It has been a difficult week in Boston to say the least after two bombs were detonated, killing 3 and injuring more than 180. One suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19), has been taken into custody; his brother Tamerlan (26) was apparently run over and killed by Dzhokhar as he tried to escape. The FBI are now alleging that the two were linked to a sleeper cell, who trained them to carry out this attack.
Here are some “facts” that have been released thus far:
- Both brothers are apparently of Chechen ethnicity, applying for and receiving political asylum in the United States ten years ago, i.e. when the brothers were 8/9 and 15/16.
- Russia apparently asked the FBI to investigate Tamerlan in 2011, upon which:
The FBI says they checked all the information possible, looking for “derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest,” and checking the suspect’s travel history, plans, and education history.
Tsarnaev and his family members were also interviewed by the FBI.
Upon analyzing the data, the FBI had found nothing suspicious at the time.
“The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government,” the FBI statement says.
- The younger brother was described as generous, compassionate and thoughtful by his high school history teacher at the prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship by the City of Cambridge. He wanted to study nursing (all information in the previous link).
I am the first to admit that the information that makes it into the public sphere, especially from the US government and especially in a situation as fluid as the Boston Marathon Bombing, should always be looked at critically. It is in the interest of the government to keep things secret, particularly pertaining to operational security, sources, etc. And in the aftermath of the bombing, misinformation (on the part of “government sources” and the media) abounded — from the casualty count and possible suspects to other information at first “possibly linked” to the case, but then ruled out. It was almost as if the government were disseminating misinformation intentionally for whatever reason they might have had.
One possibility is that they knew who was behind the bombing and did not want to scare the quarry, perhaps to lull them into a false sense of security to prevent them from fleeing. Another possibility is that the government wanted to keep their “options” open, e.g. if the true bombers could not be found, any number of “suspect groups” could be assigned the blame — whether right-wing “patriots”, “terrorists” from the country of the administration’s choosing, etc.
If the FBI were notified about possible links between these brothers and extremism by the Russian government in 2011 and knew where they lived, why didn’t they check them out immediately after the bombing? Instead, we received a story of a Middle Eastern man who was a “person of interest”. He was questioned, released and will now be deported on “national security grounds”, which doesn’t really make sense. If he has absolutely nothing to do with this case, why deport? In fact, it seems that he is linked, by family ties, to several Al-Qaeda terrorists. The only explanation that makes sense in this case is that he is somehow involved.
This seems to be what Glenn Beck is getting at as well. He claims that he knows who this Saudi man really is, calling him a “bad, bad, bad” man and giving the US government until Monday until Beck exposes the Saudi man himself. The YouTube clip below is worth watching:
On the same tack, the website DEBKA might be closer to the truth in stating that the two brothers were in fact being used by the US government to infiltrate Wahhabi militant groups, a plan which then backfired on the US. Why the brothers would resort to bombs and the possible statement they were trying to make remain obscure at this point, however.
If this were true, it would be a major embarrassment for the Obama administration. Plus, it ties in nicely with the information regarding the Saudi “person of interest”, who may have been their handler.
In the continuing misinformation, we are being told that there is no reason to suspect accomplices, at the same time that the government is searching for a 12-man sleeper cell which may be linked to the brothers.
As for the surviving suspect, it is being claimed that he suffered a throat injury and may be unable to talk (though even in that case, he would still be able to communicate by writing).
Where this case winds up is anyone’s guess at this point, but there is every reason to believe that the government is being less than forthright in the information it is releasing. Time will tell, so stay tuned…