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FBI Wanted Tamerlan Tsarnaev as Informant

I’ve been saying this for almost a year.  So now there should be little doubt that FBI knew exactly who blew up Boston before they released his pics to the public.

 

Lawyers Say FBI Wanted Marathon Suspect as Informant

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting one of the bombs at last year’s Boston Marathon, said Friday that repeated contacts by the FBI were among “precipitating events” leading up to the bombings.

In court documents filed Friday, defense lawyers asked the judge overseeing the case for an order requiring the government to turn over all records of the FBI’s contacts with Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan. He was interviewed by FBI agents in response to a concern expressed by the Russian government that he might become radicalized.

“We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan’s actions during the week” of the bombings, the lawyers aid.

They wrote that the Tsarnaev family and “other sources” have said that the FBI made more than one visit to talk to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his parents, during which agents “questioned Tamerlan about his internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community.”

The court filing quotes prosecutors as saying they have no evidence that the older Tsarnaev was asked to be an informant.

Nonetheless, the defense lawyers say they believe that Tamerlan misinterpreted the visits by the FBI as pressure, increasing his paranoia and distress.

“We do not suggest that these contracts are to be planed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper,” the lawyers say.

The FBI’s interview took place in 2011.

The court document makes clear that his lawyers will stress the age difference between the younger Tsarnaev and his older brother, who were 19 and 26 at the time of the bombing. The lawyers say they will resist any attempt to persuade the jury “that the brothers were equally culpable, despite the marked differences in their ages, personalities, and levels of prior involvement in violent activity.”

No trial date has yet been set.

—Pete Williams

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CIA, Chechnya, Tsarni, Tsarnaev, Boston Bombing, and FBI all tied in a knot.

Pretty rare that only one FBI agent would be interviewing this suspect, especially if they knew he was tied to Tsarnaev and trained Mixed Martial Arts, which they did.  They also suspected him in the Waltham, MA triple-homicide, probably all the way back in 2011.  That is why they shot him.

So, the FBI wants me to believe that this guy overpowered 2 or more agents?

Simply amazing that the FBI has now found all these people to interview, but couldn’t find much of anybody to interview back in 2011 after Russia warned FBI/CIA about Tamerlan.

CIA and FBI whacked this guy.

They probably would’ve whacked the guy up in Manchester, NH too, but it would’ve sounded silly to say a guy who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair attacked FBI agents so they shot him.  They probably told that guy that they would whack his wife, kids, and him if he opened his mouth.

All these Chechens living here, most of the ones tied to Tsarnaev anyway, appear to be refugees from Chechen wars with Russia, wars orgaznized, financed, and directed by CIA.  In effect, they are all CIA operatives, including Uncle Tsarni, especially him, as he was the one married to Iran-Contra’s top CIA agent Graham Fuller’s daughter.  Why do you think mainstream news won’t report that fact?

I think it goes deeper than that, though.  I think the CIA-Chechen operation included, or still includes, drug shipments to finance Chechen weapons.  What happened, though, is that Islamists in Chechnya broke away from mainstream Chechens who the CIA had set up to fight against Russia to de-stabilize the region which is loaded with oil.  At first, the Islamists were allies of the CIA, but the CIA lost control of the radicalized ones, including Tamerlan, so CIA and mainstream traditional Sufi Muslim Chechens were now at odds with Tamerlan and the more devout Salafists Muslims (Sharia law).  It’s complicated, just like it was in Iraq, and anywhere else different sects vie for power.  Now, American oil companies and Russia are firmly entrenched in the oil-producing regions and just want to eradicate the Salafists, which Tamerlan found intolerable.  And the CIA wants to cover their tracks on having anything to do with creating the entire mess in the first place.  And the CIA definitely does not want anyone blackmailing them and threatening to disclose that the CIA was involved in heroin trafficking to amass small fortunes and finance Chechen rebellion on direct flights from Afghanistan and the Golden Crescent to Dulles International and other US terminals.  All Graham Fuller’s master plan.  He’s done it before.

 “The second war in 1999 began with an insurgence of Chechen rebels into Dagestan, with the aim of freeing their Muslim brothers from occupation by infidels. The Islamisation of the conflict opened up a fierce sectarian fight between Sufism, a traditional form of Islam based on local customs, and Salafism, a more radical form that promotes sharia law.

In Chechnya Sufi leaders sided with the Russian state to eradicate Salafism. After the 2003 assassination of his father Akhmad, Ramzan Kadyrov, his son and successor as Chechnya’s president, redoubled these efforts, hunting down Salafists and enforcing Sufism as a state ideology. Chechnya now boasts Europe’s largest mosque, women are covered and polygamy is encouraged. But even as Mr Kadyrov has “pacified” it, violence has spread, including to Dagestan, where the Tsarnaev brothers lived before going to America.

By the late 2000s the Salafis in Dagestan were winning support among young Muslims, many of whom studied in the Middle East; whereas Sufis were tainted by association with a corrupt and dysfunctional state. So the government tried to soften its tactics. Persecution eased, Salafi mosques were allowed to open and a commission for the rehabilitation of fighters was set up. The rise of moderate Salafism has cut the number of young people becoming terrorists. “People felt there was an alternative to the armed struggle,” says Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, who covers the north Caucasus at the International Crisis Group. The numbers killed and injured in Dagestan dropped by 15% in 2012, adds Grigory Shvedov, head of the Caucasian Knot, a human-rights monitoring organisation.

Yet new Salafism posed a threat both to armed radicals and to corrupt officials. Moscow too frets about the emergence of Salafi institutions as they could become an alternative to the Russian state. So, with Vladimir Putin back in the presidency, Russia has reverted to hard power. The soft-approach president of Dagestan has been replaced by a much tougher man. The rehabilitation commission has been shut down. A recent counter-insurgency operation in one mountainous region of Gimry led to the displacement of its entire population. Mr Shvedov says this kind of “mopping up” is part of Russia’s preparation for the 2014 winter Olympics in nearby Sochi.

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21576728-boston-bombs-have-put-new-focus-russias-islamist-republics-islamists-russia

It’s complicated, but it’s not a perfect crime and the CIA and FBI are now scrambling to cover their tracks.

My guess is that is why Tamerlan didn’t go down for the Waltham triple-homicide, because he had too much info about CIA heroin shipments to US, which his uncle and father were involved in.  Why do you think his father returned to Dagestan because he took a “severe beating” according to their aunt Patimat Suleimanova?

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Dagestan bombings labelled ‘terrorist attack’

Tue, 20 May 2013

Two car bombs have killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others in one of the bloodiest attacks this year in Dagestan, a turbulent province in Russia’s North Caucasus region where armed groups are waging an Islamist insurgency.

Car bombs, suicide bombings and firefights are common in Dagestan, at the centre of an insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet wars against separatist rebels in neighbouring Chechnya.

Such attacks are rare in other parts of Russia, but in a separate incident in a suburb of Moscow on Monday, security forces killed two suspected militants alleged to have been plotting an attack in the capital and arrested a third suspect after a gunbattle.

One elite police officer was lightly wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspects – Russian citizens but trained in Afghanistan or Pakistan – who had holed up in a home in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo east of Moscow, authorities said.

Investigators initially said eight people had been killed by the successive blasts in Dagestan’s provincial capital Makhachkala, but law enforcement and health officials later put the death toll at four and said about 40 people were wounded.

The explosions occurred with the space of a few minutes near the headquarters of the court bailiffs’ service and appeared to have been detonated by remote control, said the federal Investigative Committee, a Russian state agency.

Twisted wreckage of a car could be seen near the building, which was cordoned off by police, and blackened chunks of metal lay in the street.

The Health Ministry said 35 people remained in hospital, including one child, a few hours after the blasts, which the Investigative Committee called a “terrorist act”.

The main suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in the United States, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, lived in Dagestan with his family about a decade ago and visited the region last year.

The visit by Tsarnaev, who was shot dead by U.S. police after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and wounded 264 others, is being scrutinised by U.S. investigators for signs of ties with insurgents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered law enforcement authorities to ensure insurgents do not attack the 2014 Winter Olympics next February in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, which is close to the North Caucasus.

All those wounded or killed were apparently caught by the second of Monday’s explosions, a few minutes after the first, the investigators said.

Insurgents in the North Caucasus have often sought to increase casualties by setting off an initial blast to attract law enforcement officers and then detonating a second bomb.

Dagestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violent province in the North Caucasus, where insurgents say they are fighting to carve out an Islamic state out of southern Russia.

At least 405 people were killed in Dagestan in violence linked to the insurgency last year, according to the Caucasian Knot website, which tracks developments in the region.

Putin launched the second war in Chechnya as prime minister in 1999 and likes to take credit for preventing the region from splitting from Russia. But his 13 years in power have been marred by deadly attacks claimed by or blamed on the insurgents.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/20/uk-russia-blasts-dagestan-idUKBRE94J0CM20130520

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FBI-Boston ‘info hoarding’ hurt Boston bombing probe

By CHAD SELWESKI
chad.selweski@macombdaily.com @cbsnewsman

Nearly 12 years after the Sept. 11 attacks and more than two years after the attempted Christmas Day bombing, congressional officials learned that anti-terrorism communications between federal intelligence agencies and law enforcement officials remains faulty.

The House Homeland Security Committee was told that the FBI did not initially share with Boston police the warnings from Russia’s security service in 2011 about one suspect in last month’s marathon bombings, despite the work of four city police representatives on a federal terrorism task force.

“We need to look at our processes to see if there are better ways that something like this (the Boston bombings) can be stopped before it happens,” said Rep. Candice Miller, the Harrison Township Republican who serves as vice chair of the committee.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller

Boston’s Police Commissioner Ed Davis acknowledged that police might not have uncovered or disrupted the plot even if they had received warnings from the FBI and fully investigated the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The FBI after a cursory investigation closed its assessment on Tsarnaev, who died during a police shootout after the bombings. Boston police learned about the Russian warnings only later.

“That’s very hard to say. We would certainly look at the information, we would certainly talk to the individual,” Davis said. “From the information I’ve received, the FBI did that, and they closed the case out. I can’t say that I would have come to a different conclusion based upon the information that was known at that particular time.”

The congressional hearing was the first in a series to review the government’s initial response to the attacks, ask what information authorities received aboutTsarnaev and his brother before the bombings and consider whether it was handled correctly.

“We need to take what we have learned and make sure that we are constantly improving our information-sharing so we don’t suffer another attack,” Miller said after the hearing. “You can’t be an information hoarder anymore.”

http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130511/NEWS01/130509503/miller-says-info-hoarding-hurt-boston-bombing-probe

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Suspect in Boston Bombing Talked Jihad in Russia

From New York Times:

KIZLYAR, Russia — It’s not every day that a well-dressed American shows up in this town, where shaggy cows meander over deeply rutted roads, so people remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Among the things that made the young visitor stand out, two acquaintances recalled on Thursday, was his avid interest in waging jihad.

“He already had jihad views when he came; I think because he was Chechen, he was rooting for his homeland,” Zaur M. Zakaryayev, 29, a member of a Salafi advocacy organization, the Union of the Just, said Thursday. “When he got here he was surprised at the conditions. I think he expected to find a full-fledged war, that one people was fighting with another.”

These new accounts out of Kizlyar, where Mr. Tsarnaev spent time with a cousin who is a prominent Salafi Islamist leader, have begun to flesh out a picture of what he did during his six months in Russia last year.

On Sunday agents from the Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B., interrogated Mr. Tsarnaev’s cousin, who is in police custody, asking if he impressed the young man with “extremist” views, his lawyer said.

But the cousin, Magomed Kartashov, told them it was the other way around. In interviews, several young men here agreed, saying that Mr. Kartashov spent hours trying to stop Mr. Tsarnaev from “going to the forest,” or joining one of the militant cells scattered throughout the volatile region, locked in low-level guerrilla warfare with the police.

“Magomed explained to him at length that violent methods are not right,” Mr. Zakaryayev said.

Mr. Tsarnaev’s friends in Kizlyar may be responsible for a crucial change in his thinking. When he left, he was no longer focused on the local grievances that fueled the fighting against the police — but instead broader issues in the Islamic world, including the effect of United States and Russian policy in the Middle East.

Rasim B. Ibadamov said that by last summer, Mr. Tsarnaev was taking steps that suggested he had let go of the idea of joining the underground — for instance, applying to renew his Russian passport. “What I can say is there was the impression that Tamerlan listened to Magomed and to some extent, he changed,” Mr. Ibadamov said. “His behavior changed. He started to read more, and to read different books. In general, as far as I understand, he changed his views.”

Mr. Tsarnaev’s body was interred Thursday in an undisclosed location, the police in Worcester, Mass., said in a statement. The announcement represented an end to a grim effort to find a place to bury the bombing suspect, who was shot by the police and run over by his brother, Dzhokhar, after the two tried to elude the authorities during a chase that began April 18.

A long list of cemeteries had refused to accept the body.

“A courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased,” read a statement on the Police Department’s Web site.

Mr. Tsarnaev’s relationship with Mr. Kartashov, which was first reported by Time magazine on Wednesday, may help explain his mentality as he returned to the United States. Kizlyar is one of the most dangerous spots in Dagestan’s insurgency, in which militants kill scores of policemen every year and counterterrorism raids can leave neighborhoods in ruins. Mr. Kartashov once served as a police inspector there, but left the force around 10 years ago and has since become a charismatic Salafi leader.

His group protests police counterterrorism tactics in the region, which are often brutal, and it burned American and French flags after the release of the anti-Islam YouTube film “Innocence of Muslims.” The authorities in Dagestan have viewed Mr. Kartashov’s activity with mounting suspicion. He was arrested two weeks ago, after the police stopped a wedding convoy that was flying black flags with Arabic phrases.

“To all our questions there was only one answer: ‘We only have two flags: the flag of the Russian Federation and the flag of the republic of Dagestan. Do not raise any other flag,’ ” Mr. Ibadamov said. Mr. Kartashov now faces a possible 10-year sentence for resisting the police.

Mr. Ibadamov said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s parents had first turned to Mr. Kartashov for counseling during earlier trips to Russia, and that when Mr. Tsarnaev came to Russia last year they wanted him to follow suit.

“I understand that they had a kind of Islamic vacuum,” he said. “They turned to Magomed as a knowledgeable person. Magomed was happy about this; he explained what Islam was, what his views were. And the father was complaining that Tamerlan was sort of a tough kid, a boxer.”

When Mr. Tsarnaev arrived in Kizlyar to consult with Mr. Kartashov, they all noticed: “His pants, his scarf, his glasses, everything in aggregate set him apart from the mass,” Mr. Ibadamov said. He was partial to the Internet sermons of the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who called for jihad against the United States and was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

But after spending a week in Kizlyar in conference with his cousin, he seemed to have new goals. Mr. Zakaryayev said he ran into Mr. Tsarnaev repeatedly at a Salafi mosque in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital, and was increasingly sure he would not join an insurgent group. “He could have gone if he wanted,” he said. “It’s not hard to do it, because every day there is a special operation, and every day people are leaving.”

When Mr. Tsarnaev was linked to the Boston Marathon bombings, his associates in Kizlyar had various reactions. Mr. Zakaryayev recalled wondering whether he had slid back into his old reverence for Mr. Awlaki. “I thought, he had those views, maybe he did it,” he said. But Mr. Ibadamov is like an overwhelming number of young people in Dagestan, where trust in law enforcement is close to zero: he believes Mr. Tsarnaev was framed.

In another reaction that is nearly universal here, he also expressed frustration at the attention that has been given to the attack and its victims. “What happened in Boston — we don’t support that,” he said. “Three people died. But on that same day, 100 people were killed in bombing in Syria. We say, is the blood of Syrians so meaningless for world society, and is the blood of Americans so important?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/world/europe/in-russia-marathon-bombing-suspect-talked-jihad.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0#h[]

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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.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/katherine-russell-body-released_n_3188958.html

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.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314214/Katherine-Russell-wife-Tamerlan-Tsarnaev-arrested-shoplifting.html

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.  http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/official-female-dna-found-on-boston-pressure-cooke/nXbwB/

So, here is a bit on the female DNA:

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Nadine Ascencao, ex-girlfriend of dead Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (photos)

Photo of Nadine Ascencao, 24.  This is Tamerlan’s ex-girlfriend, whom Tamerlan assaulted resulting in his arrest for Domestic Violence on or about 2009.  This one arrest incident should have been sufficient cause for extending FBI-Boston’s initial Preliminary Investigation of Tamerlan, according to the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) 2008 Version.  A Prelim Investigation can be extended for 3 months over and over again with cause, which this 2009 arrest absolutely is, up to 1 year with simple FBI-Boston Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Richard DesLauriers, or ASAC approval and signature.

Nadine Ascencao

Nadine Ascencao, 24

“Tamerlan had taken my virginity and said he loved me because I was pure and hadn’t been with any other guys. I was in love and scared he’d leave me if I didn’t do what he said. Looking back I had a lucky escape.”  I loved him but he slapped me and tried to brainwash me to hate US like he did.

During their three-year relationship she watched him change from a cannabis-smoking, party-loving teenager into a violent extremist.

She said: “One minute he’s this funny, normal guy who liked boxing and having fun, the next he is praying four times a day, watching Islamic videos and talking insane nonsense.

“He became extremely religious and tried to brainwash me to follow Islam. Tamerlan said I couldn’t be with him unless I became a Muslim. He wanted me to hate America like he did.

Nadine Ascencao

Nadine Ascencao

Tamerlan even attacked Nadine when he found her heading off to a friend’s pool party wearing cut-off jeans and a crop top.

She said: “He was shouting and screaming at me. He slapped me across the face really hard.”

Nadine called the police and Tamerlan was arrested and spent a night in the cells. Once out on bail he begged Nadine’s forgiveness.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4906994/my-boyfriend-the-bomber.html

Didn’t the FBI interview her in 2011, after she had been the victim of Tamerlan’s rage and violence, and after Tamerlan left her to convert and marry Katherine Russell?  Doesn’t look like it.

And she was heartbroken when she learned he was secretly seeing another girl. Her rival was Katherine Russell, a student who was to become Tamerlan’s wife after converting to Islam. Crafty Tamerlan was soon playing the two women off against one another.

Nadine said: “He once made me learn a verse of an Islamic prayer and if I got it wrong he’d say, ‘Well Katherine can do it’.”

There was a record of arrest, yet the FBI continues to claim that nothing ‘negative’ was found.  Were they only looking to see if he had blown people up before or if he ever hijacked and flew a plane into a building?

Uh, hello?  Nadine would have been the perfect witness to flip.  An easy and informative flip.  Reason and Cause to extend and escalate FBI-Boston’s investigation of Tamerlan to Full Investigation, which would have permitted surveillance and wiretapping.  FBI receives approximately $8 billion a year and has over 30,000 personnel with about 14k specials agents and 3k intelligence analysts to carry out investigations of just such people, especially when another country with a well-developed intelligence apparatus, Russia (FSB), warns them of a potential threat and problem.  The FBI maintains agents and analysts in Moscow, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tibilsi Georgia, and Ankara Turkey, which happens to be the middle name of Uncle Ruslan Tsarni’e ex-wife, Samantha Ankara Tsarnaev (Fuller), daughter of Graham and Prudence Fuller, whose lives have been consumed by top CIA activities in the region of Central Asia for decades.  Graham Fuller was stationed in Turkey for the CIA and wrote at least 3 books about Turkey.  Fuller also wrote about his daughter’s wedding to Ruslan Tsarni, in his memoir, Three Truths and a Lie: a memoir.

The only people lying and misleading more than the Tsarnaevs and Uncle Tsarni are the FBI and CIA.  In one week, The Sun of London was able to dig up more on Tsarnaev’s past activities, rages, and violence than the FBI and CIA were able to find during 3 months of an FBI conducted Prelim Investigation, or so they want us to believe.  Tamerlan also has numerous vehicular violations including a misdemeanor for illegal license plate, suspended license, reckless driving, wrong way on a one-way street, failure to stop, failure to yield and of course speeding.  Tamerlan was screaming for a full investigation.  Nothing ‘negative’ was found on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’?  You’ve got to be lying or incompetent as an FBI agent to conclude that.

Just heard British MI-6 on CNN.  You can bet British intelligence operatives have been involved in Caucasus machinations over the past 20 years and have now been called upon to throw more gorilla dust at the media, which is what we are seeing with the Syrian and Libyan developments:  gorilla dust,  smoke screens,  Black Ops.  I previously predicted that we would see a media flurry as the CIA releases anything and almost everything to make this solid link to the CIA go away and for the questions to stop.  The CIA operates with a secret budget and virtually no oversight.  They are not comfortable with or tolerant of investigations into their activities.  Such investigations almost never happen, even though former agents and federal judges have attested to their criminal activities including the importation of tons of cocaine during the 70’s and 80’s and beyond.  Oil, guns, heroin, and organized crime best describes Central Asia and the North Caucasus.

Caucasus Mountains

Chechnya is located in the North Caucasus.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ingush people wanted to remain with Russia, while the Chechens wanted independence–the Chechens had revolted against the Soviet Union in the 1940s and been deported.  They had returned to their homeland after 1956.  During the First Chechen War, 1994-96, the Russian army attempted to prevent Chechnya from seceding from Russia, but was unable to completely control the area.  In 1996 Boris Eltsyn declared a cease fire and signed a peace treaty.  The war had been barbaric on both sides.  A Second Chechen War broke out in 1999 when Shamil Basayev began widespread guerrilla activity in neighboring Dagestan and then undertook a series of spectacular terrorist acts.  This time Russian forces were much more successful in restoring order and establishing control in Chechnya.  A pro-Russian regime was installed there.

Mt Elbrus, Greater Caucasus

Mt Elbrus, Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. Highest Mountaiin Peak in all of Europe.

Mt Elbrus peak of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range is more than 800 meters higher than Mont Blanc peak of the Italian and French Alps, which is sometimes mistakenly believed to be the highest mountain peak in Europe.  Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 metres (18,510 ft) and rises in 2 small republics of the Russian Federation.  These mountains provided Chechens with a natural defense against both the Russian and Mongol Empires to the North and the Ottoman and Persian Empires to the South over the past 600 years, all the way back to the Battle of the Terek River, which took place in the North Caucasus on April 15, 1395, same date as the Boston Marathon Bombing Attack.

The Greater Caucasus Mountains to the North and West, near Sochi, will host part of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Russia needs to contain and eliminate violence and terrorism in the Caucasus region before, during, and after the 2014 Olympics.  FBI and CIA know that and therefore should have paid closer attention to Russian FSB warnings about Chechens, with violent records of arrest, and also living in Boston and traveling back and forth to Dagestan/Chechnya.  It makes no sense that they apparently did not.

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