‘I Smoke Weed Every Day Because My Best Friend Was the Bomber’ - ABC News

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talk2theback:

ladyjeanne:

let-goletgod:

BOSTON — The accused heroin dealer who officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said.

Boston Magazine
“I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and the man charged with setting off the Boston Marathon bombs in April 2013 with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Silva, 21, had been out on bail awaiting a court date scheduled for next week in relation to the state’s marijuana charges when he was taken into federal custody Monday and accused of dealing heroin in June 2014.

In addition to the new heroin charges, court documents also accuse Silva of at one point possessing a handgun, a “Ruger model P95 9mm pistol,” in early 2013 that law enforcement sources told ABC News is the same one later used by the Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout with police three days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities believe the gun was also used to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier hours before the shootout with police.

Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

Before Boston Bombing, Alleged Attacker Posed With Black Flag of Jihad

TIMELINE: Boston Marathon Bombing

Though the Tsarnaevs are not mentioned in court documents regarding Silva’s gun possession charges, law enforcement officials told ABC News they believe Silva gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the weapon and that Dzhokhar and Silva were close.

Tuesday Silva told the federal magistrate judge that he graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin, the same high school where the younger Tsarnaev graduated, with honors. Silva said he graduated in 2011, the same year as Tsarnaev.

In a run-in with authorities on the Fourth of July in 2012, cops reported a Steven Silva — rather than Stephen — and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were discovered together drinking alcohol in a Honda registered to Dzhokhar. Stephen Silva has an identical twin brother named Steven, sources said, but police believe that it was really Stephen in the car with the younger Tsarnaev. The November 2013 police report also had the offender listed as Steven, but fingerprints taken after his arrest identified him as Stephen Silva, the same man arraigned in federal court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.

Stephen Silva said in court Tuesday he lives with his mother and stepfather, and added that his brother “moved away” and works as a car salesman. State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends.

Stephen Silva did not enter a plea during his initial appearance Tuesday, and is being held until his bail hearing in August. His trial on the Nov. 2013 marijuana arrest will be postponed, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Late Tuesday Silva’s attorney Jonathan Shapiro issued a statement that notes there is no mention of Tsarnaev in his client’s most recent indictment.

“I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice,” Shapiro said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout with police on April 18, 2013. Dzhokhar was injured but survived and was later captured. He has pleaded not guilty to some 30 charges related to the bombing and, if convicted, could face the death penalty.

"State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends."

what? I think they’re confusing the two Silva brothers.

Steven went to UMass-Dartmouth with Jahar. He left home (mentioned in this article) and moved into the Tsarnaev home.

Edit: Jahar was friends with both of the brothers. It’s kinda’ shady how this article is saying Jahar wasn’t friends with Steven. Clearly they were good friends.

I wonder if Jahar knows he’s Stephen’s “best friend”. So we have the Globe still reporting that Jahar was closer to Steven than Stephen, while ABC News is reporting Jahar and Steven weren’t friends at all. Interesting. Just a reminder should anyone need it, ABC News is the same news source responsible for leaking the boat note photo and the erroneous “Fuck America” statement. Am I the only one noticing a pattern with the reporting from ABC?

You brought up a good point talk2theback. Also, that high-ranking official that was leaking info about Jahar being a mastermind came from ABC news. hmm

socialismartnature:

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

socialismartnature:

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.

That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

(Source: twitter.com, via aliyaayila)

let-goletgod:

I saw his mugshot and searched his name. Mugshots bring the ugly in you, but this is Stephen Silva.

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let-goletgod:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on July 22 indicted Stephen Silva on charges of distribution of heroin and unlawful possession of a Ruger model 95 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number. Silva apparently is a friend of Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and lives in the same apartment complex as one of the UMass-Dartmouth students charged with making false statements to law enforcement after the attacks. Although the Silva indictments are silent on any connection his case may have to Tsarnaev’s, many media outlets have reported that the 21-year-old is believed to have once been in possession of the pistol allegedly used to murder MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Some reports, quoting anonymous law enforcement sources, have stated that the government has evidence that Tsarnaev, and not his older brother, secured the weapon. Reports have also surfaced from unnamed sources that ballisticians were able to raise the obliterated serial number from the weapon and successfully trace it. Court filings in Silva’s case make no mention of such efforts. Jonathan Shapiro, counsel to Silva, released the following statement on July 22: “I am representing Stephen Silva who is charged with a number of offenses, including the possession of a firearm in February of 2013. According to news reports, law enforcement officials say it is the same weapon that was used, some months later, in the MIT Officer Sean Collier shooting. However, this has not been charged in the indictment. I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice. Out of respect for that system and for my client, I cannot make any further comment on the case.” Starting with the release of a series of photos taken during the search for and apprehension of Tsarnaev, his defense lawyers have claimed that the already challenging task of ensuring a fair trial for their client gets exponentially more difficult with the leaks. I would expect the subject of the Silva coverage to become an issue before U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. when the Tsarnaev case returns to court. A motion for change of venue is under consideration by O’Toole; one would imagine the defense will cite the recent wave of publicity as yet another reason to send the case out of town. Judy Clarke, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, told the judge at a June 18 status conference that a court order was needed to address the leaks: “There’s got to be some sense of sanctions that people would face … if they violate the court’s order. There’s been a high level of rhetoric, which the prosecution team has not been able to stop, and I think the court weighing in would be the next necessary step.” O’Toole told the parties that he had seen some of the previous coverage of the case, “and I was not very happy about it.” But he said at the time that he didn’t think a formal order would accomplish much. “If something happens that is similar, with or without a formal order, I can take appropriate action,” O’Toole said. According to a transcript of the hearing, the judge said that while he was not inclined to sanction the government for any of the leaks, he wanted them stopped immediately. The local rules, which speak to the need to keep extraneous information out of the public arena, must be followed, O’Toole said. “I do think that the prosecution has practical, if not legal control over [the investigators], and I expect that the government will remind people involved in the case … of their responsibility to the integrity of the trial.” O’Toole can’t be too thrilled about the Silva news, but whether that prompts him to take action remains to be seen. Finally, Silva’s case has been assigned to Judge Mark L. Wolf. He has little tolerance for leaks and could have quite a bit to say on the issue if/when the defense raises it. Silva returns to court on Aug. 6. – David E. Frank
http://masslawyersweekly.com/2014/07/23/looking-into-leaks-in-tsarnaev/

let-goletgod:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on July 22 indicted Stephen Silva on charges of distribution of heroin and unlawful possession of a Ruger model 95 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number. Silva apparently is a friend of Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and lives in the same apartment complex as one of the UMass-Dartmouth students charged with making false statements to law enforcement after the attacks.
Although the Silva indictments are silent on any connection his case may have to Tsarnaev’s, many media outlets have reported that the 21-year-old is believed to have once been in possession of the pistol allegedly used to murder MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.
Some reports, quoting anonymous law enforcement sources, have stated that the government has evidence that Tsarnaev, and not his older brother, secured the weapon. Reports have also surfaced from unnamed sources that ballisticians were able to raise the obliterated serial number from the weapon and successfully trace it. Court filings in Silva’s case make no mention of such efforts.
Jonathan Shapiro, counsel to Silva, released the following statement on July 22: “I am representing Stephen Silva who is charged with a number of offenses, including the possession of a firearm in February of 2013. According to news reports, law enforcement officials say it is the same weapon that was used, some months later, in the MIT Officer Sean Collier shooting. However, this has not been charged in the indictment. I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice. Out of respect for that system and for my client, I cannot make any further comment on the case.”
Starting with the release of a series of photos taken during the search for and apprehension of Tsarnaev, his defense lawyers have claimed that the already challenging task of ensuring a fair trial for their client gets exponentially more difficult with the leaks.
I would expect the subject of the Silva coverage to become an issue before U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. when the Tsarnaev case returns to court. A motion for change of venue is under consideration by O’Toole; one would imagine the defense will cite the recent wave of publicity as yet another reason to send the case out of town.
Judy Clarke, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, told the judge at a June 18 status conference that a court order was needed to address the leaks: “There’s got to be some sense of sanctions that people would face … if they violate the court’s order. There’s been a high level of rhetoric, which the prosecution team has not been able to stop, and I think the court weighing in would be the next necessary step.”
O’Toole told the parties that he had seen some of the previous coverage of the case, “and I was not very happy about it.” But he said at the time that he didn’t think a formal order would accomplish much.
“If something happens that is similar, with or without a formal order, I can take appropriate action,” O’Toole said.
According to a transcript of the hearing, the judge said that while he was not inclined to sanction the government for any of the leaks, he wanted them stopped immediately. The local rules, which speak to the need to keep extraneous information out of the public arena, must be followed, O’Toole said. “I do think that the prosecution has practical, if not legal control over [the investigators], and I expect that the government will remind people involved in the case … of their responsibility to the integrity of the trial.”
O’Toole can’t be too thrilled about the Silva news, but whether that prompts him to take action remains to be seen.
Finally, Silva’s case has been assigned to Judge Mark L. Wolf. He has little tolerance for leaks and could have quite a bit to say on the issue if/when the defense raises it.
Silva returns to court on Aug. 6.
– David E. Frank

http://masslawyersweekly.com/2014/07/23/looking-into-leaks-in-tsarnaev/

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Close friend of Marathon bombing suspect had been arrested eight months ago for dealing pot - Metro - The Boston Globe

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A close friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect — who was taken into federal custody this week on heroin and gun charges — was also arrested eight months ago for dealing marijuana in Dorchester, and told police then, “I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber.”

Stephen Silva’s charges for peddling marijuana at an MBTA station at JFK/UMass preceeded his appearance in federal court on Tuesday on heroin trafficking and gun charges, including allegations that in February 2013 he possessed a Ruger gun, which had an obliterated serial number and matched the model of a pistol allegedly used in the shooting of MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Collier was allegedly shot by Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, while they were on the run from authorities on the night of April 18, 2013.

Federal law enforcement and MIT officials have declined to say whether the gun charge that Silva faces is related to the shooting of Collier, however a Cambridge police official acknowledged that federal prosecutors briefed top officers in the department about Silva’s arrest.

Silva, 21, of Cambridge, was charged this week with dealing heroin on six occasions in June in Medford in addition to the gun charge. A grand jury had indicted him on the heroin and gun charges a week ago, however he was not arrested until Monday night. He is currently being held by federal authorities.

A longtime Cambridge friend of Silva’s, who saw him as recently as last week, said it was well-known among many friends that Silva dealt marijuana. But this friend said he was “stunned” that Silva was involved with selling heroin or possibly providing guns to others. The friend, who asked to remain anonymous because he does not want to get involved in the criminal case, said Silva was part of a group of friends from Cambridge who enjoyed getting high, enjoying rap music, and cracking jokes.

“We were just chilling and smoking,” the friend said. “It’s summertime - we just chill.”

He said the subject of guns never came up in conversations, and he never saw Silva or any of his friends with weapons.

“I’ve never seen any of these dudes with guns,” said this friend.

He also said that Silva, whose family is from Cape Verde, did not have a summer job as far as he knew, and he often seemed low on cash.

One fall day last year, however, Silva allegedly carried extensive amounts of money while at an MBTA stop in Dorchester, records show.

Silva was arrested on Nov. 21, 2013 at about 12:45 p.m. at the JFK/UMass Red line station, records say. MBTA transit police officers apparently smelled a strong odor of marijuana as Silva walked around the station and spoke on a Virgin Mobile cellphone. Police questioned him, and Silva allegedly consented to a search. Officers said they found at least two packets of marijuana, $555 in cash and a piece of paper with a list of names, which appeared to relate to Silva’s marijuana-buying clients, according to the court record.

While waiting to be booked, records say, Silva told officers that he smoked copious amount of pot because “my best friend was the bomber.”

Five days later, police investigators applied for a search warrant for the messages, phone calls, photos and videos on Silva’s Virgin Mobile cellphone, saying it might provide important information on his suppliers and a larger drug-trafficking operation. Officers said that even if Silva was a “street level” drug dealer and “near the bottom” of a drug-dealing enterprise, his cellphones could provide police with his higher-level contacts.

In the application, officers noted that Silva also had an iPhone, but they concluded it was for personal use, and they only requested records related to the Virgin Mobile phone, which they believe was used for drug transactions.

Court records suggest that police obtained permission for the search, and records from that cellphone were given to police in early December of last year.

Silva attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and also worked with Tsarnaev as lifeguards at Harvard University’s pool. Silva also has an identical twin brother with the very similar name of Steven Silva, who was even closer to Tsarnaev, according to several friends. Steven Silva and Tsarnaev attended UMass-Dartmouth together.

A supervisor at Harvard’s Blodgett pool said he was surprised to hear that Stephen Silva was arrested on charges of heroin dealing and that he possibly provided a gun to Tsarnaev. The supervisor said he knew the Silva twins and Tsarnaev for at least two years, when they worked part-time at the pool. He said after Tsarnaev’s arrest in connection with the bombing, the twins started routinely missing shifts of work and “they drifted off.”

The supervisor, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized by the university to speak publicly, said he is aware that after the bombing, the FBI questioned the twins extensively, and even examined their cellphones and computers. Both twins were aware they needed legal advice given the scrutiny on them as close friends of Tsarnaev.

The supervisor said he recalled Steve Silva as being closer to Tsarnaev. While in high school, Steve Silva converted to Islam, the same faith as the Tsarnaev family. The Silva twins apparently grew up in a Catholic household.

The supervisor said he happened to run into Stephen Silva two weeks ago in Harvard Square. He said they chatted, and Silva said he was continuing his studies at UMass-Boston. The supervisor said Silva said he was not working as a lifeguard anywhere, and did not mention any summer job. He said Silva mentioned possibly visiting Brazil soon.

The supervisor said he left Silva in Harvard Square that day, saying, “Glad to see you’re staying out of trouble.”

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‘I Smoke Weed Every Day Because My Best Friend Was the Bomber’ - ABC News

let-goletgod:

BOSTON — The accused heroin dealer who officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said.

Boston Magazine
“I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and the man charged with setting off the Boston Marathon bombs in April 2013 with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Silva, 21, had been out on bail awaiting a court date scheduled for next week in relation to the state’s marijuana charges when he was taken into federal custody Monday and accused of dealing heroin in June 2014.

In addition to the new heroin charges, court documents also accuse Silva of at one point possessing a handgun, a “Ruger model P95 9mm pistol,” in early 2013 that law enforcement sources told ABC News is the same one later used by the Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout with police three days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities believe the gun was also used to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier hours before the shootout with police.

Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

Before Boston Bombing, Alleged Attacker Posed With Black Flag of Jihad

TIMELINE: Boston Marathon Bombing

Though the Tsarnaevs are not mentioned in court documents regarding Silva’s gun possession charges, law enforcement officials told ABC News they believe Silva gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the weapon and that Dzhokhar and Silva were close.

Tuesday Silva told the federal magistrate judge that he graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin, the same high school where the younger Tsarnaev graduated, with honors. Silva said he graduated in 2011, the same year as Tsarnaev.

In a run-in with authorities on the Fourth of July in 2012, cops reported a Steven Silva — rather than Stephen — and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were discovered together drinking alcohol in a Honda registered to Dzhokhar. Stephen Silva has an identical twin brother named Steven, sources said, but police believe that it was really Stephen in the car with the younger Tsarnaev. The November 2013 police report also had the offender listed as Steven, but fingerprints taken after his arrest identified him as Stephen Silva, the same man arraigned in federal court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.

Stephen Silva said in court Tuesday he lives with his mother and stepfather, and added that his brother “moved away” and works as a car salesman. State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends.

Stephen Silva did not enter a plea during his initial appearance Tuesday, and is being held until his bail hearing in August. His trial on the Nov. 2013 marijuana arrest will be postponed, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Late Tuesday Silva’s attorney Jonathan Shapiro issued a statement that notes there is no mention of Tsarnaev in his client’s most recent indictment.

“I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice,” Shapiro said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout with police on April 18, 2013. Dzhokhar was injured but survived and was later captured. He has pleaded not guilty to some 30 charges related to the bombing and, if convicted, could face the death penalty.

"State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends."

what? I think they’re confusing the two Silva brothers.

Steven went to UMass-Dartmouth with Jahar. He left home (mentioned in this article) and moved into the Tsarnaev home.

Edit: Jahar was friends with both of the brothers. It’s kinda’ shady how this article is saying Jahar wasn’t friends with Steven. Clearly they were good friends.

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Anonymous asked: Do you think tamerlan was all muscle no brains? I don't think he was completely stupid but I feel like he was sort of a dope.he used his muscles and large height to intimidate people I think, he didn't want people to know that he was really pretty dumb.

ethylmylove:

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dzhoslibrarian:

gardens-of-secrets:

dzhoslibrarian:

It seems to me just from his reading choices (e.g., the stuff he got from Donald Larking) he was not a particularly rational person. That doesn’t mean he had no brains, it means that from where I sit, he didn’t appear to use them to think critically and logically. I hesitate to call him stupid or dumb, because that implies something about his raw intellectual ability that I’m not in a position to know.  Therefore I prefer to say that he did some dumb things (as did Jahar). That doesn’t mean they weren’t intellectually capable of doing better.

Perhaps with different training and a different home environment, he could have learned to think more rationally. I would have been ridiculed mercilessly (or at least subjected to a line of critical questioning) for thinking/believing some of the things he did  (I’m referring to the conspiracy stuff, as well as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion). I don’t get the sense that he was made to give a rational defense of his views. I don’t believe critical thinking was stressed in that household.

Remember, Zubiedat was also a 9/11 “truther.”

Jahar’s beliefs about 9/11 changed, too, from believing it was a consequence of U.S. foreign policy (which is completely understandable) to calling it a government conspiracy in early 2013 while watching a TV documentary with his roommate Andrew Dwinells.

Yeah, this is exactly what I was driving at.

Been seeing a crap ton of asks that people got along these lines, so just want to add my two cents. General friendly reminder that:

  • Having anger issues and making irrational decisions does not mean someone is stupid or unintelligent. When you have anger problems as bad as Tamerlan seemed to have, you often end up “acting first, asking questions later,” as they say. It can be extremely difficult to think critically when you have anger issues and something pisses you off. You can end up doing and saying things you never would normally. Like DL said, we don’t have anywhere near enough info on Tamerlan to adequately assess his intelligence level.
  • Believing in conspiracy theories also doesn’t make someone stupid. Believing blindly in every conspiracy theory ever because of pathological cynicism can indicate a lack of critical thinking, but there are a lot of “conspiracy theories” that aren’t 100% ridiculous, lol. Reminder also that just blindly dismissing conspiracy theories without even looking into/evaluating them is also indicative of a lack of critical thinking skills.

"Reminder also that just blindly dismissing conspiracy theories without even looking into/evaluating them is also indicative of a lack of critical thinking skills.”

bless you, sri. people forget that everything edward snowden revealed was a conspiracy theory at one point. sometimes they pan out, sometimes they don’t, but just dismissing them right away without investigating the possibility of there being some truth to them is a mistake imo(and probably what the government is counting on, lol). i really don’t think we know nearly enough about tamerlan to assume he was dumb. i know some very intelligent individuals who come up with some crazy ass theories. lack of critical thinking? sure, flat out dumb? i very seriously doubt it tbh.

Anonymous asked: Do you think tamerlan was all muscle no brains? I don't think he was completely stupid but I feel like he was sort of a dope.he used his muscles and large height to intimidate people I think, he didn't want people to know that he was really pretty dumb.

gardens-of-secrets:

dzhoslibrarian:

It seems to me just from his reading choices (e.g., the stuff he got from Donald Larking) he was not a particularly rational person. That doesn’t mean he had no brains, it means that from where I sit, he didn’t appear to use them to think critically and logically. I hesitate to call him stupid or dumb, because that implies something about his raw intellectual ability that I’m not in a position to know.  Therefore I prefer to say that he did some dumb things (as did Jahar). That doesn’t mean they weren’t intellectually capable of doing better.

Perhaps with different training and a different home environment, he could have learned to think more rationally. I would have been ridiculed mercilessly (or at least subjected to a line of critical questioning) for thinking/believing some of the things he did  (I’m referring to the conspiracy stuff, as well as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion). I don’t get the sense that he was made to give a rational defense of his views. I don’t believe critical thinking was stressed in that household.

Remember, Zubiedat was also a 9/11 “truther.”

Jahar’s beliefs about 9/11 changed, too, from believing it was a consequence of U.S. foreign policy (which is completely understandable) to calling it a government conspiracy in early 2013 while watching a TV documentary with his roommate Andrew Dwinells.