Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why Wasn't Tamerlan Tsarnaev Apprehended Immediately?

Again, Apparently, a Usual Suspect Was Inexplicably Ignored

As previously reported, the FBI interviewed the dead Boston bomber years ago at the request of a foreign government--almost certainly, Russia--which suspected him of having ties to Islamist terrorist groups.

So why wasn't he located and questioned immediately after the bombing?

Given the FBI's knowledge of the man and the fact that he lived about two miles from the scene of the crime, why wasn't he tracked down and taken into custody before he could kill again? Rounding up an obvious suspect--a nearby, known sympathizer with and suspected supporter of the Islamist insurrection in the Caucasus--might have saved Sean Collier's life.

A question cries out for an answer: has the Obama administration's obsessive political correctness and, more important, effective narrowing of the definition of the Islamist enemy to Al Qaeda alone seriously hampered law enforcement's ability to aggressively monitor, investigate--and prevent--domestic Islamists/Islamic extremists from planning and executing attacks on American soil? Are there directives and guidelines that make it much harder for the FBI to do its job in this regard?

One wonders. After Carlos Bledsoe  (aka Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad) and Major Hasan Nidal, how could Tamerlan Tsarnaev have happened? [DEBKAfile offers a shocking--but plausible--explanation of why the authorities might not have immediately found and questioned the Tsarnaev brothers. Click here to read the article, which claims the brothers were double agents assigned to penetrate foreign Islamist networks who went over to the other side.]

From a political perspective, one also wonders if the United States has been idiotically insensitive to the  Islamist threat to Russia (and China), if old alliances and prejudices dating to the Cold War and the catastrophic secret intervention in Afghanistan on the jihadist side persist in preventing the formation of a truly effective united front against the clerical fascist foe that menaces the entire civilized world.

More than 11 years after 9/11, the most important lessons from that event have apparently not been learned.

POSTSCRIPT: Moreover, when images of the bombers became known, why wasn't the elder brother immediately recognized by someone in the FBI--i.e. whomever had interviewed him?

When the authorities appealed to the public for assistance in finding the bombers, based on the distributed video and still images, why weren't their names also publicized?

Related: The Saudi Connection