Posted by David Emory

April 29, 2013

COMMENT: We keep learn­ing more and more about the back­ground of the fig­ures emerg­ing into view in con­nec­tion with the Boston marathon bombings.

In our most recent post on the sub­ject, we noted the marital/familial rela­tion­ship of the alleged bombers’ “Uncle Tsarni” to Gra­ham E. Fuller, an impor­tant “ex” CIA officer.

In addi­tion to hav­ing been an early and appar­ently impor­tant advo­cate (archi­tect?) of the U.S. turn to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, Fuller has run inter­fer­ence for the Fetul­lah Gulen cult, dis­miss­ing charges by intel­li­gence offi­cers in the Mid­dle East and Cen­tral Asia that the group has links to the CIA.

Now it emerges that Fuller–former CIA sta­tion chief in Kabul–authored a pol­icy paper that is said to have been cen­tral to the devel­op­ment of the Iran-Contra scandal!

“Wash­ing­ton Talk: Brief­ing; C.I.A. Secrets”; The New York Times; 2/15/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . Mr. Fuller’s name came to pub­lic atten­tion last year when it was dis­closed that he was the author of a ”think piece” cir­cu­lated in the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity in May 1985 sug­gest­ing the pos­si­b­lity of pur­su­ing open­ings in Iran.

The study was instru­men­tal in per­suad­ing some top-ranking Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion pol­icy mak­ers to begin con­sid­er­ing covert con­tacts with Iran­ian lead­ers. It even­tu­ally led to the covert sale of United States weapons to Teheran in what became the Iran-contra affair. . . .


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So three friends of Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were arrested today for dis­pos­ing of Dzhokhar’s lap­tap and a back­pack of fire­works after the attack. They’re not being charged with any involve­ment in the plan­ning of the bomb­ings. It sounds like text mes­sages indi­cate that they real­ized Dzhokhar might be one of the bombers after the FBI released their pic­tures on tv so they decided to get rid of evi­dence at that point because they didn’t want Dzhokhar to get in trou­ble. Not a great idea:

CBS/AP/ May 1, 2013, 4:44 PM
Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends hid damn­ing evi­dence, feds say

Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET

BOSTON Three col­lege friends of Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were arrested and accused Wednes­day of remov­ing a back­pack con­tain­ing fire­works emp­tied of gun­pow­der from Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the attack to try to keep him from get­ting into trouble.

In court papers, the FBI said one of them threw the back­pack in the garbage — it was later found in a land­fill by law enforce­ment offi­cers — after they con­cluded from news reports that Tsar­naev was one of the bombers.

Aza­mat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyr­bayev were charged with con­spir­ing to obstruct jus­tice by con­ceal­ing and destroy­ing evi­dence. A third man, Robel Philli­pos, was charged with lying to inves­ti­ga­tors about the visit to Tsarnaev’s room.

In a court appear­ance Wednes­day after­noon, Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev waived bail and agreed to vol­un­tar­ily deten­tion. Their next hear­ing is sched­uled for May 14.

Philli­pos was ordered held pend­ing a deten­tion and prob­a­ble cause hear­ing sched­uled for Monday.

Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev, who are from Kaza­khstan, have been held in jail for more than a week on alle­ga­tions that they vio­lated their stu­dent visas by not reg­u­larly going to class at UMass. All three men charged Wednes­day began attend­ing UMass with Tsar­naev at the same time in 2011, accord­ing to the FBI.

The three were not accused of any involve­ment in the bomb­ing itself. But in a foot­note in the court papers, the FBI said that about a month before the bomb­ing, Tsar­naev told Tazhayakov and Kadyr­bayev that he knew how to make a bomb.

Inves­ti­ga­tors have not said whether the pres­sure cooker bombs used in the attacks were made with gun­pow­der extracted from fireworks.

If con­victed, Kadyr­bayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Philli­pos faces a max­i­mum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

Author­i­ties allege that on the night of April 18, after the FBI released surveillance-camera pho­tos of the bomb­ing sus­pects and the three men sus­pected their friend was one of them, they went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

Before Tsarnaev’s room­mate let them in, Kadyr­bayev showed Tazhayakov a text mes­sage from Tsar­naev that read: “I’m about to leave if you need some­thing in my room take it,” accord­ing to the FBI.

When Tazhayakov learned of the mes­sage, “he believed he would never see Tsar­naev alive again,” the FBI said in the affidavit.

It was not clear from the court papers whether author­i­ties believe that was an instruc­tion from Tsar­naev to his friends to destroy evidence.

Once inside Tsarnaev’s room, the men noticed a back­pack con­tain­ing fire­works, which had been opened and emp­tied of pow­der, the FBI said.

The FBI said that Kadyr­bayev knew when he saw the empty fire­works that Tsar­naev was involved in the bomb­ings and decided to remove the back­pack from the room “in order to help his friend Tsar­naev avoid trouble.”

Kadyr­bayev also decided to remove Tsarnaev’s lap­top “because he did not want Tsarnaev’s room­mate to think he was steal­ing or behav­ing sus­pi­ciously by just tak­ing the back­pack,” the FBI said in court papers.

After the three men returned to Kadyrbayev’s and Tazhayakov’s apart­ment with the back­pack and com­puter, they watched news reports fea­tur­ing pho­tographs of Tsarnaev.

The FBI affi­davit said Kadyr­bayev told author­i­ties the three men then “col­lec­tively decided to throw the back­pack and fire­works into the trash because they did not want Tsar­naev to get into trouble.”

Kadyr­bayev said he placed the back­pack and fire­works along with trash from the apart­ment into a large trash bag and threw it into a garbage bin near the men’s apartment.

When the back­pack was later found in a land­fill last week, inside it was a UMass-Dartmouth home­work assign­ment sheet from a class Tsar­naev was tak­ing, the FBI said.

Kadyr­bayev and Tazhayakov lived at an off-campus apart­ment in New Bed­ford, about 60 miles south of Boston, and got around in a car reg­is­tered to Kadyr­bayev with a sou­venir plate that read “Ter­ror­ista (hash)1.” The car was pic­tured on Tsarnaev’s Twit­ter feed in March.

The plate was a gag gift from some of Kadyrbayev’s friends, meant to invoke his pen­chant for late-night par­ty­ing rather than his polit­i­cal sen­ti­ments, a lawyer for Kadyr­bayev said last week.

Another bit of info on the arrested friends: The one with the “Ter­ror­ista #1″ nov­elty license plate for his BMW appears to have owned a num­ber of BMW’s dur­ing his time in the US:

Tsar­naev friends had money and ‘Ter­ror­ista #1′ license plate, class­mate says

By Miranda Leitsinger, Tom Win­ter and Erin McClam, NBC News

Two of the three peo­ple newly arrested in the Boston Marathon inves­ti­ga­tion are Kazakh friends of Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, and one drove a BMW with a nov­elty license plate that said “Ter­ror­ista #1,” accord­ing to peo­ple who knew them.

Both Kazakh men are 19 and were in the United States on stu­dent visas, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said.

Stephen Troio, who said he lived on the same dorm floor as the two men dur­ing his fresh­man year in 2011, said that they showed “lack of emo­tion” and “lack of per­son­al­ity” and that noth­ing stood out about them but the BMW.

“They did have a lot of money,” Troio told NBC News. “He wrecked like three Beam­ers and then bought another one.”

Trevor Berry, 20, who took a cal­cu­lus course with Tazhayakov, said the Kazakh was friendly with Tsar­naev and that the two could be spot­ted din­ing together on cam­pus. “They were pretty close as far as I can tell,” he said.

Berry said that Tazhayakov was “much more quiet than Dzhokhar,” but was once “really flus­tered” over a low grade he’d got­ten in cal­cu­lus class.

The two men were taken into cus­tody over immi­gra­tion vio­la­tions last week. Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, told The Asso­ci­ated Press then that they were hor­ri­fied by the marathon bombing.

“They can’t even fathom some­thing like this from a kid who seemed to be a typ­i­cal young col­lege stu­dent,” he said.

A neigh­bor in New Bed­ford said Wednes­day that the Kaza­khs were quiet and polite, and would even help car­ry­ing gro­ceries inside. They had par­ties, the neigh­bor said, includ­ing one that police were called to at 3 a.m.

A Face­book page in the name of Aza­mat Tazhayakov lists him as a UMass-Dartmouth stu­dent and as a mem­ber of the Class of 2011 at a Kazakh school, Miras Inter­na­tional School Astana. It lists his home­town as Atyrau, says he speaks Russ­ian and lists Rihanna, Bey­once and Enimem as musi­cians he likes.

A Face­book page in the name of Dias Kadyr­bayev shows him vaca­tion­ing in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., and palling around with friends.