Boston bomb suspect hospitalized under heavy guard

Associated Press

Police stand guard outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday after an ambulance carrying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a19-year-old Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived. Tsarnaev is hospitalized in serious condition with unspecified injuries after he was captured in an all day manhunt.

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday — apparently in no shape to be interrogated — as investigators tried to establish the motive for the deadly attack and the scope of the plot.

People across the Boston area breathed easier the morning after Tsarnaev, 19, was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense day that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.

There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.

The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.

President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers — ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived in the Boston area — had help from others. The president urged people not to rush judgment about their motivations.

U.S. officials said an elite interrogation team would question the Massachusetts college student without reading him his Miranda rights, something that is allowed on a limited basis when the public may be in immediate danger, such as instances in which bombs are planted and ready to go off.

The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about that possibility. Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

The federal public defender's office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday afternoon that Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition and was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.

"I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives," the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. "We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered."

The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.

The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.

Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of "USA! USA!" Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.

Michael Spellman said he bought tickets to Saturday's Red Sox game at Fenway Park to help send a message to the bombers.

"They're not going to stop us from doing things we love to do," he said, sitting a few rows behind home plate. "We're not going to live in fear."

During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the Tsarnaev brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious shootout and car chase in which they hurled explosives at police from a large homemade arsenal, authorities said.

"We're in a gunfight, a serious gunfight. Rounds are going and then all of the sudden they see something being thrown at them and there's a huge explosion," Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said Saturday of the melee.

The chief said one of the explosives was the same type used during the Boston Marathon attack, and authorities later recovered a pressure cooker lid that had embedded in a car down the street. He said the suspects also tossed two grenades before Tamerlan ran out of ammunition and police tackled him.

But while handcuffing him, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove the carjacked Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The sport utility vehicle dragged Tamerlan's body down the block, he said. Police initially tracked the escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a house after abandoning the Mercedes, negotiating his surrender hours later after an area resident saw blood and found the suspect huddled in his boat.

Chechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

Investigators have not offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with officials and those who knew the Tsarnaevs, a picture has emerged of the older one as someone embittered toward the U.S., increasingly vehement in his Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.

The Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two law enforcement officials said Saturday.

According to an FBI news release, a foreign government said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups.

The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two officials said it was Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter publicly.

The FBI said that in response, it interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity. The bureau said it looked into such things as his telephone and online activity, his travels and his associations with others.

An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man's increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew ended after that call.

As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "he's been absolutely wasted by his older brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he's done," Tsarni said.

Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Cambridge, said in an interview that the older brother had strong political views about the United States. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as "an excuse for invading other countries."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said. He was married with a young daughter. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As of Saturday, more than 50 victims of the bombing remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.

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The law of the land

I believe in this country everybody is equal under the law. We don't make it up for special occasions. We have had more than one incident of domestic terrorism in this country and all should be treated alike whether they are sympathetic with Bin Laden or Eric Rudolph or Tim McVeigh. If you terrorize you should face the consequences. It is important to get the process right so that it will apply consistently in each instance. We do not do Kangaroo Court. Secondly I , for one, am seriously hoping he gets the death penalty. That means each step in the process must be done correctly or everything will be thrown out of court. I'm glad the people in charge seem to know what they are doing. I'm also not surprised to find Republicans are trying to make hay out of this tragedy and to hear off the wall criticism, though I think they should be ashamed for trying to profit from other people's suffering.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"I'm also not surprised to

"I'm also not surprised to find republicans are trying to make hay out of this tragedy"...
How so? Can you elaborate for us?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The longer he remains

The longer he remains hospitalized the longer the time the media and bleeding heart liberals will have to make him a poster boy for misguided islamic youth. He'll soon become America's darling. Meanwhile, political correctness continues to be America's suicide belt.

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Over the last week how many times do you suppose you saw the video loops of the explosions, or of the victims being attended to and assisted to safety and medical help? Those images are engrained in my memory. And I didn't even mention the video of the suspect walking away from the carnage he and his brothercreated. And do you believe anyone will forget those that were killed, or those that lost legs, hands, etc... What this 19 year old is high crimes against our country. There is no way any extended hospital stay he may need to recover from his injuries is going to illicit any sympathy from the general public. The outcry would be epic. However we do need to understand he is an American citizen and he has a right to a fair trial and to be competenly represented during that trial. It can be no other way. If he is found guilty I expect his fate will be about the same as Timothy McVeigh's. Let's see how this turns out.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I agree with what you say,

I agree with what you say, David, but I'm also aware of how the liberal press operates. Remember, if there is no news, they'll create some; you'll see.

David  Cote's picture

Sorry about the typos and grammatical errors...

Been dealing with a wicked strain of the flu and it takes a toll on the senses. Hope all of you are lucky enough not to get it.

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Knock off the drivel Pirate

Knock off the drivel Pirate, or you'll lose that moniker and soon become known as Troll.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Drivel being a relative term,

Drivel being a relative term, you're asking a pirate to display an affinity for boundaries?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Suits you

Ignorance suits you...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You should know; it's a suit

You should know; it's a suit you wear 24/7.

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no, don't rush to judgement

no, don't rush to judgement about their motives, but if it was a white male tea-party NRA member who went to church, listened to Rush and Levin and watched Fox news that would be a different story. I'll rush to judgement, they were islamic nutjobs that hated this country.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

In Contrast to no accord

Just like the Irish nutjobs that was Catholic and Protestants bombing innocent families and buildings for religion . So in your thinking that makes them all bad huh?

So in essence religion is a evil on all accords, or is it just a few of the bad seeds, that a Religions breeds and it has the cause and effect, or is it just the people that have different ideals and anger issues?

Just like the Christian Theologian whack jobs that burned women as witches and tortured and killed thousands for their God..Salem Mass was right here in this country no more than 200 years ago.

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thank you for demonstrating

thank you for demonstrating you ignorance. The Salem witch trials took place in 1692, 330 years ago. A group of young girls blamed witches for the fits and convulsions they were having and it just got out of hand. Dozens of people were accused of witchcraft including a young child. No one was ever burned at the stake in Salem. Nineteen people were hung and one unfortunate soul (a man) was crushed to death when he refused to confess to the charge. Learn your history instead of repeating the lies. You must be a product of the public education system.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Make you happy...

Killings for Christianity

The Church started killing unbelievers as early as the 4th century. The killing (often with torture) of heretics, church splinter groups, dissenters, atheists, agnostics, deists, pagans, infidels and unbelievers was supported by almost all mainstream Christian theology for over a thousand years, starting with the intolerant St. Augustine (died 430 AD).

I see you words of your earlier post, are facts that came from words off another site, so your copying and pasting serves you must of learned that at home schooling, from your folks that went to public schools....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

NO shite

The 200 was a type error...

The previous was referring to not all in relation to Salem but to times in past that did happen..if I wanted I could of googled all of your facts too...but thanks for doing the job....

You can go pet your pooch now...don't forget the dog....

Sorry if you wanted a precise account I would've done a better job of rubbing your nose in it...

again your insult of the public school would account for your 100% teabaggers followers,as well and your own Christian folk, and many others repubs too...


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