Officials Won't Release Tsarnaev's Welfare Records
Tamerlan's family received some benefits
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo shows bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, approximately 10-20 minutes before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – Tamerlan Tsarnaev's family received some welfare aid up until last year, but the Patrick administration is refusing the Boston Herald's request for details, citing Tsarnaev's right to privacy. The state wouldn't give out information on any unemployment compensation either, nor would the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth comment on any student aid Dzhokhar may have received.

"It's certainly relevant information that should be made public," says Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat currently running for John Kerry's Senate seat. "There's a national security interest No. 1. Secondly, there's also a public interest in finding out whether these individuals were able to exploit the system." In addition to acknowledging that Tamerlan's family received some assistance, the state has said that both brothers received assistance through their parents "for a limited portion" of time after arriving in the US circa 2002.

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Drewzy
Apr 25, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
Other than satisfying idle curiosity, what possible need or purpose is there for the average guy to know this?
augie2
Apr 25, 2013 10:14 PM CDT
All welfare information should be supplied on ALL welfare people since we have a right to know where our money is going and why.
1freeusa
Apr 25, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
Adds credence to the notion that he is a paid stooge of homeland security, and this is a set up deal, to test a municipal lock down plan.