Results are in from an analysis of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, and the FBI has concluded that the makers of the weapons had some expertise aside from following a recipe from a jihadist magazine, as surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told interrogators. This conclusion raises questions to where and by whom the Tsarnaev brothers were trained. Russian authorities have told the U.S. that they have recorded telephone conversations between Tamerlan and his mother where they discus jihad, as well as a possible trip to Palestine. Questions have also been raised about Tamerlan’s trip to Dagestan and Chechnya last year.
As more evidence comes out suggesting the radicalization path of the Tsarnaev brothers leading up to the April 15 attack, lawmakers have debated how we can prevent, sniff out, and stop this kind of homegrown terrorism from sprouting within our borders again.
On Meet the Press Sunday Republican Homeland Security Chairman Peter King and Progressive Muslim-American Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison debated the role of increased surveillance of certain communities and how federal investigators should best respond to tips of possible radicalization. King argues that the FBI should have investigated Tamerlan more thoroughly after the tip from Russian intelligence, including speaking to leaders in Tsarnaev’s Mosque and investigating his local Muslim community, and moving forward not let fear of being labeled as anti-Muslim get in the way of an effective investigation. Ellison warned against stereotyping specific religious and ethnic groups, pointing to the Japanese internment during World War II as a stain on our national history.