Napolitano: Yes, we knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev left for Russia last year

posted at 2:41 pm on April 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

An important follow-up to Lindsey Graham’s claim yesterday that Tsarnaev didn’t ping the federal watch list before his trip to Dagestan because of a spelling error. The Free Beacon asks a good question: Is Napolitano suggesting here that DHS knew when he left, but not when he came back?

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that her agency knew of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to Russia last year even though his name was misspelled on a travel document. A key lawmaker had said that the misspelling caused the FBI to miss the trip…

“They told me that they had no knowledge of him leaving or coming back so I would like to talk to you more about this case,” Graham told Napolitano as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sweeping immigration legislation.

Napolitano said that even though Tsarnaev’s name was misspelled, redundancies in the system allowed his departure to be captured by U.S. authorities in January 2012. But she said that by the time he came back six months later, an FBI alert on him had expired and so his re-entry was not noted.

“The system pinged when he was leaving the United States. By the time he returned all investigations had been closed,” Napolitano said.

Two law enforcement officials told the AP last night that even if they’d noticed him on that Aeroflot flight manifest, nothing would have happened because they never found a reason to suspect him when they first looked at him in 2011. I find that hard to believe — an American ID’d by Russia as an “extremist” suddenly takes off for Dagestan and the feds don’t care? — but here’s corroborating testimony from Eli Lake’s sources:

Those officials pointed to the FSB’s [i.e. Russian intelligence's] habit of treating much behavior by Chechens as suspicious, and nearly all such behavior as terror-related. The Tsarnaev request, they speculated, was likely triggered by the FSB’s concern that he would participate in or provide support to Chechen insurrectionists in Russia, rather that by any sense of a threat to American interests.

“The FSB is mad at a lot of Chechens,” said Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, who noted that he did not know at this point whether there was enough intelligence to warrant a full-scale investigation into Tsarnaev in 2011. “Not all of them are terrorists, and even fewer of them are dangerous to the United States.”

“When stuff like this happens, we did what we did we called the long pause,” said Hayden. “You get with your staff, you say it’s these two Chechen idiots, you see what’s in the database. You collect so much stuff, then you go and explain it eventually to Congress.”

In other words, the Russians are always wetting themselves about potential terrorism by Chechens, and even whey they’re right, that’s more of a concern for their intelligence agencies than for ours. Two problems with that, though. First, Jake Tapper’s intelligence sources told him it’s “rare” for the Russians to reach out to the FBI and ask them to investigate someone. If that’s true, why didn’t the feds take more of an interest in Tamerlan? Second, notwithstanding America’s “frosty” relations with Russia, since when is U.S. intelligence kinda sorta disinterested in tracking jihadis just because they’re probably more likely to strike elsewhere than here? How many thousand news stories have we endured over the past 10 years about western intelligence worrying that native Muslims who’ve been radicalized will head off to fight in Iraq and Syria and then come back to share their new “expertise”? A visit to Dagestan, ground zero of Chechen jihadis, plus a newfound interest in jihadi propaganda last year is worth a second look, no?

Exit question: Any news yet from the FBI on whether the Russians did or didn’t tell them that Tsarnaev met with a Chechen “militant”? Kind of important to this inquiry.


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Kind of a double whammy for him ( her )

Jabberwock on April 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Rubio……….He really is Obama on the gop side!!!

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2527900#.UXZ9f0-QDRk.twitter

Traitor to the limited government Tea Party conservatives that elected him in 2010.

I’m sorry I ever gave him money!

PappyD61 on April 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Today we must all be aware that political expediency and latino ethnicity takes precedence over rule of law and constitutional procedure. However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced, I mean a bi-faced, I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

And the bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly …that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTY …in other words, he could have been more specific, but rather than to allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn!

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the RNC … I mean the DNC and it’s subsidiary the RNC, the organization for the $1,000 in affirmative action latino scholarships they’ve given out…this afternoon they took in over $4,000,000, but they do have expenses for their consultants you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, and I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Drone Commander of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and thank you. …

RasThavas on April 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

sesqui/bluegill are in shock, from all the “glee” that the terrorists were not Sarah Palin people.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Rubio can go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

“The system pinged when he was leaving the United States. By the time he returned all investigations had been closed,” Napolitano said.”

It’s not like people are getting killed or anything…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

If Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an FBI or CIA agent, or perhaps a foreign agent, would we know about it or would the gubment goons release that info?

fatlibertarianinokc on April 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Because trying to stop one sketchy immigrant from entering the US is like trying to draw out a drop of water from an open firehose.

RedRedRice on April 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Wonder what Janet Napolitano and Lindsey Graham have in common?

bw222 on April 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Wonder what Janet Napolitano and Lindsey Graham have in common?

A genetic trait of being chronically clueless?

hawkeye54 on April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Napolitano: Yes, we knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev left for Russia last year

…and did she PERSONALLY kiss him (YUCK!!!!) goodbye and wish him a productive trip?

TeaPartyNation on April 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Wonder what Janet Napolitano and Lindsey Graham have in common?

bw222 on April 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

They’re both a-holes.

arnold ziffel on April 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

It’s too bad the FBI, DHS and CIA can’t be replaced by Home Depot, Walmart and Fed-Ex.

VorDaj on April 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

We really should look at contracting out more federal government functions to private corporations, since the federal government seems incapable of hiring people that aren’t complete f-ups, in spite of lavish salaries and benefits.

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

The incompetence of this entire administration is staggering.

dddave on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Wonder what Janet Napolitano and Lindsey Graham have in common?

bw222 on April 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

They’re both a-holes.

arnold ziffel on April 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Estrogen levels?

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Estrogen levels?

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Nope, Janet Napolitano is twice the man Lindsey Graham is.

ElectricPhase on April 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

The incompetence of this entire administration is staggering.

dddave on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

You mean there might have been a downside to electing an ideologue Community Agitator from one of the most corrupt, deadly, backwards states in the country?

visions on April 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

She testified that the system “pinged.” I guess she would have followed up if the system “ponged.”

alanstern on April 23, 2013 at 7:18 PM

All training materials of all agencies have been scrubbed of offensive words and phraseology that are insensitive to Islam. It seems pretty natural that “potential Russia only attacking Muslims” would get a pass and many others a blind eye or a free Saudi plane ride. What else can a compromised nation do?

BL@KBIRD on April 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Rumor has it that Big Sis Incompetano’s vocational-placement examinations consistently indicated the job for which she is most qualified is “groping the elderly.”

viking01 on April 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Napolitano: Yes, we knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev left for Russia last year

Jeeze, if that incompetent, nasty old bag said ‘Yes, we know today is Tuesday’ I’d have to get a second opinion.

BigWyo on April 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Estrogen levels?

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Major HEH!!!

BigWyo on April 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

This woman is a joke.

bluegill on April 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

haven’t seen so much cover up since..well benghazi…and fast and furious… he was “pinged” but that expired, 6 mos and all you jihadists can come back now, so aq can squeeze its training in under 6 an slip through okey-dokey? yeah that is how it works.

runner on April 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

She is more interested in bag pipes and bullets and new dem voters.

losarkos on April 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

RUBIO is a stinking LIAR!
They ALL are…
Even the ones we think are on our side

LIARS!

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I don’t understand why officials just don’t keep their mouths shut until they get the facts straight.

Opinionnation on April 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

… And our borders are secure.

2Tru2Tru on April 23, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Yes, why would the Russians be concerned, well Beslan, Nord Ost theatre, several Aeroflot flights, Domedovo Airport, several train stations in Moscow;

narciso on April 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

This woman makes a box of rocks look smart. She was incompetent when she was Governor of Arizona, and the Senate showed it’s incompetence when they confirmed her appointment as Secretary of the DHS. Idiots like Graham should not be asking her questions, they should be answering our questions.

savage24 on April 23, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Is she one big twit or what? The audacity to go before congress and state that it is only her job to keep track of potential terrorists as they leave the country but it is not in her job description to keep track of potential terrorists when they return to this country. Our congress goes along with her?

Terrorists do not have to attack us, we will destroy our selves from the inside.

jpcpt03 on April 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

This wasn’t her only admission today, of note;

http://shoebat.com/2013/04/23/video-janet-napolitano-says-alharbi-saudi-national-was-put-on-a-watchlist/

narciso on April 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

“Did the DHS know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev met with ‘extremists’ in Russia?”

DHS Spokesmouth: “No, but if you hum a few bars, we’ll fake it.

VorDaj on April 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

The attitude of the people in this administration seems to be: “Yes, we are incompetent, corrupt, dishonest, and put our political goals above America’s well being. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.”

Socratease on April 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

RUBIO is a stinking LIAR!
They ALL are…
Even the ones we think are on our side

LIARS!

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Yep, unfortunately I agree. We’re really alone.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Man.. you people have alot of blood on your hands and as always “the State” run media covers up your deaths.

mmcnamer1 on April 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Here’s what’s coming…

DHS thought the glitch was fixed.

Tamerlan left, but his return visa was being held by the Russians, so he couldn’t leave.

Except, his name was “misspelled”, allowing him a new visa. Bribery, falsification, all that matters is someone tipped him off that if he went to get his visa, FSB was waiting.

He got back to Mass, and no one in DHS/ICE/etc… put the different spellings together as the same person.

budfox on April 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Janet Incompetento is not only, as her name might suggest, incompetent. She is also a liar.

petefrt on April 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

There is no list to be pinged, just like there are no shovel ready jobs, border security, a plan for border security, tax cuts for the middle class, climate change, green energy, access to health care, ad infinitetum with this bunch currently running things. DHS has 250,000 employees who could hold hands on the border and make like a fence to provide security or ping lists every time it’s needed. #1 couldn’t have had an American passport since he wasn’t a citizen, could he? If he traveled on his visa, how did he come back in after/at 6 months? Why do I still have to take my shoes off and stand in a line to get on a domestic flight? Just a few more questions for the most incompetent bunch evah.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

In quotes it should be “SO”?

Janet and her PEOPLE…. DHS, along with the TSA are so darned busy feeling up old white ladies and disabled children, just how on God’s green earth can they be expected to actually prevent a dangerous hostile homicidal jehadist from leaving then returning in and out of our country from a known Al Qaeda hot bed? even though a first grader could have connected those dots in a nanosecond.

I will bet you if his last name was Jones and he was a registered Republican he would have never been allowed on that plane or granted a gun permit though!

This is the most Arrogant, incompetent, dangerously unscrupulous Government leadership EVER!

ActinUpinTexas on April 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Ummm, we have been a little pre-occupied with setting 2,000+ illegals out of prison as part of Sequestration, with buying up every round of ammunition so law-abiding citizens can’t get any, and handing out tax-payer funded govt benefits to terrorists…..cut us some slack.

easyt65 on April 24, 2013 at 12:54 PM

How did he get out of and back into this country. He did not have a passport. was not a US citizen and was on a watch list. What dose Home land Security do with their $68B a year budget?

jpcpt03 on April 25, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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