Thursday, April 25, 2013

Piers Morgan: missing Brown student and the "power" of social media; NBC Dateline: Military-style battle in Watertown

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Piers Morgan interviewed the family of Sunil Tripathi, a still missing student from Brown University (Rohde Island), who was mistakenly identified from the crowd pictures on Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.
The link and video for the interview is here
The family said that the episode shows the risks of social media, where rumors not linked to evidence can spread and be believed.

Earlier, Piers had interviewed terrorism experts who said that it was unconscionable that the US did not jump higher at Russian requests for information on the older brother.  Russia rarely gives us tips, they said, so we should have taken this more seriously.
Also, on Wednesday, NBC Dateline aired “Terror in Boston: the Hunt for Answers” (link with particular emphasis on the cell phone photos and videos made by two young men in Watertown from an apartment above the showdown on Laurel Street, there they say the older brother ran straight at police shooting, just as in the movies. 

The segment also reported that the man who was carjacked wasn't let go; he escaped when the car almost ran out of gas and the carjackers had to stop at a gas station.  Since the cell phone was in his car, police quickly traced the car.  Will Verizon (or whoever the company is) replace his phone out of goodwill?  I hope so.  
The behavior of the brothers shows that the older brother must indeed have undergone considerable “training” in Dagestan, countering the idea that all of this could have been done just from “Inspire” on the Internet.  

Update: Later Thursday, authorities confirmed that they had found the body of Sunil in the Providence River, NBC story by Elizabeth Chuck here

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