Skip to comments.Chechnya Terror Link to U.S. Well-Established by Feds Since 9/11
Posted on 04/25/2013 9:00:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
At a Friday congressional hearing, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will begin whats sure to be the lengthy process of lawmakers diving into the Islamic terror threat from Chechnya and Dagestan.
But disturbing ties between the U.S. and Islamic radicals in the Caucasus region were known to authorities long before Tamerlan Tsarnaev was referred to the FBI by Russia and let go for what was deemed a lack of proof that he posed a threat to America.
The FBIs Operation Blackbear back in 2001 identified people in the U.S. who were funding Islamists in Chechnya, including three individuals who met with Osama bin Laden.
In 2010, the former leader of an Islamic charity, the Ashland, Ore.-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, was convicted of two felonies filing a false tax return and conspiring to file a false tax return in relation to the groups effort to shuffle money to Islamic militants in Chechnya with an obscured money trail. Pirouz Sedaghaty faced a maximum of eight years behind bars but was sentenced to 33 months in prison in 2011.
Al-Haramain, which had its headquarters in Saudi Arabia, was disbanded by the Saudi government and labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. The feds caught on to a $150,000 donation from an Egyptian via London that the organization told the IRS was used to purchase a building for prayer in Missouri but really was carried from Oregon to Saudi Arabia, where the funds were ultimately smuggled into Chechnya.
The FBIs role in battling crime takes many forms, said Arthur Balizan, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, at the time. Our agents and our partners have to aggressively chase the evidence down whatever path we find in this case, a trail of cash leading half way around the world.
Also in 2010, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari was sentenced to 121 months behind bars for charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the financing of terrorist training in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The New York bank underwriter was busted by trying to transfer money through an undercover officer.
During meetings with the undercover officer, Alishtari offered to introduce him to a fire-breathing imam member of the Muslim Brotherhood who worked as a recruiter for the Islamists in Bosnia and Chechnya. That imam had the worldview that the axis of the Islamic world is about Jerusalem and defeating the Jews.
The Islamic charity Global Relief Foundation, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2006, was actually a conduit for funding Islamic fighters engaged in battle throughout the world, including Chechnya.
In August 2003, Enaam Arnaout, chief executive officer of the Benevolence International Foundation, another Islamic charity front, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on racketeering conspiracy charges for funneling donations to fighters in Chechnya.
These are just some of the cases linking American networks and Chechen Islamists in a pattern of support that undermines Vice President Joe Bidens assertion today that the Tsarnaev brothers were simply two twisted perverted cowardly knock-off jihadis here in Boston.
The truth is on every frontier, terrorism as a weapon is losing, Biden insisted. It is not gaining adherents.
Not that the administration, which is juggling the failure of intelligence cooperation with its meme that terror networks are wilting under President Obamas tenure, was even on the same page about the Boston Marathon attack Wednesday.
We just had a young person who went to Russia, Chechnya, who blew people up in Boston. So he didnt stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Belgium. I think the world has had enough of people who have no belief system, no policy for jobs, no policy for education, no policy for rule of law, but who just want to kill people because they dont like what they see.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Kerry was just speaking generally about the nature of terrorism in his comments about Tamerlan Tsarnaevs 2012 trip.
The State Department has clarified that Secretary Kerry was not reflecting any new information or conclusion about the individuals involved, Carney said. This investigation is proceeding apace, and were still in the phase of getting questions answered. Were not making final assessments.
It was revealed today that six months after warning the FBI about Tsarnaev, Russias Federal Security Service tipped off the CIA about extremist ties of the Chechen immigrant in September 2011.
The CIA then nominated him for inclusion in the watchlisting system and, given his status as a U.S. person, shared the information with the appropriate Federal Departments and Agencies specifying that Tamerlan may be of interest to them, an anonymous U.S. intelligence official said in a statement Wednesday.
Tsarnaev was added to a roll of more than half a million people in a listing that expired after one year.
The CIA shared all the information provided by the foreign government including two possible dates of birth, his name and a possible name variant as well. No information was incorrectly entered in the watchlisting system, all the information was shared precisely as the foreign government provided it, the official said.
While Tsarnaevs family claims the brothers were brainwashed by a mysterious Armenian convert at the mosque named Misha, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said today theres some concern that Tsarnaev was trained in Chechnya.
The reason I say that is because the explosive devices that he used were highly sophisticated devices, he said on CNN.
McCaul also indicated that his committee is next in line for congressional hearings so we can find out, number one, how did this happen, what went wrong, and then how can we fix it to prevent it from happening again.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) warned investigators not to buy too easily into Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs hospital-bed claims that the brothers were self-radicalized by watching online videos and had no connection with any outside terrorist groups.
I dont see how we can accept that, King said on CNN. I dont see why he would be giving up any accomplices he may have or talk about any connections his brother may have had in Chechnya or Russia, so I think to me, what he is saying is such a small part of the overall picture.
I mean, you hear that the older brother is involved in radical activities from the Russians, plus you find out hes reading Inspire magazine, plus you find out hes being inspired by radical imams, then to me thats all we factored in as to the level of surveillance that he should receive.
Dykapolitano has it all under control
Personally, I don't think "speedbump" slipped through anything, he was LET through.
We don’t need no steenkin’ fence........said NO ONE except the mentally ill libs.
There are only 200 Chechens in America, according to one source.
But 2 of them turned out to be terrorists.
Hey, that’s only 1%!
Well, there are just 2.6 million living in the U.S. today.
We have had less than a hundred apprehended for terror attempts in this country.
That’s only about .00004%.
2.6 Million Muslims in America.
Here is a site that a Russian friend sent me a link for which discusses the connection.
A word of caution: Wayne Madsen Report is pro Russian and I am cautious about what I accept as truth from them. However the details listed contain some information that I found interesting if true.
TSARNAEV BROTHERS TIED TO ANTI-RUSSIAN OPERATIONS ROUND THE WORLD.
It mentions: McCain, Boris Berezovsky, Albright, and Soros.
Does anyone remember the American convert with an Irish last name who fought with Chechens?
Very interesting info, if paranoid. I hate Soros as much as the next American, but linking him to Israel is a bit much.
I think the source is Anti-Semetic.
Soros is in fact Jewish by birth.
I have a book in my library that was published in 1990 named:
Soldiers of God (with the Mujahidin in Afgthanistan)
It was about riding with the Muj.
Congressman Charles Wilson is depicted in 1987 Riding a White horse with the Muj.
The Muj then was in battle with the Soviets. It did not at that time include al Qaeda. Now all “freedom fighters” do include the al Qaeda.
The world does not stay constant.