They were ethnic Chechen refugees. Their faith was Islam, but they weren’t radical Muslims, at least not at first. Although their mother said the boys were under FBI surveillance for years; the agency feared they were drifting towards radical Islam. But Zubeidat Tsaraev herself had gotten in trouble at Lord and Taylor’s for shoplifting woman’s clothes valued at $1,624, and two counts of wanton damage. In this refugee family, there is a miasma of shifting details like the people themselves.
Of the two Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan, 26, had permanent US residency, and Dzhokhar, 19, was a US citizen. Those who knew him said he was not religious. But there were family connections to the Chechen Republic that dated back many years. The father was an ethnic Chechen born in Kyrgyzstan who worked in Dagestan for years. He described his young son as a “true angel. He had plans to go to medical school.” Investigators were advised to look at the latter years of the brothers’ lives, and where their support came from, rather than dwell on their younger years in Dagestan in the Russian Federation.
A bigger question, as Wayne Madsen points out in Boston Marathon’s alleged bombers tied to Chechnya, was who had picked up the tab for the brothers, sponsoring them to live in the U.S., and paying for college tuition, military training abroad, for Tamerlan’s mixed martial arts training in Boston? Were they sponsored by the late Russian-Israeli tycoon Boris Berezovsky? Or George Soros’ Open Society Institute, which helped Chechen exiles, some who associated with Doka Umarov, who claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist bombings in Russia, a high-speed Moscow-St. Petersburg train, Domodedovo International Airport, the Moscow Metro stations.
Dzhokhar won a scholarship competition from the city of Cambridge in 2011. Tamerlan was found to have posted videos associated with radicals, Al Qaeda-linked “Black Banners of Khurusan, Feiz Muhammad, an Australian Muslim cleric who condemned Harry Potter books and films.
In the middle of endless, mindless coverage and the rush for unverified scoops, the corporate media’s New York Post blatantly identified the wrong suspects before the police could positively point out the suspects’ true identities. It wreaked havoc in the life of at least the college student who the New York Post fingered and who has talked about the nightmare it caused him.
In fact, just after the surveillance tape was released late Thursday, it showed Dzhokhar during a 7–11 robbery in Cambridge near MIT. It is here where a university police officer Sean Collier was killed while responding to a report of a disturbance. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. From there, the brothers carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before he escaped at a gas station in Cambridge.
The chase ended in Watertown, where police claimed the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with them. It was here that Tamerlan was killed, as doctors said, from multiple wounds from gunshots and possibly the blast of an explosive. The chase led to Watertown, and a massive manhunt.
The next night, Dzhokhar was discovered hiding in a motorboat stored in a driveway under a blood-stained tarpaulin. He did not surrender to a SWAT team. They went in and grabbed him at some point, after hours of mindless television waited for his corpse. But he was not killed. An ambulance came to the scene and took him away to the hospital where he was said to have a serious throat wound and loss of blood. He’s still recovering and writing not verbally answering authorities’ questions.
Yet, it is truly a disgrace that the “public safety exception” was initially used in order not to read Dzhokhar his rights, skirting the Miranda rule.
Bottom line: on top of the New York Post’s egregious reporting, the law itself got away with locking down a whole American city to the acquiescence of the corporate media, working overtime to ramp up public fear and wallow in the tragedy of this heinous act. Unfortunately, the ease that the law got away with locking down Boston amounts to martial law. Will “shelter in place,” as authorities euphemistically called martial law (a.k.a. “lockdown”), be declared any time an incident happens or a false flag is pulled off? And that is not even to mention the inane speculation that spewed from the corporate media.
Dzhokhar, ironically, was a 9/11 Truther [not a denier]. He certainly believed it happened, but was not carried out by Muslims but rather the US government and the usual suspects. At some point he wrote, “A decade in America and already I want out.” Dzhokhar graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 2011. He seemed to have many friends on campus and was well-liked.
His brother bitterly complained, “Ten years and I only have one friend in America.” That is the statement of a seriously disillusioned man. But both these boys were aware of the chaos of war in Chechnya. It would seem the pain, death and general insanity of it stuck to them like two more casualties of the War on Terror. Why them? Why not?
Thus, let me not forget the victims (3 dead and 180 wounded) by whomever or whatever created this horrific event. Invariably it is the faces in the crowd who perish or survive and are forgotten, except in the memory of their families and friends. But a seemingly unending death has hovered over the War on Terror for these dozen years. It is more like a War of Error, wrongly started, painfully continued, forever confusing the confused and renewing itself, making everyone but those who created it pay for it. One wonders why two presidents and all our brilliant leaders have not found a way to end it; to bring us a spring of peace that displays the life to enliven us all and bring us back from the dark side.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. An EBook version of his book of poems “State Of Shock,” on 9/11 and its after effects is now available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on politics and government as Associate Editor of Intrepid Report (formerly Online Journal). Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.