At this writing, the One Fund Boston for all the victims is at $26 million in the two weeks since the Boston Marathon bombings. One suspected bomber is dead, the other is being cared for in a federal medical facility.
We all had our individual realities shaken two weeks ago Monday as we watched bombs explode at the Boston Marathon finish line, leaving three dead and 260 injured.
As we learned this weekend, FBI agents searched a landfill near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this weekend, where still-alive suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was a sophomore. Apparently, the FBI is looking for a couple of laptop computers that belonged to both suspects.
The computers may hold evidence that will help the FBI learn who the brothers were communicating with and who else may be involved.
Know that Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects had a conversation with his mother of a radical nature, where he "vaguely discussed" jihad.
In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials told The Associated Press.
Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.
The mother and Tamerlan had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the April 15 attack.
The brothers are ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago with their parents. The parents returned home to Russia a while ago. Investigators have said it appears the brothers were angry about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Really? And just what right do they have to turn their anger into death for so many innocent people?
The mother says it's all lies and the U.S. is making up all this conspiracy and the father, who was ready last week to travel to the U.S. to visit his living son and bury the other, now says he's too ill to travel.
If that doesn't sound suspicious, I don't know what does.
The mother also faces U.S. shoplifting charges in the theft of more than $1,624 worth of women's clothing from a Lord & Taylor department store in Natick in 2012.
What? A petty shoplifter as well? Just who are these people? I am not making light of this situation at all but it just amazes me.
Also, I am not criticizing the FBI but to me, "jihad" is the terrorism equivalent of the "magic word" and, if the Russians knew this and didn't tell the FBI until recently, then something is wrong with our international sharing of information.