Under U.S. law, the elder of the two Chechen-born alleged terrorists could have been deported due to a 2009 domestic violence conviction.
According to Judicial Watch, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
In an odd twist of fate, his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still at large, was granted U.S. citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Although the Middle East and North Africa gains most the attention for terrorist activity, events in Chechnya have not escaped notice, especially now that al-Qaida has gained a foothold there. According to Judicial Watch:
Years before these Chechen terrorists carried out the Boston Marathon bombings Judicial Watch uncovered critical intelligence documents detailing al Qaeda’s activities in Chechnya, including the creation of a 1995 camp—ordered by Osama bin Laden—to train “international terrorists” to carry out plots against Americans and westerners.
The goal, according to the once-classified documents obtained by JW in 2011, was to “establish a worldwide Islamic state capable of directly challenging the U.S., China, Russia, and what it views as Judeo-Christian and Confucian domination.” Further, radical Islamic regimes were to be established and supported everywhere possible, from “sea to sea,” including Chechnya. “Terrorist activities are to be conducted against Americans and westerners…” according to the report issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
It was only a matter of time before Chechen terrorists hit our shores. They’ve committed numerous terrorist acts inside Moscow and other areas, as well as in Chechnya, and they have associations with al-Qaida, according to an April 2010 report from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Read more at Judicial Watch.
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