April 22, 2013

FBI Warned of Boston Bomber .... in NOVEMBER
Time to Designate the Chechen Jihadis "Terrorists"

Earlier reports had indicated that the Russians had warned us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, that the FBI had investigated, found nothing to link him to terrorism, and then moved on to other matters.

In hindsight, this was obviously a mistake. But hindsight is 20/20, and this has to be understood in the context of the FBI getting tips on thousands of possible Islamic extremists a year.

Yes, I said it: thousands.

The Left and many Muslims are in complete and utter denial about this.

So, I can forgive the FBI for dropping the ball on Tsarnaev. Contrary to popular belief on the extreme fringes, we do not live in a police state. The Feds are not watching every one's emails. And it takes human beings to investigate.

Human beings make mistakes. Maybe someone should be fired. Maybe not.

But if the FBI was notified late last year that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had visited a known extremist mosque in Dagestan and then the FBI did nothing? Didn't investigate. Let him off the hook because he had been cleared the year before?

Well, somebody definitely needs to be fired then.

People are dead. And why?

Was it laziness? He'd been cleared and therefore no need to re-investigate him. Earth to whoever: people change. And not always for the better.

Or was it an insidious PC that the FBI didn't want to offend the sensibilities of Muslims? Our government wouldn't want to appear to be "Islamophobic" now, would it?

Or maybe we have the State Department to blame here? To this day, the State Department refuses to designate the Islamic Emirate of the Caucuses, it's emirs, and it's related branches as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

And we're not just talking about Obama's State Department, this goes back to the Bush years too.

This despite clear acts of terror by the group and clear ties to al Qaeda.

So, assume the Russians report that Tamerlan Tsarnaev is meeting with terrorists. But the terrorists aren't considered terrorists by the State Department. Would an FBI agent have to pass on investigating further since there was "no relationships with terrorists"?

Simply because the cowards in State refuse to designate a group as "terrorists" doesn't make them any less so. And if federal agents are constrained from doing their jobs because of this, then whoever continues to make the decision to keep the Chechen jihadis off the terror list has blood on their hands.

I know that's a lot of ifs, but isn't it about time to designate the Islamist jihadis fighting in Russia terrorists?


The FBI was alerted by Russia's security services to serious new concerns about one of the Boston bomb suspects as recently as last November....

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been seen making six visits to a known Islamic militant in a mosque in the Russian republic of Dagestan....

According to a local police official, a case file on Tsarnaev was then handed over to the FBI along with a request for further information. However, the FBI never replied.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:32 PM | Comments |