UPDATE IX In his speech to the American people tonight, President Obama praised the work of this nation’s police forces and remembered the loss of 4 Americans in the events this week in Boston. He said, “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our law enforcement officials".
Additionally, the President made a point to speak to the questions that still exist and the justice that will be served against this criminal. "We will determined what happened...we will do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe." The President made a strong statement to others to explain that we will not be victims and this was an example of how we respond to terror threats.
Finally, the President offered his thoughts to those in West, Texas. He made sure to explain that we have not forgotten about their losses in the wake of the events in Boston.
UPDATE VIII Mayor Menino: "I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you." Police officers thank all of the officers and the public for their aid in finding the suspect. Governor Deval Patrick lists those lost in the various incidents this week in Boston and reminds us of their losses. Thank you to all those who were involved in taking the suspect into custody.
UPDATE VII - It's over, and he's alive. Intel gathering needs to start as soon as possible, especially in light of the previous update:
NBC: The cops have Tsarnaev, and he's alive— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) April 20, 2013
Questions abound: Does he lawyer up, or can he be classified as an enemy combatant? Probably not. He's a citizen. And can authorities wring info out of this kid? He was reportedly the quiet follower of the duo -- but then again, he attended a college party shortly after bombing people to death, so he's pretty damn cold.
UPDATE VI - The plot thickens, as the net widens. A total of five conspirators? A major development, via the Globe:
BREAKING NEWS: Three people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 20, 2013
UPDATE V - Various reports: The suspect is not moving. The suspect is moving and alive. The suspect is covered in blood. The boat is on fire. There's a negotiator on scene. There were multiple explosions. We'll know soon enough.
UPDATE IV - Huge, if true:
Fox says the suspect is "alive, surrounded by law enforcement, and still moving."— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 19, 2013
UPDATE III - Sounds like a case of "see something, say something" gone right:
Shep Smith on Fox cites a w'town woman calling in to cops to say she saw a shed door open, clothes and blood.Cops came back, shots fired— jmartpolitico (@jmartpolitico) April 19, 2013
UPDATE II - Let's hope this is true. As much as people would like to see this terrorist dead, he could provide valuable intel if snared alive:
RT @tobyharnden: CNN says bomber is cornered and cops are firing gas to incapacitate him— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) April 19, 2013
Something big's going down right now:
BREAKING: Journalists in Watertown report hearing shots fired and have seen large police presence respond to the scene— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 19, 2013
WCVB report: A body has been found in boat in a back yard on Franklin St.— WGBH News (@wgbhnews) April 19, 2013
*Editor's Note:* I've imported several updates from the previous Boston thread into this one. Things were moving very quickly tonight, and I didn't want you to miss some of this crucial information:
Update - Two more whoas:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had passed an apparently normal day at the school Wednesday, according to a UMass official, working out at the gym, then sleeping in his single-unit room at the Pine Dale Hall dorm that night, while law enforcement officials were frantically scanning photos and video trying to identify him and his brother.School officials know he was there Wednesday because of card swipes, but it was not clear if he had been there earlier. He was described as good, typical student who played intramural soccer. A student, who didn’t want to be identified, said she saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at a party Wednesday night that was attended by some of his friends with whom he played intramural soccer. “He was just relaxed,” she said.
Bomb a major city, kill an eight-year-old, then hit up a kegger with your bros two nights later. It doesn't even compute. One wonders if this kid was coached to return to his everyday life as to not arouse suspicion. If so, coached by whom? Let's US officials they capture him, for intel-gathering purposes. Plus:
FBI now acknowledges they interviewed Tsarnaev 2 years ago at the request of a foreign country about possible extremist ties— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 19, 2013
Update - Boston has lifted its city-wide lockdown...even though authorities are openly admitting they have no idea where the second suspect is. He reportedly escaped on foot last night, despite being involved in a massive firefight and at least one car crash. (How?) I'm not sure entire cities should be shut down due to a single manhunt, but this strikes me as a bizarre time to re-open the city. "We don't know where he is, but TGIF, Boston! Have fun." Odd decision.
Update - A pair of jaw-dropping reports, presented without further comment:
From CBS'Bob Orr: FBIinterviewed Tamarlan Tsarnaev 2 yrs ago abt extremist ties, found nothing & closed file. More on CBS Evening News— Major Garrett(@MajorCBS) April 19, 2013
[Updated 4 p.m. Friday related to arrest versus conviction issue]: One of the Chechen terrorists who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings could have been deported years ago after a criminal arrest and/or conviction and the other was granted American citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence arrest and conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tsarnaev but evidently didn’t feel he represented a big enough threat. Other reporting confirms Tsarnaev’s arrest for domestic violence but we’re seeking confirmation of a conviction. Nevertheless he would have been subject to removal for the arrest itself.
If either, or both, of these items prove to be true, oh my.
Hours before his death, Tamerlan called his uncle and asked for forgiveness - revealing the news of his young family. Alvi Tsarnaev told The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News that his nephew phoned him Thursday night for the first time in about two years. The call came at 7 p.m., just a couple of hours before Tamerlan was shot dead. "He said, 'I love you and forgive me,' " said Alvi Tsarnaev, who lives in Montgomery Village, Md.
Another thread of circumstantial, unconfirmed evidence: Someone calling himself, ahem, "Tamerlan Tsarnaev" created a YouTube account that featured a number of Islamist videos:
The account, listed under the name Tamerlan Tsarnaev and identified as active since August 2012, includes two videos under the sub-category “terrorists.” It also includes seven videos filed under “Islam,” five under “favorite videos” and three under “Timur Mucuraev,” a popular Chechen singer. Both of the videos filed under “terrorists” cannot be viewed as they have been removed from YouTube since the owner of the account had added them. An error page says that the account that had originally posted the videos has been terminated, a common YouTube response to hate speech videos of incitements to violence. The videos were likely removed long before Friday’s news.
So there's that.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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