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FBI Pushed Tamerlan Tsarnaev To Be Informer

FBI pushed elder Tsarnaev to be informer, lawyers assert

By Milton J. Valencia

Globe staff   March 28, 2014
Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asserted Friday that his older brother and alleged accomplice had been encouraged by the FBI to be an informant and to report on the Chechen and Muslim community, according to court records.

“We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan’s actions during the week of April 15, 2013, and thus material to the defense case in mitigation,” the lawyers said in their court filing.

“We base this on information from our client’s family and other sources that the FBI made more than one visit to talk with Anzor [his father], Zubeidat [his mother] and Tamerlan, questioned Tamerlan about his Internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community.

“We do not suggest that these contacts are to be blamed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper, but rather view them as an important part of the story of Tamerlan’s decline. Since Tamerlan is dead, the government is the source of corroboration that these visits did in fact occur and of what was said during them.”

The lawyers suggested that Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have misinterpreted his interactions with the FBI as pressure from the agency, and that they could have “increased his paranoia and distress.”

The defense wants to investigate those factors as it seeks to portray Tamerlan as a dominating family figure who may have pushed the younger Dzhokhar to take part in the April 15 bombings last year. Tamerlan was killed days after the bombings in a confrontation with police in Watertown.

The lawyers’ allegation, based on conversations with family members and other sources, was made in a 23-page court filing Friday in which the lawyers sought a court order forcing prosecutors to turn over more evidence in the case.

Specifically, they want additional evidence about Tamerlan’s radical views, which would be useful in the lawyers’ defense against the death penalty.

Lawyers argued that, now that prosecutors have declared they will seek capital punishment, Dzhokar should be allowed to present evidence of mitigating factors that would tilt a jury against the death penalty.

Those factors include evidence about his age at the time of the bombings, which was 19, his lack of criminal history, and the possible influence of others, specifically a radical older brother, court records said.

“The underlying data concerning the brothers’ activities, state of mind, and respective trajectories is critical,” the defense said. “Evidence that shows Tamerlan to have had a substantially longer and deeper engagement than his younger brother with extremist and violent ideology is mitigating for the light that it sheds on their relative culpability.”

Prosecutors did not immediately respond to the defense request, though defense lawyers conceded that they have a March 14, 2014, letter in which prosecutors said they had “no evidence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was solicited by the government to be an informant.”

Although the FBI does not comment on court matters, the bureau cited a statement Friday that it made Oct. 18, 2013, which said, “The Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI, nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources.”

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, now 20, faces a 30-count indictment in his alleged role in the bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260. He and Tamerlan also allegedly shot and killed an MIT police officer before the confrontation with police in Watertown.

Tsarnaev is being held at the federal prison at Fort Devens in Ayer. He is slated to go to trial in November.

Prosecutors have described him as a young Muslim extremist who wanted to carry out jihad, or holy war, against the United States. They alleged the brothers learned to build the bombs through websites that supported Al Qaeda.

In court requests filed late Friday, the defense lawyers sought a court order to force prosecutors to turn over a list of records, including reports related to the fatal shooting of MIT police Officer Sean Collier, the Watertown confrontation, and any evidence that an MBTA police officer was shot by fellow officers, rather than by Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who the lawyers say was unarmed.

The request also targets records of the brothers’ Internet searches.

One of the court requests asked for any information prosecutors collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act including any surveillance of Tamerlan’s return visits to Dagestan and the Chechnya region before the bombings.

A recent US House of Representatives homeland security report indicated FBI officials in Moscow may have collected “electronic communication” between Tamerlan and a jihadist named William Plotnikov.

“Any surveillance, evidence, or interviews showing that Tamerlan’s pursuit of jihad predated Dzhokhar’s would tend to support the theory that Tamerlan was the main instigator of the tragic events that followed,” the defense lawyers argued.

The lawyers are also seeking the immigration records of Tsarnaev’s family members, including his mother, father, and brother.

His father, Anzor, sought the family’s asylum in fleeing torture in Kyrgyzstan close to two decades ago, and the defense lawyers argued that the records would illustrate Tsarnaev’s family history.

They also said that Tamerlan’s immigration records could yield more evidence about his encounters with federal authorities, specifically after his visits to Dagestan that caught the attention of Russian officials.

The lawyers said they plan to argue that the unknowns about Tsarnaev’s “formative environment and relative moral culpability” and the possible “psychological domination” by his brother would support their case against the death penalty.

Globe correspondent Haven Orecchio-Egresitz contributed to this report. Milton J. Valencia can be reached at MValencia@globe.com.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/28/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-attorneys-seek-government-evidence-tamerlan-say-may-help-defense/PJoDIO3Tdf3zIau7VM9m8L/story.html

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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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F.B.I. Didn’t Tell Boston Police of Warning on Brother

Ridiculous.  So obvious that FBI intentionally covered for Tamerlan because his uncle was connected to CIA. – May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. did not tell the Boston police about the 2011 Russian warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombing, the city’s police chief told the first public Congressional hearing on the terrorist attack on Thursday.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis said that though some of his officers worked with the F.B.I. on a joint terrorism task force, they did not know about the Russian tip or the bureau’s subsequent inquiry, which involved an interview with Mr. Tsarnaev and his parents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/us/boston-police-werent-told-fbi-got-warning-on-tsarnaev.html?_r=0#h[WTFdnt,2]

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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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Ruslan Tsarni Apologizes to Armenian Community

Mirror-Spectator Staff

WATERTOWN — On April 30, Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of alleged terror suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, contacted the Mirror-Spectator directly to issue an apology to the Armenian community for his recent statements referencing Armenians in his discussions of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Armenia has a very strong culture, therefore, I want to stress that his [Misha’s] ethnicity has nothing to do with it,” Tsarni said. “I wish I had never said it.”

Tsarni added, “I felt for you [Armenians] and wish I had never done it.”

He once again apologized for connecting the Armenian community “to this evil event.”

http://www.mirrorspectator.com/2013/04/30/breaking-news-ruslan-tsarni-apologizes-to-armenian-community/

Ruslan Tsarni Apologizes to Amenian Community

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Mahmoud Mansur Nidal identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev contact.

The Boston bomber alleged contacts keep piling up, but they are usually dead which doesn’t allow for much intel gathering.

The account in Novaya Gazeta said one of Tsarnaev’s contacts was Mahmoud Mansur Nidal, who was killed May 19 after a standoff with Russian authorities at an apartment house in Makhachkala. Nidal took several hostages, according to the news agency Interfax, and at one point threw a grenade at the authorities. The hostages were released, but Nidal refused to surrender and was shot dead, Interfax reported.   Agents Pore Over Suspect’s Trip to Russia.

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Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) Denies He Was Tamerlan’s Teacher, FBI Agrees.

Misha revealed by Christian Caryl of The New York Review of Books to be Mikhail Allakhverdov of Rhode Island.
A thirty-nine-year-old man of Armenian-Ukrainian descent, Allakhverdov is of medium height and has a thin, reddish-blond beard. When I arrived he was wearing a green and white short-sleeve football jersey and pajama pants. Along with his parents, his American girlfriend was there, and we sat together in a tiny living room that abuts the family kitchen.
New York Magazine continues to find little of interest concerning Allakhverdov:

A U.S. official said on Saturday that the FBI has located Tsarnaev’s friend Misha, but found no evidence connecting him with the bombing. Allakhverdov told The New York Review of Books:

“Misha,” the friend said to be key to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s radicalization, has finally been tracked down, but he doesn’t quite fit the ominous image of the bald, red-bearded 30-year-old convert to Islam who claimed to be an exorcist who could talk to demons.

Seems that this smoke screen worked for a few days, giving Tsarni and Fuller time to move assets in Dagestan, which apparently FSB has just struck:  Russian Security Forces Kill Two Suspected Rebels in Dagestan:

In a statement, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that security forces stormed the home of two men believed to be members of a criminal gang based outside of the city of Kizilyurt after the men opened fire on the police with automatic weapons, the Interfax news service reported.

The police identified one of the men as Shakhrudin Askhabov, who they said was behind a series of deadly attacks against police cars and local stores last fall who was known as “the bomber.”

Another more likely link for Tamerlan’s extended network is William Plotnikov – Canadian boxer linked to Boston bomber.  Abu Dujan was also killed outside of Kizilyurt, Dagestan by FSB Security Forces shortly after Tamrlan’s last visit.

William Plotnikov

William Plotnikov, left

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