The mother of the Boston bombing suspects continues to insist that her sons are innocent, while the media responds by portraying Zubeidat Tsarnaeva as a terrorist herself after reports that Russian authorities intercepted phone calls during which she “vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son.”
“It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” Tsarnaeva told The Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”
The AP report notes that in recent years Tsarnaeva, “began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims,” implying that wearing an item of clothing and being skeptical of the official narrative behind 9/11 is itself a likely indication of terrorism.
It has also emerged that Tsarnaeva herself was put on a terrorist watch list after the Russian government suspected her of militancy in 2011.
Several members of the alleged bombers’ family have claimed that the two brothers are just patsies, including the aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who claims that the footage which emerged of police arresting a naked uninjured man was her nephew, contradicting the official narrative that Tsarnaev was critically injured in a shootout.