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Sen. Graham Blames Information Sharing on Failure to Detect Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham sharply criticized law enforcement’s information-sharing system during the probe into the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, Business Insider reports.

Graham said the system should have picked up on the suspicious activity of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Graham also urged federal agencies to “up our game.”

“When one of these guys goes into the system and they leave the country, we need to make sure where they’re going and interview them,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“And when somebody in the database like this begins to openly interact with radical Islamist websites, an FBI agent should knock on his door and say, ‘You told us before that you wanted to be an Olympic boxer. You love this country. What the hell is going on here? We’re watching you.'”

U.S. Rep. King Blames Russia Over Communicating Radicalization of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Russia should have informed Washington D.C. about the radicalization of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and his mother, the Associated Press reports.

The New York Republican said better communication “definitely would have caused the investigation to go further.”

King added that it’s difficult to believe only two people carried out the Boston Bombing suspect.

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FBI Explores “Persons of Interest” in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating “persons of interest” in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the Washington Post reports.

“There are persons of interest in the United States,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the committee, told ABC News. “We’re looking at phone calls before and after the bombing, this type of investigation.”

Agents also are trying to determine whether one either of the bombing suspects received training.

“I think, given the level of sophistication of this device, the fact that the pressure cooker is a signature device that goes back to Pakistan, Afghanistan, leads me to believe . . . that there was a trainer,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) said. “And the question is, where is that trainer or trainers?”

Boston Marathon Suspects Stops Cooperating After Miranda Rights Read

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After 16 hours of interrogations in a hospital, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect stopped talking when a federal magistrate read him his miranda rights for the first time Monday, Newsday reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being questioned under a public-safety exception that does not require law enforcement to read suspects their miranda rights.

Tsarnaev cooperation abruptly ended when the 19-year-old was notified of his rights.

“This was such a productive interrogation, and so much information was coming out,” Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, told Newsday.

New York Daily News: FBI Mishandled Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Opinion
New York Daily News

The FBI’s dereliction in failing to instantly notify Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that the Boston Marathon bombers planned to attack New York was irresponsible, unforgivable, terrifying and grounds for overhauling its anti-terror protocols.

The bureau allowed well more than 48 hours to pass before sending word that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told agents that, in the massacre’s aftermath, he and his brother, Tamerlan, had determined to head to Times Square for more mayhem.

The delay blocked the NYPD from immediately investigating whether the Tsarnaevs had allies in the city, a lag that would have been costly had the brothers been in league with conspirators here.

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Boston Bombing Suspect Was on Two U.S. Terror-Watch Lists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
Suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on two U.S. terror-watch database because of alleged ties to Islamic extremism, ABC News reports.

The suspect, who was killed in a shootout, was added to two terrorism watch lists last year after Russia requested the FBI investigate Tsarnaev.

Turns out, Russia provided the wrong name and date of birth to the CIA, ABC News reported.

Washington Post Editorial: Has FBI Lost Focus on Real Bad Guys?

Editorial Board
Washington Post

Law Enforcement agencies can’t be expected to stop every terrorist attack, any more than they can prevent every mass shooting. If, as most investigators now appear to believe, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acted on their own with a bomb design downloaded from the Internet, their plot posed a steep challenge to those agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for detecting threats.

Nevertheless, there are reasons for concern about the two agencies’ performance, based on what is known so far about their tracking of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The older and more radical brother was first identified as a possible extremist by Russia, which asked the FBI to investigate him in early 2011. Later that year, also after prompting from Russia, the CIA asked that his name be added to a watch list maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, The Post’s Greg Miller and Sari Horowitz reported. His subsequent departure for Russia in early 2012 resulted in “a ping” to customs officials, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday. However, it appears the FBI never learned that Tamerlan had left the country and was not informed when he returned in July.

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FBI Searches Martial Arts Studio in Mississippi in Search of Ricin Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents investigating who sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other officials searched a martial arts studio in Mississippi on Wednesday after prosecutors dropped charges against the original suspect, CNN reports.

Wearing hazardous materials suits, agents also searched the home of James Everett Dutschke on Tuesday after charges were dismissed against Paul Kevin Curtis. Dutschke authorized the searches of his home and the martial arts studio, the FBI said.

CNN reported that Dutschke has not been called a suspect.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Dutschke sent the ricin letters and tried to set up Curtis, one law enforcement source told CNN.