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April 28, 2013 - 6:07 am

Thank you Vladmir Putin for telling us about these wiretaps — after the bombing.

Associated Press:

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.

In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.

The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.

As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.

Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar, detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.

In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United States information it had on Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.

Even had the FBI received the information from the Russian wiretaps earlier, it’s not clear that the government could have prevented the attack.

Again the question: Why didn’t the Russians give this information to the FBI when they requested that the bureau investigate Tamerlan prior to his visit to Dagestan?

It was not immediately clear why Russian authorities didn’t share more information at the time. It is not unusual for countries, including the U.S., to be cagey with foreign authorities about what intelligence is being collected.

Nobody was available to discuss the matter early Sunday at FSB offices in Moscow.

Jim Treacy, the FBI’s legal attache in Moscow between 2007 and 2009, said the Russians long asked for U.S. assistance regarding Chechen activity in the United States that might be related to terrorism.

“On any given day, you can get some very good cooperation,” Treacy said. “The next you might find yourself totally shut out.”

There is no guarantee that the FBI would have monitored Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities any more closely if the wiretap information had been given to the FBI. But might it have put other information they acquired in another context?  We’ll never know.

The suspect’s mother is emerging as a larger force in Tamerlan’s life than was previously suspected. If she harbors radical beliefs, questions about how the family managed to immigrate successfully to the U.S. need to be answered  before any immigration-reform bill can be passed. Americans sympathized with the Chechens as the Russians brutally suppressed their revolt. But judging by the actions of the bombers, closer scrutiny appears warranted regardless of how we feel toward an oppressed people.

Related: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman: Bombers Were Trained

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Perhaps we will never really make progress on this until we fire the president. He thinks Republicans are enemies and Muslim extremists are not.
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FIRE THE FBI AGENTS WHO INVESTIGATED TAMERLAN. FIRE THEIR SUPERVISOR. AND, THEN, FIRE THEIR SUPERVISOR'S SUPERVISOR.
Now, it's all Russia's fault for not telling us enough? Please. The wiretapping allowed in the Patriot Act was made for scum like Tamerlan -- especially when he was handed over to us on a silver platter by Russia.
Bottom line: An FBI agent or agents personally interviewed Tamerlan and, yet, couldn't identify him from CCTV photos released by the FBI. Cut out the BS and cut out the rot.
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It's not fair to blame the Russians, they gave us two notices on the older brother [following Bob Belvedere, I now refer to them as "Speedbump & Gilligan"] and the FBI did nothing. What makes anyone believe a vague reference to jihad on a Russian wiretap would have sent them suddenly into action?

The FBI guidelines on terror investigations have been sanitized of any references to islam or muslim extremism. If any agent starts looking closely at a muslim, he better find a smoking gun quickly or his career is in jeopardy. The political people don't want to hear about islamist plots, period. It doesn't fit their narrative.
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Last week on Fox.com a woman who visited the Tsarnaev family's apartment in Cambridge for a period of years wrote a fairly detailed piece on the trajectory of mother Zubeidat's radicalization which was pretty shocking. First she got involved online with the 9/11 truthers and believed every word of it. Then she started wearing traditional dress whenever she left the apartment and said that she hated being around men who had grown out of puberty. She apologized to the writer when she had to use the bathroom while the sons were in the apartment - as if this was somehow immoral. She also had a breakdown when her oldest son impregnated his then-girlfriend, later his wife. She forced her two daughters into arranged marriages. It looks as though this may be a situation in which the family's jihadist tendencies percolated inside a home dominated by an unstable, maybe even seriously mentally ill, mother.
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It's a crying shame that PJMedia has become another outlet of disinformation.
Focusing on the back stories with puff pieces when the narrative falls apart if you examine how we got here. The great Kreskin would have a field day here. It can be easily shown that the Arredondo story is a fraud if you let go of your pride and look where your eyes refuse to see. Look where there is no blood, not where there is blood. Look at the actions of the people in the scenes. you can extrpolate alot if you look at the images side by side and wheree the players were situated at time of blast. Then you might not buy into the official stories so quickly. Then look at the other evidence that got them hot on the trail...I mean lack of evidence. Then ask yourselves why all the backstories are popping up. The real story of who is involved and why is much the same as Benghazi....as the players buy time the public forgets how we got here. And we have another campaign to lockdown for a 19 year old in the streets waiting in the wings...maybe then you can write a story 'When the Reichstag (event) hits a snag"
1 year ago
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Shoulda been a TRIGGER WARNING for this one. I got the vapors, inhaled a blowfly and drank a pint of holy water I was so blindsided.
1 year ago
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FBI = Fumbling Bumbling Investigators
I know that's harsh and my friends in the agency won't appreciate it, but if the shoe fits...
1 year ago
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FIRE THE FBI AGENTS WHO INVESTIGATED TAMERLAN. FIRE THEIR SUPERVISOR. AND, THEN, FIRE THEIR SUPERVISOR'S SUPERVISOR.
Now, it's all Russia's fault for not telling us enough? Please. The wiretapping allowed in the Patriot Act was made for scum like Tamerlan -- especially when he was handed over to us on a silver platter by Russia.
Bottom line: An FBI agent or agents personally interviewed Tamerlan and, yet, couldn't identify him from CCTV photos released by the FBI. Cut out the BS and cut out the rot.
1 year ago
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Perhaps we will never really make progress on this until we fire the president. He thinks Republicans are enemies and Muslim extremists are not.
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