Overwhelming evidence the FBI was complicit in Boston: detailed timeline of deliberate failureSubmitted by Sue4theBillofrights on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:23
Timeline: Where were FBI's vast spy powers after Boston warnings?
The following is a timeline of warnings received by the FBI regarding Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the context of increased domestic surveillance capabilities since 9/11.
1986 - The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 is passed, updating the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the original "Wiretap Act" as it is known to law enforcement. As email and other forms of electronic communications become prevalent, it is determined that law enforcement must show "probable cause" that a surveillance target is committing, has committed, or is going to commit a serious crime listed in 18 U.S.C. § 2510-22, which includes murder. For example, the knowledge that two former bank robbers have bought bolt cutters, ski masks, and weapons would constitute probable cause for continued surveillance and possible arrest for conspiracy.
December 2003 - The Department of Homeland Security warns that al Qaeda terrorists from Chechnya may try to enter the US to carry out attacks, according to Paul Sperry, Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Ironically this is the same year that 16-year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev enters the United States.
January 2004 - In an intelligence briefing on “Terrorist Hot Spots,” Homeland Security concludes that: “Many Chechen rebels are trained and supported by al Qaeda."
September 2004 - Chechen guerrillas take a school hostage in Beslan, in a three-day stand-off. Over 300 people are killed, most of them schoolchildren.
September 2004 - Vladimir Putin publicly warns the U.S. about ties between Al Qaeda and Chechen rebels. Lorenzo Vidino at the Middle East Quarterly notes: "Putin may have been opportunistic, but he was also correct."
April 2008 - FBI Director Robert Mueller pushes for widespread, warrantless monitoring of the Internet for "illegal activity." Mueller argues for "the necessity of having some omnibus search capability utilizing filters that would identify the illegal activity as it comes through and give us the ability to preempt that illegal activity where it comes through a choke point."
November 2009 - The New York Review of Books reports that the NSA is constructing a data storage and mining center in the Utah desert which will store "yottabytes" of data on surveillance subjects. The articles reports:
"Once vacuumed up and stored in these near-infinite “libraries,” the data are then analyzed by powerful infoweapons, supercomputers running complex algorithmic programs, to determine who among us may be—or may one day become—a terrorist."
Since 9/11, the FBI and the NSA have established a working relationship. In a February 2013 conference on cybersecurity, FBI Director Mueller will affirm:
"the FBI often will be the first responder because of our nationwide coverage. But the investigative team, at a minimum, should include the expertise of both DHS and NSA..we also understand that we must work together on every substantial intrusion and share information among the three of us..."
August 2010 - The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds law enforcement's claim of authority to secretly plant GPS tracking devices on private automobiles, even without a warrant. Two months later, US citizen Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old college student in California, finds a GPS tracking device attached to the underside of his car. The FBI admits to planting the device without a warrant, although it has no evidence of wrongdoing. Afifi is half Egyptian. When agents arrive to demand their device back, they ask Afifi if he has been to Yemen for any type of training, and whether he knows anyone "extreme or abnormal." Afifi answers "no" and the agents tell him he is "boring."
September 2010 - Over 70 FBI agents raid the homes and serve subpoenas to prominent antiwar activists in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, and Grand Rapids, MI. Agents seize documents, computers, cell phones, passports, family photos and children's artwork.
January 2011 - Chechen jihadists attack the Moscow airport with a pressure cooker bomb, killing 36 people.
March 2011 - Russian intelligence warns the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a non-US citizen holding a resident visa, has "changed drastically since 2010," had become a "follower of radical Islam," and was "prepar[ing] to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups." The warning is forwarded to both the FBI's Washington DC headquarters and the Boston field office. The warning establishes probable cause that a crime of the most serious nature may be in planning stages. Hearsay is accepted in probable cause proceedings. The evaluation of hearsay evidence is based on the "veracity" and "basis of knowledge" of the informer.
May 2011 - Obama signs the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, the latest extension of the law which for the last ten years has allowed warrantless surveillance on US citizens. The extension includes three key provisions: roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and the surveillance of "lone wolves" - individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities who are not directly linked to terrorist groups. The PATRIOT Act allows the use of "national security letters" by the FBI in the place of court-ordered search warrants. National security letters are demands for almost any kind of records on US citizens, including web browsing histories and patterns from Internet service providers (ISPs,) credit card statements, library records, and store records and receipts. In March 2008 it was confirmed, by both a Department of Justice investigation and the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, that the FBI has "misused" the letters to compile vast dossiers on innocent Americans. The Washington Post reported:
"The FBI has increasingly used administrative orders to obtain the personal records of U.S. citizens rather than foreigners implicated in terrorism or counterintelligence investigations, and at least once it relied on such orders to obtain records that a special intelligence-gathering court had deemed protected by the First Amendment, according to two government audits released yesterday."
Between 2003 and 2006 the FBI issued nearly 200,000 national security letters.
April 2011 - The Russian intelligence alert compels the FBI to interview Tamerlan Tsarnaev in its Boston office, less than a mile away from from the location where the bombings will take place.
April 2011 to October 2011 - Russian intelligence continues to alert the FBI about Tamerlan over the next year, at least once after October 2011. The Boston Globe reports later that: "Russian authorities alerted the US government not once but "repeatedly" about their concerns over Tamerlan....FULL TIMELINE WITH SOURCE LINKS AND DRAMATIC IMAGES: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/349857