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Boston Marathon Suspects Stops Cooperating After Miranda Rights Read

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After 16 hours of interrogations in a hospital, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect stopped talking when a federal magistrate read him his miranda rights for the first time Monday, Newsday reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being questioned under a public-safety exception that does not require law enforcement to read suspects their miranda rights.

Tsarnaev cooperation abruptly ended when the 19-year-old was notified of his rights.

“This was such a productive interrogation, and so much information was coming out,” Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, told Newsday.

Oft-Maligned ATF Plays Critical Role in Solving Major Crimes Like Boston Bombing

 
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF gets its share of criticism from Congress and the National Rifle Association.

But the agency still plays a vital role in solving crimes like the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Washington Post reports.

In the past two weeks, ATF agents investigated the Boston Marathon bombings and the fertilized plant explosion in Texas.

“The ATF brings an institutional knowledge of previous bomb incidents around the country and around the world,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told the Post. “In Boston, they tried to reconstruct the device, looking at the component parts and feeding that information into their bomb data center to see what may be similar to other devices used around the world.”

New York Daily News: FBI Mishandled Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Opinion
New York Daily News

The FBI’s dereliction in failing to instantly notify Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that the Boston Marathon bombers planned to attack New York was irresponsible, unforgivable, terrifying and grounds for overhauling its anti-terror protocols.

The bureau allowed well more than 48 hours to pass before sending word that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told agents that, in the massacre’s aftermath, he and his brother, Tamerlan, had determined to head to Times Square for more mayhem.

The delay blocked the NYPD from immediately investigating whether the Tsarnaevs had allies in the city, a lag that would have been costly had the brothers been in league with conspirators here.

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Boston Bombing Suspect Moves to Prison Hospital at Ft. Devens, Mass.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved out of a Boston hospital and taken to the Federal Medical Center in Ft. Devens, a U.S. Marshals Service said, NPR reports.

“The Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens is an administrative facility housing male offenders requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. FMC Devens also has a satellite camp housing minimum security male inmates,” the Federal Bureau of Prisons wrote in a statement. “FMC Devens is located in north central Massachusetts, approximately 39 miles west of Boston and 20 miles north of Worcester, on the decommissioned military base of Fort Devens.”

It remained unclear this morning when Tsarnaev, who has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, was moved to the federal hospital.

Boston Bombing Suspect Was on Two U.S. Terror-Watch Lists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
Suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on two U.S. terror-watch database because of alleged ties to Islamic extremism, ABC News reports.

The suspect, who was killed in a shootout, was added to two terrorism watch lists last year after Russia requested the FBI investigate Tsarnaev.

Turns out, Russia provided the wrong name and date of birth to the CIA, ABC News reported.

Washington Post Editorial: Has FBI Lost Focus on Real Bad Guys?

Editorial Board
Washington Post

Law Enforcement agencies can’t be expected to stop every terrorist attack, any more than they can prevent every mass shooting. If, as most investigators now appear to believe, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acted on their own with a bomb design downloaded from the Internet, their plot posed a steep challenge to those agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for detecting threats.

Nevertheless, there are reasons for concern about the two agencies’ performance, based on what is known so far about their tracking of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The older and more radical brother was first identified as a possible extremist by Russia, which asked the FBI to investigate him in early 2011. Later that year, also after prompting from Russia, the CIA asked that his name be added to a watch list maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, The Post’s Greg Miller and Sari Horowitz reported. His subsequent departure for Russia in early 2012 resulted in “a ping” to customs officials, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday. However, it appears the FBI never learned that Tamerlan had left the country and was not informed when he returned in July.

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FBI Searches Martial Arts Studio in Mississippi in Search of Ricin Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents investigating who sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other officials searched a martial arts studio in Mississippi on Wednesday after prosecutors dropped charges against the original suspect, CNN reports.

Wearing hazardous materials suits, agents also searched the home of James Everett Dutschke on Tuesday after charges were dismissed against Paul Kevin Curtis. Dutschke authorized the searches of his home and the martial arts studio, the FBI said.

CNN reported that Dutschke has not been called a suspect.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Dutschke sent the ricin letters and tried to set up Curtis, one law enforcement source told CNN.

FBI Investigates Who Hacked AP Twitter Feed with Bogus News about White House Explosions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a hacker or hackers were able to send out a bogus tweet that President Obama was injured in a White House bombing using the Associated Press’ Twitter feed, Reuters reports.

The tweet caused markets to nosedive briefly and sent some people into panic.

The AP Twitter feed has nearly 2 million followers.

The Tweet on Monday read: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Obama is injured.”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also is investigating, according to Reuters.