STEPHANOPOULOS: And David Remnick, you’ve spent a lot of time in Russia for The Washington Post and everybody’s going to be looking at these six months. We know his parents went back and lived in Russia for some time. From the mother we’ve also heard that she says the FBI was on top of Tamerlan for several years.
REMNICK: Well the parents moved back to Dagestan in order to, because the father wants to die there. He’s very, very sick. That’s the circumstance as far as we know and we have no link between the parents and anything like jihadist interests at all. In fact they seem to be utterly shocked and in disbelief.
Now the older brother has been visiting jihadist websites, I spent Friday looking at his YouTube list and they are extremely frightening, ominous websites, pro-al Qaeda. There was one preacher that’s going on and on about the evils of the magic of Harry Potter. All kinds of deluded things that he was involved in.
The Twitter feed of the younger brother hints of this kind of thing as well. So there’s no question that they weren’t merely religious, they were, there’s no sin in being religious obviously, but interested in jihadist struggle, global jihad is now the slogan in that region, in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya. . . .
RADDATZ: And what do [we do when] they get when they radicalized? They get this sense of importance. They get this sense of mission. They fit in, themselves, in their own way. And unfortunately for all of us, it’s a rather either way.
REMNICK: They play out a fantasy of fury and romantic nationalism for a place they’ve really never lived. I mean if in fact, its Chechnyan nationalism or some kind of fantastical global jihad that they’re interested in, there’s no sense that these kids are well read in this, especially the younger brother.
RADDATZ: He spent most of his time in America.
REMNICK: They’re highly deluded. And so the connection between their rather idiotic interests and the evil acts that they carried out is still at this point a mystery. . . .
THOMPSON: I think one of the problems George is that, how do you deal with people who are already in this country? How do you deal with their radicalization? Is it on internet? Is it their association with other friends? And that is something we are having to deal with every day.