President Barack Obama on Friday said in the age of instant communications that people should not “jump to conclusions” about the attacks. He called for further investigation of the attacks and the use of courts, stating “that’s why we take care not to rush to judgment—not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people.”
A federal complaint unsealed Monday revealed Tsarnaev is being charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and explosives resulting in deaths.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress, said onMSNBC Monday that indications are that the Tsarnaev brothers’ attack was linked to the majority Muslim Russian enclave of Chechnya and its dispute with Russia. “It is not necessarily the case that anyone should jump to the conclusion that there was any religious motivation here,” Ellison said.
A February 2011 Senate report by then-Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Sen. Susan M. Collins (R., Maine), on the lessons from the security failure in the Fort Hood shooting faulted the FBI for failing to properly understand violent Islamism and whether people are under its sway.
“The FBI and other intelligence agencies should ensure that they have sufficient guidance concerning the ideology of violent Islamist extremism and that ideological indicators or warning signs have been developed for use by agents,” Lieberman and Collins said.
Violent extremism is defined as an ideology that “encourages, endorses, condones, justifies, or supports the commission of a violent act or crime against the United States, its government, citizens, or allies in order to achieve political, social, or economic changes, or against individuals or groups who hold contrary opinions.”
Terrorism is defined as activity that is “the unlawful use or threat of violence in furtherance of political, religious, ideological, or social goals.”