The minute those photos came out, every man in the Boston counter-terrorism unit should have said "That's Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his little brother." The Boston counter-terrorism unit had placed Tamerlan on at least one terrorism watch list, had interviewed him in their offices, and investigated his family. It kept getting warnings about him from Russian intelligence, as late as Oct. 2012. Yet on Thursday April 18 at around 5pm, Boston Special Agent Richard Deslauriers, head of the Boston division, held a press conference to release the surveillance photos and said:
"the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating them. Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members of the suspects."
“The same scenario occurs frequently in the North Caucasus, using a single bomb, often in a trash can, then when emergency services arrive, a second bomb goes off, sometimes a third one.”
The rest is history. They knew who the suspects were, and knew where they lived (Tamerlan at 190 Norfolk St. in Cambridge.) They could have surrounded the house and captured or killed them before they panicked and went on the rampage that allegedly killed Collier. Someone tell me how the FBI is not responsible for Collier's death, if in fact the brothers killed him.
Note: the Boston FBI has a history of tipping off notorious criminals who it happens to be working with, like Whitey Bulger.
Surveillance photo released by FBI on Thursday April 18
MIT police officer Sean Collier