Dzhokhar Investigation Turns Up ... Not Much
All red flags are tied to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, not his brother
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 2:18 AM CDT
Updated May 16, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, center right in black hat, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, center left in white hat.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – Had counterterrorism officials been monitoring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the days leading up to the Boston marathon bombing, they wouldn't have found much to raise suspicions—other than Dzhokhar's relationship to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Authorities have found no evidence that Dzhokhar frequented jihadist websites, bought suspicious items, posted radical rhetoric, or did anything else concerning, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. As the Journal puts it, "Any radicalization of Dzhokhar ... would have happened at the last minute, if at all."

That seems to support the narrative that emerged early on: That Dzhokhar was just following Tamerlan's lead. For instance, a former FBI profiler tells the paper that officials' assertion that Tamerlan, not Dzhokhar, was the only one armed and firing at police during their shootout further indicates that Tamerlan was the "ringleader." Officials tell the paper Dzhokhar may more closely match the psychological profile of a run-of-the-mill criminal than a terrorist. That could have an impact on his eventual sentencing, and also underlines a challenge for US counterterrorism officials: "We will have to pick up on indicators more quickly," says one.

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May 17, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
Poor piece of shit muslim. He's so young and he has such a bright future ahead of him. Maybe we should forget all those innocent people he maimed and murdered and let him go back to college. Or maybe the Oblabla administration needs to get serious about the radical muslim terrorist religion. Maybe this was just workplace violence,
May 16, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
I'll put that into Dzhokhar's defense file. I'll also put Dzhokar's charitable consideration to run his brother over so the adored policemen would not get hurt. Anything more I can put in Dzhokar's case file to show what a good misunderstood boy he is?