Boston Marathon bombings: Talks with mom may be the key to revealing real motivation behind attacks
More details about Boston Marathon bombing suspect 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are surfacing as police continue to investigate his past for clues--and some are pretty disturbing. According to new reports, Tsarnaev, who was killed during a firefight with police on Friday, made direct contact with Chechan terrorists and was monitored by authorities for five years, long before last week's attack.
The FBI reportedly put Tsarnaev under surveillance for years after receiving an explicit warning from Russian intelligence services of suspicious activity. Authorities even went so far as to tell Tsarnaev's mother that her son was an "extremist" leader before eventually discounting the possibility that he was a threat and ending their observation of him.
Ugh, doesn't that just make you want to hit something? The idea that the FBI had previously been monitoring him and could've potentially prevented the bombings had they continued to do so is beyond heartbreaking, not to mention frustrating.
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The news comes at the same time that Tsarnaev's mother told the FBI he called her hours before being killed in a shootout with the police. "He would call me every day from America in the last days," Zubeidat in a telephone interview with The Times from her home in the Russian republic of Dagestan, "and during our last conversation on the morning [before the shootout], he was especially touching and tender and alarmed at the same time. He said he got a private phone call from [the FBI] and said that they told him he was under suspicion and should come see them."
Tsarnaev's mom also said that she and her husband are planning to go to the United States to clear their sons' names.
As details of Tsarnaev's history continue to arise, his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, remains hospitalized and in police custody. Police have reportedly just started questioning him.
Given these disturbing details of their history, it's terrifying to think what else these brothers could've had planned had they not been caught. But it's even worse knowing that the FBI had suspicions about the eldest brother and didn't pursue him, giving him and his younger sibling the space to carry out this horrific crime. I just hope that justice is served now that the suspect has finally been captured.
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