A “mysterious radical” may have influenced Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. Someone known only as “Misha” may have steered Tamerlan toward a strict strain of Islam.
“Let’s talk about Misha,” probed a questioner at a news conference in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, on April 25, 2013. (Background: “Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Visit to Dagestan”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 27, 2013))
“Misha is the nicest man,” responded Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, the two brothers said to have been responsible for the Boston outrage of April 15, 2013.
“Armenian guy,” added Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the two alleged bombers. “Misha and Sergey.”
Misha and Sergey (or Sergei) are brothers, according to Zubeidat. “I don’t know their last names. I didn’t meet with them specially. It happened that he came to us as a guest. From the very first time, we liked Misha.”
“He used to come to our house,” continued Zubeidat. “There was nothing not to like about him. Very nice, very gentle. We were just embarrassed in front of him when he was in our house praying we weren’t.”
Walter Katz, writing for The Week magazine, had mostly scoffed at various “conspiracy theories” about the Boston bombings. But one of the so-called conspiracy theories Katz found to be intriguing: “The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents.” (“Finding Misha”, by Walter Katz, The Week online, April 25, 2013)
On April 20, 2013 the highly regarded DEBKAfile web site had concluded Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which, helped by Saudi financial institutions, had spread across the restive Russian Caucasian [Caucasus]” and that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar had “betrayed their mission and went secretly over to the radical Islamist networks.” (“The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap”, DEBKAfile, April 20, 2013)
The late Senator Ted Kennedy, between March 1 and April 6, 2004, had found his name matched a terrorism watch list and he was not allowed to board the plane. “What do you mean, ‘I can’t board the plane!?'” the Senator exploded. “I’m Ted Kennedy!” And so too was the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev placed on such a watch list. The federal government’s Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) database contains 540,000 names, so even you, dear reader, might be on the watch list!
Pondering upon all this, Walter Katz began to develop a “conspiracy theory” of his own. (But Katz denies it is a conspiracy theory.) Mystery man Misha had turned Tamerlan Tsarnaev away from healthy pursuits and toward the dreaded conspiracy theories posted at various places, including Ersjdamoo’s Blog. “Somehow, he just took his brain,” said Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni. (Katz, op. cit.)
Misha, international man of mystery, seems to have first met Tamerlan at a Boston mosque. On the surface, it seemed as if it was fine for Tamerlan to be taking an interest in religion. Misha was teaching Tamerlan to be good and nice, naïvely thought his mother, Zubeidat. (Ibid.)
About this “Mr. Misha”, Katz (op. cit.) wondered, “So here is a distinctive looking guy that Tamerlan may or may not have met in a Boston-area mosque. He befriends Tamerlan, fills his head with radical ideas over a period of time, and now no one knows who he is?”
“If the FBI was doing its job, how is it that they could learn of Tamerlan, interview him, conclude he is not a threat and place him in TIDE and the entire time have no clue about Misha?” (Ibid.)
So where does Misha fit in? Was he part of an FBI “sting” operation which went out of control when Tamerlan turned on his handlers and became a double agent? Or were the brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar merely “sheep dipped” by Misha? In other words, Misha may have casually told Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, “Put on these backpacks and go mingle with the crowd at the Boston Marathon.” (Recall how Lee Harvey Oswald was “sheep dipped” when told to pass out “Fair Play for Cuba” leaflets.)