Prosecutors Release Tsarnaev Note, Claim He Was Eager To Take Credit For Boston Marathon Bombings
BOSTON (CBS) – Moments after he was taken into custody in Watertown, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was getting world class medical care, according to documents filed late Wednesday in federal court. Tsarnaev was said to be alert, aware, and talkative within hours of his arrival.
Prosecutors submitted this 29-page response to fight a move by Tsarnaev’s defense team to throw out everything he said when he was recuperating at Beth Isreal hospital.
Read: Court Filing .pdf
The government instead claims Tsarnaev readily admitted his role in the marathon bombings and was eager to take credit for his crimes.
To prove that point, prosecutors also released the full text of the note Tsarnaev wrote, which was reported to be written in pencil, on the wall of the boat in which he was hiding.
“I’m jealous of my brother who ha[s] [re]ceived the reward of jannutul Firdaus (inshallah) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions. I ask Allah to make me a shahied (iA) to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven. He who Allah guides no one can misguide. A[llah Ak]bar! The US Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that. As a [UI] I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished, we Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all. Well at least that’s how muhhammad (pbuh) wanted it to be [for]ever, the ummah is beginning to rise/[UI] has awoken the mujahideen, know you are fighting men who look into the barrel of your gun and see heaven, now how can you compete with that. We are promised victory and we will surely get it. Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [UI] it is allowed. All credit goes [UI]. Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”
The government also revealed more details about the bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, explaining they incorporated fuses from Christmas lights, and remote control detonators made from model car parts.
Also, agents who interviewed Tsarnaev at his bedside did not give him details about how his brother died.
It was a choice they made, they say, to “spare him emotional trauma” and in doing so, not to distract Tsarnaev from the questions they were asking.