Boston Bombs: Return of the LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose)
Boston Bombs: Return of the LIHOP
(Let It Happen On Purpose)
by Fintan Dunne, BreakForNews.com
19 April 2013 @ 10pmET
The question for many will be how these two managed to carry out a mass-killing bombing --despite being under the nose of the FBI since 2011, when they interviewed the elder brother.
Following that interview, (at the request of Russian security services) did Tamerlan ease off on his radicalism and thus fall off the FBI radar?
The opposite, in fact.
In late 2011, he travelled to southern Russia and stayed for six months, returning in mid-2012 to Boston.
You might imagine that on his return, the FBI would be all over him, because there would be a strong likelihood that he underwent some training and indoctrination while abroad. This overseas travel scenario has played out before - in the case of the alleged London 7/7 bombers.
You might imagine that the FBI maybe checked his YouTube "likes" - which in the second half of 2012 continued to feature radical views.
You might even imagine that in the wake of his Russia trip he would be on a local Boston counter-terrorism Top Twenty list of potential attackers.
Finally, your imagination might envisage that on Tuesday, when the FBI got a detailed description that matched Tamerlan in testimony from the double amputee victim of the bombings, and were told by the victim that Tamerlan had dropped a bag which exploded --that the FBI would then have zeroed in on video footage of him by late Tuesday/early Wednesday.
And would have checked the video image against their Top Twenty list and then proceeded to immediately arrest him at his known address.
But no such thing happened.
Nor did the FBI release video. They stalled and recounted tales of how it takes a long time to review footage; and that they were looking for a broad panoply of "persons of interest." But not looking for a known terrorism threat who had recently been to Russia for six months.
Eventually, they released some conspicuously poor-quality video. The agency would later release sharp images, but initially, the grainy images were too ambiguous to enable identification - but ominous enough to
surely spook the hapless brothers.
Finally, via new internet images, the man the FBI could or would not identify --was quickly named.
The rabbits, had already run. Because they were given room to run.
And the hounds were released.
The result: Tamerlan --the key individual in this attack-- is dead.
And dead men tell no tales about their recent adventures.
The brother's mother has scorned the idea that her son could have carried out an attack while under FBI watch. The father says that his sons "were framed."
Perhaps "framed" is the wrong word here.
Russia has some interests in common with the USA. Among these common interests is both countries use of "terrorism" as a social conditioning mechanism.
But you can't have the domestic theater of War on Terror....
....without some useful-idiot "terrorists" to oblige the drama.
That applied also at the time of 9/11. When some said that US agencies stood aside and LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose).
Others said that 9/11 was way to complex to just LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose) and that more realistically they MIHOP (Made It Happen On Purpose).
But the Boston Op was not complex. It was simplicity incarnate.
So in this case, maybe "Framed" is the wrong word.
Perhaps "Groomed" works better.
Boston 2013: The Return of the LIHOP.
The truly hard questions about the Boston bombings are only beginning.
|FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev,|
Boston bombing suspect years ago
7:20 PM, Apr 19, 2013
CBS News correspondent John Miller reports it is likely Russia asked to have the elder Tsarnaev vetted because of suspected ties to Chechen extremists.
The FBI is likely to have run a background check, running his name through all the relevant databases, including those of other agencies, checking on his communications and all of his overseas travel. Miller reports that culminated in a sit-down interview where they probably asked him a lot of questions about his life, his contacts, his surroundings. All of this was then written in a report and sent it to the requesting government.
This is an issue they've had in the past. They interviewed Carlos Bledsoe in Little Rock, Ark., before he shot up an Army recruiting station in 2009. They were also looking into Major Hasan Nadal before the Fort Hood shootings.
However, the FBI has maintained in those incidents that they took all the steps they were asked to and were allowed to under the law.
Although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers' mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son got involved in "religious politics" about five years ago, and never told her he was involved in "jihad."
She insisted the FBI "knew what he was doing on Skype" and that they counseled him "every step of the way."