Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston bomber left a note in the Watertown boat which became the site of one of the most watched standoffs in recent memory, reports indicate.
While the Boston bomber’s note found inside the boat from which he was ultimately extricated has not been confirmed by officials, former FBI spokesman and CBS News reporter John Miller referred to the missive — scrawled on the boat’s interior with a pen — citing anonymous sources in law enforcement as disclosing its contents.
The exact wording of the Boston bombing suspect’s note about the attack was not revealed, but Miller paraphrased his intel as describing a conclusion from Tsarnaev that “when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” and Miller says:
“Basically, the note says… the bombings were retribution for the U.S. crimes against Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and that the victims of the Boston bombing were ‘collateral damage,’ the same way innocent victims have been collateral damage in U.S. wars around the world.”
It was long believed that the younger and perhaps more impressionable Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was deeply in mourning after witnessing the death of older brother Tamerlan — and possible hastening his demise by reportedly having run over his body.
But, Miller stated, the suspected Boston bomber’s note expressed (if not precisely genuine) some peace about Tamerlan’s death at the age of 26, and Miller described his sentiment:
“Basically the note says that he does not mourn his brother Tamerlan, that Tamerlan was a martyr now and that he was in paradise, that Dzhokhar expected to join him there soon.”
In the report, Miller indicates that while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have confessed his motives to investigators in initial interviews after his capture, the suspected Boston bomber’s note allegedly left inside the Watertown boat was the first tangible “claim of responsibility” believed to have been made by the second suspect.