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 injured 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.
It ‘did name Tamerlan specifically,’ he added. The ‘government-to-government’ letter, which he said was sent to the Department of Homeland Security at the highest level, did not name Boston or suggest a date for his planned attack.
A DHS official denied, however, that Homeland Security received any such warning from Saudi intelligence about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
‘DHS has no knowledge of any communication from the Saudi government regarding information on the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing prior to the attack,’ MailOnline learned from one Homeland Security official who declined to be named in this report.
The White House took a similar view. ‘We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received,’ said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the president’s National Security Council.
Maybe it’s just my sleazy legal training but I’m reading those two official denials and noticing that they are really non-denial denials. My bullshit detecting antennae are always aroused by carefully parsed statements because that’s how lawyers lie.
If this story is true then our government received TWO specific warnings about Speedbump Tsarnaev. And it’s not like he was hiding out somewhere, the fucker was receiving welfare in his real name. All the agents had to do was go to the place we were sending the checks.
This story really irks me for a couple of reasons. After 9/11 we were told we had to sacrifice some of our freedoms and privacy in order to stop terrorism. I didn’t agree with that crap but they went ahead and passed the Patriot Act anyway, along with some other top secret programs that were so secret they didn’t even have names. They also were supposed to have streamlined government information sharing so the various agencies would be able to communicate with each other.
None of that stuff prevented the Tsarnaev Brothers from setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon, but some good old-fashioned police work might have. Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens are routinely being felt-up at airports and the federal government is obsessed with blaming every incidence of violence on the Tea Party.
Now I hear that Jahar Tsarnaev may plead guilty to a deal that would give him life without parole and I can’t help thinking that if there is a plea deal there won’t be any public airing of the evidence against him. That thought bothers me.