American Proscenium

Welcoming Terrorists, Locking Down Citizens

Terrorist bombings that killed 3 and wounded and maimed over 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 prompted the militarized “lockdown” of an American city for days, as police in full combat gear took part in a massive manhunt that may have given us a glimpse of our future.

As the unarmed populace was locked down, police used surveillance-camera video to identify the terrorists, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Chechens who had immigrated to the United States along with their family just one year after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The Tsarnaevs reportedly arrived in the United States on tourist visas and were granted asylum.  At the time, the Russians were engaged in a second war with Chechen separatists who were increasingly influenced by Islam.  But the Tsarnaevs never lived in Chechnya: They had resided in Kyrgyzstan before moving to Dagestan in the Russian Federation.  Nevertheless, they likely misrepresented themselves as war refugees: Russian-media accounts claim the Tsarnaevs entered the United States via Turkey, where Chechen refugees had gathered.

Some reports claim the father, Anzor, worked in law enforcement before leaving Russia.  The Tsarnaevs’ mother, Zubeidat, is reportedly an Avar, making the terrorists only half-Chechen, though older son Tamerlan...

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