Did the FBI Recruit – Or Try to Recruit – the Boston Bombers?
The top counter-terrorism czar in both the Bush and Obama administrations – Richard Clarke – theorized in 2011 that top CIA brass tried to recruit the 9/11 hijackers and turn them to our side, but were unsuccessful. And – when they realized had failed – they covered up their tracks so that the FBI would not investigate their illegal CIA activities , “malfeasance and misfeasance”, on U.S. soil.
Similarly, former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators (free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups.
Yesterday, Edmonds theorized that the FBI may have used intelligence provided by the Russian government on the Boston bombers – Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – to try to recruit them:
Given that the Chechen brothers were on multiple terror watch lists – and that the Russian government provided multiple warnings about them to the U.S. – Edmonds’ statement is quite interesting.