Tsarnaev Trial Playing False Religion Card?

An image of Tsarnaev posing with the above flag caused many to label him a jihadist. Though the emblem, known as the Black Standard, has been co-opted by radical Islamists in recent decades, it is not exclusively so.
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An image of Tsarnaev posing with the above flag caused many to label him a jihadist. Though the emblem, known as the Black Standard, has been co-opted by radical Islamists in recent decades, it is not exclusively so.

An image of Tsarnaev posing with the above flag caused many to label him a jihadist. Though the emblem, known as the Black Standard, has been co-opted by radical Islamists in recent decades, it is not exclusively so.

In the days leading up to two of the most infamous terrorist attacks on American soil in the 21st century, none of the suspected perpetrators appear to have been actively preparing for jannah, Islamic heaven, in pursuit of jihad.

“They [the 9/11 hijackers] are spotted more at go-go clubs than at mosques,” said the mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, where some of the 9/11 hijackers were living in the months leading up to the attack. Other sources cite that the hijackers visited Las Vegas several times in 2001 and engaged in behaviors condemned by Muslim leaders. Dr. Osama Haikal, president of the board of directors of the Islamic Foundation of Nevada, told The Telegraph at the time that, “true Muslims don’t drink, don’t gamble, don’t go to strip clubs. These things are a sin, just like what they did in New York and Washington is a sin.”

Similarly, neither Tamerlan nor Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seem to fit the stereotypical description of religious zealots.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmates and friends claim he was a pot-smoking party boy, even attending a University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth party two days after the attack. Tsarnaev smoked copious amounts of weed and regularly consumed alcohol, which are considered haram, or forbidden, in Islam. Dzhokhar had been spotted much more frequently at house parties, and Tamerlan at night clubs, than either were seen at the mosque.

Despite this obviously un-Islamic behavior, the prosecution has made repeated attempts to paint Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a religious fanatic.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his friends before his prom.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his friends before his prom.

Zeroing in on Dzhokhar’s Twitter account, @al_Firdausia, FBI Special Agent Steven Kimball falsely identified his background photo of Grozny, the Chechen capital, as the holy city of Mecca. Kimball also misidentified a quote from the Quran tweeted by Dzhokhar as a quote from the words of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda spokesman who was killed in an American drone attack in 2011.

The government dedicated a day of testimony to discussing a black flag below which Dzhokhar had been photographed—a banner that most  reporters identified as a “jihadi” flag.

The flag, in fact, is not a jihadi emblem. As WhoWhatWhy’s Lara Turner reported, it is known as the Black Standard or the Shahaha flag, and contains the testimony of the Islamic creed (There is no god but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God). Pointing to this flag as evidence of jihadism, Turner noted, is equivalent to citing the presence of a cross in someone’s home as evidence of involvement with the Ku Klux Klan.

Mysteriously, a Lead Not Followed

More recently, the prosecution zeroed in on text messages between Dzhokhar and an unnamed acquaintance in which the two discuss Islam, jihad, and becoming Imams. Despite the prosecution’s claim that jihadism was the motivation for the attack, no questions have been asked regarding the identity of the person discussing jihad with the accused bomber.

Many radical jihadists pursue terrorism for non-religious reasons, and are not devout Muslims or even well educated on Islam.

One expert on the subject, Doug Sanders, wrote in his book, The Myth of the Muslim Tide: 

“Rather than intense monastic religious devotees, they [jihadists] tend to be non-faithful individuals who are drawn to radical peer groups for political or personal, but not religious, reasons.”

Playing the Islamophobia Card

Given the known facts about Dzhokhar’s un-Islamic behavior both before and after the bombing (drinking alcohol, smoking pot), the prosecution’s clumsy attempts to portray him as highly religious seem designed to appeal to some latent Islamophobia among the jurors rather than a dispassionate consideration of the evidence.

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  2. Patriot from the nanny state says:

    You just lost a reader if your going to let people with differing opinions flag comments and have them removed.

  3. FiuToYou says:

    ” two of the most infamous terrorist attacks on American soil in the 21st century”. Could you be more specific? The word ‘terrorist’ is being used WAY too much! I wonder what the next decades word will be.

  4. Patriot from the nanny state says:

    Alternative media(real) news is always demonized to discredit the the truthfulness of its content, just the way msm is always giving the public a certain narrative ,msm is nothing more than state run propaganda to further the agenda of the powers that be. Once awake this is so obvious there is no turning back, The only problem that people who are awake have is distinguishing between what is disinformation from certain alt. sources. so be careful believing every thing just because of the source , sometimes alt media is spoon fed tips just to make them look bad later when the story doesn’t pan out or in some cases the info was real and they go to plan B, which is always used as the source said ” this was going to happen and that never materialized because their plans always have contingent or alternative back up plans. Thanks, for the excellent work this site is doing.

    • oh_look says:

      There’s been many people producing videos/articles saying the entire Boston M. Bombing was a hoax and nobody died. This actually seems to play into the hands of the Mainstream media, while those who are asking valid questions, discussing logical conclusions to many pieces of information are sandwiched in between these two groups (Mainstream media and the “Boston is a hoax” crowds), and so few end up hearing the totally rational side to crimes like Boston or see the many contradictions in the trial itself.

    • Patriot from the nanny state says:

      I personally believe it was a scheduled drill that went live , same thing with sandy hook,I believe no one was hurt at either event, but yesterday on this site I followed a link that I thought was credible because the premise was that the brothers were patsies, etc.. I agreed w/ 99% of the post until the poster of the article said the bombs were real and the injuries and deaths were real. I totally disagree because photos immediately after show no blood then photos minutes later showed blood that just didn’t look right, as well as the amputee in the wheelchair Is known crisis actor, no blood at all in the path as he’s being wheeled down the road, It has more questions of which the official stories of 911, sandy hook, the boson bombing , are more of conspiracy theory than , the theory of people who question the official story.

    • ra wo says:

      Jeff Bauman cannot be a “crisis actor,” as his bio. is well-known, he worked at a store in NH, and just too many people would know if he always had one leg or not. Calling them crisis actors just makes skeptics look like screwballs. Anyone who wanted to get the real story on the acting stuff could have stood outside the courtroom and talked to the people coming in on crutches and prosthetics. They were having arguments with DT supporters and holding up their artificial legs.

      I am not a trauma doctor and have not been in combat so I don’t know what a blown off leg looks like. I need better than people on the Internet yelling “no one was hurt” to offset the testimony of these real people I saw coming into the courthouse. Like any good critical thinker I am willing to listen, but internet pictures with lots of arrows around them sounds more like the work of a disinfo operation.

      I see a false flag with patsies, couple of guys paid or blackmailed into participating into drills/wargames, then left holding the bag when real bombs go off.

    • oh_look says:

      I agree 100%. There’s a guy on Youtube, Peekay Boston, who brags he has made 140 videos “proving” Boston is a hoax. There’s gotten to be so much of this being pushed onto any website (via comment sections) and it only helps the gov’t issued narrative, so it’s very likely much of it is being spread via Dis-information specialists.

    • oh_look says:

      Wow. You are so informed and intelligent. Yes, and I’m sure the twin towers are really still there. It was all a hoax.

    • Patriot from the nanny state says:

      Hey where in my post did I say no one died during 911 your, reading skills need work!There was drills going on , on 911, But when I talked about 911 it was about the official story being more unrealistic than any ” conspiracy theory “