Misinformation and holes in bombing suspect’s story adds to confusion

Posted at 4:38 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 16:38:25-04

If you’ve been following the Boston Marathon bombing case and heard the newly revealed statements attributed to the lone surviving suspect, then you may have noticed there’s something off regarding the flow of information from federal to local law enforcement officials.

Let’s take a step back and look at the timeline. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says investigators in Boston interviewed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev twice – first Saturday evening into Sunday, and then Sunday evening into Monday.

It was after that second interrogation on Monday that Dzhokhar was read his Miranda rights during a hospital bedside hearing and then reportedly went silent.

Now here’s where it get’s tricky.

It wasn’t until Wednesday — two days after that hearing — that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed that he’d been told Dzhokhar confessed that he and his brother planned to come to New York to party.

Thursday, a bigger bombshell, in the form of a completely contradictory statement.

Commissioner Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg say the information came from Dzhokhar’s second interrogation via Boston investigators.

“Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York city was next on their list of targets”, said Mayor Bloomberg.

Bloomberg added, “And keep in mind we didn’t interrogate the suspect ourselves. This is the information we’re getting from the FBI and local police departments in Boston that did interrogate.”

We wondered why the NYPD is just now finding out about this alleged threat – alleged, because let’s remember, it’s too early to tell if Dzhokhar is telling the truth.

Congressman Peter King — talking to Pix11 on the phone Thursday — is also curious and outraged.

“48 hours is a lifetime when you’re dealing with terrorism.  Why did the FBI wait so long to tell the NYPD? I mean, they knew this as of Monday. How could they possibly have waited 48 hours at least before the NYPD was notified that we could be the target of an attack? Because we don’t know how many people are involved in this conspiracy. And it could well be that there’s another conspirator out there who was going to carry out the attack”, said Congressman King.