Sorry for the lack of posting, folks -- my ISP is having tech troubles. Right now, I'm at a fast food restaurant trying to type on an aged netbook. Not ideal blogging conditions.
For now, I urge you to look at this piece
on the Boston bombing, written by an interesting trio of journalists. Why on earth are the feds going to such absurd lengths to harass and intimidate anyone who knew the bombers?
All of these individuals have something in common: If afforded constitutional protections and treated as witnesses instead of perpetrators, they could potentially help clear up questions about the violence of April 15. And they might also be able to help clarify the methods and extent of the FBI’s recruitment of immigrants and others for undercover work, and how that could relate to the Bureau’s prior relationship with the bombing suspects—a relationship the Bureau has variously hidden or downplayed.
As I've said before, the detail that always stuck with me was the fact that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer. Young, unsuccessful practitioners of the sweet science are often recruited into various unsavory activities by anyone who needs tough guys to do shady work.