The media is reporting this morning that Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have been part of a larger sleeper cell operating in the United States.
The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.
Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.
More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.
A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.
“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”
A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators was yesterday flown to a Boston hospital to grill wounded Dzhokhar, 19, about the secret group. The University of Massachusetts student was caught on Friday after hiding out in a boat parked in a garden in locked down Watertown the day after a gun battle with police left his 26-year-old brother and a rookie cop dead. (Read More)
It’s unlinkely they’ll get much information from Dzhokhar if it’s true that he has a throat injury that prevents him from talking. It’s also been reported that Dzhokhar ran over and then dragged Tamerlan when fleeing the police in the car they hijacked.
Yesterday authorities arrested, or at least took into custody, three individuals connected to this case. Shortly after two Russian men calling themselves “Globe reporters” were seen entering the apartment where the three were apprehended. It is unknown what they were doing there.
How any of this ties into the theory that these guys were funded by the Saudis is also unknown. Even if there is nothing to that theory, I think it’s safe to say that President Obama did lull the American people into a false sense of security when it comes to terrorism. The terrorists haven’t been on the run, they’ve been biding their time.
Update: Linked by Sentry Journal – thanks!