Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was On Two Watch Lists But Still Slipped Through The Cracks

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

What good are these “watch lists” if nobody’s watching the people on the lists? Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on two different federal watch lists, but nobody kept tabs on him, even after he spent several months abroad. Heck, all they had to do was look at his public You Tube page to know he was a radical Islamist.

U.S. authorities put alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev on two separate watch lists in 2011 after Russian security agencies twice reached out to their American counterparts, raising new questions about missed opportunities to prevent the attack.

Russian officials contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 2011, then reached out to the Central Intelligence Agency in September of that year, citing concerns Mr. Tsarnaev might have been associating with extremists, according to U.S. officials.

The FBI has said it interviewed Mr. Tsarnaev and conducted a threat assessment, but found nothing “derogatory” that could prompt further investigation. A U.S. law-enforcement official said the case was closed after three months, after the FBI asked Russian counterparts for additional information, but received none.

U.S. officials said Wednesday that at the request of the CIA, Mr. Tsarnaev was added to a broad database called Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which holds hundreds of thousands of names flagged by multiple U.S. security agencies. (Read More)

As a side note, I had the local ABC News affiliate on because I wanted to get the weather report. They opened the broadcast reporting that the Tsarnaevs were lone wolves who had no outside help. That’s kind of hard to believe considering that neither one had a job and they were welfare recipients. How did they pay for their guns, the materials to make the bombs, and the trip to Russia? Who paid for that fancy car in the photo above?