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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Muslim rights organization is asking Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene and allow three permanent residents of Florida to return to the United States from Russia.
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Kerry on Monday accusing the United States of unlawfully preventing three Russians - Umar Taramov, Khusen Taramov, and Khasan Taramov - from boarding a flight in Moscow.
Khusen Taramov was one of the last people to see Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev alive before he was shot to death in May during an interview with the FBI and others in central Florida.
Officials say Todashev turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The state attorney is continuing to investigate the incident.
The charges relate to “what did the defendants know, and when did they know it, and what did they do with that knowledge,’’ the judge said. “Did they answer the questions [from law enforcement] truthfully?’’
Woodlock also cautioned federal prosecutors not to engage in semantic games when identifying the large number of federal, state, and local officials who were on scene in Dartmouth and New Bedford on April 19 and April 20 when authorities investigated Tsarnaev’s connection to the three suspects.
In one court filing, according to the judge and the defense, prosecutors suggested the agency that oversees legal immigration was not part of the federal government. “Everybody who was involved with this process is part of the government,’’ Woodlock told prosecutors.
All three men have so far presented a united legal front, but Phillipos defense attorney Derege Demissie said in court Monday that he may file a motion to have his client tried separately.
Defense attorneys for the friends said they needed notes of any statements they made before being advised of their right not to speak to police. A large number of police swarmed the apartment south of Boston shared by two of the men, both Kazakh exchange students, during a massive April 19 manhunt for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“There were dozens and dozens of officers and after they were ordered out at gunpoint and stripped in public view and handcuffed, they were then left in patrol cars for several hours,” and may have made statements overheard by officers, said Robert Stahl, an attorney for Dias Kadyrbayev, one of the two Kazakh exchange students.
“Nothing they said before they were Mirandized is going to be used,” Woodlock said during lengthy 90-minute hearing.
Prosecutors said they had already turned over all evidence related to the case and denied defense attorneys claims that authorities took and ripped up a statement made to police by a witness who was a friend of the exchange students.
Defense lawyer says they just received thousands of pages of discovery via the Russian government.
***Defense interested in finding others (like defs) who knew #Tsarnaev but didn’t call police. Suggesting the friends didn’t realize.
Pros. says they won’t use the “Terrorista” license plate at trial. Judge says that’s “prudent.”
Prosecutor reveals interrogations done in offices and conference rooms, not actual interrogation rooms which have cameras.
Defense is trying to find out if interviews recorded. The girlfriend of one defendant said she saw a camera in the room.
Moving on to the backpack and fireworks found in the landfill: no DNA or fingerprints found on them, pros. says.
Edward Snowden submitted testimony to the European Parliament’s inquiry into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens
Despite the extraordinary intrusions of the NSA and EU national governments into private communications world-wide, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Underwear Bomber,” was allowed to board an airplane traveling from Europe to the United States in 2009. The 290 persons on board were not saved by mass surveillance, but by his own incompetence, when he failed to detonate the device. While even Mutallab’s own father warned the US government he was dangerous in November 2009, our resources were tied up monitoring online games and tapping German ministers. That extraordinary tip-off didn’t get Mutallab a dedicated US investigator. All we gave him was a US visa.
Nor did the US government’s comprehensive monitoring of Americans at home stop the Boston Bombers. Despite the Russians specifically warning us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the FBI couldn’t do more than a cursory investigation — although they did plenty of worthless computer-based searching - and failed to discover the plot. 264 people were injured, and 3 died. The resources that could have paid for a real investigation had been spent on monitoring the call records of everyone in America.
This should not have happened. I worked for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency. The National Security Agency. The Defense Intelligence Agency. I love my country, and I believe that spying serves a vital purpose and must continue. And I have risked my life, my family, and my freedom to tell you the truth.
The NSA granted me the authority to monitor communications world-wide using its mass surveillance systems, including within the United States. I have personally targeted individuals using these systems under both the President of the United States’ Executive Order 12333 and the US Congress’ FAA 702. I know the good and the bad of these systems, and what they can and cannot do, and I am telling you that without getting out of my chair, I could have read the private communications of any member of this committee, as well as any ordinary citizen. I swear under penalty of perjury that this is true.
These are not the capabilities in which free societies invest. Mass surveillance violates our rights, risks our safety, and threatens our way of life.
*Snowden’s full testimony at link