In a show of abject ignorance, many reporters covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial described a simple Muslim flag as a “Jihadi flag,” a statement that shows few reporters covering this case know much about Islam or care to inform their readers.
The role of Vladimir Putin on the world’s stage, from Syria to Ukraine, is a complicated one, and some see him as an important moderating influence on the now virtually unchallenged Western imperial apparatus. But one thing is increasingly clear: his role within his country is a deeply troubling one. And the public is terrified. Why? Consider these names: Sergei Magnitsky, Alexander Litvinenko, Anna Politkovskaya and now Boris Nemtsov. All opponents of Putin, all now dead. Murdered, in brutal and very public ways.
Most people don’t know who Jo Moore is.
Every prisoner says they are innocent, but some really are. Every year hundreds of men and women are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. Our system is riddled with cases of perjury, mistaken identity, official misconduct and incompetents that have put innocents behind bars. The criminal justice system and the state has been ambivalent, at best, to do the right thing for those that have been exonerated.
The prosecution trots out marathon bombing victims, FBI testimony about a still-unseen "smoking gun" video, and the case of the black backpacks arises again. WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker reports live from the federal courthouse in Boston.
WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Andy Thibault are tweeting live from the opening of the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in for real-time updates and analysis from inside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.
If prospective jurors in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial were deciding a presidential election, it’d be a landslide—for a guilty verdict.
A feisty, confrontational journalist who exposed explosive details about the machinations of the national security apparatus and faced more than a century in prison has been sentenced to five years and three months.