Tamerlan Tsarnaev Received Mass. Welfare Benefits

The wingnuts are in a tizzy… The Boston Herald reports Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family were receiving Mass. welfare benefits:

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.


The Herald says, “The news raises questions over whether Tsarnaev financed his radicalization on taxpayer money.” Yes, that would suck.

See Memeorandum for the long list of right wing blogs discussing this story. Personally, I think the F.B.I. needs to look into the claims made by Katherine Russell Tsarnaev’s lawyer that she “knows nothing” about her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s actions.  Just my 2 cents…

UPDATE 6:41pm et: The Boston Globe has this piece on the brother’s Tsarnaev’s apparent finances: “Tsarnaev brothers appeared to have scant finances.”

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