Transcript: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s remarks on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s visit to Russia

Partial transcript of remarks by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s visit to Russia. The press briefing was held on April 25, 2013:

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.):
The major issue that I want to focus on and we are focusing on – find out what happened when he was in Russia. Was he radicalized? I mean, did he get training in how to build a bomb? You know, it’s not always easy to say you’re going to build a bomb based on the instructions you had in Inspire Magazine. And to say you haven’t tested bombs – if you remember Anwar Al Awlaki who really organized the under-the-radar underwear bomber, shoe bomber, Times Square bomber – we were lucky those didn’t go off. They were sophisticated. Anwar Awlaki and his team were pretty sophisticated. And here you have a situation where these two brothers had successful bombs that went off. Now, maybe they were lucky. Maybe – I just don’t know. I think that’s the area I really think we need to focus on…The brother Tamerlan was he radicalized when he went back? Did he meet other people? And those are things we need to pull together.

Question:
Does it make any sense to you that someone who would seek asylum would go back to their home country?

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.):
Well, why would Russia let them come in and go back out to begin with? That’s another issue.

Question:
Do you have any concern about the mother?

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.):
She’s a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son or had contacts with other people and other terrorist groups. We don’t want to put ourselves in a position that we have another threat out there…that a terrorist group in Chechnya and their strategy might be to look at the United States as an area where they were successful. So we really have to focus on what happened with him in Russia and get as much information as we can about terrorists in that region. The Russians were always concerned about the Chechens rebels, and now here we have this situation in our home turf.

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