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The journalist who knew suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev

April 19th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

NPR radio host Robin Young tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about Young's interactions with Boston suspect  Dzhokar Tsarnaev.


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  1. Redsea

    This white on white crime is out of control. Can'y you folks just get along?

    April 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      "He's not white, he's an Olive"

      Yes I heard that the other day....

      April 21, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  2. Steve Turner

    The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

    Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart. (See endnotes)

    Like many Islamic practices, taqiyya was formed within the context of the culture of Arab tribalism, expansionary warfare, Bedouin raiding and inter-tribal conflict. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse, confound and divide 'the enemy’.

    April 21, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • James

      Don't think that sanctioned lying is unique to Islam! Consider the use of 'equivocation' by Catholic priests to defend their co-religionists when interrogated and tortured by Protestants in sixteenth-century England.

      April 22, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • ozil

      steveturner, islam is a religion of peace. Islam tells to respect other religions. it tells us to ONLY fight to defend and reclaim holy land(crusades).shut the rubbish of wat u think of islam. muslim terrorists r not real muslims

      May 8, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
  3. Dan

    Of course NPR hosts know Muslim terrorists. They defend them day in and day out.

    April 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  4. V. Pantin C..

    Radical Islam is a violent religion and so are the others who claim it's a religion of peace, when the smallest (in their opinion) insult to their Prophet Mohammed is countered with violence. What would they do then for Allah?

    April 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  5. Muslim

    In Islam you lying is a sin. Just like in all other religions.

    Steve Turner's pseudo-scholarly explanation of taqiya is plain rubbish. The vast majority of Muslims (like myself) will have never even heard the term 'taqiya' and have no clue what he is talking about.

    The beginning of every Friday prayer service begins with the words of the Prophet himself:
    "Have Taqwa (be conscious of Allah) and always tell the truth"

    Ironically, it is Steve Turner who is deceiving us. He wants to convince us all that you can't believe a word any Muslim says because lying is part of his/her religion. In other words, he wants us all to believe Muslims can't be trusted because they are 'different'.

    Reminds me of Hitler's tactics. Convincing the Germans that Jews were 'different', therefore it doesn't matter if they are killed.

    A Muslim.

    A Muslim.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  6. Aussie Aussie Aussie - Oi Oi Oi

    Islam spread from Mecca to the corners of the world because the first generations of Muslims were truthful and honourable people. If they were liars then they would not have had a profound impact on the course of history.

    Steve Turner – get a life!

    April 22, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
  7. myviewpoint

    My view: This kid had NO PARENTS to raise him, ONLY his brother who was the closet relative he had and looked up to. these 2 lived feeling abandoned by the parents. (every child wants to live with their parents- no matter what) and they learned not to trust. the parents were the first that Failed them. As long as the older brother took care of each other the uncles were no authority figure for these 2 bothers. They lived with no moral guidance and consequences. The 26 yr. old was very depressed and his outlet to get self, esteem, to be able to be seen/recognized was to get an' excuse', to give him the guts, to activate his anger, hatred against the world( that he thought was unfair and against him) by getting such excuse/ permission, from Radical Islam terrorist ideology in order to execute his twisted plan. These groups use these men and kids ( that lack emotional intelligence) to fulfill a political agenda to 'obligate' the world by force to live and believe like them. They have no respect for their own Creator as they equal themselves to God to by giving themselves the right to hurt and kill in the name of..., religion. I am sad for this 19 yr. old kid. because he grew up being raised by a lunatic, fanatic, and irresponsible brother. The parents can take a big part of the blame for the actions of their children.

    April 22, 2013 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • Alex

      You are absolutely correct. The brother did not have any correct guidance either.

      April 22, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
  8. theinnerwoman

    The Official Tsarnaev Story Makes No Sense – Former British Ambassador Craig Murray:

    "There are gaping holes in the official story of the Boston bombings.

    We are asked to believe that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by the Russian government as an extremist Dagestani or Chechen Islamist terrorist, and they were so concerned about it that in late 2010 they asked the US government to take action. At that time, the US and Russia did not normally have a security cooperation relationship over the Caucasus, particularly following the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. For the Russians to ask the Americans for assistance, Tsarnaev must have been high on their list of worries.

    In early 2011 the FBI interview Tsarnaev and trawl his papers and computers but apparently – remarkably for somebody allegedly radicalised by internet – the habitually paranoid FBI find nothing of concern.

    So far, so weird. But now this gets utterly incredible. In 2012 Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who is of such concern to Russian security, is able to fly to Russia and pass through the airport security checks of the world’s most thoroughly and brutally efficient security services without being picked up. He is then able to proceed to Dagestan – right at the heart of the world’s heaviest military occupation and the world’s most far reaching secret police surveillance – again without being intercepted, and he is able there to go through some form of terror training or further Islamist indoctrination. He then flies out again without any intervention by the Russian security services.

    That is the official story and I have no doubt it did not happen. I know Russia and I know the Russian security services. Whatever else they may be, they are extremely well-equipped, experienced and efficient and embedded into a social fabric accustomed to cooperation with their mastery. This scenario is simply impossible in the real world.

    We have, by the official account, the involvement of the two Tsarnaev brothers, the FBI and the Russian security services. The FBI have a massive recent record of running agent provocateur operations to entrap gullible Muslims into terrorism. The Russian security services have form on false flag Chechen bombings. Where the truth lies may be difficult to dig out. But the above official version is not true.” taken from FB – Berhard Guenther

    April 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • razor

      You are a Complete dumbwit.A pure mumu.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  9. olive

    Ok. They both had their life in front of them. Why would the do such a thing? Dzhokar Tsarnaev grew up in America. I honestly don't think he would commit such a crime. They don't have enough proof to state that he KNEW what was in the book bag. What if Tamerlan just asked him to carry it for him? Before he set the bag down he was on the phone. Was he on the phone with Tamerlan? Did Tamerlan ask him to set the book bag down? Possibly. And what I want to know is why he didn't have a reaction when the bombs went off. And before all of you ask why wouldn't he tell the police after the bomb to explain; he didn't want to rat out his brother. Everyone says the he followed his brother around like a little puppy-dog. Obviously he loved his brother... And also why would he run over his dead brother? Maybe because he is scared. He probably does not want to die. He is 19. He wouldn't understand that if he surrended he wouldn't be in this situation. All the police know is that he robbed 7-11 and tried to get money out of bank. Two charges.

    April 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply

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