At some point somebody has to throw a flag and call bullshit! Asking Clapper to look into this is like asking what happened to a fox, with a mouthful of feathers, standing in the hen house! “Gee, I don’t (cough, cough) know?!”
Now we are learning the Saudis told us about the bomber before the bombing in very specific detail, as in – THIS GUY is going to do THIS ACT in one of your cities SOON.
Apparently, that letter was sent to DHS. You remember DHS, Janet’s vaunted and all powerful machine that can see a white Christian army veteran threat coming from ten miles away, but can’t seem to identify an Islamic radical terrorist even if he was driving a pink Cadillac with six of his buddies, shooting an AK47 and throwing bombs out the window!
The Saudis’ warning to the U.S. government was also shared with the British government. ‘It was very specific’ and warned that ‘something was going to happen in a major U.S. city,’ the Saudi official said during an extensive interview.
It ‘did name Tamerlan specifically,’ he added. The ‘government-to-government’ letter, which he said was sent to the Department of Homeland Security at the highest level, did not name Boston or suggest a date for his planned attack.
If true, the account will produce added pressure on the Homeland Security department and the White House to explain their collective inaction after similar warnings were offered about Tsarnaev by the Russian government.
A DHS official denied, however, that the agency received any such warning from Saudi intelligence about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
‘DHS has no knowledge of any communication from the Saudi government regarding information on the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing prior to the attack,’ MailOnline learned from one Homeland Security official who declined to be named in this report.
The White House took a similar view. ‘We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received,’ said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the president’s National Security Council.
The letter likely came to DHS via the Saudi Ministry of Interior, the agency tasked with protecting the Saudi kingdom’s homeland.
A Homeland Security official confirmed Tuesday evening on the condition of anonymity that the 2012 letter exists, saying he had heard of the Saudi communication before MailOnline inquired about it.
An aide to a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee speculated Tuesday about why the Obama administration contradicted the knowledgeable Saudi official.
‘It is possible the Department of Homeland Security received the information from the Saudi government but never passed it on to the White House,’ the GOP staffer said. ‘Communication between DHS and the White House’s national security apparatus isn’t always what it should be.’
‘I can easily see it happening where one hand didn’t know what the other was doing because of a turf war.’
‘Just like the different agencies in the Boston JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] want credit for breaking the Tsarnaev case,’ the aide added, ‘they sometimes jealously guard the very intel they should be sharing the most freely. Sometimes it makes no sense at all.’
Oh no, Boston JTTF wants credit? Boston JTTF should be hiding in the mother’s closet waiting for the press to go away. Nobody there is happy about what happened. Maybe the feds attached to it are looking for cover, but the good agents and officers…not so much. They screwed the pooch, they know they did it and nothing will fix it. To say they are hiding intel is crazy. They are probably the ones who are leaking the information as we speak. Remember who they are; they are fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers and sons and daughters. Everybody in their circle of friends and family KNOW they work in the JTTF. That means they have to handle questions coming from their kids or wife or father like “What happened?” or “How did he get by you?” Worse, every day new information comes out saying that the feds did know- several times over- and did nothing. I would not want to be Boston PD JTTF member right now. And I bet they aren’t standing quietly by letting those who caused this smooth it over.
Let me give you another scenario. Members of the FBI or the JTTF had knowledge of Tamberlan. More than enough for any good cop to have his “spidey” senses peg. Now they may not have known about the trip to Russia (again DHS- Janet’s team), they may not have known about the letter from Saudi (again DHS- Janet’s team), but they knew about him. What stopped them from mounting a full investigation? The policy of the Obama administration.
Now we have that same policy raising its head again. The Russians knew, the Brits knew, the Saudis knew, WE knew. And we did nothing. So who is in charge of finding out what went wrong? James Clapper, the head of National Intelligence, and the guy responsible for making sure none of this happens. So the guy who also screwed the pooch and is an Obama loyalist is going to be in charge of finding out who is responsible and at what level. Does anyone believe he’ll come back with a finding the policy was a failure? Or that Janet’s leadership is so poor and confusing that she needs to go? Or that a number of high ranking FBI bureaucrats and DHS officials are the reason nobody shares?
Not hardly. No, we’ll see some running around, pissing and moaning about yet another failure, but they will never admit what caused it. The police have a great number of tools available. Politics cripples them from keeping us safe. Politics points the good men and women of law enforcement in the wrong direction- chasing ex-marines on Facebook or raiding half nutty Elvis impersonators. Why? Because those guys fit the ideological profile of the Left. All the while, the other guys, the ones with the beards, bombs and mosques are ignored.
Watch for Clapper to talk about how it is all fixed now in front of Congress. The typical “Move along, nothing to see here.” just like the good soldier he is.