4:34:15 PMFBI Director Robert Mueller faces tough questions on Boston bombings
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and FBI Director Robert Mueller had a tense exchange regarding the FBI investigation of the Boston marathon bombings.
Gohmert brought up the 'purge' of FBI training materials that may have contributed to FBI investigators overlooking dangers involving radical Islam, as well as the lack of investigation into the Massachusetts mosque where the Tsarnaev brothers attended, which was 'co-founded by a man who is behind bars [Abdurahman Alamoudi] for supporting terrorism.'
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke about the heated discussion On America's Newsroom with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Friday
Director Mueller claimed that the FBI was at the Boston mosque months prior to the Boston bombing as a part of their 'outreach efforts,' but that the FBI was unaware that the mosque was co-founded by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who was convicted for his part in '...an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.' The same mosque has been associated with other terrorists, as reported in April by USA Today.
How is it possible that the FBI had no idea that the mosque attended by the Tsarnaev brothers is associated with terrorists?
Speaking with MacCallum, Gohmert said regarding the 'purge' of FBI training materials,
'You cannot do an adequate investigation of radical Islam if you cannot talk about what radical Islam is...what it believes.'
'I get tired of the FBI and this administration saying [that] the Russians should have given us more information,' Gohmert said. 'They didn't even know the mosque these brothers were attending was started by a terrorist supporter who is in prison for it. It's shocking.'
There are some very serious unanswered questions in relation to the Boston bombing.
The New York Times reported that Tamerlan was 'entered into two different United States government watch lists in late 2011 that were designed to alert the authorities if he traveled overseas.' If they already had Tamerlan Tsarnaev on their radar from previous communications with him, why did the FBI have to appeal to the American people to identify the brothers on national television?
Despite repeated assurances that there was no intelligence leading up to the Boston bombing, there actually was an 18-page, taxpayer-funded report that 'identified the finish line of the race as an area of increased vulnerability and warned Boston police that extremists may use small scale bombings to attack spectators and runners at the event,' as reported by the LA Times.
Considering that martial law was imposed on the entire city of Boston (which continues to be a troubling fact), how is it that 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to escape during the initial battle that killed his brother, Tamerlan?
There have been conflicting reports of whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled the gun battle scene by car or on foot. Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts state police, for example, specifically stated that Dzhokhar "fled on foot...” The New York Times, however, reported that Dzhokhar '...climbed back into the car and drove off, apparently hitting his older brother.' After Tamerlan Tsarnaev was pronounced dead, Dr. Richard Wolfe, head of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said 'I certainly did not see any tire marks or the usual things we see with someone run over by a car,' as reported by the Boston Herald.
Other troubling questions related to the Boston bombing remain.
The original person of interest in the Boston marathon bombing, Abdulrahman al-Harbi, was widely reported to have been 'tackled' after a citizen noticed suspicious behavior. It turns out that the Saudi National was never tackled. So why did he come to the attention of the FBI in the first place?
Ibragim Todashev was reportedly a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He was killed by the FBI during an interview where he was reportedly about to sign a written confession to a 2011 murder. Initially, it was reported that he had a knife and lunged at agents. But, that story was changed later. Todashev had no knife. What happened? Was the interview recorded?
If nobody asks the questions, the Boston marathon bombing will fade into the background. Despite the fact that Gohmert is vilified in the mainstream media, his questions to Mueller were valid.
By Renee Nal
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