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Was Tsarnaev an FBI informant?

As always, Cannonfire has a nose for these things:

For the longest time, I have tried to resist the suggestion that the bomber worked with the feds. One does not wish to be mistaken for Alex Jones. But this piece on the World Socialist Web Site is written to a high standard and raises some fair questions.

As you know, FBI investigators killed (under disputed circumstances*) one Ibragim Todashev, a friend to Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Allegedly, both Todashev and Tsarnaev were previously involved in a triple homicide in Massachusetts, committed on September 11, 2011. Both men were young, wanna-be boxers -- the kind of guys traditionally hired as "muscle" when dirty work needs doing.

Here's the part you probably didn't know:

The FBI has detained and is currently preparing to deport Todashev’s roommate Tatiana Gruzdeva, a fact that has been buried by the US media, including the Times. Civil liberties groups believe Gruzdeva has valuable knowledge regarding Todashev’s interactions with the FBI. Hassan Shibly of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the World Socialist Web Site that the moves against Gruzdeva have been made to prevent her from speaking publicly about the case. “There is a lot of mystery around the detention,” Shibly said. “There appears to be some sort of cover-up going on."

The failure to investigate Tsarnaev in connection with the murders is all the more inexplicable given what the FBI already knew about him. It had been warned by Russian intelligence in March 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a dangerous radical Islamist with possible terrorist inclinations or connections. The FBI claims, according to congressional testimony by FBI Director Robert Mueller, to have conducted a “thorough” investigation of Tsarnaev, including questioning him and other members of his family.

The FBI says it found nothing suspicious about Tsarnaev and closed the case. Even if one accepts this dubious claim, how is it to be explained that the grisly murder that September, on the anniversary of 9/11, of one of Tsarnaev’s best friends and two others, both Jewish, did not arouse the agency’s suspicions? Why was the FBI investigation not reopened and why did the agency make no effort to ensure that Tsarnaev was questioned in relation to the killings?

Four months later, in January of 2012, Tsarnaev was allowed to travel unhindered to Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus and remain there for six months, establishing contacts with Islamist separatist and terrorist groups. This was so despite the fact that his name had been placed on at least two terrorist watch lists.

Obviously, one explanation is that the FBI left Tsarnaev alone because he had been recruited as an informant, or had in some way aided agents working for the Bureau.


NOTE * I can't find the link, but this is the guy a number of FBI agents were interrogating down in Florida. Then all but one of the agents leave the room and, incredibly, the guy gets shot after attacking the agent with a chair or a table leg or something. Uh huh.


Submitted by lambert on

It's Quick Hit worthy, too, got the link?