Report: Feds taking a closer look at what Tsarnaev’s wife knew; Update: Bombs show “expertise,” likely learned in Russia

posted at 3:21 pm on April 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

A scoop from Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard:

Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the investigation. The intense scrutiny comes as a result of information provided by Dzokhar Tsarnaev in his on-again, off-again interrogation by FBI officials before he was read his rights by a federal magistrate.

According to those officials, Dzokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that the information that set in motion the series of events leading to Tamerlan’s death and Dzokhar’s apprehension came in a phone call from Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva to her husband. “She notified him and there certainly didn’t seem to be any notion of surprise – just a report that ‘you’re being watched,’” said one official with knowledge of the investigation. Tsarnaev had seen the photographs and videos distributed by the FBI on television and called her husband to give him a heads up.

The wife’s lawyer insists that she knew nothing. Per Hayes, it was the phone call, supposedly, that finally convinced Tamerlan it was time to get out of dodge, but I don’t understand that. Were they hiding out someplace where they didn’t have a TV or radio? The feds had been floating descriptions of the suspects’ clothing for more than 24 hours by the time the bombers decided to carjack someone and try to escape. According to friends, Dzhokhar was on campus at UMass-Dartmouth as late as Thursday morning. Neither one of them looked at a website or a television to see how much the feds knew? C’mon. It can’t be the phone call that triggered this.

The point about the wife possibly knowing is interesting, though. Anderson Cooper made a fair point last night too: How did this guy explain to his wife last year that he needed to go to Russia for six months when she was working 80 hours a week and had a baby to take care of on top of it? Could be that he was so domineering that she wouldn’t think to question him even under those circumstances — there are plenty of anecdotal reports from friends and acquaintances about that — but the “so, what’d you do in Dagestan?” conversation must have happened at some point. How’d he answer?

Hayes’s sources also confirm Megyn Kelly’s report this morning that the FBI was none too happy to have the magistrate show up in Tsarnaev’s hospital room to read him his rights when they weren’t done questioning him yet. Was that Holder’s call or someone else’s? And are we sure it was the Mirandization that got Tsarnaev to clam up rather than him finally being able to talk to a lawyer? Remember, a public defender was at the hearing on his behalf and told the magistrate that he’d already been able to speak to Tsarnaev, albeit “very briefly.” If anyone convinced him to stop talking, it was probably his attorney, not the Miranda warnings.

Update: So, what’d you do in Dagestan?

Investigators said the two Boston Marathon bombs were triggered by long-range remote controls for toy cars — a more sophisticated design than originally believed — bolstering a theory that the older suspect received bomb-making guidance on his six-month trip to Russia last year.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police last week, “more than likely got some instruction in Dagestan,” a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday…

Further suggesting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Russia trip played a role, Secretary of State John F. Kerry told reporters Wednesday in Brussels that the elder suspect “learned something where he went, and he came back with a willingness to kill people.”

They still don’t think he had any accomplices, but now that New York is in the picture, they want to know who he and Dzhokhar might have known there.


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That wife is one of the stupidest women in the world.

Too bad the feminazis don’t denounce her.

“What a bunch of idiots you are” — Putin

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

He was a stay at home ‘dad’ and she worked 70-80 hours/week, at $12/hour, and studied, in muzzie garb?

Feminists, where art you?

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Every day is a different story.

He learned it on the internet.
He learned it in Russia.

He was part of a cell of sleepers.
He acted only with his brothers.

This must be a pain in the butt story to cover for reporters/bloggers.

portlandon on April 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

More

He was a stay at home ‘dad’ and she worked 70-80 hours/week, at $12/hour in a home for the elderly, and studied, in muzzie garb, in America, in 2012-13.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

FBI is not happy with the Holder/Obama judge and lawyers interrupting their interrogation, of the one who s/b with the virgins, less than 24 hours into it.

They were not notified either.

Obama is their ‘brother’.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Muslims. A wife is property. No need to explain what you do or where you go. As property its not your place to ask questions of your husband and owner.

And when was the last time you were required to explain yourself to something you own?

hawkeye54 on April 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

FBI is not happy with the Holder/Obama judge and lawyers interrupting their interrogation, of the one who s/b with the virgins, less than 24 hours into it.

They were not notified either.

I keep hoping either the CIA,Secret Service, or FBI will finally have had enough of Obama and spill information we all know they have on barry…. A girl can dream can’t she?

sandee on April 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

That wife is one of the stupidest women in the world.

Too bad the feminazis don’t denounce her.

“What a bunch of idiots you are” — Putin

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Oh.. she probably knew something and is roing to end up getting charged with aiding and abetting. No one is that dumb.

Stupid girl who threw her life away because of a controlling boyfriend. Also, where were her parents in all this??

Illinidiva on April 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

BIden assured us these are “knock offs”, there is nothing to fear.

rob verdi on April 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

This must be a pain in the butt story to cover for reporters/bloggers.

portlandon on April 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Why do you think that?

Half the country (liberals, most in the LSM) want this vermin off the hook. The other half (us) want the truth of the matter and all attached/involved.

Who is standing in the way of all that, trying to make a mess of the whole thing either by ineptitude or design?

Liam on April 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

They surely didn’t get instructions on bomb building from a box of Cracker Jacks.

docflash on April 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

He was a stay at home ‘dad’ and she worked 70-80 hours/week, at $12/hour, and studied, in muzzie garb?

Feminists, where art you?

Both feminism and islamic doctrine have the same goal of destroying traditional western European culture for different reasons. For one its eliminating a perceived male dominant society, for the other its eliminating an affront to the god of their religion.

Also, for left leaning feminists, in any disagreement of values between a member of Western culture and non-Western culture, the Westerner is always deemed wrong because of past bigotry, exploitation and colonialism. Nobody from a Western background has any right to criticize anything said or done by anyone from a non-Western background.

Soooo, only crickets from feminists. Most staunch feminists will look better hidden beneath burkas anyway.

hawkeye54 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Something tells me she wasn’t a right wing kook before converting…

Ben Hur on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

How did this guy explain to his wife last year that he needed to go to Russia for six months

Muslim males don’t have to explain anything to any female.

when she was working 80 hours a week and had a baby to take care of on top of it?

Looks like the ” wife” was totally OK with it because that is her way of contributing to anti-American jihad

Could be that he was so domineering that she wouldn’t think to question him even under those circumstances

She definitely knew and liked islam and the koranic guidelines for women before she converted and she was totally OK with it

— there are plenty of anecdotal reports from friends and acquaintances about that

All are attempts to save her from being convicted, just like they are trying their best to save the Joker. If this strategy doesn’t work for her , they’ll use the little kid for sympathy.

— but the “so, what’d you do in Dagestan?” conversation must have happened at some point. How’d he answer?

Did she have a black eye when he returned to USA ?

burrata on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

the update was being reported last night. using a remote device for detonation requires a high level of sophistication that likely could not be found on the internet.

dbilly76 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Most staunch feminists will look better hidden beneath burkas anyway.

hawkeye54 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Maybe that’s what made the Tsarnaev brothers want to destroy America? /snark

Liam on April 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

That girl ain’t got the sense God gave a goose. At that point in her life she’d gotten to with him, I seriously doubt she’d even recognize truth or right from wrong if it smacked her straight in the face.

Jomama on April 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

How did this guy explain to his wife last year that he needed to go to Russia for six months when she was working 80 hours a week and had a baby to take care of on top of it? Could be that he was so domineering that she wouldn’t think to question him even under those circumstances

What if Tamerlan did kill his friend and the two other individuals in that apartment a few years back. What if his wife and his brother knew he did it. That would possibly be a very intimidating act. “If I can kill my best friend, I can kill you, too.”

crosspatch on April 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

The shadow govt is alive and well. All those who know the score are either in on it all, being intimidated/scared, bribed/bought off, killed, forced into retirement and intimidated. A govt cannot be as inept in doing the right thing in taking care of the country as this bunch is,,,it is a planned takedown by the one world utopia bunch and we are all being played. All levels of this power elite are in on it and we are the pawns.

retiredeagle on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Something tells me she wasn’t a right wing kook before converting…

Ben Hur on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

She wanted to join the Peace Corps in high school and “change the world.”

sentinelrules on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The one that is living is just as guilty as the one that is dead. Period.

kingsjester on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The shadow govt is alive and well.
retiredeagle on April 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

There is no ‘shadow government’.

This is the real thing — up-close, real, personal, and in-your-face.

And the dumbed-down voters elected them.

Liam on April 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

One, I doubt that she worked that many hours every week. She probably got a bunch of 12 hour shifts in a row, and then long a long period off. The atty spun it as if it were every week so people would feel sorry for her. Don’t.

Two, she and hubby were talking every day from Russia. Maybe, it was a trial separation. But yeah, letting your husband take off for 6 months on a vacation sounds weird.

Blake on April 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

They still don’t think he had any accomplices, but now that New York is in the picture, they want to know who he and Dzhokhar might have known there.

Depends on how you exactly you define “accomplice”…

accomplice: one associated with another especially in wrongdoing

Is there a legal definition in operation here?

Is someone who gives guidance, advice, instruction, encouragement, and/or helpful “How To Bomb The Jihad Way” tips prior to the actual execution of the mass murders an “accomplice”?

farsighted on April 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Feds taking an even closer look, discover it is a mirror they are looking into, post hast they then send a intergoverment request for a large hammer.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The wife totally knew what was going on. Quite obviously. If she hadn’t, the phone call to the husband to tell him that the fuzz was onto him would have gone very differently.

Missy on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

“Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police last week…”

O_o

I thought he was run over by his brother…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

OT – one of the biggest swines of America

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

What if Tamerlan did kill his friend and the two other individuals in that apartment a few years back. What if his wife and his brother knew he did it. That would possibly be a very intimidating act. “If I can kill my best friend, I can kill you, too.”

crosspatch on April 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

My guess would be they are more than likely complicit in the act, if it were found to be true.

DDay on April 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

O_o

I thought he was run over by his brother…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Well, there was a shoot-out.

Further details no longer needed.

Love,
The LSM

Liam on April 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

the update was being reported last night. using a remote device for detonation requires a high level of sophistication that likely could not be found on the internet.

dbilly76 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

They must have a different meaning for “high level of sophistication” than I have. Anyone who’s ever built a model rocket can use a remote device for detonation.

Lily on April 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

My prediction is that she ends up having bought more than one of the pressure cookers, but did not think that that was strange.

rw on April 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

O_o

I thought he was run over by his brother…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Reportedly, the police, when they got to him said
“Man, this guy looks like 30 feet of Bad Road”

ToddPA on April 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

The heck with it.
Put the wife, mom, aunt, and dad in GITMO. Tired of all da stupid.
Cut off the morphine to speed bump’s brother.

RovesChins on April 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

How did this guy explain to his wife last year that he needed to go to Russia for six months when she was working 80 hours a week and had a baby to take care of on top of it?

Well, you know how wives will work long hard hours while hubby is going to medical school.

Maybe something similar here. Except he was attending al-Qaeda’s on-line Jihad University and doing field work for his thesis — “How To Bomb a Marathon”. He went to Chechnya for final instruction and the graduation ceremony. She must have been so proud.

farsighted on April 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

O_o

I thought he was run over by his brother…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Reportedly, the police, when they got to him said
“Man, this guy looks like 30 feet of Bad Road”

ToddPA on April 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

……”it’s a flesh wound.” -Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

RovesChins on April 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

“Hon” !!

“What?” “I’m leaving for work hubby dear.”

“Well Hon, I’ll be needing you pressure cooker today, OK?”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

It is not the Dezzy and Lucy show any longer.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“pressure COOKERS “

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“Hon” !!

“What?” “I’m leaving for work hubby dear.”

“Well Hon, I’ll be needing you pressure cooker today, OK?”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Insert “I left my spleen in Watertown” joke here.

RovesChins on April 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The were bought from Macy’s. Unless you have money to burn, who buys kitchenware from Macy’s?

Blake on April 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Bloomberg had a press conference earlier about the Tsarnaev’s plans for NYC. On tv, they showed a photo of Dzhokhar and a group of guys in Times Square. Some of the faces in the photo were blurred out, but two Eurasian looking men didn’t have their faces blurred. That couldn’t be an accident. Are there any reports that those Kazakh roommates were in on the NYC plot?

Smoothies on April 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Jahar also visited Washington DC last year:

Per his twitter account:

• i’ve been on this train since 6am i’m growing restless #3morehours Jul 21, 2012
• new york looks ill from afar but zoom in and it gets real dirty Jul 21, 2012
• this lady on the train is creeping hard right into my computer screen, just made eye contact #awkward Jul 20, 2012
• 18 hours on the train 0.o Jul 20, 2012
• on the train to washington with a 5 year old who wont go to sleep #thisistorture Jul 20, 2012

luckybogey on April 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

The were bought from Macy’s. Unless you have money to burn, who buys kitchenware from Macy’s?

Blake on April 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Maybe they clipped the Macy’s coupons from the paper? Frugal jihadis.

Jomama on April 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

the update was being reported last night. using a remote device for detonation requires a high level of sophistication that likely could not be found on the internet.

dbilly76 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It requires almost no sophistication at all. Strip the circuit boards and battery out of a cheap RC car. Take the red and black wires off the drive motor. Connect same wires to ignitor with a safety switch on one of the wires to keep you from blowing yourself up. Flip that switch after you turn the car and transmitter on. Now you have a remote controlled pressure cooker bomb. Nothing to it.

Every shred of info they needed to build these bombs could be found online–specifically in Inspire magazine.

stvnscott on April 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

• this lady on the train is creeping hard right into my computer screen, just made eye contact #awkward Jul 20, 2012
• 18 hours on the train 0.o Jul 20, 2012
• on the train to washington with a 5 year old who wont go to sleep #thisistorture Jul 20, 2012

luckybogey on April 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

* That’s KSM, has boobs like a lady. Creepy and awkward. He wants my pudding. #Gitmo

* I now know what real torture feels like and I will live like this forever. #Gitmo.

If only our president had balls like Bush.

RovesChins on April 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

using a remote device for detonation requires a high level of sophistication that likely could not be found on the internet.

dbilly76 on April 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Really? I would think it would be even easier than a cellphone trigger. Significantly easier.

GWB on April 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Check…

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Check…

Jahar

Who is this again…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Update: Bombs show “expertise,” likely learned in Russia
…a total waste of time. The FINAL REPORT of these muslim islamofascist jihadist terrorists will be written in the White House by OBOZO”s political operatives and will be a total and complete whitewash of reality. So, why waste the time and money on these pointless investigations?

TeaPartyNation on April 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Jahar
Who is this again…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

It’s how you pronounce Dzhokhar.

Blake on April 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Seven Percent Solution

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is Jahar (aka his American slang name)

His tweets are located here:

http://www.allmytweets.net/?screen_name=@J_Tsar

luckybogey on April 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

It requires almost no sophistication at all. Strip the circuit boards and battery out of a cheap RC car. Take the red and black wires off the drive motor. Connect same wires to ignitor with a safety switch on one of the wires to keep you from blowing yourself up. Flip that switch after you turn the car and transmitter on. Now you have a remote controlled pressure cooker bomb. Nothing to it.Every shred of info they needed to build these bombs could be found online–specifically in Inspire magazine.stvnscott on April 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Except the odds of premature detonation go3s up exponentially with the cheap rc receivers from frequency bleedover. Plus you have to be closer for the weak transmitter signal.

Until I see otherwise, I have to believe they were upscale systems not found at toys r us, rather from hobby stores or online. Even the lower end stuff from those outlets would be superior to “toys”. Don’t forget the jihadi that wanted to fly an rc dusted fan into the pentagon toting plastique. that model jet and related systems was over $1000. Also the more expensive systems have programmable “fail-safe” processing in case range is lost or conflicting signals. Think of the multi-frequency walkie -talkies that minimize eavesdropping by others on the same set or frequency.

AH_C on April 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

That wife is one of the stupidest women in the world.

Too bad the feminazis don’t denounce her.

“What a bunch of idiots you are” — Putin

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Ann Coulter had the temerity to ask last week if the conversion to islam included slicing off some of her lady-giblet parts.

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

stvnscott on April 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

AH_C on April 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Conversations over this will be muddled by different/uninformed opinions over what a ‘toy’ is vs some kind of advanced R/C hobbyist material. Agree with both of you otherwise.

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

But the wife didn’t know how much they knew about being watched. For all she knew, they were hiding in a cave somewhere.

PattyJ on April 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The wife’s lawyer insists that she knew nothing.

At the very least, she knew whose photograph was being shown on national television and she called how many authorities exactly to assist them?

None.

Whether she has committed any crimes remains to be seen, but we can be certain where her sympathies laid.

Anderson Cooper made a fair point last night too: How did this guy explain to his wife last year that he needed to go to Russia for six months when she was working 80 hours a week and had a baby to take care of on top of it?

Tamerlan called himself a ‘stay-at-home dad.’

Seriously.

Resist We Much on April 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

At the very least, she knew whose photograph was being shown on national television and she called how many authorities exactly to assist them?
Resist We Much on April 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Wait! Wasn’t she working 175 hours a week or something? The girl just couldn’t have found time to watch teevee.

Jomama on April 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM