Stopping the Boston bombings wouldn’t have been “easy,” but former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., argued that it was, in fact, “possible to have prevented the terrorist attacks” that killed four people and injured more than 260 last month at the Boston marathon.
Lieberman, speaking today at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing examining the situation surrounding the bombings, acknowledged that “nobody bats 1000 percent” when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks. But he contended that federal intelligence about the suspected perpetrators should have been shared with state and local law enforcement agencies – and that the intelligence community’s failure to do so “may be one of the most significant and painful takeaway lessons” from the incident.
“I believe that though it would not have been easy, it was possible to have prevented the terrorist attacks in Boston,” said Lieberman, the former chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, who also co-authored the bill creating the Department of Homeland Security. “In a literal sense, the homeland security system, we must acknowledge, that we built after 9 /11 to protect the American people from terrorist attacks, failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers.”
Kurt Schwartz, Massachusetts’ undersecretary for homeland security, said neither the state police nor the Homeland Security Fusion centers – which aim to serve as interagency resource sharing points – knew anything about the Boston brothers who carried out the carnage.
“Why didn’t they involve the local law enforcers who could have stayed on this case and picked up signals from some of the students who interacted with him, from the people in the mosque who threw out Tamerlan?” Lieberman wondered. “That could have prevented all this from happening.”
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