Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to all charges in his first appearance before a court packed with blast victims.
Mr Tsarnaev, 19, faces 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction in the two 15 April blasts that killed three, including an eight-year-old boy.
He appeared in shackles and an orange prison suit, and replied “not guilty” as the charges were read to the court.
But don’t bother clicking the actual link, because this is literally the story you’re given. This article here doesn’t tell you anything new, but instead headlines the article “Boston suspect denies 30 charges."
Here, in literally two paragraphs, you realize for probably the first time as a mainstream reader that Dzhokar’s friends [who were being arraigned left and right without notice] also denied the charges against them. Here are the only two paragraphs:
An attorney for Dias Kadyrbayev, one of three men charged on Wednesday with obstructing the investigation into last month’s fatal Boston Marathon bombing, said his client denied doing anything wrong.
"Dias Kadyrbayev absolutely denies the charges,” attorney Robert Stahl told reporters after his client, a 19-year-old Kazakh, was charged in Boston federal court and handed over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The media has absolutely, utterly failed to report on this event with even an iota of critical analysis. These are the same people who claimed Tsarnaev had left his ‘confession’ scratched in pen on the interior of the boat in which he was hiding.
This entire case has been mishandled from the start with the media faithfully fumbling every step of the way. It doesn’t matter to anyone that Tsarnaev’s left arm is in cast, or that his face has swelled up. He’s probably been beaten this entire time, with the Department of Homeland Security on the case.
This video came up as the advertisement to a video I was watching and I noticed that it was titled "American Ignorance" and that got my attention so I decided to watch it instead of skipping it. It was published in March of this year and he speaks so much truth in this video. If other people got this as the ad in the videos that they were watching hopefully they took the time to watch. It’s very interesting.
I also thought it was kind of weird that a regular video from a normal YouTube channel was the ad… I’m not sure if that usually happens.
My copy of Rolling Stone finally arrived in the mail today. (We have a different version of this magazine in Australia so I had to hunt down a copy on eBay).
After reading the article I have to say I don’t understand what all the fuss was about… It seems like all the people hating on Rolling Stone for “insulting” victims of the bombing never actually took the time to read what the article had to say. Personally I thought the most “offensive” thing about the magazine was the numerous full-page ads for cigarettes it contained. (Coming from Australia, where cigarette advertising is banned, this gave me a bit of culture shock). I find it hard to comprehend why Rolling Stone’s decision to run a cover story about Jahar warranted a massive boycott of the magazine, but on the other hand no one seemed to be upset about the magazine’s repeated glorification of smoking… which has killed more Americans than terrorism ever has.
Anyway, overall I thought that it was a fairly balanced piece, and I don’t think it glorified Jahar or his alleged actions in any way. The author spent two months interviewing Jahar’s friends and people acquainted with the Tsarnaev family in an attempt to give readers a little insight into the family’s background and try to put together some of the pieces of a life that is now so irreversibly shattered.
Even if Jahar is found guilty of every charge that has been thrown at him, this wont change the fact that he, too, is a victim in all of this. The destruction of this otherwise promising life is - in its own way - also a tragedy, and it should not be seen as an insult to the Boston marathon bombing victims and their families to admit this to ourselves.
For Jahar’s sake, for the Tsarnaev family, for the people of Boston, and for any potential Tamerlans and Jahars of the future, we need to be having a conversation about what happened, who was involved, how it happened, and, most importantly, why it happened. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on in regard to Jahar’s guilt/innocence, let’s not demonize the journalists at Rolling Stone for trying to contribute to that conversation.
I think we can all agree that the drama and bickering has been getting out of control lately. I’m not saying that any of you should ever stop voicing your opinion because someone will get butthurt. I’m just saying that all of us should watch what we’re saying and how we’re saying it.
We all have one thing in common and that one thing is that we want justice for the Tsarnaevs. I’m so proud of all of us for fighting for what we believe in. It’s so amazing. A little over a month ago I was under the impression that I was the only one having thoughts that something sketchy was going on. I was really upset and crying for about a week over it. I thought I was crazy for thinking accused terrorists might be innocent. Shortly after, I found you guys and it was such a relief that I wasn’t the only one having those thoughts. It’s so lovely to be able to talk to all of you and hear all of your different theories and opinions. We may not all agree with each other sometimes, but that’s okay.
We are a team; A family. And I want us to all start acting like it again. Enough of the fighting and biting each other’s heads off. If you ever get frustrated, just remember Jahar. Remember his parents, his brother, his niece, his friends. Remember what they’re going through. They have it much worse and they’re still remaining calm and strong.
I vow to always watch how I say something before I decide to voice my opinion, to always take others feelings into consideration, and to never lose sight of what’s important.
I love you all. Every single one of you supporters are amazing people and I’m so thankful that I’ve had the chance to get to know you.
One of the old facts, but I mean isn’t this enough for anyone to just stop and think? lol or the indictment “Concealed in black backpacks” anyone with a pair of good working eyes can see Jahars backpack isn’t black.
So many people are saying that “if he is so innocent what about the victims and the people that died?“. Yes there are victims and I deeply feel so sad for the people that were hurt. Yes it did happen. All we are saying is that we don’t completely believe that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan are responsible. We are not denying that there were victims. Just because it happened doesn’t mean that the two brothers are the only ones that we can consider suspects.
It’s saddening that the youth of America is ridiculed by older generations for having an opinion apart from theirs.
It’s sad that we are receiving judgment from the people who are supposed to lead us into a future that will soon be in our hands.
It’s sad that I, as a teenage girl, am afraid to voice my opinion. I am afraid that I will be attacked by the older generation of American citizens.
It’s sad that I, as a teenage girl, am not allowed to have an opinion. I’m 15, a sophomore in high school. Does that mean that I am not to the stage of development where I can be logical, where I can have reasoning?
It’s saddening that the adult citizens of this country in masses belittle those courageous enough to have their own opinion.
It’s sad that they are driving me to feel ashamed. I am letting them make me feel ashamed. For what? For being 15? For being a girl? For not mindlessly falling for what they want me to believe?
It’s sad that my eyes are just being opened. The people I looked up to, the people that seemed so “normal” to me, all of them I can finally see. The vision that was once of fearless leaders has been turned to daggered words and hearts of ice.
The youth of America. Bashed by many. As soon as we want to rise they shrink us back down to their moldable minions again. We are the future of this nation. We decide this countries fate. It’s in our hands. We can save it. We can stop the country on this downhill spiral and carry it back to the top.
I will not let them shame me any longer. I will not give in to the words of a stranger. I will stand as strong as my voice and I will be heard. We will be heard. Give the finger pointers nothing to judge or point their sharpened fingers at but themselves.
I have stayed quiet about my age in this situation for too long while I sit back and watch people mock the teenage girls as a whole. Cruel. I have logic. I have reasoning. Don’t you dare try to belittle me. Not just in this case but in any case.
To all the people saying that he’s innocent because he was such a good person and was nice to everyone, have you heard people talk about serial killers and mass murderers before? Pretty much the first thing they say is “they were such a nice guy” or “he was quiet” or “she wouldn’t hurt a fly” Just because he acted nice doesn’t make him a saint or innocent.