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Dead terrorist has right to privacy, no more public info on welfare

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The dead, non-American terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombing somehow retains a “right to privacy” after death, so no more information on his taxpayer funded welfare benefits will be released to the public.

The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration will no longer provide any information on Tamerlan or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s government benefits.

Citing the dead bomber’s “right to privacy,” state agencies “across the board” will not answer the Herald’s requests for details on the years-long welfare benefits the Tsarnaev family received.

According to the incredible news from the Herald:

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.

And, as the Herald pointed out, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still lies in his hospital bed recovering on the state taxpayer’s dime, with taxpayer funded court appointed attorneys preparing his defense on federal capital murder charges for killing four fellow Americans.

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