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Two Of The Students Arrested Were In US Illegally

From the Associated Press:

For 3, bomb suspect’s friendship leads to charges

By DENISE LAVOIE and ALLEN G. BREED | May 1, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.

Note the peculiar headline. Their "friendship" lead to charges?

Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.

"Tsarnaev’s return texts contained ‘lol’ and other things Kadyrbayev interpreted as jokes such as ‘you better not text me’ and ‘come to my room and take whatever you want,’" an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

Those texts set off a series of events that on Wednesday led to Kadyrbayev and his roommate Azamat Tazhayakov, natives of Kazhakstan, being charged with conspiring to destroy emptied fireworks and other evidence linking their friend to the deadly April 15 blasts. Robel Phillipos, who graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School with Tsarnaev in 2011, was charged with lying to investigators about the April 18 visit to his friend’s dorm room to retrieve the items.

Tazhayakov also told authorities that during a meal about a month before the terror attacks, Tsarnaev informed him and Kadyrbayev "that he knew how to make a bomb." That is significant because, before he was advised of his rights not to speak with authorities, the 19-year-old bombing suspect allegedly said that his older brother had only recently recruited him to be part of the attack…

According to the FBI account, just hours after surveillance camera photos of the two suspects were flashed around the world April 18, Tsnarnaev’s friends suspected he was one of the bombers and removed the backpack along with a laptop from Tsarnaev’s room at UMass Dartmouth.

And yet they didn’t call the FBI to identify Jokar. But it turns out none of the brothers’ family or friends ever contacted the authorities.

One of them later threw the backpack in the garbage, and it wound up in a landfill, where it was discovered by law enforcement officers last week, authorities said. In the backpack were fireworks that had been emptied of their gunpowder…

The lawyers for the Kazakh students said their clients had nothing to do with the bombing and were just as shocked by the crime as everyone else…

Which is why he immediately contacted the FBI, right?

The Kazakh students did not request bail at a court hearing and will be held for another hearing May 14. Phillipos was held for a hearing on Monday. If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine…

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov have been in jail for more than a week on allegations they were in violation of their student visas, one because he was skipping classes, the other because he was no longer enrolled.

Tazhayakov was allowed to return to the U.S. from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press. His student visa status had been terminated because he was academically dismissed from the university, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity…

So the federal government dropped the ball again.

And this is significant because, lest we forget, up to 40% of the illegal aliens currently in the US are here on overstayed visas. They will all be legalized by the ‘Gang Of Eight’ amnesty plan.

Which is a timely reminder that we don’t just have a border security problem. No fence is going to stop visa violations. We have a problem with our laws simply not being enforced.

The FBI said that before Tsarnaev’s roommate let the three friends into the room, Kadyrbayev received a text message from Tsarnaev that read: "I’m about to leave if you need something in my room take it," according to the FBI. When Tazhayakov learned of the message, "he believed he would never see Tsarnaev alive again," the FBI said in the affidavit.

It was unclear from the court papers whether authorities believe that was an instruction from Tsarnaev to destroy evidence.

Once inside Tsarnaev’s room, the men watched a movie. At some point, they noticed a backpack containing more than a half-dozen fireworks, each about 8 inches long, according to the affidavit. The black powder had been scooped out.

The FBI said that Kadyrbayev knew when he saw the fireworks that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombings and decided to remove the backpack "to help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble."

Kadyrbayev also decided to remove Tsarnaev’s laptop "because he did not want Tsarnaev’s roommate to think he was stealing or behaving suspiciously by just taking the backpack," the FBI said.

After the three returned to Kadyrbayev’s and Tazhayakov’s apartment with the backpack and computer, they watched news reports featuring photographs of Tsarnaev. The FBI said Kadyrbayev told authorities the three men then "collectively decided to throw the backpack and fireworks into the trash because they did not want Tsarnaev to get into trouble."

Kadyrbayev said he placed the backpack and fireworks along with trash from the apartment into a large trash bag and threw it into a garbage bin near the men’s apartment, according to court papers.

When the backpack was later found, inside it was a UMass-Dartmouth homework assignment sheet from a class Tsarnaev was taking, the FBI said…

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov lived at an off-campus apartment in New Bedford, about 60 miles south of Boston, and got around in a car registered to Kadyrbayev with a souvenir plate that read "Terrorista (hash)1." The car was pictured on Tsarnaev’s Twitter feed in March.

The plate was a gag gift from some of Kadyrbayev’s friends, meant to invoke his penchant for late-night partying rather than his political sentiments, Kadyrbayev’s lawyer said last week.

Yes, that makes perfect sense. (Not.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Two Of The Students Arrested Were In US Illegally”

  1. But but …

    It’s all about the Tea Party. You’re going off course on this stuff ….

  2. Liberals Demise

    Here illegally?
    Give them the keys to citizenship for God’s sake.
    Before they lawyer up and sue.

  3. yadayada

    let’s see…
    more terrorists allowed into our country on expired/violated visas……
    went to the dorm room took all the evidence, drove 60 miles to a different city and threw it into a dumpster where they knew it would go to a landfill further removed from the bombing area……..

    also,
    muslim extremist (on violated visa) drives around college campus with license plate that says terrorist on it.
    noone can overcome the thought of being labled bigot so they lower they’re gaze in shame of their thought crime and ignore their own common sense in move-along-nothing-to-see-here-folks fashion.
    all leading to successful muslim terrorist bombing

    yes political correctness has accomplished it’s mission.

    though I wonder, what might have happened if he had smoked a cigarette on campus?


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