Our country is in trouble. We have a secret police force, the FBI, which refuses to be accountable to the public; an enfeebled Congress that is too scared to take control; and a president who offers comforting words but fears telling the FBI to give us the answers we seek.
It’s time this stops. We should not face a shut door. We’re not to be treated as if our only right is not to know the truth. It is only the truth that will keep us free..
The president and Congress are supposed to govern with the consent of the people. Our lives and safety have been compromised by terrorism. It will happen again if we aren’t told the full circumstances surrounding the Marathon Terrorist Attack on Patriot’s Day. We can no long be given the bum’s rush. This isn’t supposed to be like Russia where the people are kept in the dark and expected to trust the leaders and the KGB.
Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe reported: “The FBI acknowledged Friday night that a foreign government had asked the US for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, based on information that he was a follower of “radical Islam.” In response, the FBI investigated and interviewed Tamerlan and family members. “The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign,” the bureau said. On Saturday, the FBI said it would have no further comment”
Are you surprised the FBI is now in a shut down mode? You shouldn’t be if you’ve read my book Don’t Embarrass the Family? Tell me what you think the Bureau is now doing. Do you think it is looking to find out the truth and preparing to tell us what happened? Or do you think it is trying to find out how best to spin the issue and cover-up? Is the FBI more concerned with itself than the country?
I’d like to know why the FBI said “foreign government” rather than Russia. Even in that little thing it can’t really level with us. I’d like to know exactly what the FBI did. I feel like I’m about to walk into a room where I will reach a long sought after goal and the door is abruptly slammed in my face. I want to know what is going on inside.
I’m not suggesting the FBI did anything wrong here. A 2010 or 2011 request from Russian to check in on a guy from Chechnya may have produced a thorough follow-up and no red flags were raised. Chechens were not known, as far as I know, to have any problems with the USA although they’re at war with Russia.
The FBI agents, if they knew that, would have that in mind interviewing the guy. They might have figured this was Russia’s problems and not ours. That’s understandable. But tell us. Did the FBI follow-up with the Russians? What was done by whom? Tell us what happened, that’s all we ask.
What did the report of the interview say? Were there follow-up meetings with Tamerlan. Were other investigations conducted? Was he put on some type of watch list? Did the FBI try to turn him into an informant? Did it play any part in his alienation from America by doing this?
Did the FBI know about his 6 month sojourn last year to Russia. What did the FBI know about his doings while in Dagestan? When was its last contact with him? It’s reported in the New York Times that, “One month after he returned to the United States, a YouTube page that appeared to belong to him was created and featured multiple jihadist videos.” Did the FBI know that? If so, what did it do? If not, why not? Did the FBI know of his ever-increasing radical leanings? Does it know of the radical imam in the Boston area who influenced him by preaching hate about America?
The NY Times in the same article reported that Tamerlan applied for American citizenship on Sept. 5 last year. “The Department of Homeland Security, however, had decided not to grant a petition from Tamerlan for United States citizenship after officials found a record in his files that he had been interviewed by the F.B.I. His petition was held for further review.” The FBI had some concerns that it made its actions know to Homeland Security. What were they. Did Homeland Security contact the FBI?
Even more, when the FBI honed in on the two terrorists and secured their pictures, did it show them to the agents who had been in contact with Tamerlan? Did it check its files to see if anyone in the Boston area might fit that person’s description? Why did it ask for the public’s help if it could have used internal sources such as matching the passport picture of Tamerlan with the video surveillance?
How do we open the door to find out what is going on in face of the FBI’s slamming it shut? That’s why we’re in trouble. We have no key. In the most important investigation in Boston’s history the FBI says “it would have no further comment.”
This shows how much our politicians have failed us. I’ll explain how tomorrow