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Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that Mr. Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”
The new inspector general’s report found that it was only after the bombing occurred last April that the Russians shared with the F.B.I. the additional intelligence, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Mr. Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.
CNN reports Thursday that Tsarnaev also exhibited suspicious behavior shortly before the bombing. The elder attacker attempted to change his name to Emir Muaz, the name of an Islamic insurgent in Dagestan, in the months leading up to the attack. He was unable to complete his legal name change, as he was killed in the aftermath of the Boston tragedy. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, will be tried in the near future, and the Justice Department has indicated that they will seek the death penalty.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the big brother of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, filed that request with U.S. immigration on January 23, 2013, as part of his application to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. His brother, Dzhokhar, had already become a naturalized citizen.
"We don't know why," the official says. "There's no evidence why he wanted to change his name."
We have ants. Plus I have a headache, damned Russians!
Seriously..it makes me nauseous how stupid both the government and the media think we are. 13 years of convenient, after the fact intel to coordinate with the bad guy du jour.
reply to post by LightningStrikesHere
The Chechens don't formally operate in the U.S. either AFAIK, but that doesn't mean that he didn't go there and receive training from those groups as he became radicalized. That training then become useful when he decided to do what he did.
There has been several lone wolf radicals who have either perpetrated attacks or attempted to perpetrate attacks on U.S. soil who received their training or had some ties to radical groups elsewhere in the world even though those groups did not actually set those attacks intentionally in motion. I think the Ft. Hood Shooter was another example of such.
reply to post by ketsuko
As part of the naturalization process, a form requires a signature acknowledging the applicant will swear allegiance to the United State and might be required to serve in the military. Instead, the official says Tsarnaev printed his first and last name, but crossed out "Tamerlan" and changed it to "Muaz."