Boston, meet Benghazi.
Boston cops and the FBI — joined at the hip amid the probe into the Boston Marathon bombings — resorted to finger-pointing yesterday after Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis testified his department never received key intelligence on Tamerlan Tsarnaev until the day the terrorist was killed.
The revelation, made at a congressional hearing examining the bombing probe, sparked an almost immediate rebuttal by Boston FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Richard DesLauriers, who said Davis had officers “specifically” assigned to the squad that probed Tsarnaev in 2011.
The back-and-forth raised new questions about how the agencies share information, and whether stopping the deadly Patriots Day attack was a possibility.
“When information is out there that affects the safety of my community, I need to know that,” Davis told Homeland Security Committee members during the more than two-hour hearing in Washington, D.C.
Lawmakers quickly slammed the FBI and the federal Department of Homeland Security for keeping local law enforcement in the dark about Tsarnaev’s growing extremist behavior — information state law enforcement officials say they, too, weren’t given until after the April 19 shootout with Tsarnaev in Watertown when the bomber was killed.
“My fear is that the Boston bombers succeeded because our system failed. We must and can do better,” said committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas). “The idea that the feds have this information and it’s not shared with the state and locals defies why we created the Homeland Security Department in the first place.”
It’s painfully obvious the Department of Homeland Security under Obama and Janet Napolitano is hopelessly incompetent. Time for some answers.
In both Benghazi and Boston we have watched as the certified version of events is gradually torn apart. The story of the video and Benghazi has been forever superseded by Gregory Hicks’ narration of the attack. (Even the Times called it “riveting.”) National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s farcical claim that “the dots were connected” in the Boston attack looks more fatuous by the hour. The FBI gave Tamerlan Tsarnaev the all clear after meeting with him and, we learned Thursday, failed to convey the warning of the Russian government to the Boston Police Department. The dots were not connected. That is why four people are dead.
The certified versions of events did not survive scrutiny because they were based on magical thinking: That Islamic terrorism is something America can wish away or keep at arm’s length through the judicious use of drones and special forces. It is not. The problem cannot be evaded. It must be confronted.
If we had an impartial media we’d likely be entering the impeachment phase of the Obama administration by now.