Watchwoman on the Wall

Questions for Dummies from Donna: If these two suspected Boston Islamic Terrorists are the real deal, then please, may I inquire…where did they get the money to attend highly-rated schools and exclusive, expensive colleges in old Boston that were attended by notables like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and the poet E.E. Cummings? Their father worked as a car mechanic. The younger brother, Dzhokhar, was a life guard – what’s that pay? Minimum wage?  Tamerlan was pursuing a career as an engineer — meaning — he didn’t work!  Didn’t earn money!  Then where did he get the money for upscale clothing, BMW’s and Mercedes? (See picture below) With Daddy working as a car mechanic, where did the family get the money to travel back and forth to Russia like you and I travel to a cheap Motel 6 for a vacation.  Good car mechanics make about $15 to $25 an hour?  I say to the FBI, follow the money!  Will it lead to Islamic Saudi oil-rich terrorists?  Which Mosque? I don’t know but I’d sure be looking!  ▬ Donna Calvin ▬ Monday, April 22, 2013

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Excerpts from:  News Publication By Peter Foster, US Editor and Tom Parfitt in Makhachkala, Dagestan – 6:53PM BST 20 Apr 2013

By 2003, when Tamerlan was in his early teens, and Dzhokhar was just eight, the boys moved to the United States as refugees, settling in Massachusetts where their father worked as a car mechanic, training his two athletic young sons in boxing and martial arts. Ten years later, they would become the Boston bombers.

Piece by piece the information is emerging, each new scrap of testimony arriving like competing brush-stokes on a canvas that will take many months of painstaking work for the police and the FBI to build up – layer upon contradictory layer – until something as close as possible to the truth emerges.

In 2004, after winning a ‘Golden Gloves’ amateur boxing competition in nearby Lowell, Massachusetts Tamerlan, then 14, was apparently full of praise for his new home. “I like the USA. … America has a lot of jobs.

That’s something Russia doesn’t have,” he told his local newspaper, “You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work.” John Allan, owner of Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Boston where Tamerlan used to train remembers – at least, back in those early days – a respectful, disciplined young lad, and a brilliant fighter.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he won the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell

Tamerlan Tsarnaev during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament. He won the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell

“He was the best boxer in Boston, He smoked all the professionals,” Mr Allan told the Boston Globe, adding that boy’s father, Anzor, had done a good job with his son. “They were an incredible family,” he added, “This was so shocking to me.” Both boys went to high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, a state school in Massachusetts known for being ethnically and socially diverse and for having the actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and the poet E.E. Cummings among its alumni.

It was a far cry from sparse, but well-scrubbed School No.1 in Makhachkala where the boys studied from the end of September 2001 to March 2002. The Sunday Telegraph visited it yesterday, seeing children seated at low green desks, reading and – in one – singing a song to their teacher.

Between autumn 2006 to 2008, Tamerlan enrolled for three semesters on part-time accounting course at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston but, again he didn’t seem to fit in. “He wasn’t even close” to getting a degree, according to a spokeswoman for the college.

“I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them,” Tamerlan told an interviewer in 2009 before another boxing competition, lamenting the breakdown of “values,” in America and voicing worries about the general excess of American life, observing “people can’t control themselves.”

Pictures from that time show a young man in love with himself, if not the world around him. On the way to the gym, he poses in front of his Mercedes car in brilliant-white moccasins, black trousers, carrying the accessories – from sunglasses to smart phone – that American kids dream of.

Tamerlan Tzarnaev, sharp desser, with expensive trimmings and ultra-expensive cars, Mercedes. Where did he get the money?

Tamerlan Tzarnaev, sharp dresser, with expensive tastes for all the latest apparel & trimmings, plus an ultra-expensive Mercedes car. Where did he get the money?

But in all the avalanche of recollections and testimony that have poured fourth this week, there appears to be – as Tamerlan himself said – not a single American friend prepared to testify to something good in the suspected bomber.

Unlike his older brother, Dzhokhar also had the occasional cigarette and a girlfriend off-campus who is believed to be among three people to have been questioned by police.

“He was nice. He was cool. I’m just in shock,” said 19-year-old Florida Addy, who lived in his dorm.

However, at some point around 2009 the edges of the picture start to darken, particularly for Tamerlan.

His aunt Maret Tsarnaeva, who lives in Toronto, said she noticed a change, particularly in Tamerlan’s attitude to religion. “He was not devout, practicing. But about three years ago he began praying five times a day,” she said, adding that she didn’t disapprove.

But behind the veil, there were reportedly problems that perhaps spoke to the rage growing within Tamerlan, with the website reporting that he had been arrested for domestic violence in July 2009 after assaulting a woman.

“He was always getting into trouble. He was never happy, never cheering, never smiling. He used to strike his girlfriend,” Zaur told the Boston Globe from the Dagestani capital, adding “I used to warn Dzhokhar that Tamerlan was up to no good.” As recently as 2011, there were still apparently no outward signs – even to trained eyes – that the two brothers were moving towards adopting what now appears to be some form of violent jihadist beliefs.

After a seven-month stay in Russia last year – a ‘lost’ period that investigators will now be scutinising minutely – the YouTube channel bearing Tamerlan’s name began to feature jihadist


There was a rant by the Australian jihadist cleric (and ex-boxer) Feiz Muhammad and another featuring the Millenarian prophecy, often cited by al-Qaeda linked groups of the Black Banners of Khurasan, that dreams of the time when an Islamic force will purify Central Asia.

Whatever triggered Tamerlan’s radicalisation, family friends in the Dagestan capital yesterday said it was not his parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, who seem to have had as much difficulty processing their two son’s transformation as many of their friends.

“The family had nothing to do with the Wahhabis,” said Vyacheslav Kazakevich, 36, a neighbour, referring to the conservative Muslims who are linked to the Islamist insurgency that operates from the vast forests outside the Makhachkala, “Anzor is a hard worker who does favours for people. He owns a perfume shop and he wanted to open another one here.”

But by September 1 last year – just 10 days before Dzhokhar became a US citizen – there were signs that the once happy-go-lucky younger brother had too become infected with his brother’s anti-American feelings.

‘Idk [I don’t know] why it’s hard for many of you to accept that 9/11 was an inside job, I mean I guess f–k the facts y’all are some real £patriots £gethip,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Later he would taunt America over al-Qaeda’s most successful terror attack, “September 10th baby, you know what tomorrow is. Party at my house! £thingsyoudontyellwhenenteringaroom.

And then only a week ago, Mr Allan, the owner of the martial arts centre where Tamerlan trained, received an email saying after two years away, the once-respectful boy had come back to the gym, but now he acting rude, and walking on the mats with his shoes.

Perhaps it was a final visit to a fondly remembered haunt, but with hindsight, said Mr Allan, “It was a clear indication that something was up”. Tragically for Boston and the four people who lost their lives, when two homemade bombs tore in the crowds watching the annual marathon, no-one had foresaw quite what.

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