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Joining me here is house homeland security committee chairman -- call -- taxes here in studio.
Chairman thank you for being here the president will be out momentarily.
I might interrupt you your thoughts on this day.
This attack your initial thoughts about what you're seeing here what is obviously -- just a tragedy.
In my heart struts of the victims and their families today.
This in my judgment has all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism.
Yes simultaneous bombings taking place.
At the finish line of the marathon they don't strive for spectacular.
Mass casualty events and so when you look at this -- -- -- I mean I I've been in this counterterrorism.
Business for while.
And I was chairman I'll I'll tell you that I think it's very clear and I think that the -- treating it as such that this that this was an act of terrorism we just don't know who's behind -- we've been very care.
All afternoon to not jump to conclusions.
When you see multiple bombings like this when you hear reporters and and witnesses on the scene.
Shotgun pellets or -- a war.
I guess metal balls.
That you've seen in these bombings before.
Have these explosives have the most mass casualties.
-- you have that as you mentioned the hallmarks of other.
Correct correct I think you when you see -- ball -- suspension ministers.
-- are -- the present let me interrupt -- -- different chairman of the house homeland security committee back with us.
The United States is resilient and we'll find out who's behind us.
I think there's front and I'd and I received a call from the White House about thirty minutes ago and we discuss this.
Talked about denying the role the federal law enforcement of -- Boston state and local the rural working together.
And I think you know I made the same comment to the White House.
That the president just made and that is today we are not Democrats Republicans were all Americans.
-- all Americans united against terrorism and I think that's.
Very very important point -- also as he stated.
Not to jump to conclusions because while I do believe.
This is an act of terrorism we don't know who's behind it at this point in time and we don't have all the evidence before sure someone who used to work for pres.
And Obama paid Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller who work for attorney general holder tweeted today after all of this and after.
A number of minutes hidden and -- had gone by quote small bombs in multiple locations.
Sounds like the planned NYC subway bombing the FBI thwarted in 2009.
Again he was a spokesman for the DOJ.
Under attorney general holder.
Again we're not jumping to conclusions but it does sound.
Like that kind of -- -- It is very reminiscent of the Times Square bombing.
And you know the fact it's patriots day.
I think has maybe some significance as you know are talking about earlier.
There are reports earlier reports that -- ball bearings using these explosive devices.
Which is very consistent with diabetes.
This is -- preferred.
Method and ran out of choice for the terrorist.
To kill Americans and so.
Again it's very early stages in the investigation.
But if indeed -- -- -- ball bearings I would consider voters significant significant factor.
In terms of this being a sort of I EG a device that's very similar to what -- the -- overseas Middle East who briefed congress.
I get I just got a specific call from the White House ways and -- that to me about thirty minutes ago.
And we knew she was there shrapnel in in both bombs.
They did not indicate that -- -- I have had some early reporting that there were.
And -- hearings involved in the bombing so again that's very significant when you look at the signature threat down here.
The signature throw tonight he's boulders.
So if that indeed it was a case here we go to bombs went off -- was.
-- potentially self detonated by the Coast Guard at the gifted -- John F.
-- ball bearings -- I think that's that's.
Illustrative interview tracing back.
To the -- trader and the motivation.
What about people we've heard heightened security here in Washington and New York you -- abundance of caution.
Your Homeland Security chairman.
You know after something like this obviously the nation is on alert.
We are I don't want -- you know I think it's important to remain calm and not panic.
But do you -- in New York on -- little more heightened state of alert right now as we should.
As is the White House and -- the capital remember 9/11 the two.
Targets or unfinished -- the White House in the capitals were always very.
Mindful that as is the fact that New York City is always one and number one targets the fact that Boston was hit here just opens it up to a whole new city.
It's it's very very tragic -- -- to pick a time when multiple people were finishing.
Going across the finish points as simultaneously detonated as we've seen in these horrific pictures.
That we have seen these graphic photos and Nvidia is the people literally been blown out.
Limbs being blown off.
It is the real tragic day in one thing's for sure.
That we will find the people who did this and we will bring them to justice.
You know it does run the spectrum though I mean as much as it it may have similarities to the New York City Subway plot -- You know you also have images of the 1996 Olympic park bombing and what.
That person Eric Robert Rudolph had in his mind.
So eat you can run again it.
On possible suspects behind this right sure -- is so close to the event that says you know when I talked to law enforcement FBI.
Of those on the ground.
You really -- jump to conclusions right now because you don't know what the final answer is here.
But we do know that three in two bombs were detonated because.
A massive injuries and in two deaths so far reported.
And the fact that they're one of the JFK library is of great concern.
We don't have evidence -- -- more out there but we really don't know just forty times just too early right.
You know everyone's -- the local authorities on the ground they apparently did find a couple of unexploded devices they stopped the cellular use right away because cell phones could.
Detonate some of these IDs for a better word.
These bombs in many cases.
They did a fantastic job -- But they did it -- -- just like on 9/11 go to the fire station across from.
Ground zero of these first responders need to be commended.
-- it happened very quickly but the responses they gave after the fact.
Could -- potentially save more lives in terms as you mention.
Cell phones can detonate donated use of these were in fact -- easily -- stopped.
You know further violence and and killings.
And I think they don't have done extraordinary job where do we go from.
Well there is a full investigation Homeland Security folks on the ground FDI the ATF coast.
Jurors in the water -- right now we talked to them state and local officials and local Boston PD is doing a phenomenal job as orbit.
There are there are some indicators out there although I can't confirm an idea and a person of interest.
And I think this -- all -- -- putting.
That we heard the police commissioner talk about you know regarding rooms in and there's a heavy police presence and we have from multiple sources that in fact there is that.
A person who's being guarded in the hospital.
Very good sourcing from our guy over department of justice and can you shed anymore light on that -- -- -- -- we are innocent report that I -- -- -- conservative -- response and community.
Confirmed something I don't know to -- fact.
But if that is true that's very good news -- were already on to that person enters a committed as to what could have been a wider conspiracy plot to.
But to kill Americans on on this tragic they patriots day.
chairman thank you so much for your time I really appreciate you coming up -- grand --
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