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White House defends FBI’s bungling of previous investigation of Tsarnaev

By The Associated Press
April 23, 2013

 Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

The White House is defending the FBI’s performance in its 2011 inquiry into Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says it’s clear that the FBI followed up on information it received about Tsarnaev. He says the FBI interviewed him and his relatives and didn’t find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity.

The Russian FSB intelligence security service told the FBI in early 2011 about information that Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam. The FBI says it conducted interviews and provided the results in the summer of 2011. The bureau says it also checked U.S. government databases and other information to look into his telephone communications, possible use of radical online sites, personal associations, and travel and education history.

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2 Responses to White House defends FBI’s bungling of previous investigation of Tsarnaev

  1. Jon

    April 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Anyone taking bets on that it *was* the FBI “interview” that drove him around the bend?

    J.

    • Keith

      April 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

      I doubt it.

      The Boston bombing is simply one more episode of the senseless killing and violence over religion that’s been going on for CENTURIES.

      Indeed, for thousands of years, we humans have been killing each other to see who has the better imaginary friend.