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Feds Won't Say if Tsarnaevs Had Gov't-Funded Phones
breitbart.com ^ | April 25 2013 | Wynton Hall

Posted on 04/25/2013 3:33:48 PM PDT by NoLibZone

On Thursday, the Boston Herald reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refused to answer questions about whether Boston terror suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a government-paid cellphone because of privacy laws.

The Herald reported Wednesday that “Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter collected welfare until 2012 and that both Tamerlan and Dzhokhar received benefits through their parents ‘for a limited portion’ of the time after they came to the U.S., which was around 2002.”

The Lifeline phone subsidy program, referred to as the “Obama phone” program by its critics, charges paying cell phone customers an average monthly fee of $2.50 per household to fund the now $2.2 billion program that provides lower-income individuals with free cell phones and service.

Lawmakers from both parties have recently expressed concern about fraud and abuse in the Lifeline free cell phone program, as well as the phones’ increasing use by criminals.

"I hear from law enforcement that these phones are often found at crime scenes and are used in drug deals," said Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK). "Why? It's because you can't trace them."

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bostonbombing; marathonbombing; obamaphone; obamaphonebombings; welfare
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WhiteHouse refuses to deny that Obama Phones were used in the Boston Bombings
1 posted on 04/25/2013 3:33:48 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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2 posted on 04/25/2013 3:34:38 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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3 posted on 04/25/2013 3:35:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: NoLibZone
It's amazing how far the country has gone down in five years.

Intel screw-ups, immigration screw-ups, and now giving these people welfare and phones???

4 posted on 04/25/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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"I hear from law enforcement that these phones are often found at crime scenes and are used in drug deals," said Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK). "Why? It's because you can't trace them."

Of course you can trace them. A given serial number to a given recipient. The purchased pay-as-you-go phones, OTOH, can be a problem.

5 posted on 04/25/2013 3:43:47 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: NoLibZone

Also give them Obamabombs. Just kill us quick.


6 posted on 04/25/2013 3:46:56 PM PDT by ravager (I)
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To: NoLibZone

Answer: They probably did.


7 posted on 04/25/2013 3:52:30 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: NoLibZone

Its state-sponsored terrorism.

Only now its our state sponsoring the terrorists


8 posted on 04/25/2013 3:53:13 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: colorado tanker

I was just thinking about the same thing earlier today. And it is only accelerating. Just think of how screwed up things will be like on 20JAN2017!

We will look back to 2013 as a completely different time.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 3:53:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: colorado tanker
's amazing how far the country has gone down in five years.

What's really amazing is how many federal agencies now seem comfortable refusing to answer simple questions.

Even Patrick in Massachusetts is getting into the game by refusing to answer if the terrorists were on state aid.

Where is this refusal to be transparent with taxpayer funds coming from?

-PJ

10 posted on 04/25/2013 3:55:56 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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I wish they were as concerned about regular Americans’ privacy as they are the terrorists.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 4:00:04 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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"Where is this refusal to be transparent with taxpayer funds coming from?"

Lack of consequences, feeling that they are invulnerable combined with a ineffective and feckless opposition - not to mention a populace that votes for them no matter what.

12 posted on 04/25/2013 4:00:34 PM PDT by Truth29
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Did he get the Mercedes for free as well? Do you have to be a terrorist to get one?


13 posted on 04/25/2013 4:02:42 PM PDT by madprof98
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Gov. Patrick giving a dead terrorist privacy.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/04/patrick_administration_refuses_to_release_tsarnaev_brothers


14 posted on 04/25/2013 4:03:12 PM PDT by Atlantan
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since when do terrorists qualify for privacy protection?


15 posted on 04/25/2013 4:03:54 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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Even Patrick in Massachusetts is getting into the game by refusing to answer if the terrorists were on state aid.

And the Massachusetts state university system is refusing to reveal whether the younger jihadist was getting free or reduced tuition.

Perhaps the elder jihadist was even collecting welfare $$ while receiving terrorist training in Russia. The governor is refusing to release the information.

16 posted on 04/25/2013 4:07:17 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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>>since when do terrorists qualify for privacy protection?

January 2009, but you already knew that. :-)


17 posted on 04/25/2013 4:12:44 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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Constitution-respecting patriots can point out that Congress cannot use any clause in Section 8 of Article I to justify laying taxes so that feds can fund phones given to the public.


18 posted on 04/25/2013 4:14:24 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: NoLibZone

The fact that they refuse to answer—pretty much answers the question for me.


19 posted on 04/25/2013 4:14:36 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Travis McGee

Don’t you just love the little heart-shaped cutout for the camera on Rico Suave’s phone case?


20 posted on 04/25/2013 4:15:35 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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