Dzhokhar (L) and Tamerlan (R)
by Mary W Maxwell
You may recall that Part 1 of this series featured a young writer at The Boston Globe, Eric Moscowitz, who relayed the Danny carjack story. Now it’s the turn of two other Globe writers who produced a book called Long Mile Home. There is no point in me analyzing their dishonesty. Might as well let them persuade you all by themselves.
Here follows a couple of excerpts in which I have bolded phrases of interest. The writers are Scott Helman, and Jenna Russell. Long Mile Home was published by Penguin/Dutton in 2014. I can remember when Dutton would not have dreamed of turning out such a product.
[Note: Dzhokhar, also called Jahar, is the younger of two brothers. He was 19 at the time of the 2013 Marathon “bombing.” His brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed in custody. This book is utter fiction, aimed at sustaining the myth of Jahar’s guilt.
Most likely Tamerlan did get ‘radicalized,’ under CIA auspices, but did not buy any pressure cookers, do a carjacking, kill an MIT campus cop, or make bombs. The entire Marathon scene was probably faked, as anyone who reads Jahar’s trial documents will readily see. – MM]
Begin excerpt, page 245-246:
In mining Jahar’s laptop, investigators had found books and a magazine promoting radical interpretations of Islam. The books included Defense of the Muslim Lands. The First Obligation after Iman, and Jihad and the Effects of Intention, which promotes martyrdom. [News from the mining sector]
Jahar had also downloaded one book, with a forward by Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Muslin cleric. Jahar likely [??] watched Awlaki’s influential Internet videos
…Youtube removed clips of Awlaki’s sermons in 2010, after a British student said that watching them inspired her to try to assassinate a member of Parliament – he survived the attack. [Thank God for small mercies.]
By then, US officials viewed Awlaki as a major source of inspiration for militants trying to strike against the United States. [There are no words with which I can react to that.]
The 9-11 Commission found that three of the 9-11 hijackers had met with him. [Which three? Maybe Dee knows.]
Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army major and psychiatrist, e-mailed extensively with Awlaki before shooting and killing thirteen people and injuring more that thirty at the Fort Hood military base in Texas in 2009.
Umar Farouk Adulmutallab, who confessed to trying to set off explosives hidden in his underwear while on an airliner stayed at Alawki’s house…. Thus when a US drone strike killed Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama called his death “a major blow to Al-Quaeda’s most active operational affiliate.”
[The foregoing is the only page in Long Mile Home that deals with the radicalization of Jahar. Now for some posthumous accusation that Tamerlan may have done some mobster-style murders.]
Page 241-244: The Waltham slayings had come at a turning point in Tamerlan’s life, his isolation deepening, his views becoming more radical, his family falling apart… Had the killing of Teken, Weissman and Mess been Tamerlan’s first violent strike against America?
Had it been a warm-up of sorts for the Marathon attack and for murdering Sean Collier — the race and the cop both symbols of everything he wasn’t?
When they kidnapped Danny [not] and commandeered his Mercedes, the route they drove took them right past the street where the three men had been slain….the ritualistic array of the bodies suggested these were no ordinary killings.
The authorities began to take a hard look at Ibraghim Todashev who had also trained with Tamerlan at the gym. On May 21 Todashev sat down in his Orlando apartment. The interrogation started at 7.30pm and lasted five hours.
A court filing by federal prosecutors would later confirm [?] that Todashev had asserted Tamerlan’s participation in the murders. When the FBI agent looked away, according to a law enforcement official’s account, Todashev picked up the table and threw it at the agent. [Well you would, wouldn’t you.]
The agent drew his gun and saw Todashev running at him with either a metal pole or a broomstick handle [seriously] …The agent fired more shots, killing him.
On April 22, 2013 while in hospital Jahar communicated a lot by writing [of which there is no record]. He told the interrogators he and his brother considered setting off bombs at the Charles River celebration of the Fourth of July to the music of the Boson Pops.
[The traditional piece for that occasion being John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever type thing.] When the brothers assembled bombs faster than expected they began looking for a place to strike. [Bet they considered Adelaide. Why not?]
They had drawn motivation, Jahar said, from the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and they had acted on their own without assistance from al-Qaeda. [FBI record of this nonsense is on a ‘Form 302’ that contains no direct quotes or audiotape.]
Does anyone recall our Catalan scholar Montse Alarcón Flix saying that media writers are practically putting literary fiction writers out of business?
— Mary W Maxwell looks forward to the day when this sort of stuff is run out of town by Bostonians