The more we learn about the Brothers Tarnaev the more frightening the whole thing becomes. Our lives are dependent on incompetent fools.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was put on two terror watch lists in 2011
U.S. authorities put alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev on two separate watch lists in 2011 after Russian security agencies twice reached out to their American counterparts, raising new questions about missed opportunities to prevent the attack.
Russian officials contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 2011, then reached out to the Central Intelligence Agency in September of that year, citing concerns Mr. Tsarnaev might have been associating with extremists, according to U.S. officials.
The FBI has said it interviewed Mr. Tsarnaev and conducted a threat assessment, but found nothing “derogatory” that could prompt further investigation. A U.S. law-enforcement official said the case was closed after three months, after the FBI asked Russian counterparts for additional information, but received none.
U.S. officials said Wednesday that at the request of the CIA, Mr. Tsarnaev was added to a broad database called Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which holds hundreds of thousands of names flagged by multiple U.S. security agencies.
Because Mr. Tsarnaev was a permanent resident of the U.S., the CIA alerted relevant domestic agencies, including the FBI, “specifying that Tamerlan may be of interest to them,” a U.S. intelligence official said.
Russia warned the US twice about Tsarnaev:
WASHINGTON — Russian authorities alerted the US government not once but “multiple’’ times over their concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev — including a second time nearly a year after he was first interviewed by FBI agents in Boston — raising new questions about whether the FBI should have focused more attention on the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, according to US senators briefed on the probe Tuesday.
But our FBI found Tsarnaev to be harmless:
The FBI has previously said it interviewed Tsarnaev in early 2011 after it was initially contacted by the Russians. After that review, the FBI has said, it determined he did not pose a threat.
The brothers are reported to have gathered some of their bomb making information from the online Al Qaeda magazine Inspire:
The recipe – along with a rationale for post-9/11 terror – was printed three years ago in al-Qaeda’s English-language promotional online magazine, Inspire.
In an article, it instructed readers on how, as its headline writers put it, to “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom”.
It gave the types of explosive, timers and other ingredients needed – along with, it said, a pressure cooker.
That article was from the first edition of the magazine. Written in perfect but slightly hysterical English, some thought it was a hoax or satire along the lines of the film “Four Lions”.
In 2011 the older Tsarnaev sent text messages to his mother stating that he was prepared to die for Islam
The mother of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew as early as 2011 that her son had been radicalized and sent text messages to family in Russia suggesting he was willing to die for Islam, the FBI told lawmakers this week according to two officials with knowledge of the Capitol Hill briefing.
The Tsarnaev’s did all but put up a billboard but no one was interested in following them. But here’s the scary part: these are two street punks who, as did those who plotted 9-11, insinuated themselves into American life and then turned on it.
But if bottom of the food chain street punks could pull this off despite the warnings and texts and the watchlists, how in the hell are we supposed to prevent attacks perpetrated by those whose sophistication is light years ahead of the Tsarnaev’s?
Or is it even worse than it seems?
Barack Obama has been hard at work making it possible for Islamic terrorists to strike undetected. He has purged the concept of Islamists being terrorists from the FBI handbook:
An internal FBI investigation into its counterterrorism training has purged hundreds of bureau documents of instructional material about Muslims, some of which characterized them as prone to violence or terrorism.
The bureau disclosed initial findings from its months-long review during a meeting at FBI headquarters on Wednesday with several Arab and Muslim advocacy groups, attended by Director Robert Mueller. So far, the inquiry has uncovered and purged over 700 pages of documentation from approximately 300 presentations given to agents since 9/11 — some of which were similar to briefings published by Danger Room last year describing “mainstream” Muslims as “violent.” And more discoveries may be forthcoming, as the FBI continues its inquiry and responds to Freedom of Information Act requests for the documents themselves.
FBI spokesman Christopher Allen confirms to Danger Room that the bureau found some of the documents to be objectionable because they were inaccurate or over-broad, others because they were offensive. Allen explains that the documents represent “less than 1 percent” of over 160,000 documents reviewed by the inquiry, which was prompted by a Danger Room investigation in September. The FBI purged documents according to four criteria: “factual errors”; “poor taste”; employment of “stereotypes” about Arabs or Muslims; or presenting information that “lacked precision.” [...]
But the FBI isn’t finished. The bureau plans to publish a “touchstone document” in the coming weeks that explains its criteria to ensure new anti-Islam documents won’t enter counterterrorism training in the future. Similarly, the Justice Department plans on March 21 to release “Cultural Competency” guidelines for dealing with Arab and Muslim communities on counterterrorism, according to Xochitl Hinojosa, a department spokeswoman.
And according to Obama there is no longer such a thing as “Islamic extremism” or “jihad” as far as our national security goes:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.
The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”
The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document still was being written, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.
So the Tsarnaev’s (as well as any other Islamic threat) as free to plot against the United States in terms of “Islamic extremism” or “jihad” because neither the FBI nor the CIA is allowed to consider it any longer.
It’s out of the playbook.
Obama has made Islamic attacks on this country logarithmically easier.
The irony abounds. Paramilitary authorities can now order citizens out of their homes at gunpoint without warrants, the TSA can grope little children and strip search grandmothers in wheelchairs as a matter of national security but we dare not offend Muslims plotting to kill us.
Is the DHS as incompetent as it appears or did the Tsarnaev’s get a pass because they were Muslims?
And soon after the younger Tsarnaev begins to talk a judge “waltzes” in, Mirandizes Tsarnaev and he immediately clams up.
Feel safer now?