Criticism, questions in Capitol Hill hearings on marathon bombing

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May 10, 2013, 5:55 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Boston) - As the investigations into the Boston Marathon bombings continue, there’s some finger-pointing between law enforcement officials.
In the meantime, the mystery of where the first bombing suspect is buried continues.

In a very brief midmorning statement Thursday, we learned that the body of the accused terrorist was removed from the city of Worcester and has now been "entombed." Other than that, Worcester police would not give any details.
And while we learned that Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis was on Capitol Hill in Washington, Davis says he was never told before the bombings that the FBI spent weeks assessing whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a terrorist threat.
During the hearing, we learned the FBI was in touch with Russian authorities two years ago about the now dead accused terrorist becoming a strong believer in radical Islam.

There was an exchange during the congressional hearing between Commissioner Davis and the House Homeland security committee.

Question: before the bombing, were you aware that based on the Russian intelligence that the FBI opened an investigation into Tamerlan?
Davis: we were not aware of that.
Question: would you have liked to of known about that?
Davis: yes.
Question: before the bombing were you aware that Mr. Tamerlan traveled to the Chechen region?
Davis: no, we were not.
Question: would you like to of known that?
Davis: yes.

And Commissioner Davis's time on Capitol Hill may not be over. The Senate also plans to hold hearings on the bombings.

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