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Bring in now Tom -- former deputy assistant attorney general.
And Rod Wheeler former homicide detective and Fox News contributor both of whom -- joining us.
Trauma -- DC bureau today good -- -- -- gentlemen let me start with you -- is this investigation being accountable -- Correct police swiftly enough adequately enough.
Yes it is out as a matter of fact I think the investigation and the investigators the FBI and the Boston Police Department are doing a tremendous job.
They have well over 200 investigators assigned to this case now real quickly I was listening to the discussion down did you have -- Katherine.
In terms of this video being released for the pitchers -- the -- being released and I can tell you that there is a strategic reason.
As to why -- -- law enforcement don't always want to release opens it right away now.
Running these individual images through several databases to try to identify who these people are -- We don't want anything to -- job with the investigation at this point now there may come a time in which they -- decide to release his editors but -- time is -- Right now Tom what's your view of the way the investigations being carried out it is an extraordinarily.
Difficult one my act and -- eight so what it's one in which the public.
Is clearly playing a major role the media has perhaps not played the role at every juncture that it should have.
Well I think the investigation is being handled correctly from everything I've seen I think law enforcement is doing absolutely herculean job in.
Weeding through the ocean of data that's coming in we heard Catherine Herridge has reported earlier about how we've been able to scoop up a lot of electronic communications and of course that's only a piece of the overall investigation which also includes canvassing the physical -- to -- -- there's any physical evidence talking to people following leads and so I've been impressed.
With the swiftness of the response the thoroughness of the response and I agree with you that they may be able to manage the communications aspect of it a little better we heard reports yesterday it turned out to be an -- getting arrested in May.
But putting that aside I -- pretty impressed with law enforcement's response today.
Yeah I think we've all been quite impressed with the lower enforcement perhaps a little less impressed.
-- the way that.
Some of the of the news is disseminated and that.
We we the media probably have to look at ourselves to some extent on that.
-- that there's a lot of a lot of people act that.
Who very anxious right now.
What might happen next to also whether indeed the perpetrators of the these awful acts will be caught.
What would you say to people about the security -- -- in all major cities and elsewhere.
And the likelihood all of them.
Whoever carried out -- attacks being tracked down.
Well that's an excellent questions I can tell you that I know firsthand having spent many years working in homicide here in the nation's capital that all of our cities.
Especially cities like Boston Atlanta and Washington DC are.
Are very very safe.
I'm these types of situations will happen they'll probably happen again to some degree.
But I can say that the law enforcement experts out there right now are doing a tremendous job now as far as the investigation is concerned itself a lot of people have been saying how come they don't -- -- get these guys right now.
You know you watch these -- like 48 hours and CSI.
That's not create real reality when it comes to solving these types of crime sometimes it takes a little bit at times but once that thing is once we get these individuals the important piece.
Is being so that we can -- keep these people as the attorney here can tell you that's really critical so we don't just want to go.
And -- and arrest -- because we know the are once we get them we want to hold them.
But -- Tom talking all -- getting in these people all this person.
If and when we do.
How -- show today how will they.
Be prosecuted is this a case for the civil afoot for criminal colts or is this case -- case for sending them off to Guantanamo does it make a difference whom they may turn activity.
I think it does make a difference -- an -- is the decision that the president and the administration will make once this person or persons are apprehended.
We've done it both ways certainly we obviously a lot of people who are being handled right now down in Guantanamo through -- military courts.
We also have situations where we've prosecuted domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and others who have been prosecuted in the criminal courts and in my judgment at least that's a decision that you make once you have more information about who the perpetrators or perpetrators all our.
If you have a scenario where there are people who are affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Or another organized international terrorist regime I think I'll be very strong case for -- analysts outside the scope of the civilian courts.
If on the other hand you have a so called rogue individual and individual lone mad man.
That may be a more compelling case for prosecuting him through the criminal system but I agree with Robin at the end of the day.
As we're gathering evidence in this investigation you have to be prepared for the possibility that you will try it in the domestic courts which means you have to be very sensitive to issues of chains of custody.
To the evidence gathering process and that sort of thing because you need to build a case that real -- in criminal court if it did today.
That's the route you elect to take.
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