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Taxpayers funded terror attack: Tsarnaev family on welfare

Tamerlan Tsarnaev
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It’s sickening and deeply disturbing to know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have used his taxpayer funded Mass. welfare benefits to finance becoming a radicalized Mulim terrorist who would someday kill and maim American citizens.

The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that after “repeated calls and emails to welfare officials,” they learned Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan was indeed receiving state welfare benefits for him, his wife and young daughter.

The Herald report said:

The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. [Katherine] 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.

Actually, according to the Herald, the entire Tsarnaev family lived off the Mass. taxpayer’s dime:

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

The state would not say when the family began receiving welfare benefits, but did say the Tsarnaev’s “were not receiving transitional assistance benefits at the time of the [Boston Marathon bombing],” the article said.

Details emerge daily that the ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev became a radicalized Islamic extremist sometime in 2008 or 2009, and was at one time investigated by the FBI for ties to terrorist organizations.

Tsarnaev was killed last Friday in a shootout with police in Watertown.

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