Live Updates: AP Report: Suspected Boston Bombers Motivated By Religion

Live Updates: AP Report: Suspected Boston Bombers Motivated By Religion

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates on the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing attacks and the condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspected terrorist who was captured alive on Friday.


NBC’s Pete Williams is repors that Dzhokhar, in writing, told investigators the brothers were motivated by religious fervor and conceived of the attack on their own:


NBC’s Pete Williams is reporting that Dzhokhar, in writing, has reportedly told investigators that the brothers learned how to make bombs from the internet and were not in touch with any overseas terror groups.

UPDATE: (8:50 PM EDT):

Dzhokhar’s room is just yards away from at least 11 victims who were injured during the Boston Marathon bombings and are being treated at the same hospital 

UPDATE: (8:02 PM EDT):

During proceedings in his hospital room on Monday in which he was formally charged with using weapons of mass destruction and read his Miranda rights, Dzhokhar, who may be unable to speak due to a throat wound from a possible suicide attempt, simply nodded to questions that were asked. He only spoke when asked if he could afford counsel.

Dzhokhar, according to the transcript below, answered, “no.”




Tamerlan had another outburst at a mosque in the Boston/Cambridge area within the past year. According to the Associated Press:

The troublesome behavior first came in November, just before Thanksgiving, the mosque said. At a weekly prayer, a preacher gave a sermon saying it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate American holidays. Tamerlan Tsarnaev stood up and argued that “celebration of any holiday was not allowed in the faith.

Months after that outburst, Tamerlan got enraged when the Imam held up a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. Tamerlan was livid because King, who advocated nonviolence, was not a Muslim. 


Mark “The Great One” Levin, the conservative lawyer and talk radio host, explained why there is no legal authority to try Dzhokhar as an enemy combatant. 

Levin: “There is no legal authority right now to try terrorist no. 2 as an unlawful enemy combatant … because the Military Commissions Act, passed by Congress, specifies that you have to be an alien … I don’t agree with this, but it’s the law.”


Boston University is holding a memorial service for Lu Lingzi, the foreign exchange student who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. A memorial scholarship in her name has been established. 


According to the aunt of the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan went to Chechnya at least twice when he traveled for six months to Russia.


There is an outstanding arrest warrant out for the mother of the suspected Boston bombers. If she comes to the United States, she could be arrested. 


According to the Associated Press, two United States officials have said evidence suggests the Boston Marathon bombers were motivated by religion. 


Here is the transcript of the proceedings at Dzhokhar’s hospital room this morning. 


Tamerlan and Dzhokhar’s father immediately pointed at the television last week and knew the two wanted suspects were his sons when surveillance footage of them came on the screen. Their aunt recalled being “with Tsarnaev’s parents last week as the same grainy pictures of their sons that were broadcast around the world flashed on their television screen”:

His father, Aznor Tsarnaev, pointed. He was certain the two men were his sons.

Their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the aunt remembered, grabbed the television.

“It can’t be, it can’t be happening,” she screamed. “I don’t believe it. Children are dead!”


Tamerlan’s aunt in Russia was surprised at Tamerlan’s transformation.

UPDATE (6:05 PM EDT): 

In a video titled, “Nate Fights Terrorist (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev),” Dzhokhar is defeated in a high school wrestling match. 


Federal authorities will brief the House of Representatives at 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday on the Boston Marathon bombing and the ongoing investigation.


The Boston Globe honors the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings:


Officials believe the Tsarnaev brothers “bought bomb components locally but think that their guns came from elsewhere.”


Tamerlan’s and Brendan Mess’s friends suspect he may have been involved in unsolved 2011 murder of Mess, his best American friend. Mess had his “throat slit alongside two other men.” He had marijuana all over his body and $5,000 was left at the scene. The killer was reportedly allowed into the home, as there were no signs of forced entry. Tamerlan did not attend Mess’s funeral. In an interview with a photographer, Tamerlan also said he did not have any American friends even though friends of both men said Tamerlan and Mess were extremely. 


The FBI turned Boylston Street back over to Boston on Monday.

UPDATE (5:08 PM EDT): 

CNN: Dzhokar has been read his Miranda rights:


The Wall Street Journal profiles Miriam Conrad, who leads the office of the public defenders representing Dzhokar:

A Massachusetts native and Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Conrad has spent more than two decades as a federal public defender, representing convicted terrorists like the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and other notorious defendants.

She took the reins of the Federal Public Defender Office for the districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island in 2005. “Miriam is tough,” said University of North Carolina law professor Tamar R. Birckhead, a former attorney at Ms. Conrad’s office, told Law Blog. “She does not suffer fools. She will provide the most rigorous dedicated defense humanly possible.”

For Ms. Conrad, it’s not her first rodeo. She recently represented Rezwan Ferdaus, a Muslim-American who was sentenced to 17 years in November for plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled model planes armed with explosives. Ms. Conrad tried to raise questions about the mental state of Mr. Ferdaus, suggesting the alleged plot was merely a fantasy driven by mental illness.


The Associated Press reports that the father of the Tsarnaev brothers will fly from Russia to the United States this week to seek “justice and truth.” He said he has “lots of questions for the police” and wants “to clear up many things.” The family reportedly wants to bring Tamerlan’s body back to Russia.


Saro Thompson is the officer who handcuffed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday:


Krystle Campbell, one of three people killed due to the Boston Marathon bombings, was laid to rest on Monday: 

At the Oak Grove Cemetery here, under a cloudless blue sky, the Rev. Chip Hines led a burial service for Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old Medford native murdered during the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As with the funeral Mass that Hines officiated at earlier today inside St. Joseph’s Church and as was true at the wake held for Campbell Sunday night, the crowd in the graveyard was expansive, and mourners moved close to surround the family and the casket.


City University of New York Professor Ruth O’Brien complained the Boston Police Department used “too much force” to hunt down the Tsarnaev brothers and the images were “extremely disturbing”:

This said, the mortuary pictures of the older brother of the two are extremely disturbing, raising questions as to whether the Boston Police Department captured him with too much force. 

UPDATE (4:07 PM EDT): 

Advances in technology have “completely changed the nature of a mass public crime scene.”


Michael Mukasey, U.S. Attorney General under George. W. Bush: “There is also cause for concern in the president’s reluctance, soon after the Boston bombing, even to use the ‘t’ word–terrorism–and in his vague musing on Friday about some unspecified agenda of the perpetrators, when by then there was no mystery: the agenda was jihad.”

UPDATE (3: 55 PM EDT):

The FBI misspelled Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name, and that error prevented the agency from keeping better tabs on him when he left the country for a trip to Russia. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “He went over to Russia, but apparently when he got on the airplane, they misspelled his name, so it never went into the system that he actually went to Russia.”


Report: Tsarnaev Claims No Second Wave Of Plots Or Plotters; Al Qaeda Magazine May Have Been Used For Bomb:

Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is communicating with investigators from his hospital bed and it appears, according to CBS News, that there is no second wave of plots or plotters out there. Tsarnaev is under heavy guard in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the throat and leg.  The throat wound has left him unable to speak, so he’s responding to questions in writing.


Report: Major Terror Attack on Canada Averted: “A potential bomb plot on a passenger train over the Niagara River has been averted, a police source told QMI Agency.”

The attack would have been near Ottawa and is reportedly linked to Al-Qaeda. According to sources, “Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser of Montreal and Toronto were arrested.”


Alan Dershowitz does not think Dzhokhar’s case is going to be an “ordinary criminal trial” and authorities will regret not reading Miranda Rights. 

“My prediction is this case is not going to go down like an ordinary criminal trial,” Dershowitz said. “There will either be a plea bargain in which he will exchange information about possible terrorist cells or training to save his life, or he’ll want to be a martyr and he’ll admit – indeed, boast – that he did it.”


Ted Nugent calls for public hanging of Dzhokhar: “My dream of real justice would be a July 4 celebration of stringing this son-of-a-b**** up in the Boston Common and letting the crows pick on his rotting flesh. There will be no swift justice for the Boston voodoo punk. He’s got a long life ahead of him. How pathetic.”


According to reports, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and other officials “have announced a five-phase plan to reopen Boylston Street and other areas of Back Bay affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.” Menino said it was “time for the city to move forward” and Bostonians needed to “reclaim and restore Boylston Street.”


The Chicago Tribune sent pizza and a thoughtful note to the Boston Globe newsroom. 


Boston observed a moment of silence at 2:50 PM EDT.


Boston observed a moment of silence at 2:50 PM EDT, which was the time when the first bomb exploded last Monday at the Boston Marathon.


According to, “the federal public defender’s office in Massachusetts has already agreed to represent” Dzhokhar. 

UPDATE (2: 32 PM EDT):

Dzhokhar’s first court date has reportedly been scheduled for May 30 at 7 AM EDT. 


Dzhokhar faces the death penalty or imprisonment for life or any term of years. According to the Justice Department, “Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room.


According to the affidavit, during the Thursday carjacking, one of the brothers, after tapping on the car window, said to the driver of the car, “Did you hear about the Boston explosion?” He then said, “I did that.” One of the brothers then removed and re-inserted his magazine in his gun and said, “I am serious.” He then picked up another man, and that man sat in the back seat as the carjacking victim was forced to move to the front seat. The victim escaped when the brothers got out of the car at a gas/convenience store.

(UPDATE (2:20 PM EDT):

According to the affidavit, “Bomber Two”–Dzhokhar–held a cell phone to his ear approximately 30 seconds before the explosion and held it for nearly 18 seconds, according to the complaint. After he finishes the call, a large group of people could be seen reacting to the explosion. Bomber Two appears calm and walks away from the finish line. Nearly 10 seconds later, the second explosion occurs.


According to the affidavit, on April 21, 2013, the FBI searched Dzhokhar’s dorm room at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and found a large pyrotechnic, a black jacket, and a white hat “of the same general appearance”  as those worn by “Bomber Two” in the surveillance videos.


According to the affidavit, the Tsarnaev brothers used pressure cookers of the same brand. The pressure cookers contained metallic BBs and nails. The explosives contained green-colored hobby fuse. A preliminary examination of the explosive devices that were found at the scene of the Watertown shootout and the abandoned vehicle has revealed similarities to those used at the Boston Marathon. 


Reddit, rarely known for admitting errors, apologized on Monday, especially to the family of Sunil Tripathi, who was falsely identified as the terrorist suspect by the social media site’s users: 

…Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties. The reddit staff and the millions of people on reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened. We have apologized privately to the family of missing college student Sunil Triphathi, as have various users and moderators. We want to take this opportunity to apologize publicly for the pain they have had to endure. We hope that this painful event will be channeled into something positive and the increased awareness will lead to Sunil’s quick and safe return home. We encourage everyone to join and show your support to the Triphathi family and their search.

A few years ago, reddit enacted a policy to not allow personal information on the site. This was because “let’s find out who this is” events frequently result in witch hunts, often incorrectly identifying innocent suspects and disrupting or ruining their lives. We hoped that the crowdsourced search for new information would not spark exactly this type of witch hunt. We were wrong. The search for the bombers bore less resemblance to the types of vindictive internet witch hunts our no-personal-information rule was originally written for, but the outcome was no different.


The criminal complaint against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be seen here and the affidavit can be read here.


Dzhokhar, according to multiple reports, has been charged in the hospital with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. He has reportedly not entered a plea and the complaint is sealed, according to Fox News.


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that suspected terrorist Dzokhar Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant and will be tried in the U.S. civilian federal courts. 

“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” Carney said. “We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be … tried … in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”

He added, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, “The effective use of the criminal justice system has resulted in the interrogation, conviction and detention of both U.S. citizens and non-citizens for acts of terrorism committed inside the United States and around the world. The system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat that we continue to face.”

UPDATE (1:15 PM EDT): 

The White House will not treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant: 

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