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Boston Top Cop: FBI Didn't Disclose Tsarnaev Probe

May 09, 2013  | 

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis briefs the media on April 15 about the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo via Michael Cummo/Wikimedia.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis briefs the media on April 15 about the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo via Michael Cummo/Wikimedia.
The Boston Police Department wasn't informed of a Russian intelligence warning about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect or an FBI probe of the matter, Commissioner Edward Davis told Congress today.

Davis told the House Committee on Homeland Security that he was first told about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's background the morning he was killed in a confrontation with police in Watertown. The FBI issued a statement in response saying the information had been entered into a federal database that local officers could access.

Davis said his agency's members of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force were not aware of the FBI's 2011 assessment of Tsarnaev—that included an interview with the suspect—and the agency's conclusion that he didn't pose a threat. Three Boston PD detectives and one sergeant work full-time on the task force, reports the Boston Globe.

Information about the assessment of Tsarnaev was entered into Guardian, a web-based counter-terrorism incident management system, according to the FBI. Task force members have access to Guardian and "are responsible for maintaining awareness of possible threats to their respective jurisdictions," according to the FBI statement.

Authorities may have suspected the Boston Marathon's finish line could be a target, following an 18-page Department of Homeland Security report dated April 10 that identified it as such, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Generated by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, the report noted that at the time there was "no credible, specific information indicating an imminent threat" to the race.

On Wednesday, Tsarnaev's body was removed from the Worcester funeral home and buried at an undisclosed location outside Massachusetts, reports the Globe. The Worcester PD confirmed the body has been removed from the city. The department was spending $10,000 a day to provide security for Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors.

Tags: FBI, Boston Marathon Bombing, Agency Cooperation, Boston PD, Worcester (Mass.) PD


Comments (7)

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Bob@Az. @ 5/9/2013 4:30 PM

Ah, come on Commisioner, it was right there! No, not there, over there, behind that info-mail. No, under that other thing about sharing info. No, in between those other messages about how to iron narrow ties. Imagine, the Feds not sharing terrorist info? I mean, that never happens, right? Right? Oh, everybodys left for the day. Blues, Stay Safe. Please.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/9/2013 10:43 PM

Hey don't put the pressure on law enforcement, they didn't tell the Adam Henery to go bombing. Put the pressure on the American Muslims, for keeping quite.

Morning Eagle @ 5/9/2013 11:06 PM

@ Bob - you nailed it. Many, many years ago when I had occasions to work with and get to know some FBI Agents, and attend some of the training sessions they put on, I think they were a different breed. The ones I knew understood the value of sharing information both ways. clinton started the blatant politicalization of the agency and it has progressed until today it seems the honchos are all about CYA and being as PC as possible regardless of who pays the price. There must still be good, dedicated agents out there that are very frustrated by what they see happening, or not happening.

Jim B. @ 5/10/2013 6:51 AM

OK, let me give a different take on this. For starters, watching the clip of Commissioner Davis' testimony in the attached article, it doesn't look like he is accusing the FBI of withholding information or criticizing them for not informing BPD. The headline kind of makes it sound that way but I didn't get that from the clip. Granted, I didn't see his entire testimony so don't know everything he said.

But let's assume for a moment that some people (either BPD, Congress or Joe Citizen) are accusing the FBI of failing to inform Boston of critical information. Let's look at it for a minute: The FBI got a tip from Russia in 2011 (two years ago). They investigated Tsarnaev and concluded "that he didn't pose a threat." Now you can argue whether that was the right conclusion to draw but the fact is that at the time, remember this is two years ago, that's what they did. So, at that point, what were they supposed to notify Boston about? "Hey, we got a tip about this guy, we checked him out, everything's cool."?

Boston @ 5/10/2013 9:20 AM

If this government and its idiot politicians would pull their heads out we wouldn't be even bloging about this type of a crime. Profile, close the borders to people like this. If you think we can depend on an overseas agency or a Federal agency we are all dreaming.
Like I've said before on this site try to get a visa to Saudi. Yet we do not hesitate to let anyone into our country. Mexico takes care of their southern border with bullets or jail. We are the only country that tolerates this type of criminal action.

DaveS55 @ 5/12/2013 10:17 PM

Bob@Az-Morning Eagle sound to me like you both nailed it! Information is power who has the information and to what extent? Big difference in levels contained in a given data bases by type...LES-FOUO and classified. Controlling authority, releasing authority, need to know, clearance level all play into this problem. All databases require loads of attention and updating to keep it useful and current. I wish the lessons were more important than the blame game - this is where the solutions truly are to move forward...and work on the walls some!

Firecop @ 5/20/2013 10:51 AM

I'd like to weigh in about the lack of communications between federal, state and local agencies, but with what's going on at the DOJ right now I don't need them to start investigating me and making a bunch of crap up that ruins my career.....so I'll say nothing. Stay safe.

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