We all know the FBI does a great job in protecting the American public. They go through great lengths with lots of personal sacrifice and even at great security risks to do whatever they can to get the job done. For that we applaud their selfless work.
Unfortunately for the FBI, we strangely always and hastily come to the conclusion that it is not the number of plots that the FBI foils, but the lone attack that falls through the cracks that gets a gut kick.
In the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI had a “heads up”, yes a heads up from the Russians 2 years ago. What did you expect from the Russians? The Russians had some intel on the older Tsarnaev about his associations with extremists in the ethnic Chechen region of Russia. http://www.fonolive.com
My assessment is that because Tamerlan Tsarnaev was travelling to Russia instead, the FBI did not deem him a security risk to the American public and so only hesitantly pursued the investigation. It certainly would be selfish if the FBI had entertained this notion. This seems to be the only likely explanation given that the FBI carried out a very limited investigation on the suspect.
Interestingly, the FBI did an interview with the suspect and found nothing although at the time the suspect had a YouTube channel with links to radical Islamic commentaries. Were they expecting, the suspect would say he was planning an attack? It is profoundly nerve racking that this lone interview was the only investigation the FBI ever carried out or so the FBI wants us to believe.
Apparently the suspect's YouTube links were deleted after the he a got a visit from the FBI. What is even more disturbing is that the FBI never did any monitoring beyond that. So much for the Patriot Act!! Who are they seriously monitoring then?
Recent reports suggests the suspects visited several al quaeda related sites and learned how to make homemade bombs from Inspire, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's English site. What was the FBI doing all this while. Should there not be more monitoring of all al quaeda related sites and its elements in order to derive leads?
Well, did the FBI think the Russians would be interested in Tsanaev when he got back to the US? The Russians perhaps decided his beef was no longer with Russia. Just like the FBI's lackluster initial investigation, when the older Tsarnaev got back, they failed to consider him a security risk and to look more closely into his associations. I am sure just looking at the marathon bombings now, it might seem too easy a case that the FBI could have solved. They had a hint from a foreign government and selfishly did not follow up as they should have because the call was from the Russians.
I am sure the threat would perhaps have been taken more seriously if it were from Britain or Israel. This is a classic scenario of every government looking only for their own interests. Perhaps the FBI investigation might have been derailed by the fact that the US has hardly had any attacks from Chechen rebels or Islamic radicals based in the Caucuses.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev lived in the US and the Russians were the first to get an inkling of his radicalization. Now, how disturbing is that? Then they relayed that information to the FBI and the FBI could not carry out a thorough investigation. Are the Russians better at spying on Americans living inside the US? Is the KGB stealthily using the Patriot Act and doing it better than the FBI? Remember the older Tsanaev was getting ready to travel to Russia and Russia wanted more information on a potential terrorist who has lived and become radicalized in the US and the FBI had no clue. There are more questions than answers and it is unlikely the public will get any meaningful answers from the FBI.
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