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Boston Bombing Suspect was on CIA, FBI Watch List

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 are pictured.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 are pictured.
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 are pictured.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 are pictured.
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U.S. officials say the oldest of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings was placed on a counterterrorism list in late 2011.

The officials say the CIA asked that Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name be placed on the list after it was contacted by the Russian government with its concerns that he had become a radical Islamist.  

Moscow also issued a similar warning to the FBI on Tamerlan Tsarnaev earlier in 2011.  Officials say the agency launched an investigation, but eventually concluded he posed no threat.

Information sharing

U.S. lawmakers have raised concerns about information sharing between law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the aftermath of the April 15 twin bombings that left three people dead and 264 others injured - including at least 14 who lost limbs.  Authorities will brief the full U.S. Senate on the investigation into the bombing.

Investigators say Tamerlan, 26, and his brother Dzhokar, 19, placed the bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police last Thursday, while Dzhokhar was captured a day later.

Dzhokhar has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.  He is in federal custody in a Boston hospital.

Russia visit

Several months after he first came to the attention of U.S. federal agents, Tamerlan Tsarnaev left the U.S. in January 2012 for a six-month visit to Russia.  When he returned, his name generated an alert by a screening system used by U.S. Customs agents.  But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the FBI told him it was not aware at the time of Tsarnaev's trip to Russia.

U.S. investigators have questioned the suspects' parents in the Russian republic of Dagestan to determine if Tamerlan had contacts with Islamic extremists during his 2012 visit.  The family is originally from Chechnya, where Muslim insurgents have been engaged in a bloody conflict with Russia for decades.  

Memorial service

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden denounced the suspects Wednesday in Boston. Biden spoke at a memorial service for a university police officer allegedly gunned down by the suspects just days after the bombings.  

"Why, whether it’s al-Qaida central ... or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadists here in Boston.  Why do they do what they do?” he asked.

Several thousand mourners gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to remember the slain policeman, Sean Collier.  Biden said the United States must keep its values in the face of threats from terrorists.

Boston authorities on Wednesday reopened Boylston Street to the public.  It is the city thoroughfare where the explosions occurred.

  • Photos of the two suspects near the finish line of Boston Marathon. Best viewed full screen. (Images courtesy Bob Leonard)
  • Photos of the two suspects near the finish line of Boston Marathon. (Courtesy Bob Leonard)
  • Photos of the two suspects near the finish line of Boston Marathon. (Courtesy Bob Leonard)
  • Photos of the two suspects near the finish line of Boston Marathon. (Courtesy Bob Leonard)
  • Photos of the two suspects near the finish line of Boston Marathon. (Courtesy Bob Leonard)

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by: Watchman
April 25, 2013 11:25 AM
The mere fact that the individual concerned was placed on the Watch List is a red flag and in hindsight should have been actioned. However, subsequent action demonstrates the efficiency and initiative of all Law Enforcement Teams involved.


by: NVO from: USA
April 25, 2013 10:45 AM
There are at least two HISTORICAL FACTS, that NOBODY can deny. Being in denial of these HISTORICAL FACTS is what the regime wants. For you to be in a GOVERNMENT INDUCED CATATONIC TRANCE, so they can continue with their TRAUMA BASED MIND CONTROL. The two FACTS are, The CIA funds Al Queda from offshore banks, and The FBI has a long history of STAGING FALSE FLAG TERROR ATTACKS. Wake up to the FACTS, people, and bring the FBI to Justice whom staged Boston!!!

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