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Posted on 04/25/2013 5:15:51 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaevs government benefits, citing the dead terror masterminds right to privacy.
Across the board, state agencies flatly refused to provide information about the taxpayer-funded lifestyle for the 26-year-old man and his brother and accused accomplice Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
On EBT card status or spending, state welfare spokesman Alec Loftus would only say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter received benefits that ended in 2012. He declined further comment.
.On unemployment compensation, labor department spokesman Kevin Franck refused to say whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev ever collected, saying it was confidential and not a matter of public record.
On Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs college aid, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth spokesman Robert Connolly said, It is our position and I believe the accepted position in higher education that student records including academic records and financial records (including financial aid) cannot under federal law be released without a students consent.
On cellphones, the Federal Communications Commission would not say whether either brother had a government-paid cellphone, also citing privacy laws.
On housing, Cambridge officials and the familys landlord ducked questions on whether the brothers were ever on Section 8 assistance.
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