August 5, 2013
Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had reading material that advocated white supremacy and conspiracy theories. The literature in his possession also explored the motivations and psychology behind mass killings.
The 26-year-old, who was killed in a shootout with police after bombs killed three people during the Boston Marathon in April, read up on a number of conspiracy theories and “the rape of our gun rights.”
The BBC’s Panorama TV program reported that the material accused the US government of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma bombing in 1995. Tamerlan also had literature that explored the psychology behind mass killings and how the perpetrators “murdered and maimed calmly.”
“[Tamerlan] just didn’t like America. He felt like America was just basically attacking all Middle Eastern countries…you know, trying to take their oil,” a friend of Tamerlan’s told Panorama.
A right-wing article advocating white supremacy that reportedly belonged to the suspected killer also argued that “Hitler had a point.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, along with his brother Dzhokhar, allegedly detonated two homemade bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed by police in the subsequent manhunt, while his younger brother was apprehended and has since been charged with murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty. Dzhokhar denies the charges against him.
Speculation has been rife as to whether US secret services could have prevented the attack. The FBI denied last week that it could have stopped the plot from coming to fruition, had they ramped up surveillance on Tamerlan. Russian intelligence agencies advised the FBI to monitor Tsarnaev in 2011, whom they suspected of fostering extremist Islamist beliefs.
The two brothers relocated to the US from Dagestan around 10 years ago.
The FBI is currently investigating suspicions that Tamerlan became radicalized during a visit to Dagestan last year. House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers told the BBC that the brothers’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, had a hand in his radicalization.
“He had family members encouraging, we know that for sure,” he said.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva denies these accusations and maintains Dzhokhar and Tamerlan’s innocence. In an interview to RT after the April bombings she accused the FBI of framing her sons for the attacks.