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Ralph Lopez

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Op-Ed: Question which must be asked in Tsarnaev trial — Were they alone?

As the defense team in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has already taken the unprecedented move of declaring their client guilty, as he sits "slouched in his seat and [showing] little reaction," in the words of one AP report, questions remain.

Boston bombing widow under investigation, faces possible charges

The wife of deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Ms. Katherine Russell, is under active police investigation, ABC News reported on the same day that the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev opened with its first prosecutor's statements.

How the CIA encouraged Iran to build a nuclear trigger

A CIA plan may have allowed US intelligence to claim that it had solid proof Iran was actively trying to build the final critical component of a nuclear weapon, had Iran fallen for the deception.

Jeb Bush says intelligence on WMD in Iraq was not 'accurate'

Possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush has admitted that the intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs, on which his brother, the former president, said his invasion of Iraq was based, was not "accurate."

Bush family ties to terror suspects re-opened by 9/11 '28 pages'

As pressure builds to make public 28 pages of a joint congressional inquiry on 9/11 which was classified by President George W. Bush, the Bush family's well-documented relationships to Saudi and other foreign terror suspects are again coming to the fore.

9/11 report testimony altered to hide Cheney role in Pentagon hit

The official US government report on the attacks of September 11, 2001, has altered and obscured the testimony of US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta in a manner which absolves former Vice President Dick Cheney of failing to defend the Pentagon.

Protesters call Kissinger war criminal in hearing, McCain fumes

With Arizona Senator John McCain rushing to his defense and calling the protesters "low life scum," former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was denounced in a public hearing by protesters seeking his arrest, calling him a "war criminal."

Bush grandpa's ties to Nazis clearer on 70th Auschwitz memorial

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz comes and goes, the long-controversial links between American industrialists and the rise of the Nazi regime have become clearer, thanks to recently uncovered documents.

Review: Selma — Film on MLK more relevant now than ever

Selma, which dramatizes this southern Alabama episode of Dr. Martin Luther King's odyssey through the American South, is a kick in the gut which enrages, enervates, and inspires all at once.

Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA

Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a "propagandist," an editor of a major German daily has claimed that he personally planted stories for the CIA.

ISIS financed by U.S. allies, says former U.S. Navy Admiral

In a September 2014 news analysis for NBC News, a former US Navy Admiral acknowledged that significant funding for the radical jihadist group ISIS comes from sources within Qatar and Saudi Arabia, countries with close diplomatic ties to the US.

Hebdo shooters were on terrorist watch lists, like Tsarnaevs

The slain suspects in the shooting which killed 12 people in Paris, in the offices of the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, were on both US and French intelligence terror watch lists. One had a prior 2008 conviction for running Al Qaeda fighters to Syria.

Entire Tsarnaev case turns on video of backpack being set down

With the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev beginning, it is clear that the prosecution's case relies on the one critical piece of evidence that the prosecution says it has, which Governor Duval Patrick spoke of on Meet the Press.

Bill Clinton may be subpoenaed in Epstein 'sex slave' case

One of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against financier Jeffrey Epstein has told the UK Daily Mail that "Bill [Clinton] must have known about Jeffrey’s girls" when the former president made frequent flights with Epstein on his private planes.

Wikileaks: CIA's Brennan on 'witch hunt' when Hastings was killed

A 2010 email released by Wikileaks from a top-level CIA contractor asserts that CIA Director John Brennan, the subject of a story by now deceased journalist Michael Hastings, was on a "witch hunt" against "investigative journalists" perceived as hostile.

Canadian government to consider petition on reinvestigating 9/11

A Canadian Parliament member has submitted a petition of behalf of 1400 Canadian signatories asking for a " truly independent investigation in order to uncover the full truth surrounding the events of September 11, 2001."

Leader of the 'Pakistani Taliban' was released by U.S. in 2005

As the world reels from the brutal attack upon schoolchildren in Pakistan by the group known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, unclassified CIA documents show that a key former leader of the group was in U.S. custody and released from Guantanamo in 2004.

White college students shutdown traffic to protest Garner death Special

In Boston last night hundreds of students marched down the major thoroughfare Massachusetts Avenue, "Mass Ave," and methodically shut down major intersections by placing their bodies in the streets to protest the killing of Eric Garner.

Op-Ed: Garner case nothing like Ferguson, clear cold-blooded murder

The irony in the case of Eric Garner, dead as a result of police actions on July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, is that it has none of the obscure circumstances of the Michael Brown death in Ferguson, Missouri.

NDAA indefinite military detention of Americans on radio tonight

WCRN's the John Weston Show will discuss the law signed by Obama once again in 2014, which gives the Executive Branch the power to sweep up Americans and put them into military detention facilities such as Guantanamo.
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