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Mother of terrorist sons could herself be a terrorist. Made terror watchlist after Russian warning

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 26th, 2013
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The mother of the terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon has been designated by federal authorities as a "person of interest" in their investigation into the radicalization of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has been designated a "person of interest" for her possible role in the radicalization of the Boston Bombing terrorists. Authorities say they now believe she became radicalized at the same time her sons did.

By all reports, the family did not have radical sympathies when they arrived in the United States a decade ago. Instead, Tamerlan Tsarnaev became radicalized during his time in the United States. In an interview he gave to a sports reporter covering his success as a Golden Gloves boxer, Tamerlan confessed to not having many American friends and not understanding American culture.

He eventually married an American woman, converting her to Islam. Her friends say she became withdrawn, a sign of possible abuse. Tamerlan was known to have a strong temper.

Meanwhile, his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, was herself placed on a CIA database after Russian authorities warned that both she and Tamerlan were religious militants. Tamerlan was also placed on the watchlist.

There has been some speculation if Tsarnaeva would be arrested following her and her ex-husband's planned trip to the United States, however earlier on Friday she announced that she would not be going. Her ex-husband and father to the terrorist pair, Anzor Tsarnaev, also planned to come to the U.S. on Friday, but declined because of his "nerves and stomach."

Both parents deny their son had anything to do with the attack.

In Boston, the surviving terrorist, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was transferred during the night to a secure federal hospital facility from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He will be housed at the Federal Medical Center at Fort Devins in Ft. Devins, Mass., a facility that specializes in long-term care for federal prisoners.

Dzhokar could face new charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction. That charge also carries the death penalty.

By his own revelation, Dzhokar said he and his brother planned to set off a series of explosives in Times Square, New York. Those plans were thwarted when the victim of the car they hijacked escaped and phoned police. Police then surrounded the terrorist brothers and Tamerlan was killed in a subsequent shootout.

Dzhokar managed to escape and was captured the next day after he was caught hiding in a covered boat parked in a neighborhood driveway.

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