Former top CIA official Graham Fuller lied in a press interview about his former son-in-law, Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of “The Brothers Tsarnaev,” Tamerlan, now dead, and Dzhokhar, soon to go on trial in Boston for allegedly planting a homemade pressure-cooker bomb packed with shrapnel near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
“A story on the Internet implying possible connections between Ruslan (Tsarni) and the Agency through me is absurd,” Fuller said in an Apr 27 2013 story headlined “Former CIA officer: ‘Absurd’ to link uncle of Boston suspects, Agency,” in Washington-D.C.-based Al-Monitor, which bills itself as the “Pulse of the Middle East.”
Fuller was responding to an exclusive report published here headlined “Was Boston Bombers ‘Uncle Ruslan’ with the CIA?”,which he and reporter Laura Rosen churlishly refused to credit(calling it merely a “story on the Internet) even as they labored to debunk it, which was re-published so widely in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon terror attack that Fuller felt compelled to respond.
Well, compelled to respond may be a little strong. Still, respond he did, in an interview which marshalled arguments indicating that questioning whether Ruslan Tsarni’s connection with the CIA had been through his famous former father-in-law were not just an exercise in futility. They were absurd.
Just to be clear, there is zero evidence to indicate either Uncle Ruslan Tsarni or the CIA hired the Tsarnaev Brothers to blow up Boston. There is, however, abundant evidence that elements of the U.S. Government have been playing footsie with Chechen terrorists, presumably to divert Russia from committing whatever rash gangster communist-type thing we’re trying to keep them from doing.
Here’s a troubling question: If blow-back from that campaign blew up in Boston, do you think there’d be anyone in the U.S. Government eager to let the American people in on the secret?
Why, the very idea is—to use Mr. Fuller’s word—absurd.
Uncle Ruslan meets ‘the boys’
In his interview, Graham Fuller admitted that a second bombshell disclosure in an exclusive report “Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official.” published here Apr 26, 2013, was also true: The Tsarnaev Brothers’ Uncle Ruslan had been his on-in-law.
Tsarni was married to Graham Fuller’s daughter Samantha between 1994 and sometime near the dawn of the millenium, Fuller grudgingly admitted. Still, he insisted,without explanation, that suggestions that law enforcement should be checking to see if Ruslan Tsarni had “hooked up” with the CIA through Fuller were “absurd.”
It was an odd assertion, especially given that—at the moment he was making it, literally even as he spoke—investigators remained convinced the Tsarnaev Brothers had outside help and support, and had mounted an intensive FBI manhunt seeking any foreign connections to the case. So questions about whether there was any connection between Uncle Ruslan, the CIA, and the bombers seem anything but absurd.
There’s also this highly-allusive nugget to ponder: Although Fuller offered an airy denial but no proof, no one in the mainstream media— from that day to this—has gone anywhere near the story, even though, as most people know, accepting a CIA officer’s statements at face value often proves highly problematic.
Graham Fuller’s statements should be taken with an especially large dollop of salt, owing to his activity in the region, as well as the infamy he long-ago incurred for convincing the Reagan Administration it would be a bright idea to send callow Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North to meet the Ayatollah in Tehran, carrying a cake under one arm and a fist-full of TOW missiles under the other.
Hannibal crosses the Alps; Fuller fords his Rubicon
“Fuller retired from the agency almost a decade before the brief marriage,” sniffed Laura Rosen, the reporter selected to give him a sympathetic hearing.
Fuller was only too happy to agree. “I, of course, retired from CIA in 1987,” he said, as if his Agency past had already receded into the far distance of historical events, like Hannibal crossing the Alps.
If Graham Fuller had retired, moved to Florida, and taken up golf while decked out in sweater-slack combinations in the vibrant hues of lime-green and canary-yellow favored by the Florida golfing fraternity, he might have a point. Alas, that was not how Mr. Fuller chose to spend his dwindling years.
Even today Graham Fuller keeps stirring the pot in Central Asia, a long-time player in what previous generations called the Great Game. He’s a consultant at Rand Corp; and he writes books with seemingly interchangeable Great-Game-y titles like Turkey & the Arab Spring; The Arab Shia’a; The Future of political Islam; Turkey’s Kurdish Question; & The Geopolitics of Islam & the West.
Fuller’s presence as Tsarni’s former father-in-law isn’t the only illustration of Uncle Ruslan’s CIA ties. There’s also his decades-long history working in Central Asia for the Agency for International Development (USAID)—a U.S. Government Agency often used for cover by agents of the CIA—which includes a two-year stint in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan during the “Wild West” days of the early 1990’s, when anything that wasn’t nailed down in that country was up for grabs.
At a time when vast natural resources and enormous fortunes were ‘in play’ during the economic free-for-all in the “Stans” after the collapse of the Soviet Union, 24-year old Ruslan Tsarni was already a ‘player.’
Ruslan Tsarni also worked for several oil-related companies headed by former career Halliburton employees. And he is once again (since 2010) working for USAID. Oddly enough, just six months before the Boston Marathon attack, Russia, the country competing with the US for influence in the region, unceremoniously kicked USAID out of Russia for, according to a Putin spokesmen, allegedly encouraging his political opposition.
Ruslan Tsarni & the Congress of Chechen International Organizations
In his interview with Laura Rosen, Fuller uncorked a whopper. Said Fuller,“Like all Chechens, Ruslan was very concerned about his native land, but I saw no particular involvement in politics [although] he did try to contact other Chechens around.”
Perhaps Fuller felt that no one would notice. Perhaps he felt immune to fact-checking, a sentiment common among Reagan-era CIA officials. But whatever his motivation, he has been caught in a provable lie. Ruslan Tsarni, as Fuller well knows, has been up to his neck in Central Asian political intrigue for decades.
On August 17,1995, while Ruslan Tsarni and Graham Fuller’s daughter Samantha were still virtual newlyweds, Tsarni incorporated a company in Maryland called the “Congress of Chechen International Organizations”
The group sent aid to Islamic terrorists in Chechnya, including thousands of pairs of combat boots, coordinating its efforts with another so-called “charity,” Benevolence International, designated “financiers of terrorism” by the Treasury Department before being shut down by US AttorneyPatrick Fitzgerald.
Ruslan Tsarni was listed as the company’s resident agent. The company’s listed address,11114 Whisperwood Ln. Rockville MD., was the home address of a former top CIA official, a man who was also, under President Reagan, Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.
His name was Graham Fuller. Today, the home remains listed in his wife’s name.
“An impromptu press conference aired live on network television”
With worldwide attention on the upcoming trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, what facts could possibly be being deliberately de-selected and hidden from view?
In “Long Mile Home” a book about the Boston Marathon Bombing by two Boston Globe reporters here’s everything they had to say about Ruslan Tsarni (quoted in full):
“On the Friday morning after Tamerlan was killed, with police still hunting for Dzhokhar, investigators and reporters found their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, a corporate attorney living outside Washington D.C.
When he emerged after speaking to FBI agents inside his home, he walked up to television cameras and reporters gathered outside looking for the latest in what had become the biggest story in the world. In an impromptu press conference aired live on network television, Tsarni offered condolences to the bombing victims, denounced his nephews, and ordered Dzhokhar to turn himself in.
Asked to explain what provoked the brothers to attack, Tsarni said, “Being losers. Hatred for those who were able to settles themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else—anything to do with religion, with Islam –that’s a fraud. It’s a fake.”
Asked how he felt about the United States, Tsarni said, “I respect this country. I love this country.”
An opinion writer for the Washington Post called his words “inspiring,” and said his press conference was “a moment we all needed.”
The New Yorker said he “looked like he might hunt his nephew down himself.”
“Uncle” Ruslan Tsarni is the elephant in the living room
“News,” someone once wrote, “is selection. “And selection is always based on an ideology and agenda, which is something to remember next time you watch, listen or read the ‘news.’
As jury selection proceeds in Boston in the upcoming trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the most pressing question about the attack remains the one so obvious that even Time Magazine was asking it: Did They Really Act On Their Own?
Uncle Ruslan is a spook who’s been married to the daughter of a former top CIA official. A logical place to begin the search for whoever recruited—and intelligence agents remain convinced that they were recruited— the Tsarnaev brothers would seem to be to begin by weighing the evidence unearthed and published here about the real Ruslan Tsarni.
It seems likely that Ruslan Tsarni played the same role in the aftermath of the Boston terror attack that had been played after the 9/11 terror attack by Rudi Dekkers, manager of Mohamed Atta’s flight school in Venice, Florida. Tsarni became the mainstream media’s primary source on the suspects, and was soon being referred to in print as “Uncle Ruslan.” Like Rudi Dekkers, his pronouncements were received uncritically in the media.
When Graham Fuller fibbed about Ruslan’s political activities, it was almost certainly not out of personal loyalty but in support of a larger plan. Just then—at the same moment Fuller was lying for him— Ruslan Tsarni was leading every 24-hour news cycle for more than a week, peddling his brief that included explaining the perfidy and general loser-ness of his nephews Tamberlan and Dzhokhar.
But he hadn’t yet executed his most valuable task. Like an electronic age Pied Piper, Ruslan Tsarni was about to single-handedly lead the entire mainstream media on a two-week long wild goose chase, looking for what Tsarni described as “a chubby red-haired Armenian Muslim exorcist named Misha.”
What does that say about the CIA’s ability to mold news coverage of a major event?More on this in our next story.
There is much we still need to learn about Ruslan Tsarni. For example, why did no one think to ask Tsarni about his strategic involvement in what London newspapers were calling “the biggest bank fraud in history?”
Uncle Ruslan’s network for “international corruption”
When Graham Fuller was discovered lying to protect the intelligence connections of Ruslan Tsarni, it confirmed more more than just one man’s callowness. It also confirmed growing suspicions that huge chunks of the truth about the Boston Marathon Bombing—the biggest act of terrorism in America since the 9/11 attack— are deliberately being hidden from view.
In truth, news that another cover-up is underway come as no great surprise. What is surprising—at least to your present correspondent—is that the areas being covered-up in both the 9/11 and the Boston Marathon terror attacks were first identified here, in an online journal whose very name—The MadCow Morning News—expresses our view that a surrealistic absurdity lies at the heart of contemporary American journalism.
Novelist Thomas Pynchon said it best: “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.”
NEXT: Ruslan Tsarni’s ties to a network of offshore companies controlled by a group of oil executives, first reported in The London Telegraph, that was used to facilitate “international corruption.”