Yet Another Tsarnaev Warning Went Ignored
Customs official told of Russia trip may not have informed FBI
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows, third from left, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – Yet another warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev was apparently issued to US officials, this one just nine months before the Boston bombings. The alert that Tsarnaev had returned to the US after a seven-month-long trip to Russia was sent to a US Customs and Border Protection officer working on Boston's Joint Terrorism Task Force. But the Washington Post reports that it appears that official did not share the warning with anyone else on the task force, which included FBI agents who had prior contact with Tsarnaev.

The Post calls it a "significant, if slender, missed opportunity." That's because while the knowledge may have given the FBI fresh reason to question him, the tip wouldn't necessarily have led to that because it wasn't accompanied by new information that Tsarnaev posed a threat. The Post notes that it's possible the official did pass the information on to the FBI but just failed to document the move in a file.

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Apr 27, 2013 8:48 AM CDT
As shown in a You Tube video, the NY Times reported that both the FBI & CIA requested specific proofs from the Russian government that Tsarnaev had engaged in terrorist activity, attended terrorist training sessions in Dagestan, or was associated with any known terrorist group. Russian offered no proof. Dagestan, Chechnya had no proof as well. In fact Chechnya's appointed president Kadyrov says there is no such activity in his country at all. So why are we getting all these Obama-administration-dropped-the-ball myths from the controlled right wing media?
Apr 27, 2013 5:30 AM CDT
Thisd story can't be right. Weren't the FBI seeking the public's help in identifying the names of the two guys in the photos they zeroed in on from the nunerous men with black bags? But, they probably just forgot they had files on both fellows dating back years, even knew their mother, Anyway, the case is closed. Let false flags be false flags. As the Boston police chief says, they were mere actors. Nobodies! Actors in a bomb drill that wasn't a bomb drill but was in fact norman security procedure. So normal the Obama's personal SS detail threatened the Great Bidondi to shut his trap asking questions about it.
Apr 26, 2013 6:51 PM CDT
Yet another warning about someone who is going to do something wrong but no one did nothing about it good going America! Sit on your ass till someone dies then just pass a law to make it right? Boston, Connecticut, Colorado, New York and the list goes on. That's it Just keep sitting on your ass Feds till we are all gone.