posted on Apr, 10 2014 @ 04:31 PM
This is cute.
think they're fooling?
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.”
What were they supposed to have told our intel? This makes it clear that Tsarnaev was someone who should be watched.
But apparently, in this era of new beginnings with Russia, it's now cool to try to blame them for our having dropped the ball on the Tsarnaevs by now
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.
I don't know, but the part about "joining underground groups" and "radical Islam" should have been enough for some scrutiny. Unless they can come
forward and tell us that Russia just summarily warns them about everyone in this way.
This comes on the heels of the report about how they got his name crossed. In my mind, that is a far more legitimate excuse. There are a lot of people
in this country. It's not such a stretch to think that there could be variations on that surname spelling that might have confused the issue.
Less foregiving is this:
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.
So, they had the original flag from Russia, then this
from someone with a name matching one they had been warned about? You attempt to change your name to one matching an Islamic insurgent ... and no one
catches that? Really?
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."
Uh-huh. You can scan everyone's meta-data, read all our emails, but you can't catch that a guy whose name is very close to one you had flagged by
Russian intel as a possible threat matches with someone who traveled abroad and now wants to change his name to match someone whose infamous in that
very same region he traveled to ... infamous for being exactly what you've been warned about?
And stop blaming Russia. You dropped the ball, intel.