The FBI has a lot of explaining to do about what happened in an Orlando apartment five weeks after the Marathon bombing.
But the questions begin in Boston. The April 15 attack occurred in the heart of the city, and the Boston area was home to bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar. The FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 and then lost track of him, allowing him to travel in and out of the country and plan his deadly mission.
A former district attorney, Democratic Representative William R. Keating, said he understands law enforcement’s quest to protect sensitive information. But there’s a way to be transparent and accountable without compromising a criminal investigation, said Keating, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee.
“Part of their job is to assure the public . . . to be forthright,” said Keating. “It’s a fine line. I’ve had to toe it. They should too.”
As part of a congressional delegation, Keating recently traveled to Russia to meet with intelligence officials. The trip, he said, raised more questions about what information was conveyed to the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died following a shoot-out with police.
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