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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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mstarr2020 March 27 2014 at 4:59 AM

Russia told us this during the Obama reign? Putin's beginning to look better every day. He's sure smarter! Gross as that is, it's true! Why didn't we listen to him and act on it to save our American lives???? Benghazi much ???

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barbbberg March 26 2014 at 3:43 PM

NBC? This news came out right after they were suspected. Don't wait for NBC to get news the administration doesn't want you to hear.

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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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Little Kitten March 26 2014 at 3:38 PM

And why do we allow trash like this to come into our country? His mother was a thief and so was his wife. Trash, trash, trash.

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j.pr3 March 26 2014 at 3:37 PM

You know, here's the thing - y'all voted this administration into the White House, senate, etc. when you had an opportunity to clean house. Granted, the choices were not really that good on the other side, but maybe trading one buffoon for another would not have been too bad, because at least the other one was AMERICAN through and through and I feel sure he (they) would at least have tried to keep our country the great country it was before buffoon/anti-American Obama and his cronies were able to continue to attempt to drag us to ruin. Here's hoping that the next election will produce a better quality of opposition/candidates and we can begin working to rebuild this great nation.

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stukk j.pr3 March 26 2014 at 3:51 PM

Don't ya'll me! I voted for Romney!!! Odummer never got my vote either time! I read his lips the first time I saw him speak... Lies, lies, lies.

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Carolyn stukk March 26 2014 at 5:51 PM

Me too. I voted for the American.

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heveni j.pr3 March 26 2014 at 6:45 PM

Don't include me. I knew what he was all about before the election. It's the low information voters .

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drepke March 26 2014 at 3:37 PM

Most foreign names have variations on spelling depending on who spells them. It is common practice to try a root name and wok out from there or other spellings when doing database searches for Persons of Interest. I was in intelligence for 30 years and this is what we did.

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stukk drepke March 26 2014 at 3:52 PM

Apparently you need to get back to work!

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lalalexm1 drepke March 26 2014 at 3:59 PM

For being in intelligence you sure are not very intelligent.

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itzfatcat March 26 2014 at 3:34 PM

Political correctness closed the case. Just couln't completely investigate a muslim. Might cause a backlast - but it is ok for citizens to be killed or injured.

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drepke itzfatcat March 26 2014 at 3:40 PM

Political correctness allowed Major Hassan to not only remain in the military before he killed 13 fellow soldiers and wounded 31 at Fort Hood, TX. He was also promoted after being investigated by the FBI. Political corretness also resulted in the cover up report by former Secretary of the Army Togo West to conclude it was not a terrorist act but an act of workplace violence, depriving those killed and wounded from some benfits.

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dracura94 March 26 2014 at 3:31 PM

I do not doubt it. King Obama and his elitist staffhas treated the Russians the same way he treats everyone else - in a condescending, soft arrogance. He has poor listenning skills and is typically waiting for people to shut up so he can hear himselves. Treating world leaders the way he treats his subjects is not exactly smart, which is why our foreign relations suck.

Once again I ask - "please grow up Mr. President; yes - we know you are black and really don't care; any legally born American hispanic, oriental, aboriginal, or caucasian can be president - but not likely a good one if he can't get over himself or out of his own way - which you have proven you can not do. "

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ROB SYKES March 26 2014 at 3:09 PM

The U.S. Government [N.S.A.] has cell phone and e-mail software that can work out probabilities of what you’re going to be having for your lunch and where, but just can’t figure out when a direct communication is made with a credible threat. Sorry the N.S.A. spying on its citizens is just not justified…

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drepke March 26 2014 at 3:05 PM

The FBI not only invetsigated and closed this investigation which turned into a major terrorist attack, the FBI also investigated Major Hssan's 20+ emails to an Al-Qaida leader in Yemen and decided nothing was worth following up. Of course we know Major Hassan, who claimed during his trail for killing 13 fellow soldiers and wounding 31 others was trying to prevent them from being deployed to attack the Taliban. The FBI also was waiting for the panty-bomber when he got off his flight from Holland to Detroit. The only problem was the Panty-bomber didn't plan for the plane to land at Detroit he planned to blow it up which he almost did. The FBI also let a 9-11 plotter enter and leave the USA after 9-11, Anwar Al-Alleci, who we later droned in Yemen. He was the publisher of the Al-Qaida magazine after he assisted 2 of the 9-11 terrorists. So you see the FBI have been doing a bangup job pretecting us.

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