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Ex-terror official questions Tsarnaev response

WASHINGTON — The former chief of the federal government’s information-sharing program said Friday that preliminary signs indicate law enforcement and intelligence agencies failed to properly scrutinize one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects after he was added to a terror watchlist by the CIA months after FBI investigators concluded he did not pose a threat.

Ambassador Thomas E. “Ted” McNamara said in an interview that the fact that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been placed on a terror watchlist by the CIA should have triggered more alarms among counterterrorism officials, especially after he traveled to a known hotbed of Islamic militancy in Russia, Dagestan, in 2012.

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