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Some revealing testimony on the Boston Marathon bombings today on Capitol Hill we are learning of glaring omissions and gaps in information sharing between federal and local officials.
That might have allowed the two main suspects to slip through the cracks undetected.
But did you get any information about there was some concern.
About the -- dealing with these senior brother and then the others.
We did not we don't recovery Homeland Security.
Analysts in an outbreak.
What's -- told the -- What knew the brick -- on the GT TF.
And and you feel confident you could have acted on that information or at least I had eight a structure in your operation that could have looked at that.
We certainly of destruction the -- looked at it yes.
Homeland security committee chairman Michael McCall is presiding over that hearing he is giving up part of his lunch break to join us live congressman we appreciate you doing that.
But you know you said earlier this morning my fear is that the Boston bombings succeeded because our fists are our system failed.
What do you mean by that.
-- what I asked the Boston Police.
-- it was it was actually quite.
Insightful today I asked them.
You know did you know about the Russian intelligence lead no would have made a difference did you know about the fact the FBI had an open investigation on.
No did you know about his foreign travel -- did you note about the fact that.
The custom set -- wide and you've got to police officers assigned -- joint terrorism task force did you know about that.
Now that if you had -- what you've acted differently his answer was absolutely.
They would have monitored this individual they -- -- -- -- YouTube website.
And seeing the jihadist material he's clearly radicalize and it is a stunning this long after 9/11.
And billions of dollars that we still.
Can't get this right the -- in my view shut out.
State and locals and -- and the police chief of Boston is in charge of the entire city.
For their security.
Has no idea what's going on in his hometown.
You know and senator Joseph Lieberman was -- was one of those testifying he basically asked that question why didn't the Boston Police Department get a notice.
When talents are and I have left the country headed for Russia.
Why wasn't anybody in Boston alerted to that by Homeland Security I it's astounding because you -- the state and locals to be the -- -- years on the ground.
They force multiplier.
For the feds -- Homeland Security your PI.
And in this case they were shell out even though they were participants on the task force so.
We're we're laying the ground work here we wanted to have been police commissioner first come testify.
To tell us about what he knew and now we have the answers that he did he knew nothing.
About about these channel and that -- him when his brother.
Prior to the bombing.
A great job after the bombing the prior -- bombing.
The dots were not connected so stove piping is still a problem we came to know that term after 9/11 2001.
That's old reason the department of homeland securities -- in first place.
And obviously didn't work in this case and look I'm not here to have -- a lot of fingers on your try to fix things.
Because we have invested a lot of money in this you know want to make sure that we.
Affix it to protect American lives they were putting American lives at risk when we stoked fired.
This information when you get him on the radar of the CIA the FBI.
Homeland security and none of this information shared with state and locals.
Who could be of great assistance and great value.
In terms of stopping threats.
To me that is -- shock and.
This story in which you know you have attributed to Islamic and -- on terrorism inspired.
Terrorism or Islamist inspired terrorism.
Has bears some relation in one way to the the hearings yesterday on on Capitol Hill.
The you're the speaker Boehner has called on the president to release.
From one of the high level State Department officials.
Blaming the Ben Ghazi terror attacks -- describing them as terrorists attacks Islamic terror attacks.
Diplomatic facilities in Libya.
Do you concur I mean should those emails be forthcoming from the White House and you expect the White House to to cooperate.
We need transparency when you're used investor killed I question Secretary Clinton on this very issue when the rewards for more security in March.
In May and August 16 classified cable turned down and every request.
When they console took twice won once fine IED.
And they turned down all -- a request for security.
And then 9/11 happens and they allow the ambassador to go there.
And he gets killed and and then the narrative -- -- You know there's no war on -- this is not a you have an act of terrorism.
This -- some video similar to what I'm seeing in this matter were right after the suspects were apprehended.
The narrative was.
It's not there's no forward connection here whatsoever.
Even though the FBI just began its investigation.
And sent -- -- overseas.
The Chechen region to interview.
People -- that have been in contact with Cameron when there's a wider.
Thing here that there's some narrative throughout the administration.
Religious don't want to admit -- the real enemy years.
And confront the enemy had on.
And that's radical Islam Michael McCall is from Texas the chairman of the house homeland security committee -- a former federal prosecutor congressman thank you.
Thanks so much and.
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