Boston Marathon Bombing: U.S. Rep. Keating Demands Answers from New FBI Director

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

In a scathing letter, Massachusetts Congressman William Keating has demanded “forthright information” about the Boston Marathon bombing from the newly confirmed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Keating, a Cape Cod Democrat, sent the three-page letter to James Comey on Wednesday afternoon, two days after he was confirmed by the Senate to replace Robert Mueller as head of the agency.

“Open questions remain, particularly in regard to inadequate information-sharing, restrictive investigative guidelines/protocols, and an inability to follow up on suspicious activities/travel of individuals residing in the U.S.,” Keating wrote. He added he hopes the FBI would “agree to assist in closing loopholes that may hinder the future identification or capture of dangerous individuals before lives are lost.”

Keating demanded answers to seven questions concerning what the FBI knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead bombing suspect, and why it had failed to share its intelligence with other law enforcement agencies, including the Boston Police Department.

The Congressman traveled to Russia in late May to investigate on his own after being stonewalled by the FBI. He said the Federal Security Service of Russia shared with him a “quite detailed” March 4, 2011, message the Russian agency sent to the FBI and Central Intelligence Agency concerning Tsarnaev.

“Despite numerous requests to obtain a copy of and discuss this information, I have not heard anything back from the FBI,” Keating wrote to Comey.

Keating is a member of both the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees. He also understands the machinations of law enforcement: He spent 12 years as district attorney for Norfolk County, Mass., before he was elected to Congress in 2010.

“As a former District Attorney, I understand the sensitivities surrounding an ongoing investigation,” he wrote to Comey. “However, none of the questions I have would compromise the integrity of the investigation into the bombings.  I’m not looking to place blame.  What I am looking to do is identify our security shortcomings and change them.  Without forthright information from the FBI, we are prevented from taking the critical steps needed to protect the American public.  It is my hope that Director Comey makes this a priority because I intend to keep demanding answers until I receive them.”

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0 responses to “Boston Marathon Bombing: U.S. Rep. Keating Demands Answers from New FBI Director”

  1. Alex says:

    Interesting… the Russians were wiling to share information with a U.S. Congressman, but the FBI isn’t?

    • olballcoach says:

      Oh come on man – they dont want to compromise the investigation….yea, of themselves.

    • Frank von Winkhorst says:

      Reminds me of some idiot local yokel cop who showed up at work one day and “quizzed” me and a fellow worker about whether we had seen anything “suspicious.” Like what, you might ask? It was almost as if he didn’t want to learn anything. From what I can tell, they just want to be able to say, “Yeah, we looked into it,” if something comes out in the future.

  2. Orangutan. says:

    I’m surprised they don’t just appoint someone like Henry Kissinger to lead up the investigation.

  3. SO says:

    Don’t forget to ask this Bush man appointed by Obama why his boys shot dead Ibragim Todashev. I know he was just some Chechen, but he deserves at least some kind of lame lie.

    • Gem says:

      He had about a half dozen lame lies. He attacked them with a knife, no a broomstick, actually a ceremonial sword, no it was a table, etc…

    • Frank von Winkhorst says:

      No, actually, it was a futuristic weapon stolen from the DIA’s ultra secret time-travel laboratory: Project GFY.

  4. OCCUPY FEARRINGTON says:

    Was the plan, like the JFK assassination, to set up patsies who would then be killed? Case closed?

  5. Karin Friedemann says:

    http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=13572

    Photos prove police lied to media about Tsarnaev’s injury

  6. SO says:

    Also, ask him to explain how that “unrelated” fire at the JFK Library was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials in the HVAC system. That should be a good one. I don’t think they care if we know that they are lying.

    • Frank von Winkhorst says:

      As long as they come up with some info-sausage that the unwashed masses who want to believe in their government will swallow with a little mustard, they could care less how obvious it is to the reality based community that 2+2 don’t equal a ham sandwich.

    • abbeysbooks says:

      Yes. And humor via Jon Stewart and Colbert is a safety valve. First described by Aristotle.

    • abbeysbooks says:

      They don’t. Lying just folds right into the system. “There is no outside.” – Foucault

  7. He should question Tsarnaev links to Graham Fuller and CIA

  8. olballcoach says:

    Todays NYT’s CYA piece for the FBI is real smoothe, nice and tidy, and what a load of crock. DT must be planning to have an accident soon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08

    1. “The officials have also determined that had the agents known that Mr. Tsarnaev had traveled to Russia for months in 2012, they probably would not have investigated him again because there was no new evidence that he had become radicalized.” This should have read – Since he was a CIA gopher, hired as a favor for Uncle Ruslan, we never would bother with him anyway.

    2. “The F.B.I. went back to the Russian intelligence service to request more information on Mr. Tsarnaev but was not sent anything, according to bureau officials. The F.B.I. made another request in 2011, but the Russians once again did not send any information.” And besides those Ed Snowden lovin, Russian FSB guys never told us how bad he really was.

    3. ” Mr. Tsarnaev did not show up again on the F.B.I.’s radar until four days after the bombings, when his body was identified at a Boston-area hospital after the shootout. Several hours later, the F.B.I. discovered in its files that it had investigated him in 2011.” Ah well not exactly, the brothers mother and father confirmed the FBI spoke with him on Wednesday, presumably to ask him to take the fall for this screw-up – to which he replied – “That’s your problem.” This statement by the mother was made a week before the FBI admitted they had in fact a file and a history with TT.

    4. “It is unclear whether the F.B.I. was informed by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 that Mr. Tsarnaev had returned from his trip to Russia.” Of course it is not our fault. DHS never told us he was back. But wait we didnt know he left either – the CIA never told us he left.

    5. “it’s fair to say that had these adjustments been in existence before the attacks, the outcome would likely not have been any different.” Oh well it would have happened anyway – get use to it, cuz more are a coming.

    This is more of the same double talk. John Q. will read this between sips of coffee and move on to the sports page to learn the fate of A-Rod and never think of this again. He is guilty, they fixed the communication issues and now we can all sleep better at night.

  9. sfulmer says:

    Then there’s this: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/07/31/death-tamerlan-tsarnaev-friend-will-not-investigated-state-fla-official-says/9VQELGFMmicS7ByqcmnPcO/story.html
    and in the posted story it does not mention that Coakley publicly challenged that there was an unusual lack of transparency in the FBI information released on this case.

  10. public_servant_watch says:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1542 Ask Keating to explain this HLS Committee bill drafted 4/12/2013. The show hearings thus far in the US Congress focus on information sharing with the local authorities as anti-terrorism effort and absolutely no proof that there were signs of these brothers turning radical is concerning.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23004244

    Ask Keating why no one has addressed the fact that the blast 2 crowd in the raw video had known FBI agents and that even though the US Congress and the Senate have been informed of the same the question why were we not told the FBI was at the Blast site to the FBI has never been asked.

    IMO it’s looking more and more like a scam with profit going into many a corrupt pocket courtesy of the military industrial complex and a massive Defrauding of the American people. The sham simulated criminal proceedings against this young defendant in a federal court supported by the taxpayer only validates the aforementioned.

  11. Karin Friedemann says:

    Russian news shows Todashov home photos: reveal that he was trying to escape his home when the FBI killed him.

    http://kavpolit.com/eksklyuzivnye-fotografii-s-mesta-ubijstva-ibragima-todasheva/

    • olballcoach says:

      Unbelievable…I am surprised “he/they” were able to take these pictures let alone get them out of the country. Google translator is a bit wobbly, but the anger and condemnation of “US justice” comes through loud and clear.

    • olballcoach says:

      I was just reading your article of July 3 – “Dzhokahr Tsarnaev Claims Innocence” where you said:
      “While Tsarnaev is not allowed to discuss his case with anyone except his lawyer, his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told the Associated Press that her son told her he is innocent. “I could just feel that he was being driven crazy by the unfairness that happened to us, that they killed our innocent Tamerlan.” She also told reporters that Tamerlan called her just before his death saying “The police are chasing us and shooting at us” and told her, “I love you, Mama.”
      Where did you find this? I don’t recall seeing this in the US MSM press. It is interesting because I am wondering how does he make this call. The shooting doesn’t start until they get boxed in at Dexter and Laurel – and literally 2-3 minutes later he is supposed to be dead or very near to dying.

    • abbeysbooks says:

      Auto dial and a message maybe?

  12. bittermonkMT says:

    These Keating queries are all tangential and soft; these are the wrong questions to be asking. I don’t feel this article deserves space here at WWWhy. Query the Feds about Craft Corp., for starters. Erode the fabric of this false flag opp.

    • Frank von Winkhorst says:

      Another idiot Democrat. Complain about the Great Oz’s cover story, but never look behind the curtain. The two party system: The Tweedlelibs and the Tweedlecons. And no, it doesn’t deserve space, except perhaps to point out how stupid these congress critters really are–or how stupid they think we are.

    • bittermonkMT says:

      Keating has been unleashed to contribute to the political theatre. Kabuki Keating. Bottom line this Klown is only seeking ways to tighten the thumbscrews on the security portion of our corporate endowed Security and Surveillance State. He is not on the track of nefarious malfeasance here, he is simply looking to tighten the reins for the shadow government. His may resemble a dogged pursuit, but it is not truth he is hounding, but rather his wish for more stringent “controls”.

    • abbeysbooks says:

      To quote Baudrillard, “He is Deterrence.”

    • abbeysbooks says:

      We are stupid because we still think the charade of voting means something. Grow some teeth and vote out every single member of Congress every single election time. Congress is not a career. It is a service.

    • Give them “the illusion of choice” – Bernays

    • abbeysbooks says:

      Really nice quote. Didn’t know that one.

  13. mi5edtodeath says:

    If Keating gets too uppity, he will find himself dispatched with extreme prejudice.

  14. No mention in the letter, the article or the comments here that the Tsarnaev brothers’ Uncle Ruslan, a lobbyist for Halliburton in Dagestan, was for a year the son-in-law and house guest of the long-standing CIA station chief in Central Asia, Graham Fuller, who thought up the idea of selling missiles through Israel to the mullahs in Iran, who wrote in one of his many books,

    “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army,” explains a former CIA analyst. “The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.

    The quote is from Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam, written in French in 2000 by Swiss journalist Richard Labévière.

    Take a look at “Graham Fuller, Uncle Ruslan, the CIA and the Boston Bombings” by F. William Engdahl.

    Very inneresting . . .

    • abbeysbooks says:

      The movie Dirty Wars is worse. Right now as I type there are – were at the making of the movie – Special Ops troops in 75 countries promoting destabilization in countries. A country in chaos is an easy takeover for corporate vultures.They bring in their own Special Ops and take over.

    • The Shock Doctrine

  15. public_servant_watch says:

    Keating’s so called scathing letter didn’t even make into the Congressional record for the HLS Committee or any other Committee for which he serves.

  16. maybeperfect says:

    Why can’t he ask about the deliberate crashing of the commodities market which needed a distraction so the manipulators could pull the wool over without causing any undue concern? Or how about asking why his agents now find it acceptable to execute potential witnesses?

  17. We are watching every single email and phone call of everyone… just not anyone who kills anyone!

  18. Orangutan. says:

    BBC Panorama link Boston bomber to 9/11 Truth: “The programme discovered that Tamerlan Tsarnaev possessed articles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were government conspiracies”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23541341

  19. Helios says:

    Already in the months and even the couple of years leading up to 9/11, the U.S. intelligence and law enforcements agencies were keeping secrets and showed themselves utterly unable to communicate and cooperate. Apparently, the 9/11 Commission’s exhortations (in its report) that an end be put to these bizarre and infantile practices of secrecy (“it’s mine!”) has had not one iota of an effect on these paranoid and thuggish organizations.

    • abbeysbooks says:

      It’s part of capitalistic mentality. If you share you lose the credit. Someone will definitely run with it. Having had my research stolen by my office mate who got a career off it, I know how this works. I was never meant to be cooperative with him, to tell him anything until I was ready to cash in.Research works this way, business works this way. Look how secret Jobs was at Apple with new products. Why would anyone think the FBI or CIA would share with the ignorant masses of police and state investigators.

      When the FBI interrogates a suspect they are no required by law to state Miranda. The Boston police were. Why they were so furious. They wanted control of the case. It’s all about case jurisdiction. Kids in classrooms don’t share anymore. It affects their performance on the stats. They are taught early to do this, that it’s to their advantage.

      We teach our children to tell the truth. Then when Snowden tells the truth, he is hunted like an animal.What message does this send for our children. Most of them will get it the next time an adult preaches at them to stop lying or tell the truth or share with your friends, etc. Capitalism preempts moral laws.

    • Joel Bakan – the corporation is psychopathic

      Kids in class – a zero-sum game

  20. abbeysbooks says:

    All traces of suiciding jumpers erased also. The youtube I saw was horrifying. They kept coming down and coming down for such a long time.

  21. I admit the total reduction to face powder is hard to grasp even with ample nanothermite. Cutting all the beams is one thing – and there’s plenty of unburned nanothermite in the dust – but the pulverization of the concrete is so great as to almost demand another explanation. Not to mention the burned and partially burned cars 6 blocks east. Pretty weird.