Video: Older Tsarnaev went to Russia for six months; Update: CBS: FBI interviewed Tsarnaev in 2011; Update: Into “religious politics” for 5 years, says mother

posted at 4:41 pm on April 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit included a reference to this in our afternoon thread on the Tsarnaev case, but it’s worth breaking out into a full thread. Some in the media have expressed some bemusement about how two young immigrants brought up in the US for a decade could have been radicalized seemingly so quickly. Information that began coming out a couple of hours ago may explain at least the timing and the circumstances of that radicalization:

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later, government officials told The Associated Press. …

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they couldn’t talk publicly about an investigation in progress. Tsarnaev traveled from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, according to one of the officials.

The ethnic Chechen brothers lived in Dagestan, which neighbors the Chechnya region in southern Russia. They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, one of their uncles said. There are no known ties at this point to Chechen extremist groups, one of the officials said.

The father had left the US in 2009, which could explain the visit in Russia in entirely innocent terms. On the other hand, by last year Tamerlan apparently had a wife and a three-year-old child, according to information provided to CBS by his uncle:

That makes a six-month absence look … intriguing.  Several years prior to that, Tamerlan had become a devout Muslim, which surprised the uncle who called him a “loser” on television earlier today:

An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a devout Muslim about seven or eight years ago.

“When I was speaking to the older one, he started all this religious talk, ‘Insh’allah’ and all that, and I asked him, ‘Where is all that coming from?’” said Ruslan Tsarni, 42, a corporate lawyer and executive.

The six-month visit to Russia at least suggests that he was in proximity to some extremist groups for quite a while, had he chosen to pursue contact with such groups. After taking a look earlier at Tsarnaev’s YouTube channel, it’s clear that Tamerlan at least admired those kinds of groups.

NBC is also looking at the Chechen angle, and the potential for connections between Tsarnaev and Islamic Jihad Union in Dagestan and Chechnya:

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Fox is also reporting that, not surprisingly, they are taking a very close look at the electronic communications from both brothers to see what kind of connections they did have.  The feds are also pointing out that the skill of making pressure-cooker bombs takes some time to acquire — and a few months out of the US might have been time spent on such pursuits:

Multiple sources confirmed Tamerlan went to Russia for a prolonged period last year. It’s unclear what he did there, but Fox News is told that the bombmaker who made the Boston devices would need practice to build a device with a viable detonator.

A senior Capitol Hill source, who has been briefed by the National Counterterrorism Center on the manhunt, told Fox News the FBI is tracking passports, airline tickets and a lot of other data.

Fox News is also told that all electronic traffic associated with the brothers is now being “combed,” including the YouTube sites attributed to the suspects which included radical Islamist videos and propaganda.

Investigators are working to verify whether the sites and postings associated with the brothers were in fact theirs. Fox News was told “nothing is being taken for granted” in terms of authenticity.

As I said, it could all have been an innocent visit with family, but it bears investigation.

Update: Hmmmm:

This would be before Tamerlan went to Russia, so I wonder what would have put him on the FBI’s radar.

Update: This may answer that question, but it opens up others:

Well, which foreign country — and why?  Could it have been Russia?

Update: Earlier, Tsarnaev’s mother insisted that the FBI knew what her son was up to.  This is apparently what she meant — and it took an interview with Russia Today to job the FBI’s memory:

Although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers’ mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son got involved in “religious politics” about five years ago, and never told her he was involved in “jihad.”

She insisted the FBI “knew what he was doing on Skype” and that they counseled him “every step of the way.”

Tsarnaeva, who is a U.S. citizen currently in Russia, told Russia Today the FBI had called her with concerns about her elder son, although she did not specify when exactly she was contacted.

“They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me … they were telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him,” Tsarnaeva said. “They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act!”

Tamerlan was into “religious politics” for five years?  Again, it makes that trip to Russia look even more interesting.

Update: From commenter Angus McC:

For all the bluster I’ve seen on this site in recent years aimed at Russia, Russia has been fighting Islamic terrorism longer than we have. The could be our allies if we can drop the silly nostalgia for the Cold War days. Plus, the Russians are ruthless as hell, which makes for a doubly good ally.

I’d bet a small fortune that our FBI interviewed Tsarnaev on Russia’s request.

There are more issues with Russia than “silly nostalgia for the Cold War days,” and there is at least an argument that the Russian insistence on holding Chechnya helped foster the Islamist rebellion after the more secular initial rebellion failed.  But Angus is right that Russia has been fighting the Islamists for a long time, which may be why the FBI took their request seriously enough to interview Tsarnaev, if the request actually came from Russia.


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To get plastic surgery to make him look like John Turturro?

Ward Cleaver on April 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I’m thinkin’, more and more, that all of this is about negating the concept of sleeper cells in our country.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

As bogus as yellow cake.

/

CW on April 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I’ve been waiting all day for the Food Truck thread to reincarnate.

Corporal Tunnel on April 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

That morgue pic of perp #1 was “cathartic”, as cliche as that sounds. I commented, “It looks like it hurt. Good.” I wish there were a way to have that pop up on billboards in certain countries–with the caption, “More bullet holes than virgins!”

That explains where the bomb making expertise came from, the planning, etc. Is it sooooooooo much to ask that we keep an eye on young men who travel to Afghan or any other stan, once they get back. John Walker Lindh, anyone?

smellthecoffee on April 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I’m thinkin’, more and more, that all of this is about negating the concept of sleeper cells in our country.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Can you go into more detail? I’m not sure I follow your thinking.

Doomberg on April 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Must have been for the famous mud spas.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The radio talk shows are pushing that it was a jihad training trip. Jumping the bomb a little, there.

Paul-Cincy on April 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

That morgue pic of perp #1 was “cathartic”, as cliche as that sounds. I commented, “It looks like it hurt. Good.” I wish there were a way to have that pop up on billboards in certain countries–with the caption, “More bullet holes than virgins!”

smellthecoffee on April 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I hate to be anal, but according to the Quran, their quest is for Virginians, preferrably from the Roanoke area.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Chechen president won’t be a fan of this development.

lester on April 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Deport all Chechens!

Seven Seas on April 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

To get plastic surgery to make him look like John Turturro?

Ward Cleaver on April 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

You have to go far to find someone willing to do that.

kim roy on April 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

“As I said, it could all have been an innocent visit with family”

Dad lives in Dagestan, which is a Muslim province of Russia adjacent to Chechnya, with its own severe terrorist problem. Tamerlan would have been in close proximity to terrorist groups there, and could have easily had training under the cover of “visiting his family”.

Realist on April 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Get these freaks out of my country. And please stop letting in people who want to kill me. Is that too much to ask? Is that kind of “immigration reform” too “insensitive”?

happytobehere on April 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Some in the media have expressed some bemusement about how two young immigrants brought up in the US for a decade could have been radicalized seemingly so quickly.

Bemusement ? Really ?
Isn’t the prettiest sound on Earth not available in the US anymore ?

burrata on April 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Today’s daily FED propaganda:
The feds are also pointing out that the skill of making pressure-cooker bombs takes some time to acquire

Yes, next they’ll be telling you it takes an amazing amount of training to load and shoot a gun.

Please.

HopeHeFails on April 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

As I said, it could all have been an innocent visit with family

or to Beslan ?

burrata on April 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I’ve been waiting all day for the Food Truck thread to reincarnate.

Corporal Tunnel on April 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Maybe it’s in Boston and stuck in the lockdown.

22044 on April 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I hate to be anal, but according to the Quran, their quest is for Virginians, preferrably from the Roanoke area.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

LMAO! You do realize that someone from Huffington Post or Daily Kos read this; they would think you are serious. :)

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Doomberg

HotAir is acting up, for me, at least. I can’t copy and paste your post.

Anyway, it’s just seems to me that, after hearing the coverage, the commentary has been leading away from the possibility that sleeper cells can exist in this country, for a number of years, and then act. They seem to be in disbelief that a jihadist can come to America, live here for years, and still hate us.

I think that they hate us, period – and that living here has no effect on their hatred. Hell, the 9-11 savages had plenty of time to acclimate and embrace America. Clearly, they didn’t.

As an example, I think that most of the Democrats [especially those in the Administration and in Congress] hate everything about our country – and most of them were born here.

Just my thoughts.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

As I said, it could all have been an innocent visit with family, but it bears investigation.

So what does Mrs. Boston Marathon Bomber have to say about all this?

Has she provided us with her theory of the case yet?

BobMbx on April 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

melle1228

LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

I’m sure it’s already made its way to the top of their See, I Told You So thread.

But, of course, F them, and the horse they rode in on.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I disagree. The logistical effort to create and maintain sleeper cells is too much for a disjointed organization like AQ

dpierson on April 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

just had an interesting thought…

dzhokhar

joker

coincidence?

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

As I said, it could all have been an innocent visit with family, but it bears investigation.

Whenever I visit family, I always come back with new bomb making skills. Next up for me is making a dirty bomb.

rbj on April 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

just had an interesting thought…

dzhokhar

joker

coincidence?

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I had a thought

nonpartisan

idiot

CW on April 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

What I don’t understand is why these young Czech men felt a need to travel all the way to Russia?

(I really hope the / isn’t needed, but…)

Gingotts on April 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

dzhokhar

joker

coincidence?

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Only looks that way in Westernized print. Russian pronunciation is “Ja-HHAR”

Gingotts on April 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I had a thought

nonpartisan

idiot

CW on April 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I had the same thought.

Coincidence?

Chuck Schick on April 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

There lots of reporting on Al Qaeda operating IN Chechnya and Dagestan. It wouldn’t be surprising to find out, he hooked up with them.

AYNBLAND on April 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I had a thought

nonpartisan

idiot

CW on April 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I had the same thought.

Coincidence?

Chuck Schick on April 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Obviously a conspiracy..

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Just my thoughts.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Thanks, had just been curious. I think there might be some truth to what you say.

Doomberg on April 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Is this a stupid question?

Why weren’t they monitoring them BEFORE this.

Because they don’t want to.

MontanaMmmm on April 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Um, does this then mean that BOTH brothers went last year:

Zaur Tsarnaev said he most recently expressed his concerns about Tamarlan — the alleged bomber pictured in a dark hat in FBI videos released Thursday — to Dzhokhar when Dzhokar visited last summer. He added that Dzhokhar went to mosque sometimes but he was “never an extremist.”

And I’m curious, if you’re here on asylum (or for asylum?), why would you go back? And was it before or after he became a U.S. citizen?

UnderstandingisPower on April 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Multiple sources confirmed Tamerlan went to Russia for a prolonged period last year. It’s unclear what he did there,

Have the MSM suggested that he travelled to Chechnya to get some training to come back to the U.S. to oppose the implementation of Obamacare?

One other thing. Has anyone given any thought to whether these guys were ticked off that Gene Hackman almost unleashed a nuclear weapon on their Chechnyan countrymen in Crimson Tide?

BTW: Chris Matthews seems to be disappointed that he has no choice but to discuss legitimate extremist terrorists rather than white American tea party members.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

He should have been deported in 2009 when he was arrested.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

HotAir is acting up, for me, at least. I can’t copy and paste your post.
OhEssYouCowboys on April 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Had similar trouble yesterday. And I have so much security I can hardly do anything on my machine. This happened before when HA gets a hot topic that someone does not want to continue …

Got to play with it. See bleepingcomputer. Try the free stuff, Malwarebyte,anti rootkit

change browser, if Firefox, include addons like Better Privacy , cert patrol, ghostery, https everywhere …

use a browser in a sandbox if your anti virus has a sandbox

Wipe your OS and reload but not from the hidden partition
You know they are serious when your hidden partition is compromised

If your provider has this change IP address

Going to Chinese dissident sites, or NKorea related sites can get you slammed too. Funny, it used to be only porno sites would trash a PC. Now it is the political sites

entagor on April 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I had a thought

nonpartisan

idiot

CW on April 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I had the same thought.

Coincidence?

Chuck Schick on April 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Obviously a conspiracy..

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

the funny thing is nonpartisan must be in on the conspiracy.

CW on April 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Maybe it’s been asked, but wouldn’t this be a good time to start hunting down everyone here on a visa who we aren’t sure has left?

Unproductive? I’d argue not. A witchhunt? H*ll, no. They’ve violated the law.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Great family

Of all of them, his wife seems the most obtuse.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I wish our government would concentrate on the jobs they are supposed to be doing like immigration control, ICE, border secuity and leave us free honest adult citizens the hell alone.

unseen on April 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

A little humor in all situations– Gotta love the press:

http://twitchy.com/2013/04/19/hard-news-bbc-interviews-guy-with-pink-dildo-on-his-refrigerator/

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

“Some in the media have expressed some bemusement about how two young immigrants brought up in the US for a decade could have been radicalized seemingly so quickly…”

They apparently haven’t been to a college campus in a while…

Seven Percent Solution on April 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

A little humor in all situations– Gotta love the press:

http://twitchy.com/2013/04/19/hard-news-bbc-interviews-guy-with-pink-dildo-on-his-refrigerator/

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Gumby should clean his place up before interviews.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I wish our government would concentrate on the jobs they are supposed to be doing like immigration control, ICE, border secuity and leave us free honest adult citizens the hell alone.

unseen on April 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

C’mon, the feds can walk and chew gum well at the same time, so they’ve long ago decided to ignore their core functions for the purpose of micromanaging our lives.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Is THIS why the feds held off on grabbing these guys until AFTER Obama left town?

Clearly, at least HALF of this mess is Obama’s fault!

Freddy on April 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

C’mon, the feds can walk and chew gum well at the same time, so they’ve long ago decided to ignore their core functions for the purpose of micromanaging our lives.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

or they figured out they could never do the job they were elected to do so they humor us with sleight of hand politics.

unseen on April 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

BTW: Chris Matthews seems to be disappointed that he has no choice but to discuss legitimate extremist terrorists rather than white American tea party members.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I’m not sure I would use the term “legitimate extremist terrorist.” Is there any such thing as a legitimate terrorist?

I would suggest the term predictable extremist terrorist.

Chris Matthews seems to be disappointed that he has no choice but to discuss predictable extremist terrorists rather than the white American tea party members he was hoping and praying could be tied to the Boston Marathon bombings. I mean, who would have guessed that at the heart of this bombing we would find somebody from the religion of peace? Not anybody on the left apparently.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Gumby should clean his place up before interviews.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

He he.. Just want to know why he keeps in on the top of the fridge. :)

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Is THIS why the feds held off on grabbing these guys until AFTER Obama left town?

Clearly, at least HALF of this mess is Obama’s fault!

Freddy on April 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

More than half, IMO.

How many resources were diverted from investigating to babysitting the rat-eared coward and his disgusting wife when they showed up in Boston on Thursday?

Why was the domestic IED prevention budget slashed by this administration? Could that have prevented an 8-year-old from being killed? The rat-eared coward’s standard for anything is saving but a single child. Indirectly, the rat-eared coward could have well killed this child.

Finally, why haven’t you ever called this an act of terrorism Mr. President? Why haven’t you or any other leftist rushed to the microphones and used the term Islamic terrorists? We don’t have to jump to conclusions anymore, why are you AWOL from any sort of statement condemning the faith of your fathers?

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Bad week for liberals.
Muslims attacked the marathon.
A democrat sent ricin to Washington.
And a big pile of obama blew up in Texas.

Ronnie on April 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

From CBS’ Bob Orr: O’bama and Holder’s FBI interviewed Tamarlan Tsarnaev 2 yrs ago abt extremist ties, found nothing because they didn’t want to, & closed file. More on CBS Evening News

Edited for accuracy.

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM

This would be before Tamerlan went to Russia, so I wonder what would have put him on the FBI’s radar.

Maybe they intercepted emails between him and a radical imam?

rbj on April 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM

This would be before Tamerlan went to Russia, so I wonder what would have put him on the FBI’s radar.

Holy smokes. Others are correct, they are too busy looking for Huckabee bomb factories.

Limerick on April 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM

He he.. Just want to know why he keeps in on the top of the fridge. :)

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

No you don’t . Something about a mixer and his favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

CW on April 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

just had an interesting thought…

partisan on April 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

When was that?

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

In other words, our Government used pre 9/11 thinking and cleared him.

rob verdi on April 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

When was that?

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I am still waiting for him to tell me if I can own a pistol or shotgun in Great Britain. Still no answer. Surprise!

CW on April 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

A little humor in all situations– Gotta love the press:

http://twitchy.com/2013/04/19/hard-news-bbc-interviews-guy-with-pink-dildo-on-his-refrigerator/

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Gumby should clean his place up before interviews.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Well now we know what Gumby and Pokey look like.

HumpBot Salvation on April 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I hate to be anal, but according to the Quran, their quest is for Virginians, preferrably from the Roanoke area.

it’s be even better if the gals were lebanese virginians…

DanMan on April 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The FBI just released some information about the Recin terrorist in Mississippi:

His favorite songs: “Return to Sender” and “Jail House Rock”

They also found creative writing from the prep titled: “Someone must have stepped on my blue suede shoes” and “Obama, the great pretender”

jjnco73 on April 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I wonder what would have put him on the FBI’s radar.

Jeez, what does it take? An invite, cup of coffee and a show and tell of his work?

nor on April 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Some in the media have expressed some bemusement about how two young immigrants brought up in the US for a decade could have been radicalized seemingly so quickly.

Bemusement ? Really ?
Isn’t the prettiest sound on Earth not available in the US anymore ?

burrata on April 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, well – most people in the media don’t have kids because they are gay and/or single….

They don’t know how quickly a kid of 15 can turn into something else by the age of 16…
I have two sons and it is a struggle – hour by hour – day by day….

These terrorists had a mother who was a thief…the father was in Russia.
These were perfect turns for the Islamists….

redguy on April 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Several years prior to that, Tamerlan had become a devout Muslim,

That made him super-attractive to NASA – to help with their main mission of promoting islam, as per instructions from Hussein carried out by the affirmative action lackies he’s put in that, now pathetic, agency.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

BTW: Chris Matthews seems to be disappointed that he has no choice but to discuss legitimate extremist terrorists rather than white American tea party members.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I would think that Matthews were be spitting happy that he has actual caucasians from the Caucuses to talk about …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

After thousands of LE agents, lockdown, blah blah, a 19 year old managed to escape on “foot”.

celticdefender on April 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I’m not sure I would use the term “legitimate extremist terrorist.” Is there any such thing as a legitimate terrorist?

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

if there isn’t, the left will make sure they will legitimize it. wait till Chenk Uigur tells you that these ‘kids’ were radicalized here coz they didn’t get enough hugs when they were children and they were bullied in school because of their foreign look and accen.

jimver on April 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

After thousands of LE agents, lockdown, blah blah, a 19 year old managed to escape on “foot”.

celticdefender on April 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

yepper, very ‘credible’.

jimver on April 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I did not know that the Amish traveled that widely…

d1carter on April 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

it’s be even better if the gals were lebanese virginians…

DanMan on April 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Like this labanese ?

burrata on April 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

After thousands of LE agents, lockdown, blah blah, a 19 year old managed to escape on “foot”.

celticdefender on April 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

When they couldn’t produce him by noon, I had a feeling he’d already slipped the net. They turned Boston into an armed camp for nothing.

Doomberg on April 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Bad week for liberals.
Muslims attacked the marathon.
A democrat sent ricin to Washington.
And a big pile of obama blew up in Texas.

And the Senate declined to infringe the 2nd Amendment. For now.

jangle12 on April 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

For all the bluster I’ve seen on this site in recent years aimed at Russia, Russia has been fighting Islamic terrorism longer than we have. The could be our allies if we can drop the silly nostalgia for the Cold War days. Plus, the Russians are ruthless as hell, which makes for a doubly good ally.

I’d bet a small fortune that our FBI interviewed Tsarnaev on Russia’s request.

AngusMc on April 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

“FBI Interviewed Boston Terrorist 2 Years Ago Over Extremist Ties…”
…so IT IS possible that wrong-way napolitano is not the most incompetent person for US security in the OBOZO regime! I’m shocked.

TeaPartyNation on April 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Dear leader won’t throw holder under the bus for this…..some lowly agent will be the scape goat

cmsinaz on April 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Holder has gotten away with murder….

Don’t blame me in 5…4..3

cmsinaz on April 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obama can’t blame Bush for this. The decisions made by the Obama administration the last few years place responsibility on Obama, Holder, Big Sis, and anyone else making relevant policy.

INC on April 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Good article here:

http://alyssalindley.tumblr.com/post/48368749553/ive-met-the-boston-bombers

Sounds like a messed up family, I can understand why the uncle hasn’t stayed in touch.

rbj on April 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

just had an interesting thought…

dzhokhar

joker

coincidence?

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Pretty racist of you.

PXCharon on April 19, 2013 at 7:01 PM

After thousands of LE agents, lockdown, blah blah, a 19 year old managed to escape on “foot”.

celticdefender on April 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

But I am supposed to give up my weapons and trust LE to protect me.

chemman on April 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

INC on April 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

When has that stopped him from flaming others for his mistakes.

chemman on April 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The reporters are dumb as a stump.

SparkPlug on April 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Fox reporting that a suspect is down in a hail of gunfire in Watertown.

Philly on April 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM

“Some in the media have expressed some bemusement about how two young immigrants brought up in the US for a decade could have been radicalized seemingly so quickly…”

It might be interesting if they looked at their college courses.

But also.. it was about 4 years ago DHS put out that infamous memo to local law enforcement.. warning them about pro-life and libertarian bumper stickers. They were also warning them about Veterans. So who do you think they’ve been watching and monitoring?

JellyToast on April 19, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Hot Air record for most amount of bold red font in one day!

Chuck Schick on April 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

“religious politics”? Right…..

Blake on April 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

religious politics”? Right…..

Blake on April 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

That will be the dog whistle for the left that he was a right wing evangelical socon.

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Major stuff going down now. shots fired. cop cars flying in.

portlandon on April 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM

When has that stopped him from flaming others for his mistakes.

chemman on April 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

True, but he’ll have to pick someone other than GWB.

religious politics”? Right…..

Blake on April 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

That will be the dog whistle for the left that he was a right wing evangelical socon.

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I saw that phrase, and I thought that phrase was quoted for the purpose of providing an equivalence between the religion of pieces and any Christian involvement in politics because of our beliefs.

INC on April 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Suspect is alive and moving, the Watertown police say.

Philly on April 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Still a standoff; suspect not yet in custody.

Philly on April 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Great family

Of all of them, his wife seems the most obtuse.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

From your article:

Several former classmates described Dzhokhar as a friendly, smart kid, and they said they were shocked that he was part of the pair who killed three and injured more than 180 in the marathon bombings on Monday.

An unidentified friend told CNN that he ‘hung out, went to parties, smoked some weed… its not like he’s some foreign dude.’

WTF.
This is what young people often sound like these days. Moronic morons.
It’s not hard to understand why many in this country think all of the young people here are retarded when you hear some of them talk like this.
Regarding this terrorist, from what I see, I am assuming the kid took a trip home to see Daddy. Got excited & wound up about his region of birth. Got convinced that islam is the way to go.
And living in America only showed him (bcs that is the way he eventually chose to view us, probably based on morons like his ‘friend’) & became a radical.
And who knows. It may be that daddy’s a sympathizer as well.
It’ll be interesting to hear more about the dynamics of this family.

Badger40 on April 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Now that it is clear they were guilty and signs are 5 years old I believe the aunt in Canada and Father in Russia should receive scrutiny.

Grunt on April 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Perps are Muslim: Grover Norquist hardest hit.

bw222 on April 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

And now Geraldo Rivera on with Ted Baxter. And Ted Baxter just noted that it was “ironic” that the dead older brother was made a citizen on Sept. 11. You know, in case any of us missed that…irony.

Sheesh, Fox. This is the time to put your A-team forward, not these blow-hards.

Rational Thought on April 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Rational Thought on April 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Sorry to quibble, but I was laughing to myself when I heard this. Geraldo said it first. I know because he made a big to do about emphasizing it, as if it were some extraordinary revelation that hasn’t been mentioned 50 times already today.

Geraldo, the Rumpelstiltskin of TV personalities.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Were these two the moderate Muslims we keep hearing about?

Axion on April 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Were these two the moderate Muslims we keep hearing about?

Axion on April 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

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Yes.

Just wait till we meet the real, extremely zealous ones

listens2glenn on April 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

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