FBI Interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev In Early 2011: Suspects' Mother Claims FBI Set Up

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we reported that the initial, and largely expected, response by the father of the Boston bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, was that they had been set up by US secret services. As RT reported further, in an interview with Russian television the brothers’ father Anzor Tsarnaev also claimed that they are innocent and somebody might have set them up. "I’m sure about my children, in their purity. I don’t know what happened and who did this.  God knows and he will punish them,” he told Zvezda channel. “Somebody might have set them up. I don’t know who and because of their cowardice killed the boy."

The father said he was unable to contact his sons or other relatives. “Everything is switched off. I can’t reach my brother there either. I can’t reach anyone! I just want information. Now I fear for my boy, that they will now shoot him dead and then will say 'He had a gun'.”

“I fear for my son, for his life. They should arrest him, bring him, but alive. Justice should investigate who is right and who is wrong,” he said.

Mr Tsarnaev recently spoke to his elder son, Tamerlan [Suspect #1], telling him that he should take care of his younger brother. Speaking of the Boston marathon bombing he told his son “Ok, Thanks to Allah you were not close to there and did not suffer.”

“I remember I even asked “Who could do something like that?”

“We just talked. I asked him about our Dzhokhar [Suspect #2], how was he. I told him, he should help him out and keep an eye on him, so that he studies well. I told him ‘You left school, got married too early, but the kid should finish [his education]’. Because this is life – those who don’t study work a lot and work hard. That’s why I was telling them study”.

* * *

As said up front: largely an expected reaction of shock and initial denial that one's children ended up behaving in a less than anticipated fashion. So it was not unexpected that the mother also decided to go the conspiracy route, and allege the boys conduct was "set up" and that the FBI had been following them for years.

Again from RT:

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva maintains her younger son is innocent and like so many of the brothers’ acquaintances, claims they were good, courteous kids and model students – especially the younger 19-year-old Dzhokhar. A US citizen who is presently in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, she revealed to RT some suspicions of her own.


Grief-stricken at the latest developments in the case, Zubeidat expressed her dismay at the allegations, recounting Dzhokhar’s life in the US and talking of his status among his peers and friends: he was an honors student, loved by many of his friends and teachers. And his older brother Tamerlan was a star athlete and student, whose ambition was to one day appear on the US Olympic wrestling team.


But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.


They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!”


When asked if maybe she didn’t know about some of her sons’ more secret aspirations and dark secrets, she said “That’s impossible. My sons would never keep a secret.”


Finally, she said that if she could speak to her youngest – Dzhokhar, she would tell him, “Save your life and tell the truth, that you haven’t done anything, that this is a set up!”

A clip of the above:

More deranged appeals to some conspiracy theory involving the FBI? Possibly.

But then we learn that the FBI did indeed interview Tamerlan nearly two years ago. From AP:

A foreign government told the FBI in early 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), one of the brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, was a follower of radical Islam.


Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout, and his younger brother was captured alive. They were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade.


According to FBI, the foreign government said that based on its information, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups.


The FBI says it interviewed Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity.

It did? Because suddenly questions emerge:

  • What did the FBI inquiry involve?
  • What unspecified "underground groups"?
  • Have the same "underground groups" recruited more young people from Boston or neighboring cities?
  • Who made the decision to absolve Tamerlan of any suspicion?
  • Which "foreign government" demanded that the US FBI get involved in the life of a then 24 year old boy and under what pretext?
  • Also, and unrelated, why were both parents abroad?

Dead men tell not tales, and Tamerlan is now permanently muted, so it is the FBI's word, as secret as it may, be against that of a dead man.

As for his brother: one wonders how quickly will he recuperate, or will his serious (or critical as was reported by Bloomberg) condition in hosptial suddenly deteriorate to a condition of just as terminal silence, thus tying up all the loose ends?

* * *

Update: From the AP, we learn that the according to the official narrative, the Russian KGB successor, the FSB, was the entity that advised the FBI that Tamerlan was a "radical Islam follower."

The Russian FSB intelligence security service told the FBI in early 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, was a follower of radical Islam, two law enforcement officials said Saturday.


According to an FBI news release issued Friday night, a foreign government said that based on its information, Tsarnaev was a strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups.


The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two law enforcement officials identified the FSB as the provider of the information to one of the FBI’s field offices and also to FBI headquarters in Washington. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the matter.

One by one all the dominoes fall into place.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
cynicalskeptic's picture

Hard to say which is worse - authorities knew nothing about this guy or were aware of him - because if the latter is the case.........

The FBI intereviewed him and had him under surveillance.  Makes sense if the US was warned about him by a foreign government. But then how did this happen?   Was the FBI hierarchy incompetent - true to form as in the 'Arabs enrolled in flight schools not caring about landing' warnings or was the FBI VERY aware of what was going on and through INACTION, allowed a real event to take place?  and if so, why?  

They've sure enough stage managed previous 'terrorist attacks' that went nowehere - to the exetent of providing fake explosives and detailed plans.......  


If the FBI WAS monitoring these guys then there are really only a limited number of conclusions possible:

1) that monitoring was incompetent - despite the warnings had been received about this person - and they somehow managed to get materials to build and explode bombS

2) the monitoring was as intense and ongoing as would be expected expected for such a person  (and given the huge $ spent on 'homeland security' and threat detedtion) - yet for some reason this plot was NOT stopped before bombs were exploded.


Z_End's picture

3) The mentoring and support went according to plan.

Cman5000's picture

Could it be instead of a conspiracy..The powers that be are just incompetent ?

sgt_doom's picture

That's the usual response, neglecting to mention all the monies, paybacks, bribes they make (today refer to as being "incentivized").

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yeah well, in the case of "See Something, Say Something" we have photographic proof that there were buku professional "eyes" on the finish line and among the crowd. Didn't seem to accomplish what the gummint told us it would... baaaah baaah

Confused's picture

But....but.....if the "professionals" were to stop the problem......then they wouldn't be needed. And wouldn't be paid. 



forexskin's picture

look around washington DC burbs.

reminiscent of rome in the halcyon days.

wish incompetence paid me so well.

what a fortunate accident for all them.

vainamoinen's picture


"These kinds of conspiracy "theories" that I am sure you would say are just speculative possibilities, would require a level of cooperation and silence among disparate parties that has never occured in the history of mankind."

Except in Stalinist Russia!!!


DeadFred's picture

This particular incident shows all the signs of the lack of cooperation/coordination that one would expect from a complicated conspiracy. As far as silence this has bee one of the loudest incidents I've ever seen. Bomb drills announced and denied, strange looking operatives lurking around and pointed out from day one, delays in providing photos to the public. All we need is a lapse in security that allows a 'grieving relative' to finish off the surviving brother in the hospital and it would be like something out of a bad novel.

Raise your hand if you think that CNN would air the confession of the (hypothetical) FBI handler that set this up. Not without official authorization, get real.

Trampy's picture

and Hitler's Third Reich, which extended to the Vatican, Vichy France, Netherlands, etc. etc. 

Bob's picture

They're just myths--like epidemic insider trading or top level financial fraud or widespread government corruption.

I mean, really, it would take too many people playing along and keeping quiet to ever really happen, right?

It's all just paranoia.  Ask a half million dead Iraqi's. 

Rastadamus's picture

Hypnosis. Started with Sirhan Sirhan. Now these boys.....

alien-IQ's picture

Funny coincidence:

The younger brother was granted US Citizenship on September 11, 2012. (according to CNN)

Lee Harvey Oswald received his Hardship discharge from the military on September 11, 1959. (according to his military records)

Funny huh?

imapopulistnow's picture

Maria Bartiromo was born on September 11, 1967.

I see a pattern here.......

alien-IQ's picture

Yes, but unlike the other events, the date of her birth was not a scheduled event.

Cheeseus Sonofdog's picture

To add: Dzhokhar was active in "Model United Nations". A Highschool type club that the United Nations set up that mimicked how the UN operates. The first bomb was placed in front of a row of international flags, like the UN has in front of their headquarters.

Lost Word's picture

Lee Harvey Oswald's discharge from the Marines, after learning Russian language and serving as classified radar position at the U2 spyplane base in Japan that involved spy flights over Russia, was arranged so that the CIA could send him a few weeks later to Russia as a low level spy. Some writers say CIA intentionally sabotaged U2 spyplane shot down by Russia, by information Oswald gave Russia about U2 spyplane flights, CIA wishing to start a War.

fallingman's picture

Funny coincidence:

the fist bomb exploded closest to the Russian flag ...

Seasmoke's picture

This was has the possibility of getting messy for the FBI. If the kid dies this week, big problems. If he lives, bigger problems ???

dick cheneys ghost's picture

Can you prove that he is alive?

seek's picture

And you've got rumors that the injured Saudi national that was sent out of the country has been apparently identified as a nogoodnick.

I have to wonder if credible, substantiated information came out that this was a FBI setup, the threat was known in advance, involved foreign parties and we did have people within a few feet of them -- how far would TPTB go to suppress that?

They own the MSM, but 4chan, reddit and hundred of other internet sites have shown the ability to get a lot of uncontrolled information out. Would this be enough to trigger a kill switch?

Oligarch's picture

If they want to go on the conspiracy line. Perhaps the orchestrated gold "crash" will give them a lead ...

wonderatitall's picture

it was white privledge that did him in.  we all know it. rich white democrat bankers and obama set him up and mr. white  did them in...damn rich whitte democrats to hell..oh , and bush

apberusdisvet's picture

And what about all those "contractors" dressed alike with backpacks at the finish line?

Matt's picture

Maybe they were supposed to detect the bombs, and heroically save the day by evacuating the area just in time. Maybe they forgot to sync watches beforehand?

rubiconsolutions's picture

I've always lived by precept - Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. There's a lot more to this story than what is being put out for public consumption.

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
– William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting, 1981)

Seize Mars's picture

Of course this is a fuckin' set up.

There is plenty of evidence to show that there were all kinds of "secret agents" all over the fuckin place in Boston.

Check ou the DHS employees "walking in circles" at Sandy Hook. Check out the FBI set up at the world trade center bombing (1st one).

How many FBI patsies do you want to see before you conclude that THE GOVERNMENT IS FUCKING ATTACKING US.

Jesus. What does it take?


Troll Magnet's picture

permanent outage of cable services all across the nation perhaps?

Clycntct's picture

How many dhs agrvats does it take to screw up a light bulb?

Ans= None just hang around and it'll blow it self up.

besnook's picture

there are a lot of anomalies in this story that need explaining. the two sets of names, one set broadcast over boston pd radio and the official(only listen to us) fbi naming these two guys. the practice drill and the real thing in tandem just like 9/11, 7/7 and 3/11(train blast in spain). callig in israelis to help(wtf).  the fbi interviews in 2011. niether backpack matches the ones at the scene. no video of either one dropping their bag even thought the claim was of a video was made. chechen muslims who just happen to be supported by the usa and israel in their quest for independence from russia........this stinks from the head to the tail.  but you are americans, the dumbest gathering of people in the history of the world so none of these questions need to be answered to get the conclusion.

Trampy's picture

what about neither backpack being anywhere large or heavy enough to hold a pressure-cooker bomb?

what about the FACT you need a state permit to purchase and own black/smokeless powder in MA? 

TBT or not TBT's picture

OMG you are onto something here. It isnt possible to do something illegal in Massachusetts, or bring something into Massachusetts illegally. It's illegal after all. That would be so...criminal, maybe even terroristy, but above all, illegal.

Lost Word's picture

As if the Government and the News media in all the rest of the world tells the truth all the time?

Liars and idiots everywhere.

ross81's picture

its not just Americans, man...most of us Europeans think & act like sheep too. They don't stop thinking like sheep until they, their sons & daughters, their neighbours, etc are being dragged away into the night by uniformed thugs.

williambanzai7's picture

Better send the FBI to investigate...

YHC-FTSE's picture

I thought it was made up at first, but Israel has sent "police experts" to Boston to help with the investigation. Why a teen nutjob with a penchant for bombing marathons and robbing 711 stores needs the  attentions of mossad is a mystery. No doubt they'll send a similar team to his mum, with a bouquet of polonium to keep her quiet.

Bingfa's picture

please make it stop.....

doesn't Cyprus need another bailout?   Hasn't Bitcoin been stopped?


fuu's picture

They are both currently in Russia? Handlers everywhere.

One of my questions is why weren't they running Monday? Dzhokhar went to classes on Tuesday and a party Wednesday night according to witness accounts broadcast yesterday. How could a person in this day and age believe they would not be spotted, recorded, and found?

Seize Mars's picture

Because they didn't do it, that's why. It's another setup. It's another attack against Americans by our government. That's why.

fuu's picture

Sometimes the person you are talking too is not ready to hear something like that. It is handy to have examples of oddities in the story to spark their interest. I am but sharing one of those with the group who goes out and has those conversations with family, neighbors, co-workers.

Anusocracy's picture

Their behavior certainly belies the fact that they are/were fairly intelligent.

Bingfa's picture

Exactly, they masterminded the bombing but then stayed in Boston?

I was born at night, just not last night.....All these false flag/tragedies are pathetic attempts....




Radical Marijuana's picture

"... deranged appeals to some conspiracy theory ..."

The more one learns about politics, the worse it gets!

The more one studies history, the more painfully obvious it becomes that human history was primarily a conspiracy of dishonesty, backed by violence, during which process those who were the best at deceits have prevailed.

Although the details are never easy to figure out, and we may never be sure, the bigger picture becomes way too clear the more one looks at it!

A typical irony is that the phrase "conspiracy theory" itself can be proven to have a history of being developed to be used in the mass media that was another layer of government conspiracy itself. It was after the President Kennedy assassination that the phrase "conspiracy theory" was directed to be used by the mass media, as ordered by government operatives, to respond to the social situation that emerged after that assassination.

I find that all these "conspiracy theories" DO tend to overlaps and appear to be connected at the top of the social pyramid systems, like many other people who look at these things have discovered.

Speculating about "conspiracy theories" may well be better seen to be an attempt to do an agenda analysis of those people towards the top of the social pyramid systems.

FOR INSTANCE, here are two videos that I have watched in the last few days, which are off the topic of this article, but on the topic of integrated facets of the overall ways that there ARE surely conspiracies operating throughout our civilization:


Cancer - The Forbidden Cures



Social Engineering In The 20th Century

THAT is the kind of history which makes EVIL geo-engineering, etc., way too believable, as well as that numerous other conspiracies, such as that the Boston bombings, COULD have been some kind of false flag attack, since those are completely common findings, when one looks back through history!

In the first few minutes of the following radio recording, a brief list is given of these kinds of "theories" quite plausibly being part of a real agenda:


Jeff Rense & Gerald Celente - Under Attack From All Sides!
The Abstraction of Justice's picture

Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics and General Relativity are all theories. Look at what the Papalcy edicted to be the factual, and understand that most the common herd have learnt nothing from the advances in natural philosophy. Two thousands years of Western culture, and we still have our majority defining themselves by the pop music in the charts of their childhood.