Senators Voice Deep Concerns About Intel Sharing on Boston Blasts

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 04:47 AM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Republican senators voiced serious concerns Tuesday that years after the World Trade Center attacks, exchange of key investigative information between law-enforcement agencies on the Boston Marathon bombings was inadequate.
 
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said after a classified briefing on the Boston bombing investigation that she was “very concerned” with what she considers “serious problems with sharing information, including critical investigative information,” according to Politico.
 
“That is troubling to me, that this many years after the attacks on our country in 2001 that we still seem to have stovepipes that prevent information from being shared effectively not only among agencies but also within the same agency, in one case,” Collins said.
 
The top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, shared similar concerns.
 
“Post 9/11, we thought we had created a system that would allow for the free flow of information between agencies,” Chambliss said. “I think there has been some stonewalls and some stovepipes reconstructed that probably were unintentional.
 
“We’ve got to review that issue again and make sure that there is free flow of information,” he said.
 
Chambliss said it’s to early to tell whether any information-sharing flaws got in the way of the investigation into the two suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
 
“Look, this is an ongoing investigation,” Chambliss said. “It’s very fluid.”
 
However, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., defended the FBI and its investigation, saying that officials are continuing to discuss the events and will fix any communication loopholes that may exist.
 
“I have never in my lifetime seen an effort as positive as this one is in terms of cooperation and communication between law enforcement and investigative agencies,” Feinstein said. “I believe they will get to the bottom of it eventually.”

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