Boston Marathon bombing: terrorism on the cheap, financed by us?

Posted by: Phineas on April 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm


I wrote yesterday about questions regarding the Tsarnaev brothers’ financial resources and how they could afford what at first glance appeared to be a comfortable lifestyle and prepare their atrocities without some outside support.

Well, it appears they had some help: the taxpayers of Massachusetts.

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

The news raises questions over whether Tsarnaev financed his radicalization on taxpayer money.

Gee, ya think?

Meanwhile, his younger brother financed his “lifestyle” not only through scholarships, but also, per The Globe, dealing drugs:

Tsarnaev’s younger brother never seemed strapped for cash, according to people who knew him at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he was a sophomore. But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a scholarship student who earned spending money by selling marijuana, say three people who bought drugs from the 19-year-old.

None of this was enough to finance the “lifestyles of the rich and terroristic,” but the globe goes on to point out just how little it would take to carry out the Marathon attacks:

If the brothers had outside financial or technical support for their deadly attack on the Marathon, it certainly isn’t reflected in their lifestyle or their weapons. The picture that is emerging is more like terrorism on a budget, consistent with reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that he and his brother acted alone.

“There is no barrier here to two men doing this on their own,” said Brian Michael Jenkins, a Rand Corp. adviser who focuses on terrorism. “You could easily do this for under $100 per bomb. . . . This is an investment even someone with modest means can make.”

So, it looks more and more like these walking, talking pustules did this on their own… with help from the older brother’s exploited wife, sponging off family, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the potheads of Cambridge.

I hope the younger brother remembers to thank them at his execution.

To paraphrase what Lenin said about capitalists, “We’re going to give them the money to build the bombs to kill us.” And it reminds me of Britain, though they’re much further down the path of subsidizing their own destroyers.

Way back in 1838, Abraham Lincoln made a speech at the Young Men’s Lyceum in which he made an observation I think fitting for this situation:

“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

Only we seem to be paying for assisted suicide.

PS: Back to the question of outside assistance, the Tsarnaevs seemed to greatly admire a radical Lebanese-Australian imam, Sheik Feiz Mohammed, and the elder brother is reported to have met with another jihadist imam while visiting Dagestan. This makes me suspect their situation is similar to that of the traitorous Major Hassan and his al Qaeda imam, Anwar al-Awlaki: they received theological support and encouragement from these preachers, but were left to come up with their own attacks. Still, I’d like to know where they tested their bombs, if they did.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Boston Marathon bombing: terrorism on the cheap, financed by us?”


  1. Bill says:

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that for a solid week prior to the bombings all we heard of was North Korea and the possibility of war. Since the horrific bombings not a single word about North Korea. What happened?

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The money management, educational grants notwithstanding, has not been satisfactorily explained. Even with food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and subsidized rent, the eldest murderer would still need another source of income to finance a six month excursion to Russia, a Mercedes, pricey clothes, and weaponry.

    When the finances and the islamist angle are questioned why are so many eagerly “doing obeisance” and granting the benefit of the doubt to these two savages at every given opportunity?

  3. Phineas says:


    Check out the Boston Globe story I linked above: that Mercedes was not evidence of a lavish lifestyle. It was a late 90s model worth perhaps a few grand, and he didn’t even have that at the time of the bombings. He was driving a 90s Honda according to registration records

    The lavish lifestyle in Tsarnaev’s photo gallery seems to have been a show put on to impress online friends and family.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Having read the article I still have my suspicions. The items Tamerlan would need to pay for in the 9/11 comaprison would be ordnance training, living expenses, and travel. The level of expertise shown by these two was far beyond that attainable from a mere internet tutorial. That Russian trip alone cost thousands.

    On the other hand a neighbor interviewed by Fox News told of late night domestic squabbles in the Tsarnaev couple’s apartment that were loud, late at night, and lengthy. She hinted at the fact he had been tooling around with some stray woman but who knows? It could have been about that which most young marrieds quarrel, money.

    As a former welfare caseworker this arrangement would necessitate a home visit for verification which, admittedly, none of us will be performing.

  5. Carlos says:

    The administration’s lackeys are adamant about all this guvmint funding, and it being the sole source of money available to the brothers.

    That in itself would be reason enough to question where he was getting all of his additional funding.

    The only question one needs to ask to know whether a Democrap is lying, especially anyone in this administration, is, “Is he/she breathing?”

  6. Drew the Infidel says:

    A good many of us are still waiting for the predictably insipid next leftist piece of the narrative. The left will probably say that though these two savages killed four and injured around 200 innocent people, some permanently, they really did not intend to.

  7. Carlos says:

    Some dunderhead prof who apparently also advises the UN has said the attacks are the fault of the U.S. itself.

    Although we disagree with the reasons, I’m almost inclined to believe him, especially if it eventually turns out the Saudi the DHS is protecting turns out to be the brothers’ source of major financing (and I personally believe that will eventually come to light).

    With known oil reserves that swamp those known in the middle east, there is absolutely no reason we should be providing terrorists with money to finance their activities by importing their oil.

  8. Brontefan says:

    So, now our government is inviting people here, sponsoring them, giving them citizenship, welfare–and probably a free cell phone–and nurturing potential terrorists? When do they take responsibility for the results? And didn’t the Boston mayor help with zoning for the Mosque where these two American citizens worshipped?