New Report Blames Russians For FBI’s Failures on Boston Jihad Bombings


It’s incredible to me that this report is being widely publicized as an “exoneration” of the FBI. It is anything but that. It wasn’t incumbent upon the Russians to do our work for us. They gave us a heads-up; what more were they obligated to do? Are they supposed to provide us with a nice fat intel package with everything all tied up neat and tidy? Really? Have we fallen that far?

At Breitbart, Robert Spencer pierces through the deception surrounding this new report:

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? They didn’t pursue watching him and his brother because they hadn’t “found anything substantive that ties them to a terrorist group.” The possibility that they could have pulled off a lone wolf jihad attack apparently didn’t occur to these intel experts.

The FBI clearly failed in this case and bears some responsibility for the Boston bombing, but ultimately the responsibility lies with Barack Obama and John Brennan, who made sure that agents would be abysmally ignorant of Islam and jihad when they scrubbed all mention of both from counter-terror training — so how could the FBI properly evaluate what the Russians told them?

As I show in my new book Arab Winter Comes to America, Islamic supremacist advocacy groups, many with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded in October 2011 that FBI counter-terror trainers (including me) and training materials that referred to Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism be discarded, and agents educated by them be retrained. John Brennan, then the U.S. Homeland Security Advisor and now the director of the CIA, readily agreed in a response letter written on White House stationery — as if to underscore how seriously the Obama Administration took this demand.

Read the whole thing here.

“Boston Marathon bombs: Russia ‘withheld’ information on Tsarnaev,” BBC, April 10, 2014:

Undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were ethnic Chechen Muslims who immigrated to the US as children

The Russian government withheld intelligence from the US on one of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects that may have led to further scrutiny before last year’s attack, US media report.

In 2011 Russian officials warned the FBI about ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was a US resident.

But Russia declined requests for more information on him, the reports say.

Twin blasts killed three people and hurt more than 260 last April. Tsarnaev later died in a police shootout.

Before the bombing US authorities were aware of Tsarnaev – a radical Muslim – but decided he posed a “far greater threat to Russia” than to the US, the New York Times says.

According to an inspector general’s report reviewed by the Times and other US media, the Russians told the FBI that Tsarnaev “was a follower of radical Islam” and “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”.

Investigative guidelines

But according to the inspector general’s report, only after the bombing did the Russians provide the FBI with additional intelligence, including an intercepted telephone conversation between Tsarnaev and his mother in which the two discussed what was described as Islamic jihad.

Tsarnaev, 26, and his younger brother Dzhokhar, 20, immigrated to the US from Russia as children and were reared in the Boston area, ultimately settling in Cambridge.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed days after the 15 April bombing while trying to evade capture.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was shot by police but caught and charged with terrorism in connection with the bombings. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

A separate internal review conducted earlier by the FBI found agents had not conducted a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaevs before the bombing because of federal laws limiting surveillance.

The report was shared with the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, and parts are expected to be released to the public by next week.

“We will always ask ourselves what more we could have done to prevent this or another tragedy,” said Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the panel.

“What we may never understand is why the Russians didn’t share more with us to aid in the FBI’s investigation.”

But another Democrat, Representative William Keating, said: “The US should not be reliant on Russia to provide domestic security.”

The report also reportedly found that procedures for sharing information with local police was lacking.

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  • Michael Copeland

    The FBI withheld the Russian-supplied information from Boston police:
    they did not pass it on. The police could have more closely watched the “Grab on to the gun” mosque. That is not Russia’s fault.

    The Department of Homeland Security withheld information about jihad
    from police training materials. That isnot Russia’s fault. They withheld the dots, so that there were no dots to join up for the 9/11/11 throat-slitting of Jewish men which was not investigated.

    See “A Triple Unsolved Murder: Unconnected Dots”

    • LiberatedCit

      Something else that’s not talked about much along with the Nazi’s in the Ukraine look who else


      (Reuters) – Only five days ago, Tatars of Ukraine’s Crimea came out in their thousands, chanting Allahu Akbar in a show of loyalty to the new authorities in Kiev and opposition to separatist demands by the region’s Russian ethnic majority.

      • Armaros

        Lets not spread KGB propaganda here shall we

        One day Russia says that Zionists and Gays are organizing riots against Yanukovich then to the other audience they speak of Nazis…

        Russia is not to be trusted …a memo Obama clearly missed as he based his European stability future on Putin and their “reset”

        Since that Putin has been humiliating, undermining, mocking and challenging the Community Organizer (with two commie parents) making the US look like an untrustworthy weak paper tiger.

        • LiberatedCit

          Grow up Reuters is hardly a Russian propaganda source actually these days our own government spreads more propaganda than the commies. They spy on us like the Stassi on top of it all,

          • Armaros

            Reuters reports what is leaked to them. They had a Hezbollah member “reporting” from Lebanon in 06.

          • notislam

            Most Americans regard the NYC systems not on top of the Boston bombings. There were warnings from Russia but those who work for our islamist guy in the white house were at fault. When ever the next one is I will put the blame on the Muslim Brotherhood President in the WH.

    • a_time_for_war

      It always comes back to Holder.

  • LiberatedCit

    This entire Russian fiasco stinks. We supported Nazi’s in the Ukraine for heavens sakes. I’m not normally a fan of HuffPo but they got this right.

    The Neo-Nazi Question in Ukraine

    Jack Segal: ‘Friends’ in Kiev put U.S. in tough spot

    Meet The Americans Who Put Together The Coup In Kiev—Chapter and Verse

    Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy


    • Armaros

      If anybody is a Nazi in this it is Russia which plays right out of Hitlers play book. Putin has a youth movement called NASHI BTW…..

      This Nazi Ukraine BS is total KGB propaganda.

      • Andy_Lewis

        You lie like a rug. Go back to Kiev..

        • Armaros

          You are a useful idiot in Putin’s KGB mandate


        • Armaros

          You are totally ignorant of history and for that I am sorry.

          Who made a pact with Hitler and started WWII by deporting Jews to German held territory in Poland and Belarus?


          Who attacked the pro Israel state of Georgia and bombed it trying to kill their president? Ukraine?

          Who is arming Iran and Syria? Who armed Israel’s enemies : Egypt, Syria, Iraq during 67, 73 and 83? Ukraine?

          I am not Ukrainian and I don’t argue for Ukraine. I am for a normal Europe devoid of Russian Imperialism and meddling. Their gangsters, their corruption and manipulation does not belong in civilization any more than Sharia .

          • LiberatedCit

            Your so full of it. Along with the Nazi’s there’s also the Tatars. Those are the same Muslims who supported the Nazi Regime thousands of them fought for Hitler. Before that they were slave traders. Nice groups you support.

      • LiberatedCit

        Another flashback the Jews were fleeing the protestors we funded

        Ukrainian rabbi tells Kiev’s Jews to flee city

        • Armaros

          Really….. so that means that the whole opposition to Russian Neo Soviietism is NAZI?

          Russia funds Neo Nazis in Hungary who want to deport Jews, sterilize gays and gypsies and take away property rights of Jews

          Funny that this was among other far right lunatics backing the annex of Crimea….

        • Armaros

          Who backs Iran and its nuclear program?

          In fact who built their reactors? Ukraine?

          Who arms HEzbollah with advanced missiles able to reach Tel Aviv? Ukraine?

          Who stops every attempt at the UN to reign in IRan?


          And here are some Russian armed (even their uniforms are Russian) “Anti Nazis” in Syria doing the Hitler salute

          go to 3:34

        • Armaros

          We can exchange anecdotal shit all day like this Israeli soldier fighting on the barricades

          Every EU country has “Nazis” or far right racists whichever you want to call them. Hungary elected Nazis with 20% of the vote and guess who funds them: Russia !

    • Armaros

      The Soviet backed Nation (who defended Stalins gulags) is your source BTW…. Counterpunch is a Nation subsidiary which regularly runs posts from Neo Nazis (Eric Walberg), Russian Imperialists and Jihadists….

      Here he is under his known alias “Simon Jones” writing in the real NEO NAZI RENSE !

      He is also a regular at PressTV, Al Jazeera and Crescent Magazine

      So you site a Neo Nazi site to argue against Neo Nazis?

      Then the PuffHo….. Are you serious ?

  • Prinz Eugen

    Media needs to attack Putin in the hopes it will make our wuss, Imam Barry Sotero, appear more “oresidential” and Impeachment is sorely needed while there are some remnants of the Constitution still intact!manly. Obvious to all but utter retards, it is Barry Sotero, Eric the racist Holder and their henchthings who have been protecting, allying with and enabling islamic terrorism!

  • ApolloSpeaks


    we wouldn’t be hearing about this blame-Russia report.

    • Undezog

      Absolutely. This sounds like an attempt to get Russia back for the Crimea and possibly Putin’s attempt to protect Russian children.

  • Kuffar

    With Obama and his feckless cronies, it’s always someone elses fault. This bunch of pussies don’t have half a testicle between them.
    Holder, Obama,
    Ried, Pelosi………. They all make me want to vomit…

  • Armaros

    Here’s the other idiot who fell in love with Putin (for his anti Jihad speeches) finding out that in fact those were mere acts of manipulation

    RT attacks Ayan Hirshi Ali and supports CAIR 100%

    BTW they also attacked Pamela over the GZ Mosque and ambushed her in an interview…. Trust the KGB at your own peril !

  • Jack

    If your life were on the line, who would you trust:

    comrade brother odinga, cia comrade brother brennan, holdup and those forever beholden to islam

    – or –

    Russian intelligence and Russian Special Forces charged with delivering jihadis to allah?

    • Dumhammad

      It’s been reported that Brennan is a muslime. He’s never denied it.

  • Betty4440

    when you get a warning you should heed it. common sense. what more could be done first you could get obama and the muslim brotherhood out of our country. and another thing do your own research. do not depend on the government to teach you every thing. another common sense. of course not unless you want the government to run every aspect of your life.( like the muslims) so FBI are you a slave to the government? or are you men and women that can put 2+2 together and come up with 4? or do you come up with 5?