FBI cleared bombing suspect of extremist ties in 2011

Now that the second suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing has been captured alive, Americans want to know more about any terrorist ties the two men may have had.

Initial reports suggest the FBI looked into the now-deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in 2011 at the request of “a foreign government” that was concerned he may have had “extremist ties,” Fox News reported.

The FBI was unable to find any connection to terrorists, and the case was closed when the unnamed foreign government dropped the matter.

According to a CBS News report:

CBS News correspondent John Miller reports it is likely Russia asked to have the elder Tsarnaev vetted because of suspected ties to Chechen extremists.

The FBI is likely to have run a background check, running his name through all the relevant databases, including those of other agencies, checking on his communications and all of his overseas travel. Miller reports that culminated in a sit-down interview where they probably asked him a lot of questions about his life, his contacts, his surroundings. All of this was then written in a report and sent it to the requesting government.

The mother of the suspects, Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, gave an interesting interview to Russia Today Friday.

“I am 100 percent sure this is a setup. My two sons are really innocent,” the mother said, adding the FBI followed her son for five years.

She told Russia Today:

[The FBI] used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!

However, multiple sources reported Friday that last year, Tamerlan spent six months in Russia, where he may have had some military training.

Watch the Fox News report here:

 

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