Why are the Russians, who contacted the Obama administration to warn them of the threat posed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the Saudis, who we are now learning warned the administration in writing of the threat, more concerned with the safety of American citizens than the President himself?
According to a Saudi government official, a warning was sent to the U.S. in 2012 that indicated Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a security concern, that he was denied entry into the country based on those concerns, and provided a very chilling warning that ‘something was going to happen in a major U.S. city’.
Two years after the Russians warned of the Boston bomber, and one year after the Saudi warning, nothing had been done. And Tsarnaev was allowed to carry out an attack that killed four people and injured scores of other innocent Americans.
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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 maimed 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.
Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Tsarnaev’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia have not been previously disclosed.
The Saudis’ warning to the U.S. government was also shared with the British government. ‘It was very specific’ and warned that ‘something was going to happen in a major U.S. city,’ the Saudi official said during an extensive interview.
I’m growing weary of every talking head leading off their analysis with a statement of how fantastic the FBI is and how complex these investigations are. I’m sure the FBI does a fantastic job 90% of the time. These investigations are indeed complex.
But it’s not exactly a stretch to say that when multiple sources have warned you about a specific terrorist and/or threat, and that person still manages to pull off a major attack on U.S. soil, that your organization dropped the ball.
And when another government provides a written warning or a phone call, then it’s also safe to say that those warnings were received by some very high-ranking officials in Obama’s administration.
The ball-dropping goes right to the top.