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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' Face Book Page attracts more than 11,000 fans worldwide


They number in the thousands, and they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been charged with bombing the Boston Marathon, is innocent.


The 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' Facebook page has quickly grown to include 11,250 members who offer a mixture of constructive support and conspiracy theories
The 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' Facebook page has quickly grown to include 11,250 members who offer a mixture of constructive support for the accused Boston bomber and conspiracy theories that paint him as an innocent man
A young believer marks her hand with 'Dzhokhar is innocent'
In a dark corner of Facebook, the younger Tsarnaev brother is turning into a mixture of pop icon and Internet martyr
In a dark corner of Facebook, the younger Tsarnaev brother is turning into a mixture of pop icon and Internet martyr, spawning photo campaigns, posters, and a rubber 'cause' bracelet


Conspiracy theorists argue on Facebook that the younger Tsarnaev brother shed his blood only when police shot him - and not inside the boat where he was found
Conspiracy theorists argue on Facebook that the younger Tsarnaev brother shed his blood only when police shot him - and not inside the boat where he was found
College kids: Young activists make up much of the Facebook page's fans, and many are filing petitions and taking other symbolic actions to protest what they see as a controlling government railroading an innocent Muslim man
College kids: Young activists make up much of the Facebook page's fans, and many are filing petitions and taking other symbolic actions to protest what they see as a controlling government railroading an innocent Muslim man

Others believe the iconic image of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair, bloodied with his femur protruding through what was left of his thigh, actually shows double-amputee soldier Nick Vogt, who survived an encounter with an IED in Afghanistan a few years after his graduation from the U.S. military Academy at West Point.
Bauman and Vogt share certain resemblances, and on that basis the conspiracy theorists conclude they are one and the same, with Vogt playing the role of volunteer 'victim,' complete with a bottle of fake blood discarded at his feet.
'Was Nick Vogt acting?' one asked in a note attached to a photo too grisly to show.
'You think that's enough blood for 2 lost legs?' came a reply. 'When they took another photo he was lying on the ground, pretending he was badly injured.'
'I want to believe it's real,' chimed in a third, 'but damn, that blood just looks like someone spilled a can of red paint.'
Neither Vogt nor his family has given a response to the accusation and neither has the U.S. Army, the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security.
One of the most frequent conspiracy theories accuses the government of faking the horrific injuries of Jeff Bauman by using double-amputee veteran Nick Vogt as a stand-in
One of the most frequent conspiracy theories accuses the government of faking the horrific injuries of Jeff Bauman by using double-amputee veteran Nick Vogt as a stand-in

Americans screamed after 9/11 that a series of controlled explosions, not a pair of jet aircraft, brought down New York's twin towers. The government, the theme goes, can't be trusted.

Vocal fans of the 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is Innocent' Facebook group have claimed that neither Tsarnaev brother was responsible for the Boston bombing. Instead, they say, a government-funded group of mercenaries from a private company staged the event and framed the Chechen pair.
The company they accuse, Craft International, trains military and police teams through tactical and combat scenarios. Its founder, retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, wrote the best-selling book American Sniper and recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history.
He was killed in February at a Texas gun range, by a fellow veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A man who seemed to be a security guard at the scene of the Boston bombings wore a hat with an emblem that resembles that of private security firm Craft International
A man who seemed to be a security guard at the scene of the Boston bombings wore a hat with an emblem that resembles that of private security firm Craft International. This, conspiracy theorists claim, shows the company was present on April 15. hey also claim the man and his companion, not the Tsarnaevs, planted the bombs

The basis for the accusation, like much of what's found on the Facebook group's page, is the thin gruel of JFK-assassination grassy-knoll buzz, but still mesmerizes those who are inclined to believe it. Central is a superficial resemblance between Craft's distinctive logo patch and one seen on a hat belonging to a Boston Marathon security officer in online photos.

Craft chief operating officer Bo French, reached via email,  had no comment.

Grassy knoll: Conspiracy theorists claim a backpack worn by a mysterious man in black matched the one recovered at the scene, and that its owner was seen fleeing Copley Square without the bag
Grassy knoll: Conspiracy theorists claim a backpack worn by a mysterious man in black matched the one recovered at the scene, and that its owner was seen fleeing Copley Square without the bag

AXJ says it exists 'to publish the Truth that Main Stream Media ( MSM ) will not publish.' That includes the conclusion that an able-bodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev willingly surrendered from his hiding place in a backyard boat, shedding his blood only after police fired on him.
They base this on photographs that show blood on the outside of the boat, but none on the inside. And, they say, the audio from a YouTube video shot during Dhokhar's final firefight features his voice crying, 'We didn't do it!'

Is this the late Tamerlan Tsarnaev? Believers in a government frame-up job say so, claiming that the elder brother was taken into custody alive
Does this news footage show the late Tamerlan Tsarnaev? Believers in a government frame-up job say so, claiming that the elder brother was taken into custody alive, naked and walking under his own power - not bloodied, lacerated, and run over by his fleeing younger brother, as official reports show
True believer: The Facebook page is full of comments like this one, from someone inclined to distrust official accounts offered by police and reporters
True believer: The Facebook page is full of comments like this one, from someone inclined to distrust official accounts offered by police and reporters

Other theories are as numerous as the people offering them, many of them university-age students. One suggested that another backpack, not Dzhokhar's, exploded near the marathon's finish line. Her rationale was that a backpack seen on a security guard - the same man accused of being on Craft International's payroll - resembled the shredded remains of the one at the bombing scene.
'How convenient,' one commented offered, with another pointing out in pictures the similarity between the man who carried that backpack and a Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.
Others lean on conservative Internet broadcast host Glenn Beck and radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, reinforcing their diagnoses of government cover-ups and 'false flag' operations.
But most of them, the House of Saud aside, believe that the Tsarnaevs drew the short end of the criminal-justice straw because of their Islamic faith - a dramatic departure from the more mainstream view that it was that believe in Islam that drove them to kill.
'Loads of children killed in Gaza,' one believer wrote, 'and no one cares. One kid dies in Boston, and it's OHMIGOD. Can you say "Islamophobia"?'

'Two men in drag planted the bombs ... look closely!' To the untrained eye, even a purse in a crowd can look like a bomber's backpack
'Two men in drag planted the bombs ... look closely!' To the untrained eye, even a purse in a crowd can look like a bomber's backpack

Many of the macabre photographic tributes to Dhokhar feature Arabic writing or Quran verses. Visitors from Gaza, Egypt, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates left well-wishes, all invoking the Muslim god Allah.
A Facebook spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the company will allow the 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' to remain.

A pro-Muslim, anti-Israel posture is seen in many of the posts, fueling a narrative that Islam was the cause of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest, not the cause of his alleged crime
A pro-Muslim, anti-Israel posture is seen in many of the posts, fueling a narrative that Islam was the cause of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest, not the cause of his alleged crime

Alex JonesPolitical commentator Glenn Beck said the government quickly moved to deport a third conspirator, a Saudi man
Political commentator Glenn Beck (L) said Monday that the federal government quickly moved to deport a third conspirator, a Saudi man. Radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (R) tweeted that official explanation of the Boston bombings 'stinks to high heaven,' and suggested it was a 'false flag' attack

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