Two U.S. officials: Preliminary evidence suggests bombers motivated by religion, acted alone; Update: Came from Tsarnaev; Update: Learned bombmaking from Internet

posted at 7:21 pm on April 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s just “preliminary” evidence. Could be that Tamerlan, when he wasn’t busy favoriting Chechen jihadist videos on YouTube, was building up an explosive hatred of marathons.

This AP story is actually newsy, not because of the conclusion officials have drawn but because of how they drew it:

Two U.S. officials say preliminary evidence from an interrogation suggests the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were motivated by religion but were apparently not tied to any Islamic terrorist groups.

The two ethnic Chechen brothers practiced Islam.

The U.S. officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

Whose interrogation? If they got it from a family member, that’s not news. More than one has already talked to reporters about Tamerlan becoming more religious over the last few years. If they got it from Dzhokhar, obviously that’s big news. Stay tuned.

The NYT has a transcript of today’s bedside magistrate hearing. I knew they’d given him the Miranda warnings but it turns out he got the deluxe version. On page 4, the magistrate warns him three times that he doesn’t have to talk to police. He has a lawyer now too, so let me clip this part in anticipation of the next round of moral peacocking about how they’re denying him access to counsel, etc:

tsa

Via Mediaite, here’s a possible lead from CNN. Tamerlan Tsarnaev posted a video last year of a Chechen jihadi who operated out of Dagestan, the same region that Tsarnaev visited in 2012. The Chechen was killed by Russian forces last year. Was the clip inspiration or something more?

Update: Just thinking out loud: It’s possible, although improbable, that Dzhokhar might not know the full extent of Tamerlan’s training, if there was any. That’s not to exculpate him in any way — obviously, if the complaint filed today is true, he knew he was setting off bombs — but it may be that Tamerlan was in touch with people in Dagestan and then trained Dzhokhar over here with whatever expertise he picked up there.

Update: Newsy:

Update: Here’s why the feds are saying that they think the Tsarnaevs acted alone:


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That link from the Jester site is verrrry interesting. I suppose the powers that be could be playing dumb and saying we think they acted alone so other conspirators aren’t put on notice.

mikeyboss on April 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

were motivated by religion

Are they sure it wasn’t a Ben Affleck movie?

RadClown on April 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

The one guy — a boxer, no advanced education. The other guy, a pothead college student, no technical education.

The difficult part is (a) detonator and (b) radio control of detonation. Would appear difficult, yes? Apparently not. The info is readily available on the interwebs. Like here. If you can use Google, then read and look at pictures, yes you can create a remote detonator out of toy parts.

Welcome to the 21st century.

SunSword on April 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

SunSword on April 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Yep. And even that example is overly complicated.

stvnscott on April 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Here’s the real problem believing these two did this alone.

Where?

Tamerlan had his wife and mother living with him. So the wife has to be an accomplice. I wouldn’t doubt the mother is.

Jahar had several roommates. Some of these winners are being arrested and released, rinse repeat.

Neither had a job that provided the workspace.

So to believe no one else was involved, means they bought the supplies just a few days before and built it that morning, during the race. With no training or testing.

Along with the other IED’s.

And several guns.

And hundreds of rounds.

Just got it all over the weekend.

The Feds are lying that no one else was involved. Whatever statement Jahar gave them fit their needs.

Hell, he could have said yes to a question that asked “was anyone else involved with the Marathon bombing”?

That’s totally different than “Are you working with any groups”?

budfox on April 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Looks like Tamerlin may have murdered a few friends on September 11th 2011…

Click Me

Smoothies on April 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Two U.S. officials: Preliminary evidence suggests bombers motivated by religion

All I can say is “no shiite sherlock”.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The difficult part is (a) detonator and (b) radio control of detonation. Would appear difficult, yes? Apparently not. The info is readily available on the interwebs. Like here. If you can use Google, then read and look at pictures, yes you can create a remote detonator out of toy parts.

Welcome to the 21st century.

SunSword on April 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Yup, so obviously the laws that make it illegal to make a bomb, and the laws that make it illegal to kill and maim lots of people are just not effective – so all we need is some more laws to make those things more illegal and we can solve the problem.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I’m sure a guy who’s blown people up, shot a cop in cold blood and tried to kill some more in a getaway, would never tell a lie.

IndieDogg on April 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Exactly how would the RUSSIANS have pegged one of the two “lone wolves” operating in America as a terrorist if this is true. Are they doing a better job of monitoring American internet traffic than our own intelligence agencies. Either that or our govt is lying to us – again. We are screwed either way.

LarryinLA on April 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Mocking another person from a position of ignorance is never a wise move. Your screen name is ironic considering how myopic you insist on being with regard to this particular issue.

stvnscott on April 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

It was a joke.

farsighted on April 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Acted alone?? Really??

Where did the MONEY come from?? For the clothes, the cars, the apartments, the GYM and boxing. I guess they just came in from the internet as well.

Michael73501 on April 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I hear the term ‘self radicalized’ all over the news. They can’t understand how the bombers don’t have a direct connection to terrorists, but can do this.

It is imperative to understand it is not ‘radical’ Islam.

It is Islam – the antithesis of western civilization.

TfromV on April 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Acted alone?? Really??

Where did the MONEY come from?? For the clothes, the cars, the apartments, the GYM and boxing. I guess they just came in from the internet as well.

Michael73501 on April 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

They’ll conveniently come out with information that attacks the internet, and freedom but they won’t tell us who funded these guys. Probably because it was the Sauds or the FBI.

fatlibertarianinokc on April 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

It’s still too early to say what his motivations were, but I have a hunch he’s a tea partier.

/msm

jhffmn on April 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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