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Russia Warned US About Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Years Before Attack

Russia Reportedly Warned U.S. About Boston Bombing Suspect

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

Citing a congressional report it said could be released by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee as soon as Thursday, NBC News said the Russian intelligence agency FSB cabled the FBI about its concerns in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev was known to have associated with militant Islamists.

The network said the FBI opened an investigation of Tsarnaev that month conducted by a joint task force of federal, state and local authorities. Tsarnaev was interviewed in person, and a memo was sent to the Customs and Border Protection database called TECS that would trigger an alert whenever he left or re-entered the United States.

But the investigation was closed in June 2011 after finding Tsarnaev had no links to terrorism, NBC quoted the report as saying.

In September 2011, the FSB sent a cable to the CIA, restating the warnings of the first memo. NBC News quoted sources close to the congressional investigation as saying a second note about Tsarnaev was entered into the TECS system the next month, but spelled his name "Tsarnayev."

The note directed that if Tsarnaev were encountered leaving or re-entering the United States, his detention was "mandatory."

In January 2012, Tsarnaev went to JFK airport in New York to board a flight to Moscow, triggering an alert. But he was not considered high priority among the 100 other names on a "Hot List" of people traveling through JFK that day, NBC News said, citing sources familiar with the report.

After spending six months in the Russian region of Dagestan, an experience U.S. investigators suspect played an important role in his radicalization, Tsarnaev flew back to JFK airport on July 17, 2012, but he was not detained or questioned because of the misspelling of his name, NBC News said.

U.S. officials have said a misspelling of Tsarnaev's name on flight records may have contributed to some law enforcement agencies not being alerted to his movements.

Several days after the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260, Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police while he and brother Dzhokhar, now 20, were trying to flee the city.

The younger Tsarnaev was wounded and later arrested and is awaiting trial in November on charges that could result in the death penalty if he is convicted.

NBC News quoted a congressional staffer as saying: "The report is not blaming the FBI," but "looking at processes and filling holes." (Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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BANDIT BILL March 26 2014 at 3:41 PM

Thanks Barack!! And you were warned. You were too busy spying on the AP and political opponents instead. Everyday another disaster uncovered during the Obama administration. Slowly the media is stopping their powderpuff reporting on this dope.

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lalalexm1 BANDIT BILL March 26 2014 at 3:58 PM

He was too busy.."PERIOD"

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Eddie Ozment March 26 2014 at 2:53 PM

I wished that our country would have swallowed their pride and accepted the help from Russia. We also need to stay out of other countries businesses and take care of our own country which is bad need of help since Obama.

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AGGIEBABA March 26 2014 at 4:09 PM

We don't believe in science, and we don't listen to anyone that doesn't agree with us.

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tommcc2002 March 26 2014 at 2:48 PM

Criminals regularly use aliases. Using a spelling "fuzzy" search at least would have found "Tsarnayev" for "Tsarnaev".

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drepke tommcc2002 March 26 2014 at 3:08 PM

I was in intelligence for 30 years and whenever we did a database search for a person of interest we used as many variations as possible or just the root of the name and eliminated out names that were not close. In other words that was the excuse they used for not catching the panty-bomber who was on the no-fly list.

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Kevin Caldwell March 26 2014 at 4:09 PM

Just more incompetence from the most blameless Administration in History

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willfish33 March 26 2014 at 2:28 PM

NBC News quoted a congressional staffer as saying: "The report is not blaming the FBI,".....of course not! No accountability in DC

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erikamallinger March 26 2014 at 4:11 PM

why is this scumbag's trial not until NOVEMBER - what's up with that - he should be tried and executed now -

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kubi490 erikamallinger March 27 2014 at 12:31 AM

the same goes for the Fort Hood terrorist....or as obama calls him the "shooter" and requested that our murdered soldiers boots and rifles be removed at the ceremony he attended

they will all be in limbo until obama is on his way out of the white house but not before he hands in his pardon list

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fullsrvlaw March 26 2014 at 2:15 PM

You have to wonder about Immigration and Naturalization and Homeland Security when they drop the ball like this. I have a client whose former husband spent a year in an Israeli jail for building bombs and yet he was still able to become a US citizen. Now, as a citizen, he and his Middle Eastern cohorts here regularly funnel as much money as they can to Yemen (a terrorist state). He is not even on a no-fly list and neither is his friend who was convicted of sending money illegally to Yemen.

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rem119 fullsrvlaw March 26 2014 at 2:44 PM

Exactly why people want fences built to close our borders. They even have Chinese coming in from Mexican side. Hang on to your firearms. You're going to need them

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hnoss802 March 26 2014 at 4:20 PM

Obama the muslim president . Has no clue what to do and Putin knows it. Mark my words N. Korea is going to make a move on the south with the help of russiaHe invites terrorist to cross our borders He has no idea how many criminals he is letting in. Impeach him or get him to resign. He is the worst pesident in history. We may be speaking Russian soon. One thing i have to say is Putin has a big pair of gonads and obamas are somewhere in a closet in a bag.

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Carolyn hnoss802 March 26 2014 at 5:48 PM

IMO he doesn't care how many criminals he is letting in. We have more to fear from the Muslim invasion taking place right now than we do from Russia.

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Pito March 26 2014 at 2:05 PM

Wow, what a surprise. Another terrorist gets by under the radar. The FBI, CIA, NSA, all tend to forget to pass on information to eachother. They act like sports teams in competition. It seems like there are bigger fish to fry in poor insignificant Americans who have never been a threat to the country. This is the beginning of a new trend. Be successful at spying on citizens of the U.S., Fail to find and keep the terrorists who want to enter and harm Americans....

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