BOSTON (State House News Service) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not satisfied with her level of knowledge about what the federal government knew about suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and how it acted on that information.
While federal intelligence authorities have said little publicly about their knowledge of Tsarnaev, media outlets citing government sources have reported that Russian authorities had alerted the FBI and the CIA about concerns regarding Tsarnaev, in part stemming from his six-month trip to Russia in 2012.
Tsarnaev, 26, lived with his family in Cambridge and Patrick administration officials have confirmed he had received public assistance benefits from Massachusetts. State Police Col. Tim Alben has said the ongoing investigation into the bombings would include a focus on how the alleged bombers financed their plan, which appears to have involved crude pressure cooker bombs reportedly assembled at a low cost.
After allegedly exploding two bombs at the April 15 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 180, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during an early morning gunfight in Watertown on April 19 and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured April 19 following a daylong manhunt during which activity in Boston and many communities around it slowed to a standstill.
"Of course not at this point Charlie," Warren told Charlie Rose of CBS in a televised interview Thursday morning when Rose asked if she was satisfied. "I mean this is what we do. There's been a terrible event and we're going to go back painstakingly, inch by inch, and find out how this came to be. And what were going to do in part is we're going to see if we made mistakes. We're going to find out how we can do things better to keep ourselves safer."
The unpeeling of information about what the federal government knew and when about Tsarnaev and his younger brother, suspected bomber Dzhokhar, will likely be a focus for Warren in the foreseeable future as she settles into her first year representing Massachusetts in the U.S Senate.
Warren said concerns about federal anti-terrorism efforts should not alter how people act.
"We are not going to change who we are," she said. "We are a strong people. We are a free people We're still going to have picnics and we're still going to have outings and we're still going to go lots of public places and we're still going to have that marathon next year and we're going to have lots of people there. That's what it's about. We will not be cowed in the face of terrorism. We won't."
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