FBI Confirms Boston Bomber Suspect's Radical Islamism
The FBI has confirmed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead suspect accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, was identified by a foreign government as a "follower of radical Islam and a strong believer" who changed radically in 2010. The FBI wouldn’t name the country acknowledging the evidence, but it is most likely Russia. The unnamed country said Tsarnaev was about to leave the U.S. “to join unspecified underground groups.”
Tsarnaev had spent six months in Russia in 2012. He and his younger brother Dzhokhar were ethnic Chechen refugees who were granted asylum, with the older brother becoming a legal permanent U.S. resident. Dzhokhar only became a U.S. citizen last Sept. 11, 2012, on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.
The FBI stated that the foreign government wanted information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the FBI perused government databases for all kinds of information: “derogatory” telephone calls, online evidence of radicalism, associations with people deemed to be dangerous, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI interviewed the suspect and his family members and did not discover any evidence of incipient terrorism. The FBI attested: “The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government.”
Yet there were signs of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s radicalism; according to members of the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, three months ago he began shouting at the imam after the imam cited Martin Luther King as an example for members to emulate. One source said Tsarnaev was thrown out of the mosque for his outburst, but Anwar Kazmi, a trustee of the Cambridge mosque, disagreed, saying Tsarnaev wasn't ejected at all, simply talked to until he calmed down.
The Islamic Society on Saturday said that no member of the mosque could have predicted or prevented the Tsarnaevs committing the acts of which they have been accused.
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