After highlighting that some of his sources are now under threat of 20-year prison terms, conservative political commentator Glenn Beck revealed intelligence on Monday that questions the exoneration of a Saudi national once considered a suspect in the Boston bombings by federal agents.
"We don't know at this point how he was involved … but I do know he was involved," said Beck on The Blaze TV.
"You can ask yourself this question, 'How many times does lightning have to strike in the first place for this guy to be at the scene of the crime and in the hospital and not be involved?" he added. more >>
Some Republican members of Congress are calling on the executive branch to treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers suspected of being responsible for last week's terrorist attack in Boston, as an enemy combatant, but not to try him in a military court.
As an American citizen, Tsarnaev cannot be tried in a military commission, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," but he should be considered an enemy combatant for information gathering purposes. Graham authored the Military Commissions Act of 2009, which established the procedures for military tribunals, and has 30 years of experience as a lawyer in military courts.
Graham delivered a joint statement Saturday with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) calling on the Obama administration to designate Tsarnaev an enemy combatant. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an inter-denominational student ministry that builds communities across campuses in the U.S., revealed that one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing was involved with their organization.
Chinese national Lingzi Lu, 23, was one of the three people who lost their lives in last week's twin blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon, which also injured more than 170 others.
"(Lu) was involved with the international student ministry we have at Boston University. She attended a retreat that we sponsored last fall. She was friends with people in the InterVarsity International Student ministry with the graduate and faculty side of our work," said InterVarsity National Field Director Greg Jao, according to Mission Network News. more >>
The bombings in Boston last week have entered the debate over immigration reform. Some are suggesting the immigration reform effort should be delayed to consider what can be gleaned from the attacks to improve the immigration system, while others suggest that the attacks demonstrate the need to reform the system soon.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) first suggested that the immigration debate be put on hold due to the bombings in Boston.
"Given the events of this week, it is important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system," Grassley said during a Friday committee hearing on immigration reform. more >>
Charles J. Chaput, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, said in a column addressing the Boston Marathon bombings that something is very wrong with America's way of life.
"Something wrong with our way of life, and millions of people can feel it; something selfish, cynical, empty and mean. Something that acts like a magnet to the worst impulses of the human heart. We're no longer the nation of our founders, or even of our parents. Some of their greatness has been lost," the 68-year-old Archbishop wrote in his weekly column for CatholicPhilly.com.
Boston was under lock-down Friday as the manhunt for the second suspected man connected with the tragedy, which left three people dead and over 170 injured. Police caught and arrested 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev last night after his elder brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead Thursday overnight. more >>
As the F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security sift through the collateral damage in Boston, one thing is abundantly clear: it was an act of terrorism. Questions, like who is responsible and their motivation, remain to be determined. Along with those questions, one cannot help but ask where God is during events like this.
It is a fair question. I've asked it myself a time or two; especially after losing my husband some years back. There is something about death that shocks the rest of us into reality. We want answers…we need answers. We need to know that somehow in some way the pain we are feeling in that moment is of some significance to someone, somewhere in the universe.
Meanwhile, the clock's pendulum swings, the sun rises and falls, the seasons change and life moves forward…whether we like it or not. At some point along this pain filled journey we call grief, we wonder where, exactly, was God during our time of suffering? Did he hear our cries? Did he see our pain…or was he too preoccupied with bigger concerns to notice? more >>