Move along, nothing to see here. We’ve suspected for a week now this lunatic mother was likely the inspiration for the dead terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and now the pieces are starting to fit together.
The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has come under suspicion for the second day in a row, with multiple reports claiming the Russians secretly taped Zubeidat Tsarnaeva vaguely discussing jihad with one of her sons in 2011.
The alleged intercepted phone conversations between now dead bomb-plot mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his mother were only shared with U.S. investigators recently, nearly two years after the FBI — told only by Russian authorities in March 2011 that they had concerns Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists — closed its inquiry into the Tsarnaevs after finding no evidence they were linked to terrorism, according to a report by The Associated Press. Both Tsarnaeva and her son were added to a terrorism database after the CIA got the same tip about the pair in the fall 2011.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother made no references to an attack in the U.S. in the early 2011 phone call, which was secretly recorded by the Russian FSB internal security service, U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told the AP. The two also talked about the possibility of Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveling to Palestine, but he told his mother he couldn’t speak the language there, according to the officials.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, they said, was also recorded speaking to a man in the Caucasus region of Russia who was under FBI investigation in an unrelated case.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment.
The new developments about the 46-year-old mother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed last week in a shootout with police in Watertown, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, found later hiding in a boat, emerged as new government documents raised concerns over whether the suspects, who identified themselves as ethnic Chechens, had outside help from a bomb-making mentor.