Zubeidat Tsarnaev, Boston Bombers Mother Under Close FBI Scrutiny?

Was a Mother’s Motivation Behind the Boston Bombers

Zubeidat Tsarnaev, Boston Bombers Mother Under Close FBI Scrutiny

Zubeidat Tsarnaev, the mother of the two brothers suspected of detonating bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15th, is under close scrutiny by the FBI.

A U.S. official has disclosed new information that a Russian security agency intercepted a phone call “discussing jihad” in 2011.  The person she was talking to may have been one of her sons.  The source described the conversation as “vague”.

The Russian government turned over the tape to the FBI just a few days ago.

This gives a reason for the FBI to look deeper into the movements of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the oldest of the two brothers.  They will try to discover more about his actions when he spent six months in Russia in 2011.

The Russian government had asked the United States to investigate the older Tsarnaev brother in 2011.  During that time the mother was interviewed as well.  When nothing substantial came of the investigation, the U.S. asked for further clarification from the Russians.  When none came, the incident was dropped.

The Russians were interested in the actions of Tsarnaev, and added the mother as a person of interest in 2011.  The mother’s name was subsequently added to the TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) database at at the same time as her son’s, an intelligence official said Thursday.  TIDE is a collection of more than half million names of suspected terrorists that is maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center.

The most recent focus of the investigation is a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI that he disposed of his laptop in that location.

The investigation is uncovering more questions than answers.  How much of what the 19 year old Tsarnaev told FBI interrogators before he was Mirandized can authorities believe?  Were others involved?  And how did they pay for their American lifestyle?  Why did the brothers possess only a single gun when they engaged in a firefight with police in Watertown?

As time passes it appears less likely that they acted alone.  No major terror organization has laid claim to the attack, but could it have been a smaller cell that has been well placed in the United States?

As Attorney General Eric Holder said Saturday night; “That’s an ongoing matter,”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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