FBI Says Boston Police Had Info On Its Interview With Tsarnaev


At Congress's first hearing on the Boston Marathon bombings, lawmakers argued that the federal government failed to do enough to investigate one of the suspects prior to the attacks. By the end of the session, Politico reports, it remained unclear whether a more coordinated effort by the FBI and others could have averted the deadly bombings. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said his department didn't know that dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was investigated by the FBI after the Russian intelligence service warned that he might have ties to radical extremists. Davis didn't say what he or his officers would have done with the information. The top official in the FBI's Boston office said Boston police officers on the area's Joint Terrorism Task Force had access to a database called Guardian, which contained information on the interview with Tsarnaev. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said, “My fear is that the Boston bombers may have succeeded because our system failed. We can and must do better.”

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