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Missing the Forest for the Trees

Let me explain what I’ve learned about the forest so that you might understand why I’m so disappointed in those folks who are busy pointing at trees.

It was December of 2010 when Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the late alleged Boston Bomber came to the attention of the FSB, Russia’s Federal Security Services. It was then that during interrogation, William Plotnikov, a Canadian citizen turned Islamist insurgent, detained in a raid in Dagestan disclosed he had contact with a man by that name who lived in the USA.

Plotnikov was later killed in a shoot-out with Russian defense forces in Dagestan.

In early 2011 the FSB told the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a dangerous guy and that he was probably on his way to Russia to cause trouble.

After the Boston bombing, the FBI initially denied any prior contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but later came clean and admitted that they had interviewed him and his relatives before closing the case in the summer of 2011 because they didn’t find anything interesting.

The FSB recorded a phone conversation between Tsarnaev and his mother in 2011 during which he discussed jihad and they intercepted a text message in which his mother said he was ready to die for Islam.

In late 2011 the CIA put Tamerlan and his mom into their terrorist database.

So as of late 2011 the FSB, FBI and CIA are all watching Tsarnaev, they are evidently talking to each other about Tsarnaev, and they have him in their Data Base/s.

Evidently they weren’t watching him too closely, or maybe they were hoping that he would do something useful, or maybe they were watching him to see if he would lead them to something/someone who was more important?

It seems curious to me that any one of these intelligence agencies, FSB, FBI, or CIA would simply let Tsarnaev go, let alone all three of them?

All of these organizations are known for relentless pursuit of bad guys and clever manipulation of people they think can be ‘turned’ or otherwise made ‘useful’.

So what do you think the odds are that the FSB, FBI, and CIA all decided independently, that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just not that interesting?

These are the most interesting questions regarding the Tsarnaev brothers, far more interesting than the fact that they were later labeled ‘cop-killers’ and as would be suspected, shot to pieces by police.

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