FBI Reportedly Absolves Itself for not Preventing Boston Terror Strike

Global Security Newswire Staff

The FBI reportedly has determined that it could have done much to foil the April bombing of the Boston Marathon, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

That apparent determination was reached following multiple internal assessments of how the FBI responded to a 2011 appeal by a Russian intelligence agency to probe whether accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now deceased, had become sympathetic to militant Islamist thinking while living in the United States.

Several lawmakers have said the FBI should have done a better job following up on the Russian tip about the elder Tsarnaev brother and monitoring him after 2012 travel back to the United States after a sojourn in Russia. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, is the chief surviving suspect in the April 15 attack, which resulted in three deaths and hundreds of injuries.

The FBI agents who looked into Tsarnaev following the 2011 tip said there were federal legal limits to the type of probing they could do, such as wiretapping.

The experience of treating the many people injured in the Boston attack has led the city's six chief trauma hospitals to modify some of the ways they respond to large-scale incidents, the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.  Lessons learned will be made available to other hospitals throughout the United States.

One of the central findings in attack response was the difficulty in timely identification of patients.