Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the oldest of the two brothers involved in the Boston Bombing, reportedly possessed literature about white supremacy and gun rignts.
The BBC program, "Panorama," investigated the two brothers by speaking to their friends in order to piece together what caused the bombers to reach such radical extremes. It recently published a report stating that Tsarnaev allegedly subscribed to publications that promoted white supremacy. These publications also argued that the government was responsible for the September 11 attack and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Some articles also mentioned the use of U.S. drones against civilians and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One document mentioned “the rape of our gun rights” and other argued, “Hitler had a point.”
This anti-American sympathy apparently led to Tsarnaev’s extremism.
"[Tamerlan] just didn't like America," said one of the brothers' friends. "He felt like America was just basically attacking all Middle Eastern countries ... you know, trying to take their oil.”
The FBI also believes that the Tsarnaev family encouraged the brothers’ extremism. As for the younger brother, Dzhokhar, deference to authority was probably the major factor.
"[Dzhokhar] was intimidated, that would probably be the best word," a friend said. "He took him very seriously. He was an authority.”
Nicole Mossalam, a spokeswoman at the mosque where Tamerlan prayed, argued that Islam had nothing to do with the brothers’ extremism.
"As far connecting with the Islamic community here, to actually praying, being involved, doing acts of charity ... all of those were pretty much lacking," she said. "I would say he was just a Muslim of convenience.”
Do you agree with the BBC’s analysis of the Tsarnaev brothers? Do you think that gun rights literature could lead to dangerously radical beliefs?