Boston bombing suspects' mom in terror database

Boston bombing suspects' mom in terror database

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (l), mother of the suspected Boston bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, attends a news conference in Makhachkala on April 25, 2013. The mother of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings on Thursday launched an impassioned attack on the US authorities over the death of one of her sons, as her husband planned to return to the United States find out what happened. The parents of the two suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, spoke to reporters at a news conference in the Russian region of Dagestan where they were living when the Boston marathon bombings took place. AFP PHOTO / NEWS TEAM / SERGEI RASULOV

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two government officials tell The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects' mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack.

Officials say this was done after Russia contacted the CIA late in 2011 with concerns that the now-dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (zoo-bay-DAHT' tsahr-NEYE'-eh-vuh), were religious militants about to travel to Russia.

The CIA asked that Tsarnaev and Tsarnaeva be added to a classified intelligence database called TIDE. Being on the database does not automatically mean the U.S. suspects a person of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject a person to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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