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Was the Relationship between Brian Glyn Williams and Dzokhar Tsarnaev more than Just Student and “Tutor”?


COMMENT: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, we’ve high­lighted the unrav­el­ing of the “two lone nuts” the­ory of that tragic event.

Although much has yet to come to light about the attacks, a num­ber of things have become clear, including:

We cau­tion, as we did from the begin­ning of the inves­ti­ga­tion, against sim­plis­tic analy­sis of the event. It is only too clear, how­ever, that the bombers were part of an intel­li­gence milieu that is pur­su­ing jihad in the Caucasus.

In this con­text, we note that younger brother Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s high school men­tor has a back­ground in the CIA and also teaches Islamic stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, which Dzokhar attended.

Williams has been quoted in the media about Dzokhar’s strong inter­est in the Chechen jihad and its leaders.

Pro­fes­sor Williams has also penned a piece for The Huff­in­g­ton Post dimin­ish­ing the notion of the Chechen fight­ers as par­tic­i­pants in the global jihadist network.

As we saw in FTR #710, the Chechen jihad and other, sim­i­lar move­ments in the Cau­ca­sus are receiv­ing the active assis­tance of ele­ments of the U.S. national secu­rity establishment.

We note in this regard that the sce­nario unfold­ing here is con­sis­tent with our work­ing hypoth­e­sis pre­sented in the long For The Record series on the Arab Spring.

In our vis­its with John Lof­tus, we have noted his work demon­strat­ing that, in effect, there are two CIA’s and two State Depart­ments. The smaller and less pow­er­ful fac­tion of both agen­cies is affil­i­ated with the Demo­c­ra­tic Party and the larger, more pow­er­ful fac­tion of each agency is asso­ci­ated with the GOP and the transna­tional cor­po­ra­tions. We also note that the GOP fac­tion of each is fas­cist and effec­tively con­trolled by the Under­ground Reich.

At this point in time, we feel that the GOP/Underground Reich fac­tion is in con­trol, with the Obama admin­is­tra­tion left to answer uncom­fort­able ques­tions con­cern­ing the event.

For some time, we have noted Obama’s attempts at “reboot­ing” our rela­tions with Rus­sia. Sup­port for jihad in the Cau­ca­sus can­not help that at all.

We note in that regard the GOP drum­fire about Hillary Clinton’s behav­ior vis a vis the Beng­hazi attack. We believe that this desta­bi­liza­tion was part of the intent of the so-called Arab Spring. The GOP/Underground Reich is work­ing to neu­tral­ize Hillary before 2016.

It will be inter­est­ing to see if “Lee Har­vey Obama” also catches heat for the Boston attack. 

It is against the back­ground of the Boston attacks and the gen­eral may­hem over­tak­ing this soci­ety that we reflect on the ascen­sion of Michael Morell to act­ing direc­tor of CIA, this accom­plished through the “Petraeus Coup.” We won­der if Morell is Under­ground Reich and to what extent he may be assisting/orchestrating some of this.”

“I Hope I Didn’t Con­tribute To It” by Mark Ames;; 5/8/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . For now, I want to start with one of the biggest “What The Fuck?!” in the bomb­ing story, a detail so far com­pletely over­looked: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s high school project “men­tor,” Brian Glyn Williams. Brian Glyn Williams hap­pens to work for the CIA, on Islamic sui­cide bombers, Chech­nya, and jihadi ter­ror­ism. Williams is also an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, the uni­ver­sity where 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsar­naev was enrolled, and where he spent many of his last free hours between the Boston Marathon bomb­ing on April 15, and his arrest on April 19. . . .

“As Man­hunt Ends, New Ques­tions Emerge in Boston Bomb­ings” by Kevin John­son, Donna Lein­wand Leger and Gary Strauss; USA Today; 4/19/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . The New Bed­ford Standard-Times reported that Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, who teaches Chechen his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts at Dart­mouth, said he had tutored Dzhokhar in the sub­ject when he was in high school.

“He was learn­ing his Chechen iden­tity, iden­ti­fy­ing with the dias­pora and iden­ti­fy­ing with his home­land,” Williams said, adding that Dzhokhar “wanted to learn more about Chech­nya, who the fight­ers were, who the com­man­ders were.” . . . .

“Thoughts on the ‘Jihad­i­fi­ca­tion’ of Boston Bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev” by Brian Glyn Williams; Huff­in­g­ton Post; 4/25/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . These arti­cles sys­tem­at­i­cally demol­ished the mis­guided notion that the out­gunned, Sovi­etized, Sufi-mystic Chechen rebels defend­ing their moun­tain home­land from the mighty Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion had some­how devel­oped a for­eign pol­icy which bizarrely led them to become the evil hench­men of the Saudi Ara­bian Wah­habi fun­da­men­tal­ist ter­ror­ist Osama Bin Laden and his Pash­tun tribal Tal­iban allies in Afghanistan. I myself per­son­ally trav­eled to Afghanistan in 2003 and inter­viewed numer­ous Tal­iban pris­on­ers of war held by North­ern Alliance Uzbek Gen­eral Dos­tum to see if they had ever seen a real Chechen fighter of the sort reported to be the van­guard of their armies (see my pho­tos here). None of them had ever seen or heard of Chechens; it was like look­ing for the Chechen Big Foot. . . .

“Gorin: More Details on the Georgia-Hosted Jihadi Con­fer­ence Emerge” by Julia Gorin; Jihad Watch; 4/12/2010.

ENTIRE TEXT: An analy­sis pub­lished Mon­day by Defense & For­eign Affairs offers some cor­rob­o­ra­tion for the Georgia-hosted, U.S.-approved jihadi con­fab in Decem­ber, the men­tion of which seemed to upset some readers.

Here are the rel­e­vant excerpts from the 16-page analy­sis, which is subscription-only and there­fore not linkable:

Mean­while, Geor­gia is actively seek­ing to exploit the spread of jamaats [jihadist mini-societies] in the North Cau­ca­sus in order to go after the Russ­ian pipelines in hope of ensnar­ing the US into actively sup­port­ing a new con­fronta­tion with Rus­sia. In early Decem­ber 2009, Tbil­isi orga­nized a high-level meet­ing of jihadists groups from the Mid­dle East and West­ern Europe in order “to coor­di­nate activ­i­ties on Russia’s south­ern flank.” The Geor­gian Embassy in Kuwait, for exam­ple, arranged for travel doc­u­ments for jihadists from Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia and the Gulf States. (There is a large and very active Chechen/Circassian com­mu­nity in Jor­dan since the 19th Cen­tury that is heav­ily rep­re­sented in the intel­li­gence ser­vices and the mil­i­tary.) In Tbil­isi, Deputy Min­is­ter of Inter­nal Affairs Lord­kipanadze was the host and coor­di­na­tor. The meet­ing was attended by sev­eral Geor­gian senior offi­cials who stressed that Saakashvili him­self knew and approved of the under­tak­ing. The meet­ing addressed the launch of both “mil­i­tary oper­a­tions” in south­ern Rus­sia and ide­o­log­i­cal war­fare. One of the first results of the meet­ing was the launch, soon after­wards of the Russian-language TV sta­tion First Caucasian.

The jihadists of the North Cau­ca­sus — includ­ing the Arab com­man­ders in their midst — came out of the early Decem­ber 2009 meet­ing con­vinced that Tbil­isi is most inter­ested in the spread of ter­ror­ism. The meet­ing was attended by, among oth­ers, Mohmad Muham­mad Shabaan, an Egypt­ian senior com­man­der who is also known as Seif al-Islam and who has been involved in Cau­ca­sus affairs since 1992. He took copi­ous notes. Accord­ing to Shabaan’s notes, the Geor­gian gov­ern­ment wants the jihadists to con­duct “acts of sab­o­tage to blow up rail­way tracks, elec­tric­ity lines and energy pipelines” in south­ern Rus­sia in order to divert con­struc­tion back to Geor­gian territory.

Geor­gian intel­li­gence promised to facil­i­tate the arrival in the Cau­ca­sus of numer­ous senior jihadists by pro­vid­ing Geor­gian pass­ports, and to pro­vide logis­ti­cal sup­port includ­ing the reopen­ing of bases in north­ern Geor­gia. Russ­ian intel­li­gence was not obliv­i­ous of the meet­ing. Seif al-Islam and two senior aides were assas­si­nated on Feb­ru­ary 4, 2010. The Rus­sians retrieved a lot of doc­u­ments in the process. Moscow sig­naled its dis­plea­sure shortly after­wards when the pres­i­dents of Rus­sia and Abk­hazia signed a 50-year agree­ment on a Russ­ian mil­i­tary base in order to “pro­tect Abkhazia’s sov­er­eignty and secu­rity, includ­ing against inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups”.

A major issue still to be resolved is the extent of the US culpability.

The same analy­sis recalls when this mis­guided approach was used in the Balkans, and out­lines how, in order to not alien­ate Mus­lims while we tried to con­tain ter­ror from the Mid­dle East, we for­ti­fied ter­ror in the Balkans and jump-started the global jihad:

Ini­tially, the US-led West­ern inter­ven­tion in the for­mer Yugoslavia was aimed first and fore­most to sal­vage NATO (and with it US dom­i­nance over post-Cold War West­ern Europe) from irrel­e­vance and col­lapse. As well, the sup­port for the Mus­lims of Bosnia became the counter-balance of the US con­fronta­tion with jihadism in the Mid­dle East. Anthony Lake, US Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton’s National Secu­rity Adviser, for­mu­lated the logic for the US-led inter­ven­tion on behalf of the Mus­lims. The US national inter­est “requires our work­ing to con­tain Mus­lim extrem­ism, and we have to find a way of being firm in our oppo­si­tion to Mus­lim extrem­ism while mak­ing it clear we’re not opposed to Islam. If we are seen as anti-Muslim, it’s harder for us to con­tain Mus­lim extrem­ism. And if we stand by while Mus­lims are killed and raped in Bosnia, it makes it harder to con­tinue our pol­icy,” Lake argued. That in the process the US would end up part­ner­ing with, sup­port­ing and arm­ing, the very same jihadist forces Clin­ton was seek­ing to con­tain meant noth­ing to Wash­ing­ton. The only thing Wash­ing­ton cared about was the image of a US ral­ly­ing to the res­cue of a Mus­lim cause.

Note that in the 90s the U.S., like Britain, per­mit­ted and facil­i­tated ter­ror­ist net­works to oper­ate in Bosnia and Kosovo for the pur­pose of Serb-killing, and along with Ger­many we trained Alban­ian and Mid­dle East­ern ter­ror­ists in Alba­nia. Sure enough, the same decade saw U.S. offi­cials par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Decem­ber 1999 meet­ing in Azer­bai­jan very sim­i­lar to the Decem­ber 2009 meet­ing in Tbil­isi, where “pro­grams for the train­ing and equip­ping of muja­hedin from the Cau­ca­sus, Cen­tral and South Asia, and the Arab world were dis­cussed and agreed upon.” The men­tion of this meet­ing comes in as the analy­sis gives back­ground on how we decided to sup­port ter­ror­ism against Russia:

By 1999, the US had given up on rec­on­cil­ing Azer­bai­jan and Arme­nia in order to con­struct pipelines to Turkey, and instead Wash­ing­ton started focus­ing on build­ing pipelines via Georgia.

For such a project to be eco­nom­i­cally viable, the Russ­ian pipelines would have to be shut down. Hence, in early Octo­ber 1999, senior offi­cials of US oil com­pa­nies and US offi­cials offered rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Russ­ian “oli­garchs” in Europe huge div­i­dends from the pro­posed Baku-Ceyhan pipeline if the “oli­garchs” con­vinced Moscow to with­draw from the Cau­ca­sus, per­mit the estab­lish­ment of an Islamic state, and close down the Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipeline. Con­se­quently, there would be no com­pe­ti­tion to the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. The “oli­garchs” were con­vinced that the high­est lev­els of the Clin­ton White House endorsed this ini­tia­tive. The meet­ing failed because the Rus­sians would hear noth­ing of the US proposal.

Con­se­quently, the US deter­mined to deprive Rus­sia of an alter­nate pipeline route by sup­port­ing a spi­ral­ing vio­lence and ter­ror­ism in Chechnya….The Clin­ton White House sought to actively involve the US in yet another anti-Russian jihad as if reliv­ing the “good ol’ days” of Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, seek­ing to sup­port and empower the most vir­u­lent anti-Western Islamist forces in yet another strate­gic region.

In mid-December 1999, US offi­cials par­tic­i­pated in a for­mal meet­ing in Azer­bai­jan in which spe­cific pro­grams for the train­ing and equip­ping of muja­hedin from the Cau­ca­sus, Cen­tral and South Asia, and the Arab world were dis­cussed and agreed upon. This meet­ing led to Washington’s tacit encour­age­ment of both Mus­lim allies (mainly the intel­li­gence ser­vices of Turkey, Jor­dan, and Saudi Ara­bia) and US “pri­vate secu­rity com­pa­nies” (of the type that did Washington’s dirty job in the Balkans while skirt­ing and vio­lat­ing the inter­na­tional embargo the US for­mally sup­ported) to assist the Chechens and their Islamist allies to surge in spring 2000. Cit­ing secu­rity con­cerns vis-à-vis Arme­nia and Rus­sia, Azer­bai­jan adamantly refused to per­mit train­ing camps on its soil.

Now, just to keep our — includ­ing my — heads straight, let’s remind our­selves that this exer­cise that Robert Spencer was good enough to let me engage in on these pages was not a defense of Rus­sia; it was not meant to start an argu­ment about how bad or how not-that-bad Rus­sia is. The point is that for­eign rela­tions in a mad world require find­ing enough com­mon ground with not-so-great states so that we can work together where we can work together. It’s to min­i­mize the messi­ness of things. Why, when we had Rus­sia in its his­tor­i­cally most maleable form, did we insist on pro­vok­ing and pro­vok­ing and pro­vok­ing? Why did we make a bad sit­u­a­tion like Rus­sia worse when we had an oppor­tu­nity to make it bet­ter? As with all prob­lem­atic coun­tries that we nonethe­less find areas of coop­er­a­tion with, we nar­rowed even those areas by deal­ing with the Rus­sians in the bad faith that had been their trade­mark. Simul­ta­ne­ously, we moved away from pick­ing the lesser evil in a given con­flict, and started sid­ing with the greater.

It’s a sur­real sit­u­a­tion indeed when the actions of my sav­ior coun­try put me in the posi­tion of hav­ing to “defend” Rus­sia, whose peo­ple my par­ents thank their lucky stars to not have to live among any­more. I myself am a self-proclaimed Rus­so­phobe; I just had no idea how much more patho­log­i­cal America’s Rus­so­pho­bia is. So for some­one who is loath to visit even Brighton Beach, I find myself in a sur­pris­ing posi­tion here, point­ing out where we went wrong and shoved Rus­sia back into old behaviors.

Infu­ri­at­ingly pre­dictably, one of the com­ment posters sug­gested that the line I’m tak­ing here is one that’s paid for by Rus­sia. The same “tip” was offered to Robert by a fel­low blog­ger — in that tone of pro­vid­ing “some friendly, pro­fes­sional, and cau­tion­ary advice.” The likes of which I’m all too famil­iar with by now. (One Wall St. Jour­nal fix­ture advised me, “Your views on this [the Balkans] are deeply misjudged…You’re not doing your career any favors.” Thanks. Good thing I don’t have a career, then.) It cer­tainly would be nice if any­one paid me for any­thing I do, but it wasn’t to be in this lifetime.

Regard­less, it shouldn’t seem strange for some­one to be point­ing out that our for­eign pol­icy is being guided by peo­ple with a stronger anti-Russian agenda than anti-jihad agenda. And notice where this kind of think­ing has got­ten us. Take the past two decades of West­ern pol­icy and media cov­er­age in the Balkans, which were based on infor­ma­tion that made its way into reporters’ note­books directly from the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion of the Bosn­ian Gov­ern­ment run by the fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lim wartime pres­i­dent Alija Izetbe­govic. The tem­plate was used again when politi­cians, reporters, NGOs and human rights orga­ni­za­tions duti­fully repeated what was com­ing out of the KLA-run news­pa­pers and other pro­pa­ganda organs of the Kosovo sep­a­ratists. And so in ser­vice to con­sis­tency, hav­ing got­ten into this hole, we’ve kept dig­ging. With our Yugoslavia inter­ven­tion, as the Defense & For­eign Affairs analy­sis points out, we’ve ended up “demo­niz­ing the Serbs and the world of East­ern Chris­tian­ity as a whole.” Such that we’ve arrived at a place where the word “Byzan­tine” is now used to mean prim­i­tive or unciv­i­lized. While the Mus­lim world and Islamic her­itage rep­re­sent the height of cul­ture, tra­di­tion, her­itage and civilization.

One inter­est­ing thing about the reac­tions to call­ing the U.S. on its aggres­sive alien­ation of Rus­sia via, for exam­ple, the use of jihadists is the sense of out­rage and shock at the sug­ges­tion that Amer­ica would sup­port these vio­lent groups, fol­lowed imme­di­ately by a defense or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of such tac­tics (e.g. “we *should* help the Chechens against the Rus­sians”). Mean­while, these oh-so-incendiary alle­ga­tions hap­pen to coin­cide with overtly stated inten­tions and poli­cies. (See the late Sen­a­tor Tom Lan­tos and his ilk applaud­ing the cre­ation of a U.S.-made Mus­lim state in Europe, which the jihadists should “take note of,” Lan­tos hoped.)



Looking Under a Rock: FBI and CIA Hit New Low in Recruitment Drive

by Steven Emerson

In a fright­en­ing and bizarre turn, the two chief agen­cies tapped with safe­guard­ing America’s national secu­rity have started adver­tis­ing in a pub­li­ca­tion that can only be described as objec­tively pro-terrorism.

The online edi­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Report for Mid­dle East Affairs (WRMEA), a pub­li­ca­tion linked to for­mer Con­gress­man Paul Find­ley, who once described him­self as “Yasir Arafat’s best friend in Con­gress,” fea­tures recruit­ing adver­tise­ments seek­ing new agents for both the Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion and the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency.

WRMEA’s his­tory of sup­port for Hamas, other ter­ror­ist groups and indi­vid­ual ter­ror­ists is well known. Cur­rently on the front page of its web­site, right in the cen­ter, is an homage, con­sti­tut­ing of a col­lec­tion of arti­cles and hagiogra­phies, to con­victed Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad oper­a­tive Sami Al-Arian. (see the ad at right)

Al-Arian was inves­ti­gated by the FBI for a decade and finally brought to trial in 2005, pros­e­cuted by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice in Tampa. In April 2006, Al-Arian pled guilty to one count of “Con­spir­acy to make or receive con­tri­bu­tions of funds, goods or ser­vices to or for the ben­e­fit of the Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Terrorist.”

This is the same Al-Arian who once told an audi­ence of Mus­lims, “Let us damn Amer­ica. Let us damn Israel. Let us damn their allies until death. Why do we stop?” (empha­sis added)

And yet, the same FBI that sought to con­vict him as a ter­ror­ist is now adver­tis­ing for recruits on a pro-Al-Arian (and pro-terrorist in gen­eral) web­site. The pro Al-Arian ori­en­ta­tion is part of a long and doc­u­mented his­tory of pro-Islamic ter­ror­ist fea­tures pub­lished by WRMEA dur­ing the past 15 years. Review­ing just about any issue of this Saudi-financed mag­a­zine would clearly deter­mine its pro ter­ror­ist bias.

It is the same lack of judg­ment that led the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to set up a recruit­ment booth and serve as a co-host for the annual Islamic Soci­ety of North Amer­ica (ISNA) con­ven­tion in Sep­tem­ber. Four months ear­lier, the same Jus­tice Depart­ment des­ig­nated ISNA as an unin­dicted co-conspirator in Holy Land Foun­da­tion for Relief and Devel­op­ment (HLF) case as part of the Hamas-Muslim Broth­er­hood con­spir­acy in the United States. U.S. Reps. Peter Hoek­stra, R-Mich., and Sue Myrick, R-NC, protested the Jus­tice Department’s recruit­ment effort with ISNA in a let­ter to then-Attorney Gen­eral Alberto Gon­za­les assert­ing that ISNA is a Jihadi organization.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment blithely dis­missed the con­cerns, say­ing other orga­ni­za­tions did it, too. That was true. That will­ful blind­ness was evi­dent in the fact that, in 2006, the Depart­ment of Defense dis­patched Deputy Sec­re­tary Gor­don Eng­land to an ISNA con­fer­ence and sent another rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the annual con­fer­ence in 2007. The Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity was there, too, with its recruit­ment booth adja­cent to the Hizb ut-Tahrir, a rad­i­cal move­ment which endorses the use of vio­lence and is devoted to estab­lish­ing a global Islamic state gov­erned by Shariah law.

After that embar­rass­ment, the FBI placed a full-page recruit­ing ad in the Novem­ber 2007 issue of ISNA’s mag­a­zine Islamic Hori­zons. “Help us light the way to a new era of under­stand­ing,” the ad reads.

Just what types of recruits are the FBI and CIA look­ing for? Appar­ently, these agen­cies do not learn from expe­ri­ence, even recent expe­ri­ences. Just last Novem­ber, for­mer FBI and CIA agent Nadia Nadim Prouty was arrested and pled guilty to fraud­u­lently obtain­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship through a sham mar­riage, and using her ille­gally acquired sta­tus to attain employ­ment with both the FBI and CIA. Prouty is the sis­ter of Elfat Al Aouar, who is the wife of Talal Chahine – the Detroit-based restau­ra­teur linked to Hizballah.

While it is too soon to deter­mine where the break­down occurred in allow­ing a Hizbal­lah oper­a­tive to infil­trate the FBI and the CIA, it is clear that these ads fall into the dis­turb­ing pat­tern where back­ground checks of Islamic mil­i­tants are not being pur­sued properly.

Prouty used her secu­rity clear­ance, in vio­la­tion of the law and her job respon­si­bil­i­ties (for which she also pled guilty), to do back­ground searches into the FBI inves­ti­ga­tion of her sis­ter and brother-in-law. But that hasn’t stopped the FBI – or the CIA for that mat­ter – from reach­ing out to a pro-terrorist crowd for its next batch of recruits. And it is Amer­i­cans who will likely pay dearly for the fact that the FBI and CIA have failed to learn the obvi­ous les­son from the Prouty case. And Prouty aside, the fact that the CIA and FBI are adver­tis­ing for employ­ment on a site that lion­izes an Islamic Jihad king­pin and other ter­ror­ist groups should frighten everyone.

Con­gress should imme­di­ately investigate.


Former CIA Analyst: ‘Sibel Edmonds is Talking About Treason, Cover-Up at Highest Levels of U.S. Government

Philip Giraldi Slams the Amer­i­can MSM, Says For­mer FBI Translator’s Alle­ga­tions of the Sale of U.S. Nuke Secrets to the For­eign Black Mar­ket ‘Must be Heard’…

For­mer CIA ana­lyst and inter­na­tional secu­rity and counter-terrorism expert Philip Giraldi has filed some of the Amer­i­can media’s best reports (even though we real­ize that’s not nec­es­sar­ily say­ing much) on the Sibel Edmonds case.

If you missed it a week or two ago, Giraldi filed a detailed report on the lat­est of Edmonds’ alle­ga­tions on the sale of U.S. nuclear secrets, on the for­eign black mar­ket, to friend and foe alike, as aided and abet­ted by very high-ranking U.S. offi­cials. His arti­cle, pub­lished at Amer­i­can Con­servative Mag­a­zine and titled “Found in Translation,” is a must read for both folks new to the issue and those who may have missed a beat or two along the way. The case also, if you haven’t noticed, ties in to the Valerie Plame Wilson/Brewster Jen­nings CIA Leak Case, and includes alle­ga­tions that her cover com­pany was outed to for­eign agents by the #3 in the State Depart­ment, Marc Gross­man, years before Robert Novak wrote his infa­mous col­umn blow­ing the cover of the pre­vi­ously covert Plame Wilson.

Giraldi has now posted a slightly more gen­eral read this morn­ing at Huff­in­g­ton Post, in an arti­cle titled “Sibel Edmonds Must Be Heard.” The piece offers both an eas­ily read­able sum­mary of the case so far and another scathing (and well-deserved) con­dem­na­tion of the Amer­i­can cor­po­rate main­stream media for all but ignor­ing the story.

He even notes, cor­rectly, the fail­ure of “so-called gad­flies like Olber­mann and Moy­ers” to cover this story, as we detailed our­selves sev­eral moons ago…

Of course Huff­in­g­ton Post, whose cur­rent top head­line on the “Pol­i­tics” page is: “Good­fel­las: DeNiro Backs Obama In Jer­sey,” has been less than stel­lar in its own cov­er­age of these issues as well. While they did fea­ture a front page cross-posting of “Pen­ta­gon Papers” whistle­blower Daniel Ellsberg’s recent op-ed on the Amer­i­can MSM’s fail­ure to cover and report on the Edmonds case (orig­i­nally pub­lished at The BRAD BLOG here), so far Giraldi’s post has been buried to all but those who seek it out.

(FULL DISCLOSURE: We also write for Huff Po our­selves from time to time.)


We hope you’ll read Giraldi’s lat­est Huff Po story in full, so we’re loath to quote too much of it here. The final graf, how­ever, must be noted far and wide:

Arti­cle III of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States defines trea­son as giv­ing aid and com­fort to the ene­mies of the United States. This has been inter­preted by US courts to include the sell­ing or betrayal of defense secrets to for­eign pow­ers. Sibel Edmonds is talk­ing about trea­son at the high­est lev­els of the United State gov­ern­ment and it is clear that a cover up is going on orches­trated by the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion that is being aided and assisted by an acqui­es­cent media. It is time that Sibel’s voice be heard.

To quote from the musi­cal 1776: Is any­body there? Does any­body care?





Boston bombings suspects were double agents?


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 20, 2013

The big questions buzzing over Boston Bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have a single answer: It emerged in the 102 tense hours between the twin Boston Marathon bombings Monday, April 15 – which left three dead, 180 injured and a police officer killed at MIT – and Dzohkhar’s capture Friday, April 19 in Watertown.

The conclusion reached by debkafile’s counterterrorism and intelligence sources is that the brothers were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which, helped by Saudi financial institutions, had spread across the restive Russian Caucasian.

Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went secretly over to the radical Islamist networks.

By this tortuous path, the brothers earned the dubious distinction of being the first terrorist operatives to import al Qaeda terror to the United States through a winding route outside the Middle East – the Caucasus.

This broad region encompasses the autonomous or semi-autonomous Muslim republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Karachyevo-Cherkesiya, most of which the West has never heard of.

Moscow however keeps these republics on a tight military and intelligence leash, constantly putting down violent resistance by the Wahhabist cells, which draw support from certain Saudi sources and funds from the Riyadh government for building Wahhabist mosques and schools to disseminate the state religion of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis feared that their convoluted involvement in the Caucasus would come embarrassingly to light when a Saudi student was questioned about his involvement in the bombng attacks while in a Boston hospital with badly burned hands.

They were concerned to enough to send Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal to Washington Wednesday, April 17, in the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing crisis, for a private conversation with President Barack Obama and his national security adviser Tom Donilon on how to handle the Saudi angle of the bombing attack.
That day too, official Saudi domestic media launched an extraordinary three-day campaign. National and religious figures stood up and maintained that authentic Saudi Wahhabism does not espouse any form of terrorism or suicide jihadism and the national Saudi religion had nothing to do with the violence in Boston.  “No matter what the nationality and religious of the perpetrators, they are terrorists and deviants who represent no one but themselves.”

Prince Saud was on a mission to clear the 30,000 Saudi students in America of suspicion of engaging in terrorism for their country or religion, a taint which still lingers twelve years after 9/11. He was concerned that exposure of the Tsarnaev brothers’ connections with Wahhabist groups in the Caucasus would revive the stigma.

The Tsarnaevs’ recruitment by US intelligence as penetration agents against terrorist networks in southern Russia explains some otherwise baffling features of the event:
1.  An elite American college in Cambridge admitted younger brother Dzhokhar and granted him a $2,500 scholarship, without subjecting him to the exceptionally stiff standard conditions of admission. This may be explained by his older brother Tamerlan demanding this privilege for his kid brother in part payment for recruitment.
2.  When in 2011, a “foreign government” (Russian intelligence) asked the FBI to screen Tamerlan for suspected ties to Caucasian Wahhabist cells during a period in which they had begun pledging allegiance to al Qaeda, the agency, it was officially revealed, found nothing incriminating against him and let him go after a short interview.

He was not placed under surveillance. Neither was there any attempt to hide the fact that he paid a long visit to Russia last year and on his return began promoting radical Islam on social media.
Yet even after the Boston marathon bombings, when law enforcement agencies, heavily reinforced by federal and state personnel, desperately hunted the perpetrators, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was never mentioned as a possible suspect

3.  Friday, four days after the twin explosions at the marathon finishing line, the FBI released footage of Suspect No. 1 in a black hat and Suspect No. 2 in a white hat walking briskly away from the crime scene, and appealed to the public to help the authorities identify the pair.
We now know this was a charade. The authorities knew exactly who they were. Suddenly, during the police pursuit of their getaway car from the MIT campus on Friday, they were fully identified. The brother who was killed in the chase was named Tamerlan, aged 26, and the one who escaped, only to be hunted down Saturday night hiding in a boat, was 19-year old Dzhokhar.

Our intelligence sources say that we may never know more than we do today about the Boston terrorist outrage which shook America – and most strikingly, Washington – this week. We may not have the full story of when and how the Chechen brothers were recruited by US intelligence as penetration agents – any more than we have got to the bottom of tales of other American double agents who turned coat and bit their recruiters.

Here is just a short list of some of the Chechen brothers’ two-faced predecessors:

In the 1980s, an Egyptian called Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed offered his services as a spy to the CIA residence in Cairo. He was hired, even though he was at the time the official interpreter of Ayman al-Zuwahiri, then Osama bin Laden’s senior lieutenant and currently his successor.

He accounted for this by posing as a defector. But then, he turned out to be feeding al Qaeda US military secrets. Later, he was charged with Al Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam.
On Dec. 30, 2009, the Jordanian physician Humam Khalil al-Balawi, having gained the trust of US intelligence in Afghanistan as an agent capable of penetrating al Qaeda’s top ranks, detonated a bomb at a prearranged rendezvous in Kost, killing the four top CIA agents in the country.
Then, there was the French Muslim Mohamed Merah. He was recruited by French intelligence to penetrate Islamist terror cells in at least eight countries, including the Caucasus. At the end of last year, he revealed his true spots in deadly attacks on a Jewish school in Toulouse and a group of French military commandoes.

The debate has begun over the interrogation of the captured Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarmayev when he is fit for questioning after surgery for two bullet wounds and loss of blood. The first was inflicted during the police chase in which his brother Tamerlan was killed.

An ordinary suspect would be read his rights (Miranda) and be permitted a lawyer. In his case, the “public safety exemption” option may be invoked, permitting him to be questioned without those rights, provided the interrogation is restricted to immediate public safety concerns. President Barack Obama is also entitled to rule him an “enemy combatant” and so refer him to a military tribunal and unrestricted grilling.

According to debkafile’s counter terror sources, four questions should top the interrogators’ agenda:

a) At what date did the Tsarnaev brothers turn coat and decide to work for Caucasian Wahhabi networks?

b) Did they round up recruits for those networks in the United States – particularly, among the Caucasian and Saudi communities?

c)  What was the exact purpose of the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath at MIT in Watertown?

d) Are any more terrorist attacks in the works in other American cities?


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More make-crazy stuff.

DEBKAfile, an Israeli intelligence website, claims that alleged Boston Marathon bombings suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were double agents who had been hired by U.S. and Saudi intelligence to infiltrate the radical Wahhabi Islamists, but who betrayed their handlers by going over to the jihadists.

The Saudi intelligence angle would explain the presence of that mysterious “Saudi national” at the Boston Marathon, as well as the Saudi’s kid-glove treatment by the Obama regime. (See my post of April 20, 2013, “What about that other Boston bombings suspect, the Saudi national?“)

The website DEBKAfile, published in English and Hebrew, describes itself as having been “founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service.” It claims to have “pioneered intensive news coverage and analysis of global terror before it hit the front pages as…

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This is a Google Translator version of the Russian report concerning Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his trip last year to Russia.  The source is the Counterintelligence Department Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.


“Caucasian fund” in cooperation with the Foundation “Jamestown” in the summer of 2012 conducted workshops and seminars for young people of the Caucasus, including its Russian part. Some of them attended Tsarnaev Tamerlane, who was in Russia from January to July 2012.

…Main purpose is to recruit young people and intellectuals of the North Caucasus to enhance instability and extremism in the southern regions of Russia.

…”Caucasian fund” and fund “Jamestown” are sympathetic to the Georgian people, who are invited to various events in the republic under the innocent pretexts. In these seminars, the Russians are recruiting and preparing acts of terrorism.”


Тамерлана Царнаева завербовали через грузинский фонд

“Tamerlane Tsarnaeva recruited via the Georgian Foundation”


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