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April 23rd, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": The Boston Marathon bombings aftermath and analysis

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  • Rojansky on the FBI's knowledge of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's past

On Monday evening, on the day alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally charged by the Justice Department earlier in the afternoon, "Piers Morgan Live" invited Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Matthew Rojansky, to the program.

An expert on national security and nuclear-weapon policies in Russia and in Eastern Europe, Rojansky spoke about the first bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was killed on Friday morning.

Allegedly the "mastermind" of the bombing attack, the late Tsarnaev brother spent six months in Russia, staying in both Dagestan and Chechnya in 2011. The Russian authorities had alerted the FBI on Tsarnaev's whereabouts and activities prompting analysts such as Rojansky to wonder if the FBI "missed a huge opportunity."

"The Russians turned us on to this in 2011," noted Rojansky, "And that there was no further discussion of this guy in 2012 or 2013, especially after he spent six months in Russia including in Dagastan, maybe visiting Chechnya, that absolutely raises red flags."

  • Treating Tsarnaev as an "enemy combatant" - Can it happen?

Also on Monday evening, attorney Alan Dershowitz returned to the program and gave his insight on the recent legal developments in the Boston Marathon bombing case.

In response to Sen. Lindsey Graham's call for the U.S. government to label Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an "enemy combatant", Dershowitz noted "it's not permissible under the law. You can't treat an American citizen who is accused of committing an American crime against mostly Americans citizens in Boston as an enemy combatant."

"It would turn our country into a nation of martial law," said Dershowitz.

  • Former boxing sparing partner of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's talks about Tsarnaev's transition from "flashy" to a man of "faith"

Julian Pollard, former sparing partner to Tamerlan Tsarnaev joined the program and spoke to Piers Morgan about his impression of the older Tsarnaev brother.

"In 2009, when I met him, he was a really flashy guy," said Polland about the first time he met Tsarnaev. "Very confident in his skills as a boxer. He wasn't afraid to share that."

"The second year I met him, he was a lot - talked a lot about his faith," observered Pollard. "He just seemed humble. He talked only about his faith."

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  1. Maiureen Scullion

    Last night I sent you a comment and omitted requesting to be notified of follow-up comments. I would likt to request that now. Here is the comment: I listened to the mother of the alledged bombers as she angrily stated that she didn't care that her eldest son had been killed, that she didn't care that her youngest son might be killed and that she didn't care if she were to be killed. She then yelled out rather triumphantly, it seemed to me, "allahu akbar". Curious, I looked up the meaning of these words and it is a phrase typically used by Jihadist radicals and refers to their war against non-arabs. All this from a woman who claims her sons are "good boys" and that they are being persecuted for being islamics. I hope she gets no further occasion to spread her apparent hatred for western society. Thank you.

    April 24, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Hi Maureen,

      I saw an interview on ABC News,and she seemed to vilify America('only in America!')which doesn't go anywhere 'cos
      they're clearly guilty as sin:guess she's grief-stricken.On the subject of what she said it translates as 'God is great',and
      you're right,the radicals DO exclaim it,but it's analogous with the Nazis hijacking the Swastika(originally a peace symbol).

      Thanks for posting.

      April 26, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tim

    It's starting to become a witch hunt at the flip of a finger. Where everything is concerned! I was wondering Piers, have you heard of any Joseph McCarthy sitings lately? It seems to be the same eerie atmosphere these days! Especially when we have a Tennessee Senator arguing with the press over gun control and cooking pots on national TV. What a Loser!

    April 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Hi Tim,thanks for posting.

      You're absolutely right.This is exactly what Bin Laden wanted,to sow chaos,to have us at each other's throats,
      suspecting everyone and everything:you've got that idiot Ball suggesting it's a fully American thing to torture someone
      (tell it to John McCain),and Fox 'News' pulling out their hidden agendas,and really stretching their credibility if they have
      any left to stretch.Choppy waters,and we're supposed to have DEALT with Bin Laden:it means his ideology too.

      All the best to Boston,peace.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply

    State lawmaker from Tennessee " STACEY CAMPFIELD's comment to PIERCE MORGAN was sickening. How can the people of Tennessee elect a man so shallow in his thoughts .Who the hell is he to ask PIERCE MORGAN , when is he going back to ENGLAND. He should find out his where his ancestors came from and I will help him to buy the ticket.

    April 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Thanks for support,Ramesh,I'm from UK too:Piers is LEADING the charge,and if anyone still clings to the myth it's just the
      British wanting to change things for the better( more Anglo-Saxon 5th Century violence every other day),then let's
      all sit down together,haggis and popcorn,to watch 'The Daily Show'...

      April 26, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
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