Boston Bombing: FBI, Russian Spies, and Chechen Separatists

April 21, 2013
Martial law in Boston and Watertown

Martial law in Boston and Watertown

With the horrible events surrounding the bombing at The Boston Marathon seemingly coming to an end, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg and a whole new chapter is beginning.
The suspects, two brothers -Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were reportadly involved in running gun battles with authorities. Tamerlan, age 26 was killed by some combination of gunshots, exploded shrapnel and being run over by his younger brother in an escape attempt. Dzhokhar lies in a hospital after a boat he was hiding in was riddled by police bullets.
As if the story wasn’t fantastic enough, reports have surfaced that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been on an FBI watch list for years, and the agency had repeated personal contact with him.
According to The Guardian:

“One of the two men suspected of being behind the Boston Marathon bombings was under FBI surveillance as a suspected “extremist” for at least three years, according to his parents.
As questions were raised about how well known Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were to federal investigators, their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that the FBI had spoken to the family regularly: “They were telling me that Tamerlan was really an extremist leader and they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremists’ sites.” She added that the police were monitoring her son “at every step”.

On Sunday’s “Meet The Press”, spokesmen for the agency said that the FBI had dropped the investigation, and later Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled overseas – possibly for terrorist training.
Much of this intrigue is supported by a document on the FBI website at this link:

-“Once the FBI learned the identities of the two brothers today, the FBI reviewed its records and determined that in early 2011, a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The request stated that it was 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.
In response to this 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family members. The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government.” (FBI)
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The foreign government mentioned above is presumed to be Russia, which has been fighting a terrorist movement in the separatist region of Chechnya where the Tsarnaev family lived at one time. The Chechen’s have been responsable for extreme acts of violence against Russian targets, resulting in severe retribution by the Russian government. Much of the Chechen population is Muslim, and Russia has long complained about covert U.S. support for Al Queda-like organizations in that country.
Yes, that’s right. Much like the arming of Afghan warlords who fought against the Russians in the past, American Neo-cons have been behind the effort to arm Chechen rebels in an effort to destabilize Russia. Here is a very revealing article from The Guardian in 2004:

(snip)
“The leading Russian critics of Putin’s handling of the Beslan crisis are the pro-US politicians Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Ryzhkov – men associated with the extreme neoliberal market reforms which so devastated the Russian economy under the west’s beloved Boris Yeltsin – and the Carnegie Endowment’s Moscow Centre. Funded by its New York head office, this influential thinktank – which operates in tandem with the military-political Rand Corporation, for instance in producing policy papers on Russia’s role in helping the US restructure the “Greater Middle East” – has been quoted repeatedly in recent days blaming Putin for the Chechen atrocities. The centre has also been assiduous over recent months in arguing against Moscow’s claims that there is a link between the Chechens and al-Qaida.
(snip)
This harshness towards Putin is perhaps explained by the fact that, in the US, the leading group which pleads the Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). The list of the self-styled “distinguished Americans” who are its members is a rollcall of the most prominent neoconservatives who so enthusastically support the “war on terror”.
They include Richard Perle, the notorious Pentagon adviser; Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra fame; Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to the UN who egged on the invasion of Iraq by predicting it would be “a cakewalk”; Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and a director of the rightwing Heritage Foundation; Frank Gaffney of the militarist Centre for Security Policy; Bruce Jackson, former US military intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, a former admirer of Italian fascism and now a leading proponent of regime change in Iran; and R James Woolsey, the former CIA director who is one of the leading cheerleaders behind George Bush’s plans to re-model the Muslim world along pro-US lines.
The ACPC heavily promotes the idea that the Chechen rebellion shows the undemocratic nature of Putin’s Russia, and cultivates support for the Chechen cause by emphasising the seriousness of human rights violations in the tiny Caucasian republic. It compares the Chechen crisis to those other fashionable “Muslim” causes, Bosnia and Kosovo – implying that only international intervention in the Caucasus can stabilise the situation there.”
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“Russia Today” has an interview with former FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel
Edmonds:

“Confusion and inconsistencies’: How US plans to distract public from real truth about Boston”

The initial questions about the Boston bombing are behind us, but former FBI employee Sibel Edmonds believes the pursuit of truth will eventually lead to a far more secret agenda by the US, which she reveals to RT.
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“The United States is having to quickly wake up to the possibility that Chechens are not the ‘freedom fighters’ Western media has been categorizing them as, especially when it came to the Republic’s relationship to Russia. But even the newly formed perceptions may not be enough when it comes to investigating the motives and planning behind the Boston bombing, according to Edmonds, who is also a founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

With the dust somewhat settled after the capture of the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Edmonds believes there will only be more unanswered questions in an investigation already plagued by obvious inconsistencies and falsities, which she recounts at length.

RT: We’ve learned in the last hour that Russia warned the FBI about the older Tsarnaev brother and his potential links with radical Islamists, but the FBI found nothing suspicious. How is that possible?

Sibel Edmonds: Actually, we predicted that the unnamed foreign country [Western media didn’t name the source immediately] was in fact Russia, two days ago. We have too little facts, too much false information and speculations. But just look at the period they are talking about. When you listen to the suspect’s mother, she’s talking about a period of three to five years. According to FBI officials, they received this information, this warning, in 2011. So we have that inconsistency right there. The other important inconsistency that we should pay attention to is the mother’s description of FBI mannerisms and conversation with the suspects and the family when they were visiting them for the last three to five years. That fits exactly the recruitment style of the intelligence community. When you go to the suspects, and one moment you’re saying “We know you’re decent, we know you’re doing nothing wrong, we know you’re good”, and the next minute they’re saying “You can be dangerous”, right after receiving that information from the Russian government, to threaten them with that information for what purpose – to recruit them as informants or for other agendas.”

And here Edmonds gets to the core of the problem:

“So, if you start putting these in context and also add the fact that Russia has been the biggest obstacle for the United States to get in and directly attack Syria – that’s when you start to see the bigger picture and that’s what the people should be paying attention to. And as far as the perception, up until recently you had individuals like Bolton, Armitage… in a group called The Friends of Chechnya, and they have been around for a while. Again, the false information that is being put forth by US media is that since the fall of the Soviet Union the United States has refrained from intervening in the Russia-Chechnya situation. And that is purely false. Since mid-1990’s, the US directly, or through Turkey has been arming, training, managing, orchestrating not only Chechens but also other factions in the region – and we are looking at Central Asia and the Caucasus. And of course the Russian government is fully aware of this.”
(much more at link)
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OK, so here we have two brothers of Russian/Chechen extraction who are the suspect bombers.
They have been closely monitored by FBI handlers.
We have the Neo-conservatives funding the terrorist Chechens against Russia.
There are reported screen-grabs of communication between the younger brother and someone who wanted to sell him “black-market items

Jahar ‏@J_tsar 16 Apr
@therealAbdul_ #heavy I’ve been looking for those, there is a shortage on the black market if you wanna make a quick buck, nuff said..

And we should not forget that one cell of a Russian spy ring was caught operating out of Boston:

(snip)
One suspect wrote columns for a Spanish-language newspaper in New York. Another ran an international consulting and management firm in Boston, while his wife sold high-priced real estate near Harvard University. Yet another drove a shiny blue BMW to his investment banking job in Seattle; he regularly updated his status on LinkedIn, a social networking site.
(snip)
Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley, the alleged spies in Boston, filed regular expense reports to Moscow Center, headquarters for Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, called the SVR.
“Got from Ctr. 64500 dollars, income 13940, interest 76. Expenses: rent 8500, utilities 142, tel. 160, car lease 2180, insurance 432, gas 820, education 3600,” plus medical, lawyers’ fees, meals and gifts, mailboxes, computer supplies, and so on, they wrote in one, according to an FBI affidavit.”
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Time will tell what these brothers were really up to, if there were others involved, and to what extent the FBI and other intelligence agencies actually knew about them. Let’s hope that the one in the hospital lives to talk. So far it looks like he may face civilian court, if he were shuffled off to a military base somewhere it would be much easier to bury the story.
What seems all to familiar in this case is that the FBI has consistantly set people up to attempt acts of terror, such as a planned Christmas bombing in Portland Oregon several years ago.
Possibilities exist that the FBI may have attempted to recruit the brothers, that their Russian/Chechen heritage may have been leveraged to mole against Russian spy rings, that they were set up or even that they double-crossed the FBI.
Then again, they could just be radicalized bombers with an as-yet unexplained motive.
Best wishes for the families of the dead, wounded and traumatized in Boston.

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4 Responses to Boston Bombing: FBI, Russian Spies, and Chechen Separatists

  1. Deep Throat on April 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Either the mayor of Boston or the police commissioner was on the news yesterday declaring the case closed–essentially that the brothers were operating alone.

    Now I realize he’s probably trying to ease frayed nerves, however, there is no way you can make that statement yet. It’s going to take weeks–if not months!–of investigations.

    Sadly, this is not the last time we’ll see this. I’m also surprised something on this scale didn’t happen sooner.

    This quote you cite is troubling.

    “Since mid-1990’s, the US directly, or through Turkey has been arming, training, managing, orchestrating not only Chechens but also other factions in the region – and we are looking at Central Asia and the Caucasus. And of course the Russian government is fully aware of this.”

    I hope this is not true.

  2. Deep Throat on April 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Related: What do you think about three events in one week? I always take conspiracy theories with a grain of salt. However, a bombing, letter scare, and plant explosion all in one week? Statistically this is improbable.

    I would not be surprised if the powers that be discover that these events were related.

    • DR on April 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      As far as I can tell they are unrelated.

      But add to the mix someone shooting at a power sub-station in California, causing a significant oil spill of some sort, and another guy shooting at a nuclear plant in Tennesee.
      The shooting of the Colorado head of prisons and the two D.A.’s in Texas.
      One crazy couple of weeks. Let’s see what happens next.

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