The senior law enforcement official said the Russians feared he could be a risk, and “they had something on him and were concerned about him, and him traveling to their region.” Chechen extremists pose a greater threat to Russia than they do to the United States, counterterrorism specialists say, though some of the groups have had ties to Al Qaeda.
But the F.B.I. never followed up on Tamerlan once he returned, a senior law enforcement official acknowledged on Saturday, adding that its investigation did not turn up anything and it did not have the legal authority to keep tabs on him. Investigators are now scrambling to review that trip, and learn about any extremists who might have influenced, trained or directed Tamerlan while he was there.
I’m just glad that the real threats, like illegal downloaders and Anonymous, are being handled appropriately. It’s understandable that the authorities wouldn’t have time in their schedules for Chechnyans in America traveling to terror camps and liking radical Islamist YouTube videos.
With all the idiotic crap they want to track, the fact that they miss this type of stuff is ridiculous. They’re working hard to be able to read and listen to every communication we make, so how about starting with watching who’s giving a thumbs-up to radical Islamist hate speech?