“We do not suggest that these contacts are to be blamed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper, but rather view them as an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline.” That doesn’t make any sense. The FBI visits are “an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline,” but they’re not to be “blamed” and were not “improper.” If they were not improper and are not to be blamed, why did they give the poor dear so much “paranoia and distress” that he thought the only way to relieve it would be to murder some Infidels at the Boston Marathon?
This defense tactic is a craven attempt to exonerate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all responsibility for the Boston Marathon jihad bombings. It also has the side effect, whether intended or not, of distancing the act from its root causes in the Islamic jihad ideology. The defense attorneys are trying to exploit the ridiculous Boston Globe farrago that asserted that the “Tsarnaev brothers appear have been motivated less by Islamist ideology and more by their own personal failings and inner demons.” And then this poor haunted soul got a visit from the FBI — and that was it! Time to bomb the Marathon!
In reality, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had vowed to die for Islam. His brother said that he carried out the Boston jihad attack because he wanted to defend Islam. There is abundant evidence that before the Boston Marathon jihad attack, Tamerlan had become a devout Muslim — but forget about all that. It was all because the FBI came a-calling.
“Tsarnaev defense: FBI visits may have triggered Boston bombing plot,” from WMUR.com, March 28:
BOSTON —Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the instigator and mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings and stress from FBI visits may have been a trigger for the attacks, letters from the defense team for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggest.
The claims are made in a Feb. 28 defense counsel letter requesting all records and documentation about the FBI’s contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev before April 15, 2013.
“We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan’s actions during the week of April 15, 2013, and thus material to the defense case in mitigation,” the letter states.
According to attorneys, Tamerlan Tsarnaev felt pressure after the FBI asked him to be an informant reporting back on the Chechen and Muslim community.
“We further have reason to believe that Tamerlan misinterpreted the visits and discussions with the FBI as pressure and that they amounted to a stressor that increased his paranoia and distress,” the letter reads.
“We do not suggest that these contacts are to be blamed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper, but rather view them as an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline,” the letter continues.
The FBI denies the family’s claims.
Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also claim his brother’s alleged role in a triple slaying in Waltham played a role in the younger brother’s involvement in the marathon bombing plot.
” … Tamerlan’s having committed a gruesome triple murder — and having included a ‘close friend’ among the victims — would powerfully support the inference that Dzhokhar experienced his older brother as an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed,” according to attorneys.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was never charged in the Waltham crime.