MA gov shuts down welfare probe citing Tsarnaev brothers’ right to privacy

Just pathetic. The public has a right to know how far and wide they financed these terrorists:

BOSTON HERALD – The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s government benefits, citing the dead terror mastermind’s 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 Tsarnaev’s 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 student’s 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 family’s landlord ducked questions on whether the brothers were ever on Section 8 assistance.

The Herald reported yesterday 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.

However, the Department of Transitional Assistance wouldn’t release information about how long or how much they received.

It remains unclear how the accused bomber brothers financed their heartless attacks on the marathon.

The administration was slammed by a Democratic congressman who insisted the public has a right to know how taxpayers were underwriting the accused jihadist Tsarnaevs.

“It’s certainly relevant information that should be made public,” U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch told the Herald. “There’s a national security interest No. 1. Secondly, there’s also a public interest in finding out whether these individuals were able to exploit the system and get benefits they weren’t entitled to.”


(h/t: YoJoe)

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  • YoJoe

    Now I know why people think the Northeast people are nuts!
    This must VERY embarASSing to the authorities
    There is more to this story – That’s why it was shut down!
    After this tragedy – I hope they see the light!

    • njmom

      YoJoe Living in NJ I will attest to your comment and also why I want outta here.

      • YoJoe

        Which is why I left NY

    • Orangeone

      YoJoe It jeopardizes Rubio’s illegal alien amnesty bill.  Watch, he’ll come out and say his amnesty bill fixes this. Well the law is already in place, it’s just being ignored, again.

  • tinlizzieowner

    What else would you expect out of Gov. Patrick (D), he runs a welfare state.

  • Amjean

    The govt. doesn’t want us to know that they are letting in hundreds of thousands of immigrants who then live off our tax dollars for decades.  Why?  Because those of us who work for a living and pay thousands in taxes would get angry.
    Well, I am one taxpayer who is VERY angry!

  • Matt2Matt

    Radical Islam is an arm of the democrat party at this point.

  • 1vote

    We are a special kind of chump.  We shed our blood for freedom and work our butts off for our own families and we turn around and elect re-distributors to rule over us and destroy what we have worked and fought for.  Don’t know if there are enough chumps left for a rising, but, I’m all in !!

  • lawngreen

    It seems to me that we’ve just been given a valuable tool to discover terrorists inside the U.S. Examine the welfare rolls for all persons of arabic origin, and investigate them, right now. If they somehow disappear before they can be investigated, make the common, completely justifiable legal assumption “flight equals guilt”, issue APBs for them, rescind their passports or visas if any, and detain them until we can determine guilt or innocence.

     If Massachusetts officials won’t reveal this information, Congress should first detain indefinitely every Mass official who obstructs justice in this matter, and then announce publicly that they are going to withhold ALL welfare money from everyone until this information is released.

    • Orangeone

      lawngreen That’s how you find the illegal aliens too.  It’s actually quite simple.

      • lawngreen

        Orangeone lawngreen  
        Now all we need to find is enough Americans in government to get it done…

  • 1tootall

    Some day, the political fools who cover up our enemies’ steps will be held accountable.  For now, they are just useful idiots.

  • njmom

    He gave up his right to privacy when he killed and maimed civilians; besides when are non citizens afforded our rights? Wake up people.

    • PhillyCon

      njmom Uh,… YEAH.  Right to privacy for terrorists.  UNREAL.

    • Laurel A

      njmom Actually they were afforded our rights a long time ago thanks to activist judges on the SCOTUS.

    • Orangeone

      njmom They are not and under federal law, aliens are not permitted to receive federal benefits. I guess their anchor baby took care of that loophole.

  • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

    It’s a well-known fact (especially among genealogists) that the dead DO NOT have privacy rights.  This will be challenged and upended.

    • E Lee Zimmerman

      Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog Uh … you DO know one of them isn’t dead, right?

    • Orangeone

      Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog The wife and brat aren’t dead though and neither is Terrorist #2

  • PhillyCon

    I bet this “so-called” right to privacy would not exist for any so-called “right wing” tea party person.

  • Laurel A

    Criminal have rights….tax payers not so much.

  • The must need time to purge some of the records.  It makes me sad to realize how little I trust anyone in government.  A couple days ago congress made themselves exempt to inside trading rules, and now they are trying to get out of paying for Obamacare.  It’s times like this that I think it would be better if the word got out that our rights now longer matter, that a coup has taken place and we have a choice of going along with the new normal or die.

    • Orangeone

      americalsgt Congress passed the Stock Act only for the 2012 election and have now reversed it so they can commit insider trading again while you and I would go to prison.

  • Bac Si68

    For two people who hated America, they certainly enjoyed taking everything they thought or felt they were entitled to.

  • fireme

    I would propose a law that allows public display of all who are on some time of government assistance.

    • steveangll77

      fireme Really if you are willing to be on Government Assistance you should be willing for all to know.
      If not then you should not take the assistance.

    • Orangeone

      fireme Me too! Along with their pictures, the # of children they have and how much they receive each month with total received lifetime to date.  We taxpayers are entitled to know, it is OUR money!

  • Longiron

    Why the surprise this is liberal heaven. They will defend the bad guy every time even if it means killing other LIBS. He will walk and in 10 years be the Gov or US Senator.

  • Orangeone

    Go YoJoe!  Nice find Joe!

    • YoJoe

      I am here to serve and please

  • AnnS

    Yeah; just like he and the mayor both are praising the islamic mosque they gave subsidy to for asking the bros to leave.  what a cover up:

    Jizya in the Homeland: City of Boston gave ‘subsidy’ to jihad bombing suspects’ radical mosque – Atlas Shrugs

  • JohnCraven

    Maybe the remaining members of this terrorist family can find lodging with the 30 people from Benghazi who seemingly disappeared off the face of the planet after being rescued by 2 very courageous and brave Navy Seals after being ordered not to by Nero Obama.
    John Craven – New Orleans

  • bfd

    Unfortunately, I come from the liberal Massachusetts and this hardly surprises me after this liberal moron governor has allowed !illegal go to our colleges on the taxpayer dime and won’t investigate BILLIONS in welfare fraud. This idiot and his ilk are disgraceful.


    …is it also true that these two Islamo nut jobs were also subsidized by the House of Saudi Arabia ?”