Forget Alex Jones on this one. None of his conspiracy theories surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing case offer anything tangible, except for illogical doubts, innuendos and disconnections that cater to the mind that the U.S. government is messing with all of us. We do know that the U.S. government is indeed messing with us, yet Jones is an amateur on the Boston story.
The bigger problem so far has nothing to do with Jones’ “alternative journalism,” which in this case, is perhaps one of his weakest theories to date. Instead, the bigger more problematic issue it is this story, which is on the cover of today’s Boston Globe: “Russia alerted US about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”
The older Tsarnaev, who died early Friday evening, was a person that Russia warned the FBI about in 2011. As the report states: “Tsarnaev may have been a follower of ‘radical Islam,’ a revelation that raised new questions in Congress on Saturday about whether the Boston Marathon attacks that killed three and wounded more than 170 could have been prevented.” Radical Islam aside (that is for another posts), it is quite telling that the FBI knew about Tsarnaev in 2011, but when they decided to take the manhunt to the public with photos, they knew nothing about him or his brother Dzhokhar?
Here is what the Globe had to say:
The FBI acknowledged Friday that it had investigated Tsarnaev in 2011, even interviewing him and his family, but “did not find any terrorism activity,” either domestic or foreign.
“The FBI had this guy on the radar and somehow he fell off,” said the congressional aide, who said oversight committees on Capitol Hill are seeking answers from counterterrorism officials. “We heard for several days leading up to this there was no intelligence. Now we know there could have been intelligence.”
What is even more telling is when confronted with this information, the FBI didn’t want to answer the questions:
The bureau declined to answer questions Saturday about whether it revisited its 2011 investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the Marathon attack, or why the bureau was unable to identify the suspects in race day security footage two years after interviewing him and his family.
The Globe asked Rep. Steven Lynch (D) about the FBI’s admission, and this is what Lynch had to say:
US Representative Stephen Lynch, whose district includes parts of Boston, said Saturday that he has a number of questions for US and Russian officials about what they knew about the brothers, and when.
“These are two relatively young men who don’t seem to have the ability to finance what I see going on,” Lynch said in an interview. “They seem to be very well supplied. How do these type of individuals like that get the training and resources to conduct an operation like this?”
Lynch, who sits on a congressional oversight panel on terrorist financing, says another key question is how the alleged terrorists became radicalized in the first place.
“Did that happen with direct foreign assistance, or were there mentors who guided them in this operation and inspired them?” he said.
Lynch, a Democrat who is running in the special election for a Senate seat, said investigators are also scrambling to learn more from the Russian government about why Tamerlan Tsarnaev gave them concern in 2011.
“What was the source of their inquiry? What suspicions drove that? It might have been his associations with individuals there. Were [Russian authorities] forthcoming with the FBI?”
Lynch added that he believes Congress must ultimately play a role in getting more answers and determining if the attack could have been stopped.
And even more telling is that when The Globe pressed the FBI even more, here is what was reported:
The FBI acknowledged Friday night that a foreign government had asked US officials for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, based on information that he was “a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow and Russian embassy in Washington did not return calls seeking comment.
The FBI and White House pointed reporters to the bureau’s Friday statement.
So, basically, no one is talking, no one wants to say anything. For now.
We have a feeling that this story won’t go away, since it raises so many questions. Could this have been the worst blunder of the counter-terrorism age, or was there another motive? What is the FBI hiding? What is the U.S. government hiding? Here’s hoping that the American people begin to ask the tough questions.