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Ayotte, McCain seek probe of pre-Boston Marathon bombing intelligence

Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, as the committee gathered to hear from the Pentagon's military leaders on the looming cuts to the defense budget.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, as the committee gathered to hear from the Pentagon's military leaders on the looming cuts to the defense budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte wants a U.S. Senate committee to investigate whether U.S. intelligence officials had information that could have prevented the April 15 bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Ayotte and fellow Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona sent a letter Wednesday to the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asking for a hearing to examine what they described as “a string of apparent intelligence-sharing lapses” in the lead-up to the attack.

“We request this hearing to clear up possible concerns the American people may have surrounding our intelligence capabilities and to eliminate gaps that may exist in sharing intelligence information to prevent future attacks against the United States and our interests,” they wrote in the letter to Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat.

The letter cited reports that at least one of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had come to the attention of the FBI and other agencies in recent years. He was killed last Friday while his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested and charged with carrying out the attack.

Three people died and more than 250 were
injured when two bombs exploded on Boylston Street in Boston. A police officer was also killed during the search for the men.

Both McCain and Ayotte serve on the homeland security committee.

Carper didn’t immediately commit to holding a hearing, though a committee
spokeswoman did say members of the panel would gather and review information about the attack.

“As this law enforcement investigation proceeds, Chairman Carper continues to monitor the situation
closely. He thinks that it is important to ensure that the investigation proceeds in a thoughtful manner and that Congress gives the FBI, (Department of Homeland Security) and other law enforcement officials room to complete their investigation,” committee spokeswoman Jennie Westbrook wrote yesterday in an email.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or
bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

More garbage rhetoric from politicians. I seem to remember the EXACT same line being used before - U.S. intelligence officials had information that could have prevented the September 11 tragedy. "Our review found many deficiencies in the FBI’s handling of intelligence information related to the September 11 attacks. In addition to individual failures, which we detail at the end of each chapter, we found significant systemic problems that undermined the FBI’s Counterterrorism Program. " From the Office of Inspector General - A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Prior to the September 11 Attacks" (http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/0506/chapter6.htm) So all I can say to McCain and Ayote is yawn. Been there done that.

Does this woman have nothing better to do than look for conspiracies everywhere? I called her office the day she voted against background checks and was told she would be introducing another bill that would do the same thing. Really? When will that happen? Sometime in the next decade?

No one is looking for conspiracies here. The FBI, acting on a tip, investigated this whack, came up with nothing, and the next thing you know he detonates a bomb injuring hundreds and killing a few. No conspiracy there...looks like we need an investigation, exactly what Ayotte is doing.

Imagine if the bombers had been white supremists, or a radical religious group. Or one of those conservative bible thumpers. My guess is that the handling of the bomber would be quite a bit different.

It's amazing how he can move her head in such a lifelike manner, and make her sound like she's talking without moving his lips. A true artist...

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