What These Tweets Tell Us About Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

They include statements about Islam, observations on pop culture, a boast about beer pong, and trash talk about women.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently maintained an active Twitter account. A high school classmate of the at-large Boston Marathon bombing suspect has confirmed to BuzzFeed that the @J_tsar Twitter account belongs to Tsarnaev, and multiple Twitter users who say they are friends of Tsarnaev have pointed to this Twitter feed as his. The tweets on the @J_tsar account cover a variety of topics, including religion and pop culture, and contain much trash talk about women. The user of this account kept on tweeting after the bombing. On April 15, hours after the attack, he tweeted, “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people.” On April 17, he tweeted, “I’m just a stress free kind of guy.” Here’s a sampling of odd, mundane, and chilling tweets from the account from the past year, including one in which the user laments, “The value of human life ain’t shit nowadays.”

This is a Tweet that Tsarnaev retweeted on election day:

 

— Jahar (@J_tsar) September 2, 2012

The user of this account also tweeted this on Election Day last year:

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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