TRAPPED LIKE A RAT – Monday April 22 2013

– America’s most-wanted terrorist was captured using state-of-the-art thermal imaging and the efforts of a keen-eyed and courageous resident.
But serious questions have been raised about whether the FBI fully followed through on tip-offs about one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, as it was revealed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, had been monitored for five years.
Tamerlan died on Friday, while his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar last night remained in the same Boston hospital where some of the 178 injured in Monday’s blasts are being treated.
Investigators have so far been unable to question Dzhokhar after he was wounded in the neck and leg.
Watertown, Massachusetts, resident David Henneberry discovered Dzhokhar hunched inside the 7m boat in his yard on Saturday.
Mr Henneberry, 66, noticed the tarp on the boat flapping in the wind before using a ladder to take a closer look and seeing blood, a cut strap, and then what he thought was a body.
Robert Duffy, Mr Henneberry’s stepson, said he immediately ran to call police.
It came as tens of thousands of runners and spectators in London showed solidarity to those affected by the Boston bombing.
Any notion that terrorism would win by instilling fear in the masses was quickly dismissed as crowds turned out early to cheer those taking part in the London Marathon and also observe 30 seconds’ silence at the start of the race.
Many of the 35,000 runners wore black ribbons.
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley, who was fifth in the Boston Marathon, won in London.
As Congress raised questions about whether the FBI might have avoided the bombing by acting on warnings Tamerlan might have been a follower of radical Islam, London’s ‘Mail on Sunday’ reported the student had had direct contact with Chechan terrorists and had been monitored by investigators.
But US Government officials have said the brothers were not under surveillance as potential terrorists.
The FBI released a statement saying it did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign.
But the brothers’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, said the FBI once told her that Tamerlan was really an extremist leader.
She added: “He was controlled by the FBI for five years. They knew what my son was doing.”
His father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said investigators had warned his son: “We know what sites you are on. We know where you are calling.”
The ethnic Chechen family arrived in the US in 2002, after fleeing troubles in Kyrgyzstan and then Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic.
They settled in a working-class area, where Anzor ran an automobile shop. He returned to Dagestan about a year ago – Herald Sun


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