Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boston suspects trained: Suspects in Boston attack trained to kill Americans?

Boston suspects trained: Suspects in Boston attack trained to kill Americans?, As the investigations into the Boston Marathon bombings continue, the FBI has put their focus on data recovered from 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s online social media and Instagram accounts.

According to an April 28 report, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the FBI is now investigating as to whether Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan, received training that helped them carry out the attack.

Investigators are trying to determine if the brothers received training or advice on using the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that were triggered by a remote detonator.

The detonators were the kind used in remote-control toys, U.S. officials have said.

Thus far, the FBI has produced no evidence that would indicate a wider plot, including training, direction or funding for the attacks.

"I think given the level of sophistication of this device, the fact that the pressure cooker is a signature device that goes back to Pakistan, Afghanistan, leads me to believe – and the way they handled these devices and the tradecraft – that there was a trainer and the question is where is that trainer or trainers," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on "Fox News Sunday."

"Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?" McCaul said. "In my conversations with the FBI, that's the big question. They've casted a wide net both overseas and in the United States to find out where this person is. But I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals."

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he thought it's "probably true" that the attack was not linked to a major group. But, he told CNN's "State of the Union," that there "may have been radicalizing influences" in the U.S. or abroad. "It does look like a lot of radicalization was self-radicalization online, but we don't know the full answers yet."

On ABC's "This Week," moderator George Stephanopoulos raised the question to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee about FBI suspicions that the brothers had help in getting the bombs together.

"Absolutely, and not only that, but in the self-radicalization process, you still need outside affirmation," responded Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

"We still have persons of interest that we're working to find and identify and have conversations with," he added.

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