Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the Tsarnaev brothers might have received help in building the two bombs that exploded at last year’s Boston Marathon, although they did not identify any potential suspects except to suggest the pair were inspired by Al Qaeda operatives overseas.
In court papers, prosecutors said Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had emptied hundreds of packages of fireworks to create fuel for the bombs. Yet no powder residue was found in their apartments or three vehicles, “strongly suggesting that others had built, or at least helped the Tsarnaevs build, the bombs, and thus might have built more” explosive devices, the documents say.
Prosecutors did not say whether they still believed that theory or were convinced that the two immigrant brothers from the Russian republic of Dagestan had acted alone when they allegedly detonated two homemade bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013.
Prosecutors also revealed several new details about the bombs. They said the fuses were fashioned from Christmas lights and the improvised remote-control detonators were built from model car parts.
“These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others,” prosecutors wrote.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a shootout with police four days after the bombing. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, now 20, was wounded and captured in a boat stored in a nearby yard in Watertown, a Boston suburb.
In notes found in the boat, scrawled in pencil, he defended the bombings as retaliation for Americans killing “innocent civilians” abroad, authorities say. He also wrote that he was “jealous” of his slain brother.
“I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive,” he wrote. “God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions.”
Tsarnaev faces 30 charges and could face the death penalty if convicted in connection with the bombings. Prosecutors filed the papers to oppose a motion by Tsarnaev’s lawyers to keep his statements to the FBI, made while he was hospitalized after his capture, from being used in court.
The defense contends that he gave the statements under duress, when he was sedated.
But prosecutors said the FBI questioned Tsarnaev under a public safety provision in the law that allows authorities to hastily gather information if they believe lives are in jeopardy.
“The government did nothing wrong,” prosecutors said.
At the hospital, they said, Tsarnaev “readily admitted” that he and his brother had carried out the bombings. They said he was “responsive, coherent and clear-headed.”
Posted on 21 May 14 by LA Times
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: One aspect to all this that tends to get glossed over is the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) connection. A 2014 House Homeland Security Committee report mentions that the FSB had contacted the FBI and CIA several times in 2011 with concerns the older Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan, had become radicalized. The Russians advised that Tamerlan had expressed a desire to travel to the Palestinian territories to participate in Jihad but decided not to go since he did not speak Arabic. FSB had requested that they be notified if Tamerlan attempted to travel to Russia.
In January 2012, unbeknown to the FBI, Tamerlan did travel to Russia, spending time with family in Makhachkala, Dagestan – an area that borders Chechnya. Several sources told congressional investigators that Tamerlan had met with an Islamist insurgent recruiter in Dagestan, U.S. Embassy investigators in Moscow state there is no evidence to support any meeting.
Tamerlan’s family in Russia has reported ties to a group known as “Union of the Just” – a regional formation of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), a Sunni Muslim organization that seeks a unitary Islamic state or caliphate. Outlawed in Russia and several other countries, HuT operates in North America as Hizb-ut-Tahrir America (HAT).
In 2009, The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported:
Hizb ut-Tahrir has not been designated a terrorist group by the U.S. government and it insists it is only interested in instituting radical change by nonviolent means. But HT’s alumni include 9/ll mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the late Iraqi terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi and would-be Hamas suicide bombers, and the group’s pro-jihadist rhetoric has led critics to label it a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”
The Russians obviously knew of the Tsarnaev family’s radical ties prompting the FSB request.
Tamerlan returned to the U.S. in July 2012 and on April 15, 2013, he and his brother Dzhokhar exploded 2 pressure cooker bombs that killed 3 and injured over 260 people during the Boston Marathon.
(H/T to cultural jihad for the comment/analysis)
[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. Hhmm…what to think, what to think…the jihadists of the Boston Marathon Bombing incident are now being though to have had some sort of help, or at least training…but the case grows cold on who helped them…let me think who could have possibly helped them…well there is the possibility of the Pope…no, gonna have to dismiss that one, he’s trying to merge Islam with Catholicism…who else could be at the top of my list. It could be Osama bin Laden…no, the guise is that he’s dead. Could be, possibly be...it’s coming to me…oh yes…could be Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi. You might remember that name…he is the Saudi that was connected to an important Saudi family, and was a “person of interest”, as well as when he was in the hospital, the police search his residence for incriminating evidence, and left his apartment, they took 10 bags of evidence…Barack Hussein Obama came in and talked with him at the hospital, both had big smiles on their faces, Barack Hussein Obama then had a closed door meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House, then Judge Barack Hussein Obama decided that Ali was no longer a person of interest, but for the safety of America, would deport him. I wonder if Abdul could be a helper, after all. Even though Judge Barack Hussein Obama declared his innocence, one has to look at his background. Perhaps a quick look at the Arabic sources should raise the eyebrows of every American relative to the extent of the problem at hand. Many from Al-Harbi’s clan are steeped in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda. Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:
#15 Badr Saud Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
#73 Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
#26 Khalid Salim Uwaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
#29 Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Thahiri Al-Harbi
#43 Abdullah Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al-Harbi (leader)
#60 Fayez Ghuneim Humeid Al-Hijri Al-Harbi
Seems the federal government has forgotten about Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, or, the way the government has been operating since 2009, when the Muslim Brotherhood took over the White House via Barack Hussein Obama, maybe the government is not allowed to look at him…I report, you decide…]
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