Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Confessional Note in Boat: 'When You Attack One Muslim You Attack All Muslims'

Bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev allegedly wrote a confessional note inside the boat where he hid from police stating that the Boston Marathon attack was retaliation for American action against Muslims.

Sources told senior correspondent John Miller of CBS News that Tsarnaev wrote in pen on the hull of the Watertown, Mass., boat while he hid under a tarp from authorities.

Tsarnaev allegedly wrote that the bombing victims were just collateral damage like those Muslims killed in American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“When you attack one Muslim you attack all Muslims,” the note said.

He claimed he did not mourn his brother Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police hours earlier. He claimed Tamerlan had become a martyr in paradise and the he would soon join him there.

Sources said the note had bullet holes in it. Authorities fired on the boat, fearing Tsarnaev still had a bomb, after he poked his head out of the tarp.

On “CBS This Morning” Thursday Miller said the note is “certainly admissible in court.” The note not only discloses motive, it is “consistent with what he told investigators while he was in custody," before he was read his Miranda rights.

Any fight the defense was hoping to use because Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda warning would be dashed in this particular instance.

After his capture Dzhokhar told investigators that he and his brother acted alone in the attack. Neither Dzhokhar nor Tamerlan prepared a video or some other formal claim of responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombing, which baffled investigators. The note was meant to state clearly what the Tsarnaev brothers had just done, Miller said.

Miller said, "the last big question remaining is going to be who else knew anything? Is it going to be the wife? Is it someone overseas?"

Charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, Tsarnaev, 19, remains in custody in a federal prison in Massachusetts.

Sources: NBC, CBS


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