Our coverage of witnesses

Boston Bombing Prosecutor: Witnesses ‘Afraid’ to Testify

1The Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the defining domestic national security event since 9/11—and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. For that reason, WhoWhatWhy is continuing to investigate troubling aspects of this story and the establishment media treatment of it. We will be exploring new elements of the story regularly as the January trial of the accused co-conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev approaches.

 

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The defense witnesses in the Boston Bombing trial certainly have reason to View article …

BOSTON UPDATE: FBI War on Marathon Bombing Witnesses Continues

The Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the major domestic national security event since 9-11 and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. For that reason, WhoWhatWhy is continuing to investigate troubling aspects of this story and the establishment media treatment of it. So even as it slips from the headlines, we will be exploring new elements View article …

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FBI War on Boston Witnesses

In the six months since the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI has by all appearances been relentlessly intimidating, punishing, deporting and, in one case, shooting to death, persons connected, sometimes only tangentially, with the alleged bombers.

All of these individuals have something in common: If afforded constitutional protections and treated as witnesses instead of perpetrators, they could potentially help clear up questions about the violence of April 15.  And they might also be able to help clarify the methods and extent of the FBI’s recruitment of immigrants and others for undercover work, and how that could relate to the Bureau’s View article …

crying girl, Beirut Protests

Deadly Clashes in Beirut as Lebanon Holds Its Breath

BEIRUT — With the Lebanese military standing by, heavy fighting erupted in Lebanon’s capital on Thursday following violent protests against the judge leading an investigation into the Port of Beirut explosion that occurred last year.

 

At least six were killed and 30 wounded after unknown gunmen fired on Shiite protesters, prompting a prolonged battle that saw intense small arms fire splitting the air and rocket propelled grenades slamming into buildings and streets, bringing back memories of Lebanon’s 15-year civil war from decades ago.

 

Before the clashes, supporters of the Iranian-backed Lebanese party Hezbollah and its View article …

Police, guard, US, Supreme Court

What the Hell Happened to Police and Criminal Justice Reform?

In the Summer of 2020, you would have thought that criminal justice and police reform were the most important issues in America. There was even a bipartisan effort in the US Senate to try to find common legislative ground. Oh what a difference a year makes.

 

Today everything else is more important… From Facebook to Kyrsten Sinema’s wardrobe choices, from Squid Game to infrastructure. Perhaps this is a clue as to why crime control has historically trumped the rights of defendants, and why it has been so hard to legally and legislatively View article …

abortion, rally, Austin, Texas

Long Drives, Fake Drugs: For Some Women, Texas’s New Abortion Law Is Status Quo

Despite public demonstrations, lawsuits, and wall-to-wall media coverage, women in Texas, where almost all abortions have been de facto illegal since early September, are still visiting clinics, only to be surprised to discover what they’re seeking is now illegal.

 

“Many individuals are surprised when they get to the clinic and we let them know they can’t get an abortion,” said Bridget Schilling, a board member at the Houston-based Clinic Access Support Network

 

In the month since the US Supreme Court declined to review a controversial state law passed in May, View article …

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

FBI Makes Midnight Release of Shocking New Information on Saudi-9/11 Complicity

UPDATE, September 12, 2021: Late Saturday night — a timeslot usually reserved for announcements designed to be buried — the FBI released a previously classified report related to its extraordinarily sensitive investigation of possible Saudi government complicity with the September 11 attackers. 

 

The report on “Operation Encore” contains critical admissions that move forward, to some extent, understanding of the relationship between the Saudi government and the perpetrators of the greatest attack ever committed on American soil. 

 

The release was in compliance with an executive order from President Joe Biden.

 

However, significant information was redacted, View article …

Sirhan Sirhan, mugshots

Sirhan May Go Free — But Truth on the Kennedy Assassinations Remains Locked Up

The possible parole of Sirhan Sirhan — convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy and imprisoned for more than half a century —  reminds us that disturbing questions still remain about what really happened in the pantry of Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968.

The official story states that Sirhan was a militant Palestinian Christian, driven to murder the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over his support of Israel. According to this view, anything suspicious about Sirhan’s identification as RFK’s sole killer can be explained away as inconsequential details; probing deeper into the View article …

Police, body camera

Feds Finally Following Local Lead in Use of Body Cameras

The teen who recorded the now famous cellphone video of George Floyd’s murder recently won a special Pulitzer Prize. But as the country was still marking the anniversary of Floyd’s death, local law enforcement officers in Minneapolis, MN, serving in a federal fugitive task force shot and killed another Black man, Winston Smith Jr. 

 

This time, no bystander recorded the incident, which took place on the top level of a parking garage on June 3. And as local protests mounted, there was no video evidence to confirm or counter the official account of what happened, which View article …

Vigil against Asian hate

How to Be More Than a Bystander

In a busy shopping area in New York City, a tour guide had to make a split-second decision. A stranger had overheard two Asian men mentioning their nationalities to the guide, and he suddenly attacked them. The attacker punched and pummeled the pair until the tour guide intervened and scared him away. Three days later in San Francisco, a security guard and a construction worker stepped in when an elderly Asian woman was being robbed. They chased the mugger and cornered him until police arrived.

 

While most witnesses to such events are not in View article …

John F. Kennedy, assassination

The Original Inconvenient Truth

While we’ve probably known it for a long time, lately we are finding out more and more that things are not what they seem. Or at least not as they were reported.  

 

We were told that nothing leaked from a lab in Wuhan… but that was yesterday. We were told that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while under surveillance at all times… except that now we know he wasn’t. We were assured that UFOs were a figment of our imagination, until the Pentagon changed its mind. We were so impressed with the diligence of the Secret Service, View article …

Frontier Communications, FTC lawsuit, internet speeds, net neutrality

Frontier Lied About Internet Speed, FTC Says in Post-Net Neutrality Case

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How the Republican Push to Restrict Voting Could Affect Our Elections (DonkeyHotey)

From FiveThirtyEight: “In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Republican lawmakers have pushed new voting restrictions in nearly every state. From making it harder to cast ballots early to increasing the frequency of voter roll View article …

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