Boston bomber left ‘confession’ note in boat where he hid

Note read: “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.” Photo: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's photo released by FBI AP photo

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 — Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, left a note on the bullet-riddled wall of the boat where he hid during the police manhunt. He reportedly claimed that he and his deceased brother Tamerlan bombed the Boston Marathon in retaliation for what the U.S. did to the Muslims during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” the note read, according to John Miller, senior correspondent for CBS News. Dzhokhar called the victims of the Marathon bombings “collateral damage.”

Obviously believing he was dying from his severe gunshot wounds and having only a pen, no paper, he jotted what he thought would be his last words on the boat’s interior wall. Dzhokhar also said he did not mourn the death of his older brother because he was now a martyr in paradise and he hoped to join Tamerlan soon.

The scrawled note in his own handwriting gives a clear motive for the bombings, describing the brothers’ terrorist act as basically retribution for what Dzhokhar described as the U.S. wars around the world against Muslims.

Investigators say Dzhokhar admitted most of this before he was read his Miranda rights, but should his words be challenged in a trial, the “confession” in his own hand, scrawled on the boat’s wall, would be admissible and could be used against him.

Authorities say that the deeper their probe into the Tsarnaev brothers go, the more it appears they were self-radicalized and that they seriously considered going to New York City and planting more bombs.

Further evidence that they were not tied to a larger group is that there was no martyr video left behind, which is usually the case. Dzhokhar’s hastily written note was a way of claiming that responsibility, his note to posterity.

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

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If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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