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Sources: Bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took responsibility for Marathon ... - Boston.com

By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff

Just before he was captured last month, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scrawled a note inside the boat where he was hiding that seemed to take responsibility for his role in the tragedy, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the note.

After police forced him out of a Watertown resident’s boat, they found the message in which he praised Allah and said he would be joining his dead brother, Tamerlan, soon, according to one of the officials.

“They found a note that took responsibility,” the official said, but did not provide more details.

Still, the official said, the note could help the prosecution prove the suspect’s alleged role in the bombing.

Both officials asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

CBS News first reported the note, citing anonymous sources who said Tsarnaev called the Boston victims “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev wrote.

The Tsarnaev brothers allegedly planted the bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon finish line on the afternoon of April 15. The brothers also allegedly killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is facing federal charges that could bring him the death penalty. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed after a shootout with police in Watertown several days after the bombings. Authorities say he was also run over by his younger brother who was making a desperate bid to escape police.

Dzokhar was captured later the same day near the shootout scene, hiding in a boat parked in the backyard of a home.

The bombings shook the nation and raised questions about why the brothers turned to terrorism and whether law enforcement and security officials could have prevented the attacks.


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Dems say Benghazi emails show no cover-up, rally behind White House(Jacquelyn Martin/ Associated Press ) - An email from then-CIA Director David Petraeus is among the 99 pages of emails regarding Benghazi released by the White House Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Petraeus objected to the final talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. The White House on Wednesday released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes made by Petraeus’ deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House the day before Rice’s appearance.

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(Jacquelyn Martin/ Associated Press ) - An email from then-CIA Director David Petraeus is among the 99 pages of emails regarding Benghazi released by the White House Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Petraeus objected to the final talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. The White House on Wednesday released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes made by Petraeus’ deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House the day before Rice’s appearance.(Jacquelyn Martin/ Associated Press ) - A portion of a page of emails that the White House released Wednesday, May 15, 2013, that document how the Obama administration crafted its public talking points immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012, deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, is seen at the White House in Washington.(Jacquelyn Martin/ Associated Press ) - A portion of pages of emails that the White House released Wednesday, May 15, 2013, that document how the Obama administration crafted its public talking points immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012, deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are seen at the White House in Washington.CAPTION By Associated Press, Associated PressMay 16, 2013 05:04 PM EDT

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WASHINGTON — Democrats rallied behind President Barack Obama in the long-running, bitter dispute over the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack, arguing that the White House’s latest email disclosure undermines Republican claims of a cover-up.

“Let’s be honest about what’s happening here,” Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said Thursday in speech on the Senate floor. “It’s not about doing all we can to find the truth and making sure it never happens again; it’s about political-gamesmanship and finding someone to blame.”

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The White House released some 100 pages of emails and notes on Wednesday about interagency discussions on how to describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in which militants struck the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, killing four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the emails “prove there simply was no cover-up.”

“Yet Republicans, with full knowledge of these emails, claimed the White House was hiding the truth,” Reid said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed with Obama that the GOP focus was a “sideshow.”

Yet Republicans made clear they have no plans to back down, with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, telling reporters that the GOP members on five committees were “working overtime” on the Benghazi issue.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people about the circumstances of the attack, playing down a terrorist strike that would reflect poorly on Obama in the heat of a presidential race. Obama has dismissed charges of a cover-up and suggested on Monday that the criticism was politically motivated.

Eight months after the attack, the issue remains a political winner with the Republican base as conservatives have been ferocious in assailing Obama. Rank-and-file GOP members and outside groups have pressured Boehner to appoint a special select committee to investigate. Instead, Republicans are pursuing their own inquiries and promising to call more witnesses to testify publicly, including the veteran diplomat and retired admiral who led an independent review of the attack that widely criticized the State Department’s insufficient security at the facility.

In the latest back-and-forth between the two leaders and a House Republican committee chairman, Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen sent a letter Thursday to the oversight committee chairman saying they will testify in public but not submit to private interviews with staff investigators prior to their testimony.

“The public deserves to hear your questions and answers,” Pickering and Mullen told Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. They offered to appear before the panel either May 28 or June 3.

The emails disclosed on Wednesday underscored the turf battle between the State Department and CIA, as neither one wanted to take the blame for the attack. They also showed the reluctance within the administration about saying anything definitively as officials scrambled to write talking points for lawmakers and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who discussed the attack on Sunday talk shows.

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