FBI neglected Russian intelligence’s warning about Tsarnaev’s radicalization: Boston marathon attack could have been averted
Six lawmakers who went to Moscow were briefed by the FSB officials and were shown a copy of Russia’s March 2011 warning to the CIA and the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s visit to Dagestan and his activities there.
The FSB told the U.S. agencies that Tamerlan and his mother appeared to have become radicalized and seemed interested in taking part in the Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus, an administrative and ethnic patchwork of Muslim-majority republics.
“They told us if U.S. agencies had worked more closely with them maybe, the bombing might not have happened,” Steve Cohen, a member of the visiting delegation said.
After the warning, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan and other relatives, reviewed his email and Internet activities, but found no evidence of any violent extremist activity or connections and closed his file in June 2011.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the elder of two brothers accused of carrying out the April 15 bombing, which killed three people and wounded 260.
The family of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, shared a phone call with their son for the first time since he had been taken into custody by US police in April.
During this rather short conversation the mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, asked her son whether he was in pain.
"No, of course not. I'm already eating and have been for a long time," Dzhokhar responded. "They are giving me rice and chicken now. Everything's fine."
Dzhokhar's calm surprised his mother.
"I felt like he would scream, you know, like, 'What's going on?'" Zubeidat said. "Instead, he was just calming me down."
The parents insist their sons, Dzhokhar and 26-year-old Tamerlan, weren't responsible for the Boston bombings on April 15.
"It is terrible what happened, you know, but I know that my kids did not do it," Zubeidat Tsarnaev said.
The family says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was supposed to visit Dagestan the same week as the bombing.
"We were waiting for you on the 18th at home," Anzor Tsarnaev told his son over the phone. "Not in our worst nightmares did we imagine this."
The father said he did not think his son fully apperceived what had happened to him.
"I understand. I'm just someone in shock because justice has vanished," Anzor Tsarnaev said. "There is no justice. It's impossible to understand what happened."
Anzor Tsarnaev also told his son they would meet again in heaven.
"We're going to be together," he said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bombing suspect, is recuperating and sounds “normal,” his mother said following the first phone conversation with her son since his arrest, reported Bloomberg.
Tsarnaev called his mother from his heavily guarded hospital room at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. The conversation lasted about six minutes.
"I couldn’t stop myself from crying," Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said Bloomberg from Makhachkala, Russia. "He said: "I am absolutely fine, my wounds are healing. Everything is in God’s hands. Be patient. Everything will be fine."
She expressed concern about her son’s mental state:
"Mentally he is normal, but the child is shocked. It was really hard to hear him and for him to hear me. The conversation was very quiet," she said. "It was my child. I know he is locked up like a dog, like an animal."
In previous interviews with the press, Tsarnaeva insisted that Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan had nothing to do with Boston Marathon bombing and were made victims of a conspiracy.
Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told his mother that people are sending him money and that someone opened an account for him, according to a new recording of their first phone call from prison.
When his mother asked if he is in pain, Tsarnaev replied in Russian: “No, of course not. I’m already eating and have been for a long time,” according to a translation by Channel 4 in the U.K., which first aired the audio. The call took place last week.
“They are giving me chicken and rice now, everything is fine,” he said.
Tsarnaev also told his mother that he has received at least a “thousand” dollars in a bank account that someone opened for him since his arrest. The mother says the family has also received $8,000 from individuals pledging their support, according to Channel 4.
Tsarnaev’s parents say they have been offered one phone call a month with their son, who is in prison awaiting trial.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was shot and injured during a standoff with police just days after he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, allegedly placed two bombs near the finish line during April’s Boston Marathon.
The explosions killed three people and injured hundreds. Tamerlan was killed — shot by police and then run over by Dzhokhar — as he fled a standoff with cops.
Dzhokhar, 19, has been charged in federal court with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
Listening to the recording again, his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, is visibly emotional. She said Dzhokhar spent much of the call trying to calm her down.
“Everything is good,” her son assured her.
During the phone conversation, Dzhokhar’s father Anzor told his son they will meet again in heaven.
“The child is in shock, he doesn’t understand what has happened to him,” the father told Channel 4, speaking from their home in Makhachkala, the capital of the restive region of Dagestan, in Russia’s North Caucasus.
Investigators say Tamerlan spent six months in Dagestan last year, where he sought out extremist and militant contacts with modest success. His family insists he was there only to visit family and to pick up a new Russian passport.
The family has dismissed reports that Dzhokhar has confessed to plotting and carrying out the attack during a police interrogation.
His mother also denied earlier reports that Dzhokhar had told his parents during the call that he and Tamerlan were innocent.
Voice of Russia, CNN, the Washington Times