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The Boston bomb – more questions than answers

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The internet is fairly buzzing with conspiracy theories concerning the Boston marathon bombing. There are clear pictures of the wrecked black backpack that one of the bombs was in with a distinctive white square on it and a picture of what looks like a security man prior to the explosion with a black backpack (with white square), pictures of both the ‘security’ man, without backpack and one of the suspected brothers, still carrying his backpack, after the explosions. There are much weirder theories as well as other pictures but even the mainstream American press did not dismiss a ‘false-flag’ operation at first. Once the FBI named the Tsarnaev brothers of course most of the media fell into the well-practised routine of giving only the official line. Although one or two journalists are still asking awkward questions and there are many questions surrounding the killing of one suspect and the maiming of the other (the second one said to be unarmed and uninjured when taken into police custody). The fact that so many conspiracy theories abound and are now mainly being ignored or dismissed by the ‘serious’ press does not mean that there was no conspiracy of course.

Certain strange things are still coming to light even in that well-trained press. The US authorities, after naming the ‘suspects’ spent a full day denying that they had any prior knowledge of them, but it is now admitted that the FBI were sent a request from Russian authorities to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev in March 2011. The concern of the Russians apparently was that Tamerlan was possibly involved with terrorist organizations active in Chechnya and the Caucasus region (which have received massive covert support from the USA over the years). The FBI monitored his past and present flights and told the Russians that they had no evidence of any link between Tamerlan and any Chechen/ Caucasian terrorist organisations. The Russians repeated the request in September 2011 but this time to the CIA. The CIA had Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name put on the central US government’s database of alleged “international terrorists,” from which all other US intelligence databases are compiled, including the FBI’s. This should have meant that Tamerlan would not be able to fly in, out or within the USA, but in January 2012 he had no problem boarding a plane to Southern Russia and returning in July 2012.

There seems to be little knowledge of what Tamerlan did during that time out of the US but an NBC news report stated that a police official source in Makhachkala, Dagestan had said that ” During routine surveillance of an individual known to be involved in the militant Islamic underground movement, the police witnessed Tamerlan meet the latter at a Salafi mosque in Makhachkala ” The police official was also reported as saying that it was one of six times in total that surveillance officials witnessed Tsarnaev meeting this ‘militant’ at the same mosque. Before they could be picked up for questioning both the ‘militant’ and Tamerlan disappeared. This was reported to have been passed onto the FBI by the Dagestan Police but they were said to have never received a response.

There are investigations going on in Congress at the moment but the hearings are being held behind closed doors, well outside of the sight of the American people with only snippets getting out. Both the US government and their tame media are trying their best to contain much of what is being revealed or the significance of these revelations. Senator Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters that there were ” multiple contacts” between the US and Russia over Tsarnaev, including “at least once since October 2011” – i.e., after the request submitted to the CIA in September 2011 with the obvious inference that Tamerlan Tsarnaev should have been under watch and certainly not allowed to fly. If Tamerlan’s family are to be believed, and there seems to be no reason to disbelieve them, the FBI had regular contact with Tamerlan, visiting the family multiple times. Also, according to his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, Tamerlan was in her words “controlled by the FBI for three to five years.” There is only one reason that we can think of for these things being buried and that would be if Tamerlan, and possibly both brothers, were being ‘developed as assets’, to use the language of the American security services, to be used in US imperialism’s dirty intrigues and destabilising actions in Chechnya and Dagestan.

We have only to look at recent world history to see the hundreds of links and threads between US imperialism and what is now termed ‘militant Islam.’ Despite supposedly leading a war on terrorism, a claim that has looked rather shabby to the majority of people for a few years now, the US has carried on funding and supplying terrorists who claim to kill and maim in the name of Islam. It is the Al Qaeda groups and those linked with them who were imperialism’s ‘troops on the ground’ in Libya; and even then they couldn’t do anything without the combined airforce of NATO and extra military ‘advisors’ and regular troops from the imperialism’s puppet states in the Gulf. These same Al Qaeda groups have been the main part of the opposition forces in Syria, carrying out vicious murders and mutilations of captured Syrian soldiers and civilians.

It has been reported by Izvestia, a Russian newspaper, that Tsarnaev, while in the Caucasus, attended seminars organized by the Fund of the Caucasus, a group with strong links to the US-backed Jamestown Foundation. This Foundation, an open supporter of Chechen separatism, was formed by, or with the active support of, former CIA Director William Casey. Its board of directors includes General Michael Hayden, former CIA director, Bruce Riedel, of the Brookings Institute, Michelle Van Cleave, former National Counterintelligence Executive and Matthew Bryza, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

The Jamestown Foundation is strongly linked to the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC). The ACPC is chaired by Zbigniew Brzezinski, a National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter while he was President. Brzezinski played a central role in developing the alliance of US imperialism with Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan beginning in the late 1970s, as part of the US proxy war against the Soviet-backed Government in Afghanistan. It was from this war that Al Qaeda first emerged.

If America is hated around the world and US citizens feel that they are considered a target wherever they go then they will have to realise that that is the fault of their own government, its foreign and domestic policy and its relentless wars against oppressed peoples.

the deeply flawed political system that is adhered to in their country. The crisis of overproduction is sharpening the contradictions between rich and poor in the US and is helping to open the eyes of the poor there to their real friends around the world and their real enemies ruling their lives at home.

 

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