Accused terrorist brothers Dzhokhar and the slain Tamerlan Tsarnaev were textbook examples of the lone wolves that al-Qaeda seeks to inspire, and have to be counted as a victory for the Islamic jihadi movement, security experts said about the detailed evidence trail laid out in Dzhokhar’s 30-count federal indictment.
The 74-page document lists a series of Muslim extremist texts that Dzhokhar, 19, downloaded to his computer, as well as a terrorist’s do-it-yourself bomb-making guide published by the al-Qaeda online magazine “Inspire.”
“They put all this stuff online to inspire people to action,” said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, about al-Qaeda’s longstanding strategy of inspiring individuals worldwide to launch attacks of their own. “It makes it difficult to track who is doing what. Whereas if they try to organize something like Sept. 11, they get caught.”
“If you are trying to encourage violence and you’re putting that stuff out there, you’re going to count that in the win column,” Walsh said.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz unveiled a 30-count federal indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev yesterday that charges him with terrorist acts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and a gun in four murders. Seventeen of the charges carry the death penalty.
In addition to the federal indictment, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said a grand jury had returned a 15-count state indictment charging Tsarnaev with the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier and the April 18-19 carjacking and gunbattle in Watertown.
“Today’s indictment is about recognizing the sacrifice of officer Collier and working toward providing some sense of solace for his family,” Ryan said.
She said no date had been set for Tsarnaev’s state arraignment and trial. Tsarnaev is being held in a federal prison medical center. Ortiz said he is expected to be arraigned on the federal charges July 10.
The federal indictment stated that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placed and detonated the bomb by the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street, which killed Martin Richard, 8, and Lingzi Lu, 23.
His brother Tamerlan’s bomb, in front of Marathon Sports, killed Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, the indictment said.
In a statement scrawled as he hid from police, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said: “The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished.