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Boston Bombing Is Full of Holes

April 23, 2013

It's now official. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with "use of a weapon of mass destruction" and "malicious destruction of property resulting in death" for his alleged role in the Boston marathon bombings.

The federal criminal complaint comes three days after police captured him in a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts, and four days after the manhunt began. Law enforcement officials believe Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed Friday, acted alone.

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan's motive—or motives—is still unclear. But that's not all that's unclear. Their guilt is unclear.

The Tsarnaev brother's actions were actions of innocence, not guilt.

Dzhokhar wore a backwards cap and no sunglasses.

Unlike his older brother, Dzhokhar made little effort to prevent cameras from capturing his face which making him easy to identify when the FBI released security camera photos on Thursday. Classmates at University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth did see him in the photos, but dismissed the similarity because it seemed so far-fetched. Were the suspects smart enough to rig kitchen pots into bombs yet stupid enough to wander around carrying knapsacks with their faces exposed at a Marathon event that is crawling with police, bomb sniffing dogs and cameras?

Dzhokhar did not react to the explosions. 

For three days, investigators poured over all available photos and surveillance videos of the blast area searching for abnormal reactions. The complaint filed in federal court on Monday specifically cites Dzhokhar's reaction to the first explosion as a giveaway. In fact, he glanced in the direction of the first blast only briefly.

Dzhokhar left the car in the auto-body shop. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Dzhokhar stopped by an auto-body shop in Watertown on Tuesday to pick up the Mercedes he'd brought in for repairs.

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan stayed in Boston.

The second bomb exploded at 2:49 p.m. on Monday. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan carjacked a Mercedes at 10:39 p.m. on Thursday. What did they do in the interim three days? Tamerlan went to the gym. Dzhokhar went to a party on the UMass–Dartmouth campus. They checked in on their car repairs. During the three-day window in which their involvement was unknown, they made no attempt whatsoever to flee.

They allegedly ran out of cash. 

The brothers "allegedly" carjacked a Mercedes on Thursday night, took a stranger hostage and used their victim's PIN number to empty $800 from an ATM. This, of course, alerted the authorities.

They didn't understand how ATMs work. 

After reaching the daily withdrawal limit at one ATM, the brothers apparently didn't realize that the ATM machines are part of an interconnected system. According to the official story, they decided to try their luck at two different machines.

They stopped at a 711 store

The quest to find a working ATM was how the brothers ended up at a 7/11 in Cambridge. Coincidentally, it was the scene of an armed robbery in progress. The brothers were spotted on the 711 store's security camera. If the brothers were smart enough to get away, would they be "unbelievably" stupid enough to risk hijacking a car, taking a hostage and showing their faces at a 711 in the Boston area knowing there is a massive manhunt for them?

They allegedly killed an MIT police officer 

Why did the brothers shoot 26-year-old police officer Sean Collier? The 10:30 p.m. murder on Thursday set in motion the events that led to their capture.

They confessed to the hostage.

According to the official story, when Dzhokhar hijacked the Mercedes, he immediately told the driver-hostage, "Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that!"

Of course, if their hostage escaped, that meant their cover would be blown.

They stopped for snacks. 

The Los Angeles Times reported that the hostage escaped after the brothers stopped at a gas station on Memorial Drive to buy snacks.

They kept the hostage's phone. 

The brothers continued driving without their hostage—but since they had his phone, this allowed police to track their location via GPS.

They brought a BB gun. 

The weapons used by the brothers according to police reports included a pressure-cooker bomb, seven IEDs, an M4 carbine, two handguns, and a BB gun. They brought a BB gun?

They have both been silenced.

Tamerlan is dead. Dzhokhar has an injury to his larynx and cannot speak.

The mother, father and aunt of the suspects claim the boys were framed and set up by the FBI.

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