An Interview with Cheryl Dean
Gumshoe: Ms Dean, You are our main connection to the Tsarnaev trial regarding the Boston bombing. Please give us a bit of background on Jahar, whom you always refer to as Dzhokhar
Cheryl: Dzhokhar came to the US when he was seven years old. He was a very pleasant child and adapted well to his new country and new language. He became very much like any other American teenager. The bombing happened when he was 19 years old. This July 22 he will be 23.
Dzhokhar is his proper name. His wrestling coach suggested to him that he adopt the name Jahar so that other students would have no problem pronouncing it. Jahar accepted that and had ‘Jahar’ on the back of his school jacket. I think it’s a bit sad that people who come to the US often change their names or change the spelling just to fit in and make it easier for others.
Gumshoe: His wrestling coach named him? I thought his older brother was the wrestler.
Cheryl: No, Tamerlan, the brother who is now deceased, was trained in boxing and excelled at it. Dzhokhar was on his high school’s wrestling team eventually became Captain of the team.
Gumshoe: Does Jahar get any exercise at the prison where he is currently incarcerated?
Cheryl: Dzhokhar is in a special unit called H unit within the ADX prison in Colorado. It is even more restricted than any other unit at ADX. He is supposed to get up to 10 hours a week of outside recreation. However the use of the term “recreation” is highly twisted by BOP officials.
The outside recreation consists of being led to an outside cage approximately 6ft by 9ft. with nothing inside of it. You can sit, lie, or stand in it, that’s it. It is also surrounded by high cement walls so the prisoner can see nothing but a bit of the sky. If this is what passes for recreation, then it’s obvious this prison is run by sociopaths. ADX has the reputation of being the worst US prison.
Gumshoe: I see that Jahar has numerous supporters. Do they visit him?
Cheryl: The only two people who are allowed to visit Dzhokhar are his two sisters who live in the US. Not even his Aunts, Uncles, or cousins can visit him, certainly none of his many, many supporters. The sisters’ visits are “non contact” visits, through glass. Dzhokhar has had SAM’s imposed on him, which restricts him severely.
Gumshoe: Please explain the SAM’s, Cheryl.
Cheryl: “SAM’s” mean Special Administrative Measures. These were “invented” for “terrorists” in order to:
#1-“prevent the disclosure of classified information” or
#2- if ” there is a substantial risk that a prisoner’s communications or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury to persons, or substantial damage to property that would entail the risk of death or serious bodily injury to persons.”
In other words, to protect FBI secrets, so the prisoners can never tell their story — the truth. Both reasons are absolutely ridiculous. In Dzhokhar’s case, the SAM’s were imposed for reason #2. This is so unjustified. Dzhokhar himself is the one in danger of bodily injury or death, isn’t he?
Under SAM’s the prisoner is virtually silenced and walled off from the rest of the world, never to be seen or heard from again.
Gumshoe: What about phone calls?
Cheryl: Dzhokhar is only allowed to make two 15-minute phone calls a month to his parents and the huge cost of those calls must come out of his commissary account. They are obliged to speak in English only, and that is also true when the sisters visit, so the FBI can listen.
Gumshoe: Can Jahar receive letters or gifts?
Cheryl: He can receive letters from his parents or his sisters only, but never any gifts. The letters must be read first by the FBI and approved, which means long delays in receiving those letters. However, Dzhokhar is allowed to receive a certain amount of new books from his supporters, but only if the book is purchased and shipped from Amazon.
A book received from anywhere else will automatically be returned to the sender. Books must not contain any violence, sex, or politics. Books must not be spiral bound, and soft cover is preferred. If anyone would like to send Dzhokhar a book, via Amazon, here is the address and it must appear exactly like this:
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev #95079-038
USP Florence ADMAX
PO Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226 USA
Gumshoe: At the moment he is appealing his conviction for the Marathon Bombing. What is the status of that?
Cheryl: Currently Dzhokhar’s new lawyers, Gail Johnson of Colorado and David Patton of New York, are busy reading and learning of every document and detail involved with this case. Unfortunately Judy — “it was him” — Clarke is still involved in the case until another “learned counsel” (death penalty) lawyer can be found to take her place. I find this suspicious.
The case is being appealed as to both the conviction and the death sentence. There is no doubt this will be a very long process. Unfortunately, an innocent young man is languishing in silence under brutal conditions while the wheels of the US “justice” system take their good old time, dragging appeals to a near halt, as is their famous practice.
— Cheryl Dean has researched the case and finds zero evidence that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of any crime on Patriot’s Day in Boston in April, 2013.
Photo credit: the backpack -- zdbnm.com kitchen shot of jahar -- Dailymail.co.uk