Bombing suspects name was on terrorist watch list

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on a highly classified terrorist watch list, according to the FBI, but was not monitored by authorities because the list has more than 500,000 names and the bureau could find no evidence that Tsarnaev was a threat. The terrorist was also on a watch list used by the border and customs services, but was not given any special screening when he left the US for a six month stay in Russia last year. By the time he got back in July, he had been downgraded on the classified terror list. Trying to get the FBI to divulge what they had on Tamerlan Tsarnaev is turning into an exercise in pulling teeth. The more information that emerges, the clearer it is becoming that there are serious - even fatal - flaws in our terrorist watch system that need to be addressed immediately. Reuters: Tsarnaev was flagged on that database when he left the United States for Russia in January 2012 but no alarm was raised, presumably because the FBI had not identified...(Read Full Post)