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Less than 48 hours after we got confirmation that Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev had amassed a mini-arsenal in preparation for another attack, CBS News' John Miller revealed how far their plans had gone.  Miller was on CBS This Morning earlier today, and revealed that based on a conversation with the guy they carjacked on Thursday night, investigators believe the brothers were on their way to New York.

Investigators have new insight from the carjacking victim held hostage by Tamerlan and Dzokhar Thursday night. The victim speaks little to no English, according to CBS News special correspondent John Miller, but authorities pressed him to remember recognizable words from his exchange with the bombing suspects. The suspects openly boasted to the victim in English about their role in the Boston Marathon bombing and carried out the rest of their exchange in Russian.

John Miller reports that the victim said, "'the only word I recognized was Manhattan,'" a word which "tripped a lot" of alarms for authorities, who quickly halted Amtrak service from Boston to New York and searched the trains. The tip prompted the New York Police Department to "flip on its network of license plate readers at all bridges and tunnels coming into the city," Miller said. "They loaded all the license plates associated with these guys" to prevent possible entry into Manhattan.

Watch the full report here:

Wow.  And I was worried about them possibly ending up here in Charlotte.  Logan was still open, and if the brothers had somehow slipped past the dragnet and made it on a plane, they could have easily ended up here.  Nearly every flight coming from the Northeast stops over in Charlotte.  Unlikely, I know ... but just the thought is pretty chilling.  

Then again, the more I think about it, if they were indeed making plans to go to New York, it's yet more proof of their lack of planning.  They had to have known their pictures were emblazoned all over the country--if they had even tried to get to New York, in all likelihood they would have been stopped at the Connecticut border (if they made it that far).

Miller also says that Dzokhar Tsarnaev is telling investigators that his brother was the driving force behind the scheme, and that they were lone wolves.  He also said that according to investigators, the Tsarnaevs killed MIT police officer Sean Collier for his gun--only to find out he had a locking holster and they couldn't pull it out.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    The NRA's response to calls for responsible gun law reform: noun, verb, Second Amendment

    by Christian Dem in NC on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:51:04 AM PDT

  •  1) Where'd they get the powder for the bombs? (2+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, greengemini

    2) How on God's green earth do you get a pressure cooker on a plane?
    3) What was the deal with the BB Gun?

    /facepalm

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:01:57 PM PDT

  •  I think they were planning on driving there. (4+ / 0-)

    Curious that they were trying to get the MIT officer's gun.  Clearly, they knew they were low on bullets.  Tamerlan ran out during his firefight with the police, so it must have been foremost on his mind.  

    Anyway, it's clear to me that they hoped to pop the campus cop...quietly.  Rob the convenience store and maybe hit a gun store somewhere in southern MASS before heading into CT and then to NYC.  

    There's no way they would have made it once everyone saw their faces.

    And they should have realized that there's no way to kill a cop AND rob a convenience store and get away with it.

    A lot of law enforcement is simply waiting for the perpetrators to goof up and these guys did royally.

  •  This would make me laugh: (3+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, commonmass, Creosote
    only to find out he had a locking holster and they couldn't pull it out.
    if it hadn't been preceded by this:
    the Tsarnaevs killed MIT police officer Sean Collier for his gun
    Mother of pearl.

    "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." ~ Al Cleveland & Marvin Gaye (1970)

    by JBL55 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:05:52 PM PDT

    •  I'm still confused about this (0+ / 0-)

      what was the disturbance at MIT that Collier was responding to?  Or was the shooting of Collier the disturbance that others responded to?  

      If the Collier shooting was the "disturbance" that got everyone's attention, then I don't understand why the brothers (who were not yet being chased) would be so desperate for his gun, that they would stop, approach the cop, and shoot him in cold blood for what was likely only a .38 special.  They had guns already, and a security guard's weapon wasn't likely to come with more than a half dozen or so additional bullets.  

      It just doesn't make much sense unless Collier was responding to some other disturbance the brothers were engaged in, and the brothers shot him in that context.  But then why was Collier seated in his car?

      Does anyone have more info about this incident?

      "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Goethe

      by jlynne on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:28:49 PM PDT

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