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Our Catherine -- follows intelligence for us and has very good sources there and she's live with us from Washington this afternoon captain -- -- -- -- -- Well the bottom line -- is that things are moving in a very slow and meticulous way right now for the FBI which is on the ground part of their job right now.
Is to go to each of the -- but there has been explosions and they've got two in a very.
Methodical way pick -- the residue from these explosive devices.
To determine whether they have the same signature from the same bomb maker because what we had confirmation of from the news conference.
Is -- -- -- the simultaneous.
Simultaneous explosions a third explosion in suburban Boston.
The JFK library Dorchester and then there was another device that had to be rendered safe.
Conversations with people on the hill on relevant committees like the homeland security committee indicated to me.
That they believe the cell phone service.
Had been -- temporarily knocked out.
And that that was a deliberate and that would go to the belief that these may in fact have been cellphone detonators so again a very methodical process.
And the latest information we have is that there is a person of interest.
-- being guarded there's no indication at this point whether this person is a victim.
-- traitor or a very significant.
But you conceded this is the point at which they have to move very slowly and methodically while the same time.
They continue to get reports that multiple devices will need to be rendered safe -- Enormous security challenge any event like this Catherine we know from the reporting of our station there at our own bureau there.
That they had millions of dollars worth of security in place.
And I wonder if through your intelligence sources you had heard in the week you talk all the time about chatter.
I wonder if there'd been any chatter about the Boston Marathon being of a special interest today.
That's a good question I've spoken this afternoon's about a half dozen people.
Who would be either in the -- here intelligence community or.
On the relevant committees on Capitol Hill asking whether there had been any threat streams that they were following.
Or any specific credible information.
That there could be an active -- the Boston Marathon and the -- I had from discussing this with people is that they were very much.
Blind sided by what happened in Boston.
We do not know who was responsible.
But one of the questions will be whether you had an individual or a small cell of people.
Who -- responsible and one of the issues for homeland security and for the intelligence community has been.
How do you always detect the activities of a small group of people.
Who may not be communicating.
By phone by email but that's small group who keep the information to themselves and that is very hard.
To -- with law enforcement or the intelligence community but again I think the critical piece right now.
Is that you had at least four devices.
That are spread over a very broad area.
And it's just common sense based on the conversations I've had with law enforcement and people on the hill today that it would take more than one individual.
To put those devices in place especially.
This explosion adage that the JFK library in -- -- -- And that's why they've got to now determined based on the -- to do with these crime scenes.
Whether they are in fact related.
Made by the same bomb maker and whether they're able to determine.
The origin of the explosives.
And that will be a critical piece in determining whether this was a domestic.
Active terror if you will or whether it was international in its origins.
All right Catherine will you work your sources and get back to you as events -- I wanna continue to give people information as we -- out of Boston.
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