Russians told FBI everything it needed to know about Tsarnaevs

Russians told FBI everything it needed to know about Tsarnaevs

The New York Times revealed Wednesday that “the Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report.”

The Times considers this report to be an “exoneration of the F.B.I.,” after the bureau was harshly criticized for not adequately investigating Tamerlan Tsarnaev before his jihad attack. In reality, however, the report only shows up the Obama FBI’s inadequacies and myopia all the more vividly.

The report, at least as the Times explains it, is actually an attempt to displace blame for the FBI’s dropping the ball on Tsarnaev from the FBI to the Russians. …

However, the report reveals, perhaps inadvertently, that the Russians told the FBI all that it really needed to know. It acknowledges that the Russians told the feds that Tamerlan Tsarnaev “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer,” and 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.”

Those “underground groups” could in this context only have been a reference to jihad groups. That means the Russians essentially told the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a jihadi — and that wasn’t enough for the FBI to keep him under close surveillance?

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