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Afternoon -- time -- in the United States.
President Obama is now defending his administration's handling of the Boston terror attack -- federal investigators continued digging deeper.
Into the two bombing suspects joined now by and a -- -- -- -- -- who was in New York district attorney and tapping Gilman who was a member of the FBI's joint terrorism task force.
In New York she's also former navy seal and the president and CEO of the United States continues service welcome -- -- thanks for being here today.
-- you know is that there's -- before question and there's after question I wanna deal with the the before question here first because what we heard from the president yesterday.
Was that basically everybody was doing their job that they were doing what they were supposed to be doing and director clapper.
Who runs the -- at the his office says that he believes that every agency involved in collecting and sharing prior to the attack took all of the appropriate steps.
So let me ask -- -- if they took all of the appropriate steps.
How could they have missed what what this guy was up to.
Well those are great words coming from what our -- senior executive.
And that's typical.
I miss some things -- the ground agents are the heroes in this show but.
Typically the these executives in the political movement.
That they're still infighting within.
And a lot of the times -- these individuals.
They have their own agendas and these agencies are so big now that things get there they -- slip through the crack.
Yes so big -- -- is the operative word you've got a terror watch list that has some 700000.
People on it.
Which is it to my mind just a extraordinary.
I and I find it hard to believe that there are genuinely 700000.
Belong on that list and the name variations haven't been ironed out and all of that all these years later.
And it's a day goes back to also that the local the cities and airline -- meant and how much information they're getting because remember.
Right after Boston they put a video up -- does anybody know these people are -- at one of them had already -- on the FBI's radar and they had been tracking him.
Right -- mark that -- said before there's two questions there is the past and the future and you of that watch -- talking up the numbers are incredible but people are put on that.
Watch list for as little as one unverified -- an absolutely -- could be credible they could be a real threat and it could also be nothing.
Too it so the question I guess for the future is what do we do if anything to try to streamline these organizations you know we have seventeen different.
Level the counter intelligence agencies.
But to jump to saying because an executive is saying everything was handled correctly.
I am not so willing to jump to saying they didn't do things right.
And that's -- this investigation is for you know it's much easier to put the pieces together.
Now in the aftermath and law enforcement hasn't tariffs and we already only -- that hindsight is always 20/20 but I think.
You know that that everyone involved -- -- to say look you know what something -- win this felt did it cracks and we need to figure out why and we're just getting information crossing into -- urging key moments ago.
That the US house homeland security committee chairman Mike McCall who was on FOX News Sunday over the weekend.
And asked that there is a hearing now scheduled for May ninth to examine what happened and the implications for Homeland Security.
So here we have another cheering Jonathan did does that give you any help.
Well I agree a 100% -- and there these things need to be streamlined and and since nine elevenths there's been a move or at least more of a focus.
Two bring agents off the street and into the databases and they're just too much information too many databases too many leads.
That don't mean anything.
And now we're seeing the result of that which is too many meetings yet so there's really.
These individuals -- these executives need to go back and streamline the.
It's just not -- you know I think that the department of national intelligence was created to join -- seventeen agencies and to make sure that that's streamlining what's happening.
Have they spin at that -- in your mind.
-- in the reason is.
The way the the federal government works is.
You either choose to be an agent for you choose to be an executive and if you if you travel to the -- You know the least about investigating they need to take seasoned investigators and put -- in charge of restructuring that's not senior executives.
They look at the fact and -- -- that -- -- -- -- I have traveled to.
And -- Dagestan and while he was there -- the watch that the FBI had -- in the period of time expired while he was there so it.
Russia has warned you about this guy and let's put up Russia's warning on the screen quickly if we can.
Very clear terms Russia has warned you about this guy why would you allow that watch to expire while he's there.
And not give yourself -- you know the extra warrant time which which most people I've talked to agree would have will be -- -- and -- -- to continue to follow his actions.
You know look this is absolutely very difficult stuff and we all wish that something could have or would have been done to stop this travesty but you know it's very difficult to.
Ferret out these self radicalized individuals because they don't have necessarily any group organized ties -- -- easier to find and you know -- the little pieces of the investigation will hopefully show us was every.
Stone unturned to see if they could find something and god willing the answer is yes -- horrible that as this is it's only worse if we think something with miss that could have prevented it.
But we certainly should use this as a lesson learned moving forward and see is there anything else that we can do.
To -- -- green line and add to try to see -- lives in the future we can kind of sums up the half we -- to be diligent and figured out what happened here Jonathan thank you very much and they got.
Thank you very much.
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