Dzokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To Boston Marathon Bombing Charges

Dzokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To Boston Marathon Bombing ChargesHis arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.

’30 federal charges’

Leaning into the microphone, he told a federal judge, “Not guilty” in his Russian accent and said it over and over as the charges were read. Tsarnaev, who has been hospitalized since his capture with wounds suffered in a shootout and getaway attempt, faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the April 15 attack that left three people dead and more than 260 wounded. He could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it.

Authorities say Tsarnaev orchestrated the bombing along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died following a gun battle with police three days after the attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested on April 19, hiding in a bloodstained boat in a suburban backyard after a manhunt that paralyzed much of the Boston area.


‘Pressure cookers’

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, a Muslim, wrote about his motivations for the bombing on the inside walls and beams of the boat. He scrawled that the U.S. government was “killing our innocent civilians,” and also wrote: “We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”

Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, 23, were killed by the two bombs, which were fashioned out of pressure cookers, gunpowder, nails and other shrapnel. Numerous victims lost legs.

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Source: Denise Lavoie and Jay Lindsay | Associated Press, Yahoo! News

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Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Finally Speaks Out

Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Finally Speaks OutThe U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden is speaking out for the first time since the May 1, 2011, raid on the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

’20-year requirement’

In an interview with Esquire, the former SEAL—identified as “The Shooter” due to what the magazine described as “safety” reasons—said he’s been largely abandoned by the U.S. government since leaving the military last fall. He told Esquire he decided to speak out to both correct the record of the bin Laden mission and to put a spotlight on how some of the U.S. military’s highly trained and accomplished soldiers are treated by the government once they return to civilian life.

Despite killing the world’s most-wanted terrorist, he said, he was not given a pension, health care or protection for himself or his family. The problem seems to be that “The Shooter” left the military well before the 20-year requirement for retirement benefits.


‘Best thing I’ve ever done’

The SEAL also gave his account of the historic raid, including the moment he pulled the trigger and shot bin Laden.

“In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead,” he told Esquire. “Bap! Bap! The second time as he’s going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed. He was dead. I watched him take his last breaths. And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I’ve ever done, or the worst thing I’ve ever done? I’m not religious,” he added. “But I always felt I was put on the earth to do something specific. After that mission, I knew what it was.”

A spokeswoman for Esquire told Yahoo News that the magazine did not pay the SEAL for the interview.

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Source: Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

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