Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claimed on CNN today that her sons were "set up." She said, “It’s impossible for them to, for both of them to do such things, so I am really, really, really telling you this is a set-up." She went on to claim that Tamerian became heavily involved in Islam, as a result of which he was "counseled" by the FBI for years. She did not explain what sort of counseling may have been involved. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said that the idea that the FBI would have set them up is "just absolutely wrong," and that to turn against the country that gave them asylum is "really offensive."

A technique that has been taught intensively in recent years in terrorist groups is how to drive a wedge of doubt between populations and governments, with special emphasis on terror attacks in the United States, where there is a significant level of distrust of the government. The internet is already buzzing with claims that this has been a ‘false flag’ attack. If this technique is in use in this case, then it would suggest that the claims being made by the mother are, in effect, also part of the terror attack. Obviously they could also be nothing more than the words of a distraught and desperately sad mother.

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