Unfortunately, America learned nothing from 9/11. Thanks to the ineptness and political correctness of our government bureaucrats, we have four dead Americans, and over a hundred people wounded. And now we learn that Russia repeatedly warned the FBI (and CIA according to CNN last night) about the older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The incompetent FBI interviewed him but found nothing. And his name was entered into some databases.
Sources said Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s details were entered into TIDE, a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, because the FBI spoke to him in 2011 while investigating a Russian tip-off that he had become a follower of radical Islamists.
The FBI found nothing to suggest he was an active threat, but all the same placed his name on the ‘Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment’ list. The FBI has not said what it did find about Tsarnaev.
But the database, which holds more than half a million names, is only a repository of information on people who U.S. authorities see as known, suspected or potential terrorists from around the world.
Because of its huge size, U.S. investigators do not routinely monitor everyone registered there, said U.S. officials familiar with the database.
Now just out of curiosity, why are people listed in terrorist databases even allowed to be in America in the first place? Why are the snivel-rights of these people, many of who detest America, more important than the safety and well being of lawful productive American citizens? Is it more important for government bureaucrats to have a job entering names while they pretend to keep Americans safe? Or is it still because we don’t want to be seen as “mean” and racist?
After being put in the TIDE system, his name was entered in another database, this one maintained by the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection bureau which is used to screen people crossing U.S. land borders and entering at airports or by sea.
Tsarnaev was flagged on that database when he left the United States for Russia in January 2012 but no alarm was raised, presumably because the FBI had not identified him as a threat after the interview.
When he returned from Russia six months later, he had already been automatically downgraded in the border database because there was no new information that required him to continue to get extra attention. So he did not get secondary inspection on his re-entry at New York’s JFK Airport. It was unclear exactly what the procedure was for such a downgrade.