Did the FBI Know About the Boston Bombings?

I woke up just after midnight this morning with a visual image of the FBI following the two Boston bombers before they set off their pressure cookers, but they were too late.

We’re hearing all kinds of stories about how the FBI dropped the ball on these two guys, especially the older brother who conveniently is not able to be questioned because he’s dead.

After keeping track of their movements and associations for several years, as well as getting warnings from Russia, somehow the FBI didn’t follow up. It could be pure incompetence or misfortune or something else.

Maybe we’re missing something. Is it possible that the FBI and other government agencies wanted to catch these guys in the act and the bombs went off before they could be stopped?

Saving the day in the nick of time would have garnered great publicity for the FBI and the Obama Administration.

It’s just a theory, but in light of contradictory stories from administration spokespeople, I’m beginning to wonder.

The following is from Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) who said that law enforcement agencies may have had advanced warning about the bombing plans. Here’s what Chambliss said to Atlanta TV station Channel 2 Action News:

“There now appears that there may have been some evidence that was obtained by one of the law enforcement agencies that did not get shared in a way that it could have been. If that turns out to be the case, then we have to determine whether or not that would have made a difference.”

It’s hard to tell what’s truth and fiction anymore, especially when a story comes from some government agency. Who do we trust? Maybe we’ve gotten to the point that we should assume that everybody is lying until they can prove they aren’t.

Here’s another bit of information that needs some vetting:

“According to the head cross country coach at the University of Mobile – a marathon runner who has run in numerous big races — bomb-sniffing dogs and a bomb squad inspected the runners … and authorities repeatedly announced over the loudspeaker that they were conducting drills.  This occurred at the start of the Boston marathon. He believes that authorities must have had credible evidence of a bomb threat.”

 I found the following by Butler Staffer, who teaches at the Southwestern University School of Law, to be most troubling:

“The federal government and, particularly, the FBI has been involved in many ‘sting’ operations in which its agents have lured unsuspecting victims into criminal — including ‘terrorist’ — acts in order to arrest them. A variant on what has long been known as ‘provocateuring,’ FBI agents have provided fake weapons and explosives and, on some occasions, have driven the sting victim to the scene of his intended crime. In a 2012 New York Times article, it was reported that ‘of the 22 most frightening plans for attacks since 9/11 on American soil, 14 were developed in sting operations.’”

The motto “Trust, but Verify” needs to be changed to “Don’t trust until you verify and even then be suspicious.”