House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will determine in the coming weeks to what extent there was a lack of information sharing among law enforcement and intelligence agencies prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.
“I have concerns about what agencies knew what and the fact that it wasn’t shared,” Boehner said Wednesday, telling reporters that various House committees would soon begin investigations.
"I think our committees in the coming days and weeks are going to get to the bottom of this so we’ll have real facts at our disposal to determine whether it is true, and if it was true, why the information wasn’t shared," he added, according to the Hill
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Tuesday that her agency knew that one of the alleged bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left the United States months after the FBI talked to him about possible ties to terrorist groups. The FBI apparently was not informed by Customs that the bombing suspect, who was killed last Friday in a shootout with authorities, had left the country.
“If the information’s good enough for one agency of the government, why shouldn’t it be good enough for other agencies of the government? “We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Boehner said.
The speaker also addressed charges from two senior Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee that the FBI has missed a number of signals concerning terrorist attacks during the past few years.
“It clearly raises some serious questions,” Boehner said. “I, like my colleagues and the American people, want to understand exactly what happened and hold those responsible if in fact there were opportunities to stop these people and they didn’t do it.”
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