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Boston Bombing Suspects and Online Radical Jihad Videos

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Rita Katz - Executive Director of the SITE Intelligence Group (photo by: SITE Intelligence Group)

As investigators gather information about the Boston marathon bombing suspects, one focus is whether the suspects were influenced by online militant websites. Host Marco Werman talks with Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors radical jihadist websites.

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Katz said her organization discovered that the internet played a important role for at least one of the brothers — Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He had a YouTube account that was linked to several Jihadi and Islamic radical sites, Katz said.

His younger brother, Dzhokhar, doesn't appear to have any radical postings. Katz said his pages were of a normal American teenager compared to his older brother.

These days, according to Katz, anyone can get access to these militant websites. "You don't have to go to any training camps to get influenced" when you can get the same access to the internet.

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