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Joe Giambrone

 

Orlando spree shooter Omar Mateen was on an FBI “Watch List,” but then removed. Not much watching it seems. Had the FBI better things to do than keep track of a possible terrorist? The military-industrial-complex desires all of our emails, phone records, web searches and location data in real time―the whole planet’s as a matter of fact―but when they actually have a terrorism suspect handed to them in a ribbon they find better things to do than to continue watching what he does.

Haven’t we seen this charade before?

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Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also on a “Watch List” during the time he traveled to Chechnya and Dagestan and was a great fan of “Russia’s Bin Laden” Dokka Umarov. Look how much the FBI learned as a result of that incident:

“When Mr. Tsarnaev returned in July, the travel alert ‘was more than a year old and had expired,’ Ms. Napolitano said.”

So, if a terrorist, any terrorist, simply waits a year it becomes open season. Good to know. Are you feeling protected? The idea that a terrorism suspect should be removed from a Watch List is absurd on its face. Who decided that there was a ticking clock for terrorists to act within some set time frame?

The 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar were in the USA for 18 months prior to striking. The so-called failure of the “watch list” in that case was already the subject of fifteen years of scrutiny since. The ridiculous actions noted by Ms. Napolitano above make no sense whatsoever. More than a year? So what?

In Omar Mateen’s recent case the FBI canceled his watch listing after 10 months. The Tsarnaev case has similarities to Mateen, which persist:

“The picture emerging Wednesday was of a counterterrorism bureaucracy that had at least four contacts with Russian spy services about Mr. Tsarnaev in the year before he took a six-month trip to Russia…”

That story ignored a more recent Russian warning after Tamerlan’s trip to Russia, warnings that were censored from US news media. You’d have to go to UK media to see that “Russia asked FBI to investigate bomber just 6 MONTHS ago after being spotted with a militant on trip to Dagestan.” That was in December of 2012. A little math, and we find at least five contacts with Russian intelligence over Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was allowed to freely roam Boston in a car with “Terrorista #1” on the front license plate. Even sources in the Saudi Arabian government claimed to have warned the US about Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to his attacks, and they disallowed his pilgrimage to Mecca.

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The Tsarnaev family had connections to both CIA and USAID, facts that never did appear on US airwaves.

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou claims widespread “incompetence” at FBI. I’m not so certain about that. Not at all. Incompetence implies something unintended, and intent is that grey area we have yet to penetrate.

You see, the “double game” of America’s foreign policy needs to be understood and factored in, the game where America divides up terrorists into the “good” kind and the “bad” kind. This empire routinely arms, trains and protects terrorists whom it considers “assets.” A terrorism asset or proxy is one who blows up America’s designated enemies (Syrians, Libyans, Iranians, Russians).

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FBI 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley shed a bit of light on how things worked there. Rowley came the closest of anyone to actually stopping 9/11 by attempting to get inside 20th hijacker Zacharias Moussaoui’s laptop. Moussaoui was already detained for suspicious behavior at a flight school the month before the attacks:

“Yet FBI Headquarters officials balked at allowing a search of his laptop and other property, still refusing to recognize that:
1) the Chechen separatists were themselves a “terrorist group” for purposes of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) legal requirement of acting “on behalf of a foreign power” and
2) that Moussaoui’s link to Ibn al Khattab inherently then linked him to bin Laden’s well-recognized Al Qaeda group for purposes of FISA (the point in my memo).”

You see: Chechen terrorists were not officially designated as “terrorists” by Washington, much the same way that many Syrian terrorists today are not designated as terrorists in DC. Was the episode with Moussaoui “incompetence” or deliberate… Treason? Material aid in support of international terrorism? We do not actually know at this juncture given the scale of the ongoing September 11th cover-up.

We do see a recurring pattern of protecting actual terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers, and that should disturb every American.

Washington Post:

“The FBI scrutinized Mateen for 10 months beginning in 2013, putting him under surveillance, recording his calls and using confidential informants to determine whether he had been radicalized after he talked at work about his connections with al-Qaeda and dying as a martyr.”

So they had this guy on a silver platter, but someone decided that if he hadn’t blown himself up by some arbitrary “10 month” date to just let him off the hook. Is that a sensible response to people who claim ties to Al Qaeda and want to die as martyrs? To give them all the guns they may desire and look the other way? All the ammunition too?

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Mateen had an extensive history of these Jihadist threats:

“Omar [Mateen] became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family,” [St. Lucie County Sheriff] Mascara said Wednesday. “If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed it up with very disturbing comments about women and followed it up with very disturbing comments about Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions.”

Many people at FBI should be immediately fired and replaced with people who possess at least a modicum of common sense. There is no expiration clock on terrorists choosing to carry out attacks. That is a policy without any basis in reality whatsoever and is glaringly absurd on its face. If they’re actually looking for terrorists, they need to keep track of the ones they’ve been alerted to and have reasonable suspicion of carrying out a future attack.

The Syrian connection:

“Two months later, in July 2014, [FBI] investigated a Florida man who’d blown himself up in Syria in support of al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate also considered an ISIS rival. The suicide bomber knew Mateen, investigators discovered, but those ties were not of “any consequence,” [FBI head] Comey [claimed].”

The Al Nusrah Front has been protected by the White House, as shown as recently as last week! It is a proxy army fighting against the government of Syria, a guerrilla war which the US and its many partners support covertly and overtly. The connection with Syria is the problematic point in this Omar Mateen story, and all we have at this juncture are stories from authorities. The US CIA has created unlawful insurgent armies on the ground inside Syria for years. Recruiting more fighters is an obvious and crucial part of that process.

We still remain in the dark as to any potential links to Mateen’s employer G4S, which is a multi-national “security” firm with its own suspicious past. These people operate in the shadows without even the public oversight that CIA and FBI must submit to.

The multi-trillion dollar defense/security industrial complex has been repeatedly handed real terrorists, put them on “Watch Lists,” and then inexplicably removed them so that they may commit acts of terrorism domestically. This is now a recurring pattern and a great risk to the general public, who should demand immediate change and a complete overhaul of the dysfunctional system.

As the old saying goes:

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”
-Ian Fleming

 

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This is what FBI knew about Omar Mateen, and yet it took him off the Watch List despite this and other similar incidents.

 

A deputy at the courthouse mentioned the Middle East to Mateen, who reacted by threatening the deputy, said Sheriff Ken Mascara, who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the community’s Island Club.

“Omar became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family,” Mascara said Wednesday. “If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed it up with very disturbing comments about women and followed it up with very disturbing comments about Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions.”

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FBI also sent in one of their actors to recruit Mateen into a plot, as is their standard operating procedure.

As part of its investigation, the FBI examined Mateen’s travel history, phone records, acquaintances and even planted a confidential informant in the courthouse to “lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite,” Mascara said.

And then it decided he was just another citizen, nothing to see here…

 

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Lt. Co. Anthony Shaffer is CLUELESS about the 9/11 attacks.  He is still completely in the dark about why they are still going after him all these years later.  It’s sad that he buys into the imperial myths and blames everything we know about the attacks as “incompetence” and “covering their butts.”

He goes so far as to claim that executive branch members are “victimized” by bureaucrats.  This essentially extreme right wing spin is so ridiculous, as what really was at issue was US partners sponsoring terrorism, and allowing them to do so right here at home.  While Shaffer was hunting “Al Qaeda” with his database, they were helping Chechen Al Qaeda, as they blow up Russians and Kosovo Al Qaeda while they finish breaking up Yugoslavia.

9/11 Could Have Been Prevented | Interview with Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer

He even thinks Zelikow is a good guy trying to get the truth out!  Rather than the white house point man doing all the rewriting and censoring of the report.  Shaffer just doesn’t have a clue, and they’ve treated him as such.

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by Joe Giambrone

Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, is working quite a bit harder and more competently to try and protect the American people than are the CIA and the FBI, combined.  This is not even an exaggeration.  FSB warned FBI of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 and then again after his return to the US in 2012.  It showed evidence that he had met a radical Islamist militant leader six times while in Russia.

FBI, on the other hand, told America it had never heard of Tamerlan Tsarnaev before, a clear lie, since they had interviewed him and his family, now admitted.  CIA had Tamerlan added to the TIDE watch list system, but for some inexplicable reason he wasn’t automatically “flagged” on his return to the United States.  Hmmm.  How could that be?

What is emerging here is the picture of manipulation behind the scenes.  There is something very wrong about this bombing case, so wrong that it demands immediate takeover by a non-compromised body to investigate criminal wrongdoing inside the US government itself – or is that an impossibility?  No one ever breaks the law or compromises security in the government?  The media would have us believe that the government is only capable of making “mistakes” and “missteps” and committing “incompetence.”  Nonsense.  Where’s Frank Church when you need him?

One hell of a monkey wrench has dropped into the case of the brothers Tsarnaev.  Uncle Ruslan, famous for calling them “losers” repeatedly, has very close ties to the CIA.  How close?  Uncle Ruslan was married to the daughter of a top CIA official, one Graham E. Fuller.

Who is Graham E. Fuller?

If this isn’t followed up by the media, then we are already living in Orwell’s worst nightmare.  Mr. Fuller wrote the “think piece” that inspired the Iran/Contra incident!  He was station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He is an expert on “Islamic extremism” and writes books about the future of “Political Islam.”  Mr. Fuller was a CIA heavyweight, and has a familial relationship with Ruslan Tsarni/Tsarnaev, the frothing uncle of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers.

Who is Ruslan then?

The curious CIA smoking gun comes in 1995, when uncle Ruslan establishes a front group called the “Congress of Chechen International Organization.”  The address listed for this organization is … Graham E. Fuller’s home address!  This stuff is too obvious to even work in a Hollywood B movie plot.  Several years after this time Chechnya explodes into Islamic separatist Jihad against the Russians, with massive loss of life.

Ruslan is also into oil, that being Kasakhstan’s oil.  The brother’s uncle is a “well-connected oil executive who at one point worked for a Halliburton shell company used as a front to obtain oil contracts from the Kazakh State.”  Daniel Hopsicker’s explosive investigation casts the uncle in a new light, even linking Ruslan to a $6Bn fraud and money laundering scheme.  Does he sound credible now?

So what the hell is going on here?

Israeli intelligence outfit DebkaFile called it before anyone had this information.  Israeli analysts said: Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US.

“The Tsarnaevs’ recruitment by US intelligence as penetration agents against terrorist networks in southern Russia explains some otherwise baffling features of the event…”

Unsaid by Debkafile was the obvious family tie to CIA, which the Israelis must surely have known but did not reveal.  Also unmentioned were the presence of military contractors at the marathon, which remains the biggest mystery yet.

Independent journalist David Lindorff tried to get some simple answers to some simple questions about the black jacketed, black backpack wearing, khaki pants and boots operatives at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  The runaround and stonewalling he faced came straight out of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.  There are no answers, not a one.  No one in government, nor at the company, will even acknowledge that they were there despite appearing in myriad photos and videos from the bombing and aftermath.

UPDATE:

“Apparently the men in photos were National Guard CST Civil Support Team, but this is not confirmed by the government. This government has no obligation to respond to the people’s requests for information. Likely this stonewalling by government is a tactic to INCREASE CONFUSION about this event and ensure that MISINFORMATION spreads. Why would the government want to increase the misinformation out there concerning what happened in Boston? As I said, it’s a tactic.”

Curiously, they were seen conversing with an FBI bomb squad person immediately after the blasts, leading to some speculation of a relationship between the contractors and the FBI.

Of course we know that military contractors, in this case Craft International, also work with and for the CIA.  That’s the defining characteristic of mercenaries: they work for whichever agency or entity is paying them.  Mercenary contractors can remain secret, also, and beyond the oversight of curious, pesky congressmen.  So far efforts to establish this chain of employment have been blocked by a secretive government that will not answer questions about it.

The CIA’s use of Islamic radical extremists around the world is in dire need of exposure.  The US government has helped radical terrorists take over Libya and is now supporting a brutal terror campaign in Syria.  These violent extremist movements are similar in character to the war in Chechnya and to Afghanistan in the 1980s.   Did this penchant for allying with fundamentalist zealots contribute to the FBI being called off the trail of the Tsarnaev brothers?  Were they, or at least Tamerlan, seen as useful puppets to carry out actions against the Russian state in Chechnya, Dagestan or elsewhere?

Even more sinister, we must face the possibility that these brothers were under tight surveillance and that their plans to bomb the marathon were known beforehand.

And that they were allowed to proceed exactly as they did.

Some speculate that the brothers were patsies and that the attacks were carried out by individuals in the Craft International operation.  As we are not shown any definitive proof of who placed the bombs, by the government, this question is unanswerable at present.  All we have are the claims of organizations that are already exposed for lying and for criminal negligence.

Faith in leaders is no way to run a nation.

 

UPDATE:

This National Guard CST development brings up more questions than it answers.

  • Why was the National Guard Civil Support Team looking for a Weapon of Mass Destruction at the Boston Marathon finish line, if there were no warnings about such a thing?
  • And what the hell good are they?
  • And where are the bomb sniffing dogs?
  • Were the bomb sniffing dogs finished with the “exercise” at the time of the actual bombings?
  • Was that the “exercise?”
  • Did US intelligence, such as CIA know about the Boston Marathon security procedures and specifically the time frame of bomb sniffing dogs at the finish line of the race?

 

I was pleasantly stunned when I saw Coleen Rowley posting a link to the very same article I posted here yesterday:

The Chechens’ American friends: The Washington neocons’ commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own

“Alice in Wonderland is an understatement if you understand the full reality of what’s going on.”

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Rowley is, of course, a national hero and national treasure, who tried desperately to stop the 9/11 attacks before they happened, but she was repeatedly blocked from doing so by superiors at FBI headquarters.  When she says “down the rabbit hole,” she is not exaggerating, nor being facetious.  This is realty in America: the US government plays both sides of the terrorism game.  Do you understand this?  Do you want to understand this?

Terrorism is a useful tool — in their view — when directed at one’s enemies, and the US government has been using it for as long as you have been alive, in various ploys and disguises around the world.

So when people jump to conclusions about possible “false flag” scenarios, they may be premature, but not without precedent.

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You really, really need to read Coleen Rowley’s piece on the Chechen / Al Qaeda connection if you give a damn about any of this. Ignorance is not bliss. Nor is stupidity glamorous or hip.

Additional articles cited by Coleen Rowley:

The Terrible Missed Chance
by Philip Shenon Sep 4, 2011

‘Our (New) Terrorists’ the MEK: Have We Seen This Movie Before?”
by Coleen Rowley, 09/27/2012