Marathon bombing and political correctness

It is becoming increasingly clear that the US government was given adequate warning about the Tsarnaev family. The NYT reports the following.

In March 2011, the Russian security service sent a stark warning to the F.B.I., reporting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” who had “changed drastically since 2010” and was preparing to travel to Russia’s turbulent Caucasus to connect with underground militant groups. Six months later, Russia sent the same warning to the C.I.A.,,,The Russian warnings to the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. also raised questions about Mr. Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat, according to two senior American officials.

With ample and clear warning why did the FBI not follow up on this? For that you have to go back to US Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 13,2010 where he refuses to use the term “radical Islam.” The whole youtube video is worth watching to see the tap dance.

This kind of muddled thinking of course percolates down to the rest of the bureaucracy and it is no wonder that FBI training manual in 2011 purged references to the terms “al Qaeda”, “Muslim Brotherhood”, or “jihad.” How can one analyze threats when the corresponding lexicon doesn’t even exist?

Patrick Armstrong

And a couple of questions from your tiresome Russian reader:
1. What did you think was going on in Chechnya in 2000 and on, apartment bombings and all?
2. You writers on this blog seem, as a basic reaction, to disbelieving anything Russia says; what would your response have been to these warnings?

FYI Moscow gave lots and lots of warnings, in numerous forums, for years about all this stuff. There was even a period of cooperation after 911 (eg Moscow gave a great deal of key help in Afghanistan and the US and Russia jointly cleaned up the jihadist nest in Georgia — which Moscow had been warning about for some years).

Glendronach

Patrick,

1. While I do not doubt that Chechnya is essentially a criminal state that aids and abets terrorism, some have raised reasonable doubts about the FSB’s simonpurity in the apartment bombings.

2. That being said, I do not believe the authors on this blog are predisposed to dismiss out of hand all Russian intelligence on terrorism, quite the opposite in fact.

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