Anonymous said: What's your religion/political affiliation? (You don't have to answer if you don't want to, I'm just curious)
No, it’s cool! My answering a couple of off-topic questions once in a while won’t kill anyone, lol.
Religiously I’m agnostic (raised in a Catholic family), politically I’m a radical democrat.
Anonymous said: I'm pretty sure Matanov is not under SAMs so people can write to him, right? Does anybody know if people are writing to him? I think that would be nice, to keep his spirits up since he is not doing well. I picked you for this ask cos your blog has high visibility :-)
Yes, as far as I know people can write to him! I agree, that would be a very nice and thoughtful thing to do. Here’s his address if anyone would like to write:
Khairullozhon Matanov, ID# 65363
Unit GSE, Room #107
26 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Anonymous said: Any thoughts on why J's attorneys want him to look at the autopsy pictures?
This comes back to the principle of being able to see evidence that would be presented against him in court. For all we know, he may elect NOT to look at those photos.
But perhaps if he does look at them, they are hoping to elicit (or increase) remorse by making him face what he did the day he pushed the button and walked away. The best way to get a jury to have mercy on him would be for him to show remorse. It seems to me that the sooner he sees those photos and the more time he had to think about them, the more likely he would be to feel and show visible remorse.
Prosecutors say Stephen Silva was original source of gun that was used to kill Officer Sean Collier
lefaitjugelhomme said: RNT wrote: "That flag has the seal of the Prophet peace be upon him on it. Meaning that when he would seal letters he would use that. That’s all it is." What bs. The flag is the modern version of the black banners of Khurasan. Its origin are the Umayyads, not a wax seal on letters from the Prophet and its message is not of peace but that of the end times.
If you want to argue with what she said about this topic (which I’m honestly sure she knows more about than most of us here, tbh) then you really need to be addressing her. I’m not a Muslim, so I’m not the expert here.
Anonymous said: Is " The Black Standard" the flag of Jihad? The tsarnaevs had one in their home. I asked someone on here who was familiar with Islam but that bitch neverr answered my question.
That person probably was/is busy and just didn’t have time to answer your question. It happens to the best of us - I myself haven’t been able to be on here in like three days due to assorted life things but mostly some incredibly dumb fucking bullshit that shouldn’t be continuing to be a thing but obviously is. Anyway, back to your ask.
Keep in mind I’m not an expert on Islam, so if any Muslims want to chime in on this, feel free. But as far as I know, yeah, it is commonly referred to as the flag of jihad and used by many Islamist organizations, both extremist and not IIRC. A reminder that jihad itself is not inherently linked to extremism despite its modern connotations. So yes, it’s an Islam-related symbol, but it’s not automatically related to extremism.
Hello I hope it’s ok if I answer this. That flag has the seal of the Prophet peace be upon him on it. Meaning that when he would seal letters he would use that. That’s all it is. It doesn’t stand for any kind of jihadist group, we have one in our front room too. The writing simply says Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet. And it’s very important to remember that a lot of groups who claim to do jihad nowadays are actually very wrong. When there is an actual legitimate reason to go for jihad, there are many laws and rules when a person goes for jihad. Such as not cutting down trees, not mutilating the dead, not destroying oasis, not attacking old men women and children, treating prisoners fairly.
Thank you very much for this elaboration! :)
Anonymous said: commthoncents says "Jahar knew what he needed that gun for" when he got it, but that's really NOT as clear as some assume. Jahar may have really bought it with the intention of using it to protect himself as a dealer. They planned a bombing, not a mass shooting. The crimes for which that weapon came into play didn't appear to involve long term planning. If they had originally intended to use guns for their mission, seems they'd have bothered to get two.
This is where the timeline becomes important. Jahar acquired the gun at approximately the same time the brothers were getting components together for the bombing. Let’s face it, he was dealing for quite a while, why finally get a gun in Feb, March or April of 2013? The defense might try to argue what you’ve stated, but it will be hard convincing a jury that getting a gun to protect his weed biz was a priority to Jahar in the Spring of 2013. What will be very important is exactly when Jahar took possession of the gun. Was it after the bombing? Why get a gun at all? Did they expect to engage in a firefight with LE? Maybe getting two guns wasn’t an option for them.