Boston Bombing: Lone Wolf Theory Doubtful
“These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others”
– U.S. Justice Department filing
FBI Feared Boston Bombers ‘Received Training’ And Aid From Terror Group, Docs Say
From: ABC News
By: James Gordon Meek, May 22, 2014
Prosecutors seeking a death penalty conviction of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday said the FBI at the time of his arrest last year believed he and his brother Tamerlan had been trained by a terrorist group because of the sophistication of their weapons and tradecraft.
The Chechen immigrants are alleged to have built the two pressure cooker improvised explosive devices that detonated Monday, April 15, 2013 near the race’s finish line, killing three Bostonians and wounding more than 260 other marathon spectators.
“These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others,” the U.S. Justice Department said in a filing that opposed defense lawyers’ efforts to have Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s hospital bed confessions tossed out of the case.
Counterterrorism sources have said that investigators have been unable to find any hard evidence of any training or assistance.
But ABC News reported last month that many senior current and former counterterrorism officials — including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and former Joint IED Defeat Organization director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero — remain skeptical that the Tsarnaevs built their bombs solely from instructions they found posted online.
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.
Some related links:
- Chechen jihadists pose threat 1 year after Boston bombings
- The Murders Before the Marathon
- The mystery of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow
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