There seems no doubt the Tsarnaev brothers were on the CIA’s radar as possible terrorists, long before the Boston Marathon bombing. Still, on that basis, I cannot say whether the CIA’s failure to thwart the eventual terrorist attack resulted from its failure to follow through on those reports which preceded the bombing; or whether the failure to act was consistent with agency guidelines.
What I do know is this: in all of the major media reports which cite the CIA’s advance knowledge the brothers Tsarnaev might be up to no good, including the NewYorkTimes; I did not read that the daughter of former CIA official Graham Fuller was once married to the uncle of the two men – you know, the one who called his nephews “losers” – and, in fact, once lived in his house. That is, until I turned to the news from another country. MailOnline
But you don’t have to take anyone else’s word for this connection; Mr. Fuller himself confirmed these facts to Al-Monitor, although, at the same time he verified the connection, he characterized rumors of a connection are “absurd.” Id.
Naturally, evidence of a relationship does not determine ipso facto cause and effect. That said; when it comes to asking ‘what did we know and when did we know it’ with respect to the Boston Marathon bombing; even the liberal bastion FireDogLake has begun asking questions. Is the Government Covering Something Up in the Boston Case?
It is noon here on the east coast; the news is flooding in on events in Libya and already, the propaganda is saturating the airwaves along predictable partisan lines. And, as usual, unless you take in divergent viewpoints, you will get the story all wrong.
First, especially for those of you who have only gotten your news from blogs; please, listen to Secretary Clinton’s live briefing from the U.S. State Department.
Secretary Clinton’s remarks can help to place in their proper perspective those reports and images found on the likes of Drudge on the one end or The Boston Globe on the other; I was particularly struck by the clarity offered by just a few lines, not necessarily spoken in this order.
When the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post, some were wounded. Libyans carried Chris’ body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead others to safety.
(Just because you see an image of a man being carried by crowds does not mean, they are doing him harm.)
…we must be clear-eyed in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or the government of Libya.
(According to the CIA, Libya is 97% Muslim, Thus, it is safe to say, most of the embassy attackers and murderers were Muslim. If you agree that in using the word “savage” to describe those Muslim Libyans who attacked and murdered embassy staffers, Ms. Clinton referred only to the conduct of the brutes and not to either their nationality or religion then, please, leave Pamela Geller alone.)
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