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Politics & Government
Thu May 9, 2013
BPD Didn't Have FBI Info on Tsarnaev, Patrick Says it Wouldn't Have Prevented Bombing
Gov. Deval Patrick says even if the Boston Police had known about FBI inquiries into it wouldn’t have been enough to stop the bombing:
"Having been briefed thoroughly on the investigation, and, I believe, on the intelligence, I don't think it was enough, I think the term is, to be actionable," he said. "But obviously, we wish we had known."
Patrick was interviewed on WGBH Radio just hours after Davis’ testimony.
Patrick said information sharing between Russia and the United States has gotten a lot better since the bombings.
As lawmakers and the public begins to scrutinize law enforcements response to the bombings, Patrick has refrained from being critical about the Boston Police or the FBI.
The most tense moments of the first congressional hearing into last month’s terror attack came when Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was questioned.
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He grilled Davis, revealing that FBI agents did not tell Boston police they had received warnings from Russia’s government about suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
"Before the bombing, were you aware that based on this Russian intelligence, that the FBI opened an investigation into Tamerlan?" McCaul asked.
"We were not aware of that," Davis replied.
"Would you have liked to known about that?" McCaul asked.
"Yes," Davis said.
Davis said that none of the four people he had assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was aware that the FBI investigated the vague warning. The FBI reportedly found nothing and had closed the file. And somehow one of his detectives was in the dark despite being assigned to the unit that investigated Tsarnaev, Davis said. Davis did say that knowledge still might not have prevented the attack. The hearing was the first in a series to review the government’s initial response.