So in the desperate search for information on the suspected Boston Marathon bomber killed late last night, someone turned up a YouTube account with his name on it.
“Tamerlan Tsarnaev,” the same name of the man who was killed in a shootout with the FBI last night was found linked to an email account that had bookmarked several terrorist videos. YouTube had already deleted the original source videos — as it tends to do whenever hate-filled extremist propaganda comes up. The obvious exception being here.
Other videos on the account linked to the Russian immigrant, who was an adherent of the Muslim faith, include the “7 Steps to a Successful Prayer” and “One of The Signs of Allah,” as well as two of the since-deleted ones under the bookmark heading of “Terrorists.” Yeah … it’s probably the same guy.
The account, which has been active since August 2012, also features a video by Feiz Mohammad, a fundamentalist Australian preacher who thinks Harry Potter is evil, and another “dedicated to the prophecy of the Black Banners of Khurasan, which is embraced by Islamic extremists — particularly Al Qaeda.” Of course I didn’t figure that out on my own — we’ve got Mother Jones magazine to thank for that one.
Tsarnaev’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, also a suspect in the bombings, who, at the time of this writing is still at large, does not appear to have a YouTube account in his name, but he does, however, have a Google+ account and a Facebook page that is filled with — in the language of a Russian translator — “odd humor.” Stuff like “A car is filled with a Dagistani, a Chechen and an English. Who is driving? The police.” Yeah, I heard that joke a little differently in my youth.
As more becomes clear — and translated — we will update as necessary.