Tamerlan Tsarnaev Had Right-Wing Extremist Literature

Hilary Andersson, BBC, August 5, 2013

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings was in possession of right-wing American literature in the run-up to the attack, BBC Panorama has learnt.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories.

He also had reading material on mass killings.

Until now the Tsarnaev brothers were widely perceived as just self-styled radical jihadists.

Panorama has spent months speaking exclusively with friends of the bombers to try to understand the roots of their radicalisation.

‘Government conspiracies’

The programme discovered that Tamerlan Tsarnaev possessed articles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were government conspiracies.

Another in his possession was about “the rape of our gun rights”.

Reading material he had about white supremacy commented that “Hitler had a point”.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev also had literature which explored what motivated mass killings and noted how the perpetrators murdered and maimed calmly.

There was also material about US drones killing civilians, and about the plight of those still imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.

‘A Muslim of convenience’

The Tsarnaev brothers, ethnic Chechens, spent their early years moving around a troubled region of Russia torn by a violent Islamic insurgency.

But for the last decade they lived in Cambridge, near Boston.

The brothers’ friends told us Tamerlan turned against the country and became passionate about Islam after becoming frustrated when his boxing career faltered because he did not have American citizenship.

Their friends wouldn’t all speak openly because they were afraid of being wrongly viewed as associated with terrorism.

‘Mike’ spent a lot of time in the brothers’ flat.

“He (Tamerlan) just didn’t like America. He felt like America was just basically attacking all Middle Eastern countries . . . you know trying to take their oil.”

A spokesperson for Tamerlan’s mosque in Cambridge, Nicole Mossalam, said Tamerlan only prayed there occasionally. She portrayed him as an angry young man who latched onto Islam.

“As far connecting with the Islamic community here, to actually praying, being involved, doing acts of charity. . . all of those were pretty much lacking.

“I would say he was just a Muslim of convenience,” she said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan’s younger brother who has been charged with the bombings, scrawled a note shortly before his capture stating “We Muslims are one body. You hurt one you hurt us all.”

The brothers had been reading militant Islamic websites before the bombings.

Friends say the younger brother smoked copious amounts of pot and rarely prayed.

‘Tito’ told us Dzhokhar’s older brother dominated him and didn’t approve of his “party lifestyle”.

“He (Dzhokhar) was intimidated, that would probably be the best word. He took him very seriously. He was an authority.”

Radicalised by family?

The FBI has been investigating the brothers, and possible connections Tamerlan might have had in the troubled Russian republic of Dagestan which he visited last year.

The House Intelligence Committee in Washington is being briefed on his connections.

The committee chairman, Mike Rogers said he believes the brothers’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, was involved in his radicalisation.

“He had family members encouraging, we know that for sure,” he said.

Zubeidat denies the allegations.

Tamerlan was killed in April following a gun fight with police which ended when his younger brother ran him over while trying to escape.

Dzhokhar, recently brought to court, denied all charges.

If convicted he faces life imprisonment or the death penalty.

You can watch Panorama – The Brothers who Bombed Boston on Monday 5 August at 20:30 BST on BBC One and then on the BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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  • Oom Paul

    He probably also read Amren!

  • Puggg

    Oh sure nice timing. They just “found” that the older Tsarnaev had “right wing extremist literature.” To distract from the truth, that this was a Jihadist attack. He probably had all sorts of literature of all sorts of ideological stripes. But we know what the Boston bombings were.

    • sbuffalonative

      I wonder if he had a copy of the Quran because I didn’t see it mentioned in the piece (unless I missed it).

    • Does this mean he blew up innocent people at the Boston Marathon because otherwise the infamous black helicopters would have got him? I suppose his own brother running him down in a stolen vehicle seemed a better way to go.

  • It depends on your perspective. To Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberals like Sean Penn and Bill Clinton are right wing to her.
    For me, the Boston Bomber is a foreigner, and as left wing as you can get. I want anyone to dig up evidence that Tsarnaev is not an Obama supporter.

  • Rhialto

    It must be comforting to British Liberals to know it was evil American Right Wing Extremism that motivated Tamerlane’s violent antisocial behaviors, not Islam.

    • me

      Liar, liar, pants on fire…..from a jihadist attack.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Boy, the Bolshevik Broadcasting Committee sure can sniff out a right wing extremist…

    Did he have any dirty magazines too?

    • Romulus

      That’s great! I’d like to ADD that acronym to my lexicon, if I may?!

  • Spartacus

    “Hitler had a point”


    More than one, actually. Though you probably wouldn’t have liked the one about you, you greasy towel-head mongrel .

    • Romulus

      Hahaha lmao! Thanks for the laugh,my friend!

  • If he had such literature, it wouldn’t shock me. It’s much more a matter of a “common enemy” thing than Tsarnaev actually being a RWE.

    Nevertheless, expect the fund raising letters to be flooding out of Montgomery, Alabama pretty soon.

    • Rhialto

      You make a good point that applies to me. Living in a Liberal infested society, many non-Libreral viewpoints that I still disagree with, have become reasonable. Others that I considered crazy, may not be so crazy, after all.

  • Irishgirl

    So Tamerlan “became passionate about Islam after becoming frustrated when his boxing career faltered because he did not have American citizenship.”

    Here we go. The REAL problem, it seems, is that we didn’t offer the young man a path to citizenship. Seriously?

    As to his being a “Muslim of convenience,” right, and I’m a racist of convenience. It’s convenient because knowing whom to avoid keeps me from getting killed.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      “Here we go. The REAL problem, it seems, is that we didn’t offer the young man a path to citizenship. Seriously?”

      Well obviously this just means we need to extend American citizenship to every person in the world! Then terrorist attacks would never happen because everyone would be so happy to be here! [/sarc]

  • IstvanIN

    Hitler has done it again! Will he be blamed for everything for all eternity?

    • Romulus

      He has become the go to boogeyman for a couple of reasons.
      1) All the dead white boys in Arlington and normandy must be justified
      ( PA circa 1937, nearly 45% German)
      2) Allah’s cousins now run America
      There are many factors and so much more than these simple statements, obviously. I was simply thinking in shorthand.
      There was a great book called the holocaust industry on the subject you can get from Amazon. It was written by a tribe member. I can’t think of his name off the top of my head.

      • David Ashton

        Norman Finkelstein.

        • Romulus

          I haven’t seen anything yet. I also enjoyed G. Felton’s book.

          • David Ashton

            Irmin Vinson’s “Some Thoughts on Hitler” (2012) includes an important list of warlike Koranic quotes that sustain Muslim jihadism as well as arguing that “The Holocaust” is used to deter white racial survival and revival. I strongly disagree with several statements, but this particular theme has much validity and easily supported by additional data from Britain, Canada and various EU countries.

          • Sick of it

            An old classic is “Germany Must Perish!” by Theodore Kaufman (1941). This was published before the discovery of any death camps.

          • David Ashton

            Amazingly I found a cheap copy of this very book in a Norfolk s/h bookshop a few years ago, but I see Barnes Review have produced their own copy plus the German “rebuttal”. This magazine claims to bring history in line with the facts but sadly mixes serious revisionist articles with erroneous rubbish in others.

            Both publications are discussed by Jeffrey Herf, “The Jewish Enemy” (Harvard UP 2006), a documentation of Nazi wartime propaganda, which offers its own subtext that “the Holocaust” became possible because of a “climate” produced by “components of European culture”, i.e. “we” are all guilty.

          • Sick of it

            We are guilty of wanting to to maintain our own culture rather than destroy it. Originally we were guilty of not wanting to be replaced by foreigners in our ancestral homelands. That is the only guilt one can deduce.

    • Sick of it

      I’m sure they blame the mass murder of German civilians during and after the war on Hitler as well.

      • David Ashton

        It could be argued that some of his actions provoked understandable retaliations. But the pros and cons of Hitler should now be matters objective history and balanced evaluation.

        Our case for “European” self-defense stands on its own modern merits.

  • CJ Haze

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev followed in his older brother’s footsteps, right?

    Then explain this:

    • IstvanIN

      Can you translate?

      • CJ Haze

        He retweeted Obama thanking everyone right after he got elected. He was/is an Obama supporter.

        • me

          Yup. Birds of a feather.

    • me

      How embarrassing for Obummer!

  • bigone4u

    The apple doesn’f fall far from the Islamic tree no matter how hard the media try to tell us otherwise. Remember how the older brother’s American white wife was dressed? Head to toe coverage, baby. That says it all about the two creeps.

    • Sick of it

      Fitting with other discussions today, she’s a white liberal who was against traditional patriarchy (i.e. white Christian men) and decided to teach her father a lesson by becoming an empowered muslim woman 😛

      • me

        “Daddy didn’t love me, so I became a burka-wearing whipping post for an anti-American misogynist.

        • Sick of it

          No joke. We’ve never treated women as badly as muslims. EVER. Even the ancient Israelites punished both men and women harshly.

          • me

            Yeah, the evil White man and his compassion, his law and order, and his protection of women…

  • Luca

    And in other news, members of Seal Team 6 have revealed that Osama Bin Laden had a few copies of “Better Homes and Gardens” laying around the compound. Clearly, this is what shaped his thinking and motivated him to engineer the September 11th, attacks.

    To what lengths will liberal media go to convince the ignorant masses of such preposterous fiction?

    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t. – Mark Twain

    • Lagerstrom

      I’ve got a stack of Asterix and Tintin in my home.

    • me


  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I’ve found that 9/11 “Truthers” are mostly on the lunatic left. Sounds like this guy had a mishmash of stuff.


    See that, Chris Matthews was right all along. It really was Right Wing Extremist filled with racist hatred for President Obama because he’s a black man in what these 2 under cover white supremest think of as THEIR White House. Boy, it’s good to know that you can always count on MSNBC and the BBC to give the actual facts of what happens out there with none of the spin you find elsewhere. They are clearly the last media sources out there to maintain the straight down the plate, unbiased journalism of integrity.

  • Scott894398

    The BBC has about as much credibility as the Weekly World News on April Fool’s day.

  • If you own a book on Ballet, it doesn’t necessarily make you a ballerina.

    • Irishgirl

      Another thought: people do actually own books they disagree with because – SHOCK – they want to read opinions that differ from their own to – GASP – learn! Know thine enemy.

      • They should start burning all books that don’t adhere to the current progressive liberal doctrine.
        That’ll show all those Right wing, conservative, jihad terrorist, Southerner, Nazi, Al qaeda, Christians.

      • One I own is “Marxism and the National Question”, by Josef Stalin. It is in the philosophy and politics section of my library. Using the level of “logic” displayed by the BBC, this makes me a North Korean sympathizer.

        • Sick of it

          I have multiple volumes of the writings of the Communist International, starting from the 19th century. May have a Communist Manifesto somewhere. Know your enemy.

  • Steven Bannister

    The investigators probably had to comb through huge stacks of pro-Islamic literature in order to find one scrap of “right wing” literature.

  • RHG

    I guess if George Zimmerman can be a “white hispanic” then of course the Boston Bomber must be a “right wing extremist” in the medias eyes.

    • me

      Yup. Tsarnaev was a regular redneck Patriot….

      • RHG

        Hell, this goof is a sheet wearing Klansman.

        • me


  • MBlanc46

    The guy was a whack-job. No serious conclusion can be drawn from what he was reading or was not reading.


      “No serious conclusion can be drawn from what he was reading” Agreed, except for Allah’s “holly” book of jihad, the Quran.

    • bigone4u

      You cut through the bull in a concise manner with this comment. Next they’ll be selling on the idea that he ate Wheaties, so he’s just an all american kid.

  • Sick of it

    So a guy named after a Mongolian muslim conqueror, who is acknowledged to be a radical jihadist somehow carried out a plan of mass murder because he’s a right-wing white supremacist? Even though jihadists don’t really fit with right wing western thought, western society, and usually cannot be classified as white.

    • Bo_Sears

      Good one. Just don’t get sick of it. The anti-white narrative has been running at full flood for the past 60 years. Somehow we are just figuring it out, and it takes well-mannered, but very strong & harsh attackback to liberate us a little, here and there. [We need our own ADL.]

      Facebook: Resisting.Defamation

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This is clearly a pretty desperate, pathetic article, grasping at straws. It’s all over the place–they had racist literature, they were just “muslims of convenience,” they smoked pot and rarely prayed, etc. Notice it didn’t identify the “racist literature” they had. Why would they read white supremacist literature when they weren’t even white? It’s like the Jared Loughner case, where they dug up all the crazy literature he had in his house. If you sift through enough dross, you will find something to support any hypothesis.

  • Pelagian

    “He felt like America was just basically attacking all Middle Eastern countries . . . you know trying to take their oil.”

    Gee, wherever would he get such an idea? What a wild, fabulous, improbable accusation. How could such a theory even enter his head? He might as well believe the moon is made out of green cheese.

    • Bo_Sears

      As a well-informed Muslim man, the elder brother undoubtedly knew something most Americans don’t know and that is that Chinese industries are getting all of Iraq’s oil now that the war is over, and the USA got zero, zip, de nada. Maybe the Iraqi war was not about oil at all. Oh, and about that green cheese. Good post, Pelagian.

      • Oh: I thought he was just a murdering goon.

        • Bo_Sears

          Just rebutting the reference in article, “… He felt like America was just basically attacking all Middle Eastern countries . . . you know trying to take their oil.”

          And commenting on the stupidity of it all.

          • Me too: If we were “taking” their oil, why do they make so much money selling it to us? Didn’t they all nationalize their respective petroleum industries? I wince when I have to stop for gas or diesel.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “Reading material he had about white supremacy commented that ‘Hitler had a point’.”

    Well, Idi Amin, Louis Farrakhan, and the majority of the Arab world agree with that statement……does that make them white supremacists? lmao.

    • Spartacus

      You know Mein Kampf is a best seller in most muslim countries .

  • knuckledragger

    “…he’s not a White man…he’s not a even a white Hispanic..can we blame it on some white supremecist literature?”

  • Bossman

    Muslim radical terrorists are natural right-wingers. They hate Jews therefore they like Hitler. They believe in God. They hate communists, they hate feminists, they hate homosexuals. They may even hate Blacks and Hispanics.

    • And they hate us.

      That said, I’m not too impressed with someone who gets seven F grades in only three semesters at Dartmouth but still wants to be a dentist. He also said his world view is “Islam”, but was stopped by police for underage drinking, and also said his personal priorities are “career and money”. Additionally, the creepazoid liked (c)rap music.

      In the words of the Bellamy Brothers, this one was a rebel without a clue.

    • Sick of it

      Different god.

      • Bossman

        They believe in one universal God. The religion itself appears to have borrowed heavily from Judaism.

        • Sick of it

          Which is why they use the crescent moon as a symbol and dance around a gigantic rock…

          • The ka’aba rock is actually a recovered meteoroid. I’ve been to Arizona’s Meterorite Crater, but nothing made me want to pray to their display rocks.

            As an aside, has anyone noticed that Hudson’s Bay is very circular? This looks like an impact crater.

          • Sick of it

            It could be an impact crater. They are found all over the place…folks just don’t recognize them when filled with water or covered by vegetation.

  • Whirlwinder

    Your story is BS! The only literature the brothers studied was the Koran, Sira and Hadith.
    They are muslims and do what muslims are bound to do-kill non-muslims.
    Go study Islam and quit writing drivel.

  • me

    Otherwise they will literally have blind eyes….from an acid attack.

  • me

    Where did you read this tripe? I’m assuming that you did read these ‘facts’ from a reputable historian?

    • David Ashton

      Speer said Hitler told him that Islam would have been a more masculine religion for Europeans than Christianity.

  • Herman

    Sort of reminds me of Stalin and Hitler.
    They were both considered “right wing” but were mortal enemies and had very little in common.

    • Sick of it

      Both were big government socialists. Both killed those who disagreed with them. Both had ties to western corporations. By the way, I believe that makes them far leftists, but the European view of such things is different from the modern American view.

      • Hitler started out as a socialist, but veered toward what should best be described as “state capitalism” (think today’s mainland China). The split between the National Socialist right and left was decided permanently in favor of the former with the Night of the Long Knives, in which the leftish SA was purged.

      • David Ashton

        The left-liberals both classify Heinrich Himmler and Ayn Rand as “right-wing”. What had a German Nazi and a Jewish Libertarian in common?

        They were both “elitists” of sorts, and that is what really “troubles” those who support “egalitarianism”. For example, Oxford’s Professor John Carey, whose “The Intellectuals and the Masses” (London 1992) complained about Adolf Hitler in the following passages (pp.198ff) abridged without ellipsis:

        “He felt pain at the multitude’s regrettable weakness for ‘smutty literature, artistic tripe and theatrical banalities’. He blamed this degeneracy on the mass media, deploring the poison spread among the masses by ‘gutter journalism’ and ‘cinema bilge’. [As a student] he would bring home books on art history, architecture, religion and philosophy. He could quote Schopenhauer by the page. He admired the works of Cervantes, Dante, Defoe, Swift, Goethe and Carlyle. Among musicians his heroes were Mozart, Bruckner, Hadyn and Bach, and he idolized Wagner. In painting it was the achievement of the old masters that he applauded.
        “He contrasts the all-time greats, such as Shakespeare, Schiller and Goethe, with the degeneracy of modern culture. The inner force of a nation comes from its worship of man of genius.
        It is the shining example of genius that makes clear the folly of parliamentary democracy [which] by vesting power in the dunderhead multitude flies in the face of ‘the aristocratic principle of nature.
        Hitler attacks Marxism on the grounds that it ‘repudiates the personal worth of the individual’. However, he also holds that the health of the race is paramount. Defectives should be prevented from breeding, and miscegenation banned, since it generates cross-breeds who are inevitably inferior.
        He faces the consequences of unchecked population growth with a realism rare among political leaders.
        It would be easy to find early twentieth-century intellectuals who endorsed these opinions….

        And so on and so forth.

        • Sick of it

          Hah, the “egalitarians” support the richest elite in the world’s history. People arrogant enough to think they and theirs deserve everything and we only deserve death. Bunch of inbred psychopaths.

  • freddy_hills

    They’d do anything to spin this as a right wing attack rather than an islamist attack.

  • Sick of it

    Ron Paul’s at the more conservative (or moderate?) end of libertarianism. There’s a reason I will never vote for the Libertarian Party.

  • me

    The Bible, the Constitution, and the Bill Of Rights.