Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

posted at 10:01 pm on May 16, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

CBS’ John Miller broke the story this morning of a note written in pen on the inside of the boat where Tsarnaev lay wounded before he was captured by police:

“Basically the note says that he does not mourn his brother Tamerlan, that Tamerlan was a martyr now and that he was in paradise, that Dzhokhar expected to join him there soon,” Miller said. “That the bombings were in retribution for the US crimes against Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan; that the victims of the Boston bombing were ‘collateral damage,’ the same way innocent victims have been collateral damage in US wars around the world, summing up that when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”

The New York Times confirmed the story of the note, buried deep in another story about another Chechen refugee being questioned in the case:

After the death of Tamerlan in a police shootout, Dzhokhar hid inside a neighbor’s boat and wrote with a pen on the inside of the hull that the attack was retribution for the wars the United States waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to two law enforcement officials. The note stated generally that an attack on one Muslim is an attack on all Muslims, one official said.

The gist on the aforementioned refugee now on the FBI’s radar:

F.B.I. agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombing have repeatedly questioned Musa Khadzhimuratov, a Chechen refugee and former separatist fighter who says he had a passing social relationship with one of the two bombing suspects. They searched his family’s small apartment here on Tuesday, scouring his computers, subjecting him to a polygraph, and taking a DNA sample.

The hours of F.B.I. questioning in more than a dozen meetings — described by Mr. Khadzhimuratov and his wife, Madina, in an interview — illustrate the bureau’s intensive effort to identify possible accomplices and test its theory that the suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were radicalized and trained on the Web and acted on their own.

But some members and supporters of the small Chechen community in the United States fear that the bureau’s approach may be unduly influenced by Russian authorities who have an interest in using the Boston attack to smear their Chechen adversaries.


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Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

Comedy gold. Lolz.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Sounds to me like Bush made this lone wolf a crazy tea party fanatic. Or something like that.

pat on May 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Hang ‘im high!

In public, on Boston Common.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

mystifying motive we may never truly understand

Ridiculous. They were obviously Tea Partiers clinging bitterly to their guns (sans universal background checks) and bibles.

malclave on May 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

“That the bombings were in retribution for the US crimes against Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan

Afghanistan, huh? Didn’t a certain preznit promise to bring the troops home from that place early in his tenure?

#timetoblameBarkyforeverything

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

So these guys were just nice college kids with a passion for fireworks…?

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

“Obama, Obama we are all Osama now”

Electrongod on May 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

prolly has something to do with that youtube video by Nakoula

RightKlik on May 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Excessive Chooming by chechens leads to this

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

just another enemy combatant criminal

r keller on May 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Oh, I think I understand the motive…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Islamic Rage Boy JPG link betrayal…

*sigh*

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Trasrneav should have quoted Obama: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam

dmann on May 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Can’t wait for Ezra Klein and Dave Weigel’s collumns about how the Tea Party is really to blame for all of this.

tetriskid on May 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Here’s hoping the gentleman who owns the boat and spotted the blood eventually gets his boat cleared out of police custody.

He can remove that piece of the hull and sell it at auction … on the condition the high bidder must publicly desecrate it and incinerate it.

PolAgnostic on May 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Sounds plausible. :/

iwasbornwithit on May 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

So is it OK to profile now?

HICON on May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Obvious false flag!!!11!111!!!1!!!1 /tinfoil

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Federal Judge: Muslims Can Use Violence To Silence Christians

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Then all signals are off.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

But some members and supporters of the small Chechen community in the United States fear that the bureau’s approach may be unduly influenced by Russian authorities who have an interest in using the Boston attack to smear their Chechen adversaries.

That’s exactly it! The bigoted xenophobes in America hate Chechens now because the Russians manipulated them. There is no other explanation.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Dick Cheney!

Curtiss on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Obvious false flag!!!11!111!!!1!!!1 /tinfoil

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

And the federal government would never use the IRS or Obamacare to target its political enemies…that is crazy conspiracy talk!

iwasbornwithit on May 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

After the death of Tamerlan in a police shootout, Dzhokhar hid inside a neighbor’s boat.

I’m sorry to be the fact nazi here but Dzhokhar was not a neighbor unless you consider everybody in MA to be neighbors.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Federal Judge: Muslims Can Use Violence To Silence Christians

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Stand your Ground?

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

That’s exactly it! The bigoted xenophobes in America hate Chechens now because the Russians manipulated them. There is no other explanation.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Do you really believe what you wrote?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Virtually the identical rationale and words of Hasan who massacred 13 at Fort Hood.

/who knows WHAT motivated them. who can say why Hasan went “postal”

Paul-Cincy on May 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

So is it OK to profile now?

HICON on May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Only if you work for the IRS

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Virtually the identical rationale and words of Hasan who massacred 13 at Fort Hood.

/who knows WHAT motivated them. who can say why Hasan went “postal”

Paul-Cincy on May 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I dunno…massive downloads of Jihadi Porn?

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

That’s exactly it! The bigoted xenophobes in America hate Chechens now because the Russians manipulated them. There is no other explanation.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I mean..REALLY…Those trite catchwords are nothing more than sloganeering. Even you should know that.

Yet, YOU think we should take YOU seriously?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Federal Judge: Muslims Can Use Violence To Silence Christians

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Just remember:

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Marxist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

“Religion of Peace” is the usual terrorist’s motivation.

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Reads like an impassioned appeal to repeal the sequester.

de rigueur on May 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Marxist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

lol ++;

hehe. Capitalist Hog said that but I get the joke.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

What’s the mystery? Seems easy enough to understand to me.

petefrt on May 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

YOU are a failure to your own cause.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

He’s CAUCASIAN!!

/msnbc

SouthernGent on May 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Trasrneav should have quoted Obama: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam

dmann on May 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Well he did come very close in meaning.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

But some members and supporters of the small Chechen community in the United States fear that the bureau’s approach may be unduly influenced by Russian authorities who have an interest in using the Boston attack to smear their Chechen adversaries.

That was going to happen regardless of who did the bombing. That Tsarnaev was Chechen is just icing on the cake for Putin.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

That’s exactly it! The bigoted xenophobes in America hate Chechens now because the Russians manipulated them. There is no other explanation.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Do you really believe what you wrote?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

“There is no other explanation” = “\sarcasm”.

I had hoped that was obvious, but I suppose many people do say rather stupid things. Perhaps you are right to be question whether I was being sarcastic.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

YOU are a failure to your own cause.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

.

FIFY

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The trolls are doing drivebys tonight, unlike on Monday.

I guess those minimum-wage commandos aren’t paid overtime.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Does this moron, who ran over his terrorist brother, think that his actions helped his agenda¿

Someone should tell him it accomplished nothing and he has to rot in jail now forever until he rots dead.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Sounds suspiciously like he had Democrat talking point person helping him out with note.

Buddahpundit on May 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

So just Afghan and Iraq or places like AFghan and Iraq?

Spin: “The drone killings, though, by Our Lord Obama were A-okay.”

PattyJ on May 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

FIFY

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Well, that’s generally speaking, pretty much obvious.

My aim was more to his personal specificity and self-presumed arrogance, of what he holds dear and thinks himself so ‘excellent’. :-)

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

@viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Before fixing things, you may want to brush up on those reading comprehension skills.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

@viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Before fixing things, you may want to brush up on those reading comprehension skills.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Yeah, right…. SUCKS TO BE YOU….

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Before fixing things, you may want to brush up on those reading comprehension skills.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Before gibbering, you might want to consider being human for once.

All you do when you come here is attack us, placing yourself above everyone else.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Yeah, right…. SUCKS TO BE YOU….

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Humanity and liberalism never gel, Viking.

Saddest thing is that you can’t get that through their heads even with a jackhammer.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Well he did come very close in meaning.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

We witnessed Tsarnaev intent, what’s Obama’s?

dmann on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

summing up that when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”

I guess that by that logic, “If you are attacked by one muslim, you are being attacked by all muslims”?

Corsair on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Yeah, right…. SUCKS TO BE YOU….

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

I find it distasteful to argue with people like you, but in this case I just want to say that the point of my original post was something that you agree with. But I said it with a sense of humor which you and Liam are unable to get tonight. I hope by pointing this out that maybe you will try to read what other people write with some effort about trying to understand what they are saying. I mean when people agree with and you want to spend numerous posts attacking their joke! What the hell! Are you Democratic operatives attempting to make conservatives here look stupid?

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Basically the note says that he does not mourn his brother Tamerlan, that Tamerlan was a martyr now and that he was in paradise.

Exit question: Does the religion of peace grant martyrdom to speed bumps?

TXUS on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

My aim was more to his personal specificity and self-presumed arrogance, of what he holds dear and thinks himself so ‘excellent’. :-)

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Wasn’t it only a few months ago “thuja” was boasting about how he converted his mother into some sort of Wall Streeter squatter derelict?

The “how to defecate on police cars” and “bedbugs and bromhidrosis appreciation” courses must have been challenging and rewarding.

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I have it on a credible source they were upset they couldn’t get their PAC approved by the IRS.

Hog Wild on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Wow loser thuja has got a case of narcissism Clintoon and Barky could only envy!

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

“If you are attacked by one muslim, you are being attacked by all muslims”?

Corsair on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I’m fairly sure that fits under the one size fits all description of “infidels” in the Koran.

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Wasn’t it only a few months ago “thuja” was boasting about how he converted his mother into some sort of Wall Streeter squatter derelict?

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

You are insane. Oh, well. Continue lying about me however you want.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Wasn’t it only a few months ago “thuja” was boasting about how he converted his mother into some sort of Wall Streeter squatter derelict?

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Didn’t last week viking01 talk about how sex with his mother is less satisfying than he thought it would be?

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

You are insane. Oh, well. Continue lying about me however you want.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Insane? Yeah, right, loser.

Presume we care enough to “lie” about you?

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Saddest thing is that you can’t get that through their heads even with a jackhammer.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

…betcha I could!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

I knew it.

It’s the Amish, isn’t it?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

But some members and supporters of the small Chechen community in the United States fear that the bureau’s approach may be unduly influenced by Russian authorities who have an interest in using the Boston attack to smear their Chechen adversaries.

That was going to happen regardless of who did the bombing. That Tsarnaev was Chechen is just icing on the cake for Putin.

nobar on May 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Putin won’t have any trouble with Mr. Flexibility helping him.

txhsmom on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Didn’t last week viking01 talk about how sex with his mother is less satisfying than he thought it would be?

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

You are insane. Oh, well. Continue lying about me however you want.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I think that says more about thuja’s basic mental problems in his own words than any psychiatrist could.

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Muslim Caliphates don’t build themselves, people.

Neo on May 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Muslims kill – it’s what they are trained to do.

Pork-Chop on May 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Muslims kill – it’s what they are trained to do.

Pork-Chop on May 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Fortunately for civilization they practice mostly on each other.

viking01 on May 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

An attack by one Muslim is an attack by all Muslims.

OldEnglish on May 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Corsair on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Sorry, Corsair, I missed your post, due to skimming past the cat fight upthread.

OldEnglish on May 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Thank you, anti-war leftards.

There is one and only one place for the ridiculous idea that Afghanistan was somehow a US war of choice to germinate – in the fevered minds of the anti-war left.

The Taliban gave safe harbor to Osama Bin Laden so that he could plan and execute the 9/11 attacks. Afghanistan was a war of THEIR choosing, not ours.

F’in morons.

deadrody on May 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Oh, and Dzhokhar not so much of the “dupe” as we were led to believe, either.

Shocker – islamofascist terrorist espouses islamofascist talking points!

deadrody on May 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM

TRUTH SQUAD

Shouting “FIRE!” when there is none is lying or providing incorrect information at a vital time.

Ok, First Amendment fans, if it is illegal to shout “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, can we pass another tiny law?

After the next attack, and there will be another attack, anyone who wrongly starts BS about “Columbine” or “self radicalization” “workplace violence” or the other nonsense is committing a felony. It should be specifically identified as a “high crime and misdemeanor” for the purpose of punishing news outlets or even elected officials. Not that i am thinking of one elected official in particular.

Since we are getting killed and don’t have a phalanx of Secret Service, personal guards or even the right to carry and protect ourselves, can’t we at least handle the tragedy with some er, TRUTH?

I know this is a radical idea and tough for you PC bovine Americans to do but even stupid herd animals communicate alarm among themselves. They don’t pretend that a young one of their own has grown fangs and is eviscerating a relative or that ongoing predatory actions by wolves can be ignored and the wolves will sooner or later turn vegan on their own.

It is an insult to the fallen or falling to lie and very unnatural.

So send notes to your elected officials and hope that they will take the plunge. The experience of telling the truth may feel so good that they might even do it more than once.

IlikedAUH2O on May 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

all bush’s fault, o’bama rules.

lesster at half to midnight

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Federal Judge: Muslims Can Use Violence To Silence Christians

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

IT’S THE LAW!

Shy Guy on May 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Sun Tsu

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

Dzohkar

when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims

Obama

I authorized Seal Team 6 to kill Bin Laden

socalcon on May 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Saddest thing is that you can’t get that through their heads even with a jackhammer.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

A raffle for a chance at that may easily solve both the deficit and debt crisis.

socalcon on May 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

socalcon on May 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

According to Maddow Dear Leader has solved the budget crisis based on a CBO report. Apparently, the deficit they project will only be $642 billion or so.

Her conclusion is that we should have been spending more money all along to create jobs. By “we” she means the government, of course. She also never mentioned the sequester.

IlikedAUH2O on May 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

The tax day bombers are trying to pin this on fanatical muslims, I am sure the WH will see through this…

NORUK on May 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

So, if we hang this Muslim, we are hanging all Muslims?

profitsbeard on May 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Wait, you mean muslims bombed civilians, expecting to become martyrs and go to paradise? Shut the front door. Next thing you’re going to tell me is 1 + 1 = 2! It’s amazing that these lone wolf, self radicalized losers somehow arrived on the same page as, oh, EVERY OTHER fundamentalist islamofascist dirtbag.

Boudica on May 17, 2013 at 4:59 AM

Mystery? Know what the real mystery is?

Why are seven Muzzie “chemical engineering students” strolling around a Mass. reservoir after midnight?

BigAlSouth on May 17, 2013 at 6:12 AM

So … uh…

Did they ever find the gun he used to shoot at the police from the boat with?

Skywise on May 17, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I had hoped that was obvious, but I suppose many people do say rather stupid things. Perhaps you are right to be question whether I was being sarcastic.

thuja on May 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I thought it was pretty obvious, if that’s any consolation.

Axeman on May 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand

Yes. Head in the sand does help denial of the obvious.

TerryW on May 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

So is it OK to profile now?

HICON on May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

it’s always been okay–but only for the terrorists.

Don L on May 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I understand his message. It’s loud and clear. All of these hand wringers who want to make nice on the playground are going to put a lot more people in harms way. Stay vigilant out there.

Kissmygrits on May 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Excessive Chooming by chechens leads to this

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Man, I loved Chechen Choom back in the day: Dave’s not here.

Laura in Maryland on May 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM