BY ADEYEMI OSHUNRINADE
April 27, 2013
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva would not wash her dirty clothes in public. It is also true “if you can’t do the time don’t do the crime,” and secrets are better kept when no crimes involved. The fact, truth will prevail no matter how long it takes, and while hiding from justice is not impossible, it is ephemeral and would last only until arm of the law delivers accordingly.
As investigation continues on the Boston attack, there are speculations about what triggered the bombings and why the Tsarnaev brothers, attacked the place they called home. Friends that attended school and boxing training with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar have painted different pictures of who they were, before the attacks that killed 3 and left more than 200 people, wounded and some without limbs.
In the commotion, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the bombers, has defended her sons and claimed they had nothing to do with the attack, despite all evidence that showed they were the Boston bombers. This week, the world became privy of the news that Zubeidat had secrets she intended to keep from the outside world. First, Zubeidat is wanted for shoplifting and property damage, a felony she committed at a Lord and Taylor store in summer of 2012.
Secondly, Zubeidat was on a terror watch list since 2011, 18 months before the deadly attack. Russia became worried she and her oldest son were showing signs of extremism and thought they might return to carry out an attack in Russia. U.S. intelligence got the information but for lack of necessary leads and follow-up from Russia, Zubeidat and her son, only got interviewed by the FBI. Though, the CIA added names of mother and son to the terror database, both were let go since the FBI found no ties to terrorism.
To understand the hatred that caused the attack on Boston, one must see through the profile of each member of the Tsarnaev family. It is incontrovertible extremism and religious fanaticism played a part in the attack. On the other hand, the Tsarnaevs are a family that dwells on lies and secrets, which they don’t want, revealed. When the truth came out, the only way for revenge became terror and attacks on the innocent.
Investigators are now looking into the possibility that Zubeidat might have link to terror. Russia intercepted a communication by Zubeidat and one of her sons in 2011, discussing “Jihad.” The intercept has just been turned to U.S. authorities in the past few days, based on report by CNN. Today Russia detained 140 people in extremist raid. If you remember the Moscow Theater siege in 2002 and Beslan attack of 2004, all had the link of Chechnya’ “Black Widows,” a group of women with terror agenda. Zubeidat once said Bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11, that the United States perpetrated the attack on itself to blame Bin Laden, an argument she has refused to back away from.
When Zubeidat left the U.S. for Dagestan in 2012, there is possibility she left unwillingly. She ran away from justice. Her court date was in October of same year but for fear of imprisonment and getting her secret exposed, she absconded, leaving her children behind. She could not stand imprisonment and life in the U.S. as a convicted felon would have been impossible to bear. Finding a job could be difficult and the fact, she was on a terror list as a person of interest, with possible link to extremism, became too much for her.
The only way out was to pack and leave or face American justice system for her felony charge. Both parents claimed they left the U.S. because they became “nostalgic.” However, the felony charge could be reason for leaving and a possible motive behind sudden hate for the country they once called home.
After their mother left, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar could not bear the loss of a mother figure. They knew she would not return to face theft charges. Tamerlan was also on a watch list and got arrested once for assaulting his American wife. Though, a good boxer, his hope of making it to the Olympics became impossible because he was not a U.S. citizen.
Life was becoming hopeless for him, he would often talk to his mom by phone and before the Boston attack he left the U.S. to spend six months in Russia, where investigators believe he had training for the bombings. The hopelessness, life of drugs and the fact his mom could not return, probably contributed to why he hated the U.S. enough to carry out the terrorist bombings. Though, he also had links to radical Islam.
At 19-year-old and with his parents back in Russia, Dzhokhar saw a parent figure in his older brother. Reports indicated he was living in the same house with Tamerlan and his family. He depended on his brother and would always follow him around which explains why he might be brainwashed to carry out the bombings. His vulnerability and personal struggle as a youth without parental care formed the basis for the hatred leading to the attack.
It remains unclear what effect if any the father Anzor Tsarnaev, had on the two boys. He claimed health issues as the reason he went back to Russia and whether he returns to answer investigator’s questions or not is still being debated, though, he expressed interest in coming. A decision by him not to return could make investigation difficult or be seen as a way to hide from probe on possible link to terror.
No doubt the Tsarnaev brothers committed the most atrocious attack on American soil since 9/11. It was an attack done with proper planning and sophistication but yet, they could not beat the power of modern technology. Their final shootout with authority became an act of desperation when they realized their secrets were out. They probably would think twice if aware of security cameras and had Zubeidat waited to face justice in America, and not hide from it, she would have turned her sons away from terror.
Dr. 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, Bomber’s Mom a Wanted Felon (san0670.com)
- Feds added Tsarnaev brothers’ mother to terror database (cbsnews.com)
- Bomber’s mother on terror database (standard.co.uk)
- Boston Suspect Is Moved; FBI Searches Landfill (abcnews.go.com)
- Revealed: Mother of Boston ‘bombers’ was put on CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before attacks and is now a ‘person of interest’ (thetruthseeker.co.uk)
- Boston bombing suspects’ laptop may explain what radicalized them (cbsnews.com)
- Boston Bombing Suspects’ Mother Added To Federal Terrorist Database 18 Months Ago (latinospost.com)
- Suspect clammed up after Miranda (cnn.com)
- Mother of Boston bombing suspects on terrorism database (irishtimes.com)
- Boston suspects’ mother shares doubts over marathon attack (cnn.com)