BY ADEYEMI OSHUNRINADE
April 25, 2013
As the story unfolds it’s becoming clear this is a dysfunctional family. Two sons with great opportunities and a shot at the American dream gave it up to become terrorists. The latest, their mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is a felon, wanted in Massachusetts, on pending charges of shoplifting and property damage, based on court reports. She stole a $1,600 worth of clothes from a Massachusetts Lord and Taylor store in July 2012, and never appeared for her October court date. The family lived in Massachusetts before she jumped bail and fled to Dagestan after the 2012 felony charges.
Since the bombing in Boston, Zubeidat has defended her sons and called what happened a conspiracy cooked by American officials. She believes her sons became targets because of their religion and though she expressed sympathy for victims of the bombing, she continues to maintain her sons were not involved and that they were innocent. “America took my kids away from me,” she said. “I’m sure my kids were not involved in anything.”
Since his capture early this week, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has talked to investigators and earlier today, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a press conference with the Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, where he revealed the brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, had Times Square on their list and intended to carry out another attack in NY City. Time Square was the site of a failed car bomb on May 1, 2010. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, got arrested as he was leaving the country and later sentenced to life in prison.
Despite all evidence showing her sons carried out the attacks that killed 3 including MIT Police officer Sean Collier, Zubeidat won’t back down from her rhetoric of a conspiracy by U.S. officials. In an interview on CNN, she maintains her son Tamerlan was the most loving, peaceful and gentle person. However, records show Tamerlan was a tough and aggressive person who physically abused his wife and the mother of their 2-year-old daughter.
In a recently released tweet by Tamerlan, the bomber claimed he had no American friends but yet, he married an American and had many American friends in the Boston area. When prompted in a news conference aired on NBC, Zubeidat twisted the story and tried to defend her son by saying Tamerlan never meant he had no American friends but meant friends he could “share his life with.” Yet, there is a tweet to confirm the story.
Zubeidat told reporters in Russia she would never accept her kids participation in the bombing. She expressed regrets for going to America, claiming the U.S. is making her and her family to look like terrorists. The fact is had the two brothers made it to NY, they would have carried out another attack. Ironically, Zubeidat remains oblivious to her sons’ actions. Many wonder why both parents remained in Russia, while their children especially 19-year-old Dzhokhar lacked parental care in the U.S., one reason why he got brainwashed by his older brother Tamerlan.
Zubeidat claims Dzhokhar would never get justice, and in reference to the fact his son got shot in the neck in a fire exchange with law enforcement, she insisted the swat team took Dzhokhar’s voice so he wouldn’t tell the truth about the terrorist plot and how her sons got framed by U.S. investigators.
Evidence show the younger Tsarnaev visited NY twice in 2012, according to statement by NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, that police had two photos of Dzhokhar’s visits, once on or before April 18 and a second time in November. Though, purpose of those visits remains unknown, Dzhokhar confessed to investigators NY was a target.
Perhaps, Zubeidat need accept her mistakes and stop denying the reality. 3 people were killed and more than 200 badly injured when two bombs went off at the marathon. The idea of a conspiracy theory seems ludicrous, while all evidence points to her sons as the perpetrators. It is unclear if she would ever return to the U.S. to mount whatever defense on behalf of Dzhokhar. Those questioned, believe she feared arrest on her felony charges and unlikely to set foot on American soil again.
U.S. investigators are asking for information about a six-month trip Tamerlan took to Russia in 2012. Records show the Russian government asked American authorities twice for information on Tamerlan, when they suspected he had ties to terrorism. The FBI found no traces of extremism and asked Russia to elaborate but Russia did not act on the request. The revelation that, the FBI had inkling of Tamerlan’s behavior, may have contributed to why Zubeidat believed her sons were setup by counterterrorism officials.
The father of the two bombing suspects Anzor Tsarnaev, indicated on Thursday he is leaving Russia for the United States in the next day or two but their mother Zubeidat, said she was thinking it over and continues to claim the attack was staged, calling it “a show.” She said she had watched a video about the conspiracy theory but hadn’t seen images from the bombings though, the world had seen them. She believes the blood on Boylston Street was paint but yet she admitted people died and expressed her sympathy. Perhaps, Zubeidat is only person in a civilized world to believe her sons’ innocence.
Adeyemi Oshunrinade [E. JD] is the author of ‘Wills Law and Contests,’ ‘Constitutional Law-First Amendment’ and ‘SAVING LOVE’ available at http://www.amazon.com/author/adeyemioshunrinade. Follow on Twitter @san0670.
- Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of ‘Boston bombers’, speaks out (theweek.co.uk)
- Boston bombers’ crazed mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva says marathon carnage was a ‘play with paint instead of blood’ (dailymail.co.uk)
- The Boston Bombers’ Awful Parents (slate.com)
- Parents of Boston bombing suspects say their sons are innocent (theglobeandmail.com)
- Zubeidat Tsarnaev, mother of ‘Boston bombers’, speaks out (theweek.co.uk)
- Photos: Tsarnaeva family deals with fallout after Boston Marathon bombings (photos.denverpost.com)
- Boston bomb suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘are innocent and have been framed’ says mother (mirror.co.uk)
- Tsarnaeva family deals with fallout after Boston Marathon bombings (photos.mercurynews.com)
- Boston bomber’s mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva says sons are innocent (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘US took my kids’: Mother of Boston bombers weeps as she insists her sons are innocent (express.co.uk)