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April 23rd, 2013
05:21 PM ET

Boston attack: Putting a price on misery

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Tuesday that "The One Fund" - an organization to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attack - had already raised $20 million. Donations have been pouring in from across the country. Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg was appointed as the administrator of the fund. Feinberg was also the administrator for the 9/11 victims fund.

Former DHS official and CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem worked with Feinberg restituting people affected by the BP oil spill.

It is "one of the toughest jobs, said Kayyem. "What we're asking him to do is to put a number sign, a dollar sign on misery."

Feinberg will want to make the fund as transparent as possible, said Kayyem. He will visit victims and talk to the community starting on May 1. Feinberg will listen to the victims' accounts of physical and mental injuries. Then he will essentially draft a template of a claims form, which will get distributed to anyone in the city who may have been harmed. Feinberg will then apply numbers to those claims.

"There's two points to it, one is closure," said Kayyem. "The other is a goal to steer people away from the courtroom, that if you have hundreds of pieces of litigation going on, it doesn't add closure, it actually ends up pinning people against each other."

Turning to the investigation, the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was upgraded to fair condition Tuesday afternoon, despite what an FBI affidavit describes as gunshot wounds in the head, neck, legs, and hand. He is reportedly communicating with investigators.

A U.S. government source tells CNN that the suspect claims his older brother masterminded the attack - not any foreign terrorist group. The source added interviews so far suggest the two were self-radicalized jihadists. Our source cautions that this is all preliminary, and will have to be verified by investigators.

A senior administration official tells CNN that investigators are looking into whether the brothers were influenced by al Qaeda in Yemen's "Inspire." The English-language magazine includes articles instructing readers on how to make bombs.

"We need to separate both the motives from the means," said Kayyem. "It appears now, and this is just preliminary, that the means were all devised here."

Aspects of the attack - the focus on the Boston Marathon, the fact that the suspects lived in Boston, had no exit plan, and had lots of arsenal on themselves rather than distributed to other terrorist groups - support what we are hearing from the suspect, said Kayyem.

Investigators are now separating the motivation, the radicalization of Dkhokhar Tsarnaev, from how he did carried out the attack. Tsarnaev is consistently saying that he and his brothers were motivated by something bigger, but they did it through homegrown training.

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