Video: Tsarnaev aunt, father say brothers framed, Tamerlan recently became devout Muslim

posted at 3:55 pm on April 19, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

There’s a lot to unpack in this video, from CTV in Toronto, where the Tsarnaev brothers’ aunt lives. The AP pulls out the highlights. She thinks the young men were framed. She notes that the older brother, Tamerlan, had become devout, praying five times a day for the last two years, she estimated.

TORONTO (AP) — An aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Friday the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and she doesn’t believe the brothers could have been involved in Monday’s attack.

“We’re talking about three dead people, 100-something injured, and I do not believe, I just do not believe our boys would do that … I don’t know them in the way that they could be capable of this,” Maret Tsarnaeva told reporters in Toronto.

She said her brother Anzor Tsarnaev had high expecations for his sons, especially 26-year-old Tamerlan.

She said her brother was desperate when he found out Tamerlan dropped out of his university. She said he always demanded more of his children and said Tamerlan was his favorite.

Tamerlan married and had a 3-year-old daughter in the U.S., she said.

“He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can’t tie it to religion,” she said.

But she said Tamerlan “seemingly did not find himself yet in America, because it’s not easy.”

Click to watch the entire 12-minute video. At one point, she makes reference to coming from a place where government officials are none too shy about framing citizens. She also relates how the brothers came to the United States, though the timeline is still a bit confusing in her telling.

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The Tsarnaevs’ father also suspects a set-up, referring to the law enforcement who shot him as “cowards.” Those cowards were also reportedly enduring a hail of explosive devices and gunfire from Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the time.

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An aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Friday the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and she doesn’t believe the brothers could have been involved in Monday’s attack.

Sooooo, he recently became a devout Muslim, and she thinks this made him less likely to be a terrorist?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Sooooo, he recently became a devout Muslim, and she thinks this made him less likely to be a terrorist?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Guess that makes him even less likely to be involved in a shootout with police while hiding in a boat.

AZfederalist on April 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

“He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can’t tie it to religion,” she said.

His wife was part of this?

clement on April 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Deception is one of the main tenets of islam – no lie is too outlandish or ridiculous.

Pork-Chop on April 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

1. Flare guns exist solely to save lives. They are not designed to function as weapons.

2. Starters’ Pistols exist solely to signal the starts of track meets and other athletic events, and to signal the ends of other athletic events. They are not designed to function as weapons.

3. F-

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

what an absolutely silly argument

neither a flare gun nor a starter pistol are considered guns…unless you consider a watergun a gun as well, since you know, it has the word ‘gun’ in it

D-

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Facepalm

What dumb asses. Devout Muslims are freaking blind to reality.

SparkPlug on April 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

what an absolutely silly argument

neither a flare gun nor a starter pistol are considered guns…unless you consider a watergun a gun as well, since you know, it has the word ‘gun’ in it

D-

nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I’ll accept you apology later reprobate.

and here

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and 10000 other videos.

tom daschle concerned on April 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

She will become a regular on the Alex Jones radio show…

TarheelBen on April 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

oh doorjamb my comment had more than 3 links…

tom daschle concerned on April 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

An aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Friday the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and she doesn’t believe the brothers could have been involved in Monday’s attack.

We must always, always, always remember that terrorists are muslim fundamentalists; they are not extremists.

Mojave Mark on April 20, 2013 at 6:18 AM

TORONTO (AP) — An aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Friday A.) the older brother recently became a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and B.) she doesn’t believe the brothers could have been involved in Monday’s attack.

Doublethink: holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

Akzed on April 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

neither a flare gun nor a starter pistol are considered guns…unless you consider a watergun a gun as well, since you know, it has the word ‘gun’ in it nonpartisan on April 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Sigh… remember when words had meanings?

Akzed on April 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Sorry lady, he forced his “Christian” wife to convert to Muslim – not even a nice try.

PJ Emeritus on April 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Ought to send the family back to wherever the hell it came from.

Framed my ass!

Sherman1864 on April 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

This family is a case FOR immigration reform, whatever that is….. What is the common thread in 99% of all terrorism? It is spelled I-S-L-A-M-I-C J-I-H-A-D. So many talking heads, so little intelligence.

ultracon on April 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

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