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Feds Did/Didn’t Continue To Investigate Tamerlan

From the New York Times:

Officials Say They Had No Authority to Watch Older Suspect

By ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | April 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Amid questions about whether the F.B.I. missed an opportunity to discover that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings may have become an extremist, law enforcement officials defended their actions on Monday, saying they had no legal basis to monitor him in the months leading up to the attack.

The agency first looked into the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in 2011 in response to a request from Russia, which told the F.B.I. that he “was a follower of radical Islam.” But once investigators closed the background check on Mr. Tsarnaev after concluding that he posed no terrorist threat, a senior law enforcement official said, it would have been a violation of federal guidelines to keep investigating him without additional information.

“We had an authorized purpose to look into someone based on the query we received,” the official said. “You can do a limited investigation based on that request.”

Senior F.B.I. and intelligence officials will be forced to explain to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing on Tuesday the steps they took — and did not take — before and after Mr. Tsarnaev returned last July from a six-month trip to Chechnya and Dagestan, predominantly Muslim republics in the North Caucasus region of Russia…

In Mr. Tsarnaev’s case, the Russian government expressed fear that he could be a risk “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 F.B.I. said in a statement.

And yet we are now supposed to believe that Tamerlan was a self-radicalized lone wolf.

The F.B.I. responded by checking government databases for any criminal records or immigration violations as well as activity on Web sites that promote extremist views and activities. The investigators found no derogatory information, officials said.

When they asked the Russians for more information to justify a search of Mr. Tsarnaev’s phone records, travel history and other more restricted information, they received no reply, a senior United States official said…

And never mind that this would appear to directly contradict statements from ‘federal officials’ in an earlier report from the New York Times, that we noted yesterday:

F.B.I. Interview Led Homeland Security to Hold Up Citizenship for One Brother

By JULIA PRESTON | April 20, 2013

Department of Homeland Security officials decided in recent months not to grant an application for American citizenship by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, after a routine background check revealed that he had been interviewed in 2011 by the F.B.I., federal officials said on Saturday…

The officials pointed to the decision to hold up that application as evidence that his encounter with the F.B.I. did not fall through the cracks in the vast criminal and national security databases that the Department of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. review as a standard requirement for citizenship.

The application, which Mr. Tsarnaev presented on Sept. 5, also prompted “additional investigation” of him this year by federal law enforcement agencies, according to the officials. They declined to say how far that examination had progressed or what it covered…

So which is it? The federal enforcement agencies were prohibited from making further investigations? Or did they do "additional investigations" this year? The Obama administration needs to pick a story and stick to it.

Still, we have no reason to worry that the federal government won’t be able to handle the background checks for 11 million illegal aliens.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Feds Did/Didn’t Continue To Investigate Tamerlan”

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    Janet Napolitano Defends Asylum Process Used By Boston Bombers’ Family
    Published April 23, 2013
    Fox News Latino

    Napolitano also said the process has improved in recent years and said the new immigration bill would build on that.

    Napolitano also said that her agency was aware of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to Russia.

    Investigators are looking into whether that trip involved training that could have prepared him to launch the attack during the Boston Marathon on April 15. His name was misspelled on a travel documented he used during that trip. A key lawmaker had said that the misspelling caused the FBI to miss the trip.

    Napolitano’s disclosure came as news to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who told the secretary that it contradicted what he’d been told by the FBI.

    “They told me that they had no knowledge of him leaving or coming back, so I would like to talk to you more about this case,” Graham told Napolitano as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sweeping immigration legislation.

    Napolitano said that even though Tsarnaev’s name was misspelled, redundancies in the system allowed his departure to be captured by U.S. authorities in January 2012. But she said that by the time he came back six months later, an FBI alert on him had expired and so his re-entry was not noted.

    “The system pinged when he was leaving the United States. By the time he returned all investigations had been closed,” Napolitano said.

    The testimony came during the third Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sweeping immigration legislation. As at the previous two hearings, the proceedings were overshadowed by the events in Boston.

    Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

    Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/lati.....z2RJihvPwC

    The reporting left out the majority of Napolitano’s uh..uh…uhhhh…uhh…uh..
    Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/lati.....z2RJiY5lfZ


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