The Associated Press

Rep. Keating Presses New FBI Director On Bomb Probe

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. William Keating is pressing new FBI Director James Comey for more information about the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Massachusetts Democrat said none of his questions in the letter he sent to Comey on Wednesday would compromise the ongoing probe. He says he wants to identify any security shortcomings to help protect the public from future attacks.

Keating says his questions focus in part on the FBI’s follow-up to Russian information about suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s travels to Russia.

Keating met with Russian officials in May. He said they showed him a letter they sent to the FBI in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev had plans to join insurgents in Chechnya.

Tsarnaev traveled to Russia in January 2012 and returned to the U.S. in July.

Keating said he also wants to know why Tsarnaev’s travels were not adequately shared within the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston and if any steps have been taken to improve information sharing between the FBI and local police forces.

“It has been three and a half months since the terror attack in Boston, and the FBI has yet to answer the pressing questions that would help law enforcement and legislators better prepare against threats in the future,” Keating wrote.

Keating also said he wants to know if loopholes identified within consolidated terror watch lists have been addressed.

Tsarnaev died during a gun battle with police. The bombing killed three people and wounded more than 260.

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  • public_servant_watch

    FBI should have answers after all a group of them were at Blast Site 2 acting as rescue, victims and make-up artist for up and coming propaganda pictures. Interesting that not one person in the picture that the FBI put out to the public and led the public to believe was the crowd at Blast site 2 is seen in the raw video yet a number of those folks in the photo shopped picture by the FBI are claimed to be victims. Hmm!! Such a puzzle.

    Not picking up on anything that points to radical Islam in the following:

    Oh and I just watched newly published video of our group of lawmakers placing a lovely flower arrangement at the site of a terrorist attack in 2000 in the underground street passage in Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow. Somehow that memorial site has new and different decor every time I see a picture of it!

    It is really hard to understand considering the FBI Crowd above and all the photo shopped pictures released by the FBI implicating these brothers that this problem of information sharing remains the focus of the US Congress. I find it particularly troubling when the HLS Committee drafted a bill regarding federal information sharing with local authorities on 4/12/2013 with this incident on 4/15/2013.

  • Change You Can Keep

    The FBI has a lot more questions to answer then Tsarnaev trip to Russia, like why they didn’t tell the NYPD about the supposed threat to Times Square after “Danny” was car jacked

    Or the reason why there were 2 cars at the Watertown shootout, the Civic and the Mercedes, how did they even talk to Danny if the Tsarnaev brothers were in two cars?

    But most importantly as another commenter has already pointed out, WHY THEY WERE IDENTIFIED@ the scene of Bomb number 2 standing idle?

  • X-Ray

    Another example wherein this Administration is shown to be incompetent and
    feckless. And whose decision was it to stonewall testimony on the Congressional
    inquiry into the terrorist investigation effectiveness?

  • public_servant_watch

    Folks you need to ask Representative Keating why his letter to the new Director of the FBI is not part of the Congressional Record; it is not posted for the House Home -Land Security Committee or the House Foreign Affairs Committee or any associated sub-committee in the congressional record. This letter is not found anywhere on the U.S. Government Printing Office web-site. Representative Keating by all appearance this letter appears to be for show!!!

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