Where are the trainers?

That’s the question posed on Fox Sunday News by Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House homeland security committee. McCaul stated: “I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals.”

It’s easy to understand this consensus. The Tsarnaev brothers had a fairly sophisticated operation — seemingly beyond what they could have picked up solely from the do-it-yourself websites they apparently frequented.

But if they were trained, who trained them and, as McCaul wonders, “are [the trainers] overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?” In this regard, Mike Rogers, head of the House Intelligence Committee, appearing on ABC’s This Week, said that the FBI is investigating the involvement of other individuals in the Boston bombing, and considers a certain number of people in the U.S. to be ”persons of interest.”

In attempting to identify accomplices (if any), including possible “trainers,” the FBI is probably hampered by the fact that the surviving bomber received a Miranda warning, after which he reportedly stopped talking. It seems scandalous that this terrorist received that warning while the FBI was still interrogating him, and I will have more to say about this tomorrow morning.


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