– Police want answers from the seriously wounded surviving Boston bombing suspect, amid reports he is responding in writing because of throat injuries.
Investigators waiting to interrogate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since his capture on Friday are trying to determine whether his neck wound was a suicide attempt. The injury had the appearance of a close-range, self-inflicted style, a federal law enforcement official said. “He’s not in good shape.”
While authorities won’t comment on whether he had been questioned, some media are reporting that he is awake and responding to questions. USA Today cited a law enforcement official as saying he was responding in writing. NBC News, citing federal officials, reported that despite the throat injury that keeps him from talking, the 19-year-old was beginning to respond to questions.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino said he believed the two suspects were not affiliated with a larger network: “All of the information that I have, they acted alone, these two individuals, the brothers.”
A law enforcement official said counter-terrorism agents trained in interrogating “high-value” detainees had been waiting to question Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where some of the 180 people wounded in the April 15th twin blasts are also being treated. Three people died in the attacks.
In addition to his neck injury, reportedly a gunshot wound through the mouth that exited at the back of his neck, Tsarnaev is said to have been shot in the leg during a shoot-out the night before his arrest. A policeman was killed and another was seriously wounded in that shootout, in which his older brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan, 26, was killed. An hours-long manhunt followed.
Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis said the brothers were armed for another attack.
They had IEDs,” Mr Davis said, referring to improvised explosive devices. “They had homemade hand grenades that they were throwing at the officers.
“The scene was loaded with unexploded improvised explosive devices that, actually we had to point out to the arriving officers and clear the area,” he said, noting that one IED was found in a Mercedes sports utility vehicle the brothers had abandoned.
He said federal authorities were trying to track down how and where the two suspects obtained the firearms and explosive devices.
Officials have invoked a public safety legal exception that will allow them to question Tsarnaev without reading him his so-called Miranda rights to remain silent and to consult a lawyer.
Some Republican politicians want Tsarnaev to be declared an enemy combatant, which would give him the same status as people detained at Guantanamo Bay.
But Senator Lindsey Graham has since nuanced his comments, stressing that Tsarnaev should only be considered an enemy combatant for interrogation purposes and should receive a civilian trial.
Critics have insisted that because Tsarnaev is a naturalised US citizen and authorities found no ties between him and terrorist groups so far, he should be granted a criminal civilian trial.
Politicians are also asking why Tamerlan Tsarnaev who may have been radicalised or even trained in the Caucasus, did not raise more red flags despite being questioned in 2011. He also spent six months in the volatile region last year – AFP, New York Times & AP


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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