Three dead over, 176 injured , 17 of the wounded were critically injured. Arms and limbs lost, ten amputees some of them double amputees. A police office at MIT shot and killed. The five day manhunt for the two suspects. Whole towns placed on lock down. The shut down of the Boston metropolitan area on Friday likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The total costs related to the bombing from this week could be almost 1 billion. Could all of this been prevented? That's the million dollar question. In this case it might be the billion dollar question.We will find out more in the coming days and weeks. Based on the information we have now. I would have to say maybe. The Boston Marathon Bombing could have maybe been prevented. Everything that came after the bombing most certainly could have been prevented. The killing of the MIT police office, the manhunt, the gun battle, the lockdown of Watertown and the the surrounding Boston metropolitan area. All of that most certainly could have been prevented.
In 2011 the Russian government warned the United States that they had information that Tamerlan Tsaraev was a follower of radical Islam and was preparing to "leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups." Russia requested that the United States investigate Tamerlan Tsaraev. The FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and other members of his family. The FBI did not find anything evidence any terrorism activity. The FBI ended their investigation and told Tamerlan that he had been cleared.
I am not saying the FBI did not do it's job in 2011. The mistake was completely ending all monitoring of Tamerlan. There was no monitoring of Tamerlan's travels to other countries. He was never put on any kind of watch list. In 2012 he did go overseas where it is believed he might have meet with radical Islam groups. Just as Russia warned the United States that he would. When he came back the United States. He started posting links to extremist groups videos on his YouTube account. No one can say for sure at this time. But some sort of monitoring of Tamerlan after 2011 , might have given the FBI enough information. That would have prevented the Boston bombing.
I want to be very clear that I have nothing but respect and admiration for the men and women of the FBI. And for all the brave men and women of law enforcement. Maybe no mistakes were made in 2011. Maybe there was FBI found no evidence any terrorism activity in 2011, because Tamerlan left no evidence to be found. But what the FBI did in 2011 and after is just one part of the question. The second part of the question, and maybe the most important part. What did the FBI do or not do on April 15. The day of the Boston bombing.
This is what should of happen after the Boston Bombing. The FBI should have ran a check of all people that lived in that area that could be a possible threat. Tamerlan Tsarnaev name should have come up. They sould have bought in Tamerlan for question or put him under some kind of surveillance. Later when the video from the department store came in. The FBI would have seen that it was Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother. This would have prevented the MIT police office from being shot and killed. A Boston transit police officer Richard Donohue shot and now in critical condition The manhunt, the gun battle with the police, and the lockdown of Watertown and the the surrounding Boston metropolitan area. This could of all been over Tuesday or Wednesday. Why did that not happen. That's what I want to know.
The failure of the government in this case is not an isolated incident. In 2009 on Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253. This was after Abdulmutallab's father went to the United States government, and warned that his son could be a threat. Even with a warning from his own family that he may be involved in terrorism. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to get on an American airplane without any problems. In 2009 the Obama administration said it was all Bush's fault. What will they say this time?
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