ANOTHER TERRORIST, ANOTHER PAST CONNECTION WITH THE FBI

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By James Henry

Source: Who.What.Why.

Another terrorist attack in a major American city, more frightening images and talk of pressure cookers and ball bearings, BBs and pipe bombs, “lone wolves” and Christmas tree lights.

The latest alleged perpetrator is Ahmad Khan Rahami, a young Muslim man who grew up in America and likes souped-up cars. He became “self-radicalized” watching videos on the Internet that inspired him to blow up innocent Americans.

Some experts say the bombs he made show a high level of sophistication and training, but with more than a half a dozen bombs deployed, not a single person was killed. Some saw it coming — others say they can’t believe it.

He traveled to Afghanistan or Pakistan — or both — in the years prior to the attack. Nobody seems to know what he did there, but authorities are pretty sure there’s no wider conspiracy.

Cornered and desperate after authorities released his picture to the public, it’s a small miracle the suspect is still alive after a wild shootout with police.

Sound familiar?

The Boston Herald understandably thinks so. In a piece titled “Attack had eerie resemblance to Boston Marathon bombings,” the Herald points out the many superficial similarities to the 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon. The lead paragraph reads: “From pressure cookers, the release of a suspect photo, to the subsequent manhunt and shootout with cops, yesterday’s arrests of Ahmad Khan Rahami in New York City and New Jersey has stirred echoes of blasts at the Boston Marathon in 2013, security experts said.”

But there are far more significant similarities.

The reliably pro-law-and-order Herald left out the part about the FBI’s prior contact with the suspect. The New York Times, to its  credit, did inform us that the FBI conducted an “assessment” on Rahami in 2014, because his father told them he was a terrorist. Then dad took it back.

Interestingly, the Times also mentioned that the suspect’s father claims to have fought with the CIA-supported Afghan Mujahedin against the Soviets back in the 80s. The Times didn’t attach much significance to either revelation and probably won’t pursue the connections much further.

But, as with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, another recent “lone wolf” who suddenly started acting as a cartoonish Muslim fanatic, the FBI and CIA can be found lurking in the back story.

It is entirely possible that there are a lot of so-called lone wolves on the prowl — a sort of self-directed fifth-column of ISIS. But, according to investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson, an alarming number of them are being pushed and prodded by provocateurs on the federal payroll. We don’t know if Rahami was similarly pushed, but it’s a valid question nonetheless.

The FBI claims to have sent undercover agents to “investigate” Rahami, but “didn’t find enough information to charge him,” according to theBoston Globe. What that investigation consisted of is still, and likely will remain, unclear. The FBI seldom reveals its “sources and methods.”

At the very least, the public should be told what this type of contact looks like and whether it is at least conceivable that such government actions can contribute to pushing young men to commit these types of crimes.

But despite these obvious concerns, the US government’s “war on terror” strategies are strangely absent from President Barack Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism program, which is currently grappling with the thorny issue of what might be provoking these desperate acts.

Will we get a legitimate investigation that delves into the precise nature of federal agents’ interactions with Rahami, or will we just get another whitewash that only looks at “intelligence failures.” It will most likely be the latter (here’s why).

History Doesn’t Repeat, It Rhymes

How likely is it that Rahami’s travel to Afghanistan, an active war zone, escaped the scrutiny of federal agents? Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled overseas to a geopolitical hotspot in the years before the Boston Marathon bombing, but the Feds claim to have ignored internal warnings about him and waved him through at the airport.

The FBI appears to be covering up their prior interactions with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Will we see the same thing with Rahami?

Authorities never nailed down exactly where the bombs the Tsarnaevs used were made and who made them. Will we get these details in the Rahami  case? The public would like to know who is making all these “sophisticated” explosives.

Like Rahami, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had many of the hallmarks of an individual the FBI routinely coerces to act as undercover informants. In fact, WhoWhatWhy has documented compelling evidence (see here, here andhere).

And what about that decision to release the photos of Rahami? As with the Tsarnaevs such an action almost guarantees a desperate reaction from the pursued — not surprisingly ending in a potentially lethal gun battle.

Former Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, who questioned the wisdom of releasing the Tsarnaevs’ photos after the Marathon bombing, again seems to be questioning the release of such photos. He told the Boston Herald: “Once those pictures go out, that’s when it’s most dangerous. … He [Rahami] attempted suicide by cop. It’s all very familiar.”

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3 Responses to ANOTHER TERRORIST, ANOTHER PAST CONNECTION WITH THE FBI

  1. Sourabh Mishra says:

    Hi sorry, this comment is long but I thought it was important for everyone to know about India and situation here. We Indians see these terror attacks almost every day. The terror attacks are common headlines of daily news papers in India and they are mostly near line of control. If there is no army on the border, I think someday these terrorists will almost kill everyone. This is the threat common in the heart of every Indian- islamic terrorism and radicalisation. (This is more in India than any country across the globe) ( I am not against any religion but this is the fact). Every Indian believes in peace but terrorism from Pakistan and illegal immigrants those entered within last ten years (as most people think here) were not friends but Pakistan sponsored terrorists who are trying to encourage communal tension, riots and terrorism in India. I said so because I think people from other nations should also know what we Indians think and are going through. Every Indian despite of religion, race or creed believes in peace and harmony. India never invaded any country but has always been a victim of pakistan sponsored terrorism since freedom i.e- 15 Aug 1947. Our soldiers are murdered brutally on border. Their throats are slit.. body parts of those Indian soldiers are sent from Pakistan army to India. Pakistan sends money and men to anti-national elements to raise violence in Kashmir. Pakistan buys corrupt activists whom people of other nations think as great thinker and activists. If you meet kashmiris who live and work in Delhi and Gurgaon, you will come to know about a story that you may have never heard. Pakistan sponsored terrorism and activists and some radicalised or I say communal leaders have made kashmir a hell. You must have heard about Aazam Khan and Owaissi, they are the communal readers and responsible for communal tension in some parts of India. Samajvaadi Party, Congress and RJD are the parties in India who win elections only in the name of religion though they defame present government for it, but present government has extreme support of indian and you can see that this government has won elections in almos most of the states. It is because BJP supports development. It does not talk about religion or caste politics. There are people like aazam khan who think they are kings, they openly say that they will kill every Hindu. This is what these people do to win politics. Our only hope at present is our present Primeminister, (though i never support any particular party, but I support agenda and motive of the party) who is committed to development and peace in India. I want you people to look into this matter and kindly tell the western media about the pakistan sponsored terrorism in India and afghanistan and also about leaders like Aazam khan and owaissi who support terrorism and Pakistan because of religion.

    • kit Sullivan says:

      I think you may find given the partition in 1947 and that train load of slaughtered people sent back to India was a parting gift from the English to ensure the area would remain unstable so it could be manipulated. The amount of drones and special forces allowed from the West to operate in Pakistan now is breathtaking. By the way what was the special relationship Obama had in his early 20s with Pakistan? Divide and conquer has never been more alive in your part of the world….But sadly Pakistan has been a tool for a long time.

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