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Rather revealing testimony in the first public hearings in the bombings of Boston.
The Boston Police Commissioner telling lawmakers the feds never bother to share what they knew about -- lanes or -- checkered past.
Saying if they had shared that his department would have handled things much differently.
Watch this exchange from yesterday morning.
Before the bombing.
Where you where -- based on this Russian intelligence.
That the FBI opened an investigation.
Into Tim -- We were not we're.
Would you like to known golf -- yes before the bombing were you told that he posted radical jihadist.
Video web sites on line we were aware of folks -- -- activities candidate would you like to have -- that fact just.
Mike Rogers Republican congressman from Michigan chairman of the House Intelligence Committee my guest in studio good morning good to -- to you there's a lot to talk about regarding Boston -- you're back in the Middle East and we'll talk about Syria moment but first.
Based on what we heard those hearings would -- to take from.
Well I think it's too early to draw conclusions you have the joint terrorism task force which is assemblage of all the locals in the -- -- the Boston PD would be a part of it the customs and Border Patrol the FBI other agencies are likely to be represented there.
And its design.
In task is to coordinate information comes in on terrorists now.
That information was available to all the members of the joint terrorism task force think the question is should they have done more to tell the local police.
The question we have -- we know that the FBI through joint terrorism task force did a full investigation and found no derogatory information.
So I'm not sure exactly we're gonna have to go back and review it I'm not sure what the local police would have gotten.
Out of a notification where no derogatory information who what where it was fascinating about that exchanges that he testified that we were not in the know that's basically what he -- And the FBI came back later and said no you -- officers specifically assigned to probe.
Certain I have two years ago what we to believe well we're gonna again we're gonna have to go through it I think there's -- probably somewhere in the middle.
That they had officers assigned to the joint terrorism task force those officers on the joint terrorist task force.
Had available this information in May have been in fact been a part of invent the broader investigation to see if there's derogatory information that we were gonna get -- Peter King was with us about an hour ago I -- he didn't mince words.
He said this is the FBI's responsibility and their duty and they dropped the ball essentially.
I just think it's too soon to say that Bill Clinton and I would for this reason.
Think about what they did -- checked all the electronic.
Footprint of this individual they did interviews they did database checks all database checks.
And after that -- station couldn't find any derogatory information now.
The FBI does operate within the confines of civil liberties productions that's the right answer.
In so they went back to the Russians and said is there more derogatory information they got no information so without anything that says that this guy was derogatory member.
We don't think he was radicalized and told 2012 this all happened in 2011 that's the problem okay I'm strong words from senator Lieberman to during that hearing -- I'm sure you're aware as well as Syria that you visited numerous countries.
You came back a few days ago and said this is as bad a situation.
As you have seen and what -- happen.
Well think about where Syria is today bill so you have Hezbollah operating their terrorist organization.
The PKK which isn't -- stories there's -- targeted Turkey in the past.
Al-Qaeda members of their fighting on behalf of elements of the opposition against the regime Hamas elements.
And the displacement of people.
The refugees there 800000 in Turkey.
Well over a 100000 now in Jordan Lebanon we're still trying to get a handle on it's becoming to stabilize.
And all of the aftermath is scary thinking that all of those groups we just talked about.
Wanna get their hands -- -- as you were in Jordan you're in Saudi Arabia and you were in -- adjusts well what did the leaders of these Arab countries tell you what will what did they want the United States to do well they're frustrated in the sense that they believe the United States can play a coordinating leadership role at the table so think of this that some of the Arab League partners.
Are already supplying weapons and arms -- into Syria.
They're vetting process is not the same those weapons may in fact go to folks who are jihadist who are not friendly to US interest after the fall of aside.
In that chaos has called has has not allow the opposition pay to be more successful.
And be it does that power vacuum was on the other side of it was filled with Iran so they're very very concerned about where we are and want the United States to step up -- -- he said the best worst option at this point must.
The managed what is that passed.
Well I think that we can help train.
The opposition forces to our standards.
We can provide intelligence packages so that they can be more effective on the ground.
And coordinate the Arab League efforts on the ground in Syria -- not does not mean the 101 airborne it doesn't mean.
The navy no boots on the ground it just means we can play a coordinating role as someone said not the sheriff but the coach we ready to do that.
I hope so I think we'd better do it.
If we ever want a diplomatic solution you have to have.
The confidence and then credibility with the opposition in the Arab League there are there the two that are going to be key to the negotiation.
We don't have that today we need to reestablish that by some good US leadership in order to have a diplomat -- -- should be strong message taking that back to Washington we'll see whether -- -- people listen.
Thanks Mike Rogers thank you for your time they'll think you're -- --
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