Serial No. 113-64: The Boston Marathon Bombings, One Year On: A Look Back to Look Forward: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 9, 2014   [open pdf - 291KB]

This is the April 9, 2014 hearing on "The Boston Marathon Bombings, One Year On: A Look Back to Look Forward," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael McCaul: "This is a powerful and emotional day for the witnesses and for me and this committee. It is a time to remember the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and it is a time to remember the victims. […] This committee, through its oversight responsibilities, conducted a thorough investigation into what happened and what went wrong. We found that several flags and warnings were missed. We found that Tamerlan was on the radar of the FBI and somehow dropped off. We found that Tamerlan traveled to Dagestan, known for its Chechen terrorists. This is precisely what the Russian letter warned our intelligence community and FBI about. He came back even more radicalized. We also found that, unfortunately, Customs, FBI, and the intelligence community somehow missed it. […] State and local police have a strong role in counterterrorism. They know the streets better than anybody, and they know the local threats. The Boston PD [Police Department] should have been given more information throughout the entire process. They must know the terror threats in their own backyards--they know those. This process, in my judgment, has to change. […] Based on the lessons learned, we issued our findings and recommendations to fix some of the systemic problems that led to Tamerlan Tsarnaev falling off of our radar. I hope to think, in a small way, the recommendations we made in this report can make a difference in preventing the tragedy we saw in Boston from occurring again in the homeland. I am pleased to know and to hear and report that both the FBI and DHS are already constructively implementing the recommendations of this committee's report, and I commend them for that." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward F. Davis III, Edward P. Deveau, Jeffrey J. Pugliese, and Herman B. Leonard.

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