NBC: Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev says he and brother acted alone, motivated by religion
Seriously wounded Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is communicating with investigators in writing and by nodding his head now — and he has told them he and his killed bomber brother acted for religious motives, and acted alone. NBC (which is the news organization coming out of this crisis with the best reputation) broke the story:
The hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction has told investigators that he and his brother were motivated by religion but were not in contact with overseas terrorists or groups, officials said.
Several officials familiar with the initial interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev described his behavior during questioning as cooperative.
A senior government official said Tsarnaev has told investigators — by writing some answers down, and by nodding yes or shaking his head no to others — that he and his brother were not in touch with any overseas terrorists or groups.
Tsarnaev, who has injuries to his tongue preventing him from speaking properly, also indicated that he and his brother conceived the bombing attack on their own, and were motivated by religious fervor.
They got their instructions on how to make bombs from the Internet, he said, according to these officials.
Meanwhile, a decision by the White House has made Republicans angry:
“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”
And yes, centrists, moderates and independents KNEW this would happen..