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The Boston bombings could have been prevented according to former Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman and testimony.
Senator Lieberman told a congressional panel that there were significant intelligence failures leading up to the attack that killed three people including an eight.
Year old boy and injuring and meaning more than 260 others.
And me now is former Connecticut -- -- Jesus.
-- -- -- a pleasure to talk you're you're convinced though it wouldn't have been easy.
The bombings could have been prevented.
Yeah -- Greg thanks good to be who are with you again looked.
-- -- -- admire about Homeland Security agencies who -- after 9/11 including FBI and their record shows that they've done a tremendous -- protecting -- there hasn't been another single.
-- -- originated.
Successful terrorist attack against the US since nine elevenths.
And those agencies have stopped at least 65 homegrown terrorist attacks but when -- when an attack.
Works to hurt Americans as it -- at the Boston Marathon we go look back.
And and and demand that what may be impossible but -- -- that they about a 1000%.
As you go back over this -- They're the first.
And adequacy of information sharing really was from the Russians who will give us notice about the turn if rotors to Amaral and particularly Manama speed film.
But notwithstanding that it was so unusual to get they're gonna warning from versions that I knew I worry is a look back that the FBI.
I should've kept that file open and mostly after their an initial.
In her view of a camera and sure inept and most important should have shared information with the local police in Boston to follow up on him.
The other failures here and go to people.
Right the students who who -- heard from the younger brother that he knew how to make a bomb the people in the mosque in Boston.
Who were so offended by a camera and China have -- students use -- the told -- not to come anymore.
They saw something suspicious that it should've said something to sue over senator Nicholas that if.
The feds hit passing information along that they have to state and local law enforcement.
Then what would that law enforcement agencies state police Boston Police -- over what -- -- they have done more more closely monitored.
The Brothers it and yes maybe talk to some of those students and some of those folks -- -- mosque is that what you're saying.
Exactly road and.
And I think in some of the big police departments like.
New York and Los Angeles really have a lot of of personnel involved in -- terrorism is exactly what would have happened.
The local police -- the local scene.
Hopefully they've got relations with the people in the mosque.
They would have talked to -- -- friends that would have gone of the campuses.
They would have watched for his name the pop up on the Internet is it ultimately did.
None of that happened -- for us -- well now.
And look -- as you point out correctly we have great respect war federal law enforcement they'd done a wonderful job in stopping a lot of terrorist -- however.
This does invite the question why would they withhold that information from state and local -- -- easy egos it turf war is it sort of date.
Systemic error against that hey where the feds were smarter than the local guys.
Well it could be that I I tell you one of the questions there is that the hearing last week was whether existing.
Department of Justice guidelines on investigations.
Of this time by the FB let somebody conducting it to believe.
That unless they found actual proof that a crime was about to be committed which of course they didn't.
Here probably couldn't have and they couldn't share of the information I think it's time to go back and take a look.
At those attorney general guidelines to see.
If they're standing in the way of protecting the security of the American people some of it right.
Greg -- worry is just that they got so much information they're doing so march that maybe they.
Are unable to separate the important out from the less important.
In this case.
If they fail to assure the local police sort of some sort of professional.
Shame on them and I I don't think that have.
I mean you know Homeland Security fusion center.
Never got out on this -- -- that they they exist for information sharing it was set up after 9/11 and you know I just didn't happen so.
In your judgment.
In the end maybe people should be held accountable.
Yeah I do I think you've got to an.
-- knowledge and all the gratitude we have all Homeland Security agencies.
Where and when somebody breaks through their defenses.
Like to turn their Brothers -- we got to go back and be very demanding.
About how it happened and then hold people accountable and also make sure.
To the best of our human ability that it that it never happens again because I believe as you look back as I said at the hearing.
It would have been easy but I I think at various points along the way.
This was preventable or -- -- one final on.
Somebody entered -- there's a camera -- -- name into a travel watch -- That there was notice that he was on his way to Dagestan that went to a Customs and Border Protection person.
On the Boston joint terrorism task force and he didn't share that information what -- than anybody else on the test first I think if he had.
It might have triggered the memory of the FBI all of this is the -- the Russians warned us about we better go back and take a look at him.
I'm sure that the family members of those who lost their lives not to mention all the people who were injured.
Are devastated to find out that this system we set up just didn't work senator Joseph Lieberman many thanks for being with us thank you --
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