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A Landslide for Guilty at the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial?

January 23, 2015 by

Tsarnaev is transferred to court. Courtesy WHDH  TV.

Tsarnaev is transferred to court. Courtesy WHDH TV.

The pre-trial results are in from a straw poll of prospective jurors in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capital felony case.
Not suprisingly, it’s a landslide for guilty.

The defense team argues that out of 1,373 prospective jurors, 68 percent believe Tsarnaev is guilty of taking part in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Read full story…

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A Landslide for Guilty at the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial?

January 23, 2015 by

If the prospective jurors in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Boston Marathon Bombing trial were deciding a presidential election, it would be a landslide—for a guilty verdict. Andy Thibault reports from federal court in Boston.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights, Threats to Democracy
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Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years, After Facing More Than a Century

January 22, 2015 by

Journalist Barrett Brown, who exposed corporate and government machinations in the national security apparatus, has been sentenced to 63 months in prison. The damage his prosecution caused to free speech, however, may be incalculable.

Deep Politics, Police State, Rights, Surveillance State, Threats to Democracy

Catching Up With Charlie: The Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

January 22, 2015 by

Here’s a look at the news from the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Tune in for a WhoWhatWhy view of the fallout.

International, War & Peace
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The Hidden Threat To Free Speech in the State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015 by

President Obama introduced plans for new cybersecurity laws in his State of the Union address that may make it much easier for the government to prosecute journalists like Barrett Brown.

Surveillance State, Threats to Democracy

Closing Off The Courtroom: Latest from the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

January 16, 2015 by

Judge George O’Toole Jr. excluded the press from what’s supposed to be a public trial, in a case that’s already been swathed in secrecy. Here’s the latest on the trial of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reported by WhoWhatWhy’s team in and out of the courtroom.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Police State
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Why “Je Suis Charlie” May Be Clouding the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

January 14, 2015 by

“Je Suis Charlie” and “Boston Strong” are a little too close for comfort for the lawyers defending Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They want a delay in his trial to let passions reignited in Boston by the Paris attacks cool off before they finish selecting a jury.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Media Fail, Police State
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Will the Boston Marathon Bombing’s Original ‘Star’ Witness Testify?

January 12, 2015 by

The man who first said Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev admitted to the Boston Marathon Bombing may not be the star government witness he was cracked up to be.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Our Investigations
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Indiscretion or Inside Job: The Politics of a Possible Petraeus Prosecution

January 10, 2015 by

An affair cost Gen. David Petraeus the CIA’s top job, and now, may cost him his freedom. Was his downfall of his own making, or helped along by his enemies?

Deep Politics, Our Investigations, Story Of The Week, War & Peace
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Paris and Boston: That Other, Missing, Comparison

January 8, 2015 by

The attack on a Paris magazine by apparent Islamists prompted some in the media to compare it with the Boston Marathon Bombing. Russ Baker looks at a crucial similarity between the cases that’s missing from other accounts: the fact the security apparatus knew the alleged perpetrators very well.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Featured, Surveillance State
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The Boston Bombing Trial Starts, But Answers Aren’t on the Docket

January 5, 2015 by

The trial of accused Boston Marathon Bombing co-conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is starting, but answers about what really happened aren’t likely to be on the docket.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Our Investigations, Police State, Story Of The Week