**Posted by Phineas
Via Money Jihad, here’s what’s publicly known of their resources:
Read the rest at Money Jihad.
This isn’t unbelievable to me: none of their bomb components were all that expensive (that I know of). It’s possible they were living off occasional work, the wife’s income, public assistance, and handouts from relatives, even for Tamerlan’s flight to Russia.
But one thing nagging at me are the bombs themselves. Here’s an explanation of how they work. They’re by no means expensive, so I’m willing to accept that the Tsarnaevs obtained the parts with their own resources, but… First-time bomb-builders making electronic triggers and doing everything right, including safely transporting them? Seems a stretch. It’s almost a given that they practiced making these and tested the devices somewhere.
But where? Was it on private land, concealed from prying eyes? If so, who gave them access? If not, how did no one notice?
It seems to me that, although the surviving brother has asserted they worked alone, they almost had to have help building and testing the devices, themselves.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)