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Apr 25, 2013

U.S. had more tips on Boston suspect; Congress asks questions

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence knew more about the movements of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects than previously reported, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, raising more questions about the government’s handling of the case and the sharing of information among agencies.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the FBI was alerted when Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia last year. They also said Russia, which had tipped off the FBI about its concerns over Tsarnaev in early 2011, made a second, identical request to the CIA in late September 2011.

Apr 24, 2013

Congress demands more FBI answers on Boston bomb suspect

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers demanded more answers on the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday, unsatisfied with the FBI reaction to warnings about one suspect and expressing doubt about the other suspect’s claims that he and his dead brother acted alone.

Some on Capitol Hill questioned whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies failed to share information about suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, even after reforms enacted to prevent information-hoarding following the September 11 hijacked plane attacks 12 years ago.

Apr 24, 2013

U.S. lawmakers grill FBI on Boston bombing investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled top security officials on Tuesday about the handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and why one of the suspects flagged as a possible Islamist radical was not tracked more closely.

FBI officials briefed members of Congress behind closed doors in Washington about the investigation into the April 15 blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others.

Apr 24, 2013

U.S. lawmakers grill FBI on Boston bombing investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled top security officials on Tuesday about the handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and why one of the suspects flagged as a possible Islamist radical was not tracked more closely.

FBI officials briefed members of Congress behind closed doors in Washington about the investigation into the April 15 blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others.

Apr 24, 2013

Lawmakers grill FBI on Boston bombing investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled top security officials on Tuesday about the handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and why one of the suspects flagged as a possible Islamist radical was not tracked more closely.

FBI officials briefed members of Congress behind closed doors in Washington about the investigation into the April 15 blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others.

Apr 22, 2013

U.S. lawmakers to probe FBI handling of Boston suspect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will question senior security officials this week about whether the FBI mishandled information on one of the Boston bombing suspects who was flagged by Russia two years ago as a possible Islamist radical.

Top investigators will brief the full House of Representatives on Tuesday about the failure to spot the danger from Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two ethnic Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 200.

Apr 22, 2013

Lawmakers to probe FBI handling of Boston suspect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will question senior security officials this week about whether the FBI mishandled information on one of the Boston bombing suspects who was flagged by Russia two years ago as a possible Islamist radical.

Top investigators will brief the full House of Representatives on Tuesday about the failure to spot the danger from Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two ethnic Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 200.

Apr 18, 2013

Senator wants more countries to create Russia rights lists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The senator who championed a law penalizing Russia for alleged human rights abuses said on Thursday he expected other countries to pass similar statutes and that more Russians may be added to Washington’s list of those banned from the United States under the measure.

“This is a process that is continuing,” Senator Ben Cardin said at a news conference at the Capitol, flanked by the mother, wife and young son of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian whistleblower whose 2009 death in prison inspired the measure.

Apr 17, 2013

Letter sent to U.S. senator tested positive for poison ricin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials said they had intercepted a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker that tested positive on Tuesday for the deadly poison ricin, and that the U.S. Capitol police, FBI and other agencies had launched an investigation.

The letter was postmarked from Memphis, Tennessee, and had no return address, Terrance Gaines, the Senate sergeant at arms, said in a warning to members of the Senate.

Apr 17, 2013

Letter sent to U.S. senator tested positive for ricin

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – U.S. officials said they
intercepted a letter sent to Republican Senator Roger Wicker on
Tuesday that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, and
that the U.S. Capitol police, FBI and other agencies had
launched an investigation.

The letter was postmarked from Memphis, Tennessee, and had
no return address, Terrance Gaines, the Senate sergeant at arms,
said in a warning to members of the Senate.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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