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Tag: Boston Marathon attacks

Father of Man Killed by FBI Speaks Out About Details of Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Planes That Are Flying Over Boston Appear to be Conducting Surveillance

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Residents have been reporting suspicious, loud and low-flying aircraft in the Boston area since last month.

Turns out, the small planes belong to the FBI, the Business Insider reports.

While the FBI won’t comment on the planes, which include a Cessna 208 carrying registration N1132F, Cessna 206H N309JK, and Cessna 182s N859JA and N906TM, the aircraft appears to be conducting aerial surveillance and intelligence, the Business Insider wrote.

Some of the aircraft includes eavesdropping systems, including thermal and video imagery.

FBI Agents Return to Tsarnaev Family Home Sunday As Funeral Planned for Older Brother

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents armed with search warrants returned to the Tsarnaev family’s home in Cambridge Sunday, the Boston Herald reports.

The brothers’ uncle also visited a Worcester funeral home to prepare for the older sibling’s burial.

The FBI was tight-lipped about the search.

“We are conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity as part of our ongoing investigation into the Marathon Bombings,” FBI Boston spokeswoman Katherine Gulotta told the Herlad. “Because the matter is pending, we aren’t able to discuss specific aspects of the case.”

The Globe wrote that Tamerlans body will be prepared for Muslim burial rites.

New York Daily News: FBI Mishandled Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Opinion
New York Daily News

The FBI’s dereliction in failing to instantly notify Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that the Boston Marathon bombers planned to attack New York was irresponsible, unforgivable, terrifying and grounds for overhauling its anti-terror protocols.

The bureau allowed well more than 48 hours to pass before sending word that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told agents that, in the massacre’s aftermath, he and his brother, Tamerlan, had determined to head to Times Square for more mayhem.

The delay blocked the NYPD from immediately investigating whether the Tsarnaevs had allies in the city, a lag that would have been costly had the brothers been in league with conspirators here.

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Washington Post Editorial: Has FBI Lost Focus on Real Bad Guys?

Editorial Board
Washington Post

Law Enforcement agencies can’t be expected to stop every terrorist attack, any more than they can prevent every mass shooting. If, as most investigators now appear to believe, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acted on their own with a bomb design downloaded from the Internet, their plot posed a steep challenge to those agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for detecting threats.

Nevertheless, there are reasons for concern about the two agencies’ performance, based on what is known so far about their tracking of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The older and more radical brother was first identified as a possible extremist by Russia, which asked the FBI to investigate him in early 2011. Later that year, also after prompting from Russia, the CIA asked that his name be added to a watch list maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, The Post’s Greg Miller and Sari Horowitz reported. His subsequent departure for Russia in early 2012 resulted in “a ping” to customs officials, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday. However, it appears the FBI never learned that Tamerlan had left the country and was not informed when he returned in July.

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NPR: How Technology Helped FBI Agents Track Down Bombing Suspects

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Technology has come a long way since Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing nearly 17 years ago, NPR explains in an audio cast.

The FBI examined more than 10 terabytes of video and images from the Boston Marathon bombing.

To put that into perspective, it would take one person more than five years to look at all of the video and images.

To listen to the audio cast, click here.

ATF Plays Big Role in Boston Marathon Attack But Gets Little Respect from Congress

Columnist Joe Davidson
Wall Street Journal

This time it’s Boston.

As they did with bombings in New York City and Oklahoma City, and many lesser-known crimes every day in cities all over the country, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as ATF, rushed to the scene. Their specialized expertise and training will be critical in catching the Boston Marathon bomber.

But while the nation relies on ATF to help nab such culprits, it is an agency often overlooked by those outside of law enforcement and one that gets little of the respect it deserves from official Washington.

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Head of FBI’s Boston Office Worked Way Up Bureau Investigating Foreign Spies

Richard DesLauriers

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As special agent in charge of FBI’s Boston office, Richard DesLauriers is leading the joint investigation into the Boston Marathon attacks.

The 52-year-old Massachusetts native doesn’t have a long track record of busting terrorists, but colleagues told Time magazine DesLauriers is a driven, professional and skilled investigator who cut his teeth running operations against foreign spies.

“Rick is the real deal,” David Kris, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Russian roll-up, told Time. “He’s very, very good, extremely methodical and organized.”

DesLauriers, a 25-year-veteran of counterintelligence experience, began spy work quickly after becoming an agent.

One friend describes him as a “good Catholic boy.”