According to recently released documents, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, mom of the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspects, landed in a federal terrorism database in 2011 and possibly fostered her boys’ anti-U.S. sentiments.
“She’s . . . a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son or had contacts with other people in other terrorist groups,” said U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger on Friday.
The CIA and the FBI, based on information from Russian officials, added Tamerlan’s name to a watch list over his radical Islamist views around the same time that his mom was identified.
Despite the heads-up, Tamerlan was allowed to move freely through the U.S. and back to his native Russia in the months before the Boston terror attack.
Tsarnaev not only claims that she was not involved in her son’s radical Islamic beliefs, but she also has questions about how her sons were allegedly treated, simply because they were muslim.
“Killed, truly killed,” she said, describing the images of her oldest son, Tamerlan. “I wanted to scream, to scream to the whole world: ‘What did you do? What have you done with my son? He was alive. Why did they need to kill him? Why not send him to Guantánamo or whatever. Why did they kill him? Why did they have to kill him? They got him alive. He was in their hands.'”