Boston (CBS NEWS) -- The surviving Boston bombing suspect is conscious and responding in
writing to authorities, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.
Officials did not reveal further details on what they are asking, or
what his responses are.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in serious
condition Sunday, two days after being pulled bloody and wounded from a
tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end
of a tense day-long manhunt that began with his 26-year-old brother,
Tamerlan, dying in a gun battle with police.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized under heavy guard. He is being
treated at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11
victims of the bombing were still hospitalized.
Officials say Tsarnaev is recuperating from a bullet wound in the leg
and in the neck, rendering him unable to speak. They could not comment
on whether or not the neck wound was self-inflicted.
prosecutors are working on bringing charges but there was no immediate
word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be.
The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.
U.S. officials said the elite interrogation team would question
Tsarnaev, a Massachusetts college student, without reading him his
Miranda rights, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the
right to an attorney.
Senior correspondent John Miller told "CBS
This Morning" that investigators are focused at the moment on the
"public safety exceptions" -- questioning the suspect on matters of
"It's basically, 'Where did you make the bombs? Are there any more
explosives out there? Any more cells? Are there any more people?'" said
"And while I'm told he's being cooperative, I'm also getting the
sense -- and I want to be careful of too many specifics here -- that
he's not saying there's a whole second wave of plots or plotters here.
Still there are places where there may be explosives and other things to
find, it sounds like."
But Miller stressed that is it is still early in the investigation,
and the process of questioning Tsarnaev -- who can only respond by
writing - is slow. "Things could develop or change," Miller said.
Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal
exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety
and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule.
The federal public defender's office in Massachusetts said it has
agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public
defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as
soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible
In a statement, several GOP lawmakers - Rep.
Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham,
R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. - called the decision not to
immediately Mirandize Tsarnaev "sound and in our national security
interests." However, they expressed concern that "exclusively relying on
the public safety exception to Miranda could very well be a national
security mistake. It could severely limit our ability to gather critical
information about future attacks from this suspect."
believe that two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings
were likely planning other attacks, based on the cache of weapons
uncovered, the city's police commissioner, Ed Davis, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. He said authorities found an arsenal of homemade explosives after Friday's gun battle between police and the two suspects.
"We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at
that scene -- the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was
unexploded and the firepower that they had -- that they were going to
attack other individuals," Davis said. "That's my belief at this point."
The scene of the gun battle was loaded with unexploded bombs, and
authorities had to alert arriving officers to them and clear the scene,
Davis said. One improvised explosive device was found in the Mercedes
which the brothers are accused of carjacking, he said.
"This was as dangerous as it gets in urban policing," Davis said.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that surveillance video
from Monday's Boston Marathon attack shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropping
his backpack and calmly walking away from it before the bomb inside it
Patrick also said that he has no idea what motivated the suspects. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation,"
Patrick said it's hard to imagine why someone would deliberately harm
"innocent men, women and children in the way that these two fellows
Patrick also said law enforcers believe the immediate threat ended when police killed one suspect and captured the other.
Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the
bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers - ethnic Chechens from
southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived in
the Boston area - had help from others. The president urged people not
to rush judgment about their motivations.
On Sunday, family and friends attended a wake at a funeral home in
Medford, Massachusetts, for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant
worker, who was one one of the three people killed in the marathon
bombing. A private funeral is scheduled for Monday.
Martin Richard of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood and 23-year-old Lu
Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, also died in
the attacks. BU is holding a memorial service for Lu on Monday.
Sunday, a Boston synagogue opened its doors to worshipers from Trinity
Church, which sits in the shadow of the Marathon finish line and remains
closed. An interfaith service will also be held Sunday near the finish
line where people set up a make-shift memorial as police cleared away
debris from the bombing. The Rev. Nancy Taylor of the Old South Church
said worshipers will be showing solidarity with the bombing victims.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley was offering a Mass to pray for those killed
and injured in the attack and manhunt for the suspects. The service will
also honor police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and
doctors who saved lives.
The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.
The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw
blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he
was seized and taken away in an ambulance.
Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of
"USA! USA!" Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the
two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.
During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the
Tsarnaev brothers killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police
officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious
shootout and car chase in which they hurled homemade explosives at
police, authorities said.
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said one of the explosives was
the same type used during Monday's Boston Marathon attack, and
authorities later recovered a pressure cooker lid that had embedded in a
car down the street. He said the suspects also tossed two grenades
before Tamerlan Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition and police tackled him.
But while handcuffing him, officers had to dive out of the way as
Dzhokhar drove the carjacked Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The sport
utility vehicle dragged Tamerlan's body down the block, he said. Police
initially tracked the escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a
house after he abandoned the Mercedes, negotiating his surrender hours
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is
tracing the weapons to try to determine how they were obtained by the
Chechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of
two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned
an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia
and the region, although not in the West.
Investigators have not
offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with officials
and those who knew the Tsarnaevs, a picture has emerged of the older
one as someone embittered toward the U.S., increasingly vehement in his
Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.
The Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about
information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two
law enforcement officials said Saturday.
According to an FBI news release, a foreign government said that
Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be a strong believer and that he had
changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for
travel to a region in Russia to join unspecified underground groups.
The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two officials
said it was Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized to talk about the matter publicly.
The FBI said that in response, its agents interviewed Tamerlan
Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign
terrorism activity. The bureau said it looked into such things as his
telephone and online activity, his travels and his associations with
An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man's increased commitment to Islam.
Ruslan Tsarni from Maryland said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone
conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school.
Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had
been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.
Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew basically ended after that call.
As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "he's been absolutely wasted by his older
brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he's done,"
Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev
in Cambridge, said in an interview that the older brother had strong
political views about the United States. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying
that the U.S. uses the Bible as "an excuse for invading other
Tamerlan Tsarnaev studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker
Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008,
the school said. He was married with a young daughter.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The college was evacuated Friday, but officials
said residence and dining halls will reopen Sunday.