Wishlist for Bombers

New media downplays the Islamic jihadist aspect of the brothers, it seems, and implies that these “nice” and “shy” and “quiet” and “harmless” brothers just recently became radicalized. This is evidently false.

Tamerlan had been in the US since 2006, and it’s interesting to note that he apparently set up an Amazon wishlist at that time.  Over the course of the next couple of years, he added books to his wishlist that suggest that his worldview was not so different then.  Here are some of the books, which I’ve grouped into three categories of interest:

Fraud

  • How to Make Driver’s Licenses and Other ID on Your Home Computer
  • The I.D. Forger: Homemade Birth Certificates & ?Other Documents Explained
  • Secrets Of A Back Alley ID Man: Fake Id Construction Techniques Of The Underground
  • Principles of Fraud Examination
  • Document Fraud and Other Crimes of Deception

Chechen Jihad

  • Chechen Dictionary & Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary and Phrasebook)
  • The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule
  • Allah’s Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition

Mafia

 

  • Wiseguy
  • Snatch
  • American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power (John MacRae Books)
  • Organized Crime: AN INSIDE GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY
  • Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia
  • Blood and Honor: Inside the Scarfo Mob, the Mafia’s Most Violent Family
  • Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires

All of these books were added to the wishlist in 2006 or 2007.

One report notes that Tamarlan had been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in 2009.  This goes against the shy, harmless aspect … but is quite compatible with a man who follows Shariah law.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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