As first reported by CBS News correspondent Bob Orr, the FBI interviewed Tsarnaev, the elder brother of at-large bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, at the request of a foreign government to see if he had any extremist ties, but failed to find any linkage.Let me guess...the interview the FBI did probably went something like this:
Both Tsarnaev brothers were legal permanent residents of the U.S. There is no evidence so far that either brother received any tactical training.
CBS News correspondent John Miller reports it is likely Russia asked to have the elder Tsarnaev vetted because of suspected ties to Chechen extremists.
The FBI is likely to have run a background check, running his name through all the relevant databases, including those of other agencies, checking on his communications and all of his overseas travel. Miller reports that culminated in a sit-down interview where they probably asked him a lot of questions about his life, his contacts, his surroundings. All of this was then written in a report and sent it to the requesting government.
This is an issue they've had in the past. They interviewed Carlos Bledsoe in Little Rock, Ark., before he shot up an Army recruiting station in 2009. They were also looking into Major Hasan Nadal before the Fort Hood shootings.
However, the FBI has maintained in those incidents that they took all the steps they were asked to and were allowed to under the law.
Q. Mr. Tsarnaev, are you a practicing Christian?Meanwhile, you ignored all the YouTube videos the guy had, and him following a radical Islamist cleric?
A. No sir
Q. One more question, are you a Tea Party member, do you listen to talk radio shows...Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, those people.
A. No sir
Q. That's all. You're cleared. Have a nice day.
Let's repeat after Janet Incompitano, "the system worked".