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Saudi Arabia warned the United States about Tsarnaev Boston bomber

Unbelievable, at first glance:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and injured hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document.

The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen.

But U.S. officials deny any Saudi warning letter exists or was received:

A DHS official denied, however, that the agency received any such warning from Saudi intelligence about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

DHS has no knowledge of any communication from the Saudi government regarding information on the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing prior to the attack,’ MailOnline learned from one Homeland Security official who declined to be named in this report.

The White House took a similar view. ‘We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received,‘ said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the president’s National Security Council.

But then an anonymous U.S. governmentt official agrees that the Saudi warning letter exists and was received:

A Homeland Security official confirmed Tuesday evening on the condition of anonymity that the 2012 letter exists, saying he had heard of the Saudi communication before MailOnline inquired about it.

An aide to a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee speculated Tuesday about why the Obama administration contradicted the knowledgeable Saudi official.

‘It is possible the Department of Homeland Security received the information from the Saudi government but never passed it on to the White House,’ the GOP staffer said. ‘Communication between DHS and the White House’s national security apparatus isn’t always what it should be.’

‘I can easily see it happening where one hand didn’t know what the other was doing because of a turf war.’

Just like the different agencies in the Boston JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] want credit for breaking the Tsarnaev case,’ the aide added, ‘they sometimes jealously guard the very intel they should be sharing the most freely. Sometimes it makes no sense at all.’

That bolded is absolutely right.  Very little in this whole affair makes any sense at all.  There is so much detail in the MailOnline piece that it should be read in full:

If this report is accurate, then this U.S. intelligence failure is monumental.  There is no way possible that FBI, CIA and the president’s National Security Council could miss this many warnings, now from other governments than Russia.  Saudi Arabia is a close ally, and FBI/CIA cannot excuse this intelligence failure by claiming that there is not a close working relationship with the foreign govt source, as they tried to do with Russia.

Separately, President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. government will launch a wide-ranging inquiry into the sharing of information among the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence and law-enforcement agencies of the federal government.

‘We want to leave no stone unturned,’ the president said in a rare White House press conference.

The internal review will be led by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and several inspectors general.

Note that there is no mention of Central Intelligence.  And note that this will be an “internal review” not open to the public as it should be with open and public hearings.  This is an absolute outrage if this Saudi report is accurate.  I had a hunch that Obama’s hastily called news conference had more to do with mounting evidence of serious intelligence and investigative malfeasance by the FBI than Syria.  The kicker is that the CIA is still getting a pass.

The Saudi government, he added, alerted the U.S. in part because it believed American authorities should be inspecting packages that came to Tsarnaev in the mail in order to search for bomb-making components.

The written warning also allegedly named three Pakistanis who may be of interest to British authorities. The official declined to provide more details about the warning to the UK, but said the two governments received the same information.

The Saudis denied Tsarnaev entry to the kingdom when he sought to travel to Mecca in December 2011 for a pilgrimage known as an Umrah – one that is undertaken during months that don’t fall within the regular Hajj period of the year.

That rejected application came one month before he traveled to Russia, where U.S. intelligence sources believe he acquired training enabling him to construct and detonate the bombs that he and his younger brother placed hear the Boston Marathon’s finish line.

I would think that Tamerlan’s rejected application to visit Saudi Arabia would or should result in a pinging of US intelligence databases or personnel.

I must say that I am usually very skeptical of MailOnline reporting.  Their reporting often seems sensationalized and poorly sourced, but this article is loaded with detail and apparently confirmed by multiple sources, including US and Saudi officials, though they remain anonymous and, as such, unverifiable without official U.S. acknowledgment.


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Katherine Russell wants Tamerlan’s body released to Tsarnaev family

Amato DeLuca, the Rhode Island attorney for his widow, Katherine Russell, said in a statement Tuesday that his client had just learned that the medical examiner was ready to release Tsarnaev’s body and that she wants it released to the Tsarnaev family.

And of course Uncle Ruslan Tsarni has something to say immediately, even though he initially claimed that he had almost nothing to do with his brother Anzor’s side of the family since 2006 and that they were a bunch of “losers”.

“Of course, family members will take possession of the body,” uncle Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “We’ll do it. We will do it. A family is a family.”

He would not elaborate. Tsarnaev’s parents are still in Russia, but he has other relatives on his side of the family in the U.S., including Tsarni.

Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell

I missed the report from about 6 days ago that Katherine Russell, like Tamerlan’s mother Zubeidat, was once arrested in 2007 for shoplifting $67 worth of clothing from an Old Navy store in Warwick, Rhode Island.

And in an intriguing twist, Russell, who was 18 at the time, told officers she was married though she was living at parent’s North Kingstown home and did not meet Tsranaev until some two years later.

The startling revelation of this tawdry incident raises fresh questions over the past and character of the ‘all-American girl’ ‘brainwashed’ according to some, by her fanatic husband.

Like I said before, I have yet to hear a person involved in this hot mess that I trust, believe or makes a bit of sense, including most law enforcement.  Even the Watertown Police Chief was a bit dodgy during initial interviews, but I can cut him some slack as it was indeed a fluid and evolving situation in the days immediately following the Watertown firefight, death of Tamerlan and capture of Dzhokhar.

I haven’t paid much attention to reports of female DNA found on the pressure cooker, because it seemed that it wouldn’t establish much, as that DNA could’ve attached to the pressure cooker during assembly, retail sale, in home, or during the explosion.  But I agree that every piece of evidence needs to be identified and developed.

One of the officials said a fingerprint had also been found on a bomb fragment and that investigators had tried to collect DNA and fingerprint samples from several people whom the authorities are scrutinizing in addition to Russell.

Federal authorities took a sample of Russell’s DNA on Monday in Rhode Island, where she has been staying with her parents, the officials said.

So, here is a bit on the female DNA:

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Allakhverdov family puzzle over ‘Misha’ claims

Perhaps Misha-Mikhail has more to say:

Mikhail Allakhverdov is listed with his brother Sergei as an officer of a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation called the Educational Organization for Improvements in Historical Studies, Inc. A telephone number listed for the company at a Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts address was no longer in service Monday.

Gennady Napadensky and Victoria Poupko, a Massachusetts couple from the former Soviet Union, who are listed as professional associates of Mikhail’s older brother Sergei, told Al-Monitor in a phone interview Monday that as far as they knew, Sergei was an atheist and the family was of Armenian Christian descent. Mikhail, they thought, converted to Islam after his immigration to the United States.

Gennady Napadensky told Al-Monitor he met Sergei about eight years  ago when he was looking for an historian and found him through a Russian bookstore in Brookline, Massachusetts.  They formed a company that produces digital interactive maps.

Victoria Poupko, Napadensky’s spouse and a former Northeastern University math professor who has worked as a human rights activist on behalf of persecuted ethnic minorities from the former Soviet Union, said she believes she met Mikhail Allakhverdov only once several years ago.

An activist on behalf of Chechen refugees, Poupko, of Russian Jewish descent, said she saw Mikhail in a car with a Chechen once, but she did not know who it was.

More than meets the eye with Mikhail ‘Misha’ Allakhverdov in my opinion.  How does Victoria Poupko (above) happen to see Tsarnaev in a car with Misha, and not know who it was if she knew it was him?  How did Victoria Popuko know the person in the car with Misha was Chechen, but she didn’t know who it was?  Seems strange to just happen to be with or near Misha at a time that he is with Tamerlan and not know who he is, if both Tamerlan and Poupko are with Misha enough to cross paths with each other on random days.  One of the two, Tamerlan or Poupko, must be with Misha a lot for that mathematical improbability to happen.  I have yet to hear a story from any of these Chechen/Dagestani people that I believe or makes sense.  Not once.

Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev with Aunt Patimat Suleimanova

Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev with Aunt Patimat Suleimanova

Note:  Chechen is also one of the official languages of Dagestan as well as Chechnya, and is spoken heavily in western Dagestan, ancestral home of Dagestani Avars including Zubeidat Tsarnaev.

Additionally, from Laura Rozen, who first confirmed Tsarni-Fuller marriage connection to CIA, writing for al-Monitor:

Sergei Allakhverdov-Amatuni (as the brother spells his names in some official listings) is also listed as a director of a Massachusetts non-profit, the Transitional Assembly for Peace and Democracy in Chechnya, Inc. Registered in 2003, the group lists as its president Salman Masayev (or Musayev), who has subsequently appeared in media reports as the deputy head of the Caucasus Muslims Organization, based in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Nadezhda Banchik, a California-based human rights activist for persecuted former Soviet minorities and who is a friend of Poupko’s, told Al-Monitor in a phone interview Monday that she does not know the Allekhverdovs, though she is listed with Sergei Allekhberdov-Amatuni as an officer in the Transnational Assembly. (She thought the group’s listed president Musayev might have been a Harvard student of Chechen descent who later returned to the region.)

She noted, in a telephone interview, that the Boston Marathon bombings occurred a few days after the US publication of the Magnitsky list, and suggested that it was strange, if Russia had suspicions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, that it did not arrest him when he was there for six months in 2012.

These non-profit “benevolent” organizations are used to launder money and move arms for drugs, heroin in this case.  Tsarni has already been implicated in such money laundering operations and fronts for illegal acquisition of Kazakhstan state oil drilling licenses.  Lozen does excellent work in that article.

Mikhail Allakhverdov Rhode Island home

Mikhail Allakhverdov’s Rhode Island residence

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