Thanks to a reader for sending us this piece by radio host Howie Carrpublished yesterday in the Boston Herald. Star of the op-ed is Boston Bomber Tsarnaev friend Khairullozhon Matanov.
This is a must-read and here is how it begins (emphasis is mine):
Which group of undocumented Democrats is enjoying a softer retirement here in the U.S. — illegal aliens or “political refugees”?
Until recently, I would have said illegals. But then I realized, being a “political refugee,” or an asylum seeker, can be pretty damn sweet too. Why else would the late Auntie Zeituni have bothered to change her status from illegal to refugee?
Now we have more evidence, in the case of Khairullozhon Matanov, pal of the leeching Tsarnaev brothers.
Last Friday, you may recall, Matanov demanded a public defender, because he was “indigent.” They’re all indigent now. When you haven’t paid for a thing since you arrived on these shores with the huddled masses, yearning for everything free, you’re damn sure not going to actually hire a lawyer.
When Obama and Deval are giving these foreign terrorists everything, like Section 8’s and EBT cards and MassHealth etc., etc., why would you ever spend your own money when you could use it to build bombs to blow up the infidels who feed you?
But now we find out that this “Quincy cabbie,” Matanov, between 2010 and 2013 made 114 wire transfers overseas, for a total of more than $71,000.
However, the Portland Chief of Police maintains that Maine is still a safe state with only a few loosely affiliated immigrant gangs!
It’s all over the news, but as usual the UK press (Daily Mail!) is covering the story in its famously direct fashion, no beating around the bush about the nationalities of the gang bangers like the defensive-sounding Maine papers.
Longtime readers of RRW know that Maine has become a magnet for African refugees—as refugees resettled directly there by the US State Department, as secondary migrants, and as asylum seekers. See our lengthy archive on Maine,here. See especially our 2009 post about the Somali migration to Maine for its generous welfare.
By the way, when you check out the Portland paper (the Sun Journal), note that one of the gangs they are watching is the Somali True Bloods.
Here is the UK Daily Mail (Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’):
The 9mm pistol that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev used to murder one police officer and gravely wound another came from a brutal street gang in Maine that is allegedly led by an Eritrean immigrant.
Tracking the path of the Ruger P95 semiautomatic pistol has led investigators to believe he may have dealt drugs to finance the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others.
Drug money is also believed to have funded the 26-year-old’s 2012 trip to Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia, where he became involved in radical Islam.
They found that it was legally purchased at a Cabella’s sporting goods store outside Portland, Maine, in November 2011 by Danny Sun Jr – a Los Angeles native. The gun typically sells for about $375.
Sun told investigators that he gave the pistol to Biniam Tsegai, a 27-year-old Eritrean immigrant who goes by the street name ‘Icy.’
The Times reports that Tsegai is a reputed leader of a Portland, Maine, street gang with a lengthy arrest record – including robbery, criminal trespass and reckless driving.
In May 2013 – a month after the marathon bombings – Tsegai was arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors noted that the drugs he is accused of trafficking were brought from Boston to Maine.
Tsegai has refused to talk to authorities about the Ruger pistol – or anything else.
However, Tsarnaev’s possession of the weapon have strengthened their suspicions that he was involved in drug trafficking.
This last bit in the story is a terrible black mark on investigators. That these murders linked to Tsarnaev were not solved (and still aren’t solved as far as I know) in a timely fashion is a travesty.
They have not been able to prove his involvement, but suspect he had something to do with the September 11, 2011 murder of three men in an apartment outside Boston who were found with the throats slit. Marijuana and $1,000 in cash was found sprinkled around the crime scene.
Besides Maine, where are the Eritreans?
They are in Washington DC in very large numbers. The State Department and its contractors don’t normally resettle new refugees to DC (the well-off and well-connected might be troubled by that), but Eritreans are going to DC as secondary migrants having been resettled elsewhere in the US.
Here is a lengthy story, also thanks to ‘pungentpeppers,’ about how their kinfolk in Africa are being kidnapped and ransomed and the DC Eritreans are stressed about it.
Eritreans began migrating to the U.S. in small numbers in the 1960s, when the country was still part of Ethiopia, according to Hepner. Subsequent waves in the 1980s and over the past five years brought thousands more, mainly as part of refugee resettlement programs, and the D.C. area has long been home to one of the largest communities in the country, Hepner says.
Read it all.
This is our 30th post in our Boston bomber category, click here, for more on the case and that grateful refugee family.
I’m sure the families who lost loved ones, or the victims of the Tsarnaev brothers who will live with their injuries for life, wish they hadn’t come either.
A friend sent me this Wall Street Journal story about the Tsanaevs written by a Russian-speaking reporter who knew them in earlier days and I was excited to read it in hopes we would learn more about how exactly they got here. No such luck, author Alan Cullison tells us that rich uncle Ruslan helped but not exactly how. We assume they claimed persecution back home and were granted asylum as was reported earlier, but suspect that Ruslan’s wealth and connections may had sped up the process.
Here are some snippets of the article with my commentary, but please read the whole thing. Emphasis is mine:
When I first met Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now familiar as the elder of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers, he gripped my hand like he was wringing out a rag. It was 2004, and Tamerlan had been in the U.S. for about a year, but he already had an outsize American dream. He planned to box for the U.S. Olympic Team one day, and he wanted to earn a degree, perhaps at Harvard or MIT, and to hold a full-time job at the same time, so he could buy a house and a car. I suggested he forget the house and the car during college, as most American students do. He didn’t see why he should.
A decade ago, there was nothing about the Tsarnaevs to suggest any involvement in Islamist extremism. But they already seemed like “losers,” as their successful Americanized uncle told reporters after the attack. They were out of place in the U.S., and my relationship with them developed because they needed so much basic advice about how to get by. I didn’t sense impending danger in their household, but looking back, I can see now that I glimpsed a new type of threat to the U.S., one that we have only recently begun to confront.
Now, that last sentence (above) turns out to be a big disappointment because I eagerly read-on wondering what Cullison would say was the new type of threat the US must confront. Were budding Jihadists a new threat? Muslims generally? How about “losers?” Should we be weeding them out of the immigration process? How about the mentally unstable, are we letting too many of those in? Maybe immigrants with illusions about the grand life they would have in America should be excluded? Or, those whose cultures don’t easily assimilate? Crooks and cheats? How about boys whose moms are nuts and fathers are weak? Or, should we be worried about the threat from rich uncles connected to the CIA? All of the above? Maybe you can find the “new threat” we must confront in this otherwise entertaining narrative.
Then came the attack in Boston last April. And although I was stunned to hear police say that Tamerlan and his brother were the bombers, it fit with the profile of terrorists I’d encountered in my work. The failed suicide bombers I’d interviewed in Afghan prisons were mostly young men with no prospects. One told me he was planning to kill himself because he had no job or family, and some Islamists persuaded him to try to take out some American soldiers while he was at it.
Ruslan, married to the daughter of a former CIA official, helped his “loser” family get into the US. Did the rich lawyer help them through the asylum process? That is the sort of thing I want to know!
The Tsarnaevs had come to America thanks largely to Anzor’s younger brother Ruslan, who, as the family told it, was a rich and successful lawyer. He lived near Washington, D.C. and for a time was their model in adapting to the new world. I had known little about Ruslan when I was in Cambridge, but now, reporting on the family after the bombing, I learned his story.
When I met him in Washington last summer, he looked the part of the rich uncle. He picked me up in a silver Mercedes and drove me to Off the Record, a bar in the Hay-Adams hotel near the White House, where we talked for three hours.
Ruslan was indeed successful in ways that his older brother wasn’t. They grew up in the penurious former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, where Ruslan excelled in school, learned English, landed a white-collar job in the capital of Bishkek, and met and married the daughter of a retired high-ranking CIA officer, who was there advising the government on privatization. Soon he had a U.S. passport and was studying law at Duke University.
Uncle Ruslan says he tried to help Tamerlan who only got nuttier as time went on:
As Tamerlan’s options dwindled, he started to take an interest in conspiracy theories, according to neighbors and his former brother-in-law. He saw silent, unseen forces working against him. When the family’s landlord allowed me into their old apartment over the summer, I was able to examine Tamerlan’s books and a ring-binder full of articles that he had copied and marked up: material from a course on how to seduce women quickly, a manual on how to hypnotize people, some collected biographies of famous Jewish actors, and pages filled with racial theories purporting to explain why Jews were so successful. [I was surprised to see that a reporter could gain so easy access to Tamerlan’s apartment, wouldn’t you think the Justice Department would have it sealed before the trial to come.—ed]
Mom got them all into Islam, but it couldn’t be THE reason for those evil acts at the Boston Marathon because the local mosque (conveniently) says they didn’t like him either.
Zubeidat, the boys’ mother, told me that she was the one who got Tamerlan interested in Islam, because she worried he was becoming wayward and was partying too much with American friends. But even Islam didn’t give him a place in society that he could keep. In Cambridge, he was told to leave the local mosque because he couldn’t control his outbursts against speakers whom he considered too moderate, according to a spokeswoman for the mosque.
You can read the rest and note that Mom thinks maybe they shouldn’t have come to America. So is America the problem? What am I missing?
Let me know if you find the “new threat” that we have recently begun to confront? Maybe Cullison plans a part II.
Reader ‘pungentpeppers’ tells us a story from August that we didn’t know about—two Swedish citizens, brothers, of Lebanese descent joined the Jihad in Syria by traveling there using their travel-the-world-free card, a Swedish passport. Our reader asks if Sweden bears any responsibility for allowing its citizens to go to another country to kill people? A question that should be asked of the US State Department and Homeland Security too, should it turn out that we also gave citizenship to Somali refugees who then traveled on a US passport to kill scores of innocent shoppers in Kenya.
The story bears an eerie resemblance to the Tsarnaev Boston Bomber family except that these brothers didn’t kill their fellow citizens. Emphasis is mine.
A pair of Swedish brothers, one of them a suicide bomber and the other a jihadi fighter, entered Syria by way of Lebanon, using their Swedish passports.The younger brother, named Moatassem al-Hassan, age 18, blew himself up this past August in a suicide bombing at a Syrian army checkpoint in the province of Homs. The other, Hassan al-Hassan, 20, was killed in a related military operation against the Syrian army. Both brothers were fighting for a radical Islamic group named Jund al-Sham with links to al-Qaeda.
While still in Sweden just a year ago, Hassan, the elder brother, had started his university studies. And had he stayed in Scandinavia, Moatasem would have started his degree this year. “But they left everything and travelled back to Mankubeen, where their parents have been living for two years now,” said Jihad, a cousin. [This family resemble the Tsarnaevs. One son started college, but didn’t continue, and both mom and dad had left their sons behind when they returned to live in the good old country.]
“And like Tamerlan Tsarnaev who traveled to Chechnya where it is believed he received terrorist training, these brothers traveled to Lebanon to learn the terrorist trade. However, unlike the Tsarnaevs, they never made it back to the West.”
The brothers were members of a large Lebanese Sunni family who are known for violence. Their brother Rabih died in street fighting in Lebanon. Their uncle Saddam, a man with close ties to Al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri, blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Tripoli, Lebanon. Another uncle, Youssef al-Hajj Dib, is serving a life sentence in Germany after he planted two bombs on passenger trains. A catastrophe was averted because those bombs failed to detonate. Perhaps it was a blessing for Sweden that these two Swedish citizens left and did not come back. For if they had returned to Sweden, they might have emulated their uncle Youssef, the “suitcase bomber”, and tried to blow up a train or two.
Doesn’t the Swedish government bear any responsibility? It allowed its citizens to go to another country and kill their citizens.Is the purpose of citizenship just to give a passport to someone so that they can gain financial benefit and ease of travel? The recipient need show neither responsibility nor commitment to Sweden? What type of perverted “citizenship” is this?
Although they are Swedish citizens, Middle Easterners consider these two “martyrs” to be Lebanese. Their homicidal acts in Syria threatened the stability of Lebanon and pushed that poor country towards the same road of terrible destruction faced by the Syrians. These brothers were handed all of the advantages that life in Sweden offered: money, a chance to study, the opportunity to create a good life. But Islam and Martyrdom, and Jihad in a country that is not your own, were more important than Swedish peace and secularism.
‘Pungentpeppers’ sent us three links, here, here, and here to read the details of the sorry tale.
My solution: If you can’t sort them out in advance, you don’t let any of them in!
Readers we have written many many posts on the mess Sweden is in. Go here to learn more.
Also, we have a category that we haven’t used much lately entitled “comments worth noting” for readers who submit a comment that is worth posting more visibly, like this one.
However, because he is the product of an elite “humanitarian” circle in Boston, I doubt he will see that much time. See our earlier post entitled, Boston bomber pal gets out on bail with help from “refugee” mom’s elite friends.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A third college friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted on charges he lied to federal investigators, the U.S. Attorney General for Massachusetts said in a statement on Thursday.
Robel Phillipos, 19, was one of the three people who removed a backpack full of fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth days after the April 15 attack, and later lied about it, prosecutors claim.
The two other students, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov – both from Kazakhstan – have already been indicted on obstruction charges and detained pending trial. They have pleaded not guilty.
Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, ethnic Chechens, are believed to have set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the world-renowned marathon’s finish line, killing three people and maiming scores of others in one of the worst attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.
According to the indictment against Phillipos, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent a text message to Kadyrbayev on April 18, shortly after the FBI published pictures of the bombing suspects, asking his friend to go to his “room and take what’s there.”
The three men allegedly took the laptop, backpack and other items from Tsarnaev’s room later that day and put them in a dumpster in nearby New Bedford. Investigators later recovered the items from a landfill, according to the indictment.
Phillipos, along with Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, concealed his actions during interviews with federal investigators between April 19 and April 25, according to the indictment.
The Kazakhs could get deported without jail time?
Phillipos, who has been under house arrest since May, faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 25 years in jail or deportation.
As much as I hate the thought of spending tax dollars on their incarceration, those two Kazakhs, if deported, will become major jihadi heroes in their home country and probably find some other way to terrorize humanity for Allah.
All of our posts on these terrorists is herein our ‘Boston Marathon bombing’ category.