The Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Cullison managed to obtain access to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s former apartment where he discovered an array of so-called conspiracy theory publications:
…The papers included The First Freedom, an Alabama-based newspaper that espouses “equal rights for whites” and whose websites features a Confederate flag. Another was The Sovereign, a New York-based publication that alleges the U.S. is under the sway of Israeli lobbyists, and that Israel and the Department of Homeland Security were “deeply involved” in the Boston bombings. Neither paper returned requests for comment.
Mr. Tsarnaev got his own subscription to American Free Press, a paper that the Southern Law Poverty Center said promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. A spokeswoman for the paper denied it had such an agenda, saying the paper publishes “news that the established media won’t.” She confirmed that someone bought Mr. Tsarnaev a “get acquainted” 16-week subscription in December. It expired in April, at about the time of the Boston Marathon attack.
Government investigators say Islamist radicalism was Mr. Tsarnaev’s motive in planting explosives near the finish line of the race. He frequented jihadi websites, authorities said, and he and his brother built their pressure-cooker bombs with the help of al Qaeda’s online magazine Inspire, which published an article titled “How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
“They were jihadi autodidacts and no one person shaped all their thinking,” said Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “Their readings are going to be a lot more eclectic than someone sitting with like-minded terrorists at a camp somewhere.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment for this article.
Terror experts said extremist U.S. literature and Islamist readings may reach vastly different audiences but the themes are largely the same. Both suggest wide-ranging plots by the U.S. and Israeli governments; that time is running out before an intended apocalypse, and heroes must act before it is too late…
[continues at Wall Street Journal]
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