The third anniversary of April 15, 2013, the date of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA) will soon be upon us. The clock to bring suit against those who may be liable for the damages caused by the attack is ticking away. That attack saw the death of three individuals, the severe maiming of hundreds others, and injuries of varying types to thousands more. The enormity of the action by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is well-known; what is not known is the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in bringing it about.
The FBI will not voluntarily disclose its full involvement with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It is in its great interest not to be embarrassed by it; and also in the interest of the Government not to have it known. Imagine the extent of damages that our Government would be face if it were to be shown that the FBI’s actions or negligence were a direct cause of the bombing.
We have seen how generous the federal judiciary has been in handing out damages to people harmed by the FBI in the cases involving the victims of Whitey Bulger. More so have we seen it in cases involving the Mafia where four families were awarded more than 25 million each even though for two of them there was no basis for giving them anything.
We have also seen how the federal government deprived people of any money. It asserted that some of the civil actions by victims’ families were filed too late. It alleged they should have known the basis for their action earlier.
That is the situations facing the victims of the MTA. There is enough out there to alert them that the FBI may have some responsibility for the attack. Should it come out five years down the road that in fact it did, then it will have been too late for them to sue.
It is imperative that any victim who wishes to explore all options to be compensated for his or her loss to act now. It will be a long battle to get at the truth. Many agents will need to be deposed. The FBI and the Government will fight you tooth and nail at each step because the consequences to them are so dire that they will have no other alternative.
Keep in mind it was not until the courageous actions by Judge Mark Wolf in Boston who required the FBI’s Boston office to open its files in the Whitey matters that we learned of the FBI’s sordid involvement with those men. Only that led to the victims’ compensation. The victims of the MTA also need a courageous judge who will allow them to explore the FBI’s actions that may have led to the terrorist bombing.
Here is the little we do know about the FBI’s involvement. It was advised that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a potential danger by the Russian Security Forces. It did send out its agents to follow-up on that information. It is believed that they met with him and possibly his mother. We do not know the full extent of this.
We know from other cases that the FBI actively tries to recruit young Muslim men to become informants. It is one of the major way in which it is combatting potential terrorism. The agents put great pressure on them. Did they try to recruit Tamerlan? Was he recruited to go back on his trip to the countries in the Caucasus? Did that trip turn him into a double agent?
Beyond that, there are other things that cast great suspicion upon the FBI suggesting that in the aftermath of the bombing it engaged in a cover-up. Once they identified Tamerlan and Dzhokhar in the video why didn’t it seek out the agents who interviewed Tamerlan to identify him? That seems to be the natural first step rather than going public with the video and alerting the culprits that you know who they are which would prompt their flight.
Yet, there is evidence that the FBI did know who they were before they went public. There were teams of FBI agents in Cambridge near and about the home of Tamerlan prior to the time he was allegedly identified. Why? The FBI said it was for some other purpose. How could it be that in the time immediately following a great terrorist attack teams of FBI agents were doing something other than trying to track down the terrorists?
The innocent victims of the Marathon Terrorist Attack deserve to be compensated by the federal government if the malfeasance or negligence of its agents brought about their injuries. Time is not on their side.