Posted by: conservativecritic | May 2, 2013

Boston Marathon Massacre Followup…something evil is growing

 

They were vipers in our midst. They were young people who accepted all that Massachusetts and this nation had to offer, and then they spat on its laws, despoiled its sense of community and shattered its peace.

Surely that was true of those accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings. But yesterday they were joined by three others hauled into federal court to face charges of obstructing justice, destroying evidence and knowingly lying to the FBI.

And frankly it couldn’t happen to a more worthy bunch of brats. Two of the suspects who have been taken into custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings drove a car with a “Terrorista #1”? license plate. Cute, no?

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, the two Kazakh natives — here on student visas although how much they were actually “studying” at UMass/Dartmouth is in doubt — were best known for driving around in a black BMW with their fake front “Terrorista #1” plate.

It is Kadyrbayev who admitted to the FBI that on April 18 after he, Tazhayakov and a third UMass Dartmouth student, Robel Phillipos (charged with lying to the FBI), were pretty sure their buddy was involved in the Marathon bombing that he gathered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s laptop and a backpack loaded with emptied fireworks and put them in a dumpster.

What are friends for, after all, other than to obstruct justice? Never mind that three people were already dead at that point and 260 injured. Clearly they had their loyalties — and they certainly weren’t to the victims or to the law or to a fourth death they might have prevented.

We don’t know what constitutes “education” these days at UMass/Dartmouth, but this new round of arrests ought to prompt some soul searching about who gets admitted and why. But even more, what kind of values are being taught there — or did these three skip that class too.

UMass locks up accused students’ records

 

As UMass Dartmouth finds itself at the center of a terrorism investigation with four students jailed, school officials are refusing to release even basic information about the marathon-bombing-linked suspects — saying their privacy rights outweigh the public’s right to know.

The surprise charges yesterday against ex-student Dias Kadyrbayev, suspended student Azamat Tazhayakov and former student Robel Phillipos — all campus pals accused of helping alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover up the crime — ratcheted up the school’s unwitting connection to the deadly terrorist attack.

The development also had administrators clamping down on details of the 19-year-olds’ transcripts and financial aid information, even as other public colleges have shared those facts freely.

“We are prohibited from releasing such records by (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,)” UMass Dartmouth spokesman John Hoey said. “Our interpretation of the law indicates that that information is confidential.”

Last night Chancellor Divina Grossman ordered a review of “all policies and procedures made relevant by recent events.”

But no UMass official would comment on reports Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was still attending the college despite owing $20,000 in tuition and room and board and having failing grades.

Some UMass Dartmouth students said they were unnerved by their classmates’ alleged roles in the attack and cover-up.

“It’s kind of scary actually. You never know what can happen,” said Aleef Khan, a 22-year-old junior. “It hits close to home. I saw Dzhokhar all the time, and I never knew he could do something like that. He didn’t look aggressive.”

Mass Bay Community College and Bunker Hill Community College released financial aid information on both brother suspects on Tuesday, showing Tamerlan Tsarnaev benefitted from $5,566 in aid.

“We released them because reporters asked,” said Matthew Wilder, spokesman for the Executive Office of Education. “We believe we’re well within our legal rights to release the information that we did.”

UMass Dartmouth did confirm that Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov enrolled in fall 2011, and that Tazhayakov is suspended pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. Kadyrbayev, identified by his attorney as an engineering student, did not return for the spring semester.

Some lawmakers pressed UMass to change its tune.

“The public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, especially in a case like this,” said state Sen. Robert L. Hedlund (R-Weymouth). “Once you engage in the kind of activities these punks engaged in, you forfeit whatever right to privacy remains.”

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