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House panel hearing to focus on Marathon bombings

The House Committee on Homeland Security is planning to hold a hearing today on the response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The hearing, entitled “The Boston Marathon Bombings, One Year On: A Look Back to Look Forward,” will focus on the “response efforts from law enforcement officers after the bombing,” according to the committee’s website. The hearing will also focus on a recently released report on the response to the bombings that was critical of federal intelligence agencies for missed opportunities to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities in the months before the bombings.

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Among those expected to testify at the hearing are former Boston Police commissioner Edward Davis, Watertown Police Chief Edward Devau, and Jeffrey Pugliese, a sergeant with the Watertown Police Department.

“As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, we should take time to look at what lessons have been learned since the tragedy and how we can improve our defenses against attacks in the future,” Representative Michael McCaul, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement on the panel’s website. “It is the oversight role of Congress to examine these issues, and also to recognize the officials who were instrumental in capturing those responsible.”

The hearing, which begins at 10 a.m., will be live-streamed on the committee’s website.

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