older brother Tamerlan planting the rucksack bombs will be released during the trial, which should solve several anomalies in the media reporting, such as FBI photos of a black rucksack at the second explosion purported to have been carried out by Dzhokhar, despite images showing him to be carrying a light colored bag before the bombing.

What will be most interesting about the trial is how the state present Dzhokhar’s motive, and whether he’ll be willing to fully explore what lead up to his role in the attack. Other than fleeting and alleged references to radical Islam, something a lot of Americans will see even if it’s not there, there isn’t really any evidence or solid back-story as to how the plot developed. That’s not to say we already know he’s guilty, but he was certainly involved to some degree judging by his actions during the manhunt and alleged testimony after capture.

What is clear is that up until now he’s made no attempt to clear his name or implicate any co-conspirators or influences, something you’d expect from somebody who was set-up, pressured, involved with a wider network that hung them out to dry, or at least is claiming to be not guilty. Basic questions like motive, who supplied the weaponry, and who trained them to shoot and make pressure cooker bombs, have simply not been answered in adequate detail.

This mystery is compounded by conflicting accounts given by those who were close to the brothers, such as their mother claiming they were victims of FBI coercion and entrapment gone bad (or good depending on how you look at it), or other family members either corroborating or dismissing the Muslim extremist angle. The family seems to be split, one side are darlings of Russia Today and others like “Uncle Ruslan” was CNN’s lead interview, confirming all of America’s prejudices and nightmares.

As with any terrorist attack on Western soil, regardless of the truth, many myths will be created around the Boston bombing thanks to the media and those with agendas. It should come as no surprise that a movie is already in the works that will no doubt help cement some of those myths.

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  • Jimbo

    Failing to mention, Keelan, if you look beyond yours and Tom Secker’s initial early assumptions, that there is evidence out here the bombings were hoaxes, complete with crisis actors. It sounds nuts, I know. I don’t want to believe it but if your readers checked out the (so far) 15 installments of Dave McGowan’s research they’d see the entire story in a different light.

    • Keelan Balderson

      I’ve looked at a lot of this stuff and most of it is just based on arm-chair expertise about what blood should look like, what injuries should look like, and what bombs should do, coupled with cherry-picked analysis of ambiguous photos. I just don’t buy it. Nobody saw crisis actors on the ground, but I’m expected to believe somebody has managed to pick them out through imagery?

  • Jimbo

    Respectfully, there is a difference between “a lot of this stuff” and McGowan’s stuff. So far only one site, Houdini’s Revenge, has tried to debunk him and site master, Anita Dalton, came up with conclusions similar to yours (she may have seen your Secker interview) but gave up after analyzing only the first installment . McGowan, not a nice man, answering critics, referred to her as a “fucktard.” His bullying aside, in each of the fifteen installments he’s come with many compelling clues demonstrating that what we are told happened didn’t. And a lot of what he’s come with is in your wheelhouse, i.e, in the last installment he mentioned a new TV reality show, “Siberia” which isn’t really a reality show but a clearly scripted show made to look like a reality show, McGowan, like Secker, wonders if this blurring of what is real and what looks real is predictive type of programming made to inure the public to more Bostons. (Maybe he, too, knows your site.) . You can say you don’t buy it but McGowan has come up with so much interesting stuff re Boston I think it should be heeded if you want to get at the truth.