reply to post by WanDash
Well WanDash, these 2 articles may interest you, one of them is dating from today:
The brothers were used
BOSTON FILE. Robert Schaefer: I think Tsarnaev brothers were used
10 May 2013
In view of the murky Boston incident, American portal Salon interviewed a US Army Special Forces Green Beret, Robert W. Schaefer, who has "many years
experience planning and executing counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in the Caucasus region".
He is the author of the highly-regarded 2011 book "The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad".
In his interview Mr. Schaefer said in particular:
"It's not in the best interests of the Caucasus Emirate and Chechen insurgents to have any attack against the United States. While the insurgency
there is Islamist, it's first and foremost a nationalist movement seeking independence from Russia. Russia, not the US, is their enemy.
At the start it was a largely nationalist movement seeking to establish an independent Chechen republic with some democratic form of government.
Islamists were few. But then the situation changed.
Attacking US doesn't make good sense from their point of view. In fact, Dokku Umarov [leader of the Caucasus Emirate] said recently and very publicly
that Chechens fighting in Syria should not be there, but should be home fighting for Chechnya.
You also now get what they call "Chechen ghost" stories. Someone will turn up doing something in an area, and if he speaks Russian, they'll say
he's a Chechen. Then media outlets will pick up the rumor and pretty soon everyone thinks Chechens are in the area even if there aren't.
That happens in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan, there'd be members of the IMU [Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan] rounded up, and they'd tell
people they were Chechens. If you say you're a Chechen, all of a sudden you get lots of extra respect. There were rumors for a while that Osama bin
Laden had a personal bodyguard of about 20 Chechens.
Putin's personal reputation owes a lot to the Chechen situation.
It's very hard to see what the point of an attack like the Boston Marathon bombings would be for the North Caucasus insurgency.
As for the Tsarnaev brothers, I think those boys were probably used by somebody. They were probably told they were supporting one cause, and who knows
if the people who were using them had anything to do with that cause?"
Department of Monitoring
And a further proof the CIA & FBI suspect something is amiss between the FSB & the CIA concerning the Boston bombing::
link to the article
Report: Moscow spy saga tied to Boston bombings case
Regarding the latest incident, the FSB released photos showing Fogle, 29, being handcuffed face down while wearing a blond wig under his baseball cap.
It also showed wigs, sunglasses, a Moscow map and packets of Euros allegedly in Fogle's possession.
In addition, the security service released a letter that Fogle was allegedly carrying that purportedly spelled out the terms of the CIA's recruitment
effort, including a promise of $100,000 for discussing future cooperation and up to $1 million a year for providing information.
Kommersant quoted the sources as saying the Americans apparently got the phone numbers of Russian anti-terrorism officials during meetings about
the April 15 Boston bombings.
Two suspects in the Boston Marathon attack, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, lived in the Boston area, but were born in Russia and had moved with their
parents to the United States.
Tamerlan, 26, was killed during a police shootout three days after the bombing. Dzhokhar, 19, was wounded in the operation and was later captured. He
has been charged in the bombings and is being held at a prison medical center.
Last year, when Tamerlan took a six-month trip to the Russian republic of Dagestan, where he parents had once again re-settled, Russian officials
twice exchanged messages with first the FBI, then the CIA, inquiring about Tamerlan and any possible ties to extremists.
The FBI met with Tamerlan but determined that he was not a terror threat. The U.S. sought to find out why the Russians were inquiring about Tamerlan,
but received no additional information from the Russians, according to U.S. officials.
During his trip to Russia, Tamerlan spent most of his time in Dagestan, where his parents were living, and Chechnya.
After the bombings, U.S. diplomats and FBI agents from Moscow traveled to Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan, to interview Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev,
the suspects' parents. It was not clear from the Kommersant report whether Fogle was one of the diplomats.
The newspaper reported that the American side sought to take advantage of their meetings with Russian anti-terrorism forces "to establish personal
contacts" in an effort to bypass bureaucratic delays that often crop up through normal channels.
The newspaper said Fogle allegedly called one senior Russian intelligence official -- the alleged recruitment target -- twice on a cellphone
"persistently seeking a personal meeting." It was during a purported meeting that Fogle was detained.
The newspaper noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry, in announcing Fogle's expulsion, made reference to the cooperation between the two countries
"While our two presidents reaffirmed their readiness to expand bilateral cooperation, including through intelligence agencies in the fight against
international terrorism, such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War did not contribute to the strengthening of mutual trust," the Foreign
Ministry statement said.
U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul was summoned Wednesday to the Foreign Ministry, which said it handed him a formal protest over the incident. McFaul
spent about a half-hour at the ministry and left without speaking to journalists.
The State Department confirmed that Fogle worked as an embassy employee but would give no details about his job. The CIA declined comment, the AP
Contributing: Associated Press.