Canadian Broadcasting (CBC) reported in 2010 , "Last year, a charismatic rebel commander calling himself Said Buryatsky bragged on the rebel website Kavkaz Center he was training new suicide bombers". Buryatsky" studied for several years in Saudi Arabia" A new leader, Dokka Umarov, emerged declaring the new goal was to separate all six Muslim majority provinces in the Russian Caucasus from the Russian Federation, and create a new Islamic state ruled by Sharia law. Admired for his Saudi religious education Buryatsky quickly became Umarov's chief ideologist. He also became a valued military strategist."
Umarov is the current leader of the Chechen insurgency, and he is known as
"Russia's Bin Laden." His website Kavkaz Center is hosted in Finland. On June 29th of 2010 the US State Department designated Doku Umarov
a "global terrorist." In June of 2012
Finnish prosecutors were reported to have linked the US
State Department itself to funding for Doku Umarov's website operations -- the Kavkaz Center.
In April of 2013, Brian Glyn Williams suggested to his Huffington Post readers to visit the Kavkaz Center website to see that these Chechens allegedly don't target Americans. Williams claimed, "While the small number of Chechen rebels were later radicalized in the 2000s and came to see their war for national independence as a defensive jihad, they had no reason to attack distant America."
Williams, of course, knows that an Al Qaeda training camp was established in Chechnya in 1995. He suggests, "For a view into their world see the Chechen rebels' website Kavkaz Center ." The owner of that website in Finland, Mikael Storsjo received a "four-month suspended sentence" in 2012 for "assisting Chechen terrorists to enter Finland illegally."
Brian Glyn Williams knows full well that Doku Umarov is a terrorist and that the bombings gleefully boasted about on his Jihad website Kavkaz Center are in fact acts of terrorism. As Umarov is officially designated a "global terrorist" by the US government itself, should Mr. Williams be supporting him, his group and his website rhetorically?
More to the point: Did Williams recommend this website and its activities to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
The distinction that Williams stresses repeatedly is that "they had no reason to attack distant America." The clear implication here is that terrorist attacks against Russians are of no concern and should not be of concern to readers.
Doku Umarov's Al Qaeda-connected group is famous for the massacre of almost 400 civilians at a school in Beslan, Russia in 2004. FrontPage continues its summation of more recent attacks: ""a November 2009 train bombing that killed 28; suicide bombings in a Moscow subway by female operatives in March 2010 that killed 40; and an airport bombing in January 2011 that killed 36."
Upon reading Brian Glyn Williams suggestion in the Huffington Post to visit Kavkaz, I clicked the link and found this recent post (5/20/13): " Two blasts in Dagestan killed and injured more than 50 puppets [21:56] Russian invaders reported that 2 blasts went off within an interval of 15 minutes in Shamilkala, the capital the Caucasus Emirate's Province of Dagestan."
by Taken From Kavkaz Center Homepage
Source: Kavkaz Center Homepage (5/20/13)
One must infer that the above is acceptable in Mr. Brian Glyn Williams' view, as it does not target Americans. While Williams vehemently denies any connection between the Chechens and Saudi Wahabbis, the Chechen commanders themselves may see it quite differently.
In the South Coast Today report by Steve Urbon, Brian Glyn Williams described his communications with the younger Tsarnaev brother. "[Dzhokhar] wanted to learn more about Chechnya, who the fighters were, who the commanders were. I sort of gave him background." What Mr. Williams considers "background" is the key question here, and his specific emails and any other correspondence with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be investigated fully.
The "commanders" were, and are, Doku Umarov, Said Buryatsky and a distinguished gentleman named Shamil Basayev. Basayev arranged for 850 hostages to be taken at a theater in Moscow in 2002, demanding Russia give up the province of Chechnya and pull out. During the siege 130 civilians died as well as all 40 of Basayev's armed terrorists.
When Williams defends the Chechen "cause" and "struggle", just which cause is he defending exactly?