The Boston bombing case was horrific and unexplainable, unpardonable. Yet the public lacks much evidence about it and no trial has taken place.
Where is the evidence the brothers made the bombs? What is Dzhokhar’s side of the story? Have you heard it? One brother is dead and the other has been under wraps since he was captured… with or without a weapon? After how many shots were fired at the boat he was in? Was Tamerlan alive when captured? I have no opinion about these matters, but the press has presented multiple contradictory stories at different times.
Then there is Todashev. The Globe tells us that this young man, here on asylum, had generally cooperated with the FBI, but was fatally shot in his apartment by FBI agents. His apartment mate, who may have witnessed the events, was arrested and remains in prison, unable to speak with reporters about what she saw. And now, with an autopsy completed, the FBI has ordered the medical examiner’s office not to release the report, “because of the federal agency’s active internal investigation into his death.” This explanation makes no sense.
Meanwhile, a Rolling Stone magazine cover of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has led chain stores like CVS to pull the magazine off its shelves. (Also Stop and Shop, Tedeschi’s, 7-11, Walgreens and Rite-Aid refuse to carry the magazine.) Why? No one is forcing anyone to buy it. Why is a cover story– of an alleged bomber who has pleaded not guilty and has yet to have his day in court–being censored? Is this the Soviet Gulag or the USA?
I am glad the NY Times took up this latest example of perverted patriotism, pointing out that Hitler’s face peppered many magazine covers, as did Charles Manson’s and Osama Bin Laden’s. Censorship benefits no one.